Pakistani leg-spinner, Shadab Khan has been advised a six-week rest after he was diagnosed with “high-grade full-thickness tear to the Rectus Femoris muscle”. Shadab injured his left thigh during the third T20I against New Zealand on 22nd December.
Consequently, he will miss the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch and the following home series versus South Africa. Quinton de Kock’s side will visit the Asian country for two Tests starting 26th January which would be followed by a three-match T20I series.
Shadab Khan will start his rehabilitation in New Zealand
According to a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB), Shadab will remain with the side in New Zealand and has already started his rehabilitation programme under the supervision of their medical team.
“The MRI reports have confirmed it is a fresh injury and not the one that had sidelined him from the Zimbabwe series last month,” the statement said.
“The latest injury will be treated conservatively and Shadab will undergo a six-week rehabilitation programme during which he will have weekly ultrasound scans. After the competition of the six-week period, the medical panel will access and evaluate the injury before making a call on Shadab’s return to competitive cricket.”
The 22-year-old led Pakistan in the 3 T20Is against New Zealand in place of the injured Babar Azam. After losing the first two matches, the men in green bounced back to win the third T20I and gained momentum ahead of the Test series.
In the ongoing first Test in Mount Maunganui, interim Test skipper, Mohammad Rizwan won the toss and elected to bowl first. Shaheen Afridi struck twice in the morning to dismiss both the openers at the score of 13. However, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor stitched a partnership before Taylor was dismissed for 70 by Afridi, while the Kiwi captain inches towards his hundred.
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