Pakistan’s premier fast bowler, Mohammad Abbas, has been ruled out of the third and final Test against New Zealand with a shoulder injury.
Abbas injured his bowling shoulder while diving to stop a boundary in New Zealand’s second innings on Tuesday.
The scan results of Abbas’ injury have been sent to a specialist, but the early diagnosis suggests he could be out for anywhere between three weeks and four months, said a source.
A final word from the specialist is awaited, but if it is as severe as the team’s analyst suggested, Abbas might be doubtful for the upcoming South Africa series as well.
This would be a huge blow for Pakistan’s bowling attack as another key paceman Mohammad Amir is out due to lackluster performance.
The 28-year-old rising star was Man of the Series for his remarkable spell against Australia in Abu Dhabi last month. There, he also became the first fast bowler to pick ten wickets in a Test in the UAE.
His exclusion from the team might make way for a debut for Shaheen Shah Afridi.
After losing the first Test by just four runs, Pakistan has levelled the series with a thumping, an innings and 16 runs victory.
The third and series-deciding Test would kick off on Monday, December 3 in Abu Dhabi.