Pakistan’s emerging left-arm fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi is likely to make his Test debut in the deciding contest of three-match series against New Zealand starting from December 3 at Abu Dhabi.
Afridi is expected to replace the injured Mohammad Abbas, who ran riot in the recently concluded series against Australia and was named as Man of the Series.
Abbas suffered a shoulder injury ahead of the third Test of the series while diving during a practice session. The severity of the injury is unknown at the moment and he can be sidelined for anywhere between three weeks to four months.
However, the promising left-arm pacer will replace him in series decided, which is levelled at 1-1 at the moment.
Sarfraz Ahmed is optimistic with Shaheen’s inclusion in the playing XI as the ever-improving pacer may give his side an edge over the visitors.
Pakistan lost the opening game of the series after a closely fought contest by 4 runs. Whereas, they outclassed the Kiwis in the second game, winning it by an inning and 16 runs, courtesy of Yasir Shah’s 14 wickets in the Test.