Lahore: Pakistan captain Babar Azam was excluded from New Zealand T20Is due to a fracture of his right thumb during practice on Sunday morning.
The Pakistan Cricket Committee (PCB) confirmed in a statement on Sunday: “The world’s second-ranked T20I batsman was injured in a throwing match. He was subsequently taken to a local hospital where an X-ray confirmed a fracture.”
According to the detailed information, Babar will not be able to participate in the competition for at least 12 days, which means he will not be able to participate in the T20I competitions on December 18, 20 and 22 in Oakland, Hamilton and Napier respectively.
Imam-ul-Haq also injured his left thumb on the second day of throwing the ball. The Pakistani captain was injured.
Imam had also been advised a 12-day rest, which confirmed his non-availability for the Pakistan Shaheens’ four-day match against New Zealand ‘A’, which starts in Whangarei on Thursday, December 17.
At the same time, Pakistan’s T20I deputy captain Shadab Khan also has a groin on his back, which limits his ability to participate in Sunday’s online basketball game only to hit the ball.
Commenting on the new developments in the team, Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said: “Injuries are part and parcel of professional sport and while it is hugely disappointing to lose a player of Babar Azam’s caliber for the T20Is, this opens up opportunities for the other highly talented and exciting players to step-up, understand their responsibilities and try to prove that the Pakistan side is a complete package.”