The left-handed opening batsman, Imam ul Haq, and the all-rounder Shadab Khan have been ruled out from the second test match against New Zealand as the injury update from the Pakistan Cricket Team continue to get fresh.
Imam’s injury brought Babar Azam’s thumb fracture on the very next day as the duo brought up their injuries during the training sessions in Queenstown.
Notably, Shadab got recovered from his groin injury before a three-match T20I series and led the side in absence of Babar Azam. However, he has got another injury as the PCB health media informed “high-grade full-thickness tear to the Rectus Femoris muscle” that Shadab sustained during the final T20I when Pakistan fought for the matter of their pride avoiding a series whitewash.
Sharing details PCB’s Dr. Sohail Saleem said: “The MRI reports have confirmed it is a fresh injury and not the one that had sidelined him from the Zimbabwe series last month.
“The latest injury will be treated conservatively and Shadab will undergo a six-week rehabilitation program during which he will have weekly ultrasound scans. After the competition of the six-week period, the medical panel will access and evaluate the injury before making a call on Shadab’s return to competitive cricket.”
Pak vs NZ: Shadab Khan, Imam ul Haq sidelined from the second test
As a consequence, the management has decided to send Imam back to the homeland as he will be leaving for Lahore from Auckland in a few days. On the other hand, Shadab is advised t rest for six weeks and will not be available for the entire home series against South Africa.