The 28-year-old injured himself while attempting to stop the ball during the second Test, which Pakistan won by an innings and 16 runs against New Zealand in Dubai. However, he played through the remainder of the Test with painkillers. But a shoulder scan on Thursday has indicated signs that the injury could be much worse than initially assumed.
Abbas has been the architect behind Pakistan’s winning matches, at their adopted home and around the world, in the West Indies, Ireland and England. He has risen rapidly in the ICC Rankings through his phenomenal performances since his debut last month, he also became the first Pakistan bowler in 12 years to finish with a 10-wicket haul in a Test. He finished with 17 wickets in the two-match Test series against Australia prior to New Zealand’s arrival.
But his wicket-taking prowess has reduced in the last couple of Tests, going wicketless in the second Test and the second innings of the first Test this series.
However, his injury is likely to lead to Shaheen Shah Afridi's Test debut, who was a part of the initial 15-member squad for the first two Tests.
The left-arm pacer has been in good form with in the limited overs format. In the three-match ODI series prior, the 18-year-old pacer picked up the player of the series award for his nine wickets in the three fixtures.
Afridi also was a part of the Pakistan 'A' side that faced the England Lions in a four-day match and finished the game with three for 50 and four for 80.
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First Published: November 29, 2018, 2:05 PM IST