Pakistan’s ace spinner, Yasir Shah is set to miss the only Test against Ireland and the two-match Test series against England, for which the team has to leave by the end of this month.
Yasir Shah missed the fitness test scheduled by the Pakistan Cricket Board at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Lahore due to a groin fracture which he suffered last week. Moreover, Imad Wasim and Sohail Khan also did not appear for the test as they have not recovered from their injuries.
In absence of Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan may have a chance to shine in the longest format of the game as he has done for Pakistan in the limited-overs cricket. Shadab, the second-ranked T20I bowler, made his Test debut against the West Indies last year, however, he seemed a bit immature for the format during his outing.
Centrally contracted players, as well as other players like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Sahibzada Farhan and Fawad Alam, have also been called for the fitness test.
Pakistan will play a four-day warm-up match against Kent and kick off the official tour with a one-off Test against Ireland on 11 May.