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All-rounder Shadab Khan fit after ankle injury in December

Abrar Ahmed, Khurram Shahzad start rehab at NCA
Spin bowling all-rounder Shadab Khan speaks during a media briefing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, India on October 1, 2023 AFP
Spin bowling all-rounder Shadab Khan speaks during a media briefing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, India on October 1, 2023 AFP

Spin bowling all-rounder Shadab Khan has recovered more than a month after an ankle injury during the national T20 league in December last year.

“It is pleasing to see Shadab Khan has been declared fit after undergoing a robust rehab plan under the medical team here at the National Cricket Academy,” Dr Sohail Saleem, the Medical and Sports Sciences director, said in a statement on Thursday.

He recovered after undergoing a five-week rehab at the National Cricket Academy.

In December, Wahab Riaz, Pakistan’s chief selector, said that it would take another two weeks for rehab and Shadab would be available to bowl after that.

The all-rounder was among some of the key choices of the national team for the New Zealand series.

The PCB press release also shared some updates on right-arm spinner Abrar Ahmed and right-arm fast bowler Khurram Shahzad, saying that they have started their rehab under the medical panel.

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25-year-old Abrar, who has featured in six Test matches for Pakistan, returned from Australia earlier this month. He had left the field due to pain in his right leg during the first-class game against PM XI in Canberra ahead of the three-Test series. 24-year-old Khurram sustained a stress fracture after playing the first Test against Australia in Perth.

“Abrar and Khurram have just joined us for rehabilitation. Upon their arrival, these two players underwent mandatory testing to understand the nature of their injuries. They have now been provided with a plan, which they will work on under the supervision of the medical team.”

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