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Babar out of NZ T20Is with thumb injury

Pakistan’s all-format skipper Babar Azam has been ruled out of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand with a thumb fracture.

Babar’s injury comes a day after Imam-ul-Haq injured his left thumb. The Pakistan captain fractured his right thumb during a training session. The injury also puts Babar’s participation in two-Test series under clouds. 

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“It is hugely disappointing to lose a player of Babar Azam’s calibre 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,” Pakistan head coach Misbah -ul-Haq said.

“I have spoken with Babar and he is sad to miss the T20I series as he was fully focused and keenly looking forward to the T20Is. We have a long season of cricket ahead and we now hope that he regains complete fitness as early as possible so that he can return to competitive cricket.”

Pakistan T20I vice-captain Shadab Khan is likely to take over the leadership role although he himself is carrying a niggle. A decision on him will be taken ahead of the match in Auckland.

“The medical team is monitoring Shadab Khan’s groin niggle and we remain optimistic that he will be available for the T20Is, but we will neither risk him nor the team’s chances if we think he needs a few more days to be back to his complete fitness,” Misbah added.

Auckland, Hamilton and Napier will host the T20Is on December 18, 20 and 22. The first of the two Tests will be played in Mount Maunganui on the Boxing Day.

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