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Razzaq out of first Test against Eng

The allrounder has been ruled out due to elbow problem but the PCB hopes that he would be fit for the remainder of the series.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2005 19:00 IST

All-rounder Abdul Razzaq has been ruled out for the the first Test against England but the Pakistan Cricket Board hopes that he would be fit for the remainder of the series.

Razzaq, who has been diagnosed with an elbow problem, was declared unavailable for the Multan Test starting November 12 as he had been advised rest for 10 days.

"It is not correct to say at this stage that he is out of the series," PCB Director (Cricket Operations) Saleem Altaf said.

"The factual position is that the Board's orthopaedic consultant has recommended him to take 10 days' rest and treatment after which he can start training and bowling. He will be examined again after 10 days and only then will we know if he is available to play in the remaining matches of the series," he added.

The elbow injury has been bothering the all-rounder for a while now and comes as a blow to the Pakistan team which faces a tough series against Michael Vaughan's side which is upbeat after its recent Ashes success.

First Published: Nov 04, 2005 19:00 IST