New Zealand vs Pakistan: Shadab Khan Ruled Out Of 1st Test Due To Thigh Injury
New Zealand vs Pakistan: Leg-spinner Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the first Test starting December 26 due to a thigh injury. Zafar Gohar is added to the squad as replacement.
Shadab Khan has been ruled out of 1st PAK-NZ Test due to thigh injury
Left-arm spinner Zafar Goher has been added as replacement in squad
The first Test starts on December 26 at Mount Maunganui
Pakistan's Shadab Khan is set to miss the first Test against New Zealand due to a thigh injury, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday. "Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand due to a thigh injury following the conclusion of his side's four-wicket victory in the third T20I in Napier on Tuesday," PCB said in a statement. PCB said Shadab will now undergo MRI scans in Tauranga on Thursday, following which a further update on the "exact nature of the injury and time needed to return to competitive cricket will be provided."
The board also said that as Shadab is not available for, at least, the first Test at Mount Maunganui, the team management has included left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar as a reinforcement.
Zafar has joined the Test side from Hamilton where he was preparing with the Pakistan Shaheens for Sunday's T20 match against the Northern Knights.
In the 2019-20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Zafar was the third most successful bowler with 38 wickets, including five four-fers and one five-fer for Central Punjab.
In the National T20 Cup 2020-21, he took eight wickets for Central Punjab.
The 25-year-old has so far taken 144 wickets in 39 first-class matches.
Pakistan squad for Tests: Mohammad Rizwan (captain for 1st Test), Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah and Zafar Gohar (Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq and Shadab Khan not available for the first Test)
Pakistan Shaheens for T20s: Rohail Nazir (captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Amad Butt, Danish Aziz, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Musa Khan, Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz and Zeeshan Malik