Worcestershire v Pakistanis, New Road, 2nd day August 14, 2010

Zulqarnain Haider suffers fractured finger

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Zulqarnain Haider is in danger of missing the remainder of the Test series due to a finger injury that could have been aggravated when Stuart Broad hurled a ball back at him in frustration during the second Test at Edgbaston. Haider is scheduled to meet a finger specialist when the team reaches London on Sunday and the team management will take a call - whether to send him back or retain him - based on the diagnosis.

"He picked up a hairline fracture to his little finger. We don't know yet if he will stay but we will wait to hear from the specialist," Yawar Saeed, Pakistan's manager told Cricinfo.

It is believed that Haider started experiencing pain after being hit on his hand by Broad. Having stopped the ball in his follow through, Broad had thrown the ball back at Haider, who raised his hand to shield himself but was hit on the little finger. The incident happened on the third day of the Edgbaston Test during the second session when Haider and Mohammad Amir were involved in an inspired stonewalling effort. Broad, who admitted his fault, was fined half his match fee by Ranjan Madugalle, the ICC match referee.

Haider, on the verge of earning the unwanted honour of getting a king pair on debut, went on to make a resolute 88 which injected some steel into an otherwise deflated Pakistan batting. He had first hurt his little finger at a practice session at Leeds during the Australia series, and the pain resurfaced on the eve of the second day of the tour game against Worcestershire at New Road. Another team source told Cricinfo that Haider is all but set to return home soon. "The doctor has said that he [Haider] will take one month to heal with or without operation. So he is bound to be out of the series," the official said.

Haider complained of pain and subsequent X-rays at a local hospital in Worcester revealed a minor fracture to the bone in the finger, a step up from what was initially a minor injury. Haider was drafted into the team on the eve of the Edgbaston Test after the Pakistan team management felt their first-choice keeper Kamran Akmal needed to rest and sort out the mistakes he was committing with regularity. Akmal was struck on his right eye during practice on Friday and was holding an ice pack but is under no threat of missing out if called.

Haider gained fair points for his technical skills behind the stumps even if he failed to latch on to a couple of chances in the second innings.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on August 16, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Sahil Rdx: What politics are you referring to? Zulqarnain is injured and Kamran Akmal is the only other wicket keeper on tour so he will get the chance. There is no political conspiracy here. Unless you think Kamran Akmal had something to do with his finger injury.

  • on August 16, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Afridi: All the things you have mentioned are ILLEGAL. What Stuart Broad did was simply not in the spirit of the game. Unless by hitting Zulqarnain Stuart Broad was trying to alter the state of the ball. But that's more Pakistan's bag.

  • mohsin11 on August 16, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    again politics........PCB vil destroy his career.............:(

  • on August 16, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    @Fawad Tariq Yes I see there would be like a year ban 5 match fine and some other person who is not ready to enter the test arena to be there.

  • Rocky_Rockstar on August 16, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Haha what a horribly paranoid post from Faisal! Where the hell have we been endorsing Broad's behaviour?! I think you just need to accept the fact we're better than you & get over it.

  • on August 16, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Poor sportsmanship from Broad, although I can't understand why haider was trying to get under england's skin, it's the bowlers job to keep barking at the batsman, not the other way around, but good fun to see England getting frustrated so quickly, haider was lucky he didn't get out the second ball of his innings in the 2nd innings could have proved an end of a career I suppose???

    Anyhow, England need to toughen up mentally if they are to win the ashes AGAIN looks highly unlikely, a 5-0 crushing on it's way, and a few england heads WILL ROLL haha

    Cheers

  • on August 16, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    A bit of smell of controversy here i believe, haider already had a fair debut and will get chances in the future, BUT this looks like kamran has played some political stunt to keep haider off for the next two tests, player power to the core. I wonder how umar akmal felt when his brother was dropped in the test even though they both played dreadfull tests.

    Akmal brothers have powerful backing, that's why day in and day out they are given chances (especially kamran) to play when talented players are left out, I hope sarfraz is called up even though its unlikely that would happen.

    Haider well done, I hope to seeing you score some more runs, good luck.

  • TheSmudge on August 16, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    I'm not going to defend Stuart Broad- his attitude and actions do him no credit and he needs slapping down, but this coming to light a week later that it was the Broad incident which aggravated the injury is just nonsense. Haida gripped a bat and had fast bowlers hurl (legal) balls at him for several hours too. Also, reading the comments on the incident, you would have thought that Broad had go away with a pat on the head and all the English think what he did was fine. He was actually found guilty of the offense and villified in the press. The % of match fee penalty may seem inadequate but it was the penalty in the framework of the rules. The implication that if it had been a Pakistani bowler he would have been banned for life by an England-Australia cabal is ridiculous.

  • on August 16, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    @sam: worry about ur game today......

  • on August 16, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    @Sam Rimmington: You know what I find funny? You guys talk real tough when you are winning but you cry like little girls when you lose. Broad's throwing seems perfectly legal to you but when Afridi does a bit of a side step on the pitch or when Shoaib bowls a couple of beamers to Threscothick or Waqar hits a few poms on the head with beamers you all start running to the officials.

