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Naseem Shah ruled out of National T20 Cup due to groin niggle
National T20 Cup

Naseem Shah ruled out of National T20 Cup due to groin niggle

Naseem Shah will not be available for Central Punjab for the rest of the National T20 Cup after complaining of a niggle in the groin.

The teenage pace sensation had turned out for Central Punjab in two games during the Multan leg of the tournament, picking up a couple of wickets at an economy rate of 8.75.

Naseem has been replaced with left-arm fast bowler Waqas Maqsood, who recently registered three wickets in the Second XI National T20 Cup final to help Central Punjab claim the title.

Maqsood has been a part of the Islamabad United outfit in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and also boasts a solitary T20 international appearance that arrived in 2018 against New Zealand in the UAE.

Meanwhile, Naseem will travel to Lahore and undergo rehabilitation at the National High Performance Centre where the PCB medical panel will carry a thorough investigation on the state of his injury.

“Naseem is an asset who needs to be handled with care. As soon as he showed discomfort, we decided to withdraw him from the tournament and bring him to Lahore so that we can investigate the injury," said Dr Sohail Saleem, PCB director of Medical and Sports Sciences.

Managing the workload of 17-year-old Naseem has been the PCB's priority as they are wary of hampering the development of the youngster by overusing him.

Naseem suffered an ankle sprain earlier this year, which caused him to join Quetta Gladiators a week later in PSL 2020. He was a member of Pakistan's extended squad for the England tour in the summer and took part in all the three Tests. Naseem was then benched for the T20I series despite being named in the shortlisted line-up.