Following the injury to Haris Rauf, hosts Pakistan are in a further spot of bother ahead of the second Test against England in Multan starting Friday, as Naseem Shah is a major doubt due to a shoulder injury he picked up in the first Test of the series. Naseem, 19, got through the entirety of the Rawalpindi Test unscathed, bowling 33.5 overs in total, but the youngster was seen clutching his shoulder in the second innings.
ESPN Cricinfo reports that Naseem did not train on Thursday, and is not a sure-shot starter for the second Test of the series.
Should Naseem be ruled out, it will be a body blow for Pakistan, who are already without the services of Haris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi. Shaheen was ruled out well before the series began, but Haris, who debuted in the first Test in Rawalpindi, sustained a quadriceps strain after a fielding mishap which saw him step on the ball.
Outside Naseem, not counting Haris, Mohammad Ali is currently the only other seamer in the Pakistan squad. The hosts could hence draft in Mohammad Wasim Jr, who has a first-class bowling average of 24.85.