New Zealand vs Pakistan: Babar Azam Dominated Out Of T20I Sequence

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday confirmed that skipper Babar Azam has been dominated out of the upcoming three-match T20I sequence towards New Zealand. Azam has been dominated out of the sequence after struggling a fracture on his proper thumb throughout Sunday morning’s observe session. The quantity two ranked ICC T20I batsman suffered the harm throughout a throw-down session, following which he was taken to a neighborhood hospital the place X-rays confirmed the fracture. As such, Babar shall be unable to attend nets for, no less than 12 days, that means he won’t be accessible for the December 18-22 T20Is to be performed in Auckland, Hamilton, and Napier, respectively. 


Throughout this era, the docs will proceed to watch Babar’s harm earlier than confirming his participation within the first Check, which begins at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, on December 26.

“Accidents are half and parcel {of professional} sport and whereas it’s vastly disappointing to lose a participant of Babar Azam’s calibre for the T20Is, this opens up alternatives for the opposite extremely gifted and thrilling gamers to step-up, perceive their tasks and attempt to show that the Pakistan aspect is a whole bundle,” Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq mentioned in an official launch.

“I’ve spoken with Babar and he’s unhappy to overlook the T20I sequence as he was absolutely targeted and keenly wanting ahead to the T20Is. Now we have an extended season of cricket forward and we now hope that he regains full health as early as doable in order that he can return to aggressive cricket,” he added.

Babar suffered the harm a day after Imam-ul-Haq had fractured his left thumb additionally throughout a throw-down session. Imam had additionally been suggested a 12-day relaxation, which confirmed his non-availability for the Pakistan Shaheens’ four-day match towards New Zealand ‘A’, which begins in Whangarei on Thursday, December 17.

As with Babar, the docs will proceed to watch Imam’s harm earlier than confirming his participation within the first Check.


In the meantime, Pakistan T20I vice-captain Shadab Khan can also be carrying a groin niggle, which restricted his participation in Sunday’s web classes to batting solely. He had missed the Zimbabwe T20Is because of the same harm and the choice on his participation within the Auckland T20I shall be made nearer to the match.

Pakistan squad for New Zealand T20Is: 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 because of harm)

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