Injuries Force Pakistan to Lose Key Players for Final Two T20Is against New Zealand

Injuries Force Pakistan to Lose Key Players for Final Two T20Is against New Zealand

News by “Sana Ullah”

Pakistan has suffered additional injury setbacks during the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand at home.

According to a statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on 24 April, Mohammad Rizwan and Irfan Khan will not participate further in the T20I series against New Zealand.

Rizwan was forced to retire hurt due to injury during the third T20I against the Black Caps, receiving extensive on-field treatment for what seemed to be a hamstring problem. Irfan is also said to have encountered a hamstring issue, resulting in both players being sidelined for the remaining series matches.

“The PCB Medical Panel received radiology reports for Mohammad Rizwan and Muhammad Irfan Khan,” stated the PCB on Wednesday. “After reviewing the reports and consulting with the Pakistan team management, it has been decided to rest the two players from Thursday’s and Saturday’s T20Is against New Zealand.”

“The two players will undergo rehabilitation with the PCB Medical Panel at NCA,” the statement added. Pakistan has not yet announced replacements for the duo, though Haseebullah and Usman Khan are available in the squad as wicket-keeping alternatives.

These absences compound Pakistan’s challenges, having already lost Azam Khan to injury.

The T20I series is currently tied at 1-1 after three matches, with the first match being called off due to rain.

Pakistan seized the series lead with an impressive bowling performance that limited the visitors to just 90 all out in the second T20I.

However, the Kiwis mounted a comeback, fueled by a remarkable innings from Mark Chapman (87* off 42), enabling them to successfully chase down a target of 178 in the third match.

Following the first three encounters in Rawalpindi, the action shifts to Lahore for the final two T20Is scheduled for 25 April and 27 April.

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