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Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi, who suffered a knee injury while fielding, will be on a rehabilitation process in London. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has left for London to complete his rehabilitation process, according to a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday.

“Shaheen Shah Afridi requires uninterrupted, dedicated knee specialist care and London offers some of the best sports medical and rehabilitation facilities in the world. In the best interest of the player, we have decided to send him there,” said Dr Najeebullah Soomro, PCB Chief Medical Officer.

“The medical department will receive daily feedback on his progress while in London and we are confident Shaheen will return to full fitness before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.”

Regain complete fitness

While in London, Afridi will remain under the supervision of the PCB Medical Advisory Panel, which also comprises London-based Dr Imtiaz Ahmed and Dr Zafar Iqbal. Since 2016, Dr Imtiaz has been the Head of Medical Services at the Queens Park Rangers Football Club, while Dr Zafar is Head of Sports Medicine at the Crystal Palace Football Club since 2015, having worked previously with Tottenham Hotspur FC, Liverpool FC and Kent County Cricket Club.

Shaheen suffered a PCL injury in July while fielding during the first Test against Sri Lanka. He is expected to regain complete fitness before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, though his return to competitive cricket will be decided upon by the PCB Medical Advisory Panel.