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Pakistan's Pacer Naseem Shah Ruled Out Of Asia Cup, Replaced By Zaman Khan

The absence of Naseem will be a major setback for Pakistan ahead of their crucial match against Sri Lanka on Thursday. 

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Pakistan was given a major blow on Wednesday as fast bowler Naseem Shah was ruled out for the remainder of the Asia Cup owing to a shoulder injury. 

The absence of Naseem will be a major setback for Pakistan ahead of their crucial match against Sri Lanka on Thursday. 

In a virtual semifinal here, Pakistan will face Sri Lanka, with the victor advancing to Sunday's final versus India. 

The Pakistan Cricket Board picked Zaman Khan, a 22-year-old who has yet to make his ODI debut, as Naseem's replacement in the 17-man team, while also recalling fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani. 

"Right-arm fast bowler Zaman Khan has replaced Naseem Shah in Pakistan's 17-player squad for the ongoing men's ODI Asia Cup 2023," announced the PCB in a statement.

"Zaman joined the team in the morning today and will train with the squad at the RPICS in the evening," the board added.

Naseem was injured during the game against India and had to leave the field after bowling 9.2 overs without a wicket.

"Naseem injured his right shoulder during the match against India. He continues to be monitored by the team's medical panel that is taking all necessary precautions keeping in mind the ICC men's Cricket World Cup 2023," the PCB said. 

India amassed their joint-highest ODI total of 356 for two against Pakistan, who were also without Haris Rauf due to a side strain. He did not bowl when the game was completed on Tuesday's reserve day.   

"Haris Rauf, who did not bowl on the reserve day of the Pakistan vs India contest as a precautionary measure, continues to recover well after he felt discomfort in his right flank on the first day of the match," the PCB updated.

"These two fast bowlers are our assets and the team's medical panel will provide them the best possible care ahead of the all-important World Cup."

(With PTI inputs)

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