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Pakistan spinner Shadab Khan could miss the start of the World Cup as he will be out of action for at least four weeks after being diagnosed with a virus.
According to reports, Shadab has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C.
“This is not a good news but Shadab’s test will be taken again to verify this,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “We are hopeful that he will be fit in time for the World Cup 2019.”
While it remains to be seen whether Shadab will be fit in time for the showpiece event, where Pakistan will play their first match against the West Indies on May 31, he has been ruled out of the limited overs series against England.
The series will consist of a one-off Twenty20 International and five ODIs, and will run from May 5 to 19.
In a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), it said that it will start setting up appointments for Shadab with specialists in England in order to try and ensure he is healthy prior to the start of the World Cup.
With Yasir Shah replacing Shadab for the England series, the PCB have also added batsman Asif Ali and left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir to the 15-man World Cup squad as it has the right to make any changes without permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) until May 23.