Big blow before world cup for Pakistan

Shadab Khan

Shadab Khan (pic source : twitter)

Recently Pakistan announced their squad for world cup 2019. In 2015, World cup Misabah ul Haq led the team successfully to quarter finals but lost to Australia in quarter finals. This time Sarfarz Ahmed will lead the team. Pakistan will arrive for England at the end of this month.

But before the World Cup 2019, Pakistan has got a huge blow. Their wrist spinner Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the England series before world cup as he has been infected by virus. Although the nature of virus has not been specified it is said that it will take at least him 4 weeks to completely recover from the illness. PCB has announced replacement of Shadab Khan as Yasir Shah for series against England.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector of Pakistan said

“Unfortunately there is sad news, Shadab khan blood tests revealed a virus, that will require treatment and rest for at least four weeks. He has been ruled out of the limited-overs series that Paksitan will play in England in the lead-up to the World Cup which compromises of 5ODIs and 1 T20i. The Pakistan Cricket Board has now set-up Shadab’s appointment with specialists in England to help him fully recover before Pakistan’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against the Windies on 31 May at Trent Bridge. The deadline to make changes to our World Cup squad is at least another five to six weeks away. Hopefully, by that time, everything will be better, and the player can return to the squad.”

This is very sad news for Pakistan as Shadab is the only specialist spinner in Pakistan’s 15 players squad for the World Cup 2019. The PCB is also waiting on the fitness of Mohammad Hafeez, who was included while still recovering from the finger injury he picked up during the Pakistan Super League. Hafeez is Pakistan’s other major spin option, alongside fellow all-rounder Imad Wasim.

PCB official tweet

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