Shabbir flies home with groin injury
Darryn Lifson, the Pakistan physio, has estimated the recovery time to be around three weeks, which puts Shabbir's chances of gaining a World Cup place in jeopardy. The final 15-man squad has to be named by February 13 and there won't be any room for players under an injury cloud.
Shabbir's withdrawal adds to Pakistan's catalogue of problems in South Africa, which have included Shoaib Akhtar's brief, but dramatic, appearance in the Test series before he went home with a hamstring problem. Shoaib's wasn't originally part of the squad because he wasn't deemed to be fit enough.
Umar Gul played no part in the series after picking up an ankle injury during the warm-up match against South Africa A and Shoaib Malik was also forced to miss out. Inzamam-ul-Haq suffered from a back problem during the final Test and missed the Twenty20, although was passed fit to lead the team in the first ODI.