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ICC World Cup 2023: Pakistan suffer a setback ahead of Australia clash

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BENGALURU: Pakistan’s left-handed opening batter Fakhar Zaman has been ruled out of the ICC World Cup 2023 clash against Australia on October 20 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Fakhar Zaman is suffering from a knee injury and the team doctor advised him to rest for one week.

Meanwhile, Salman Ali Agha, who was suffering from a fever is making a good recovery.

Other team members are fit and available for selection for tomorrow’s anticipated match against Australia.

Pakistan are currently sitting fourth in the ICC World Cup 2023 standings with four points in three matches while Australia are in seventh position after winning their solitary game against Sri Lanka on Monday.

The green shirts will be eyeing to bounce back from their seven-wicket thrashing against India on Saturday.

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Rohit Sharma’s quickfire 86 after a combined effort from the bowlers led India to a dominant victory against Pakistan.

Chasing a modest total of 192, India comfortably steered to glory for the loss of just three wickets and 117 balls to spare.

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Put into bat first, Pakistan could post 191 runs on the board despite their captain Babar Azam’s half-century.

The former champions, at one stage, were looking in a strong position to amass the 300-run mark but a middle-order collapse, resulted in them bowling out at a meagre total.

Babar Azam remained the top-scorer for his side with 50 in 58 deliveries with the help of seven boundaries.

Wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan was the other notable run-getter for Pakistan with a 69-ball 49, hitting seven boundaries.

Pakistan squad for ICC World Cup 2023

Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jnr, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha.

Travelling reserves: Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan

Pakistan’s remaining ICC World Cup 2023 fixtures

  • October 20 – vs Australia in Bengaluru
  • October 23 – vs Afghanistan in Chennai
  • October 27 – vs South Africa in Chennai
  • October 31 – vs Bangladesh in Kolkata
  • November 4 – vs New Zealand Bengaluru (Day match)
  • November 11 – vs England in Kolkata

The day matches will start at 10:00 am Pakistan Standard Time (PST) while all other matches will be day-night fixtures, starting at 01:30 pm (PST).

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