London, July 1: Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is confident that he will overcome his injury to play the opening T20 international against Australia in Birmingham on July 5.
Shahid Afridi picked up a side strain during Pakistan's three-day practice match against Kent at Canterbury.
“I have to play against Australia in the Twenty20 matches in Birmingham. I"ll be there, don"t worry about that," PakPassion.net quoted Afridi, as saying.
“The injury is not too serious and I am confident that I will be lining up against Australia next Monday. It"s likely that I won"t play in the next two warm up matches, as it"s best not to take any risks," he added.
Meanwhile, talking about the injury, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said: “He has been asked to rest for two days and have some treatment, then we will reassess things."
Waqar remains hopeful that Afridi will be fine for the opening game.
Pakistan has back-to-back series against Australia and England in their tour of England.
The tour includes two T20 games and two Tests against Australia and four Tests, five ODIs and two T20 games against England.