Srinagar: In a major worry for Pakistan cricket team, young pacer Khurram Shazad who impressed on his Test debut in Perth has been ruled out of the Test series ahead of Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
“Khurram Shazad has been ruled out of the Test series against Australia due to a stress fracture in his left 10th rib, as well as an abdominal muscle tear.Fast bowler Khurram Shahzad complained of discomfort in his left side during the first Test,” PCB statement said.
PCB will now consult a specialist in Australia after which a final management protocol will be established for the player.He will then return to the NCA in Lahore where he will continue his injury management and rehabilitation, it further said.
On debut, Shazad picked up the big scalp of Steve Smith in both innings during the first Test while collecting five wickets in total
and his absence will be felt as Pakistan attempt to regain some momentum over the remaining two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.
Back-up quicks Hasan Ali and Mohammad Wasim Jnr loom as the most likely replacements given they are already in Australia and in the touring party, with star pacer Naseem Shah sidelined for the tour with injury.