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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has branded spinner Shadab Khan as “one of the finest of his generation”.
Arthur’s comments come after it was confirmed that Shadab will be fit for the World Cup, which begins in England and Wales on May 30.
Arthur was thrilled that Shadab has recovered from his virus, which was reportedly Hepatitis C, and will play at the quadrennial event as he believes the 20-year-old is “an influential figure in the team”.
“It is fabulous news and on behalf of the Pakistan cricket team, I look forward to welcoming Shadab back in the squad,” he was quoted as saying by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s website. “Shadab is one of the finest of his generation and is an influential figure in the team. His presence in the dressing room and on the field of play keeps the side geared up and motivated.
“Shadab’s inclusion also balances what is a young but extremely talented squad. I understand it will take Shadab some time to be back at his brilliant best as he has not played cricket for a few weeks, but our first game is on 31 May and he has got two weeks to regain complete form and fitness.
“He is a brave lad and the way he has fought back to regain fitness is a testament to his attitude and approach, which gives us the encouragement that he will be hopefully available for selection for our World Cup opener.”
After the ongoing five-match ODI series against England, Pakistan will play two World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.
They will then begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.