Abrar Ahmed out of first Test against Australia; Sajid Khan was called as backup
Pakistan vs Australia test: Before the first Test series match against the Australian cricket team, the Pakistan cricket team suffered a big shock. The team's star spinner Abrar Ahmed has been ruled out of the first Test match due to injury. Sajid Khan has been included in the Pakistan team as a replacement for Abrar.
Pakistan leg spinner Abrar Ahmed has been ruled out of the first Test match against Australia starting on December 14 in Perth. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that off-spinner Sajid Khan has been called as a backup at the request of the team management.
During a first-class match against the Prime Minister's XI at the Manuka Oval, Canberra, Abrar left the field of play due to severe pain around the knee of his right leg. He bowled 27 overs gave away 80 runs and dismissed Marcus Harris.
The medical team made an evaluation and a final diagnosis – justifying an MRI scan, which was performed the same day. The PCB said Abrar will undergo a test in Perth on Monday, followed by conservative rehabilitation under the supervision of the team medical staff, to continue his road to recovery.
He has not been ruled out of the Test series yet, but further assessment before the second Test will determine his availability on this tour, considering the player's well-being for this and future tours. The PCB said Sajid will travel to Perth after finalizing his travel arrangements.
The 25-year-old Abrar has played six Tests since making his debut against England in December last year, taking 38 wickets and is poised to become a key player for Pakistan in the Test matches in Australia. Pakistan's current Test team has one specialist spinner in the form of left-arm spinner Noman Ali, who has taken 47 wickets in 15 matches so far.