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England vs Pakistan: PCB names Shadab Khan’s replacement for the ODI and T20I series

Khan would need rest for at least four weeks.

Shadab Khan of Pakistan
Shadab Khan of Pakistan. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Pakistan are scheduled to play one T20I and five ODIs against England before their World Cup journey. However, prior to the limited-overs series on English soil, starting Sunday, May 5 at the Sophia Gardens in Bristol, the Men in Green have been jolted with a body blow as their premier leg-spinner in Shadab Khan has been ruled out following a diagnosis of a virus-related illness.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will set up Shadab’s appointment with specialists in England to help him recover at the earliest. The 20-year-old would now require a rest of almost four weeks. Khan has been an integral part of the Pakistan team and is also a part of the World Cup squad.

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Shah to replace Shadab

Their first match is against the Windies on Friday, May 31 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham and Pakistan would be hoping for their star spin-bowler to recover quickly. In the meantime, PCB has also named Shadab’s replacement for the England ODI and T20I series and it’s Yasir Shah as per reports in Geo News.

Yasir was a part of the 23 probables for the World Cup and he couldn’t make the 15-member squad for the tournament. Pakistan were recently whitewashed 5-0 by the visiting Australia team in the recently concluded ODI series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Shah was a part of it.

He played all the five matches and could only pick up four wickets with best figures of 2/57 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the fourth and penultimate ODI. In his 24-match ODI career, Yasir has picked up only 23 wickets at an economy of 5.22 and with a six-wicket haul to his credit.

As far as Khan is concerned, he was rested for the series and his last competitive match was in the PSL 2019 against the Peshawar Zalmi where he plied his trade for the Islamabad United.

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