Pakistan’s preparations for the second Test in Melbourne have been disrupted due to Khurram Shahzad’s injury. He complained of discomfort in his left side while bowling during the first Test and has been sent for an MRI scan. The results are expected on Thursday, but it is unlikely that he will participate in the second Test. Shahzad’s speed was slightly down in the second innings, but he still managed to take 3 wickets for 45 runs in 16 overs.
Shahzad, along with fellow debutant Aamer Jamal, was one of the few bright spots for Pakistan in an otherwise disappointing performance in the first Test. He took five wickets in the match and showed excellent control and movement through the air. However, his participation in the second Test is in doubt, adding to Pakistan’s growing bowling injury concerns.
Naseem Shah was already ruled out of the tour due to injury, while Abrar Ahmed missed the first Test and is also doubtful for the entire tour. His replacement, Noman Ali, also sustained a finger injury, and Sajid Khan, who was brought in as cover, is expected to play in the second Test.
If Shahzad is unable to play, Pakistan still has Hasan Ali and Mohammad Wasim Jnr in the squad for the second Test. The match is scheduled to start on December 26 in Melbourne, and Pakistan will have a two-day game against a Victorian XI side before the Test. This game will not be first-class, allowing Pakistan to give playing time to as many players as they need.