Cricket: Shaheen Afridi out of Asia Cup with injury, Mohammad Hasnain named replacement

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The star Pakistan bowler who rattled India’s top order in the T20 World Cup 2021, has been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup 2022. Mohammad Hasnain has been named as replacement for injured Shaheen Afridi.

The physiotherapists have advised Afridi to rest for four to six weeks. He has been out of action since he suffered an injury during the first Test against Sri Lanka in July.

Shaheen Afridi is expected to return for the tri-series in New Zealand which begins on October 7.

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Mohammad Hasnain replaces injured Shaheen Afridi

The 22-year old pacer who has featured in just 18 T20Is for Pakistan, has been named as replacement for Shaheen Afridi.

He is not the only young and inexperienced bowler in the Pakistan bowling attack. There is the 19-year old Naseem Shah who is yet to make his T20I debut while Shahnawaz Dahani has played just 2 T20Is so far.

Hasnain has played in the Big Bash, PSL, and The Hundred. From a total of 82 T20s, the right-arm pacer has 100 wickets at an economy of 8.51.

Pakistan squad for Asia Cup 2022

With Shaheen Afridi ruled out of the tournament and Mohammad Hasnain named as his replacement, this is how the Pakistan squad now looks –

Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Khusdil Shah, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shahnaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain

The batting is without a doubt, power packed with some of the most experienced T20 players in Pakistan. Shadab Khan will be crucial with the ball while Mohammad Nawaz is a very handy batsmen down the order.

There are 3 bowling all-rounders in this squad including the young Mohammad Wasim Jr while only 1 batting all-rounder is included.

Has the exclusion of Shaheen Afridi dented Pakistan’s chances against India?

Pakistan fans won’t lose hope in spite of Shaheen Afridi being ruled out with injury. No doubt, it is a huge blow to the Pakistani side, but there are other bowlers with great potential who can deliver a surprise.

All eyes will be on Haris Rauf to lead the young bowling attack while experts would also expect something from the young Mohammad Hasnain.

Coming to Pakistan’s chances of beating India in their Asia Cup fixture, the exclusion of Shaheen Afridi has surely affected their chances.

While India were already the favorites on betting sites, after the news of Shaheen Afridi’s injury, the odds have changed further in India’s favor.

The kind of firepower India’s batting lineup has, the young and inexperienced bowling attack of Pakistan are likely to have a hard time when they go up against India.

India are without Bumrah and Shami, is that a ray of hope for Pakistan?

Pakistan fans may think that India’s bowling attack is also without their two main regulars, Bumrah and Shami, and that could be the equalizer between the two sides.

However, India still has Bhuvi, Chahal, Hardik, and Jadeja who can make a significant impact with the ball. Arshdeep Singh is a rising young talent who is all set to make his mark on the international stage.

He is effective in the death overs and if he makes it to the playing XI for the Pakistan game, it will be a great test and opportunity for the left-arm pacer.

What are the best bets for India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2022?

The betting odds for Pakistan have increased even further to 2.86 indicating an implied probability of 34.9%.

  • Back India to win the match at 1.41 odds with PariMatch.
  • With the likes of Babar Azam and Mohamamd Rizwan opening for Pakistan, we expect Pakistan to score at least 7 or more runs per over in the powerplay.
  • Bet on Pakistan to score Over 42.5 in first 6 overs at 1.42 odds.
  • India is all set to avenge their T20 World Cup loss against Pakistan and we can expect a clinical performance from the men in blue.
  • There are many in-form batters in the Indian squad and as such, it is likely that India will be the top batter’s team.
  • Parimatch offers 1.52 odds for India to be the top batter’s team.

India takes on Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 27th August 2022. The match is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST.

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