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Babar Azam to Miss Second Test Against New Zealand at Christchurch

Pakistan males’s nationwide staff captain Babar Azam will miss the second Test towards New Zealand, which commences on the Hagley Oval from Sunday, a PCB launch acknowledged at present.  In his absence, Mohammad Rizwan will lead the facet.

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Babar needed to sit out the three-T20I sequence and the primary Test, at Mount Maunganui, after he fractured his proper thumb throughout a internet session within the lead-up to the white-ball sequence.

Dr Sohail Saleem: “We have seen enchancment in Babar Azam’s damage however he’s but to completely get well. He is our captain and an important batsman within the lineup, so we don’t need to take any threat.

“The medical staff is consistently reviewing his damage and we’re hopeful he will likely be obtainable for the house sequence towards South Africa.”

Pakistan additionally misplaced opener Imam-ul-Haq for the tour with a fractured thumb whereas allrounder Shadab Khan was dominated out of the Test sequence after main Pakistan within the T20 sequence which they misplaced 1-2. Shadab, fighting a thigh damage, has additionally been dominated out of the house sequence towards South Africa beginning later this month.

Babar, who was named probably the most useful participant of the 12 months and the white ball cricketer of the 12 months by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday of their annual awards, has been the staff’s most constant batsman in all three codecs the previous 12 months. The Pakistan staff coach can also be contemplating shuffling the highest order after the continued failure of openers, Shan Masood and Abid Ali who fell for geese within the second innings of the primary Test on the Bay Oval.

Uncapped Imran Butt is being thought of to make his debut in Christchurch. Pakistan misplaced the primary Test after an enthralling closing day when New Zealand grabbed victory with simply 4 overs remaining within the match.

Pakistan squad for the second Test towards New Zealand:

Mohammad Rizwan (captain, wicketkeeper), Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah and Zafar Gohar

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