Initial tests conducted in Dubai suggest that Pakistani fast bowler Naseem Shah may miss the remainder of the year and even the Australian tour due to a right shoulder injury. Post-World Cup scans revealed that the injury is more severe than originally anticipated. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is seeking a second opinion, but the scan results from Dubai indicate a potential long-term layoff for Naseem. His participation in the upcoming Test series in Australia and the Pakistan Super League is also in doubt.
Naseem sustained the shoulder injury during the second match between Pakistan and India in the Asia Cup. He was subsequently removed from the tournament and missed the reserve days set aside for the match. The injury is not related to any previous shoulder issues. Naseem’s absence from the World Cup and the subsequent series in Australia will be a significant blow to Pakistan, as he has transformed into a key player in all formats of the game.
A formal decision regarding Naseem’s injury and recovery period will be made once the results of the secondary scan are available in the coming days. Zaman Khan replaced Naseem in the Asia Cup, but Mohammad Hasnain, another potential replacement, is currently injured. Naseem has had injury troubles in the early stages of his career, with a hip injury sidelining him for 14 months and a shoulder injury shortly after his return. However, his workload has increased significantly over the past 18 months as he became a vital bowler for Pakistan in all formats.
The loss of Naseem’s bowling prowess will be deeply felt by Pakistan, especially considering his impressive performances since his ODI debut. He has taken 32 wickets in 14 matches with an average of just under 17. The final decision on Naseem’s availability will depend on the results of the secondary scan.