Shadab ruled out of England series after test revealed virus in his blood

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 14: Shadab Khan of Pakistan celebrates dismissing Joe Root of England during the ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final between England and Pakistan at SWALEC Stadium on June 14, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

LAHORE:  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. The series against England, comprising a T20I and five ODIs, will be played from 5 to 19 May, reported PCB. 

The Pakistan Cricket Board will 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.

Details about Shadab’s replacement will be announced in due course.

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 23 May.