Sharjah (UAE), Nov 27: The second day's play in the third and final Test between Pakistan and New Zealand has been abandoned on news of the tragic death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes today.
The decision was taken by the officials of both Pakistan Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket after the news that 25-year-old Hughes died today, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match.
Play will now resume on Friday - to be considered as the second day's play - and both the cricket boards decided to extend the test match by one day. Pakistan scored a strong 281-3 with opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez unbeaten on 178 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq not out on 38.
Pakistan leads the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first test by 248 runs and forcing out a draw last week.