Pak­istan’s Shadab de­clared fit for World Cup

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

All-rounder Shadab Khan has been de­clared fit for Pak­istan’s World Cup cam­paign af­ter blood tests showed zero vi­ral load, the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tues­day.

Shadab, 20, was orig­i­nally named in the squads for the cur­rent Eng­land lim­ite­dovers se­ries and World Cup only to be ruled out af­ter con­tract­ing a virus.

The PCB has con­firmed Shadab will now leave for Lon­don, where he will con­sult a doc­tor be­fore join­ing the Pak­istan squad in Bris­tol next week.

“I am de­lighted to know that the blood tests are neg­a­tive and I can now re­turn to com­pet­i­tive cricket,” Khan said in a state­ment.

“I was al­ways very con­fi­dent that I would fully re­cover from the vi­ral in­fec­tion and will be avail­able for the World Cup.

“It has been dif­fi­cult to stay away from in­ter­na­tional cricket and watch Pak­istan play out­stand­ingly (against Eng­land) both in Cardiff and Southampto­n. As a pro­fes­sional crick­eter, you want to be part of such games.”

Pak­istan coach Mickey Arthur re­mains hope­ful that the all-rounder will re­gain full fit­ness ahead of their World Cup opener against West Indies in Not­ting­ham on May 31.

“Shadab’s in­clu­sion also bal­ances what is a young but ex­tremely tal­ented squad,” Arthur said. “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 31st May and he has got two weeks to re­gain com­plete form and fit­ness.”

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