Knee discomfort forces Shaheen to walk off the field during T20 World Cup final

The pacer recently returned from a knee injury

By Web Desk
November 13, 2022
Pakistan posted 137 runs against England — ICC

MELBOURNE: Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi had to walk off the field due to knee discomfort during the T20 World Cup 2022 final clash against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Shaheen took a brilliant catch of Harry Brook to send the middle-order batter back to the pavilion, but he fell on his right knee.

Coming in to bowl the 16th over, Shaheen bowled the first delivery in severe pain and couldn't carry on further. He walked off the field and was replaced by Khushdil Shah in the field.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued an update on the left-arm pacer's condition moments after.

"Shaheen Shah Afridi landed awkwardly on his right knee. Medical panel is treating him and will provide any further update in due course," the PCB said.

Earlier, the pacer gave Pakistan an early breakthrough as he bowled out England opener Alex Hales in the first over.

On the last ball of the first over, the left-arm pacer, Shaheen, sent aggressive batter Alex Hales back to the pavilion with an in-swinging fiery delivery.

Opting to field first, England restricted Pakistan to a modest 137 runs before chasing down the target in 19 overs to become the champions of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

Sam Curran and Adil Rashid starred with the ball, while Ben Stokes scored a half-century to lead the Poms to victory and lift the trophy.