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Injury puts Afridi in doubt

Dubai: All-rounder Shahid Afridi is a major injury doubt for Pakistan ahead of their Twenty20 series against Australia in Dubai.

“You must have witnessed it yesterday — Shahid had a thumb injury, where his left thumb was wounded quite badly, the skin tore off and blood was oozing quite profusely,” manager Naveed Akram Cheema said Tuesday.

“He’s received about two stitches. The doctors intend to examine the intensity of the wound (and) how far can it be healed. We haven’t taken a decision yet...”

The absence of Afridi, who missed last Friday’s second match of the ODI series with a back injury, would be a major blow to Pakistan as both sides prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 that starts in Sri Lanka in less than two weeks.

If Afridi is absent, more responsibility is likely to fall on his fellow spinner Saeed Ajmal and also fast bowler Umar Gul, recalled after being left out of the ODIs. (Reuters)