A report indicates that Naseem Shah, the Pakistani fast bowler, may miss the entire ICC World Cup 2023 due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the Asia Cup 2023. This news, which emerged on a recent Saturday, has profoundly saddened fans, especially considering Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the Asia Cup.
The 20-year-old’s shoulder injury appears more severe than initially thought, potentially sidelining him for next year’s World Cup and the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL). The report mentioned, “Scans conducted in Dubai have revealed a more severe injury to Naseem Shah’s right shoulder than initially anticipated, raising concerns that he might be unavailable for the remainder of the year.
Naseem Shah World Cup 2023 Participation in doubt due to shoulder injury
The PCB is currently seeking a second opinion, but if subsequent tests confirm the initial findings, it is likely that Naseem, at the age of 20, will face an extended period of recovery, casting doubt on his participation in the upcoming Test series in Australia and the next edition of the Pakistan Super League.”
This unfortunate development has left fans disheartened, given Naseem Shah’s crucial role in the Pakistani team, and it is expected to cause concern among the team’s management. While some fans are questioning the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) management of player workloads, others have already begun discussing potential replacements for the 20-year-old, with left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir being one of the names suggested. Mohammad Amir’s last ODI appearance for Pakistan was in October 2019 against Sri Lanka in Karachi, and he retired from international cricket in 2020 due to disagreements with the team management at that time.