Afridi skips PCB's four-day fitness test due to knee injury, Hafeez absent as well

PTI, May, 09 2016

Karachi: Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi and senior batsman Muhammad Hafeez have decided to skip a four-day fitness test ordered by the Cricket Board for all its centrally-contracted players.

Even though the new selection committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq had ignored Afridi, opener Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal for the month-long training camp being set up in Abbotabad for the tour to England, all three were directed to appear for the fitness tests.

File photo of Shahid Afridi. Solaris Images

File photo of Shahid Afridi. Solaris Images

Even Hafeez, whose appearance in the camp was subject to fitness. was told to take the fitness tests which began in Lahore on Sunday.

But Afridi tweeted about his non-availability for the tests.

"I have told @TheRealPCB that I won't be available for fitness test due to knee niggle," tweeted Afridi.

Afridi said he is recuperating to be fit to represent English County side Hampshire and join them for their domestic T20 event.

"I am keen to play for Hampshire and I want to regain fitness before joining them," Afridi said.

Hafeez also said he had informed the board about his unavailability for the fitness tests.

Hafeez said he couldn't take the tests since he was yet to recover completely from injuries in the knee muscle.

"I have been undergoing a rehabilitation program at the national academy for the injury since the last six weeks but it is too early to say how much time it will take for me to make a complete recovery," Hafeez said.


Published Date: May 09, 2016 | Updated Date: May 09, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115