Shaheen health and World Cup key as Pakistan deal with Netherlands

Pakistan’s Haris Rauf dives to take a catch throughout a observe session forward of ODI sequence in Rotterdam. -Courtesy PCB

ROTTERDAM: Pakistan will look to gather essential World Cup qualifying factors after they deal with the Netherlands in a three-match ODI sequence from Tuesday however can have a cautious eye on the health of star bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi.

The 22-year-old paceman suffered a knee damage on the current tour of Sri Lanka, a worrying setback with the Asia Cup — and a gathering with previous rivals India — developing on the finish of the month.

Pakistan crew bosses don’t need to overload a quick bowler who has already performed 97 occasions throughout all three codecs since his worldwide debut simply 4 years in the past.

“We’re taking a few medical doctors with us to maintain Shaheen and need him to play a sport in opposition to Netherlands to see if he’s match and prepared for the Asia Cup,” mentioned Pakistan skipper Babar Azam.

“However we’ve got 11 trump playing cards. Every of them will be match winners on their day. I think about each one in all them, whether or not batters or bowlers.”

The sequence in Rotterdam was postponed as a consequence of Covid in 2020.

It kinds a part of the 13-nation Tremendous League from the place the highest seven groups plus hosts India will qualify for the 2023 World Cup.

Pakistan are at present third with 90 factors, having overwhelmed a formidable Australia 2-1 of their final ODI sequence at house.

Failure to make the highest seven would imply having to barter a dangerous route by means of a qualifying competitors.

“There are essential Tremendous League factors at stake which we will’t lose,” mentioned Azam who could also be shocked to search out Europe baking in a heatwave.

“I believe the situations shall be much like England. The climate shall be cooler so we’ve got practiced with the air con on indoors, maybe that helps simulate the situations,” he mentioned Thursday on the crew’s departure for Europe.

Recall for 38-year-old

The 2 groups have solely performed three one-day internationals — all in multi-national occasions on the 1996 (Pakistan) and 2003 (South Africa) World Cups and 2002 Champions Trophy (Sri Lanka).

Pakistan received all three.

After qualifying for the Twenty20 World Cup to be performed in Australia later this 12 months, the Netherlands are in search of an enormous elevate of their 50-over fortunes.

They’re positioned final within the Tremendous League, having received solely two of their 16 matches with one no-result and 13 defeats.

These two wins — in opposition to Eire — adopted 12 straight losses in sequence in opposition to Afghanistan, New Zealand, West Indies and England.

England additionally smashed a world document whole of 498-4 in opposition to them in June.

However new skipper Scott Edwards believes taking part in in opposition to greater nations has helped his younger crew.

“ODI cricket continues to be a benchmark for Associates,” mentioned Edwards, who changed Pieter Seelaar as skipper in June.

“Now we have obtained numerous younger cricketers coming by means of who have gotten publicity in opposition to England and New Zealand. I’m excited for the subsequent two, three years.

“We play Pakistan which is one other alternative to face world-class bowlers and batters and that may be a large preparation for us to fine-tune our abilities for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

“It’s been an superior summer season for the gamers for this chance to play these greater nations. There’s a little little bit of disgrace that we haven’t obtained some wins on the board.”

Pakistan have dropped out of shape quick bowler Hasan Ali who’s changed by rookie pacer Naseem Shah whereas Shahnawaz Dahani, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim Junior are the opposite quicks within the squad.

The Netherlands, in the meantime, have recalled 38-year-old all-rounder Wesley Barresi after a three-year absence.

After the opening sport on Tuesday, the perimeters meet once more on Thursday and Sunday.

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