England v Pakistan, 2nd npower Test, Edgbaston, 2nd day August 7, 2010

Gul sent for scan on hamstring

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Pakistan's problems were compounded on the second afternoon at Edgbaston as Umar Gul was sent for an MRI scan on a hamstring injury, and was ruled out of contention for the rest of the match - amid fears that he will be forced to miss the remaining two Tests at The Oval and Lord's as well.

Gul suffered the injury while running in to bowl the first ball of his fourth over of the day. He pulled up in his delivery stride and immediately turned to walk off the field, clutching his right leg, leaving the over to be bowled by Umar Amin.

"Gul has gone for an MRI, he has a torn hamstring," said Yawar Saeed, Pakistan's manager. "He will play no further part in this match."

"I haven't spoken to the doctor as yet," said Pakistan's captain, Salman Butt. "All that I know is that it is a hamstring problem. He wasn't available today and we still got seven or eight wickets. If we had held the chances that come our way we would have been pretty well off. But obviously he is a very important part of our bowling line-up and we wish he is okay quickly."

If the injury is as serious as feared, then Gul will be looking at an injury lay-off of two to four weeks, leaving him out of contention for the third Test at The Oval which starts on August 18, and a serious doubt for the series finale at Lord's on August 26.

With four wickets in the series to date at 31.50, in addition to a key role in the drawn two-match rubber against Australia last month, Gul has formed part of an incisive three-prong seam attack that has been Pakistan's redeeming feature on a difficult tour. However, the challenge of playing six Tests in the space of seven weeks was always likely to claim casualties among the squad's pacemen.

"It is very understandable because it is a lot of cricket," said Butt. "We've come straight to the World Cup [World Twenty20], gone to the Asia Cup, come over here, played a few side games. The day we arrived, the next day we played, and the next day we played. It's been a tough tour and the boys have done really well up to now.

If Gul is ruled out, then his likely replacement would be the 25-year-old left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz, who has played five ODIs and one Twenty20 international, but has yet to make his Test debut.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • on August 8, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    can he bat? We really need him, he can get a quick 50 and get the lead to about 130-140

  • on August 8, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    We need new captain !!! Ys back and possibly Y Hameed - I dont think Pakistan can still win because rest of the batsmen are very poor through out the series so far but hopefully then pakistan may be able to give some rest to the bowlers .... otherwise we may have few more injury.

  • on August 8, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    such a big big loss for pakistan. may b no one believe that but Gull has most runs in the series against the England. it mean our top orderbatsman is injurd. hahahaha

  • on August 8, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Fast bowlers are the only hope for this brittle Pakistani line-up... and if you make them play 6 tests in 7 weeks, you would kill them.

    Hope that Aamer and Asif are not injured anytime soon... otherwise the following couple of tests would also be wrapped up in 2-3 days.

  • on August 8, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Get Well soon Gul bhai. We love you so much

  • on August 8, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Damn, did we jst lose our best Batsmen???

  • on August 8, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    i think with Gul pakistan has lost their post consistent BATSMAN! (consistent accordin to pk battin standards)

  • VipulPatki on August 8, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Where is Sohail Tanveer?

  • HabeebRaja786 on August 8, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    @Wahab I think you are mistaken, Wahab is younger at age of 25 and Tanvir is 31 years.I reckon Mohammed Irfan should be given a chance as he has been rated very high by Waseem Akram.

  • on August 8, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    The Pakistan batsmen are not allowing these three bowlers to take proper rest. They bowled a lot in these 4 test and Waqar younis was already saying that the way our fast bowlers are being used there is a chance of injury coz danish kaneria was not bowling at his best.

  • on August 8, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    can he bat? We really need him, he can get a quick 50 and get the lead to about 130-140

  • on August 8, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    We need new captain !!! Ys back and possibly Y Hameed - I dont think Pakistan can still win because rest of the batsmen are very poor through out the series so far but hopefully then pakistan may be able to give some rest to the bowlers .... otherwise we may have few more injury.

  • on August 8, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    such a big big loss for pakistan. may b no one believe that but Gull has most runs in the series against the England. it mean our top orderbatsman is injurd. hahahaha

  • on August 8, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Fast bowlers are the only hope for this brittle Pakistani line-up... and if you make them play 6 tests in 7 weeks, you would kill them.

    Hope that Aamer and Asif are not injured anytime soon... otherwise the following couple of tests would also be wrapped up in 2-3 days.

  • on August 8, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Get Well soon Gul bhai. We love you so much

  • on August 8, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Damn, did we jst lose our best Batsmen???

  • on August 8, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    i think with Gul pakistan has lost their post consistent BATSMAN! (consistent accordin to pk battin standards)

  • VipulPatki on August 8, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Where is Sohail Tanveer?

  • HabeebRaja786 on August 8, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    @Wahab I think you are mistaken, Wahab is younger at age of 25 and Tanvir is 31 years.I reckon Mohammed Irfan should be given a chance as he has been rated very high by Waseem Akram.

  • on August 8, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    The Pakistan batsmen are not allowing these three bowlers to take proper rest. They bowled a lot in these 4 test and Waqar younis was already saying that the way our fast bowlers are being used there is a chance of injury coz danish kaneria was not bowling at his best.

  • SamiSaayer on August 8, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    with gul injured, and the next test in oval, wont it be interesting to play 2 spinners? may be it can turn th table around for kaneria as well. englishmen, barring collingwood, are not that effective on spinners. they might be able to hunt in pair.

