In a major setback to Pakistan, ace leg spinner, Shadab Khan has been ruled of the remaining matches of the South Africa series and the following tour to Zimbabwe. Shadab suffered an injury to his toe while batting in the second ODI and is expected to be out of action for four weeks.
The development was confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
“X-rays conducted following the match revealed an intra articular communicated fracture though there is neither any displacement nor angulation. The injury will be treated conservatively and Shadab will undergo a four-week rehab,” the PCB stated in a release.
The year has not been good for Shadab in terms of playing as he was ruled out of the New Zealand Test and the home series against Pakistan after suffering a thigh injury. Shadab was set to be part of the Pakistan squad in all the formats against South Africa and Zimbabwe. Even though he didn’t fare well in the first two games and failed to pick up a wicket, he could’ve been an asset for Pakistan in the T20Is.
Talking about his numbers, the all rounder has amassed 183 runs at a strike rate of 124.48, in addition to 53 wickets in 46 T20Is. In 45 ODIs, Shadab has scored 383 runs at an average of 25.53 and accounted for 59 wickets.
The final of the South Africa vs Pakistan series will be played on April 7th. After losing the first ODI, South Africa bounced back to clinch the second game by 17 runs. In the final though, they’ll be without the services of Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and David Miller, who have left for India to participate in the Indian Premier League.