LAHORE: Usman Khan, the Pakistan left-arm pacer has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the back in what is a career-threatening blow.
The 23-year-old left-arm paceman Usman Shinwari destroyed Sri Lanka two weeks ago with a five-wicket burst to help Pakistan achieve a clean sweep of ODI series.
But now he will be out of action for at least six months as a result of the injury.
He picked up the injury after second T20 against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, and missed the final game of the tour – the landmark T20 in Lahore.
Medical screening confirmed lumbar-bone stress in his back. He had struggled with the same injury in the early days of his career, in 2013, after making debuting for Pakistan in T20 cricket.
He has sustained back injuries twice before and missed a major chunk of season of 2014-15 as a result.
“It is disappointing but this [course of treatment] will give him the best chance of recovering as quickly as possible,” Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan head coach said. – Samaa
Story first published: 5th November 2017