Pakistan suffer major blow ahead of New Zealand T20I series

The five-match T20I series will be played in January

December 18, 2023
Shadab Khan (R) is likely to miss the five-match T20I series against New Zealand in January. — AFP

Pakistan cricket team suffered a major blow ahead of the five-match T20I series against New Zealand as all-rounder and vice-captain Shadab Khan is likely to miss the tour due to a foot injury.

Shadab, 25, sustained a foot injury in the recently-held National T20 Cup and has been sidelined since then.

His participation in the upcoming five-match T20I series is highly unlikely and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will look for the 25-year-old’s replacement in the coming days.

The PCB aims to announce the squad for the New Zealand tour on December 25.

PCB’s selection committee consisting of Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, and Iftikhar Anjum will meet in the coming days and the top performers of the National T20 Cup will also be considered.

Remember, the Pakistan cricket team is currently in Australia to play a three-match Test series in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 cycle which will conclude on January 7.

Just five days after the conclusion of the Test series, Pakistan is scheduled to play their first T20I match against New Zealand on January 12.

After skipper Babar Azam stepped down as the captain of all formats, Shaheen Shah Afridi was named the skipper of the shorter format by the PCB.

Shaheen — who is considered one of the finest bowlers in the world, especially with the new ball — will have his first assignment as the captain against the runner-ups of the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Schedule of Pakistan’s 2024 tour to New Zealand

First match: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 12 January, Auckland

Second match: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 14 January, Hamilton

Third match: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 17 January, Dunedin

Fourth match: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 19 January, Christchurch

Fifth match: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 21 January, Christchurch.

Comments

    A Rehman Memon commented 7 months ago

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    strange narration.it is is a good news if shadab is out. commented 7 months ago

    Strange narrative.It is good. if shadab is replaced by someone in form

    Awais commented 7 months ago

    Those who dont know cricket will select team