Shadab Khan declared fit for World Cup

All-rounder Shadab Khan has been declared fit for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup after he was successfully treated for an infection, well-placed sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told DawnNewsTV on Tuesday.

Though Khan was included in the final 15-member World Cup squad, his participation was pushed into doubt after he contracted an infection from a dentist’s unsterilised instruments. Blood tests confirmed that he had contracted the disease and he was subsequently ruled out from the England tour, where a five-match one day international series is underway.

The 20-year-old leg-spinner has recovered from the infection and will be flying to England soon. Yasir Shah, who was included in the team after Khan was sidelined, will return to Pakistan, PCB officials who wished to remain anonymous said.

Meanwhile, chances of Mohammad Amir’s inclusion in the World Cup are diminishing after he was diagnosed with chicken pox which makes it unlikely that he would be able to play the ongoing ODI series against England. He was not named in the initially announced World Cup squad but was included in the side to face England in the ODI series which was a gateway to make a case for himself for World Cup selection.

The deadline to make changes in the World Cup lineup is May 23. After the deadline has expired, a player has to obtain a medical certificate from ICC’s technical committee before joining the final team.