Mohammad Haris approved as Fakhar Zaman’s replacement in Pakistan’s squad for SA match

Mohammad Haris was on Thursday named as a replacement for injured left-handed batter Fakhar Zaman in Pakistan’s 15-man squad in the ongoing Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

Haris, a travelling reserve, was named as a replacement after Zaman was ruled out of the tournament due to sustaining a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury to his right knee.

Zaman missed playing in Pakistan’s Super 12 defeats to India and Zimbabwe before returning into the playing eleven for the Group 2 match against Netherlands in Perth, making 20 runs off 16 balls. During the game against Netherlands, Zaman suffered more issues with his knee.

As of now, Pakistan face a must-win situation against South Africa.

Earlier, speaking on his injury, Pakistan team doctor Najeebullah Soomro had said: “Obviously with any knee injury it takes time to have 100 per cent recovery. Fakhar and the team understood the risks of coming into the tournament and we got him in. You saw how he performed with batting in the last match, unfortunately in the last match he had a bit of a twist which aggravated his injury.”

“We were aware of the risks of the comeback. He is obviously an important player for the team. The player, the medical staff and the team management were aware of that. We decided to bring him back in. In cricket, and any sport, we take risks. Sometimes they pay off, sometimes they don’t,” Soomro was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

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