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Pakistan batsman Shoaib Maqsood has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI and Twenty20 series against New Zealand after fracturing his wrist while representing Pakistan A last month.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed that Maqsood will be out of action for three weeks since he fractured his wrist bone and tore a ligament.
“Sohaib Maqsood has been advised three weeks of relative rest after diagnostic investigations confirmed the initial suspicion of wrist bone fracture and a small tear in one of the ligaments of wrist,” the PCB said in a press release. “Sohaib injured his wrist while playing for Pakistan ‘A’ against UAE last month. This injury will put him out of contention for selection in the T20I and ODI series against New Zealand.”
The PCB also provided an update on opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad, who was ruled out of the ongoing three-Test series after suffering a minor skull fracture during the first Test in Abu Dhabi.
Shehzad can start doing physical workouts from next week, but he has also been advised to avoid contact sports for six weeks.
“Presently he has mild tenderness over the fracture site,” the PCB said. “Also his mouth opening has improved considerably from the previously limited state.
“He does not have any limitation of lateral excursion movement of lower jaw, which is expected following this injury. On inspection, there is no obvious asymmetry although there is mild swelling.
“It has been decided that he will be treated conservatively for this injury as surgery is required only for cosmetic reasons in such cases. A review has been planned on Monday. He has been advised to avoid contact sports for a period of six weeks but he can start his physical workout from next week.”