Inzy, Malik ruled out of second Test
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Inzy, Malik ruled out of second Test

Malik has left for his hometown to be with his ailing father, while Inzamam will not field due to back problem.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 16:15 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Pakistani opener Shoaib Malik has been ruled out of the ongoing second Test against India here while captain Inzamam-ul-Haq will not field in the match due to back problems, the team manager said on Monday.

Team manager Muhammed Ahmed said Malik left for his hometown Sialkot to be with his ailing father, while Inzamam's recurring back problem would not allow him to field during India's innings.

"Malik will not be available for this match any more as he left for homeSunday evening to be with his ailing father, who is suffering from Hepatitis C and also has prostate cancer," Ahmed said on Monday.

On Inzamam, who scored his 25th century on the second day of the Test Sunday, he said: "Inzamam will not be fielding in this match due to a back problem."

Inzamam, who has been advised six days' rest, did not take the field onSunday when India began its reply to Pakistani first innings' 588, and vice-captain Younis Khan led the team in his absence.

"We have sent his medical report to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Now they will take a decision on his injury," Ahmed said.

The manager, however, said Inzamam was likely to play in the third and final Test beginning in Karachi Jan 29 - exactly seven days from now.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 14:13 IST