Pakistan are unlikely to have Fakhar Zaman’s services for their upcoming away Test assignment – against South Africa – as the left-hand opening batsman will be out for three to five weeks due to an aggravated knee injury.
A PCB spokesperson told Cricbuzz that Zaman’s rehabilitation process has begun at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore and further tests on his injured knee will be conducted on Tuesday. The duration of his rehabilitation, which for now seems to be a maximum of five weeks, is subject to his progress.
Zaman complained about the injury during the white-ball leg of the ongoing New Zealand tour of the UAE. He is said to have picked up the injury while fielding in the second T20I against Australia. He – along with Shadab Khan, who suffered groin injury – was rested from the three-match Test series to fully recover from the injury. Initially, the two were expected to be back in the UAE from the third Test, which has now turned into a series decider, but Pakistan decided to retain the same 15-man lineup.
Zaman made his Test debut against Australia in Abu Dhabi in October and left a mark instantly. He scored 94 and 68 which paved the way for Pakistan’s 373-run win over the Aussies to clinch the two-match series 1-0.
Pakistan are also likely to be without Mohammad Abbas in South Africa after the right-arm pacer injured his shoulder while fielding during the second Test. Abbas has already been ruled out of the third Test against New Zealand which begins on Monday.
Pakistan will play three Tests, five ODIs, and three T20Is on their tour of South Africa which begins with a boxing-day Test.