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Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf’s Availability in Question for Pakistan vs New Zealand Series

Shaheen Afridi, Pakistan’s left-arm fast bowler, is expected to continue rehabilitation with the national team’s medical staff in Karachi. The team will examine his rehabilitation and monitor his development to ensure a seamless return to the side.

Afridi was sidelined with a knee injury that prevented him from delivering the last overs against England in the T20 World Cup 2022 final in Melbourne. He’ll now spend a few days at the National High-Performance Centre through a “rehabilitation and conditioning programme” to strengthen his knee.

A return to play before of the ODI series against New Zealand would be dependant on the effectiveness of the rehabilitation programme and the clearance of the medical board. The bowler might be selected for the forthcoming ODI Series if the medical panel gives him the all-clear.

Premier Meanwhile, Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf injured his right quadriceps on the opening day of the just finished Test series against England. Rauf made his red-ball debut in Rawalpindi, but was injured following a fielding blunder on Day 1 when he rolled over the ball.

According to the most recent Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reports, the interim selection committee and team management have invited the right-arm bowler to be evaluated by the team’s medical staff. Rauf will be put through a fitness test before being selected for the next 50-over series. The bowler is also on the probables list for the ODI series against New Zealand.

In white-ball cricket this year, he has been a critical component in Shaheen’s absence. Rauf, on the other hand, was unable to make an impact in the red-ball match and was forced to sit out due to an injury. Pakistan will face the Kiwis in a three-match 50-over series beginning on January 9 after the completion of the second and final red-ball match.