Shadab’s inclusion in series opener doubtful


Pakistan vice captain Shadab Khan. Photo: AFP/ file
Pakistan vice captain Shadab Khan. Photo: AFP/ file
  • Well-informed sources say Shadab Khan’s groin injury persists and continues to haunt him.
  • Say Shadab is not comfortable with his injury and is likely to miss the series opener against Australia.
  • Say doctors are yet to declare him unfit.

ISLAMABAD: The inclusion of injury-pronged Pakistani batter Shadab Khan as the opener in the upcoming Pakistan vs Australia ODI series is doubtful. He is unlikely to play in the first two fixtures, The News reported, citing sources.

Well-informed sources said the cricketer’s groin injury persists and continues to haunt him.

“He is not comfortable with his injury and is likely to miss the series opener against Australia on March 29,” sources said.

But doctors are yet to declare him unfit.

Meanwhile, sources within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the final decision on his selection is expected a day ahead of the start of the series.

Shadab’s injury has been a worrying issue for the country in the wake of heavy international engagements the country’s cricket is facing in days to come. West Indies are expected here in a couple of months. Pakistan are to figure in the T20 Asia Cup and later the World Cup, Shadab fitness is considered a key.

Australian team arrives in Pakistan for T20, ODI series

The series will feature three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and the one-off T20 International (T20I) from March 29 at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

The Australian cricket team landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore last Thursday.

Meanwhile, skipper Aaron Finch, Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Ellis, Ben McDermott, Ben Dwarshuis, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa will link with the remainder of the squad following the final Test.

The squad will commence training on Sunday in preparation for the first ODI on Tuesday. Lahore will host the four white-ball matches from March 29 to April 5.

Pakistan’s ODI squad

  • Babar Azam (captain)
  • Shadab Khan (vice-captain)
  • Abdullah Shafique
  • Asif Afridi
  • Asif Ali
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Haider Ali
  • Haris Rauf
  • Hasan Ali
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Imam-Ul-Haq
  • Khushdil Shah
  • Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper)
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
  • Mohammad Wasim Jnr
  • Saud Shakeel
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Shahnawaz Dahani
  • Usman Qadir

Australia’s ODI and T201 squad

  • Aaron Finch (c)
  • Sean Abbott
  • Ashton Agar
  • Jason Behrendorff
  • Alex Carey
  • Nathan Ellis
  • Cameron Green
  • Travis Head
  • Josh Inglis
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Mitchell Marsh
  • Ben McDermott
  • Kane Richardson
  • Steve Smith
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Adam Zampa
  • Ben Dwarshuis

Schedule of ODI, T20I series

  • March 29: First ODI, Lahore
  • March 31: Second ODI, Lahore
  • April 2: Third ODI, Lahore
  • April 5: Only T20I, Lahore



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