Pakistan’s left-handed opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi due to a fractured finger.
Australia have landed in the United Arab Emirates for a short series against Pakistan that includes two Tests and three T20Is. The tour has started with the first Test between both nations in Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.
The opening Test has been turned out to be a historic one as the visitors are putting a tough fight after a severe batting collapse in first Innings. For the hosts, the match has added some positives to the side with the inclusion of Mohammad Hafeez and Bilal Asif.
The biggest plus for the hosts was the opening stand between Mohammad Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq which resulted in a big first innings total for Pakistan.
But the hosts will miss that opening duo as the left-handed opener Imam-ul-Haq has been ruled out of the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi due to a fractured finger.
Earlier in day 5, the opener left the field as he fractured his left hand’s fifth finger. It forced the opener to be out of the field in the remaining play on day 5. Later it was confirmed that the opener has undergone a fracture in his finger.
Even though his recovery period is yet to be informed, it’s been confirmed that he won’t be available for the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi which starts on 16th October.
Although the opener has faced many criticisms regarding his selection in the team, he is been able to prove his value as an opener with his recent performances. In Imam’s absence, Pakistan have two likely replacements – like-for-like uncapped opener Fakhar Zaman and middle-order batsman Usman Salahuddin.