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Abrar Ahmed Undergoes MRI Scan After Leg Injury in Practice Match

Leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed faces an uncertain future after he suffered a leg injury during the ongoing four-day tour match against Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra. The 25-year-old was taken off the field after bowling eight overs on the third day of the game and underwent an MRI scan to assess the extent of the damage.

According to a statement by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the medical panel will evaluate the MRI reports and provide further details in due course. Abrar has been a key performer for Pakistan in the warm-up game, taking four wickets in the first innings and bowling a total of 27 overs so far.

The injury comes as a major blow for Pakistan, who are already missing their pace spearhead right-arm pacers Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf for the three-match Test series against Australia starting from December 14. Rauf pulled out of the selection citing a lack of match fitness, which angered the PCB officials including Chief Selector Wahab Riaz and Team Director Muhammad Hafeez.

Pakistan are hoping to end their dismal record in Australia, where they have not won a Test series since 1995. They have lost their last 14 Tests Down Under and face a formidable challenge against the hosts, who are coming off a convincing series win over England.

Pakistan have a relatively inexperienced squad for the Test series, with only six players having played a Test in Australia before. Abrar, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2021, was expected to play a vital role as the lone specialist spinner in the squad.

Pakistan will hope that Abrar Ahmed recovers in time for the Test series, as they will need their spin options to counter the Australian batsmen on the bouncy and pace-friendly pitches. The first Test will be played at the Perth Stadium, followed by the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the New Year’s Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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