Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand due to a thigh injury following four wickets victory in the third T20I in Napier.
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shadab will now undergo MRI scans in Tauranga on Thursday, following which a further update on the exact nature of the injury and time needed to return to competitive cricket will be provided.
The team management has included left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar as a reinforcement for the 26-30 December Test at Mount Maunganui.
Pakistan squad for Tests: Mohammad Rizwan (captain for 1st Test), Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah and Zafar Gohar. (Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq and Shadab Khan not available for the first Test).
26-30 Dec – 1st Test v New Zealand, Mount Manganui
3-7 Jan – 2nd Test v New Zealand, Christchurch
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