Pakistan’s young leg-spinner, Shadab Khan is likely to recover completely before the World Cup 2019, suggested hepatitis specialist, Dr Patrick Kennedy on Friday after the initial check-up.
Shadab Khan was diagnosed with Hepatitis C Virus in a blood test conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board ahead of the mega cricketing event. The virus forced him to get rest during the ODI series against England.
“Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the series against England after tests revealed a virus that will require treatment and rest for, at least, four weeks,” the chief selector, Inzamam Ul Haq had announced on Sunday.
He was expected to regain fitness in the next four to five weeks and the doctor has confirmed it now after analysing his blood report. Khan is being currently treated in England.
Yasir Shah, the 20-year-old’s fellow spinner, replaced him for the England series, which is scheduled to start from May 5.
However, Khan is likely to return in Pakistan colours during the global cricketing event, which is going start from May 30th in England and Wales.
The management can make any change in the 15-member World Cup squad by May 23.
The leg-spinner has been an integral part of Pakistan’s limited-overs squad since he made his international in 2017. He was a part of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad as well.
Khan has represented Pakistan in five Tests, 34 ODIs and 32 T20Is, where he has hunted 12, 44 and 47 batsmen respectively. He has also scored three half-centuries in both Tests and ODIs.