Leg-spin all-rounder Shadab Khan will not be playing in Pakistan’s upcoming tour of England after being diagnosed with Hepatitis C.
Chief selector Inzamamul Haq confirmed during a press conference on Sunday that the Islamabad United star will be out of the tour that ends just days before the World Cup.
The news was also confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on its official Twitter account.
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.
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He will require treatment for at least four weeks and the series against England, which comprises a T20I and five ODIs, will be played from May 5 to 19. Fellow leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who is more suited to the five-day format, has been called in as Shadab’s replacement.
The PCB is setting up appointments for Shadab with specialists in England to help him recover before Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 opener against the West Indies on May 31 in Trent Bridge.
The board announced that selectors have already included Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir as additional players to the 15-player World Cup squad. Pakistan has the flexibility to make changes to their World Cup squad until May 23.