Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf injury update ahead of England World Cup clash

It is a must-win match for Pakistan in order to keep their semi-final hopes alive

November 07, 2023
Haris Rauf (L) celebrates with Shadab Khan. - AFP

KOLKATA: Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan and pacer Haris Rauf will be available for selection as the Men in Green gear up to face England during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023.

Haris was tested in a local hospital in Kolkata after he complained about pain in his ribs.

However, after looking at the MRI report, the team management has confirmed that Haris will be available for selection for the match against England on Saturday.

Meanwhile, leg-spinner Shadab is also likely to be available for selection in Pakistan’s final round-robin match in Kolkata after recovering from a concussion he suffered during the match against South Africa.

The right-armer got injured as he landed awkwardly on his shoulder, hitting his head on the ground, after he moved towards the ball and hurled it towards the stumps from mid-on during the match against the Proteas.

It must be noted that Usama Mir was brought in as a concussion substitute in place of the 24-year-old as he was unable to field or bowl against South Africa.

Shadab was also forced to miss the matches against Bangladesh and New Zealand as a result.

Among all the teams who can still qualify for the knockout stage, Pakistan's path is the most difficult one since it is not entirely in their hands.

Pakistan, who are the fifth position on the points table, need to beat England on November 11 in Kolkata and also pray that Sri Lanka beat the Black Caps in Bengaluru on November 9. The Men in Green also need Afghanistan to lose one of their remaining two matches — against Australia and South Africa — or both (preferably) because the Afghans have same points (8) as Babar Azam's men despite playing one less match.