Pakistan retain same squad for last two Tests

Shehzad suffered a minor skull fracture after being hit on the side of the head

Shehzad suffered a minor skull fracture after being hit on the side of the head

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Aside from opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad, Pakistan have retained the same squad for the last two Tests against New Zealand.

Shehzad has been ruled out of the series after sustaining a minor skull fracture when he was hit on the side of the head by a bouncer from New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Shehzad has returned to Pakistan and has been advised to rest for four to six weeks.

However, he is raring to step back on the field again after having scored a career-best 176 against New Zealand in the first Test.

“It’s a routine thing in cricketer’s life and I am recovering well,” Shehzad said. “My form will remain intact and I will surely carry it on my return soon.

“Cricket is not for a chicken hearted player you have to brave enough for it. If you are doing something for your country, these kind of niggles are nothing.”

Due to the success the team has enjoyed against Australia and New Zealand, Pakistan team manager Moin Khan stated that there was no need to make any changes to the side.

“The change has been forced on us owing to head injury to opener Ahmed Shehzad,” Khan said. “Pakistan is keen and confident of maintaining its winning sequence in the remaining two Tests as well.”

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