In a big blow to the chances of Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup, Naseem Shah will reportedly miss the event. As per ESPN Cricinfo, he suffered a shoulder injury that will keep him out of the tournament. Babar Azam and co, who had a terrible outing in Asia Cup 2023, will be disappointed with this news. Nevertheless, Pakistan always has a good crop of fast bowlers and it will be an opportunity for a few of them to step up. On that note, here, we take a look at the list of two talented bowlers who can replace Naseem Shah for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
1) Shahnawaz Dahani
The tall pacer from Pakistan is someone who can be trusted to replace Naseem Shah. Although he could be inconsistent at times, he has the base potential to trouble most of the batters.
One thing that will favour him is his height. In the current era, hitting the deck provides a good return for the bowlers and if Dahani can do that, he would have done a good job. Also, he can extract movement in the powerplay, which can be very useful for his side. Hence, he is a part of this list.
2) Zaman Khan
Zaman Khan is one of the talented bowlers who can replace Naseem Shah for the 2023 ODI World Cup. The 22-year-old impressed many with his performance against Sri Lanka recently. He is fresh on the radar and can be an instant hit for the Pakistan squad.
With a slinging action, he is unorthodox and is a real deal at the death. Most importantly, his recent performance will work in his favour. Pakistan can go wayward at the death and this issue may not be present if they have Zaman Khan in the playing XI. The likes of Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf must then take more responsibility at the start.