Pakistan Call Up Dahani and Zaman to Asia Cup Squad
In response to injuries to Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf during the loss to India, Pakistan has included Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan in their Asia Cup squad as a precaution.
In a preemptive move, Pakistan has taken swift action to bolster their squad for the Asia Cup by including Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan as cover for the injured Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf. This decision comes after Naseem and Rauf sustained minor injuries during Pakistan’s recent 228-run defeat to India. While there is optimism within the team that both Naseem and Rauf may recover in time for their crucial Super Four stage match against Sri Lanka on Thursday, the team’s management is not willing to take any risks, especially with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup just weeks away.
The Pakistan Cricket Board released a statement clarifying their stance: “This is purely a precautionary measure aimed at safeguarding the fitness and well-being of the players in preparation for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup next month. Both players will remain under the observation of the team’s medical panel.” The statement further outlined that the team’s management would only request replacements from the ACC technical committee if Haris or Naseem are officially ruled out for the next seven days.
The defeat against India had significant implications for Pakistan, as it pushed Babar Azam’s team down to the third position in the current Super Four table. Consequently, Pakistan is likely to require a victory in their upcoming match against Sri Lanka to secure a spot in this year’s final.
Shahnawaz Dahani, who has represented Pakistan in two ODIs and 11 T20Is, brings valuable experience to the squad. On the other hand, 22-year-old Zaman Khan, with just six T20I appearances for Pakistan and no international ODI experience, offers fresh talent and potential to the team.