Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan’s love-hate relationship with injury as he has once again suffered a toe injury in the ongoing tour of South Africa. He will miss the rest of the ongoing tour of South Africa and the forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe after suffering a toe injury, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on March 5 (Monday).
Incidentally, Shadab Khan sustained the injury while batting during the 2nd ODI against South Africa at the Wanderers in South Africa. He came out to bat at number six and scored 13 runs off 22 deliveries before left-arm wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi trapped him in front of the stumps.
Shadab Khan ruled out for four weeks
He immediately underwent a scan which has revealed an intra-articular communicated fracture. However, there has been no displacements. PCB in their statement stated that Shadab Khan will be treated conservatively and will undergo a four-week rehabilitation.
“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,” PCB stated in the statement.
Meanwhile, Shadab Khan has suffered several injury setbacks in recent months. The forced break from the action has also affected his bowling. Pakistan’s limited-overs vice-captain had missed the home white-ball series against Zimbabwe late last year with a groin injury but had recovered in time for the New Zealand tour.
However, the injury worsened during a tour game in Christchurch. But he recovered in time to lead the team in the T20 series in absence of Babar Azam. The injury ruled him out of the subsequent Test series as well as the home series against South Africa. Shadab returned to action in the PSL but struggled.
Speaking about the series against South Africa, Pakistan and the Proteas will lock horns in the 3rd ODI with the series being tied at 1-1. After the ODI series, both teams will face each other in a four-match T20I series before Babar Azam & Co will travel to Zimbabwe for three T20Is and two Tests.