Injury Woes Mount for Pakistan as Khurram Shahzad Ruled Out of Australia Test Series

Pakistan faces a setback ahead of the second Test against Australia in Melbourne as pace bowler Khurram Shahzad has been ruled out of the remaining series due to a rib fracture and abdominal muscle tear. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed the unfortunate news, stating that Khurram’s right rib cage fracture would sideline him for the Melbourne Test (December 26-30) and the Sydney Test (January 3-7).

“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. He complained of discomfort in his left side during the first Test,” the PCB revealed in a statement.

Khurram, a bright spot for Pakistan in the first Test in Perth, where they suffered a massive 360-run defeat, made his debut and impressed with five wickets in the match. The PCB announced that Khurram would consult with a specialist in Australia before returning to Pakistan for rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

The injury woes for Pakistan continue as they are already without key players. Mystery spinner Abrar Ahmad, expected to be a mainstay in the series, is sidelined due to injury. Young speedster Naseem Shah is recovering from a shoulder operation, and promising pacers Muhammad Hasnain and Ehsanaullah, grappling with fitness issues, were not considered for the tour.