In place of Shaheen Afridi, these two pacers can be fatal against India

Pakistan will have several options to choose from to replace Shaheen Shah Afridi, who was ruled out of the Asia Cup T20 tournament due to a knee injury in UAE on August 27, with proven performers Hasan Ali and Mir Were. Hamza is the main contender. Pakistan suffered a major setback on Saturday after Afridi was ruled out of the showpiece continental tournament due to a fielding injury during the first Test in Galle against Sri Lanka. The tall pacer is expected to return to full fitness in time for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in October.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) may well remember a proven performance in the form of right-arm pacer Hasan Ali, who was a notable omission when it came to the announcement of Pakistan’s squad for the Asia Cup. Ali has been a bit off-color since last year’s T20 World Cup and the selectors decided to leave him out of their initial Asia Cup plans while selecting their 15-man squad for the six-team tournament. But the 28-year-old is a proven performer at the international level and will play with ease if he is called back in the team.

In fact, left-arm pacer Mir Hamza is also a good option to replace Afridi. The 29-year-old has only played for Pakistan once – a Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2018 – but was recently featured in a practice match against Babar Azam’s ODI team in Lahore which traveled to the Netherlands and Certainly this is on the mind of the selectors according to the ICC.

Even young express bowler Zaman Khan, who took 18 wickets for Lahore Qalandars during this year’s edition of the PSL, may be on the selectors’ mind. The 20-year-old has already drawn comparisons with Sri Lankan slinger Lasith Malinga.

With spin likely to play a key role on dry pitches in the UAE, leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood could also be a part of Pakistan’s plans, given that he is already traveling with Pakistan’s white-ball team in the Netherlands. and extend your stay. During the Asia Cup. Danish Aziz, a slow left-arm bowler, is another option who can do well if given a chance.

For now, Pakistan have a deep battery of fast bowlers even without Afridi, which includes Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr and Shahnawaz Dahani in the squad.