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Ajmal Shahzad

Ajmal Shahzad bolsters England's T20 squad after Stuart Broad's training session was curtailed by a groin problem

Pace bowler Ajmal Shahzad has been called up to the England Twenty20 squad as cover due to a slight injury concern over Stuart Broad.

All-rounder Broad complained of discomfort in his groin during practice at the SWALEC Stadium today, ahead of Sunday’s opening T20 international against Pakistan.

Broad was unable to finish the training session, but an England spokesman said the decision to call up Yorkshire seamer Shahzad - already in the NatWest Series one-day international squad to take on Pakistan after the T20s - is purely precautionary.

"We are covering all bases, just in case," he confirmed. "Stuart just started to feel to feel it a little bit after he got started in practice this morning."

Broad will continue to receive treatment and will be reassessed tomorrow.

The second and final game of the two-match series take place at the same venue on Tuesday.

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