KOLKATA: The Pakistan cricket team management is considering making three changes in the Playing XI for the Men In Green clash against Bangladesh — to be played tomorrow (Tuesday) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The key development creating buzz in the cricket world is the uncertainty surrounding the participation of all-rounder Shadab Khan. For now, the 25-year-old remains questionable to play in the match, with a final decision dependent on further assessment scheduled for this morning.
During practice today, Shadab Khan did not bowl. According to sources, he is not in the best of health and is currently not feeling 100% fit.
Shadab hit his head on the ground during the first over of the second innings in the 26th match of the tournament against South Africa.
The all-rounder was taken to the local hospital during the match for a computed tomography (CT) scan to determine the extent of his injury.
Usamir Mir is expected to play in his place.
Fakhar Zaman is the leading contender to replace Imam-ul-Haq, potentially adding a new dynamic to the opening partnership.
Additionally, Salman Ali Agha may take Mohammad Nawaz’s place in the final XI.
Remember, the Men in Green have lost four straight games in this World Cup after winning the first two games.
To make a case for a place in the final four, Pakistan need to win the remaining three games and hope that other results go in their favour.
Pakistan’s probable XI
Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf
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