Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup final, Mirpur March 7, 2014

Afridi, Shehzad among Pakistan's injury concerns

ESPNcricinfo staff

Misbah-ul-Haq expects high-intensity final

Soon after Shahid Afridi had reached his half-century against Bangladesh on Tuesday, Pakistan's physio had run out to the field to attend to him. Struggling to move after that, Afridi was run out. Three days later, he was still walking gingerly when Pakistan trained on the eve of the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka.  

"Shahid Afridi has a grade one hip flexor strain," their 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."

Afridi isn't the only Pakistan player with a fitness issue.

"We have little bit of niggles and strains to Ahmed Shehzad who was struggling with his shoulder," Zakir said. "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."

Zakir added that Sharjeel Khan, who had missed the Bangladesh game with a knee injury, was "nearly 98% fit. He batted and fielded at the nets and looked good today."  

From these comments, it seemed as if Sharjeel and Gul would probably be fully fit in time to play the final. Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's captain, didn't provide too many clues to the likelihood of Afridi and Shehzad making it.

"Obviously your main players make a difference to the side," Misbah 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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  • ESPN on March 8, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    I think that Sri Lanka will be the winner of the Arise Asia Cup 2014.

  • Dummy on March 8, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    I hope this match will be a good and interesting match.

  • ESPN on March 8, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Of course Pak will win Final Inshallah

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    I remember Imran Khan playing for Pakistan over the years he was not fit to bowl and also in the 1992 world cup when his fitness was suspected. So they say a Lion when hurt is more dangerous

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Inshah Allah! pakistani Team will bring the Asia Cup Trophy.

  • ESPN on March 8, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Pak win today In Sha Allah

  • Android on March 8, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Our prayers are with you . Lala' nd team Pakistan

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    my Prayers are with Pakistani PLayers May they recover soon ................ and will defeat Sri Lanka

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Sanga will do it once more for SL.

  • Mohommed Firdhouse on March 8, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Inshah Allah! Sri Lanka Team will bring the Asia Cup Trophy... I suggest Matthews, Sanga, Mahela, Malinga, Thisara, Kusal, Thirimanna, Ashan Priyanjana, Chathuranga, Lakmal & Sachithra are best for today game.... Wish you all the very best for our Lions!!!... Come on guys you all can do it easily...

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