Pakistan’s young bowling sensation, Khurram Shahzad, faced a major setback in the ongoing Test series against Australia, being forced out due to a stress fracture in his left rib and an abdominal muscle tear.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed Shahzad’s injury, which surfaced during the first Test in Perth, where he complained of discomfort on his left side. Medical assessments, including an MRI scan, unveiled the extent of his injury, leading to his exclusion from the series.

The PCB announced that Khurram Shahzad would seek specialist consultation in Australia to establish a comprehensive management plan for his recovery. Following this, he will undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.

Former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif expressed apprehensions about Khurram Shahzad’s fitness yesterday. On social media platform X, he highlighted concerns about the biomechanics of Shahzad’s bowling action, deeming it potentially hazardous for the emerging fast bowler.

Adding to these concerns, former pace bowler Junaid Khan echoed Latif’s worries. While acknowledging Shahzad’s commendable performance in the Perth Test, Khan raised concerns about a technical flaw in Shahzad’s bowling action, pointing out a potential risk of injury if he continues to bowl with the same action.

Junaid emphasized the need for a corrected bio-mechanical approach, citing a decline in the pace of Khurram Shahzad pace between the innings and warning of possible injuries if Shahzad is hurried back into action without rectifying the issue.

Khurram Shahzad’s absence casts a shadow over Pakistan’s prospects in the upcoming matches, leaving a void in their bowling attack and drawing attention to the fitness and bio-mechanics in Pakistan’s cricket circuit.

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