Pakistan batsman Khushdil Shah ruled out for at least 3 weeks
Khushdil Shah has endured a fracture in his left thumb during the Pakistan team's training session on Saturday.
Updated - Jul 20, 2020 12:31 pm
Pakistan’s emerging talent who is acknowledged for his performances in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) representing Peshawar Zalmi, Khushdil Shah has endured a fracture in his left thumb. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday announced that left-handed batsman has been ruled out for three weeks due to an injury. Shah is part of the Pakistan squad that is currently in England adapting to the conditions, gearing up for their series in August.
The 25-year-old has so far played just one T20I representing the country and is yet to make his debut in ODIs and Tests. The Pakistan team is currently playing a four-day intra-squad match as part of its preparation for the upcoming Test series against England starting next month during which the leftie was injured. The second four-day intrasquad match will begin on July 24, for which Kushdil Shah won’t be available for selection.
The left-handed batsman hurt his thumb during Saturday’s training session in Derby as mentioned by PCB in an official statement, “Left-handed batsman Khushdil Shah has been ruled out for up to three weeks after suffering a fracture in his left thumb while batting during Saturday’s training session in Derby,” Pakistan Cricket Board mentioned in a statement.
“Khushdil is not featuring in the ongoing four-day intra-squad match and will not be available for selection for the second four-dayer, which will be played from 24-27 July in Derby. As the nail is intact and there is no injury to nail bed, the orthopedic surgeon, team physician and team physiotherapist expect Khushdil to resume physical training by the end of the next week,” the statement added.
England and Pakistan Test series scheduled to start from August 5
After the completion of West Indies ongoing Test series against England, the green shirts are scheduled to play three Tests and three T20 Internationals against England, with the first Test starting on August 5 in Manchester while the final two Tests are scheduled to be played in Southampton and T20I series beginning on August 28 with all matches being played at a single venue in Machester. While Azhar Ali will lead Pakistan’s Test side, Babar Azam will lead the side in the T20I series.