Good news for Haris Rauf fans
Right-arm fast bowler, Haris Rauf, has resumed his bowling practice at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore as Pakistan prepares to announce its 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023 in India.
During the recent Asia Cup Super 4 match against India on September 10, Rauf decided not to bowl as a precautionary measure. His priority was safeguarding his long-term fitness and avoiding any potential aggravation of his condition.
Rauf had experienced mild discomfort in his right flank during the match, which prompted the medical staff to conduct a precautionary MRI. Fortunately, the medical tests revealed no tear, raising hopes for his swift recovery and possible inclusion in the World Cup squad.
In a related injury concern, Pakistan's pace bowler, Naseem Shah, also encountered an injury scare during the same match. After delivering the second ball of his final over, he left the field while holding his wrist.
This injury came on top of his previous shoulder injury suffered while trying to prevent a boundary in the first Super 4 stage match against Bangladesh. In response to these injury concerns, Pakistan took proactive steps by calling up Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan as backup options for the pace bowling duo.
The decision to include these replacements was driven by Rauf and Naseem's minor issues during the match against India, underscoring Pakistan's commitment to assembling a strong and well-prepared squad for the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023.