Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, is in danger of being knocked out of the competition. They must win both of their remaining games to continue in the competition, but as of right now, they are dealing with an injury worry that might affect their encounter against South Africa.
We can sum up the current competition, which is being held in Australia, as a World Cup of setbacks, surprises, and injuries. It has become a difficult challenge for team management to find replacement players and prepare them for their crucial matchups because all of the teams are without their key players.
Things have been somewhat difficult for the teams as the world cup, which is a very peculiar kind, moves into its final stages.
Currently on a life support system and struggling to breathe is Babar Azam’s Pakistan. When everything seems lost for the boys in green, they are currently dealing with a serious injury problem. Fakhar Zaman, their left-handed batter, will not play in the crucial match against South Africa because of an aggravation of a knee problem. Zaman, who joined Pakistan’s 15-person team very last minute, has only participated in one World Cup match thus far.
Surprisingly, Babar Azam’s Pakistan has only triumphed in one game throughout the World Cup, and that was only after Zaman entered the game. Against the Netherlands, Zaman made 20 runs off of only 16 batsmen, and he clearly wasn’t at his best.
The management of the Pakistani team moved Shan Masood down to position #4 in order to include him in the final playing XI. Masood has been Pakistan’s most dependable batsman in the current competition, and Babar Azam received harsh criticism for making such a sudden change in his number. Due to Fakhar’s injury, Asif Ali might just make it into the starting lineup for the match against South Africa.
Ali was not included because Pakistan selected an additional bowling option for the match against India. Haider Ali and Khushdil Shah are further alternatives for Pakistan in the batting order. In the months leading up to the competition, Pakistan had a string of injury problems; Shaheen Afridi doesn’t appear to have fully recovered, and now that Fakhar has been ruled out, his World Cup prospects are in limbo.