Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is set to miss the charity match at Lord’s between World XI and Windies which is set to be held on 31 May. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ যে কারণে বিশ্ব একাদশের হয়ে খেলা হচ্ছে না আফ্রিদির]
The 38-year-old, who was expected to make a brief one-off comeback to international cricket, via the T20 game, is recovering from a knee injury.
Afridi, on Twitter, claimed that he will be needing another three-four weeks to recover completely. With the charity match, that is being held to raise funds for the reconstruction of the venues in the Caribbean islands that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, scheduled to be held two weeks from now, Afridi looks certain to miss the clash.
Earlier, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has already pulled out of the contest citing personal reasons. Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane has been added as his replacement. However, Tamim Iqbal is set to play.
England’s Eoin Morgan will lead the squad that has some star-studded names from across the world. If Afridi fails to recover on time, then his replacement will be announced soon.
Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Mitchell McClenaghan, Hardik Pandya, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Luke Ronchi, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tamim Iqbal.