Spinner Shadab Khan faces unexpected blow, dropped from Pakistan squad

Spinner Shadab Khan faces unexpected blow, dropped from Pakistan squad

LAHORE – Wrist spinner Shadab Khan will not be playing in Pakistan’s upcoming tour of England, after medical tests determined that he was infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV).

His treatment is anticipated to require at least four weeks.

Chief selector Inzamamul Haq confirmed on Sunday during a press conference that the bowler was infected with Hepatitis C and will not be able to participate in the series against England, comprising a T20I and five ODIs, scheduled to be played from May 5-19.

The news was also confirmed by the 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. More Details linkPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) April 21, 2019 link

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.

Shadab is the only specialist spinner in Pakistan’s 15 for the World Cup. 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.

The PCB is setting up appointments for Khan with specialists in England to help him fully recover before Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 opener against the West Indies on May 31 in Trent Bridge.