In a major blow to Pakistan‘s ongoing campaign in the Asia Cup 2023, right-arm fast bowler Naseem Shah has been forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a right shoulder injury sustained during a match against India. The news has sent ripples of concern through the Pakistan camp as they continue their their for the grand finale.
Naseem Shah’s Injury and Ongoing Monitoring
An injury to Shah occurred during a high-stakes encounter against India, adding to the intensity of the historic rivalry. The right-arm pacer, known for his pace and ability to generate movement, suffered a shoulder injury that necessitated immediate medical attention.
The team’s medical panel is closely monitoring Shah’s condition, and all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure his speedy recovery. With the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 on the horizon, Pakistan’s management is keen to have him back in prime form as soon as possible.
Haris Rauf’s Injury and Recovery
In a double blow for the Pakistani bowling unit, Shah’s bowling partner, Haris Rauf, also faced an injury scare during the same match. Rauf was unable to bowl on the reserve day of the Super 4 clash against India due to discomfort in his right flank, which raised concerns about his fitness.
However, there is positive news on the recovery front for Rauf. He continues to progress well, and the discomfort in his right flank is subsiding. The Pakistan team’s medical staff is diligently working to ensure his swift return to full fitness.
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Zaman Khan Steps In as a Replacement player
To fill the void left by Shah’s absence, Pakistan has named Zaman Khan as a like-to-like replacement in the 17-player squad for the remainder of the Asia Cup 2023. Zaman wasted no time and joined his teammates on the training ground at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo just hours after his inclusion was announced.
Pakistan’s team management remains optimistic about Zaman’s ability to step up and contribute to the team’s success in the Asia Cup. His inclusion brings fresh energy and depth to the bowling department, and fans will be keen to see him in action in the remaining tournament.
Pakistan’s updated squad:
Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (captain), Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shaheen Afridi, Zaman Khan.
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