Pakistan pacer Mohammad Abbas is likely to miss the third Test against New Zealand next week, and is possibly out of the Pakistan’s tour to South Africa next month.
The 28-year-old injured himself while attempting to stop the ball during the second Test, which Pakistan won by an innings and 16 runs against New Zealand in Dubai. However, he played through the remainder of the Test with painkillers. But a shoulder scan on Thursday has indicated signs that the injury could be much worse than initially assumed.
Abbas has been the architect behind Pakistan’s winning matches, at their adopted home and around the world, in the West Indies, Ireland and England. He has risen rapidly in the ICC Rankings through his phenomenal performances since his debut last month, he also became the first Pakistan bowler in 12 years to finish with a 10-wicket haul in a Test. He finished with 17 wickets in the two-match Test series against Australia prior to New Zealand’s arrival.