Asian Championship 2023: Less than 15 days remain until the Asian Cup 2023, which takes place in Pakistan and Sri Lanka this year. So far, three of the six participating teams have announced their rosters. The first game is to be played between Pakistan and Nepal. The Asian Cup will again see a high-tension duel between India and Pakistan, which will be held in Kandy on September 2nd. Pakistan initially announced the squad, but news has now emerged that the team’s main fast bowler has been injured. While there’s no certainty as to whether this bowler will play at the Asian Cup or not, preparations have suffered a setback somewhere.
Pakistani fast bowler injured in Lanka Premier League
The team announced by the PCB for the Asian Cup includes three fast bowlers. These include the names Shaheen Shah Afridi, Harris Rauf and Naseem Shah. Naseem Shah is currently in Sri Lanka playing for his team in the Lanka Premier League. Now Cricket Pakistan reports that Pacer Naseem Shah, the flagship of the Pakistan bowling team, has suffered a shoulder injury. The 20-year-old fast bowler’s injury is certainly a concern for Pakistan as Naseem Shah is a strong bowler and can cause problems for opposing teams.
Naseem Shah plays for Colombo Strikers in the Lanka Premier League
Naseem Shah currently plays with the Colombo Strikers in the ongoing Lanka Premier League (LPL) in Sri Lanka. He has been on good form in the tournament, recording ten wickets in seven games with an average of 19.40 for the Colombo Strikers. Naseem’s savings rate was also impressive. He has taken wickets in each of the seven games he has played to date. The injury was reportedly uncovered when Naseem Shah sat out a crucial Colombo Strikers game against the Galle Titans at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. While it’s not yet clear how serious Naseem Shah’s injury is, if matters escalate, the Pakistan team could suffer a serious blow. With the Asian Cup being a dress rehearsal for the 2023 World Cup, Naseem Shah could be out. Although the Pakistan Cricket Board has not said anything about it so far, Naseem Shah could soon recover. There can be nothing better for the Pakistani team.
Pakistan Team for Asian Cup 2023: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Tyeb Tahir, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi.
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