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PCB Chairman Rameez Raja confirms that Shaheen Afridi is available for selection against India on 23rd October

Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi is in London for his rehabilitation of a knee injury and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja has confirmed he is ready to play in the T20 World Cup, starting from October 16.

As per the former captain, Shaheen has made great progress and is raring to go in the mega event in Australia. “I spoke to Shaheen Afridi two days ago. He is making great progress and the doctors sent me his videos. He is at 90 % now and they think that he will be battle-ready (for the world cup). Knee injuries are technical and sensitive, so our opinion was until that he isn’t 110 %, so we won’t risk him. But when I spoke to him, he said he is already at 110%. He told me that he will go (to Australia) to play the practice matches and be ready for India,” Ramiz Raja said while talking to local news channel.

Meanwhile, he also updated on Fakhar Zaman’s knee injury and Usman Qadir’s finger injury. “Fakhar Zaman in also recovering and I believe if he regains his fitness, he will provide a lot of value. This call is upto the team and depends on how they view the combination.

Besides that, Usman Qadir has a hairline fracture on his finger, so we have to look at our options as well,” he added. The Men in Green are currently in Christchurch, where they are playing tri-nation series against Bangladesh and New Zealand. They will fly to Australia after the conclusion of this series and will play two warm-ups before the mega clash against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

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