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  • Shadab Khan has been precluded in light of thigh injury
  • PCB says allrounder will go through MRI filters in Tauranga on Thursday
  • Pakistan has just lost captain Babar Azam, Imam ul Haq for first Test

LAHORE: Injury troubles proceed for the Pakistan group as all-rounder Shadab Khan has likewise been administered out of the principal Test against New Zealand because of a thigh injury, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) affirmed on Tuesday.  

The all-rounder was precluded due to a thigh injury he had supported after the finish of Pakistan’s T20I coordinate in Napier which the group won by four wickets under Shadab’s leadership.

Skipper Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq had just been proclaimed unsuitable for the main Test due to injuries.

“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,” read the PCB statement  

The group the executives said that it has added left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar in the crew instead of Shadab for the Test that will be played from December 26 till 30.

Read more: Shadab to lead green shirts against Kiwis in first T20I

“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,” the PCB said. 

The 25-year-old has so far taken 144 wickets in 39 top notch matches, including six five-wicket pulls in an innings and two 10-wicket coordinate hauls.

The Pakistan group has just lost captain Babar Azam and opener Imam-ul-Haq because of wounds. Both the players were additionally administered out of the T20 arrangement against New Zealand that finished on Tuesday.

Following the injury this will be Pakistan and Shaheen’s squad:

Pakistan crew for Tests: 

Mohammad Rizwan (commander for first 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 accessible for the main Test).

Pakistan Shaheens for T20s:

Rohail Nazir (chief, 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.

Match schedule:

December 26-30 – First Test versus New Zealand, Mount Manganui

December 27 – first T20 v Northern Knights, Hamilton

December 29 – second T20 v Wellington Firebirds, Wellington

January 1, 2021 – third T20 v Canterbury, Lincoln

January 3-7 – second Test v New Zealand, Christchurch

January 3 – fourth T20 v New Zealand XI, Lincoln

January 5 – fifth T20 v New Zealand XI, Lincoln

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