After it was revealed that the pacer was playing with a nagging shoulder niggle, Naseem Shah’s participation in the second Test against England in Multan is on the verge of being called into question. Due to the absences of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Harris Rauf, Pakistan resources in the fast-bowling department were already reduced before the speedster’s injury occurred. This injury has added to the team’s troubles. Due to the injury to his quadriceps, Rauf will not be able to participate in the series.
Naseem was Pakistan best bowler in Rawalpindi, but the rest of the assault was dominated by England’s hitters. England’s batters scored a lot of runs. His five wickets didn’t amount to much in the end.
On the other hand, as England was batting in their first innings, he appeared to be in pain when he tossed the ball in from the boundary and appeared to be protecting his shoulder.
He continued to bowl throughout the remainder of the test, occasionally holding his shoulder but otherwise seemed unconcerned. After Naseem arrived in Multan, the severity of the injuries rapidly deteriorated. On Thursday, he did not bowl during the training session.
After it became clear that Rauf would not play, Pakistan pondered recalling Hasan Ali but ultimately decided against doing so. Due to the fact that Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Mohammad Ali, who also made his debut in Rawalpindi, are the only specialised fast bowlers still in the squad, this improves the probability that Mohammad Wasim Jnr will make his debut.
In addition, Pakistan’s pace attack is bolstered by Faheem Ashraf, an all-rounder bowler whose contributions have been invaluable.
Wasim had only played seven first-class matches, but he has been a regular starter in Pakistan’s white ball lineup, just as Rauf, who had played eight first-class games before making his debut.
In a nail-biting encounter, England triumphed against Pakistan in the first test by a score of 74 runs. The defeat that Pakistan suffered at the hands of England in the first Test dropped the Asian team even farther in the race to compete in the final of the World Test Championship at The Oval in the following year.
Australia is in an excellent position to compete in the final held the following year because they are currently ranked first with a win percentage of 72.73, whereas Pakistan is currently ranked fifth with a win % of 46.67.
There are still two Tests left for Pakistan to play at home against England before they host New Zealand for a two-Test series in the middle of the holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s.