In a disappointing turn of events, Naseem Shah, the talented Pakistani fast bowler, will not be a part of the ICC Men’s squad for the upcoming 2023 World Cup. The announcement came as Pakistan unveiled their squad for the tournament on Friday.
Naseem Shah’s unfortunate exclusion is a result of a shoulder injury he sustained during a crucial Asia Cup match against India on September 11. Following the injury, it became evident that he would be unable to participate in the World Cup.
Medical experts, after conducting comprehensive examinations and consultations, advised Naseem to undergo surgery to recover fully from his injury. The recovery process is expected to take three to four months.
Taking to X (formerly known as Twitter), Naseem Shah shared his disappointment with his fans and well-wishers. He expressed his feelings, saying, “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.” He also extended his gratitude to his fans for their prayers and support during this challenging time.
In Naseem Shah’s absence, Hasan Ali, the right-arm pacer, has been called up to fill the void. Hasan Ali last played an ODI in June 2022 and is making a return to the squad for the World Cup.
Despite the setbacks due to injuries, Haris Rauf has managed to retain his place in the squad, displaying the selectors’ faith in his abilities. The team will continue to be led by the dynamic Babar Azam, with Fakhar Zaman also retaining his spot.
The road to the 2023 World Cup will undoubtedly be challenging for Pakistan, especially without the promising Naseem Shah in their ranks. However, the team remains hopeful and determined to give their best performance and make their country proud on the global stage. The cricketing world will eagerly await Pakistan’s journey in the tournament.