Pakistan suffered a serious injury blow ahead of their series against South Africa as Fakhar Zaman aggravated a knee injury he picked up last month.
This means that he is doubtful for the upcoming for the First Test against South Africa set to begin next month. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed the news of his injury and said that Zaman’s rehabilitation process has begun at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Some further Tests will be done on his injured knee on Tuesday.
The duration of his rehabilitation, which for now seems to be a maximum of five weeks, is subject to his progress. The batsman reportedly complained about the pain in his right knee after being a part of a run-out during the second T20 International against Australia in October.
Despite enduring so much pain, Zaman played five limited-overs games with the injury before deciding to take some time off to heal the injury completely. He was not in the squad for the ongoing Tests against New Zealand.
The selectors have already begun the process of finding some replacements for the South Africa tour. The squad will most likely be similar to the one that is playing against the Kiwis.
One more Pakistani player which will also be unavailable for South Africa tour after the right-arm pacer injured his shoulder while fielding during the second Test. Abbas has already been ruled out of the third Test against New Zealand which begins on Monday.
The 28-year-old cricketer made his international Test debut against Australia in Abu Dhabi in October this year and played a marvelous inning on his debut. He scored 94 and 68 which paved the way for Pakistan’s 373-run win over the Aussies to win the two-match series 1-0.
The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side will play the Rainbow Nation for three-match Test series, five-match One-Day International series, and T20 International series during their tour to South Africa.
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