Misbah set to miss second Test

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Pakistan are likely to be without skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for the second Test against New Zealand, as he is returning home for a family emergency.

Misbah’s father-in-law is critically ill in the ICU, and the skipper will fly home now that the Christchurch Test is over.

Misbah did not field much on day four, having heard that his father-in-law had been rushed to hospital, and he and his family will depart New Zealand on Sunday.

He’s not likely to make it back in time for the Hamilton Test, which starts on 25 November, and it will be only his second missed Test since taking the captaincy in 2010.

Batsman Azhar Ali, who will lead the side in Misbah’s absence, said: “Misbah’s been exceptional throughout the years and we’ll miss him definitely.

“We have to cope with that now and whoever comes into the side will take that opportunity and give us runs, as well as the stability he gives us in the middle.”

The Black Caps won the first Test by eight wickets.

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