Pakistan’s prominent fast bowler, Naseem Shah, is grappling with the bleak possibility of being sidelined for the entire ODI World Cup due to a more serious right shoulder injury than initially assessed.
During Pakistan’s recent face-off against India at the Asia Cup, Naseem sustained an injury, forcing him to retire from the game in the 46th over. Further examinations indicated muscle damage below his bowling shoulder, an injury unrelated to previous shoulder ailments. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is currently in the process of obtaining a second medical opinion to ascertain the true extent of the damage.
Should the follow-up diagnostics corroborate the primary assessment, Naseem might be looking at a protracted recovery time. This creates uncertainties regarding his availability for the upcoming Test series in Australia and even the subsequent Pakistan Super League. This development is a substantial setback for the Pakistani team, given Naseem’s development as a comprehensive bowler, forming a critical part of the bowling cadre along with counterparts Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.
An official statement regarding Naseem’s condition is anticipated from the PCB once the results from the additional scans are procured in the forthcoming days. In the meantime, during the Asia Cup, Zaman Khan stepped in for the injured Naseem.