Karachi: Pakistan have been dealt a blow by the news that leading leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been ruled out of action for the forthcoming Tests against Ireland and England.
The 31-year-old is facing 10 weeks of rehabilitation from a stress fracture to the hip that means he will miss Ireland's debut Test in Dublin (11 May) and the following two Tests against England at Lord's (24 May) and Headingley (1 June).
Pakistan are considering leg-spinner Shadab Khan, off-spinner Bilal Asif and left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti as possible replacements, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.
Yasir will be a significant loss, having been central to Pakistan's Test successes since 2014, taking 165 wickets in 28 Test matches.
On his last visit to Lord's, Yasir took 10-wickets as Pakistan beat England, eventually drawing the series 2-2.