The Pakistani all-rounder, Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the entire home series against South Africa ahead of his injury. Shadab has been sustaining back to back injuries as his inclusion in a three-match t20I series against New Zeland was also in jeopardy.
Later, when he got over his groin injury, he led the team in the absence of Babar Azam who is waiting for the second Test call following his thumb fracture during the training sessions. Notably, Babar has missed the first test giving Mohammad Rizwan a chance to captain.
However, one of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) health officials has advised six weeks rest to Shadab. Consequently, he is out of the second test match against New Zealand, including the complete home series against South Africa.
He was diagnosed with “high-grade full-thickness tear to the Rectus Femoris muscle” during the final T20I declaring the only win of the series for the pride.
Sharing details PCB’s Dr. Sohail Saleem said: “The MRI reports have confirmed it is a fresh injury and not the one that had sidelined him from the Zimbabwe series last month.
“The latest injury will be treated conservatively and Shadab will undergo a six-week rehabilitation program during which he will have weekly ultrasound scans. After the competition of the six-week period, the medical panel will access and evaluate the injury before making a call on Shadab’s return to competitive cricket.”
Shadab Khan ruled out of the home series against South Africa
Pakistan have been possessing back to back blows amidst players’ injury as Imam ul Haq is also ruled out of Pak vs NZ second test match. He will be flying back to Lahore from Auckland as his injury will take longer to get recovered.
Pakistan and South Africa are scheduled to play two Test matches starting from 26th January which will be followed by a three-match T20I series. The tour is likely to wind up by 14th February.