Asia Cup 2022 is just around the corner and Team India is all set for the prestigious event, which will be held in the UAE. On Saturday, Indian rivals Pakistan were hit in the face when aaspacer Shaheen Shah Afridi was banned from the tournament due to an injury. Commenting on the news, former Pakistani pacemaker Waqar Younis had said Shaheen’s injury would be a “great relief” for India’s top order. However, on Sunday, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan also pointed out how teams would be relieved if India were without both Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel.
“It’s a relief for other teams that Bumrah and Harshal are not playing this Asian Cup!” tweeted Irfan Pathan.
It is a relief for other teams that Bumrah and Harshal are not playing this Asia Cup!
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 21, 2022
In response to Irfan Pathan’s tweet, former India opener Wasim Jaffer also responded by posting a scene from the Bollywood hit ‘Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar’, featuring the lyrics of the song ‘Pehla Nasha’.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 21, 2022
Bumrah will miss the Asian Cup due to a back injury, while Harshal is out because he has not fully recovered from his rib injury.
Speaking of Shaheen, the left arm pacer had sustained a right knee injury while fielding the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
“I have spoken to Shaheen and he is understandably upset by the news, but he is a brave young man who has vowed to come back vigorously to serve his country and team,” said PCB’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Najeebullah Soomro.
The 22-year old was part of the Pakistan squad for its ongoing ODI-series in the Netherlands, but didn’t play the first two games.
“While he has made progress during his rehabilitation in Rotterdam, it is now clear that he will need more time and will probably return to competitive cricket in October,” said Soomro.
Pakistan has not yet announced a replacement for Shaheen Afridi in their Asia Cup roster.
Pakistan will begin their campaign against India on August 28 in Dubai.
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