Pakistan suffered a significant blow forward of their tour of South Africa in December with Fakhar Zaman aggravating a knee harm he sustained final month. In response to the PCB, the 28-year previous opener is anticipated to be out for “three to 5” weeks, which implies he’ll virtually actually miss the primary of the three Checks that begins on Boxing Day in Centurion.
It’s learnt that Fakhar had complained about ache in his proper knee after pulling off a spectacular run-out through the second T20I towards Australia in October. He had rushed in from mid-on, tumbled to the bottom whereas accumulating the ball, and regardless of not having a transparent view of the stumps, nonetheless hit them direct to dismiss Ben McDermott. The following morning, nevertheless, Fakhar instructed the physiotherapist that he had an issue and collectively they labored to try to handle it.
Fakhar performed an extra 5 limited-overs video games with the harm earlier than it was determined that he wanted to take break day for rehabilitation. That’s the reason he was not picked within the squad for the continued Checks towards New Zealand. He’ll be a part of the PCB’s medical group on the Nationwide Cricket Academy in Lahore on Tuesday, the place a plan for his restoration shall be charted out.
It’s understood that the selectors have begun to shortlist gamers for the South Africa tour, the place they play three Checks, 5 ODIs and three T20Is. The PCB has already obtained visas for 25 of them. The Take a look at squad is more likely to be just like the one at present enjoying towards New Zealand, though quick bowler Mohammad Amir is anticipated to return instead of offspinner Bilal Asif.
Fakhar made his Take a look at debut in October and was an instantaneous hit, making 94 and 68 as Pakistan beat Australia by 373 runs. Pakistan produce other choices to make use of on the prime of the order, similar to Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez. Azhar Ali has additionally opened the batting previously and Shan Masood, who made 100 in every innings against New Zealand A just lately, may come into the combination.
Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent
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