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Pakistan’s fast bowler Naseem Shah has been diagnosed with pneumonia

Pakistan’s fast bowling star Naseem Shah was sent to the hospital for treatment after contracting pneumonia before of the Men in Green’s fifth T20I against England on Wednesday, September 28 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The current seven-match series against England has now shifted to Lahore, and Naseem was expected to play in the fifth game but was hospitalized as his condition worsened.

Pakistan would hope that the 19-year-old fast bowler heals quickly since he is an important component of their T20I team and one of the 15 players chosen to Pakistan’s squad for the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, which begins next month in October.

Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan’s bowling spearhead, is already undergoing rehabilitation and nursing a knee ailment in England.

Naseem made his T20I debut against arch-rivals India recently in Dubai, during Pakistan’s first match in the Asia Cup 2022. Naseem, in addition to his bowling ability, demonstrated his batting brilliance at the Asia Cup, when he helped Pakistan steal victory from the jaws of defeat in a Super 4 encounter against Afghanistan.

The ongoing seven-match series against England is now tied at 2-2 after the conclusion of four games including the Karachi leg of the trip. Both Pakistan and England have played some good cricket so far in the series and have concentrated on getting players enough game time ahead of the big event next month.

England has been playing without their normal white-ball captain Jos Buttler, who is recuperating from a calf injury suffered in The Hundred before the Pakistan trip. In his absence, vice-captain Moeen Ali has led the team.

Pakistan will begin its T20 World Cup 2022 campaign against its Asian neighbors India on Sunday, October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).