Naseem Shah Injury: Will it Force Him Out of Pakistan’s World Cup 2023 Squad?
Pakistan fast bowler Naseem Shah faced the daunting possibility of being sidelined for the entire ODI World Cup due to a more serious right shoulder injury than initially anticipated.
Naseem’s injury occurred during Pakistan’s second match against India in the recent Asia Cup, compelling him to exit the field during the 46th over.
While Naseem sidelined during the Asia Cup, Zaman Khan stepped in as his replacement. However, it’s worth noting that Mohammad Hasnain, another potential replacement, is also currently nursing an injury.
Naseem’s unavailability for the World Cup, along with the subsequent series in Australia, will be a significant setback for Pakistan.
This injury is not a recurrence of any previous shoulder problems, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is seeking a second opinion to confirm the full extent of the injury.
If the follow-up scans confirm the initial diagnosis, Naseem may be looking at an extended period of recovery, which raises concerns about his involvement in the Test series in Australia and the possibility of him missing the upcoming Pakistan Super League.
Naseem’s absence is a big blow for Pakistan’s bowling lineup.
Naseem has faced injury challenges in the early phases of his career. At 17, he took a 14-month break from cricket due to a back injury. His return saw him injure his shoulder during his debut with Gloucestershire, causing a month-long absence from the game.
Naseem has evolved into a vital bowler for Pakistan in all formats of the game. He’s their top bowler in ODIs, with 32 wickets in 14 matches at an average of under 17.
On Friday, Naseem shortlisted for the SA20 auction, but now it seems highly likely that he will miss the tournament.
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