BCCI offers a short break to players ahead of the New Zealand series

Mohammad Rizwan and Shoaib Malik, both batters for Pakistan, are suffering from “mild illness” and could be ruled out of Thursday’s T20 World Cup showdown against Australia. Rizwan and Malik, who were absent from the team’s Wednesday training session, tested negative for COVID-19. The team has also passed all of the tournament’s normal tests. ESPNCricinfo said that “both players were tested for COVID-19 and both tested negative.”They’ve passed frequent COVID-19 testing throughout the competition, including one only a few days ago, just like the rest of their team. The ICC encourages teams to test as much as feasible, and this is part of their policy”.

The two players, according to the article, awoke on Wednesday morning with “mild illness and low fever,” and were initially told to postpone practise, but were later allowed to skip it. “Pakistan is not unduly concerned about their participation in Thursday’s game at the present,” the report claimed, adding that “their status will be reviewed again in the morning.” Both players have played critical roles in the ongoing tournament, and their absence will be a major loss to Pakistan. While Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam have formed one of the most lethal opening partnerships in the tournament, Malik has bolstered the middle order. If the necessity comes, Pakistan has choices for replacements.

Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed might replace Rizwan behind the stumps, while Malik could be replaced by Haider Ali. In the Super 12 stage of the tournament, Pakistan went undefeated, defeating India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Namibia, and Scotland.