Napier: Pakistani captain Babar Azam and opener Imam ul Haq (Imam ul Haq) will not be able to take part in the first test match against New Zealand due to injury, following which the selection committee called the young Imran Butt. ) Has been included in the 17-member team.
The first test match between these two teams will be played at Mount Maunganui from December 26. Babar Azam’s right thumb is injured while Imam ul Haq’s left thumb is injured. He was injured during a training session in Queenstown last week.
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According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the two batsmen are yet to return to the net and the medical team is closely monitoring their updates. CPC said: “His participation in the second test match in Christchurch from January 3 will be decided later.”
Imran Butt named to 17-player test squad
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In Babar’s absence, wicket keeper Mohammad Rizan will lead Pakistan in the first test match. He will be the country’s 33rd test captain. Pakistan had a disappointing start to the tour. He lost the first 2 matches of the 3 international T20 series. The last T20 match will be played on December 22, followed by a series of 2 test matches.
Pakistani team for the test: Mohammad Rizwan (captain of the first test), Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shaan Masood , Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah (Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq will not be available for the first test).