The probabilities of Pakistan captain Babar Azam regaining health in time for the second Test against New Zealand have improved as he had a lengthy coaching session on the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.
A spokesperson for the nationwide group mentioned from Christchurch that Babar had a correct nets session with the opposite gamers ahead of the sport starting on Sunday.
“Yes he had nets today,” the spokesperson mentioned.
He made it clear that any resolution on whether or not Babar would play the second Test could be taken by the tour choice committee on the recommendation of the medical panel.
Babar has not performed on the tour as but on account of a fractured thumb sustained throughout a throwdown session in Queenstown final month.
Pakistan additionally misplaced opener Imam-ul-Haq for the tour with a fractured thumb whereas allrounder Shadab Khan was dominated out of the Test collection after main Pakistan within the T20 collection which they misplaced 1-2.
Shadab, fighting a thigh damage, has additionally been dominated out of the house collection against South Africa beginning later this month.
A supply near the Pakistan group in New Zealand mentioned that whereas Babar had began working towards, he was nonetheless a bit uncomfortable batting against the pink ball.
“He is still complaining about some pain in his thumb which he uses to grip the bat.”
The supply confided that the Pakistan group administration whereas eager to have Babar again for the second Test additionally don’t need to take a threat with Babar as they need him to be slot in time for the house collection against South Africa.
“He will only play if the team doctor says he is completely recovered from the fracture,” the supply mentioned.
Babar, who was named probably the most worthwhile participant of the 12 months and the white ball cricketer of the 12 months by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday of their annual awards, has been the group’s most constant batsman in all three codecs the previous 12 months.
The Pakistan group coach can also be contemplating shuffling the highest order after the continued failure of openers, Shan Masood and Abid Ali who fell for geese within the second innings of the primary Test on the Bay Oval.
Uncapped Imran Butt is being thought-about to make his debut in Christchurch.
Pakistan misplaced the primary Test after an enthralling closing day when New Zealand grabbed victory with simply 4 overs remaining within the match.