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

Zulqarnain Haider suffers fractured finger


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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Richard 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.

  • Dummy4 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


  • Dummy4 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.

  • Grant 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.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2010, 7:20 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

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