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Fakhar Zaman ruled out of first Test against South Africa

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DUBAI: A knee injury has ruled out batsman Fakhar Zaman from the first Test between ‎Pakistan and South Africa in Centurion starting on December 26.‎

Zaman had complained to the physiotherapist about pain in his right knee after running out Australia’s ‎Ben McDermott in the second Twenty20 International. He went on to play five more matches with the ‎injury before deciding to take time off for rehabilitation.‎

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated that the left-arm opening batsman will be out of action for ‎three to five months. He was dropped from the squad for the ongoing three-match Test series against ‎New Zealand.‎

Fakhar scored back to back half centuries on his Test debut in October. Pakistan went on to beat ‎Australia by 373 runs.‎

The batsman will join the National Cricket Academy in Lahore for his rehabilitation. Pakistan will play ‎three Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.‎

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