'Big loss' for Pakistan as leg-spinner Yasir Shah ruled out of Ireland and England tours

Teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan, off-spinner Bilal Asif and left-arm slow bowler Kashif Bhatti called up to squad

DUBAI , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Feb 11 , 2017 : Yasir Shah bowler of Lahore Qalandars during the Pakistan Super League cricket match between Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. Lahore Qalandars won the match by 6 wickets. ( Pawan Singh / The National ) For Sports Stock *** Local Caption ***  PS1102- PSL CRICKET46.jpg
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Pakistan suffered a stinging setback Monday ahead of their Test tours of Ireland and England after key leg-spinner Yasir Shah was ruled out with a hip bone injury.

Yasir, 31, has been key to Pakistan's Test wins since 2014, having taken 165 wickets in 28 Test matches.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq confirmed the spinner will not be available for the tours.

"Yasir is ruled out of the Ireland and England Test tours and it's a big blow," Inzamam told local media. "It's a big loss for the team."

Medical reports said Yasir suffered a hip bone stress fracture and needs four weeks rest in addition to another six for rehabilitation.

Inzamam said Pakistan called on teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan, off-spinner Bilal Asif and left-arm slow bowler Kashif Bhatti to fill in the gap.

Shadab has taken just one wicket in a single Test appearance in Barbados last year, while the others have yet to play a Test.

Yasir has taken 89 wickets in 16 of the 17 Tests Pakistan have played under head coach Mickey Arthur since May 2016.

He took a match-winning 10 wickets in Pakistan's victory at Lord's in 2016 on their way to a 2-2 series draw in England.

The leg-spinner also raced to 100 wickets in 17 Tests, while also taking 150 wickets in 27 Tests - the second fastest player in Pakistan to achieve both milestones.

Pakistan will be Ireland's inaugural Test opponent in Dublin from May 11-15 before playing two Tests against England.

The first Test is at Lord's from May 24-28 while the second is at Leeds from June 1-5.


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