Naseem Shah Ruled out of Asia Cup 2023; Zaman Khan Named as Replacement

Naseem Shah
Naseem Shah

Following Pakistan’s 228-run defeat against their arch-rival India on Monday, the Men in Green faces another massive blow after their key pacer Naseem Shah was ruled out of the Asia Cup 2023 with an injury in his right shoulder.

Naseem Shah Ruled out of Asia Cup 2023 

The PCB said that Naseem injured his right shoulder during the match against India. He continues to be monitored by the team’s medical panel that is taking all necessary precautions keeping in mind the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Meanwhile, Haris Rauf, who did not bowl on the reserve day of the India game after feeling “discomfort in his right flank” on the scheduled day of the match, “continues to recover well”, the PCB said.

Pakistan Cricket Board has named right-arm fast bowler Zaman Khan as the replacement player for the injured Naseem Shah in Pakistan’s 17-player squad for the ongoing Men’s ODI Asia Cup 2023.

The statement also reads “Zaman joined the team in the morning today and will train with the squad at the RPICS in the evening”.

Haris Rauf, who did not bowl on the reserve day of the Pakistan vs India contest as a precautionary measure, continues to recover well after he felt discomfort in his right flank on the first day of the match.

Team doctor Sohail Saleem: “These two fast bowlers are our assets and the team’s medical panel will provide them the best possible care ahead of the all-important World Cup.”

Khan was called up alongside Shahnawaz Dahani by the PCB a day ago after Shah and Rauf had picked up their niggles.

As per a report on Monday, Pakistan had called up Zaman and Shahnawaz Dahani once Rauf and Naseem, two members of the three-pronged Pakistan pace attack of which Shaheen Afridi is the leader, picked up their injuries.

  • Haris Rauf in Asia Cup 2023:
    • Matches: 4
    • Wickets: 9
    • Average: 13.33
    • BBM: 4/19
  • Naseem Shah in Asia Cup 2023:
    • Matches: 7
    • Wickets: 7
    • Average: 20.00
    • BBM: 3/34