The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Saturday that Sohaib Maqsood has been eliminated from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup owing to a back injury sustained during the National T20 Cup.
The 34-year-old middle-order batsman has been in excellent form since returning to the national squad following a five-year absence, impressing on recent tours to England and the West Indies.
He then went on to assist Multan Sultans to win the Pakistan Super Competition this year, scoring five half-centuries in 12 innings at the top of the order and hitting more boundaries than anybody else in the league.
According to the PCB, a panel of experts examined his injury and ruled him unsuitable for the mega event, which begins on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates.
The medical panel has urged the batsman to rest, and the cricket board has stated that a decision on his replacement would be made soon.
Sohaib Maqsood injured right before the T20 World Cup,won’t be able to travel,possible replacements?— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 9, 2021
According to reports, the PCB is set to call up Shoaib Malik to the national squad because Sohaib Maqsood was having difficulties walking following his injury.
This is the fourth change to Pakistan’s initial squad, which was revealed on September 4.
After considering player performances and form during the National T20 Cup, the cricket board announced three changes to the lineup on Friday.
Azam Khan and Mohammad Hasnain have been replaced by Sarfaraz Ahmed and Haider Ali, respectively, while Fakhar Zaman, who was originally selected as a reserve, has been replaced by Khushdil Shah.