The Pakistan men’s cricket team’s Chief Selector, Wahab Riaz, alongside consultant selector Kamran Akmal, held a press conference providing an update on all-rounder Shadab Khan injury. Shadab, aged 25, got injured during the National T20 Cup and has been out of action since.
Wahab confirmed that Shadab had an ankle injury from the National T20 and needs two weeks for rehab.
“Shadab Khan is vital for Pakistan’s T20 cricket. Sadly, he got an ankle injury and needs a couple more weeks to recover. After that, he’ll be back in bowling form,” Wahab mentioned at the presser.
Regarding Pakistan’s squad for the New Zealand T20I series in January, it includes some notable names like Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, and Mohammad Rizwan. Shaheen Afridi will lead the team as the captain for the shorter format.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan cricket team is presently in Australia, engaging in a three-match Test series for the ongoing World Test Championship, ending on January 7. Soon after, on January 12, they’re set to begin their T20I series against New Zealand.
In the midst of all this, the schedule for Pakistan’s 2024 tour to New Zealand has been outlined with matches lined up in Auckland, Hamilton, Dunedin, and Christchurch from January 12 to 21.
The upcoming matches hold significance, especially for Shaheen Shah Afridi, who steps in as captain for the first time in the shorter format against New Zealand, the 2021 T20 World Cup runners-up.