Pakistani fast bowler Naseem Shah, who sustained a shoulder injury during a match against India in the Asia Cup, successfully underwent surgery on Wednesday in London. The surgical procedure, which lasted for approximately half an hour, was deemed a success by medical professionals. Naseem Shah has now been advised to observe a period of rest spanning four to six weeks.
Following this rest period, Naseem Shah is expected to resume his practice sessions, indicating a positive outlook for his recovery and return to the cricket field.
Naseem Shah, who had been an integral part of Pakistan’s cricket squad, expressed his disappointment at not being selected for the ICC Men’s World Cup. He conveyed his sentiments with a heartfelt message posted on social media: “With a heavy heart, I’m sharing that I will not be part of this amazing team that will be representing our beloved country.” He went on to express his faith in divine intervention, saying, “While I’m disappointed, I believe everything is in Allah’s hands. InshahAllah will be on the field very soon.”
This surgery and the subsequent recovery period are significant steps in Naseem Shah’s journey back to full fitness, and cricket fans eagerly await his return to competitive cricket.
The cricketer is advised 4-6 weeks of rest after which he can resume his training. Earlier, he was expected to miss the initial matches of ODI World Cup 2023, set to commence on October 5th in India. Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, has provided updates on the injuries to Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf, expressing optimism that Naseem Shah may return later in the tournament.
Babar Azam mentioned that while he couldn’t determine the exact duration of Naseem Shah’s recovery, there is hope for his participation in the later stages of the World Cup. However, he didn’t rule out the possibility and emphasized that they would have to wait and see.