Pakistan suffer blow Fakhar Zaman prior to the Indian clash
Pakistan suffered a huge blow before the much-anticipated clash against India as top batsman Fakkhar Zaman was excluded from the game.
The big rivals will meet on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the rain is expected to ruin the show.
The left-handed, who sustained a knee injury in the Asian Cup final, did not fully recover, sources said. However, he joined the team in Brisbane and participated in the practice sessions, but he was not allowed to return to action.
The team physio has advised him to rest for the game, they added.
Furthermore, Shan Masood, who suffered a blow to the head during the training session, now feels betting and ready to participate in the game.
Pakistan’s likely XI: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hairs Rauf, and Naseem Shah.
Squad Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman