- Mohammad Hasnain sidelined from Asian Games due to ankle injury.
- Mubasir Khan replaces Hasnain in the Pakistan Shaheens squad.
- Pakistan women’s cricket team loses to Bangladesh in bronze medal match.
Fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain has been ruled out of the men’s competition at the 2023 Asian Games, set to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 28 to October 7. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that all-rounder Mubasir Khan will replace Hasnain, who has not yet fully recovered from an ankle injury.
The tournament will be played in the T20 format, and in accordance with the competition’s rules, Pakistan Shaheens (the Pakistan men’s cricket team) will enter the event starting from the quarter-finals, scheduled for October 3 and 4. The semi-finals will follow on October 6, with the final match slated for October 7. Additionally, the contest for the bronze medal will be held on the same day as the final.
The Pakistan Shaheens squad for the Asian Games includes Qasim Akram as captain, Omair Bin Yousuf as vice-captain, and a lineup of talented players, such as Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, and Usman Qadir.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan women’s cricket team faced a setback, losing to Bangladesh in the bronze medal match. Pakistan posted a meager total of 64-9 in their 20 overs, with Aliya Riaz being the top-scorer, contributing 17 runs. Bangladesh’s Shorna Akter excelled with the ball, taking 3 wickets for 16 runs in her four overs, while Sanjida Akter Meghla claimed 2 wickets.
Chasing the target, Bangladesh reached it in 18.2 overs, losing five wickets in the process. Shorna, with an unbeaten 14 runs, played a pivotal role in securing the victory. Nashra Sandhu was Pakistan’s standout bowler, finishing with figures of 3-10 in her four overs.
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