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Naseem Shah admitted to hospital ahead of 5th T20I against England

Naseem Shah and Shadab Khan were likely to make a comeback to the squad after being rested. Naseem Shah has only played the first T20I match of the seven-match series.

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Pakistani pacer Naseem Shah has been admitted to hospital ahead of the fifth T20I between Pakistan and England scheduled on Wednesday at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.

Naseem Shah was taken to hospital earlier due to his fever, however, he is now feeling better, says Pakistan Cricket Board. At the hospital, doctors have made him undergo various tests including a Dengue fever test. His inclusion in the rest of the matches will depend upon the medical reports.

According to media reports, Naseem Shah is unlikely to play today’s match. He was shifted to the hospital after developing a high fever.

National Team management had said that the selection team is seeking the best combination for the remaining matches of the series. Naseem Shah and Shadab Khan were likely to make a comeback to the squad after being rested. Naseem Shah has only played the first T20I match of the seven-match series. Meanwhile, Shadab Khan is expected to play his first T20I against England today.

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Naseem Shah rested ahead of the tri-nation series scheduled in New Zealand and the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.

Shah is an emerging pacer in Pakistan cricket. His performances in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022 have garnered praise from the international cricket fraternity. Interestingly, Naseem Shah made his T20I debut in the Asia Cup 2022 against India. He took seven wickets in five games with an economy of 7.66.

His two sixes against Afghanistan in Sharjah in the Asia Cup 2022 match made him the star in Pakistan. In his first match against India, Naseem Shah rattled the Indian batting line by claiming the wicket of KL Rahul. He had almost got Virat Kohli in the same over, with his destructive bowling, had Fakhar Zaman not dropped the catch. He was lethal with his bowling and restricted Indian batters. Pakistan had set a low score.