The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Saturday that the national team’s captain Babar Azam has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand, which will start from Sunday at the Hagley Oval.
According to the details, Mohammad Rizwan will take the lead in Azam’s absence.
“Babar had a full-fledged training session yesterday but felt a slight pain in his thumb, following which, the team management has opted against taking any risk,” read the PCB statement.
Babar Azam to miss Christchurch Test
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It should be mentioned here that Babar Azam fractured his right thumb during a net session which caused him to miss the three-T20I series and the first Test, at Mount Maunganui.
Dr. Sohail Saleem, the team doctor shared the details on the injury and said,
“We have seen improvement in Babar Azam’s injury but he is yet to fully recover. He is our captain and the most important batsman in the lineup, so we do not want to take any risk.”
“The medical team is constantly reviewing his injury and we are hopeful he will be available for the home series against South Africa.”
Mohammad Rizwan (captain, wicketkeeper), Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah and Zafar Gohar.