PCB provides update on Abrar Ahmed, Khurram Shahzad rehabilitation

The duo was injured during the Test tour of Australia

By Web Desk
January 18, 2024
Abrar Ahmed (L) and Khurram Shahzad (R) - PCB/AFP

Right-arm spinner Abrar Ahmed and right-arm fast bowler Khurram Shahzad have started their rehabilitation under the supervision of Dr. Sohail Saleem's medical panel at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

Abrar, 25, returned from Australia earlier this month. He had to leave the field during the first-class game against Prime Minister XI in Canberra due to pain in his right leg, just ahead of the three-Test series. He didn't take part in the series.

On the other hand, 24-year-old Khurram suffered a stress fracture after playing in the first Test against Australia in Perth.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Shadab Khan, who sustained an ankle injury in the recent National T20 Tournament, has successfully recovered after undergoing a five-week rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

“It is pleasing to see Shadab Khan has been declared fit after undergoing a robust rehab plan under the medical team here at the National Cricket Academy," Dr Sohail Saleem – Director Medical and Sports Sciences said.

“Abrar and Khurram have just joined us for rehabilitation. Upon their arrival, these two players underwent mandatory testing to understand the nature of their injuries. They have now been provided with a plan, which they will work on under the supervision of the medical team.”

As reported by Geo News earlier this month, Abrar did not follow the instructions of the doctors to get rid of the injury, due to which he could not play any match on the tour of Australia according to the medical report available.

It was revealed in the report that he has Sciatica — a condition that includes pain, numbness, or tingling in the leg.

Abrar first complained of pain in his right hip during the ICC World Cup 2023 in India. He was tested immediately after which he was diagnosed with Sciatica.

Upon diagnosing, the medical staff prepared a plan for the spinner to recover from the injury in which he was instructed to follow the restrictions on various exercises and drills.

The report stated that the 25-year-old did not follow the instructions after which the team management, once again, urged the spinner to follow the commands of the medical panel but nothing changed.

After some days, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that the 25-year-old will miss the first two Test but prior to the commencement of the Sydney Test, Abrar was ruled out of the last match as well.

Abrar is currently continuing his rehab at Lahore's National Cricket Academy (NCA) and was ruled out of Pakistan’s five-match T20I series against New Zealand which is currently underway.