Pakistan's Shadab Khan advised two weeks of complete rest after seeing specialist in London

Waseem Ahmed 28/04/2019
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A nervous wait ahead for Shadab Khan.

Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan has been advised complete rest and prescribed two weeks of medication in order to recover from the virus which ruled him out of the upcoming ODI series against England.

The young leggie had been originally named in the 15-man squad for the five ODIs against England but was subsequently ruled out after being struck by a virus. Following the development, Shadab was flown to England by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to see a London-based gastroenterology and hepatology specialist.

The wrist-spinner will now fly back to Islamabad on Monday and will be required to undergo a further round of blood tests once he completes his two weeks of rest. The PCB hope to have a clearer picture on Shadab’s fitness for the 2019 ICC World Cup once the results of those blood tests are revealed.

Shadab is Pakistan's leading white-ball spinner

Shadab is Pakistan’s leading white-ball spinner

The 20-year-old had earlier been named in Pakistan’s 15-man preliminary World Cup squad as well and the team management now faces an anxious wait. Shadab has been excellent for Pakistan in the limited-overs formats ever since he made his international debut in 2017.

In 34 ODIs and 32 T20Is for Pakistan so far, the leg-spinner has picked up 47 and 44 wickets respectively. If Shadab is unable to recover in time for the World Cup, Pakistan could be forced to go with senior spinner Yasir Shah who has replaced him in the squad for the England ODI series.

Pakistan recorded a 100-run win in their first tour game against Kent on Saturday but Yasir had an expensive outing with figures of 3-90 from his 10 overs.

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Imad Wasim's all-round show leads Pakistan to big win over Kent in first tour game

Waseem Ahmed 27/04/2019
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A blistering ton from Imad Wasim against Kent.

Pakistan’s preparations for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England started off on the right note with the Men in Green recording a thumping 100-run win over Kent in their first tour game at Beckenham.

Imad Wasim put in a fine all-round show which saw the southpaw first register a quick-fire ton with the bat before putting in a measured bowling display.

Led by Imad’s unbeaten 78-ball 117 down the order, Pakistan posted a massive total of 358-7 in their 50 overs after batting first.

Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman put on a 92-run stand to set the tone for the day with the latter going on to make 76 (59) before his stay was brought to an end by Imran Qayyum. The left-armed Kent spinner also accounted for Babar Azam in a fine display which saw him claim four wickets in total.

However, that was as good as it got for Kent with first Haris Sohail and then Imad turning on the style for Pakistan. Sohail continued his recent good form in limited-overs cricket with a fine 75-run knock but it was Imad who stole the show with a sublime innings which included four sixes and as many as 13 boundaries.

Haris Sohail chipped in with a 75-run knock.

Haris Sohail chipped in with a 75-run knock.

Sohail and Imad added 139 runs for the sixth wicket before Sohail fell in the 47th over but Imad then rained down the boundaries with more than 50 runs coming off the final four overs.

In reply, Kent never got going in the chase with their openers Zak Crawley and Sean Dickson falling cheaply to Faheem Ashraf who was excellent with the new ball.

Only Alex Blake (89) and Ollie Robinson (49) were able to muster any resistance with the bat for Kent who were ultimately bowled out for 258 runs at the start of the 45th over.

Yasir Shah picked three wickets for Pakistan but the leg-spinner was highly expensive with his 10 overs going for 90 runs. Hasan Ali and Faheem snared two wickets apiece while part-time spinner Fakhar Zaman also chipped in with a couple.

Pakistan will now take on Northamptonshire in their second tour match on Monday before they lock horns with Leicestershire on May 1. Following the completion of the tour games, Pakistan will lock horns with hosts England in a one-off T20I followed by a five-match ODI series.

BRIEF SCORES

Pakistan: 358-7

Imad Wasim: 118 not out (78)

Fakhar Zaman: 76 (59)

Imran Qayyum: 4-45

Kent: 258 all out

Alex Blake: 89 (48)

Yasir Shah: 3-90

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Pakistan U19 team's upcoming tour of Sri Lanka called off at the behest of SLC

Waseem Ahmed 27/04/2019
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Pakistan's U19 squad was due to tour Sri Lanka.

The Pakistan U19 squad’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka has been called off following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in the island country that left over 250 people dead.

Three churches and four hotels were targeted in the spate of suicide bombings with Sri Lanka’s authorities sounding a warning for more potential attacks in the near future.

According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to call off the visit of the Pakistan team in light of the developing situation.

Pakistan’s U19 squad was due to arrive in Sri Lanka on April 30 where they were slated to play two four-day matches along with three one-day clashes against the hosts.

“The tour has been postponed indefinitely,” a SLC official was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“It was a decision taken by SLC, as we didn’t want to take any chances,” the official added.

The two boards are said to be monitoring the situation closely and the tour could be potentially rescheduled for a later date.

With the Sri Lankan series called off for now, Pakistan’s U19 squad will now focus on their tour of South Africa which is scheduled to begin on June 19. The team had managed to reach the semi-final of the 2018 U19 World Cup in New Zealand where they faced a loss against eventual champions India.

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