Yasir out of tour to England and Ireland

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been ruled out of the tours to England and Ireland after sustaining a hip bone injury.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has confirmed that the spinner will be unavailable for the tours.

Yasir is likely to be sidelined for up to ten weeks with the injury meaning he will be unable to join in on either series.

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

The spinner suffered a hip bone stress fracture and needs four weeks’ rest in addition to another six for rehabilitation according to medical reports.

On his last visit to England Yasir took a match-winning 10 wickets in the victory at Lord’s on their way to a 2-2 series draw.

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Yasir has taken 165 wickets in 28 Test matches having raced to 100 Test wickets in just seventeen matches.

Inzamam indicated that the team were looking at leg-spinner Shadab Khan, off-spinner Bilal Asif and left-arm slow bowler Kashif Bhatti to find a replacement for Yasir.

Shadab appears to be the most likely candidate but despite his success in white ball cricket he has enjoyed little success in the longest format taking one wicket in his only appearance to date.

Bilal and Bhatti are uncapped in Test cricket.

Pakistan are set to be Ireland’s first Test opponent in Dublin from May 11-15 before playing two Tests against England.

The first Test will be at Lord’s from May 24-28 while the second is at Headingley from June 1-5.