Pakistan Cricket Team has suffered a major setback as Yasir Shah has been ruled out of the Test Series against England and Ireland. Pakistan’s top spinner was sidelined after an MRI report confirmed that Yasir suffered a stress fracture in his hip bone.
There are no confirmed reports as to how Yasir suffered the injury. However, he will be out for at least 10 weeks before he can make a full recovery. Yasir will be called up for further assessment to the National Cricket Academy (NCA). According to the medical reports, Yasir has been advised a rest of four weeks followed by a 6-week extensive rehabilitation program.
Pakistani pacer Sohail Khan and allrounder Imad Wasim are out with injury as well. Both will go through a fitness test at NCA before a final word on their selection can be made.
The Selection Committee has been tasked with shortlisting a fully fit 17-member squad for the series. In the absence of Yasir Shah, the committee will turn to the young sensation Shadab Khan and might even put their faith on the little-known left-arm spinner, Kashif Bhatti.
Pakistan’s reliance on Yasir Shah has been heavy in terms of overs bowled. Yasir is Pakistan’s first choice in test cricket as he has bowled 1546.1 overs since his debut – most by any Pakistani bowler and third highest in the world since his debut.
England and Ireland will host the Green Team in white starting May 11. The inaugural match will be played between Ireland and Pakistan from May 11-15 in Dublin. Pakistan will then move to London for the first test match of the series against England. The two-match series vs England will commence from May 24 and conclude on June 5.
The last time Pakistan played at Lord’s, Yasir Shah scalped 10 batsmen proving how important he is with the ball for the team. Though he didn’t have an ideal series in terms of runs leaked, he still managed some decent wickets considering England’s favorable conditions for the pace bowling. Against all odds, Pakistan clinically beat England in that match to draw the series 2-2.
Yasir is 2nd fastest Pakistani to reach 100 test wickets (17 tests) as well. He has taken 165 wickets in 28 Test matches so far.