Fast bowler Naseem Shah was ruled out for the duration of the competition, which was a major loss for Pakistan ahead of their crucial Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka.
Despite performing well against India, the 20-year-old speedster complained of soreness during the Super Four match. He has been told to take it easy in order to get ready for the next ICC T20 World Cup after being evaluated by medical personnel.
For the critical match against Sri Lanka, pacer Zaman Khan, who has little experience, will take Naseem’s spot. The victor of this game advances to face India in the Asia Cup final.
Haris Rauf is recuperating well after his injury scare against India and is anticipated to be match-fit, which is good news for his fitness.
However, the prospect of bad weather on game day could have a big impact on the winner-takes-all competition. Both teams will hope the weather permits a complete, unbroken competition because there is no reserve day scheduled.
Pakistan’s loss of Naseem is a serious setback given his propensity for taking wickets. But the group will be inspired to give it everything they’ve got to qualify for the Asia Cup final.