Pakistan faced another injury setback when all-rounder Shadab Khan was ruled out due to a thigh injury for the first Test match against New Zealand.
Shadab sustained the injury in the third and final Twenty20 at Napier on Tuesday after Pakistan defeated New Zealand by four wickets.
The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Wednesday, “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.”
For the first test, starting at Mount Maunganui on Saturday, the team management included left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar in place of Shadab in its 15-member squad.
With 38 wickets in the 2019-20 domestic first-class league, Zafar was the third most prolific bowler.
Shadab’s injury is Pakistan’s third big blast. Because of broken thumbs, all-format Captain Babar Azam and Imamul Haq were earlier ruled out.
In the first Test, Mohammad Rizwan will lead the side. The three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand, which Pakistan lost 2-1 to the Shadab captaincy, was also missed by Babar.