New Delhi: Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi’s explosive claim of star seamer Shaheen Afridi paying for his own rehabilitation expenses stunned the cricketing world. As per Afridi’s claim, Shaheen traveled to England for rehab on his knee injury at his own expense, while the doctor for Shaheen was arranged by Afridi himself as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) could not pay for it. Shaheen could not play in the Asia Cup 2022 due to his knee injury. He traveled to UAE with the Pakistan cricket team but later left for England for his rehab.

Shaheen Afridi is going through rehab and is expected to attain full fitness before the T20 World Cup 2022. The star pacer has been named by PCB in Pakistan’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

“Shaheen Afridi has gone on his own to England. He has even paid for his own ticket. He is staying in England on his own money. I arranged a doctor for him, and then he contacted the doctor when he landed there. The PCB hasn’t done anything,” said Shahid on Samaa TV.

Meanwhile, PCB on Friday issued a statement refuting Afridi’s claims and asserted that the cricket board has always been responsible for medical care for Pakistan players.

“The PCB is also pleased to advise and update that Shaheen Shah Afridi is making excellent progress in his rehabilitation in London and is on track to make a full recovery in time for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2022.

“It goes without saying that the PCB has always been and will continue to be responsible for arranging medical care and rehabilitation of all its players requiring any treatment,” said PCB in their statement.

PCB also stated the doctors overseeing Shaheen’s recovery will also treat Fakhar Zaman, who will travel to London to get his knee injury treated which he sustained during the Asia Cup 2022. 

“During his stay in London, the PCB will make all relevant logistical arrangements for Fakhar and he will remain under the supervision of the PCB Advisory Panel, which includes Dr Imtiaz Ahmad and Dr Zafar Iqbal, who are also treating Shaheen Shah Afridi,” said PCB.

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