Asia Cup 2023: India and Pakistan will meet first in the ODI World Cup and then in the Asia Cup in September.
Pakistan’s young batsman Abdullah Shafique was unfazed by the news of Jasprit Bumrah returning to the 2023 Asia Cup, saying his team already has world-class bowlers like Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah in the nets. Bumrah is back in the Men in Blue squad after a long recovery from injury. While some stars like KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant remain under NCA rehab, Bumrah is back after 10 long months for the upcoming India-Ireland series.
Recently, Shafique was asked about Afridi and Haris facing each other in the nets and the report added Bumrah’s name saying that he is likely to return to the Asia Cup squad.
“Haris, Naseem, Shaheen, you stand with the nets all the time during training. Do you find it easy when you face the opposition bowlers? Especially when you talk about India… because it looks like Jasprit Bumrah is also coming. back in the Asia Cup,” the reporter asked the 23-year-old Pakistani of the player.
The youngster did not mention Bumrah by name, but praised his teammates, saying Pakistan has the best bowling in the world.
“Our bowling attack is pretty good, the best in the world in fact. We will match them (Shaheen, Haris, Naseem) in the nets… we will face their challenges. And that will give us a lot of confidence and help us in our preparation… If we play well against them, we are definitely more confident against the bowlers,” replied Abdullah Shafique.
The much-anticipated match between India and Pakistan in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has been postponed to another date, adding to the cancellation of eight other matches in the tournament. The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently released a statement on the revised schedule for the World Cup in India.