‘I am trending on Twitter but why?’: Mohammad Amir’s reaction after Shaheen Shah Afridi ruled out of Asia Cup

Mohammad Amir claiming appeal
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Following a right knee ligament injury, the PCB Medical Advisory Committee and outside doctors advised Shaheen Shah Afridi to take a 4-6 week break from playing. The 22-year-old was hurt while fielding in Galle’s first Test match against Sri Lanka. He will also be absent from the home series against England, but he is anticipated to make a comeback in the T20I tri-series against New Zealand and the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.

Cricket fans started a trend after Afridi was ruled out, calling for Amir to be the replacement player for the Asia Cup. Amir, who retired in 2020 but made himself available for selection starting in June of last year, posted a question on Twitter with the hashtag #mtrending on Twitter.

Dr. Najeebullah Soomro, the chief medical officer of the PCB, said: “Shaheen is naturally devastated by the news, and from our conversation, it is clear that he is a brave young man who has pledged to return to his country and team with all of his might. It is now obvious that he will need more time and is likely to return to competitive cricket in October, despite the fact that he has made progress during his recovery in Rotterdam. The player will be extensively monitored by PCB’s Sports & Exercise Medicine Department in the following weeks to ensure his safe return to competitive cricket.”

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