New Delhi. Before the T20 World Cup, the Pakistan team has suffered a major setback. The team’s middle-order batsman Shoaib Maqsood has been ruled out of the tournament due to a back injury. The PCB has not yet announced the name of any player as his replacement. Shoaib suffered a back injury 3 days ago during a match of the National T20 Cup in Lahore, for which an MRI scan was done.
It was learned in the report that Shoaib’s injury is deep and he will have to rest and only after a long rehabilitation will he be able to return to the field. Earlier, Pakistan made three changes in its World Cup squad on Friday, adding former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman and Haider Ali to the team.
Maqsood hit 22 sixes in PSL
The 34-year-old middle-order batsman Maqsood has returned to the Pakistan team after 5 years and since then he has been running in tremendous form. He also made his mark in the recent tours of England and West Indies. After this, he played an important role in getting Multan Sultans to the PSL title this year. Batting at the top of the order in the tournament, he scored five half-centuries in 12 innings and scored more runs in boundaries than any other player in the league. He had hit 22 sixes in the league
Shoaib Malik may get a chance in place of Maqsood
From the beginning of 2020 to PSL 2021, Maqsood had the highest T20 strike rate among Pakistan’s batsmen and was ranked 9th among batsmen in the world (with a minimum of 500 runs and 20 innings). This was a big improvement for the batsman, who was earlier scoring runs at a strike rate of 125. Experienced batsman Shoaib Malik can be included in the team instead of Maqsood. Pakistan has to play the first match against India in the World Cup on 24 October.