  • on August 16, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Sahil Rdx: What politics are you referring to? Zulqarnain is injured and Kamran Akmal is the only other wicket keeper on tour so he will get the chance. There is no political conspiracy here. Unless you think Kamran Akmal had something to do with his finger injury.

  • on August 16, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Afridi: All the things you have mentioned are ILLEGAL. What Stuart Broad did was simply not in the spirit of the game. Unless by hitting Zulqarnain Stuart Broad was trying to alter the state of the ball. But that's more Pakistan's bag.

  • mohsin11 on August 16, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    again politics........PCB vil destroy his career.............:(

  • on August 16, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    @Fawad Tariq Yes I see there would be like a year ban 5 match fine and some other person who is not ready to enter the test arena to be there.

  • Rocky_Rockstar on August 16, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Haha what a horribly paranoid post from Faisal! Where the hell have we been endorsing Broad's behaviour?! I think you just need to accept the fact we're better than you & get over it.

  • on August 16, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Poor sportsmanship from Broad, although I can't understand why haider was trying to get under england's skin, it's the bowlers job to keep barking at the batsman, not the other way around, but good fun to see England getting frustrated so quickly, haider was lucky he didn't get out the second ball of his innings in the 2nd innings could have proved an end of a career I suppose???

    Anyhow, England need to toughen up mentally if they are to win the ashes AGAIN looks highly unlikely, a 5-0 crushing on it's way, and a few england heads WILL ROLL haha

    Cheers

  • on August 16, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    A bit of smell of controversy here i believe, haider already had a fair debut and will get chances in the future, BUT this looks like kamran has played some political stunt to keep haider off for the next two tests, player power to the core. I wonder how umar akmal felt when his brother was dropped in the test even though they both played dreadfull tests.

    Akmal brothers have powerful backing, that's why day in and day out they are given chances (especially kamran) to play when talented players are left out, I hope sarfraz is called up even though its unlikely that would happen.

    Haider well done, I hope to seeing you score some more runs, good luck.

  • TheSmudge on August 16, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    I'm not going to defend Stuart Broad- his attitude and actions do him no credit and he needs slapping down, but this coming to light a week later that it was the Broad incident which aggravated the injury is just nonsense. Haida gripped a bat and had fast bowlers hurl (legal) balls at him for several hours too. Also, reading the comments on the incident, you would have thought that Broad had go away with a pat on the head and all the English think what he did was fine. He was actually found guilty of the offense and villified in the press. The % of match fee penalty may seem inadequate but it was the penalty in the framework of the rules. The implication that if it had been a Pakistani bowler he would have been banned for life by an England-Australia cabal is ridiculous.

  • on August 16, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    @sam: worry about ur game today......

  • on August 16, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    @Sam Rimmington: You know what I find funny? You guys talk real tough when you are winning but you cry like little girls when you lose. Broad's throwing seems perfectly legal to you but when Afridi does a bit of a side step on the pitch or when Shoaib bowls a couple of beamers to Threscothick or Waqar hits a few poms on the head with beamers you all start running to the officials.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 16, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Thanks Faisal, and stevros, I didn't realise he wasn't playing down at Worcester. I was looking forward to watching him batting at the oval.

  • hank on August 16, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Here we go again another twist into the politicaly influenced Pakistani Cricket team, this is the real reason why this team will never get a head , it's either the management or sometimes the players , somebody is always getting their way and the true talent never gets a real chance , as far as I am concern Zulqarnain Haider worked truely hard to show his worth but, the minor injury which team management is makin it look major, by playing well can take over Kamran Akmal's position .which is why they are in a hurry to send him packing and keeping Kamran Akmal in england,I am personally very dissapointed in the whole team specially after watchung the obvious such as Younus khan not getting the call, Zuqarnain not getting the fair chance, while guys like Imran Farhat and his father in law can influence the PCB to play out of form farhat , so many dissapointments I just hope that they loose again in the hands of England then maybe government of pakistan can Fire Ijaz Butt's ass, Let's

  • on August 16, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    What I see over here is a clear politics . Karam Akmal do has some very strong reference . Its a PCB old tactics, if they want to send back the new or unwanted guy (from reference point of view) back , they just issue a news of his inhury. :)

    It has happen many times before specailly in 90's.

  • on August 15, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    I think we should ban Stuart Broad, not because of his poor throwing (should have aimed at his head!) BUT to help Pakistan compete. The chance of Pakistan competing for the rest of the series is minimal with England only missing Broady, but every dog has its day.

  • on August 15, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding: Well apparently you missed the fact that Zulqarnian did not play in the Worcestershire game because of his injuries. @Hashmi: Yeah that was my point, if a kid can play with not just a fractured but a broken finger, Zulqarnain can play for his country with a small fracture, if you Crepe it it doesn't hurt too much.

  • on August 15, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Guess what would have happened if any of Pakistani bowlers had done that to an English or Australian batsman!

