Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been ruled out of the first test against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui starting December. 26, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Monday.
Babar, 26, fractured his thumb, during a practice session in Queenstown last week. And also missed the ongoing three-match Twenty20 series.
In Babar’s absence, Mohammad Rizwan will lead the side. He will become Pakistan’s 33rd test captain. Pakistan has also included uncapped batsman Imran Butt in their 15-man squad for the first test.
Furthermore, opening batsman Imam-Ul-Haq will also miss the first test after fracturing his left thumb during a net session.
Pakistan squad announced for the first test match includes:
Mohammad Rizwan (c), Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, and Yasir Shah.