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Naseem Shah’s Rehab in Final Phase, Hopes to Play Soon

Young fast bowling sensation, Naseem Shah, is inching closer to his return to competitive cricket after undergoing shoulder surgery in the UK. The 20-year-old, who suffered the injury during the Asia Cup in September, has entered the final phase of his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.

According to a statement by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Naseem Shah has started light gym exercises and partial bowling practice under the supervision of a strength and conditioning coach, a physiotherapist, and a doctor. He is also expected to resume bowling practice from Thursday, raising hopes for his speedy recovery.

Naseem Shah had to miss the World Cup in India due to his shoulder injury, which required surgery in October. He spent two months in the UK for his initial training and rehabilitation, where he received comprehensive medical care and support from the PCB. The board covered all his medical expenses and provided him with expert medical staff.

Naseem Shah’s comeback is eagerly awaited by cricket fans, who are keen to see him unleash his pace and skill on the cricket field. He has emerged as one of Pakistan’s most potent bowlers across all formats, taking 32 wickets in 14 ODIs at an average of 16.93. He is also part of Pakistan’s formidable fast bowling trio, along with Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.

However, Naseem Shah’s workload has also increased significantly in the past year, which may have contributed to his injury. Since July 2022, only eight fast bowlers have bowled more international deliveries than Naseem Shah’s 2246, none of them nearly as young as him. He has also had previous injury issues, such as a back injury that kept him out of cricket for 14 months and a shoulder injury that sidelined him for a month.

Naseem Shah’s availability for PSL is certain so far, however the PCB medical panel will decide on his return to cricket based on further assessments. His progress at the NCA is a positive sign for Pakistan cricket, which will hope to have him back in action soon.

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