x

Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

'Big loss' for Pakistan as leg-spinner Yasir Shah ruled out of Ireland and England tours

Teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan, off-spinner Bilal Asif and left-arm slow bowler Kashif Bhatti called up to squad

Yasir Shah has been ruled out of Pakistan's tours to Ireland and England with a hip bone injury. Pawan Singh / The National
Yasir Shah has been ruled out of Pakistan's tours to Ireland and England with a hip bone injury. Pawan Singh / The National

Pakistan suffered a stinging setback Monday ahead of their Test tours of Ireland and England after key leg-spinner Yasir Shah was ruled out with a hip bone injury.

Yasir, 31, has been key to Pakistan's Test wins since 2014, having taken 165 wickets in 28 Test matches.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq confirmed the spinner will not be available for the tours.

"Yasir is ruled out of the Ireland and England Test tours and it's a big blow," Inzamam told local media. "It's a big loss for the team."

Medical reports said Yasir suffered a hip bone stress fracture and needs four weeks rest in addition to another six for rehabilitation.

Inzamam said Pakistan called on teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan, off-spinner Bilal Asif and left-arm slow bowler Kashif Bhatti to fill in the gap.

Shadab has taken just one wicket in a single Test appearance in Barbados last year, while the others have yet to play a Test.

Yasir has taken 89 wickets in 16 of the 17 Tests Pakistan have played under head coach Mickey Arthur since May 2016.

He took a match-winning 10 wickets in Pakistan's victory at Lord's in 2016 on their way to a 2-2 series draw in England.

The leg-spinner also raced to 100 wickets in 17 Tests, while also taking 150 wickets in 27 Tests - the second fastest player in Pakistan to achieve both milestones.

Pakistan will be Ireland's inaugural Test opponent in Dublin from May 11-15 before playing two Tests against England.

The first Test is at Lord's from May 24-28 while the second is at Leeds from June 1-5.

_____________

Read more:

IPL 2018: Steve Smith, David Warner and Darren Sammy among 10 players who will be missing in action

Check out Paul Radley's lowdown on the teams and their key players

Paul Radley: 10 players to watch in Indian Premier League this season

All you need to know about IPL 2018 as Chennai and Rajasthan return

In pictures: Nepal star Sandeep Lamichhane trains ahead of IPL 2018

_____________

RELATED ARTICLES
Recommended