Pakistan team faces a big setback ahead of England tour

Pakistan team faces a big setback ahead of England tour
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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan have been dealt a blow by the news that leading leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been ruled out of action for the forthcoming Tests against Ireland and England.

The 31-year-old is facing 10 weeks of rehabilitation from a stress fracture to the hip that means he will miss Ireland s debut Test in Dublin (11 May) and the following two Tests against England at Lord s (24 May) and Headingley (1 June).

Pakistan are considering leg-spinner Shadab Khan, off-spinner Bilal Asif and left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti as possible replacements, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.

Yasir will be a significant loss, having been central to Pakistan s Test successes since 2014, taking 165 wickets in 28 Test matches.

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