Quetta Gladiators have been hit by a major blow as teenage pace sensation Naseem Shah has suffered an ankle injury. As a result, he is likely to be ruled out of the ongoing season of the highly valued Pakistan Super League (PSL) for a week. This means that the fearsome quick will be missing at least 2 if not all the 3 remaining group stage fixtures of Quetta.
For a team, which has struggled to move up on the points table in their recent encounters, it comes down as a serious issue. Moreover, this will push Quetta to play Sohail Khan who has conceded runs with an economy in excess of 9.
While Naseem has picked only 3 wickets in 5 games, he has shown glimpses of his brilliance. Picking 3 wickets at 48.33, he managed an economy rate of 8.05 on surfaces where batters thrived. Therefore, Mohammad Hasnain, Tymal Mills and Ben Cutting will have to put their best game forward to cover the absence of Naseem. It will be interesting to see how Quetta fares in their upcoming assignments as the race to the final four is getting spiced up.