PAK vs AFG: Why is Mohammad Nawaz not playing today’s World Cup match?
Updated on: Oct 23, 2023 1:40 pm IST
Why is Mohammad Nawaz not playing today’s World Cup match?
Pakistan cpatain Babar Azam confirmed that that Mohammad Nawaz is currently dealing with a fever, which has necessitated his exclusion from the playing XI for this crucial encounter.
Babar Azam at Toss – We will bat first. The pitch looks very dry and might spin. We have one change, Nawaz has fever and Shadab is back. We will have to give our 100% in every match and step-up, that’s what I want from my players. The pitch might help the pacers under lights.
In his absence, Shadab Khan returns to the team as Nawaz’s replacement. The decision to bring back Shadab Khan, known for his all-round abilities and spin bowling prowess, reflects the team’s need to maintain a balanced composition and a backup for the all-round role that Nawaz typically occupies.
Illness can strike at any time, and in the high-pressure environment of international cricket, player health is a top priority. The team management has made the prudent decision to give Mohammad Nawaz the necessary rest and medical attention to ensure his swift recovery.
While Nawaz’s absence is unfortunate, the inclusion of Shadab Khan demonstrates the team’s depth and adaptability. In cricket, as in any sport, squad members are often called upon to step up when their teammates are unavailable.
As Pakistan takes on their opponents in this World Cup match, the absence of Mohammad Nawaz is a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the sport and the resilience of the players. The hope is for Nawaz’s speedy recovery and his return to the playing XI in future matches, where he can once again contribute to Pakistan’s campaign in the 2023 World Cup.
Pakistan Playing XI
Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf
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