PESHAWAR, 20 December: Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the upcoming New Zealand tour starting next month due to a stress fracture of his right foot, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.
According to PCB’s medical panel, Junaid fractured his foot during the Bangladesh Premier League while playing for Khulna Titans. The PCB’s medical panel advised the pacer about six weeks rest.
The 27-year old pacer played a vital role in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph, claiming eight wickets in the tournament.
Junaid’s injury is the second blow to Pakistan after another left arm sensation, Usman Shinwari, who is already ruled out due to a stress fracture.
Media reports suggest that Khan’s injuries could pave way for young all-rounder Amir Yamin.
Pakistan’s five-ODI series against New Zealand will begin on January 6. The ODI series will be followed by three T20s, set to be played between January 22 and 28.
PCB is likely to set up training camp for the upcoming series on December 22 in Lahore. The squad is expected to be announced later this week.