Pakistan spinner Abrar Ahmed has been ruled out of the first Test match against Australia starting on 14 December in Perth. During the first-class game against the Prime Minister’s XI, Abrar Ahmed left the field after experiencing severe pain in his right leg around his knee. An assessment was done by the medical team and a provisional diagnosis was made after which an MRI scan was done on the very same day.
Abrar Ahmed will undergo an intervention on Monday in Perth and after that, his conservative rehabilitation under the supervision of Pakistan’s medical staff, will continue for his road to recovery. Abrar is not completely ruled out of the series but keeping future tours in consideration an assessment will be made before the second test which will decide his availability in the series.
Sajid Khan To Replace Injured Abrar Ahmed In Pakistan’s Test Squad
Meanwhile, the chairman of the selection committee Wahab Riaz has announced off-spinner Sajid Khan as Abrar’s replacement in Pakistan’s test squad for the first game against Australia. Sajid will be traveling to Perth once all his arrangements are done. However, due to some visa issues, there has been a delay in his arrival in Australia as per informed by a reliable PCB source.
In addition to Sajid Khan, the team’s doctor is also facing some issues with his arrival in Australia, and thus, the Pakistan team is currently in Australia without a doctor. Abrar Ahmed bowled 27 overs in the first-class game against PM XI. He took the wicket of opener Marcus Harris who was batting on 49 at the moment. Abrar was forced to leave the field after he complained about severe pain around his right knee.
Sajid Khan, the off-spinner who has been announced as Abrar’s replacement has played seven test matches for the Pakistan national cricket team and has taken 22 wickets at an average of 37.8. He has a terrific first-class record playing 66 matches and taking 234 wickets. Sajid is a like-for-like replacement for the injured Abrar Ahmed who will miss the action in the first test and if his recovery takes time then Sajid will take his place for the complete series.