Shadab Khan Ruled Out Of England Tour Due To Health Issues

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Shadab Khan Ruled Out Of England Tour Due To Health Issues 

Shadab Khan Ruled Out Of England Tour Due To Health Issues
Since April 7, 2017, Shadab has bagged 47 wickets in 34 ODIs. (Credits: Getty)

Ahead of the forthcoming T20I and ODI series against England and the succeeding World Cup, Pakistan has suffered a big blow. Their star spinner Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the series against England due to health issues, confirmed Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday. Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq Sunday said Shadab’s blood reports  were not satisfactory and consequently the player has been ruled out of the series.

While confirming the news, PCB stated that Shadab will need at least four weeks to recover from the illness.

“Wrist spinner Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the series against England after tests revealed a virus that will require treatment and rest for, at least, four weeks,” read a statement from PCB.

Pakistan will play a solitary T20I and five ODIs against England between May 5 to 19. Pakistan will then play two warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh before starting their World Cup campaign on May 31 against West Indies.

With Shadab set to be sidelined for at least a month, he is unlikely to have any game-time experience just before the World Cup. The spinner has been included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad and is likely to spearhead Pakistan’s spin attack in England.

Shadab Khan (Credits: Getty)

Media reports in Pakistan suggest that the PCB would set up Shadab’s appointment with specialists in England to help him fully recover. Details about Shadab’s replacement will be announced in due course. Pakistan, meanwhile, can make changes to their World Cup squad until May 23 without the need of taking permission from ICC’s technical committee.

Pakistan squad for England tour:

arfaraz Ahmed (wk, c), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Asif Ali

 

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