In a significant boost for Pakistan's prospects, fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has completed his injury rehabilitation and will be joining the team's T20 World Cup squad as per schedule.
The 22-year-old quick, who had been laid low by a knee injury, will be available to be picked for the team's official World Cup warm-up games
against England and Afghanistan as he builds up match fitness towards the team's all-important tournament opener against India at the MCG on October 23.
Afridi, who picked up a knee ligament injury while fielding in a Test against Sri Lanka in July, missed the Asia Cup as well as the seven-match T20I series against England owing to a lengthy rehabilitation
program for which he was sent to England. In a Pakistan Cricket Board media release, the fast bowler revealed that he's resumed bowling at full tilt over the last 10 days.
A central member of Pakistan's run to the semifinals of last year's T20 World Cup in Dubai, Afridi finished with seven wickets in the tournament at an economy of 7.04 including a best of 3 for 31 in the defeat of India.
Meanwhile, Fakhar Zaman, who was named among the travelling reserves for the upcoming World Cup, will also travel to Brisbane
and join the squad and will continue his rehabilitation under the supervision of team doctor Najeebullah Soomro.