Babar, Imam ruled out of first Test against New Zealand
After T20I series, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been also ruled out from the first Test against New Zealand. Opener Imam-ul-Haq will also miss the first Test due to injury. Because of injury of team’s experienced players, Balochistan’s Imran Butt has got the opportunity in the team.
Babar injured his right thumb during a training session. Later, it was confirmed that he fractured his right thumb and ruled out of the three-match T20I series. All-rounder Shadab Khan took over the role of captaincy in replace of Babar. Now the star batsman also ruled out of the first Test. However, he’s expected to play in the second Test of the series.
Imam also fractured his left thumb in training session.
“Decision on their [Babar & Imam] participation in the second Test, which commences in Christchurch on 3 January, will be made closer to the time,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.
Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan will lead the team in the first Test. He’ll be the 33rd Test captain in Pakistan’s Test cricket history to flip the coin on December 26 at Mount Manganui.
Pakistan are looking for alternatives as two of the team’s experienced batsmen have been ruled out due to injuries. In this situation, 24-year old talented batsman Imran Butt has been called up to the team. He was the highest run-getter in the last edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan’s domestic tournament.