An injury worry for Pakistan’s pacer prohibits him from playing in the India encounter.

Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf won’t bowl further in the Super 4 fixture against India in the Asia Cup.

Rauf felt soreness in his right flank during Sunday’s game against India, which was carried over to Monday. On Sunday, the pace bowler bowled five overs, including the final completed over.

According to a Pakistan Cricket Board release, Rauf was taken for a precautionary MRI, which found no injury, but he will not bowl further in this game as a precautionary measure.

Rauf took three wickets in the first game against India and has been in terrific form so far in the Asia Cup. He is Pakistan’s leading ODI wicket-taker since 2022, with 39 wickets in 20 ODIs at an average of 22.64, including four four-wicket hauls.

Rauf, along with Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah, constitute a strong three-pronged pace attack that has elevated Pakistan’s bowling unit to No. 1 in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings.Pakistan has yet to reveal their preliminary roster for the Cricket World Cup. Rauf’s ailment may not be a long-term issue, but the team has until September 28 to pick a replacement.

While Australia presently holds the top spot after defeating South Africa, Pakistan can reclaim the top spot if they defeat India on Monday.

Pakistan has yet to reveal their preliminary roster for the Cricket World Cup. Rauf’s injury may not be serious in the long run, but the team has until September 28 to name its final roster.