Watch: Haris Rauf Resumes Bowling At NCA In Lahore Ahead Of Pakistan's World Cup Squad Announcement

Updated - 21 Sep 2023, 09:04 PM

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Haris Rauf [PC: Getty]

Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf has returned back to practice at the National Cricket Academy facility in Lahore. He did not bowl in the last Super 4 match against Sri Lanka as a precautionary measure due to a side strain.

Rauf’s fellow pacer Naseem Shah suffered a shoulder injury and hence he too was dropped from Pakistan’s final Super 4 game against Sri Lanka. The PCB officials replaced the pace duo with Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan as backups with Zaman featuring in the game against Pakistan.

As a precautionary measure, two Pakistan lead pacers were rested from the Sri Lanka game. Rauf had reported discomfort due to his side train following which there were MRI reports done. However, there were no tears or any other sort of serious injury issues.

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Naseem was already suffering from a shoulder injury and picked up a wrist injury in the match against India to finally getting ruled out due to injury.

Watch: Haris Rauf Starts Bowling At The NCA


Haris has resumed bowling at the NCA in Lahore. He was seen bowling slowly while getting into his delivery strides and picking up his pace as well.

“Not telling you our Plan B now. But yes, Haris Rauf is not bad. He’s just got a little bit of a side strain, but he’s recovering before the World Cup. Naseem Shah also… they have a couple of miss matches, I don’t know (how long) the recovery, but in my opinion, Naseem Shah also (will be) in the World Cup later on. But let’s see,” Babar said after the game against India.

Meanwhile, the PCB has not specified the extent of Naseem’s injury. He is currently in Dubai receiving treatment on the injuries he coped up. Pakistan will be announcing their World Cup squad in a few days. They are among the among the three remaining teams who are yet to announce their WC squads along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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