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New Zealand vs Pakistan: Injured Babar Azam could miss first Test at Bay Oval

  • Press Trust of India
  • December 20th, 2020
  • 13:22:09 IST

Karachi: Recovering from a thumb injury, Pakistan captain Babar Azam could miss the opening Test against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui beginning 26 December.

Babar, who has been Pakistan's top run-scorer across all three formats since last year, suffered a fracture in his thumb during a throw-down session in Queenstown on 12 December which ruled him out of the three-match T20 series.

File image of Pakistan's Babar Azam. AP

File image of Pakistan's Babar Azam. AP

"Babar is under rehab and has done some light training but whether he will be 100 percent match fit in time for the first Test is a long shot," a source aware of the developments in New Zealand said.

Pakistan led by vice-captain Shadab Khan looked rusty as a team and lost the first T20 in Auckland on Friday.

Pakistan has also lost opener Imam-ul-Haq due to a thumb fracture who has been advised a 12-day rest.

Babar has also been given a 12-day rehab and rest period to be fit again but the source said the Pakistan captain's injury was taking time to heal and he was still unable to hold a bat properly.

The source said Babar and Imam will have scans on their injuries on 25 December and if the fractures heal then Babar could take a risk for the first Test but it will depend on how fit he is at that time.

The Pakistan squad had to undergo an extended 14-day quarantine period in Christchurch after around 10 players tested positive for the COVID-19 with four diagnosed as historical cases and six new infections.

If Babar is not fit in time for the first Test, wicketkeeper-batman Muhammad Rizwan will lead the side as he was named Test vice-captain before the tour.

Updated Date: December 20, 2020 13:22:09 IST

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