Pakistan’s premier spinner Yasir Shah has been ruled out of the upcoming tours to Ireland and England. He suffered a hip bone injury and will miss the series.
Yasir Shah has been instrumental in Pakistan doing well in Test cricket as he has picked 165 wickets in 28 matches. Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq clearly stated that Yasir Shah is set to miss the tour due to injury. Pakistan has suffered a big blow before the series as Shah has been a premier bowler for the side in the five-day format.
It was revealed through further examination that leg-spinner has suffered a hip bone injury and will require at least two months to regain full fitness. Pakistan will have to rely on the likes of Shadab Khan, Kashif Bhatti and Bilal Asif to do the job in the absence of Yasir Shah.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan made his Test debut for Pakistan against West Indies last year. He picked one wicket in the game. Shadab has been overlooked in the five-day format due to Yasir Shah impressive returns for the last couple of years.
Since May 2016, Shah has collected 89 wickets in the 16 Test matches for Pakistan under the reign of Head Coach Mickey Arthur. He took a 10-wicket haul to see Pakistan beat England at Lords in 2016 and go on to draw the series in England. He took 17 matches to complete 100 wickets in Test cricket. He took 27 games to complete 150 wickets in Test cricket.
Pakistan will first tour Ireland in the month of May in Dublin. The visitors will be a part of a historic occasion as Ireland will play their debut Test match. Sarfaraz Khan and co. will then tour England to play two-match Test series.
The first game of the series will be played on 24th May at Lords Cricket Ground, London. The second and final game of the series will be played on 1st June at Headingley Cricket Stadium, Leeds.