Pakistan skipper Babar Azam ruled out of T20Is against New Zealand - GulfToday

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam ruled out of T20Is against New Zealand


Pakistan star batsman and captain Babar Azam plays a shot. File photo

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Pakistan’s hopes suffered a big blow on Sunday as captain Babar Azam has been ruled out of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand after he has fractured his right thumb in training on Sunday and has subsequently been ruled out of action for 12 days.

A PCB press release said the World's second-ranked Twenty20 batsman Azam was hurt during a practice session in Queenstown.


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Coach Misbah-ul-Haq said, "He was taken to a local hospital where X-rays confirmed the fracture."

Babar Azam (left) and Eoin Morgan stand beside the T20I trophy. File

The Pakistan Cricket Board said, and he faces a race against time to be fit for the opening match of the two-Test series from Dec. 26.

There is also a question mark over vice-captain Shadab Khan who has a groin niggle.

Babar will not be able to practise for 12 days and will miss the three Twenty20 matches starting in Auckland on Friday.

"During this period the doctors will continue to monitor Babar's injury before confirming his participation in the first Test," Misbah said.

The first Test starts in Mount Maunganui on December 26.

A decision on whether Khan will play in the Twenty20 matches will be made later in the week.

The injury is similar to that which kept him out of their recent series against Zimbabwe.

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