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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has revealed during his international debut in 1997, he was told by doctors that he would only be able to play for two years due to the immense pain he had in his right knee.
In addition to this, he noted that he used to have blood drained from his knees “before and after every match”.
Akhtar made the revelation on his YouTube channel, which currently has over 1.5 million subscribers, where he also announced that he would be undergoing knee replacement surgery next week.
“I was taken to the doctors after my first Test match and they told me I had about two years remaining,” he said as quoted by arysports.tv. “Doctors used to drain blood out of my knees before and after every match, fellow cricketers used to think that I was off to some club when in reality I would be at the hospital getting injected by four syringes.”
Despite what doctors told him in 1997, Akhtar went on to have an illustrious international career that came to an end after the 2011 World Cup.