Pakistan’s World Cup journey has encountered a significant hurdle as they gear up to face Australia in a crucial match, with key players Fakhar Zaman and Salman Ali Agha unavailable for the upcoming clash on Friday.

Fakhar Zaman, grappling with a knee injury, is set to sit out the fixture. The Pakistan media manager has given an update on his condition, mentioning, “Fakhar Zaman is currently undergoing treatment for a knee injury, and we anticipate his return to the squad next week.”

Adding to the woes, Salman Ali Agha is currently recuperating from a bout of fever that struck after a training session the day before the match. The team’s management has sought to assure fans that the rest of the squad’s 15 members are in good health and primed for the challenge.

Fakhar Zaman, a crucial component of Pakistan’s batting lineup, has seen limited action in the tournament. His sole appearance was in Pakistan’s opening match against the Netherlands in Hyderabad, where he contributed 12 runs to the team’s efforts.

With Fakhar Zaman sidelined, the task of opening the innings now falls to Abdullah Shafique, who has been turning heads with his exceptional performances. Shafique, designated as Zaman’s replacement, left an indelible mark by scoring a remarkable century, amassing 113 runs against Sri Lanka. In the match against India, he played a pivotal role, contributing 20 runs to Pakistan’s campaign.

This setback, while unfortunate, presents an opportunity for emerging talent like Abdullah Shafique to step up and make their mark on the world stage. As Pakistan faces Australia in this pivotal clash, the nation’s cricket enthusiasts eagerly await a spirited performance from their team.

By Ritik Sharma

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