LONDON: Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah will be missing out on the tours of Ireland and England due to a hip injury after being recommended eights weeks of rest and rehabilitation, a PCB spokesperson confirmed on Monday (April 9).
“It will take him eight weeks at maximum to recover. He will rest for the first two to three weeks and then undergo rehabilitation for the next three to four weeks,” Raza Kitchlew told Cricbuzz, confirming that the leg-spinner has a fracture in his hip bone.
The development has come as a huge blow to the Pakistan side that has been heavily reliant on Yasir who has bowled third-most number of deliveries in Test cricket since his debut in October 2014, against Australia. The leg-spinner played a key role in Pakistan’s historic wins in the four-match series in England during the 2016 tour. The leggie sent down 238 overs – the most for any bowler from both sides – and was Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker with 19 scalps at 40.73 runs apiece.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan, off-spinner Bilal Asif and left-arm slow bowler Kashif Bhatti are in line to fill in for Yasir, who has taken 165 Test wickets and is the only spinner ever to claim a five-wicket haul in five successive Tests.