Mushtaq reveals which player’s absence is a big blow for Pakistan

Mushtaq Ahmed admits Shadab Khan's absence is a big blow for Pakistan cricket

Mushtaq Ahmed: “Shadab’s absence is a big blow to Pakistan but hopefully he will be fit in time for the World Cup”

Image courtesy of: Zimbio

Legendary leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has admitted that spinner Shadab Khan’s absence from the national team is a “big blow to Pakistan”.

Shadab, who was included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, was diagnosed with a virus, which was reported to be Hepatitis C, and will need at least four weeks to recover.

According to the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shadab went to see “Dr Patrick Kennedy, world renowned gastroenterologist and hepatologist with a special interest in liver disease in elite sportsmen”.

The 20-year-old will now undergo more blood tests in Lahore, upon where it will be decided whether he will be fit for the World Cup.

Shadab was ruled out of the ongoing limited overs series against England, and was replaced by fellow spinner Yasir Shah.

“Shadab’s absence is a big blow to Pakistan but hopefully he will be fit in time for the World Cup. The team management must be worried because they had formed a nice team combination,” Mushtaq told cricketpakistan.com.pk. “He has the ability to pick up wickets in the middle overs while also possessing a good googly.

“If you notice [captain] Sarfraz [Ahmed] also relies heavily on Shadab and is quick to bring him on to bowl when the team needs a wicket.”

Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •