Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been dominated out of the primary Test in opposition to New Zealand in Mount Maunganui starting December 26 resulting from a fractured thumb, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) mentioned on Monday.
Babar, 26, sustained the damage throughout an observing session in Queenstown final week and was, earlier, dominated out of the continuing three-match Twenty20 series. Opening batsman Imam-Ul-Haq may even miss the sport after fracturing his left thumb throughout a web session.
All players are but to return to the nets, with the group’s medical employees carefully monitoring their progress, the PCB mentioned. Mohammad Rizwan will turn into Pakistan’s 33rd Test captain when he leads the facet in Babar’s absence.
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“Though it is going to be almost two weeks since Babar’s damage when the primary take a look at begins, it is going to be laborious on him and the group to play him with none web periods,” Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq mentioned.
“I stay assured and optimistic that different players will rise to the event in Mount Maunganui. Pakistan has included uncapped batsman Imran Butt in its 15-man squad for the primary Test.
The 24-year-old top-order batsman struck 934 runs at a mean of over 62 with 4 centuries and three half-centuries within the 2019-20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan’s home first-class event.
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