The 25-year-old Pakistan middle-order batsman Khushdil Shah has been ruled out for up to three weeks due to his left-thumb fracture. He is currently with the Pakistan team in the England tour.
During Saturday’s (18th July) training session in Derby, Khushdil Shah got a blow on his left thumb when he was batting. Later, the reports have confirmed his left-thumb fracture. Now, he will miss out the practice for up to three weeks.
At present, Pakistan team is busy in the four-day intra-squad match at County Cricket Ground (Derby), which started on last Friday (17th July). However, Khushdil is not featuring in this Team White vs Team Green match. Meanwhile, due to the latest injury, he will also miss the next four-day intra-squad match, which will be also played at the same venue (County Cricket Ground, Derby) between 24th and 27th July.
However, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Khushdil can begin his physical training by the end of the next week.
PCB stated in the press release, “As the nail is intact and there is no injury to nail bed, the orthopaedic surgeon, team physician and team physiotherapist expect Khushdil to resume physical training by the end of the next week.”
Khushdil Shah has played only one T20I
In his international career, Khushdil Shah has played only one T20I. It was the Perth T20I against the hosts Australia on 8th November 2019 where the left-handed batsman scored just eight runs.
In the ongoing England tour, Pakistan will resume their international cricket which has been stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic. They will play three Tests and three T20Is against the hosts in this tour. The three-match Test series will run between 5th and 25th August while the T20I matches will be played on 28th August, 30th August and 1st September.
Old Trafford (Manchester) will host the first Test and all the T20Is between England and Pakistan. In the meantime, Rose Bowl (Southampton) will host the last two Tests between England and Pakistan. The Test series will be the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.