Babar gives an injury report on an important tandem ahead of the World Cup.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has declined to say whether important pacers Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf will be available to play in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, which begins next month.

The pair sustained minor injuries during Pakistan’s Super Four match against India at the Asia Cup and were watching from the sidelines as the team was eliminated from the competition against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday.

Inexperienced couple During that game, Zaman Khan and Shahnawaz Dahani filled in for the injured duo and could be in position to participate in the World Cup if Naseem and Rauf do not heal in time.

Teams have until September 28 to submit their teams to the ICC for the six-week tournament, and beyond that date, they may only change their 15-player groups with approval from the event organizers.

While Babar is optimistic that both Naseem and Rauf will be ready for Pakistan’s World Cup opener against the Netherlands on October 6 in Hyderabad, the skipper was tight-lipped when asked about backup plans if the two are unable to play.

“I’ll tell you later,” said Babar.

“We’re not going to tell you about our backup plan right now.” However, Haris Rauf is not without merit. He only has a minor side strain, but he’ll be OK for the World Cup.

“Naseem Shah also… they have a couple of missed matches, I’m not sure (how long) the recovery will be, but in my opinion, Naseem Shah will also (be) in the World Cup later on.” But we’ll see.”

Pakistan has no official 50-over matches scheduled prior to the commencement of the World Cup, although they do have two non-official ODI warm-up matches against New Zealand (September 29) and Australia (October 3).