Just when Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir was hoping to make a comeback to international cricket, a recurrent knee injury has kept him out of the upcoming tour of New Zealand. 24-year-old batsman Asad Shafiq will replace Tanvir in the Twenty20 series against the Kiwis, but no replacement for the subsequent Tests has been named yet.
"He is not fully fit, he tried hard in the camp, but he requires more time as he faces problems while fielding," the Pakistan team manager, Intikhab Alam, said. The squad is currently taking part in a preparatory camp in Lahore ahead of the tour.
The 26-year-old Tanvir first made his mark during the first World Twenty20 in 2007, surprising batsmen with his awkward wrong-footed delivery, but has been plagued with injury over the last two years. He contracted a back strain after the World Twenty20 in 2009, and was out of action for four months this year following surgery on a gammy knee.
The tour begins with three Twenty20s, starting on Dec26 in Auckland, followed by two Tests and six one-day internationals. Pakistan are yet to announced the squad for the one-dayers. The board also postponed the naming of the 30-man preliminary list for the World Cup
The World Cup probables have to be named by Dec 19. Three players - allrounder Shoaib Malik, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and legspinner Danish Kaneria - were excluded from the Test and Twenty20 squads for the New Zealand with the PCB refusing to clearance. Three other players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif - have been suspended by the ICC over charges of spot-fixing that arose during Pakistan's tour of England in August.