In the warm-up match against Afghanistan on Wednesday, the leftarm pacer bowled with the new ball and in the very first over sent a vicious yorker that crashed into opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s foot.
It all happened on the fifth delivery of the opening over when Afridi bowled a toe-crushing yorker which struck Gurbaz’s left foot, leaving the batter in immense pain.
Soon, Afridi and other Pakistan players appealed, and Gurbaz was declared leg before wicket. The play was stopped for some time with the physios coming out to treat Gurbaz, who did not seem comfortable at all. After some time, the Afghanistan opener was carried off the field by a substitute fielder as the former couldn’t walk.
As per the latest reports, Gurbaz has been rushed to a nearby hospital for scans on his left foot. Afghanistan will be keeping their finger crossed for Gurbaz, who is one of their mainstays at the top of the order and also their wicketkeeper. Afghanistan have their Super 12 match against England in Perth on Saturday.
The left-arm seamer is making a comeback to the Pakistan side after recovering from a knee injury that kept him away from the Asia Cup and also Pakistan’s home series against England and the tri-series in New Zealand.
The left-arm seamer will be raring to go against India in front of a jam-packed Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd.