The Pakistan Cricket Board announced the squad for the ICC World Cup 2023 on Friday, September 22. As expected, Naseem Shah, who injured his shoulder during the Asia Cup 2023, has failed to make it to the squad, and Hasan Ali has replaced him.
The 20-year-old pacer suffered the injury during Pakistan’s Super 4 clash against arch-rival India in the Asia Cup. He walked off during the 46th over of the Indian innings after injuring the right shoulder muscle.
Losing Naseem Shah for the World Cup 2023 is a big blow for Pakistan because he was their go-to pacer, capable of striking at any stage of the match, unlike Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf, who mostly shine with the new ball.
Babar Azam-led Pakistan is set to depart for India on September 25th and is expected to arrive in India on September 27th via Dubai. They will play a couple of warm-up games before kicking off their ICC World Cup 2023 campaign against the Netherlands on October 5th in Hyderabad.
Pakistan Squad for ICC World Cup 2023
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim Jr
Travelling Reserves: Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan, Mohammad Haris