Naseem Shah reacts in pain as he struggles due to cramps during the T20 match in Dubai on Sunday night. Reuters
Pakistan cricket team is struggling with players’ injuries as fast bowler Naseem Shah was injured in his debut T20 match against India at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday night.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Medical Advisory Board committee is having sleepless nights due to fitness issues faced by the players during the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 in the UAE, media reports said on Monday.
According to reports, the Pakistan cricket team tour management panel had a detailed meeting on the matter after multiple injuries were reported among the players ahead of the Asia Cup.
Pakistan cricket team suffered a huge blow when fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi was ruled of the Asia Cup and the England T20 series due to a right knee injury. Another pacer Mohammad Wasim also sustained back pain and was sidelined from the tournament.
Also during the crucial match against India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday night, wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan was not fully fit and fast bowler Haris Rauf too was seen facing fitness problems, raising questions over the team’s medical advisory board.
Mohammad Rizwan reacts after fielding a ball during the match against India in Dubai. AFP
It seems that the tour management committee is unable to prepare a proper plan for the cricketers and the back-to-back fitness issues is an outcome of this, which is surprising for the experts.
Also during the day, the PCB said in a statement that Shaheen Afridi has departed for London from Dubai to complete his rehabilitation.
Shaheen Shah Afridi rests during the second Test match against Sri Lanka. File
PCB said that Afridi requires uninterrupted, dedicated knee specialist care which is available in London following its reputation as the best sports medical and rehabilitation facilities in the world. The Pakistani fast bower is, therefore, being sent there for treatment.
PCB Chief Medical Officer, Dr Najeebullah Soomro, said that the medical department will receive daily feedback on his progress whilst in London and we are confident Shaheen will return to full fitness before the T20 World Cup.
Javed Miandad's final ball six off India's Chetan Sharma in the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup final at Sharjah still hurts India fans. Shahid Afridi won many exciting games for Pakistan with his maverick batting but his two sixes off India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in a 2014 Asia Cup match remain special.
Dahani is the third Pakistan quick to be forced out with injury after Shaheen Afridi and Wasim left the team ahead of the Asia Cup. The team said Dahani's injury "happened while bowling in the match against Hong Kong in Sharjah.
Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah held their nerves to steer Pakistan to an improbable five-wicket victory against India after Mohammad Rizwan set the tone with a fifty at Asia Cup Super 4 match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Connor Beasley claimed his 19th winner for the season with a treble at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Saturday, a haul that included victory in the feature Union Day Stakes, aboard Ahmad Bin Harmash’s Delorean, who went gate-to-wire in the contest over a mile. It was one of two wins for in-form trainer Harmash,
India, who won the previous match for an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series, lost regular wickets after being put into bat first before Shreyas Iyer smashed 53 off 37 balls to lift the total in Bengaluru.
Slovakia’s Hruncakova – formerly going by her maiden surname Kuzmova – will meet Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia, while Snigur – the 2021 champion at this tournament – will be up against Anastasia Zakharova at the lower end of the draw.