In a significant setback to Pakistan’s hopes for the Asia Cup 2023, fast bowler Naseem Shah has been forced out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury sustained during a Super Four match against India.
To ensure Naseem’s fitness for the upcoming ODI World Cup, which is less than a month away, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to withdraw him from the squad as a precautionary measure.
To fill the void left by Naseem Shah, Zaman Khan has been called up by the PCB and has already joined the Pakistan team for training. While Naseem’s injury is undoubtedly a setback, there is optimism within the Pakistan camp that it won’t jeopardize his availability for the upcoming World Cup. The team’s medical team is closely monitoring Naseem’s progress and taking all necessary precautions to facilitate his recovery.
In addition to Naseem’s absence, there are concerns about another crucial fast bowler, Haris Rauf. Rauf experienced discomfort in his right flank during the India game and was unable to bowl on the reserve day of the match. However, there is hope as Rauf is reportedly on the road to recovery. Team doctor Sohail Saleem stressed the significance of taking excellent care of these vital assets, especially with the impending World Cup on the horizon.