Huge blow for Pakistan as Shadab sidelined for six weeks due to thigh injury

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Karachi: Pakistan’s white-ball vice-captain Shadab Khan has been ruled out of action for six weeks after MRI scans confirmed an injury to the left thigh. 

The 22-year-old has been advised six-week rest due to which he will miss the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch and the home series against South Africa, starting from January 26.

Shadab was diagnosed with ‘high-grade full-thickness tear to the Rectus Femoris muscle’, an injury he had sustained during the third T20I against New Zealand in Napier.

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PCB’s Dr. Sohail Saleem said that the MRI reports have confirmed it is a fresh injury and not the one that had sidelined him from the Zimbabwe series last month.

“The latest injury will be treated conservatively and Shadab will undergo a six-week rehabilitation program during which he will have weekly ultrasound scans. After the competition of the six-week period, the medical panel will access and evaluate the injury before making a call on Shadab’s return to competitive cricket,” Dr. said in a statement released by the PCB.

The Christchurch Test will be played from 3-7 January, while the two-Test and three T20I series between Pakistan and South Africa will be played from 26 January to 14 February.

Shadab will remain with the side in New Zealand, where he has started his rehabilitation program under the supervision of the medical team.

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