PCB decides to withdraw Naseem Shah from National T20 Cup


Rawalpindi: Central Punjab pacer Naseem Shah has been withdrawn from the National T20 Cup after complaining of a niggle in the groin.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to withdrawn Naseem as they think he should be handled with care. He has been replaced by left-arm fast bowler Waqas Maqsood in the Central Punjab squad.

The 32-year-old Waqas was one of the leading wicket-takers for Central Punjab in the Second XI tournament played in Lahore. He took eight wickets at an average of 15.75.

Naseem will now report at the National High-Performance Centre in Lahore where the PCB medical panel will carry out a detailed and complete investigation on his injury.

“Naseem is an asset who needs to be handled with care. As soon as he showed discomfort, we decided to withdraw him from the tournament and bring him to Lahore so that we can investigate the injury,” said Dr. Sohail Saleem, director of Medical and Sports Sciences.

It must be noted that Naseem only played two matches in the ongoing National T20 Cup. He took two wickets only.

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