Karachi: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is confident of recovering in time from a side strain before the two Twenty20 internationals against Australia next week.
Afridi said he would be available for the T20 matches as his injury was not a serious one.
“I know how important it is for me to play in these matches not only as captain but as a senior player,” he said.
Afridi suffered the side strain during the three-day match against Kent and the initial scans have shown that he has a small muscle rupture.
The flamboyant all-rounder will not play the T20 matches against Essex and Northamptonshire on Saturday and Sunday due to the same injury.
The Pakistan team management will re-assess Afridi’s recovery again before the matches against Australia.
Sources said Afridi’s injury at the initial stage of the trip was a worry for the team management as the tour would last until September with six Tests, five one-day internationals and two more T20 matches lined up.
Afridi has been in red-hot form these days and scored two centuries in the recent Asia Cup in Sri Lanka although Pakistan could not reach the final of the tournament.