In a horrific piece of news for Pakistan just ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023, in India, the star pacer Naseem Shah is likely to be ruled out of the entire World Cup. His shoulder injury has been revealed to be more series in comparison to the initial checks.
PCB is still looking hopeful but the intensity of Naseem’s injury somewhere makes it quite clear that the young pacer might miss the entire remaining part of this year.
“The PCB is expected to make an official decision once they have results from his secondary scans in a few days. He was replaced at the Asia Cup by Zaman Khan, while Mohammad Hasnain, another possible replacement, is currently also injured,” reads a report in ESPNcricinfo.
Zaman Khan or Mohammad Wasim Jr. likely to replace Naseem Shah in World Cup squad
Naseem sustained this shoulder injury during Pakistan’s first second super-4 clash against the arch-rivals, India. It was also the match when Naseem’s teammate and another star pacer Haris Rauf was ruled out of the remaining part on the reserve day. However, Rauf’s injury is understood to be not very serious but Naseem’s injury has raised concerns in Pakistan.
Naseem and Rauf were replaced by Mohammad Wasim Jr. and debutant Zaman Khan in the match against India. However, Pakistan haven’t announced their squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023 but it is going to be a big blow for them.
Speaking of the recent outings for Pakistan, they were knocked out of the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 after losing the virtual semi-final in their last super-4 match against Sri Lanka. The hosts, Sri Lanka won the nail-biting thriller by a very close margin of only 2 wickets and made it to the final of the tournament to lock horns with India.
Pakistan are also being considered as one of the favourites to win the ODI World Cup 2023. But this major blow has put their preparations in jeopardy.
Here’s how fans reacted to Naseem Shah getting ruled out of ODI World Cup 2023:
Sach me dukh hua yeh sunke.. achha bowler hai.. Worldcup me chahiye aise players.. toh Match interesting bante h
— Ashok Rajpurohit (@ashok_apna_AK) September 16, 2023
Pak also ruled out of world cup 😂 pic.twitter.com/2SL6uB74ls
— *Roe Joot* (@ImGani22) September 16, 2023
Theek hai ye Hanno bahir e theek hai
— 𝕏 (@allbymyslff) September 16, 2023
Pace Bowler woh hai jo consistently Tez kare. Ek Tez spell karke teen mahine baahar baithne waale pacer nahi hain. Mehmaan hai Mehmaan.
— Indian Tintin (@IndianTintin_) September 16, 2023
Tumpe yeh kisne, hara tang daala,
Khushi ne tumhari tumhe, maar daala!
Haayyy maar daaala, dayyaa maar dala!
— Mehwish (@MyWishIsUs) September 16, 2023
Ye kya hua kaise hua kyu hua kab hua jab hua tab hua choddo ye na socho . pic.twitter.com/5YngMolI4n
— Hunटरर ♂ (@nickhunterr) September 16, 2023
Kohli se pitne se bach jaayega 🤣
— Naveen (@_naveenish) September 16, 2023
Pakistan 🇵🇰 tu toh gayo bhaiyo 🤣🤣
— 🅿️iyush kataruka (@Piyush_Kataruka) September 16, 2023
Kutaayi se bach gaya 😹
— 💙 (@Alreadysad__) September 16, 2023
Big blow for Pakistan
— krishnamoorthy (@krishna99123) September 16, 2023