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Shadab’s inclusion in ODI series opener doubtful

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ISLAMABAD: The inclusion of injury-pronged Pakistani alrounder Shadab Khan as the opener in the upcoming Pakistan vs Australia ODI series is doubtful. He is unlikely to play in the first two fixtures, local media reported.

Well-informed sources said the cricketer’s groin injury persists and continues to haunt him.

“He is not comfortable with his injury and is likely to miss the series opener against Australia on March 29.”

But doctors are yet to declare him unfit.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the final decision on his selection is expected a day ahead of the start of the series.

Shadab’s injury has been a worrying issue for the country in the wake of heavy international engagements the country’s cricket is facing in days to come. West Indies are expected here in a couple of months. Pakistan are to figure in the T20 Asia Cup and later the World Cup, Shadab fitness is considered a key.

The series will feature three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and the one-off T20 International (T20I) from March 29 at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

The Australian cricket team landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore last Thursday.

Meanwhile, skipper Aaron Finch, Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Ellis, Ben McDermott, Ben Dwarshuis, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa will link with the remainder of the squad following the final Test.

The squad will commence training on Sunday in preparation for the first ODI on Tuesday. Lahore will host the four white-ball matches from March 29 to April 5.

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