In line with the health and fitness challenges faced by Pakistan pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, the Pakistan cricket management called up Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan as backup options.
Rauf and Naseem's participation in the remaining Asian Cup matches is uncertain due to injuries sustained by them during the Super Four stage match against India.
Rauf didn't bowl on the reserve day, while Naseem Shah left the field clutching his wrist after delivering the second ball of his final over.
Neither Haris nor Rauf were even sent to bat against India. The evaluations of their injuries are ongoing, and their availability for the remaining Asia Cup matches will be determined after assessment.
The PCB had also mentioned that Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan will serve as replacements for Haris and Naseem as a precautionary measure to ensure the players' fitness ahead of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup next month.
If both players are ruled out of the tournament within the next seven days, the PCB will request replacements from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
– Haris Rauf injured –
Earlier on Monday, fast bowler Haris Rauf sidelined due to injury and not participated in the high-octane match against arch-rivals India.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a statement confirming this unfortunate turn of events, citing Rauf's fitness concerns as the reason behind this decision. According to the PCB's statement, Haris Rauf has been declared unfit for the upcoming match, and as a precautionary measure, he will not be taking the field as a bowler.
Team management had elaborated that Haris Rauf is currently battling discomfort and pain in his right flank which has necessitated this cautious approach. The management's decision not to risk the fast bowler's health further is a testament to their commitment to player well-being and long-term fitness.