England v Pakistan, 3rd npower Test, The Oval August 16, 2010

Zulqarnain Haider ruled out of series


Zulqarnain Haider has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against England with a fractured finger. The blow was originally sustained in training before the second Test against Australia and was then aggravated when Stuart Broad hurled the ball at him in his follow through at Edgbaston last week.

The throw from the bowler Broad, which was unnecessary as Haider was not taking off for a run, struck the batsman and lost Broad 50% of his match fee. But it has proved even more costly for Haider, who was otherwise a certainty to retain his place for the Oval Test starting this Wednesday, after he scored 88 in the second innings at Edgbaston.

On the eve of the two-day tour game in Worcester, Haider complained of pain and X-rays revealed there was a minor fracture. "We are preparing to send him back in a few days," Shafqat Rana, Pakistan's associate manager on the tour told Cricinfo.

However, Imran Farhat attempted to play down any bad blood between the sides over the Broad incident. "I am not sure what happened, he [Haider] had a problem with it. But he is still with us and is doing practice sessions and wearing the keeping gloves," Farhat said.

"He hit on the same finger and the pain was getting worse. When he got swelling he went for an x-ray and it was a hairline fracture. We are not sure if it was because of Stuart Broad, I am not blaming him."

Haider attended the team's training at The Oval on Monday but did not participate in any drills. His injury means that for the second time this year Kamran Akmal will return to the Test side just one match after being axed, having been dropped for the Hobart Test against Australia and reinstated for Pakistan's next Test, at Lord's in July.

Akmal dropped several chances in the first Test against England and seemed certain to be facing an extended period out of the side after Haider's success on debut. With Pakistan no requesting a replacement player his return is confirmed.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    ICC should ban Stuart Broad for Atleast three test matches. England should be ashamed of Stuart Broad. Shame on you Broad...

  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    I think its again and again give favor to Kamran Akmal , None of the Cricketers like him as he is absolutely crap character especially in Test Cricket. I really wonder one thing and if someone give my answer I really obliged you. Why Sarfraz Ahmed is not a part of Pakistan Squad, he is much and much better than kamran and Zulqurnain as a wicketkeeper

    It's time to wake up otherwise test cricket almost obsolete. We need to finish Racism and give favor to Karachi cricketers.

    This time I feel that Kamran definitely give some boost through bat and the management forgive and forget all the missed catches and poor performance and they will be back for the whole series……

  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Where is Yuvi??? Plz smash the heck out of Broad again!!!

  • Revington on August 17, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    I think some of the English posters here are missing the point. The Pakistani posters bar a few are not whining in regards to Broad's throw. They are merely stating a fact. Broad it seems has previous here. The guy either is too arrogant for his own good or has a vicious temper. Take your pick. I for one believe he is an arrogant person who thinks he is a far better bowler than he really is.

    Just because he got a couple of five fers (3) which swung a couple of match he thinks he is Gods gift. Hence, when a match situation does not go according to his plan he cannot fathom how that happens. No coincedence that he threw at Haider when for the first time England were facing a significant partnership.

    The guy for the last couple fo years has displayed the attitude of a brat rather than a professional. Criticizing umpires on the field beating up on lesser players.

    I am sorry but the guy leaves a bad taste in the mouth. I can imagine the furore created if Wasim or Waqar injured gat

  • cricket_fan_1980 on August 17, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    England should be ashamed of Stuart Broad

  • undertakerjohncena on August 17, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    All the Best Yousuf...u deserve the place in the squad...u r the one of best i have seen..in cricket history..not only Pakistan..even india need the experince side rahter than youngsters...as they r the one who knows well when they need to play according to the situations

  • sameenkhan on August 17, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Darn it, I think Kamran Akmal is pure lucky. Just when Zulqarnain was giving him a challenge, he had his injury. I hope that Kamran will take this as a lucky break and do the best he can to score and hold catches. I wish Zulqarnain a speedy recovery and a bright career with Pakistan and the IPL, so he can make some money.

  • kapilesh23 on August 17, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    i am an indian but i am with pakistan on this incident .the conduct of stuart broad is completely awful .he has time and again proven that he is a son of cri broad by getting away with the actual punishment he deserves.sunil gavaskar once said that he is forgiven by umpires because his father is close to them .watching his behaviour in second test he must have banned for two test at least .

  • dummy4fb on August 17, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    I just read a David Pringle article, actually defending Broad and implying Zulqarnain may be faking it because he seemed fine after the Broad incident. I'll tell you one thing, for a brat like Broad it really pays off to have a dad with cricket connections you cover up for you. How many times has he misbehaved and what kind of punishments have been dished out to him? I guarantee if it was a player from any other country, the UK media would have pounced on him. ECB PLAY FAIR OR DON'T PREACH. What makes it look even bad is this rude, arrogant brat didn't even have the courtesy to apologize and yet ECB turn a blind eye because of his dad. Shame on you!

  • shahidmahmood on August 17, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    @ Joji_ we can't bring Yuvraj here, but we can bring BOOM BOOM Afridi

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