Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed that he was fit for the tour against Zimbabwe and was going to start his training session in the next few days.
Yasir Shah said in his statement that,
“The Test series will be played after almost a month’s time. One-Day and T20 matches will be held first so the Test series against Zimbabwe will be starting after mid-April,”
“Now when I have recovered from a knee problem, I can start training in the nets in a few days and hopefully would be in the best of rhythm in a couple of weeks.”
Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the test squad for the South African tour where the national team will play three ODIs and four T20 Internationals, and two test matches while two tests and three T20 internationals against Zimbabwe.
However, the chief selector Wasim Khan dropped the leg-spinner, Yasir Shah, due to his injury.
Wasim Khan said in his statement that,
“We want him to work on both the issues and get fully recovered. This was the only reason for which he was sidelined from the Test series against Zimbabwe.
“Yasir is suffering from a knee injury and requires six more weeks to recover fully.”
He further added to his statement that,
“We need completely fit Yasir for Test series to be played later. We want him ready for more important international commitments in months to come,”
“Yasir’s absence from the team has opened doors for Zahid Mahmood, who will have a stronger case in the Test squad as compared to the T20I side following the return of Shadab Khan and the presence of Usman Qadir.”
“For a place in the Test side, Zahid will compete with Nauman Ali and Sajid Khan, who were the two outstanding bowlers in the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.”