Pakistan allrounder Shadab Khan has been declared fit for the 2019 ODI World Cup after his latest test results reflected zero viral load in his blood, a Pakistan Cricket Board release said Tuesday. 

The 20-year-old will leave for London on 16 May where he will consult Dr Patrick Kennedy next day, before joining Pakistan team in Bristol on 20 May, added the release.

However, Shadab’s appearances in the warm-up matches ahead of the World Cup, scheduled for 24 and 26 May against Afghanistan and Bangladesh respectively, are subject to his fitness and the team management’s decision.

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Shadab Khan said: “I am delighted to know that the blood tests are negative and I can now return to competitive cricket. I was always very confident that I would fully recover from the viral infection and will be available for the World Cup.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said: “It is fabulous news and on behalf of the Pakistan cricket team, I look forward to welcoming Shadab back in the squad.

“Shadab’s inclusion also balances what is a young but extremely talented squad. I understand it will take Shadab some time to be back at his brilliant best as he has not played cricket for a few weeks, but our first game is on 31 May and he has got two weeks to regain complete form and fitness.

“He is a brave lad and the way he has fought back to regain fitness is a testament to his attitude and approach, which gives us the encouragement that he will be hopefully available for selection for our World Cup opener.”

Shadab was named in the original 15-player squad for the World Cup on 18 April. However, he was withdrawn from the series against England after blood tests revealed a virus that required treatment and rest for approximately four weeks.