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Afridi to skip local tourneys before ICC Champions Trophy

Shahid Afridi has decided to skip some local tournaments before the ICC Champions trophy to give rest to his body and prepare himself for the tournament

Afridi to skip local tourneys before ICC Champions Trophy - Cricket News
Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi during practice.
Ahead of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, Pakistan Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi has decided to skip some local tournaments after sustaining an ankle sprain during the conditioning camp in Lahore. Turning out for the hosts, Afridi, who is also the vice-captain of the national team, has decided to give the quarter-finals of the Dr Muhammad Ali Shah night Twenty20 tournament a miss due of the ankle problem.

"I got a hit on the ankle on the last day of the camp and I don't want to take any risks because we have an important tournament like the Champions Trophy coming up," Afridi said. He said he decided against playing the local event as he wanted to give his ankle some rest before the second phase of the national camp which begins in Karachi from September 12.

While Afridi will be missing from the tournament, other Pakistani players including captain, Younis Khan have got special permission to play in the knockout stages. Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed has, however, made it clear that no player will be allowed to play in any Ramazan tournament once the camp begins in Karachi.

"The Champions Trophy is a very important event for us and we don't want to risk any fitness issues with any of our players that is why we have stopped them from playing in local matches during the camp," Yawar said.

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