Babar Azam will recover in time for the second Test match. Well, this has now become a wish that will never come true. Babar has been ruled out of the 2nd Test match thus making him play no part in the tour of New Zealand.
The so far not-so-planned tour of Pakistan has come to, probably its final halt, when the visitors lost the regular captain for the second Test match also that leaves him to play no cricket after arriving in New Zealand. An injury which was picked up after the team was given permission to train had finally impacted big time on the Pakistani skipper and now Mohammad Rizwan will have to do the captaincy services once again.
Mohammad Rizwan will lead once again
After injuring his thumb, Babar Azam was ruled out of the T20I series initially and his return to cricket became subject to fitness. Shadab Khan did the captaincy services for the T20Is and Pakistan lost the series 2-1.
Babar Azam didn’t recover in time for the 1st Test match thus he was ruled out of the 1st Test and his return to cricket became subject to fitness once again. Mohammad Rizwan was made the captain and he led the team to a fighting last-hour-defeat at the Mount Maunganui.
Babar Azam didn’t recover in time for the 1st Test match thus he is now ruled out of the 2nd Test as well. Rizwan will once again lead the side at the Bay Oval. Although Babar had a full-fledged training session in the Christchurch but he felt pain in his injured thumb. This has led the selectors not to risk their spear-man and ruled him out of the 2nd Test.
The team doctor, Sohail Saleem said, “We have seen improvement in Babar Azam’s injury but he is yet to fully recover. He is our captain and the most important batsman in the line-up, so we do not want to take any risk.
“The medical team is constantly reviewing his injury and we are hopeful he will be available for the home series against South Africa.”
Pakistan remains hopeful that Babar will recover in time for the home series against South Africa.
Will Babar-less Pakistan win the second Test match to square the series?
That’s the main question, how will Pakistan behave in the absence of Babar Azam? Well, they lost the T20I series 2-1 and lost the first Test match but you never know what Pakistan can come up with? Pakistan lost the first of the two Test match in the last hour of the 5th day. After a good comprehensive performance, the visitors were well set to secure a draw and needed to just saw of the last session on the 5th day with six wickets in hand but New Zealand came back strong to lead the series 1-nil.
2nd Test Match: 3-7 January, Hagley Oval, Christchurch