Reason for withdrawal:
he Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has been ruled out of the New Zealand tour just before their departure. He seems to be developing Covid 19 symptoms. He had fever and couldn’t recover in time of departure.
“Fakhar’s Covid test report was received on Saturday which came out negative but today he picked up fever. As soon as his condition was reported, he was isolated from the rest of the squad in the team hotel. We are constantly monitoring his condition and remain hopeful of his quick recovery; however he is not fit to travel with the squad and as such has been withdrawn from the touring party,” Pakistan team doctor Sohail Saleem said.
Impact on Pakistan squad:
This is not a huge concern for the team in terms of performance as Fakhar’s recent from in the short format has not been acceptable.
he has scored more than 25 runs in an innings only once for more than two years.
Pakistan’s plan B:
Pakistan will not name a replacement for Zaman. Abdullah Shafique and Haider Ali, both of whom batted in the top order at some point during the T20I series against Zimbabwe, are likely to be frontrunners to partner captain Babar Azam at the top.