Junaid Khan To Miss New Zealand Tests
Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan faces another six weeks on the sidelines recovering from a knee injury that will rule him out of at least the Test series against New Zealand.
He suffered a knee injury ahead of the One-Day International series, and was ruled out of the ODIs and two Tests against Australia.
After further scans and rehabilitation, he has been advised to gradually step up his recovery process for the next three weeks and have another scan in six weeks.
New Zealand play three Tests against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates between 9th and 30th November.
They then play two Twenty20 Internationals and five ODIs with the final game on 19th December, which would likely come too soon for Junaid to make a comeback.
While he will remain on the sidelines for longer than was first thought, the news on fellow left-arm quick Wahab Riaz is more positive, however.
He also missed the Test series with a knee problem but is already stepping up his recovery with a view to playing first-class cricket in early November.
His return would be a welcome boost for Pakistan, although in the absence of experienced bowlers including the banned Saeed Ajmal, they still managed to beat Australia by 221 runs in Dubai.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar and pacers Imran Khan and Rahat Ali dismissed Australia for 303 and 216 to hand their side a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
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