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T20 World Cup 2024: Pakistan Squad Not yet Finalized; Haris Rauf Can Only Be Named If…

Pakistan is the only team that has not yet announced its provisional squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024 and that is the main reason for the fitness of its premier pacer Haris Rauf.

As the T20 World Cup 2024 draws ever closer, 19 of the 20 participating teams have announced their squads for the prestigious tournament and now they are eyeing it Pakistan cricket team.

A major concern for the Men in Green is the addition of Haris Rauf, a key asset in their bowling arsenal, for the upcoming 2024 T20 World Cup, which will begin on June 1 in the US and the Caribbean, as the pacer struggles has ongoing injury problems.

Pakistan faces a selection dilemma for the 2024 T20 World Cup due to Haris Rauf’s fitness

Haris RaufWith the Pakistan cricket team’s fitness a matter of concern and the squad announcement being delayed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), his fitness has now reportedly raised doubts over his participation in the upcoming T20 World Cup in 2024. However, May he can only be called into the squad under one condition.

The talented pacer suffered a shoulder dislocation earlier this year while representing Lahore Qalandars in the PSL 2024. He was named in the Pakistan squad for the recent T20I series against Ireland, but was unable to play a single match on the tour due to his injury, which is a current fitness issue.

Meanwhile, a report by Pakistani news agency Geo News claimed that Rauf’s selection for the upcoming 2024 T20 World Cup solely depends on his ability to demonstrate full fitness. The Pakistan cricket team management and national selectors are closely monitoring Rauf’s progress and awaiting the report that he is 100% fit to compete at international level.

PCB is expected to announce the squad for the 2024 T20 World Cup on May 22

Rauf is yet to prove his fitness and has not played a game since February, which is why PCB has not yet announced Pakistan’s squad for the T20 World Cup. According to Geo News report, Pakistan selectors have not finalized the 15 players for the upcoming 2024 T20 World Cup.

However, they initially announced an 18-member squad for the upcoming T20I series against England, but they are finding it difficult to reduce it to a 15-member squad for the global event while Usman Khan, Salman Ali Agha and Hasan Ali do are likely to be selected as a travel reserve.

As part of these considerations, Pakistan is expected to unveil its squad for the 2024 T20 World Cup after the conclusion of the first T20I against England on May 22. Notably, Pakistan is placed in Group B alongside arch-rivals India, USA, Canada and Ireland for the 2024 T20 World Cup.

The Men in Green will open their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign against the USA on June 6 in Texas, followed by the all-important clash against India at Nassau County Stadium in New York on June 9. Pakistan will face Canada in New York on June 11 and Ireland in Lauderhill on June 16.

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