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.