Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas has been ruled out of the third and deciding Test against New Zealand, starting in Abu Dhabi on Monday, due to an shoulder injury.
Abbas injured his right shoulder diving in the field during the Pakistan’s victory in the second Test in Dubai.
The 28-year-old Abbas was sent for a scan and then ruled out for the Test against the Black Caps although it is thought that the injury is not a long-term one.
Pakistan have a Test series in South Africa starting next month and they will need Abbas fit and firing ahead of the first Test that starts on Boxing Day.
In terms of the next Test against New Zealand, Abbas’ injury could open the door for 18-year-old paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi to make his debut in the longest format.
The series is currently locked at 1-1 going into the decider after the Black Caps won the first game by four runs before Pakistan bounced back to win the second match by an innings and 16 runs.