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Pakistan Prepares for Crucial Match Against Australia Amidst Health Concerns and Squad Changes

As the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 progresses, the Pakistan cricket team is gearing up for their fourth match against Australia, scheduled to take place at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The team has been grappling with health issues and potential changes in the playing XI.

Leg-spinner Usama Mir is expected to be inducted into the playing XI, replacing a pacer. This decision is based on the nature of the pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, which is known to be batting-friendly and offers some assistance to spinners. Usama Mir, who was the first player to contract a viral infection ahead of the India match, has now fully recovered and participated in training sessions.

In addition to Usama Mir’s recovery, other players who were previously suffering from fever have also fully recovered. This includes Shaheen Shah Afridi, Abdullah Shafiq, Saud Shakeel, and Zaman Khan1. The only exception is Mohammad Haris, who was advised to rest after contracting a fever.

Fakhar Zaman, who has been dealing with a knee issue, is currently being treated and is expected to be available for selection next week. Despite his knee problem, Fakhar Zaman has been participating in training sessions and other routines.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has assured that there is no reason for concern about the health of the players in the Pakistan team. All players were tested for COVID-19 and screened for symptoms related to dengue fever as part of safety measures.

Currently, Pakistan stands fourth in the World Cup points table with four points and an NRR of -0.137 after playing three matches. Their only defeat so far came against arch-rivals India in Ahmedabad.

The first stage of the 10-team tournament is a round-robin format where all teams will play each other once, resulting in 45 matches. The top four teams at the end of this stage will qualify for the semifinals.

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