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Asia Cup 2023: Zaman joins Pakistan squad in Colombo, Dahani awaits visa check here full details

 Asia Cup 2023: Zaman joins Pakistan squad in Colombo, Dahani awaits visa check here full details


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Zaman Khan has arrived in Colombo. - PCB

Pakistan pacer Zaman Khan reached Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Thursday to participate in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023.

Meanwhile, Zaman’s fellow speedster Shahnawaz Dahani is currently awaiting visa before departing for Sri Lanka.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) called up Zaman and Dahani as backups for Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf, who picked up injuries during the Green Shirts' Super Four clash against India on Monday.

The decision was taken as a precautionary measure keeping in mind that the World Cup 2023 is just around the corner.

"Pakistan have called up Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan as backups," the PCB said in a brief statement.

"The two have been called up after Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah picked up niggles in the match against India.

"This is only a precautionary measure keeping in mind the fitness and well-being of the players ahead of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup next month.

"Haris and Naseem will continue to remain under the observation of the team’s medical panel. The team management will only request replacement from the ACC technical committee if Naseem or Haris are ruled out for the next seven days."

The World Cup 2023 begins in October and Pakistan don't want to take any kind of risks with their primary pacers.

Pakistan's next and last match of the Super Four will be against Sri Lanka, with the winner qualifying for the final against India on September 17.

However, rain is likely to play spoilsport during the Pakistan- Sri Lanka and the other remaining matches of the event.

According to The Weather Channel, there are 86 percent chances of rain on September 14 in Colombo which would affect the Pakistan-Sri Lanka match.

It must be noted that Pakistan-India match during the group stage was washed out. Additionally, the Super 4 clash between the arch-rivals was also heavily affected by rain and consequently finished on the reserve day.

The trophy will be shared if the final of the Asia Cup 2023 is also washed out on September 17. The final also has a reserve day.

What happens if rain washes out remaining matches?

India have already qualified for the final so rain will have no effect on their position. Meanwhile, Bangladesh are already out of the race for the final.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will both get one point but the Lankan Tigers will book their ticket to the final due to their better net run-rate (NRR).

After Pakistan's 228-run defeat against India, their NRR fell to -1.892. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have an NRR of -0.2.

Asia Cup schedule of remaining matches

Sept 14 - Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)

Sept 15 - Bangladesh vs India Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)

Sept 17 - Final in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)

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