Pakistan spinner Shadab Khan will be fit to play at the World Cup after doctors in England gave him the all-clear.
Last week, it was revealed that Shadab, who was included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, had been diagnosed with a virus, which was reported to be Hepatitis C, and would need at least four weeks to recover.
The Pakistan Cricket Board set up Shadab’s appointment with specialists in England to help him fully recover before Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 opener against the Windies on 31 May at Trent Bridge.
Pakistan wrist spinner Shadab Khan met with world-renowned gastroenterologist and hepatologist Dr Patrick Kennedy in London and will be returning to Islamabad on Monday.
“Shadab has been put on medication and has also been advised complete rest for two weeks, following which he will undergo another round of blood tests in Lahore after which there will be more clarity on his availability for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement on Saturday.
The series against England, comprising a T20 and five ODIs will be played from May 5 to 19. Shadab was the only frontline spinner named in Pakistan’s original 17-man squad to tour England, however, the presence of Mohammad Hafeez, back after a thumb injury, and Imad Wasim gives them options in the spin department for a one-off T20I and a five-match ODI series between May 5 and 19.
Shadab is part of Pakistan’s 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup. The selectors have already included Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir as additional players to the 15-player World Cup squad. Pakistan, like any other participating side, has the flexibility to make changes to their World Cup squad until May 23.
Both Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur and captain Sarfraz Ahmed were confident that the 20-year-old would make a full recovery ahead of the tournament.
Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has showered praise on spinner Shadab Khan as he holds many roles in the team.
“The team’s not about one man, there’s a squad of 15 going to the World Cup and all 15 have the ability to win games. Shadab is not out of the World Cup, there’s certainly hope on him playing,” Arthur said.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is hoping that spinner Shadab Khan will be fit in time for the World Cup, which begins in England and Wales next month.
As for Sarfraz, he said: “I am hopeful that Shadab will be part of the team for the World Cup.”