A more severe right shoulder injury than first anticipated puts Pakistan’s fast bowler, Naseem Shah, in a difficult situation and puts at risk his prospects of playing in the whole ODI World Cup.
He had this injury during a recent Asia Cup match against India, forcing him to leave the field in the 46th over. A muscle right behind his bowling shoulder has been damaged, according to subsequent scans, & the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is now seeking a second opinion on the seriousness of the injury.
If the additional scans the first diagnosis, Naseem may need to take a longer rehabilitation period, throwing doubt on his capacity to play in the next Test series against Australia and the Pakistan Super League.
This setback poses a huge challenge for Pakistan due to along with Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf, Naseem is growing into a versatile bowler at all formats.
After the results of the secondary scans are made available in the days to come, the PCB is anticipated to make a formal decision. Zaman Khan filled in for Naseem during his absence from the Asia Cup, but Pakistan also has replacements because Mohammad Hasnain has since recovered from an injury.