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Pakistan's Asif to miss India Test series

cricket Updated: Nov 16, 2007 14:06 IST

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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif has failed to recover from an elbow injury and will miss the Test series in India, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Friday.

"He is still struggling with his elbow injury and is going to be sent to Australia for a complete check-up and rehabilitation process," chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed told Reuters on Friday.

"He will leave in a week's time and hopefully he will be fit before our next important series. Asif's absence from the Indian tour has been a setback for the team."

Pakistan and India play three test from Nov. 22.

Selectors have called up leg spinner Danish Kaneria, batsman Faisal Iqbal and fast bowler Mohammad Sami for the three tests.

They will replace Imran Nazir, Fawad Alam, Rao Iftikhar and allrounder Shahid Afridi who were in the one-day squad and are due to return home after the fifth game on Sunday in Jaipur.

India has an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series after winning the fourth match in Gwalior on Thursday.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)