Huge Setback As Babar Azam Ruled Out Of New Zealand T20s

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Pakistan cricket team has suffered a huge setback after Babar Azam has been ruled out of New Zealand T20s owing to a thumb injury.

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Babar Azam Ruled Out Of New Zealand T20s

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Skipper Babar Azam is all set to miss the three match T20 series in New Zealand after he sustained a thumb injury that might as well rule him out of the Boxing Day Test that is scheduled to be played later in the month.

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Shadab Khan To Lead Pakistan 

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Limited overs vice-captain Shadab Khan will lead the green shirts in absence of Babar Azam during the upcoming series and so, this should be the first time that the leg-spinner skippers the national side. Nevertheless, Shadab too is unwell owing to a groin injury and thus, even his status as of now is not certain.

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Misbah-ul-Haq Issues A Statement

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Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq issued a statement following the development that explained that,

“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.

“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.”