Shadab Khan, Pakistan’s charismatic spin-bowling all-rounder’s participation in the first One-day International against the touring Zimbabwe team has come under clouds after the leg-spinner missed the second intra-squad practice game at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore due to a leg strain.
Shadab Khan, who was supposed to take over as Babar Azam’s deputy in white-ball cricket, was also supposed to lead the Pakistan whites team in the intra-squad game before eventually getting sidelined.
While the Pakistan Cricket Board medical team is monitoring Shadab Khan’s fitness, the management does not want to take a chance as far as the leg-spinner’s fitness is concerned.
Meanwhile, the home side has successfully completed the first phase of its training session. Two more sessions remain before the action eventually begins with the first ODI at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on October 30.
The three ODIs will take place on October 30, November 01, and 03. Post the ODI series, the two sides will lock horns in a three-match T20I series, which will also take place in Rawalpindi on November 07, 08, and 10.