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Who can replace Naseem Shah in World Cup 2023 squad?

Faheem Ashraf and Muhammad Haris are expected to be excluded

By Faizan Lakhani
September 22, 2023
Naseem Shah in action in this undated image. — AFP/File
Naseem Shah in action in this undated image. — AFP/File

KARACHI: As the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is gearing up to announce a 15-man squad today (Friday) for the upcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in India.

According to sources close to the selection committee, 14 out of the 17 players from the Asia Cup squad are expected to retain their spots for the World Cup.

However, two notable exclusions from the World Cup squad are likely to be Faheem Ashraf and Muhammad Haris. The wicketkeeper-batter could be in reserves alongside Abrar Ahmed.

In an expected change, Hasan Ali is likely to replace Naseem Shah in the 15-member World Cup squad. Naseem suffered a shoulder injury at the Asia Cup 2023 and is expected to stay on the sidelines for a long period of time.

The core of Pakistan's World Cup squad is expected to feature skipper Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, and Imam-ul-Haq, offering a formidable top order.

The squad will also include Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, and Haris Rauf.

Additionally, the squad will feature Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, and Salman Ali Agha.

Cricket enthusiasts and fans alike are eagerly awaiting the official announcement of Pakistan's World Cup squad, which is scheduled to be announced today by Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Pakistan's likely squad for World Cup

Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jnr, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha.

Reserves

Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed