Pakistani batsman Sohaib Maqsood has suffered back pain and may not be able to travel with the team for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in the UAE less than 10 days later, as per a report by Geo News.
"Sohaib Maqsood was brought to a hospital for an MRI scan," a source told Geo News. "He is finding it difficult to walk. His inclusion in the World Cup squad will be made after the report is released," it added.
Aggressive batsman Haider Ali will replace Maqsood if he is deemed unfit by medical authorities, sources told Geo News.
Meanwhile, Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim held important meetings on Thursday with former spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, other coaches and skipper Babar Azam and Shadab Khan.
A day earlier, it was reported that at least one or two changes to the T 20 World Cup squad cannot be ruled out.
Players to enter bubble today
Cricketers selected for the ICC event will enter the special bubble for the World Cup squad from today (Friday).
After entering the bubble, the cricketers will directly leave for the UAE to play in the mega event, on October 15.
T20 World Cup squad
Chief Selector Muhammad Waseem had announced Pakistan's squad for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup.
Babar Azam (captain)
Shadab Khan (vice-captain)
Azam Khan (wicketkeeper)
Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
Mohammad Wasim Jnr
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Traveling reserves – Fakhar Zaman, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir
All the Pakistan players selected for the T20 World Cup have tested negative for COVID-19
PCB says national cricket squad will organise "a seven-day training and conditioning camp" under bio-secure protocols
Earlier, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja had spoken of New Zealand's intentions to reschedule the Pakistan tour
Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim has consulted Saqlain Mushtaq, Captain Babar Azam and Shadab Khan on the changes
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His position, normally held for a five-year-term, had come under scrutiny following the move to scrap the Pakistan trip