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Naseem Shah’s Injury Shakes Babar Azam-led World Cup Squad’s Foundation

Pakistan's World Cup aspirations suffered a significant jolt as emerging fast-bowling prodigy Naseem Shah may potentially be ruled out of the entire tournament owing to a severe shoulder injury. Detailed scans in Dubai have disclosed the severity of the injury, which appears to be more critical than previously assumed.

This revelation has not only cast a shadow over his World Cup campaign but has also triggered concerns regarding his availability for the highly anticipated tour to Australia later this year. While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is diligently seeking a second medical perspective on the issue, initial indications suggest Naseem might be off the cricket field for an extended period, possibly until the end of the year.

The injury occurred during Pakistan's clash with India at the recent Asia Cup. Naseem, visibly in distress, had to exit the field during the 46th over of the game. Further diagnosis pinpointed the injury to a muscle situated just below his pivotal bowling shoulder, which is not a flare-up of any previous ailments he has had.

Naseem Shah's potential unavailability for the World Cup and the consequential Australian series is undeniably a colossal blow to Pakistan's cricketing strategy. Having evolved from a test-cricket stalwart to an essential figure in all formats, Naseem and Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf formed the spine of Pakistan's pace bowling department.

While the PCB is anticipated to release an official statement after the secondary scans, they have already taken some initial remedial steps. Zaman Khan was beckoned to fill in Naseem's shoes for the remainder of the Asia Cup. Meanwhile, Mohammad Hasnain, who could have been a probable substitute, is currently nursing an injury of his own.

Cricket enthusiasts across Pakistan and the global cricket community collectively hope for a speedy and complete recovery for Naseem Shah. Over the past year, his exponential growth in international cricket has cemented his position as one of the game's most promising young talents. The upcoming days will be crucial in determining his immediate cricketing future path.


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