Team Pakistan Contemplates Changes and Health Updates. Reports indicate that Pakistan is contemplating two changes to their playing XI for their third match against Australia in the 2023 World Cup. These decisions are influenced by the playing conditions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and the viral infection affecting the Pakistani team. Pakistan has secured two victories out of three matches in the tournament, with their only loss coming against India.
Usama Mir, who was the first player in the Pakistani team to contract the infection before the India match, has fully recovered and participated in training in Bengaluru. He is a strong candidate for selection in the upcoming match, as the Chinnaswamy Stadium’s pitch is known to favor spinners. Reports suggest that he may replace vice-captain Shadab Khan.
Team Pakistan Contemplates Changes and Health Updates
Abdullah Shafique, who had been in quarantine due to flu and fever, is now fit and available for the match. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, and Zaman Khan, who were also affected by the viral infection, are now in good health.
However, it is worth noting that five players, including Haris Rauf, Fakhar Zaman (recovering from a knee injury), Salman Agha, and Iftikhar Ahmed, did not participate in the practice session on Thursday. The reason for their absence has not been disclosed, but reports suggest they are still unwell and unable to train. The absence of Iftikhar Ahmed could challenge Pakistan in finalizing their playing XI against Australia.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provided updates on the health of two other players. Fakhar Zaman is in the process of recovering from a knee injury and is expected to be available for selection in the coming week. All-rounder Agha Salman had been dealing with a fever after a training session, while the rest of the team remains in good health. As Pakistan prepares for a crucial match against Australia in the World Cup, the team’s selection and strategies are being carefully considered to secure a victory.