Shadab Khan’s Foot Injury Casts Shadow Over Pakistan’s T20I Series in New Zealand

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In a significant blow to the Pakistan cricket team, the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand faces uncertainty as key all-rounder Shadab Khan grapples with a foot injury. The setback, arising from Shadab’s recent injury during the National T20 Cup, has prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to actively seek a suitable replacement for the 25-year-old.

The Injury Dilemma

Shadab Khan’s participation in the impending T20I series appears highly doubtful, given the severity of his foot injury sustained during the National T20 Cup. The versatile all-rounder’s absence could leave a void in the team, necessitating swift action from the PCB to secure a competent replacement.

Squad Announcement on the Horizon

The PCB is scheduled to unveil the squad for the New Zealand tour on December 25, heightening the urgency to address Shadab Khan’s absence. The selection committee, comprising Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, and Iftikhar Anjum, is set to convene in the coming days. Standout performers from the National T20 Cup will be under consideration, adding intrigue to the squad selection process.

Challenges for New Leadership

As Pakistan navigates the ongoing three-match Test series in Australia, the impending T20I series against New Zealand poses additional challenges. With the resignation of Babar Azam from captaincy, Shaheen Shah Afridi steps into the role for the shorter format. The dynamic pacer, known for his prowess with the new ball, faces a formidable assignment against New Zealand in his inaugural captaincy role.

Tight Schedule Ahead

The scheduling intricacies add to the pressure, with a mere five days between the culmination of the Test series on January 7 and the commencement of the T20I campaign on January 12. This short turnaround demands quick decisions and strategic planning from the PCB to ensure a seamless transition and competitive performance against a strong New Zealand side.

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