Breaking News! Babar Azam has been ruled out of T20 Series against New Zealand due to a thumb injury in Practice Session. He will be missing the three match T20 series in New Zealand Tour. In Babar’s absence, Shadab Khan will captain Pakistan in the T20 series against New Zealand. The official Twitter handle of PCB broke this news to the internet.
— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) December 13, 2020
The number 2 World ranked T20 batsman Babar suffered a thumb injury during the throw session on Sunday. Following the injury, Babar was immediately sent to the hospital for medical examine. The X-ray confirmed the fracture and Babar was advised to rest for at least 12 days.
Apart from babar, Imamul Haq also fractured his left thum and he also have been advised to rest for 12 days. Meaning, Imam will also miss the T20 series against New Zealand.
Shadab Khan, th top ranked all-rounder will now captain Pakistan in the T20 series.
Pakistan Head Coach Misbahul Haq said to the press:
“Injuries are part and parcel of professional sport and while it is hugely disappointing to lose a player of Babar Azam’s calibre for the T20Is, this opens up opportunities for the other highly talented and exciting players to step-up, understand their responsibilities and try to prove that the Pakistan side is a complete package.
“I have spoken with Babar and he is sad to miss the T20I series as he was fully focused and keenly looking forward to the T20Is. We have a long season of cricket ahead and we now hope that he regains complete fitness as early as possible so that he can return to competitive cricket.
“The medical team is monitoring Shadab Khan’s groin niggle and we remain optimistic that he will be available for the T20Is, but we will neither risk him nor the team’s chances if we think he needs a few more days to be back to his complete fitness.”
Pakistan Team squad for T20 Series against New Zealand
Shadab Khan (captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Musa Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir and Wahab Riaz. Babar Azam (withdrawn due to injury)