Haris Rauf injury update ahead of World Cup match against England

The pacer left the field during the Pakistan vs New Zealand match

November 06, 2023
 Haris Rauf throws a ball during a practice session. — AFP

Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf was tested for a potential sprain in his ribs as the Green Shirts prepare to take on England in the 44th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India, on November 11.

Rauf was tested in a local hospital in Kolkata after he complained about feeling a sprain in his ribs.

The 30-year-old left the field during New Zealand's innings after conceding 85 runs in 10 overs.

Another Pakistani player, Shadab Khan, who left the field after suffering a concussion against South Africa in Chennai, has not featured in a game and his participation in the Men in Green's next match is still undecided.

It must be noted that Pakistan's chances of qualifying for the World Cup semi-final still remain difficult as their destiny isn't entirely in their hands.

Babar Azam-led unit play England in a must-win match on November 11 in Kolkata but their destiny will likely be decided before that as two teams Pakistan is dependent on, Afghanistan and New Zealand, will have played their remaining matches by then.

Firstly, Afghanistan have to play two more matches in the World Cup which, by any means, are not easy as they will be against the in-form teams of Australia and South Africa on November 7 and November 10 respectively.

If Afghanistan win both matches, they will qualify directly with 12 points, above New Zealand and Pakistan.

But, Pakistan's direct contention is with New Zealand right now as both teams have to play one more match but the Black Caps have the upper hand on net run rate (NRR), they play the struggling Sri Lanka side on November 9 in Bengaluru.

New Zealand is currently ranked fourth with 0.398 NRR while Pakistan is fifth with 0.036 NRR.

Qualification Scenario:

If NZ beat SL by 50 runs, Pakistan will have to beat England by 180 runs.

If NZ beat SL by 1 run, Pakistan will have to beat England by 131 runs.

If SL beat NZ, Pakistan will just have to beat England and they will qualify.

It must be noted that the above scenario is only applicable if Afghanistan lose both of their remaining.

India and South Africa have already qualified for the semi-final of the World Cup and Australia is most likely to be the next team to book their place.

The Aussies are currently ranked third with 10 points and they have two more matches to play, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, a win in any match will cement their place in the knockout stage directly.

Atique ur Rehman is a senior reporter for Geo News.


    Zaki commented 3 months ago

    An other scenario that if no and sl match drawn due to either then points will split one point to each team then Pak simply defeat Eng.