Pakistan’s Shadab Khan declared fit for World Cup

Pakistan legspinner Shadab Khan has been declared fit for the Cricket World Cup after recovering from a virus.

Test results reflected “zero viral load” in Shadab’s blood, and he will fly out on Thursday to join his teammates touring England, the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement on Tuesday.

Shadab said: “I am delighted to know that the blood tests are negative. I was always very confident that I would fully recover from the viral infection and will be available for the World Cup.”

Shadab will consult another doctor on Friday, and catch up with the team next Monday. His availability for warmup matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh on May 24 and 26 respectively is subject to fitness tests.

Shadab was ruled out of one Twenty20 and the ongoing five-match one-day international series against England after he fell ill last month.

He was replaced for the England series by legspinner Yasir Shah, but he was the only specialist in Pakistan’s 15-man World Cup squad. Shadab was in the Pakistan squad which won the Champions Trophy in 2017 in England.

Allrounder Mohammad Hafeez is the other spin option with Shoaib Malik. But Hafeez is also recovering from a finger injury he sustained during the Pakistan Super League and has yet to play in the ODI series against England.