Hafeez out of Australia T20, ODIs through injury

Published: October 4, 2014
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI: Pakistan’s preparations for the series against Australia received a big jolt ahead of their one-off Twenty20 match on Sunday when all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez was ruled out after injuring his left hand during a practice game.

The all-rounder split the webbing between the thumb and index finger of his left hand during a practice game on Friday evening in Sharjah.

Team manager Moin Khan confirmed Hafeez’s unavailability. “Unfortunately Hafeez is out of the limited-overs series (ODIs and T20).”

Moin added that the U19 opener Sami Aslam and veteran spinner Zulfiqar Babar have been asked to stay back. Aslam will make his debut in the ODIs, while Babar might also feature in the 50-over format.

“Hafeez has played a key role and losing him is disappointing. But you can’t underestimate youngsters and I am very confident,” said Shahid Afridi.

“Both teams are balanced and a good game is likely to take place tomorrow” Afridi added.

The first of the three ODIs is to be played in Sharjah on October 7, followed by games in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on October 10 and October 12 respectively.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Bong
    Oct 4, 2014 - 2:16PM

    Its a yahoodi, Indian, Raw and BCCI conspiracy!

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  • Proactive
    Oct 4, 2014 - 2:39PM

    Injuries do occur at the right time sometimes.

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  • Haider
    Oct 4, 2014 - 5:17PM

    Huge setback in bowling department both Ajmal and Hafeez out….Afridi show your magic this time and lead the team in bowling department.. Irfan and Junaid can be handy too

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  • Khan
    Oct 4, 2014 - 7:44PM

    Without Hafeez in the ODI team, things will be a bit difficult for Pakistan. However, this could be a good opportunity to try out a youngster or two. Saad Nasim can easily replace Hafeez in the one-off T20.

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