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AUS vs PAK: Pakistan suffer major injury blow ahead of Boxing Day showdown in Melbourne

Pakistani pacer Khurram Shahzad took five wickets in the opening Test match against Australia in Perth but is ruled out for the remainder of the tour with a rib stress fracture and abdominal muscle tear on Thursday.

Written By: Sumeet Kavthale @sumeetkavthale New Delhi Updated on: December 21, 2023 18:49 IST
Pakistan bowler Khurram Shahzad and captain Shan Masood
Image Source : GETTY Pakistan bowler Khurram Shahzad and captain Shan Masood during the 1st Test against Australia

Pakistan pacer Khuram Shahzad has been ruled out of the remainder of the Australia tour due to an injury on Thursday, December 21. The young pacer made his Test debut in the first match and made an impact by taking five wickets in two innings.

The Pakistan Cricket Board revealed that the right-arm medium pacer has suffered a stress fracture in his ribs during the Perth Test. PCB confirmed that the player will return home and will undergo rehabilitation and recovery process in Lahore. 

"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," PCB said in a statement. "Fast bowler Khurram Shahzad complained of discomfort in his left side during the first Test. 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."

The 24-year-old pacer took two wickets in the first innings but impressed in the second by taking three big wickets of Steve Smith, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne. Shahzad formed a pace attack with Shaheen Afridi, Aamer Jamal and Faheem Ashraf in the opening match.

Pakistan also have Hasan Ali and Mohammad Wasim Jr in their squad and the latter is likely to replace Shahzad in the Melbourne Test starting on December 26. 

Shan Masood-led side first lost Naseem Shah to a long-term injury and spinners Abrar Ahmed and Noman Ali to fresh injuries prior to the Perth Test. Australia dominated in every department in the first match and recorded a 360-run win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. 

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