Injured Shadab, Abbas ruled out of first South Africa Test


LAHORE: After assessing both leg-spinner Shadab Khan and fast bowler Mohammad Abbas, the Pakistan team management has agreed that the two are not fit for the first Test match against South Africa that begins on December 26 in Centurion, said a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) press release.

It added that both Shadab and Abbas have made great progress recently and are improving every day.

However, they will continue with their current Rehabilitation Program as well as their return to play programme.

“If all goes according to plan, the team management is positive that both will be available for selection for the second Test in Cape Town that begins on January 3,” it concluded.

Pakistan play their first Test against South Africa on Dec 26 in Centurion. The board is yet to provide the final lineup but it is now certain that Abbas and Shadab will not be part of the playing eleven.