  • Stevros3 on August 15, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Yorkshire Pudding - He was rested (notice Kamran is keeper and captain for the game) whilst they ascertained the severity of the injury. The reason the article has come out now is that they have the scan results of his finger it is mere coincidence the timing with the Worcester game.

  • on August 15, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    SARFARAZ DESERVES THE SPOT IN TEST CRICKET

  • YorkshirePudding on August 15, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    I'm sorry but this article is not newsworthy its simply a piece to try and gain sympathy for Pakistan, lets face it If Zulqarnain had a damaged finger before the worcester game it is the pakistan management that failed to act properly and investigate the matter in more depth, and rather than resting him chose to risk playing him in a non-game...I wish the 'journalists' would report facts and not supposition, that is likely to inflame things.

  • SajidMirza on August 15, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Afridi, there is a huge difference between a school level cricket and international cricket. At school level u did'nt face such pace and seeming attack even not found bouncy wickets in pakistan. If he uses crepe bandage or some pain killer, he can play this serious but this would be cost his entire career. He already showed what he got, like his temperament, so why we can't allow him to completely recover from the fracture, and you must know that he is a wicket keeper and he is using his hands more then any fielder in the field. So, relax man, he will be back, just pray for him and @Abdul Ghafoor you are right man, PCB must sue on Stuart broad for his behavior, its not fair in cricket ..... God bless Pakistan Team ....

  • ice6430 on August 15, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    yeah stuart broad is an idiot like his father

  • Ahmed81 on August 15, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Imagine what would have been ECB's, ICC's and international media's response if it were a Pakistani bowler in place of Broad and Mat Prior in place of Haider. Double standards, to say the least !!

  • mkhalilz on August 15, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Broad should be banned for life as an example for what he did to Haider... he made Haider's career at stake.. such non sense people are curse to cricketing brethren. through cricinfo it is requested to ICC to look into this matter more seriously.

  • clutch28 on August 15, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    @abdulghafoor It's a hairline fracture. Stop being a baby and complaining, yes Broad should have received at least a 2 match ban but come on suing the ECB and ICC? Stop crying cause your team is doing poor mate.

  • Abbas_Quereshi on August 15, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    broad is pussycat bowler who pretended to be tiger. cum on son u don't have great speed or deadly swing. so, why this fake attitude. That will give me good laugh. if england sleeted him for ashes tour i'm pretty much he will well punished by australian.

  • roweet on August 15, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    I don't think Kamran Akmal will possibly use the opportunity (unless he scores a Big 100!).

  • on August 15, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Faisal, I couldn't help but laugh hard at how you compared professional and international level cricket your primary school team.

  • on August 15, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Really? a fractured little finger is going to keep him out? Man UP! Even I've played cricket for my school with a broken little finger. Just wear a Crepe bandage, it'll keep it steady.

  • on August 15, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Zulqarnain should sue Stuart Broad and ECB and probably ICC too for tolerating such unruly behavior. If he misses any of the tests, it could cost him his career.

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  • on August 15, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Zulqarnain should sue Stuart Broad and ECB and probably ICC too for tolerating such unruly behavior. If he misses any of the tests, it could cost him his career.

  • on August 15, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Really? a fractured little finger is going to keep him out? Man UP! Even I've played cricket for my school with a broken little finger. Just wear a Crepe bandage, it'll keep it steady.

  • on August 15, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Faisal, I couldn't help but laugh hard at how you compared professional and international level cricket your primary school team.

  • roweet on August 15, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    I don't think Kamran Akmal will possibly use the opportunity (unless he scores a Big 100!).

  • Abbas_Quereshi on August 15, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    broad is pussycat bowler who pretended to be tiger. cum on son u don't have great speed or deadly swing. so, why this fake attitude. That will give me good laugh. if england sleeted him for ashes tour i'm pretty much he will well punished by australian.

  • clutch28 on August 15, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    @abdulghafoor It's a hairline fracture. Stop being a baby and complaining, yes Broad should have received at least a 2 match ban but come on suing the ECB and ICC? Stop crying cause your team is doing poor mate.

  • mkhalilz on August 15, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Broad should be banned for life as an example for what he did to Haider... he made Haider's career at stake.. such non sense people are curse to cricketing brethren. through cricinfo it is requested to ICC to look into this matter more seriously.

  • Ahmed81 on August 15, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Imagine what would have been ECB's, ICC's and international media's response if it were a Pakistani bowler in place of Broad and Mat Prior in place of Haider. Double standards, to say the least !!

  • ice6430 on August 15, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    yeah stuart broad is an idiot like his father

  • SajidMirza on August 15, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Afridi, there is a huge difference between a school level cricket and international cricket. At school level u did'nt face such pace and seeming attack even not found bouncy wickets in pakistan. If he uses crepe bandage or some pain killer, he can play this serious but this would be cost his entire career. He already showed what he got, like his temperament, so why we can't allow him to completely recover from the fracture, and you must know that he is a wicket keeper and he is using his hands more then any fielder in the field. So, relax man, he will be back, just pray for him and @Abdul Ghafoor you are right man, PCB must sue on Stuart broad for his behavior, its not fair in cricket ..... God bless Pakistan Team ....