Pakistan is battling injuries, including a knee problem to senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez that has him unlikely to play the Black Caps in the key Twenty20 World Cup match.
New Zealand play Pakistan in Mohali today with a victory putting the Kiwis into the semifinals after winning their two opening matches against powerhouses India and Australia.
Pakistan also have concerns over pace bowler Wahib Riaz after he was hit in the head by a ball at training.
The Pakistan team doctor Sohail Saleem said Hafeez’s injury emerged in Kolkata a couple of days ago, following the loss to India where he scored 5 not out following his 64 against Bangladesh.
Riaz was being kept under supervision of the team doctor and physio overnight in his hotel room.
Riaz played in both the two World Cup matches to date, going wicket-less against Bangladesh and taking 1-16 against India.