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Shaheen Shah Afridi undergoes appendix surgery

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Pakistani cricketer Shaheen Shah Afridi undergoes appendix surgery on Sunday. The cricketer shared his picture from the hospital on his Twitter account.

“Had an appendectomy today but Alhumdulillah feeling better. Remember me in your prayers,” said Shaheen in his tweet. The pacer is on a four-week rest following the surgery. He will not be a part of the upcoming Test series against England in December and New Zealand in January. Shaheen, after recovering from his surgery, will also complete his knee rehabilitation. He is expected to be back in action in April 2023. Resultantly, he will also be missing the upcoming Pakistan Super League edition.

Pakistani cricketer Haris Rauf reached the hospital to meet him. He shared his picture with Shaheen Shah Afridi on his Twitter account. “Get well soon my buddy, champion, Tiger. I am always with you as a brother.@iShaheenAfridi,” wrote Haris Rauf in his tweet.

The 22-year-old left-arm quick had hurt himself while taking a catch against England in Melbourne and was unable to complete his four overs as his side lost by five wickets. PCB had confirmed that there was no sign of serious injury and his discomfort was likely due to flexion as he fell in the deep after taking the catch.

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Soon PCB released a press release on the health report of Shaheen Shah Afridi.

“The scan conducted on Monday morning prior to the team’s departure for Pakistan, has confirmed there were no signs of an injury and the knee discomfort was likely due to a forced knee flexion whilst landing,” the PCB stated on Monday.

“The scans were discussed between PCB’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Najeebullah Soomro, and Australian knee specialist, Dr. Peter D’Alessandro, and it was reassuring to know that there was no injury. The left-arm fast bowler is feeling better and is in high spirits,” it added.

“Shaheen’s return to international cricket will be subject to the champion fast bowler’s successful completion of the rehabilitation program and the following go-ahead by the medical staff,” it said.

“Shaheen will undergo a rehabilitation and conditioning program that has been designed to strengthen his knee at the National High-Performance Centre a few days after his return to Pakistan,” the press release further stated.