Twenty20: Thumb injury may jinx Afridi’s participation

Published: September 4, 2012
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Afridi received two stitches on his left hand thumb, team management says final decision depends on doctors' feedback. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Afridi received two stitches on his left hand thumb, team management says final decision depends on doctors' feedback. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KARACHI: All-rounder Shahid Afridi who missed the second ODI due to a back injury might not be able to play in the three-match Twenty20 series following a thumb injury.

Manager of the Pakistan cricket team, Naveed Akram Cheema, said that the management was awaiting the doctor’s feedback on injuries Afridi received during the third and final ODI against Australia.

The availability of the all-rounder depends on the doctor’s feedback on the two stitches he received on his left hand thumb.

“We will take a decision after hearing from doctors,” Cheema told The Express Tribune from Dubai.

The T20 series will start on Wednesday, September 5 and end on September 10.

Meanwhile, another official associated with the team feared that the former captain might miss out on a couple of matches.

“Normally, stitches require three to five days to recover and Afridi might not be available for the first two matches.”

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  • Truth Hurts
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Shahid Afridi last 6 ODI matches score: 7, 0, 9, 0 , 1, 0. = 17 runs in 6 ODI’s.

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  • Ishaq Khan
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:02PM

    Afridi is more of a politician now

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  • goose
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Time to evaluate how much value he can add to his side, I’m sureRecommend

  • maestro
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:36PM

    I don’t understand why people keep slamming Lala – he has said many times his concentration is on bowling where he has been consistently doing well. And he has also clearly said that my job is to try to hit sixes or out. Thats his role in batting and we all know what mayhem he can cause in that department once he gets going. Give him a break and he is also an excellent fielder.

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  • Shukriya k sath
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Please have mercy on Pakistan cricket and retire now. No one has the courage to drop you otherwise your star-plus dramas will start again.
    Time to groom hardworking/talented youngsters and “genuine” allrounders like Hammad Azam.
    After witnessing your last night’s dismal performance with the bat, ball and even in the field, I was wondering may be you ll announce your retirement after this ODI series. Recommend

  • abdullah
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:43PM

    i think he has to play,that’s an asset for T20

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  • Sep 4, 2012 - 4:48PM

    must play

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  • Dave
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:48PM

    I think he should be given some months rest.

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  • raza
    Sep 4, 2012 - 6:15PM

    It might be a good idea for him to rest and fine tune his bowling and batting for the WC in sri-lanka. And somebody newer gets the chance against Australia. Hopefully Omer Gul is also practicing his yorkers everyday these days.

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  • bullS
    Sep 4, 2012 - 6:27PM

    if Khan Afridi is not playing , Pakistan has 90% chances of winning. Recommend

  • BOOM BOOM
    Sep 4, 2012 - 6:54PM

    If LaLa is Not Playing, For sure I m not going to watch t20 Series…..

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  • Syed Shahbaz
    Sep 4, 2012 - 6:58PM

    @Shukriya k sath:
    Agreed with you. Must have Hammad Azam also new talent Babar Azam in our team.
    We require them, they have taken Ali in this tour but not use him.
    I request Mr. Miadad to step up and do something for the Pakistan Cricket Team.
    Otherwise our future is in trouble. We had so many talent PCB is not even intersted to rebuild the team. Remove … Misbah & Akmal brothers from the team. Afridi should retire.
    I request to Misbah, Afridi, Younus, Akmal Brothers learn from England players how they retire from the team with performance.
    With thanks to ….. we have no cricket in our country since 2009, now it seems like pretty soon we will have no Fans to watch the cricket matches in pakistan.
    “PLEASE SAFE OUR CRICKET FROM DEVIL PLAYERS & MANAGMENT OH GOD”Recommend

  • sufi
    Sep 4, 2012 - 7:01PM

    Afridi please resign bro!

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  • Khan101
    Sep 4, 2012 - 7:03PM

    @maestro: “”I don’t understand why people keep slamming Lala””
    Don’t you know most of the comments are from our beloved neighborhood.

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  • Mirza
    Sep 4, 2012 - 7:11PM

    Afridi is still a great all rounder but only against B grade teams. His performance with the ball has only been great against associate members and B grade teams. He is cut down to size against strong oppositions like the recent matches. In addition, if he is not physically filt then what is the pressing need to bring him in the team? Afridi plus Akmal brothers are a sure recipe for losing.

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  • Kabir
    Sep 4, 2012 - 7:12PM

    Afridi Last 10 innings as a batsmen: 53 runs at an avg of 7.75

    As for his bowling which his fan use as his defenece….4 wickets in last 10 matches at an avg of 97…..

    As for his fielding…..he has become slow in the field and yesterday match was a prime example of it in which he dropped a simple catch for an international player…

    Just running to the bowler after every ball doesnt show u r doing anything worthy…loves to be a drama queen….showing off how he is playing after goin through so much pain…. Recommend

  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Sep 4, 2012 - 7:14PM

    This young man is a rare talent and time is on his side. He will get his chance to prove his mettle. Meanwhile, he could do well to focus on the under-19 tournaments.

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  • BaBa Blacksheep
    Sep 4, 2012 - 7:49PM

    Now Pakistan has a real chance to win

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  • qayyum khan
    Sep 4, 2012 - 8:01PM

    if lala is not playing nothing in pak team.he apways comes to bat there was always difficult position.he is a great playerRecommend

  • Faraz
    Sep 4, 2012 - 8:40PM

    @Khan101:
    you must be a great conspiracy theorist! I only see comments from concerned Pakistan fans who want to see their team win, and Afridi has been letting the team down, OK he is not a batsman but his bowling has been poor too! Learn to accept things you don’t like. There are only Pakistanis commenting here, and what have Indians to do with a non-performing player anyway??

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  • raheelr
    Sep 5, 2012 - 12:15AM

    doom doom Afridi.

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  • Usman
    Sep 5, 2012 - 2:45PM

    a blessing in disguise really!!!

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  • Syed Shahbaz
    Sep 18, 2012 - 9:47AM

    Afridi Bhai Take Retirement from International Cricket or else perform!!!!
    Same Goes to Umar Akmal, we will not let you stay in Team if you cant perform.

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