PAK vs ENG: Naseem Shah will miss England’s 5th T20I
Pak vs Eng 5th T20I: Pakistan’s Naseem Shah will miss the fifth T20I against England in Lahore on Wednesday after the pacer was rushed to the hospital on the eve of the game with a severe viral infection. Naseem was set to feature in the fifth T20I but the youngster had to be hospitalized late Tuesday night after his health deteriorated. Although he is feeling better, his participation in the rest of the series is in doubt.
Naseem Shah Rushed to Hospital:
Naseem Shah took to the hospital. Also, admitted with a viral infection but he is better now. He will not be playing tonight and any decision on whether he plays the remaining matches will be taken on medical advice.
A source close to the team said tests for dengue had been carried out as the mosquito-borne infection has been rampant in the city since last month with thousands of cases being reported every day.
The source also added that Naseem had been complaining about chest pain and fever since Tuesday. After the team reached Lahore from Karachi with the seven-match series tied at 2-2. Although, Naseem has also played the series opener before missing the last three games.
The 21-year-old has been Pakistan’s go-to bowler in the absence of pace spearhead Shaheen Afridi, who has been out of action since mid-July owing to a knee injury.
Shaheen and Naseem named to Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad:
Babar Azam and Naseem Shah have been key members of the Pakistan team. And expected to play crucial roles in the upcoming T20 World Cup to be in Australia.
After a thrilling Karachi leg in which Pakistan tied the series twice against England. The focus now shifts to the series’ final three games at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Pakistan’s young pacer was taken to the hospital and will miss the game. After reviewing his medical reports. Naseem’s availability for the remainder of the seven-match series. Meanwhile, England may welcome Jos Butler for the remaining games as he seeks playtime. Ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
The Pakistan squad for T20 World cup 2022:
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (VC), Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir.