Pakistan’s star fast bowler, Naseem Shah, has expressed his disappointment at being sidelined from the ICC World Cup 2023 squad due to a shoulder injury sustained during the recent Pakistan-India match in the Asia Cup. Naseem took to X (formerly Twitter) to share his sentiments, stating, “With a heavy heart, I’m sharing that I will not be part of this amazing team representing our beloved country. While I’m disappointed, I believe everything is in Allah’s hands. InshahAllah will be on the field very soon.” He also extended his gratitude to his fans for their prayers.
With a heavy heart, I'm sharing that I will not be part of this amazing team that will be representing our beloved country. While I'm disappointed, I believe everything is in Allah's hands. InshahAllah will be on the field very soon.— Naseem Shah (@iNaseemShah) September 22, 2023
Thank you to all my fans for the prayers!
In place of the injured Naseem, Hasan Ali has been named as his replacement in the Pakistan squad. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq explained the decision, saying, “Naseem Shah unfortunately got injured, and he’s our main bowler… Hasan Ali bowled well in the LPL and elsewhere recently. He is experienced and has played well for Pakistan previously in big events. Once Naseem Shah was ruled out, we also needed a bowler who could bowl with the new ball, and I think Hasan Ali is a great choice. He bowls well with the old ball too and is a team man as well. He brings energy into the team.”
Hasan Ali’s last ODI appearance for Pakistan was in 2022 against West Indies in Multan.
Here’s the updated Pakistan squad for ICC World Cup 2023:
- Babar Azam (c)
- Abdullah Shafique
- Fakhar Zaman
- Iftikhar Ahmed
- Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
- Shadab Khan
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Usama Mir
- Haris Rauf
- M Wasim Jnr
- Hasan Ali
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Saud Shakeel
- Salman Ali Agha
Travelling reserves: Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan
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