In latest update released by Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday, all-rounder Shadab Khan has been declared ‘fit’ for the summer’s showpiece event after he was successfully treated for an infection
“I am delighted to know that the blood tests are negative and I can now return to competitive cricket,” the press release quoted Khan as saying. “I was always very confident that I would fully recover from the viral infection and will be available for the World Cup.”
He further added: “Having played and won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, I understand the importance, flavour and glamour of global events and what success in such events mean to the players and the public. I am looking forward to featuring in the World Cup and will leave no stone unturned in helping Pakistan put up a strong show.”
Though Khan was added in the final 15-member World Cup squad, his chances of participation were in huge doubt after got an infection from a dentist’s unsterilised instruments. Blood tests further confirmed that he caught the disease after which he was subsequently ruled out team’s tour of England, where a five-match one-day international series is currently underway.
The final date to make necessary changes in the World Cup lineup is on May 23. After the deadline is expired, a player has to acquire a medical certificate from ICC’s technical committee before making it to final team.
Pakistan’s full World Cup squad
Fakhar Zaman, Imamul Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Harris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain