Pakistan spinner Noman Ali hurriedly admitted to the hospital and deemed unfit for the Test series in Australia.

Pakistan has been hit by a second withdrawal that ends the series, as spinner Noman Ali has developed appendicitis. Ali, who did not play in the first Test, will miss the rest of Pakistan’s series in Australia after having surgery in Melbourne on Saturday. “Noman Ali complained of sudden and severe abdominal pain yesterday, which resulted in emergency examinations and scans confirming a diagnosis of acute appendicitis,” said a statement from the Pakistan team. “After the surgery, he is stable and doing well. He will be discharged later on Saturday.”
This comes after fast bowler Khurram Shahzad was ruled out for the remaining matches of the Benaud-Qadir series. Shahzad, who made an impressive Test debut in Perth last week, suffered a stress fracture in his 10th rib and an abdominal muscle tear. Pakistan had already arrived in Australia with a weakened bowling line-up due to the long-term injury of quick Naseem Shah. Leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed missed the Perth Test due to discomfort in his right leg, while fast bowler Haris Rauf chose to play in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Stars instead of being part of Pakistan’s squad. This left Shaheen Afridi, the star fast bowler, with a heavy workload at the young age of 23.
While Pakistan will be forced to make changes to their bowling options, they may also consider making a change in the wicketkeeping position as they aim to level the series. Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan made a strong case for a recall to the Boxing Day Test with an impressive innings in a two-day practice match against Victoria. Rizwan scored a fluent 50 runs off 70 balls before retiring on day one of the match held at Junction Oval in St Kilda. Despite being a key player in white-ball cricket, Rizwan was surprisingly not selected for the first Test, with Pakistan opting for veteran Sarfaraz Ahmed behind the stumps. However, Ahmed struggled with the bat in the series opener and failed to make a significant impact with the gloves. Pakistan suffered a 360-run defeat in Perth, marking their 15th consecutive Test loss in Australia since their last victory in 1995 at the SCG.

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