Baig, who recently recovered from a shoulder injury, suffered a fracture on the index finger of his bowling hand during the third ODI against Australia on Saturday. She will be replaced by batsman Sadaf Shamas in the Pakistan squad for the T20I series against Australia and next month’s Women’s T20 World Cup.
Shamas was earlier named as a reserve player in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad to be held in South Africa. He will now be included in the main squad while Baig has been recommended a minimum of four weeks rest.
Right-handed batsman Shamas has impressed in recent ODIs, scoring 72 against Ireland and 30 against Australia on Friday, averaging 35 in three innings. Although he is yet to play a T20I.
Shamas was selected as a replacement ahead of two other reserve players – legspinner Ghulam Fatima and fast bowler Kayanat Imtiaz – as the management opted to strengthen their batting despite losing a pacer.
Pakistan squad for Women’s T20 World Cup: Bismah Maroof (c), Aiman Anwar, Alia Riaz, Ayesha Naseem, Sadaf Shamas, Fatima Sana, Javeria Khan, Muneeba Ali (wk), Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar, Omima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz ( wicketkeeper), Tuba Hasan
Reserves: Ghulam Fatima, Kainaat Imtiaz.