Blackcaps v Pakistan: Pakistan captain Babar Azam ruled out of second test

Pakistan will be without their captain Babar Azam for the second Test against the Blackcaps on Sunday at Hagley Oval.

With the loss of the world No.5 test batsman, Mohammad Rizwan will continue to lead the side as he did in the opening test which they lost by 101 in Mount Maunganui.

Babar had a full-fledge training session on Friday but felt slight pain in his thumb following training, with team management opting against taking any risk. 

Babar had to sit out the three-T20I series and the first test, at Mount Maunganui, after he fractured his right thumb during a net session in the lead-up to the white-ball series in Queenstown. 

“We have seen improvement in Babar Azam's injury but he is yet to fully recover," team doctor Dr Sohail Saleem. "He is our captain and the most important batsman in the lineup, so we do not want to take any risk."

“The medical team is constantly reviewing his injury and we are hopeful he will be available for the home series against South Africa.”

Pakistan squad for the second Test against New Zealand: 

Mohammad Rizwan (c), Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah and Zafar Gohar