Pakistan had to face a tough defeat against India by 228 runs on Monday. Chasing India's target of 357 runs, Pakistan team was all out for 128 runs in 32 overs. Pakistan's two batsmen Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah did not even come to bat. On the second day of this match which lasted for two days, Naseem bowled, but Haris did not come to bowl.
Both these bowlers were seen in excellent form in this tournament. While Haris is currently the joint highest wicket taker with nine wickets, Naseem has taken seven wickets. However, Pakistan has suffered a big setback for the remaining matches. Naseem Shah is out of the tournament due to injury.
Both were injured in the match against India
Both Haris and Naseem were injured in the match against India. Naseem got injured in his right shoulder while fielding, while Haris got injured in his hand. Both were seen struggling in the Super Four match against India. That's why he didn't even come to bat. While Naseem was ruled out of the tournament, there are doubts about Haris playing the remaining matches of the Asia Cup. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also announced the replacement of Naseem for the remaining matches of Asia Cup.
Zaman becomes Naseem's replacement
Zaman Khan will be Naseem's replacement. This right-arm fast bowler has represented Pakistan in T20. He has also joined the team in Sri Lanka. Zaman has taken four wickets in six T20s for Pakistan. During this period his economy rate has been 6.66. PCB said that Haris Rauf, who did not bowl in the reserve day of the Super Four match against India, is also being monitored. He is slowly recovering. Team doctor Sohail Saleem said- These two fast bowlers are important for us and the team medical will take good care of them before the World Cup.
Pakistan provide latest medical update on injuries to Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf heading into #CWC23 ???— ICC (@ICC) September 13, 2023
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Pakistan has to play a match against Sri Lanka on Thursday
Pakistan currently has to play against Sri Lanka in the Super Four round and if the team qualifies for the final then it will play two matches. It is unlikely that Haris will play in the match against Sri Lanka on September 14. This match is do or die match for Pakistan. Only by winning that match, Pakistan team will be able to qualify for the final. At the same time, even if Pakistan team qualifies for the final, it is doubtful for Haris Rauf to play on September 17.
Mohammad Wasim Jr. may get a chance to play in place of Naseem, Zaman and Haris. At the same time, in place of Faheem Ashraf, Pakistan team can also take the field with an additional spinner. The ball turned a lot in the India-Sri Lanka match. In such a situation, either Nawaz or Usama Mir may get a chance in the playing-11.