Fitness concerns have become a source of concern for Pakistan, with three members of the 2022 T20 World Cup squad already experiencing similar issues, and another player was added to the list yesterday.
Haider Ali, a middle-order batsman, was taken to the hospital on Friday night after the sixth game of the seven-match T20I series against England, which the Moeen Ali-led side won by eight wickets with 33 balls to spare.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said in a statement, “Haider Ali is feeling unwell. He has a viral illness and is being taken to the hospital for further check-ups. He will stay overnight in the hospital.”
The national team’s management has stated, however, that the players will rest on Saturday and that no cricket activity is planned ahead of the seventh T20I of the historic series against England on Sunday.
Naseem Shah, the right-arm pacer, tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week and will return home for three days before rejoining the national squad on Sunday for the Tri-nation series in New Zealand and the 2022 T20 World Cup.
It is worth noting that both ace pacer Shaheen Shah and opening batter Fakhar Zaman are injured and are undergoing rehabilitation in London, England, before rejoining the national squad in Australia.
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