Yasir Shah unlikely to be included in England-bound squad

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah is unlikely to be included in the squad for the tour of England which is scheduled to begin in July.

Talking to APP, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said the board had stopped Yasir from joining the training camp underway at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Kakul.

“Yasir has been suffering from a knee injury. He is feeling pain in his left knee and therefore, PCB has stopped him from joining the camp,” he said.

He said Yasir will be reporting to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) where the doctors will be assessing and treating his injury,” he said.

He further said that chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is most likely to announce the team at the end of this month after monitoring the performances of the players in Kakul.

“PCB has decided to send the national team to England in June for a two-weeks training camp prior to their series in July as to get them familiarize with the situation there.”

“The team will be going to England on June 14 or 15 for a two-weeks training camp. Pakistan team will train for two weeks in the Rose Bowl cricket ground in Hampshire, England,” he said.

Pakistan will play four tests, five ODIs and one Twenty20 during the England tour that starts in July.

Speaking about pacer Muhammad Amir’s visa for the England tour, the official said PCB will apply for Amir’s visa in a day or two. “We are in touch with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and British High Commission and discussing his issue with them as he is a special case,” he said.

“The board avoided to process Amir’s visa along with other players as before applying for that it wants to get a go ahead from BHC and ECB, with whom negotiations are already underway,” he said.-APP