Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is likely to miss the first Test against New Zealand, which begins in Hamilton on 7th January, following the death of his father.
Ajmal is set to return home after his father passed away on Tuesday in Lahore and is unlikely to return in time for the start of the series.
In his nine Test matches to date, he has taken 33 wickets while he has taken 44 wickets in 35 One-Day Internationals in addition to 41 wickets in 29 Twenty20 Internationals.
Pakistan began the tour with a 2-1 Twenty20 International series defeat and following the three-match Test series, they play six One-Day Internationals - the squad for which is yet to be named.
Earlier this week, Ajmal was also named in Pakistan's 30-man preliminary squad for the 2011 World Cup, which begins in February.
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