LONDON: Shadab Khan has been declared fit for the World Cup after his latest test results reflected zero viral load in his blood, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced in a press release.
The leg-spinner will leave for London on Thursday, May 16, where he will consult Dr Patrick Kennedy on Friday, 17 May, before joining the team in Bristol on Monday, 20 May.
However, Shadab’s appearances in the World Cup warm-up matches, scheduled for May 24 and 26 against Afghanistan and Bangladesh respectively, are subject to his fitness and the team management’s decision.
“I am delighted to know that the blood tests are negative and I can now return to competitive cricket. I was always very confident that I would fully recover from the viral infection and will be available for the World Cup,” said the leg spinner.
I am glad to announce that I will be fit for the @cricketworldcup and will be joining the Pakistan team in England soon. Thank you @TheRealPCB, my family, my friends and my supporters for being by my side during this tough time. Keep me in your prayers. #PakistanZindabad
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) May 14, 2019
Coach Mickey Arthur expressed his delight over the development and said that he is looking forward to welcoming Shadab back in the squad.