Pakistans all-format Captain, Babar Azam has injured his right thumb at Queenstown during a practice session due to which he has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20 series against New Zealand.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) while confirming Babar Azam’s injury, said that Babar Azam will not be able to play cricket for atleast 12 days.
“During this period, the doctors will continue to monitor Babar’s injury before confirming his participation in the first test,” the PCB said.
The T20 series between Pakistan and New Zealand begins at Auckland on Dec. 18, followed by matches at Hamilton (Dec. 20) and Napier (Dec. 22). The first test begins on December 26.
“I have spoken with Babar and he is sad to miss the T20 series, Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said. We have a long season of cricket ahead and we now hope that he regains complete fitness as early as possible so that he can return to competitive cricket.”
Now that Pakistans skipper has sustained Injury and will not be able to lead his team in the T20 series, all-rounder Shadab Khan who also missed the limited overs series against Zimbabwe at home will be leading Pakistan in T20 series against New Zealand.
“The medical team is monitoring Shadab Khan’s groin niggle and we remain optimistic that he will be available for the T20Is,” Misbah said.
“But we will neither risk him nor the team’s chances if we think he needs a few more days to be back to his complete fitness.”