Pakistan's Shadab ruled out of England tour with illness

Pakistan call up Yasir with Shadab laid low by virus

Pakistan call up Yasir with Shadab laid low by virus By Harry West 21 April 2019 54

Pakistan cricket team departed for London overnight to take part in a bilateral series against England next month, followed by the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 starting from May 30.

Solid in defence, a big-hitter when required and at ease equally against pace or spin, Haris will be the key batsman in Pakistan's middle-order at the World Cup.

Like his captain, Arthur also remains hopeful of Pakistan's chances of winning the World Cup a second time. The team will play against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in the warm-ups before opening its World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31 at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Amir, who took 3-16 in the Champions Trophy final, has taken just five wickets in the 14 ODIs in which he has since played. I think it is a good combination to strengthen our batting. Now, with three years of hard work finally being put to the test at a World Cup, he said he was delighted with the attitude of the players towards fitness, saying that every player was making impressive progress.

Wrist spinner Shadab Khan will not be playing in Pakistan's upcoming tour of England after he was diagnosed with hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Sarfraz said Prime Minister Imran Khan honoured the players and encouraged them by inviting them to the Prime Minister House and gave useful tips to motivate the team to perform better in the World Cup.

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When asked about the forthcoming high voltage match against India on June 26, the skipper asserted that the game is "important like all other matches".

"We are well prepared and full of confidence".

Pakistan captain also made an announcement that he will bat in the top five positions, while all-rounder Shoaib Malik will occupy the number six position.

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