Abbas Afridi had the dream debut. The pacer was doing well in the T20I series against the Kiwis. However, he will not play the third match. this time around, and there is also confusion regarding his participation in the rest of the tournament. In this article, we will discuss why Abbas has been ruled out of the series, and his performance so far.
Why Abbas is ruled out of the T20I?
So, why is Abbas Afridi ruled out of the match? Well, he is suffering from a low-grade abdominal wall muscle strain. He complained about the pain after the second match. The team management has stated that Abbas isn’t suffering from any major injury. However, they are waiting for his lab reports. After the reports and diagnosis, it will become clear whether Abbas Afridi will play the rest of the series.
Abbas’s performance so far
It was a bummer that Abbas Afridi had to miss the third match. He had a dream debut. So far, he has been the best bowler in the series for Pakistan. Let’s discuss his performance so far in the series. He has picked five wickets in two matches with an economy rate of 9.62 and a strike rate of 9.60. The economy rate is a bit more on the expensive side. However, it is understandable since New Zealand has prepared batting wickets for the series.
Multan Sultan’s bowling performance in PSL 8
Abbas Afridi was instrumental for Multan Sultans last season. Along with Ihsanullah, Abbas wreaked havoc on the pitch. During PSL 8, he picked 23 wickets in 11 matches with an economy rate of 9.45 and a strike rate of 10.26
Replacement in the third match
Pakistan team has decided to replace him with Zaman Khan during this match. Zaman has been pretty great last year. He broke records and picked up the most T20 wickets in a calendar for any Pakistani. It will be interesting to see whether he can prove himself with the chance handed to him on a plate.
Abbas Afridi was looking good. However, injury has ruined his campaign. And he isn’t the only bowler to suffer this fate. Injuries have taken over the world of cricket. You could see players getting injured here and there. Shaheen, Naseem, and Haris Rauf have had injury scares in the Pakistan team. The Black Caps will also play the rest of the series without Kane Williamson as he is injured. Stay tuned to know more about Abbas Afridi and his involvement in this T20 series.