Pakistan quick Shaheen Afridi has undergone surgery on his appendix as the star pacer continues his recovery from his ongoing knee injury.
Afridi has been battling a knee complaint since he hurt it when fielding in a Test match against Sri Lanka in July and earlier this month left the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in discomfort after re-aggravating the affected area.
Scans later found the knee injury not to be too serious, but the Pakistan Cricket Board advised the tall left-armer to undergo two weeks of rehabilitation before any timeline was put on a return to play.
And while recovering from his knee injury, Afridi took to social media to reveal he had been battling another ailment and had been in hospital to undergo appendectomy.
But Afridi said the surgery on his appendix had gone well and asked his fans to pray for his speedy recovery.
“Had an appendectomy today but Alhumdulillah feeling better. Remember me in your prayers,” Afridi said.
It is unlikely Afridi will be available for Pakistan’s upcoming three-match Test series at home against England next month, while their two-match series into the start of January may also be out of reach for the talented 22-year-old.
That five-match stretch is crucial for Pakistan as they attempt to finish in the top two in the standings and win a place at next year’s World Test Championship final at The Oval.
Pakistan are currently fifth on the standings with a 51.85 win percentage and will likely need to win at least three of their five remaining Test matches to have any chance of qualifying.