Naseem Shah, a fast bowler for Pakistan, will spend the night in the hospital after developing pneumonia. The PCB stated that their own medical team was keeping an eye on him and that any decisions regarding his participation in the remaining matches against England would be made only after carefully reviewing his medical reports.
The news, however, practically disqualifies Naseem Shah from the whole Lahore leg of the series against England and casts serious questions on his ability to play in the next tour of New Zealand, which is scheduled to begin in Christchurch on October 7 and serve as a warm-up for the T20 World Cup.
Pakistan Hoping Naseem Shah To Get Fit Before They Depart For New Zealand
According to medical professionals, the time it takes for a patient to fully recover from pneumonia depends on how quickly they can return to their regular activities. As pneumonia affects the lungs, it may take them four to six weeks.
Patients who recover from pneumonia are known to continue to experience fatigue and weariness for up to three months after they have stopped experiencing symptoms.
The Pakistani team departs for New Zealand on October 3 to compete in a T20I triangular series against Bangladesh, with the championship game taking place on October 14. They then go to Australia for the World Cup, where they play their first group match against India in Melbourne on October 23 following two warm-up matches, including one against England.
Naseem Shah participated fully in the just-finished Asia Cup as well as the opening game of the current series versus England. He had assumed the role of Pakistan’s leading new-ball bowler in the absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is also now out with an injury.
For the World Cup, Afridi, who has been receiving treatment in London for a knee ailment, is anticipated to be eligible for Pakistan.