Allrounder Mohammad Hafeez was heavily critical of Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) handling of Shaheen Shah Afridi's knee injury terming it as 'criminal'.
Afridi suffered the injury during Pakistan's first Test against Sri Lanka and sat out of their second Test at Galle, but was included in the squad for the ODI series against Netherlands this month. Captain Babar Azam said before the series that the pacer had the possibility of playing one match in that series. However, Afridi did not feature against the Dutch after the medical staff revealed that the injury was serious.
On Monday, PCB announced that Afridi will be traveling to London for rehabilitation in order to ready for the T20 World Cup in October.
"It pains me how Shaheen's affair has been handled. He is being groomed, and the whole world wants to watch him, so we need to look after him in the right way. Since the PCB announcement, it was clear that Shaheen had been injured for several weeks, and that time has been wasted. This is a criminal act," Hafeez said on PTV Sports.
"He's gone to England now, but why couldn't this decision have been made eight weeks ago? The diagnosis should have been made straightaway, and he should have been sent for the best rehab immediately. The fact he needs to be sent abroad for treatment is unfortunate in its own right, because we in Pakistan have been unable to upgrade our own medical facilities," he added.
The left-arm pacer has been sidelined for the Asia Cup and was seen watching Pakistan's opening game against India in Dubai from the stands. His participation in Pakistan's home T20I series against England beginning next month is also unlikely.