Pakistan T20I Captain Babar Azam has been ruled out of the upcoming series against New Zealand due to a thumb fracture. Premier batsman will be looking to get fit in time for the two-match Test series that starts from 26th December at Mount Maunganui. Earlier, opener Imam-ul-Haq sustained an injury to his left thumb during the practice session.
During a throw-down session, Babar Azam has sustained the injury. After careful examination through X-rays, it was confirmed that he has suffered a thumb fracture in his right hand. Pakistan Cricket Board released a formal statement that Babar Azam will go through a rehabilitation process for atleast two weeks and will not be able to play cricket. The medical team will closely monitor Babar Azam’s injury and hoping that he gets fit in time for the first Test to be played from 26th to 30th December at Mount Maunganui.
With Babar Azam ruled out of the T20I series, vice-captain Shadab Khan will lead the side for three matches against New Zealand. Bowling all-rounder’s is carrying a niggle and only batted during the practices session on Sunday. He missed the home series against Zimbabwe due to groin injury.
Pakistan’s Head Coach, Misbah-ul-Haq said that the side have suffered setback of sorts with premier batsman Babar Azam being ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20I series. He said that new players will need to step up and take their opportunities in this three-match series.
Misbah-ul-Haq said that he did speak to Babar Azam and it is unfortunate that he will miss the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. He further stated that he will be hoping Babar can regain full fitness for the two-match Test series against New Zealand, starting from 26th December.
Besides Babar Azam, medical staff is closely watching Shadab Khan’s injury and believe that he will be fine for the three-match T20I series.