“If He Is Rushed..”, Salman Butt Warns Shaheen Afridi Ahead of T20 WC 2022

Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt feels star pacer Shaheen Afridi should not get part in the upcoming T20 World Cup if he is not 100 percent fit to take part in the mega event in Australia.

Salman Butt Warns Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi who suffered a knee injury is currently in London for his rehabilitation and is expected to Australia on October 15 to get part in ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Butt further states that the events like World Cups will come and go, but if he is rushed, this injury could be career-threatening for him.

Salman Butt
Salman Butt

“Shaheen is not a one World Cup player. He can play the next five if he stays fit. World Cups will come and go. If he is rushed, this injury could be career-threatening. The ODI World Cup next year, and in the next 10 years, there will be two more.

So, in order to prolong his career, you need to preserve him. If he didn’t get injured, he would’ve played every game, and Naseem might’ve not made his debut,” Butt told Paktv.tv.

Butt’s comments came after former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed had also advised Shaheen not to participate in the upcoming event because it would only aggravate the injury.

“Fast bowlers like Shaheen Afridi are not born every day. My advice to Shaheen Afridi is not to play the upcoming T20 World Cup because Shaheen is more important than this World Cup,” Javed was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.

Pakistan will take on India in their opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia on October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.