Asia Cup: Pakistan suffer major blow as another pacer ruled out due to injury

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Pakistan’s top gunner Shaheen Shah Afridi was previously noted to be absent from the ongoing Asia Cup 2022, due to an injury.

Followed by which, Pakistan seamer Shahnawaz Dahani has been ruled out of the team’s Asia Cup Super-4 match against arch-rivals India with a “suspected side strain”, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Saturday.

“Shahnawaz Dahani will not be available for Sunday’s ACC T20 Asia Cup Super-4 match against India due to a suspected side strain. The injury happened while bowling in the match against Hong Kong in Sharjah on Friday,” the PCB said in a statement.

“As is the case with any suspected side strain injury, the medical team will monitor him for the next 48-72 hours, following which they will make decisions, including carrying out a scan and further participation in the tournament,” the PCB added.

Hasan Ali was added to the team, and he’ll probably take Dahani’s spot in Pakistan’s starting lineup against India on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium.

Even though Pakistan lost to the Rohit Sharma-led team in the Group A encounter on Sunday, Dahani had performed admirably against India.