  • smalishah84 on August 8, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Oh no.........May Allah Pak grant Umar good health soon...........Our best batsman of the series is out of the side.............now where will we get such a good batsman from???

  • Wasif_Minhas on August 7, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Well into 32nd year, he certainly is not young probably older than most the men in playing eleven :) but his performances in the Quaid e Azam trophy this year was too good and he has handful of first class experience so he might prove a right replacement for Gul

  • Wasif_Minhas on August 7, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Young seamer Tanveer Ahmed should be given a chance instead.

  • on August 7, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Pakistani bowling like English and Aussies is a never ending factory of quality guys...Gul will be replaced by someone else it is their batting that looks like silly

  • on August 7, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Its a blessing in disguise if you ask me, Gul wasn't able to bowl to the right test match temperament at all, his repeated failures were shadowed by Amir and Asif's immense success, hence were often over-looked. Now that Ajmal's thankfully on a roll in the spinner's slot, lets hope Gul's replacement meets upto the task. If they had only added Sami or some other promising bowler in the squad, sigh, but the PCB doesn't reward based on merit unfortunately.

  • pakistanzin on August 7, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Noo the 3rd best bowler is gone

  • on August 7, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    three test matches in such quick succession, something was always going to happen to one of the bowlers. Why Wahab Riaz? Its not like he has been very impressive in first class cricket. Why not someone like Kashif Raza and what are they waiting for before they give Mohammad Irfan a go?

  • khurramsch on August 7, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Poor Gul. 6 tests in tight schedule is always difficult. and it is more difficult for Gul, amir & asif when u bat for this short period of time & these bowlers have to bowl 20 overs in each inings. fielders does not support them. in 1st inings day 1 fileders droped 5 catches. allowing J Trot & Kev P 100+ more runs & england total 251. realy pity for these bowlers. whats the point for these bowlers to work this hard when fielding & bating does not help.

  • sharprider on August 7, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Tremendous blow from PAKISTAN's point of view, yet it may come as a blessing in disguise because one of the other pacemen can be given a chance. Even though it's hard to replace someone like Umar Gul, the likelihood of an unknown quantity viz. Wahab Riaz, or if there's room for a spinner in the side, maybe Raza Hassan succeeding against England. Who knows! It might allow the surprise element to be injected into a bowling side which is becoming too familiar for the hosts now. A clear example is that of Saeed Ajmal who is on a roll in the English innings after having replaced Danish Kaneria as the solitary specialist spinner for the Edgbaston Test.

  • tksami on August 7, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    6 tests within 7 weeks what was the management thinking. But look at the bright side, a chance for Riaz Wahab. Story of Pakistan here is the silver lining in the dark clouds.

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  • tksami on August 7, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    6 tests within 7 weeks what was the management thinking. But look at the bright side, a chance for Riaz Wahab. Story of Pakistan here is the silver lining in the dark clouds.

  • sharprider on August 7, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Tremendous blow from PAKISTAN's point of view, yet it may come as a blessing in disguise because one of the other pacemen can be given a chance. Even though it's hard to replace someone like Umar Gul, the likelihood of an unknown quantity viz. Wahab Riaz, or if there's room for a spinner in the side, maybe Raza Hassan succeeding against England. Who knows! It might allow the surprise element to be injected into a bowling side which is becoming too familiar for the hosts now. A clear example is that of Saeed Ajmal who is on a roll in the English innings after having replaced Danish Kaneria as the solitary specialist spinner for the Edgbaston Test.

  • khurramsch on August 7, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Poor Gul. 6 tests in tight schedule is always difficult. and it is more difficult for Gul, amir & asif when u bat for this short period of time & these bowlers have to bowl 20 overs in each inings. fielders does not support them. in 1st inings day 1 fileders droped 5 catches. allowing J Trot & Kev P 100+ more runs & england total 251. realy pity for these bowlers. whats the point for these bowlers to work this hard when fielding & bating does not help.

  • on August 7, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    three test matches in such quick succession, something was always going to happen to one of the bowlers. Why Wahab Riaz? Its not like he has been very impressive in first class cricket. Why not someone like Kashif Raza and what are they waiting for before they give Mohammad Irfan a go?

  • pakistanzin on August 7, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Noo the 3rd best bowler is gone

  • on August 7, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Its a blessing in disguise if you ask me, Gul wasn't able to bowl to the right test match temperament at all, his repeated failures were shadowed by Amir and Asif's immense success, hence were often over-looked. Now that Ajmal's thankfully on a roll in the spinner's slot, lets hope Gul's replacement meets upto the task. If they had only added Sami or some other promising bowler in the squad, sigh, but the PCB doesn't reward based on merit unfortunately.

  • on August 7, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Pakistani bowling like English and Aussies is a never ending factory of quality guys...Gul will be replaced by someone else it is their batting that looks like silly

  • Wasif_Minhas on August 7, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Young seamer Tanveer Ahmed should be given a chance instead.

  • Wasif_Minhas on August 7, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Well into 32nd year, he certainly is not young probably older than most the men in playing eleven :) but his performances in the Quaid e Azam trophy this year was too good and he has handful of first class experience so he might prove a right replacement for Gul

  • smalishah84 on August 8, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Oh no.........May Allah Pak grant Umar good health soon...........Our best batsman of the series is out of the side.............now where will we get such a good batsman from???