Pakistan calls in two backup pacers for the remainder of the Asia Cup 2023

In response to the minor injuries sustained by Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah during their match against India, Pakistan has taken a precautionary step by summoning Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan as backup players. This decision reflects a commitment to prioritizing the well-being and fitness of the players, keeping in mind the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Both Haris and Naseem will continue to be under the close monitoring of the team’s medical panel. If their injuries render them unavailable for the next seven days, the team management may consider requesting replacements from the ACC technical committee. Consequently, it’s likely that Haris and Naseem will miss Pakistan’s final Super 4 match against Sri Lanka, and their participation in the final, should Pakistan qualify, remains uncertain.

Pakistan’s head coach, Grant Bradburn, elaborated during a post-match press conference that they are adopting a cautious approach with Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah to prevent any potential exacerbation of their minor injuries. Hence, they refrained from sending them to bat during the match against India.

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