Pakistan concerned about Afridi and Shehzad’s fitness ahead of Asia Cup final

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“Tomorrow we will take the final decision about Afridi”

Pakistan are concerned about whether all-rounder Shahid Afridi and opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad will be fully fit prior to the start of the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka on March 8 in Mirpur.

Afridi is currently recovering from a hip injury, while Shehzad is nursing a shoulder strain.

“Shahid Afridi has a grade one hip flexor strain,” Pakistan manager Zakir Khan said. “Our physio is working on him. He’s been given rest and treatment.

“Hopefully tomorrow, before the start of the match we will know the complete situation about Afridi. He has responded well to the treatment. We are all analysing and assessing his situation. Tomorrow we will take the final decision about Afridi.

“We have little bit of niggles and strains to Ahmed Shehzad who was struggling with his shoulder. He’s also responding well to treatment. He’s coming up well. Umar Gul was little bit stiff but he’s also coming out of it.”

Khan added that batsman Sharjeel Khan was “nearly 98% fit” after he sustained a knee injury during the Pakistan’s clash with India on March 2.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq refused to speculate on whether Afridi and Shehzad will be fully fit prior to the start of the final.

“Obviously your main players make a difference to the side,” ul-Haq said. “We are, however, mentally strong. You may have seen [Fawad] Alam played really well in absence of Sharjeel Khan. The confidence level is very high. All the members of the team have been performing well. There is a will to win. We hope to get them in the side but at the same time we’re confident that even if they don’t play, we have the boys in the bench who are capable and confident to win the game for us.”

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