The Asia Cup was considered to be an important part of the Pakistan team’s preparations for the World Cup, but the bowling plan had to be changed before the start of the event in UAE.
Shaheen Shah Afridi was injured during the first Test in Sri Lanka. He was also kept with the squad in the Netherlands to improve his fitness, but the situation worsened.
Wasim suffered a back injury during practice before the start of the Junior Asia Cup, the weight of expectations fell on the shoulders of Haris Rauf as a senior, Naseem Shah was relied upon to provide support, and both the pacers suffered from fitness issues but Participated in the matches after getting better, Shahnawaz Dhani was not seen in action after being injured in the second match, Muhammad Hasnain’s performance was not as expected.
The economy rate of Pakistani bowlers who took wickets in the Asia Cup was also high, Bharti Bhuvneshwar Kumar is on the top of the list of the most successful bowlers, he took 11 wickets at an average of 10.45 in 5 matches, and the economy rate was 6.05, Haris Rauf was fifth. But, Pacer took 8 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 19.12, the economy rate was 7.65, Naseem Shah, who is in the seventh position, took 7 wickets at an average of 19.71 in 5 matches, the economy rate was 7.66, Mohammad Hasnain at an average of 33.50 in 4 matches. 4 catches, the economy rate was 8.93, Shahnawaz Dhani took one wicket at an average of 36.00 in 2 matches, the economy rate was 6, it was difficult to control runs in the last overs, Shaheen Shah Afridi’s return will increase the power of the pace battery.
Before the World Cup is played in Australian conditions, the availability of at least 2 experienced pacers can strengthen Pakistan’s plan, Shaheen Shah Afridi is hopeful to return to the field and Dr. Imtiaz of the pacer advisory panel in England in relation to rehab. Ahmed and Zafar are trying to regain their fitness under the supervision of Iqbal.
Sharing his training video on social media, he wrote, “God willing, he is very close to getting fit.
He is doing drills and knee exercises. It is hoped that Shaheen will be in the World Cup squad.” Adding the name will provide an opportunity to get a rhythm in the warm-up competitions on match fitness.
Naseem Shah wrote in his message on social media that thanks to the fans for their love and encouragement during the Asia Cup, God willing, we will come back stronger in the future. And Pakistan pacers who performed in difficult conditions should be commended, everyone bowled with heart and soul, I was very impressed with their spirit, pacers have talent and hunger for something, they are the bright stars of the future.