Yasir Shah has been named by the Pakistan Cricket Board to replace his fellow leg-spinner Shadab Khan for the five-match ODI series and the one-off T20I against England ahead of the World Cup.
Shadab Khan has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C Virus in a blood test conducted by the PCB, chief selector Inzamam Ul Haq announced on Sunday.
“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 announced.
The chief selector is hoping that the young leg-spinner will attain full fitness ahead of the World Cup. “The deadline to make changes to our World Cup squad is at least another five to six weeks away,” he said.
Shadab Khan will be treated in England for the disease.
Shah was also a part of Pakistan squad that took on Australia in the UAE and was not much impressive during the campaign. Pakistan were whitewashed in the five-match series.
The other name that was under discussion as a replacement of Khan was Mohammad Nawaz.
Pakistan will kick off their tour against England with a T20I on May 5, followed by a five-match ODI series starting from May 8.