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Naseem Shah set to miss remainder of England series due to COVID illness

image-l8mz1fxwNaseem Shah in action [PC: Associated Press]

Pakistani speedster Naseem Shah has been ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against England after being tested positive for COVID-19. 

Notably, Naseem was admitted to a hospital in Lahore late Tuesday night with a chest infection and fever. But he was discharged from hospital on Thursday after being diagnosed with pneumonia and the PCB said the fast bowler was feeling “much better."

But after developing COVID infection, the promising seamer has been sidelined from the England series and his participation in the T20 World Cup will obviously depend on whether he gets match fitness in time or not. 

"Shah is back in the team hotel where he will follow all COVID-19 protocols," the PCB said in a statement.

Shah was one of the main architects of Pakistan's phenomenal performance in the Asia Cup 2022. Apart from bowling fuming thunderbolts, Shah struck two consecutive sixes, ensuring Pakistan's stunning victory over Afghanistan in the tournament. With Shaheen yet to get match-fit and Naseem down and out with COVID, Pakistan have started pondering over their seam bowling resources going ahead of the World Cup starting next month. 

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