ISLAMABAD :Islamabad United skipper, Shadab Khan, has revealed that he has still not fully recovered from his finger injury which he sustained while playing for Hobart Hurricanes in Big Bash League.
Pakistan vice-captain Shadab Khan was not considered for selection against New Zealand in three-match ODI series after he suffered a fracture on his finger.
“I have not recovered from my finger injury because I can still feel the swelling and pain,” said Shadab in an interview.
Pakistan’s interim chief selector during New Zealand, Shahid Afridi, reacting to Shadab’s injury said that players should go and gain exposure in overseas leagues but it should not come at the cost of national duty or domestic cricket.
A Twitter user questioned Shadab playing for United in PSL 8 with injury, while risking his international career over franchise cricket.
However, general manager of Islamabad United, Rehan-ul-Haq, quickly came to Shadab’s defense and clarified their stance on Shadab’s injury.
“Hello sir. Before jumping to conclusions, please understand that it is advised by the physio & doctor to play him since that is the only way he will recover. Thanks,” Rehan tweeted in reply.
Shadab was seen in the field with bandage on his injured finger. However, that didn’t stop him from bowling an economical four-over spell of 0/21 against Karachi King on Friday and leading his team to victory.