Well-informed sources say that fast bowler Mohammad Wasim Junior will likely replace Hasan Ali in Pakistan’s team for tomorrow’s must-win World Cup game against South Africa. Hasan Ali has a fever. Also, Ali, who is 29 years old, did not go to the training today, the reports said.
Pak VS SA | Wasim Jr. may replace feverish Hasan Ali
Ali was called back after Naseem Shah got hurt and couldn’t play. He has taken eight wickets in five World Cup games. On the other hand, Pakistan’s opening bowler Fakhar Zaman is still in the running for a spot in the starting eleven for Friday’s must-win game against South Africa.
Pakistan lost to Afghanistan by surprise, so they have to win all four of their remaining games and hope that other games go well for them to make it to the next round. Both Fakhar and Mohammad Nawaz were cleared to play against South Africa on Wednesday, which was good news for the Pakistani team.
An source in Chennai told The News that Fakhar would likely be on the team for the important game because of how well he played against South Africa last year, when he hit 193 runs and helped Pakistan win the series 2-1. Fakhar could play in place of Imam-ul-Haq as Pakistan’s starter in their next World Cup match. Pakistan was seen training for well over three hours at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday, and Fakhar had his nets with him during the long session.