Mohammad Rizwan to lead Pakistan as Babar Azam ruled out of first Test

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The Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Monday that Mohammad Rizwan will be leading the Test side in the absence of Babar Azam. 

When Rizwan steps out for the toss on Saturday, he will become the Pakistan Cricket Team’s 33rd Test captain. 

Babar and top-order batsman Imam ul Haq have been ruled out of the first Test match against New Zealand due to injuries sustained during training sessions. Both players are being closely monitored by the team’s medical staff. The decision on whether they will be included in the playing 11 for the second Test match on January 3, 2020 would be made when the time comes. 

“Although it will be nearly two weeks to Babar’s injury when the first Test starts, it will be hard on him and the team to play him without any net sessions,” Misbah ul Haq was quoted as saying in a PCB press release.

“I remain confident and optimistic that other players will rise to the occasion in Mount Maunganui and use the opportunity to rise to the occasion,” he added.

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