Injured Haider ruled out of remainder of England tour
Pakistan's reserve wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against England after the doctors have advised him three weeks rest to recover from a finger injury which he sustained during the second match.cricket Updated: Aug 17, 2010 01:16 IST
Pakistan's reserve wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against England after the doctors have advised him three weeks rest to recover from a finger injury which he sustained during the second match.
The Pakistan Cricket Board said that Haider would return home from England, where he made his Test debut last week in the second match at Edgbaston.
"Zulqarnain had sustained a hairline fracture on his finger while playing in the second Test on the ongoing tour of England. The tour management has not requested for a replacement as yet," PCB said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, Zulqarnain has ruled himself out of the third Test against England starting Wednesday at The Oval due to the injury.
Haider told the Geo super television channel that he would not be playing the third Test on medical advice but insisted he was not out of the tour.
"The physiotherapist examined me today and gave me ten days for the injury to heal. But I will be seeing a specialist on Wednesday after which I will know if I can be available for the fourth Test," he said.
The young wicket-keeper batsman scored a fighting 88 in the second innings of the second Test against England at the Edgbaston after the tour selection committee decided to drop out-of-form Kamran Akmal from the playing eleven.
"It is a big disappointment that this injury has come at this time but I don't want to risk playing with it in the third Test as it could only get worse. I don't want to be out for a long time from the game," Haider said.
Kamran is certain to make a return to the playing eleven after sitting out in the second game of the series. Pakistan is also expected to make three other changes in the team with pace bowlers, Tanvir Ahmed or Wahab Riaz set to make their Test debut at The Oval in place of Umar Gul, who has been ruled out of the series due to an hamstring injury.
Sources have confirmed that former captain Mohammad Yousuf and Yasir Hameed will also be included in the third Test team.
"Yousuf will replace Umar Amin while Yasir will come in place of either Shoaib Malik or Imran Farhat," one source in the team said.
He said if Farhat was dropped then the tour selectors would open the innings with Salman Butt and Azhar Ali, who has batted at the number three spot in all four matches he has played in England so far.
"Yousuf is certain to replace Umar Amin who has not impressed despite being given a long run in the Asia Cup and in four successive Tests against Australia and England," the source said.
In contrast, the buoyant England side have named an unchanged eleven for the third Test, which they need to win to wrap up the series.