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Pakistan Women’s team suffers major setbacks on New Zealand tour

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Pakistan Women’s team on Tuesday, suffered two major setbacks as their all-format captain Nida Dar and right-arm pacer Diana Baig sustained injuries amid their ongoing white-ball tour of New Zealand.

“Pakistan captain Nida Dar was taken off the field after being struck on her face while bowling in the 44th over of the New Zealand innings in the first ODI at John Davies Oval in Queenstown,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement.

“After assessing Nida’s condition, the team physio has determined that Nida will not take any further part in today’s ODI,” the statement added.

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Right-handed batter Sadaf Shams came in as Dar’s replacement while pacer Fatima Sana served as the stand-in captain.

Ahead of the first ODI of the three-match series against New Zealand, right-arm fast bowler Diana Baig suffered a blow to the index finger of her bowling arm, which consequently ruled her out of the rest of the series.

“Right-arm fast bowler Diana Baig has been ruled out of the ODI series against New Zealand women due to a finger injury,” shared PCB.

“28-year-old Diana, while fielding in a practice session, suffered an injury to the index finger of her bowling arm. Immediately after the incident, she was taken to a local hospital for a thorough examination, including an X-ray.

“The medical reports have confirmed a horizontal fracture in Diana Baig’s index finger, making her unavailable for the ODI series against the White Ferns.

“The PCB medical team is closely monitoring her condition, and she will undergo further assessments to determine the extent of the injury and the necessary course of action for her recovery.”

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