Shadab Khan, the leg spinner who led Pakistan to a 2-1 defeat against New Zealand in the three-match T20I series, is out of the first Test match because of a thigh injury.
A left-thigh injury has ruled the leg spinning all-rounder out of the contention of the selection for at least a period of seven days. That isn’t a good sign for the visitors as they already lost the T20I series and are currently without the services of their premier batsman and regular captain, Babar Azam, who is also out of the first Test because of a thumb injury.
Shadab, the latest to get injured
Pakistan is having dismal tour so far having come out of so many problems even before the start of the T20I series. After setting for training by the New Zealand government, they lost their captain, Babar Azam with a thumb injury, and is yet to fully recover from it. Although coach, Misbah ul Haq had expressed that he will be fit for the second Test.
Imam ul Haq also injured his thumb a day after Babar got injured. In the absence of the captain, Shadab Khan was made the captain to lead the side in the three-match T20I series against the hosts. Pakistan lost the series 2-1. And now Shadab got injured.
The first Test match will start on December 26 at Mount Maunganui and by that time, Shadab will not be able to recover from the injury. The initial assessment has shown that he will be out for at least seven days. Shadab will undergo scans on Thursday in Tauranga to decide the recovery and the rehabilitation period.
Zafar Gohar, the 25-year old left arm spinner has been called to the side as cover for Shadab. Gohar is part of the touring party and was set to play for Pakistan Shaheens against the Northern Knights on Sunday but now will be with the senior team.
1st Test Match: 26-30 December, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
2nd Test Match: 3-7 January, Hagley Oval, Christchurch