Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia after suffering a fractured finger while fielding on Thursday (October 11), Pakistan Cricket Board announced.
The southpaw fractured his left hand’s fifth finger and left the field on the final day of the first Test in Dubai. The recovery period is yet to be announced but he won’t be available to play in the Abu Dhabi Test, which begins on October 16.
Despite copping a lot of criticism, Imam has impressed in his short international career so far. While his Test numbers might not inflate his reputation big time, he has played crucial hands, which includes a fighting half-century on debut against Ireland. Even in the first Test against Australia, he got off to starts in both innings with scores of 76 and 48.
In Imam’s absence, Pakistan have two likely replacements – like-for-like uncapped opener Fakhar Zaman and middle-order batsman Usman Salahuddin. While Zaman has upped his claims with strong performances in limited-overs, Salahuddin had registered scores of 33 and 4 in the only Test he has played, against England in Leeds.
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