Pakistan has called up backup players Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan in reaction to the minor injuries sustained by Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah during their encounter against India. With the impending ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in mind, this choice attempts to focus the players’ health and fitness.
The team’s medical staff will continue to keep an eye on Haris and Naseem. The team management may ask the ACC technical committee for substitutes if their ailments preclude them from playing for the ensuing week. Haris and Naseem will probably miss Pakistan’s final Super 4 game against Sri Lanka, and it’s still unclear whether they’ll be available for the championship match should Pakistan advance.
In a post-game press conference, Pakistan’s head coach, Grant Bradburn, explained that they are being cautious with Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah to prevent exacerbating any small concerns they may have had. To avoid a potential worsening of their injuries, they did not send them to bat during the game against India.