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Azam Khan ruled out of New Zealand T20I series

Wicketkeeper-batter report to NCA for rehabilitation process
Photo via PCB/File
Photo via PCB/File

Wicketkeeper-batter Azam Khan was ruled out of the home series of five T20Is against New Zealand after the medical board advised him to undergo a 10-day rest following radiology reports confirming a Grade One tear of his right calf muscle, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Saturday.

“Consequently, Azam will be unable to participate in the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand, which culminates in Lahore on April 27,” the board said in a statement.

Grade 1 is mild damage to individual muscle fibres (less than 5% of fibres) that causes minimal loss of strength and motion, according to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, US.

The discomfort in the right-hand batter’s right calf was first noticed during batting practice in the pre-first T20I training session at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

He would depart from the Pakistan men’s cricket team and report to the National Cricket Academy, where he would commence his rehabilitation process under the supervision of the PCB medical panel.

Azam was among 29 elite cricketers who attended the pre-season camp at the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul from March 26 to April 6, with the training and drills designed by army experts and strategists.

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