Tauranga: Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan has once again injured and has been ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
The 22-year-old suffered a thigh injury following the conclusion of the third T20i at Napier on Friday. The team management has included left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar as a replacement.
“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 Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a press release.
Shadab’s inclusion for the T20I series was also uncertain, however, he recovered and led Pakistan in the series which they lost by 2-1.
He suffered an injury in his left leg just before the start of the series against Zimbabwe in mid-October.
Meanwhile, Zafar has joined the Test side from Hamilton where he was preparing with the Pakistan Shaheens for Sunday’s T20 match against the Northern Knights.
The 25-year-old Zafar has so far taken 144 wickets in 39 first-class matches, including six five-wicket hauls in an innings and two ten-wicket match hauls.
Pakistan squad for first Test: Mohammad Rizwan (C & WK), 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.
Pakistan Shaheens for T20s: Rohail Nazir (C & WK), Abdullah Shafique, Amad Butt, Danish Aziz, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Musa Khan, Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz and Zeeshan Malik.