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Injured Junaid Khan ruled out of New Zealand series

KARACHI: Pakistan will be without leading paceman, Junaid Khan for the series against New Zealand after he was advised to undergo another six weeks of rehabilitation following his knee injury.

The 24-year-old left armer, who has been Pakistan’s best fast bowler in recent months, had to return home from the United Arab Emirates earlier this month at the start of the series against Australia after sustaining a knee injury during a practice session.

“Junaid was examined by an orthopedic surgeon, Dr Waqar Farooqi. He was advised to continue with the existing protocol of rehabiliation with gradual increments over the next three weeks,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement on Friday.

“His MRI will be repeated after another six weeks to measure improvement.”

Pakistan had also lost another left arm paceman, Wahab Riaz, with a knee injury during the second one-day international against Australia last month and he also had to return home for rehabilitation at the national cricket academy.

The PCB reported that Wahab had shown “impressive” improvement.