Pakistan news May 26, 2016

Knee injury puts Hafeez in doubt for England tour


Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the skills camp beginning on May 28 at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, but doctors will continue to monitor his recovery from a knee injury on a weekly basis ahead of Pakistan's tour of England which starts June 18.

A fresh MRI scan on Hafeez revealed an improvement in his knee, first injured in March, but stress has been diagnosed and he may be rested for some time as a part of his continuing rehabilitation regimen. He had already missed the ongoing fitness training camp at the Pakistan Military Academy in Abbottabad.

Hafeez last played for Pakistan at the World T20 in March where he sustained the knee injury after a bone contusion in his femur. He has been resting since then and undergoing extensive treatment as a part of his rehabilitation. According to the latest report, doctors advised Hafeez against any net sessions. ESPNcricinfo understands Hafeez is desperate to restart his cricket but doctors are cautious about his injury which they fear could be aggravated if he tries to push for an early return.

A final call on his participation in the England Test series is expected to be taken in the next three to four days. Pakistan's 22 probables will be cut down to a final 16-man squad at the conclusion of the skills camp. The squad will leave for England to undergo a conditioning camp in Hampshire ahead of two practice matches in Somerset and Sussex before the first Test starts July 14 at Lord's. The selectors had named four options among the probables for the opening slots, with the inclusion of Hafeez cited as subject to fitness.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • shiraz on June 1, 2016, 8:21 GMT

    Good for Pakistan. i think we have enough talent to replace this guy. hafiz shehzad akmal. inzi please give the chance youngster don't give Pakistani cap to 32+ players. fakhar zaman, Rizwan babar azam sami aslam also acceptable iftikhar ahmed

  • Assad on May 31, 2016, 12:21 GMT

    The only person dissapointed will be Jimmy Anderson. Lol.

  • memont3312394 on May 31, 2016, 5:31 GMT

    I have respect for all of your comments but we should not underestimate Hafeez's class. he is brilliant and I think if he is taking time to be part of the squad than he must be given time. I am sure he will be one of the key player in England Tour for Pakistan.....He should be part of Test, ODIs and T20 squad

  • Imran on May 30, 2016, 8:55 GMT

    Take Babar Azam, Shahzad in test squad: My team for test would be: 1- Ahmad Shahzad 2- Babar Azam 3- Azhar Ali 4- Younis 5- misbah 6- shafeeq 7- sarfaraz 8- Yasir shah 9- Aamir 10- Imran 11- Junaid / wahab

  • Umar on May 30, 2016, 5:59 GMT

    A blessing in disguise for Hafeez. He would have had no answers for Anderson's late swing and the disciplined bowling of Broad/Woakes/Finn. Azhar Ali should open the innings alongside Shan/Sami. It's definitely going to be a challenge for whoever opens under the dark and swinging conditions, but will go a long way in building up the confidence of whoever perseveres.

  • u on May 29, 2016, 21:38 GMT

    Hafeez has all the excuses to not play the test series we all know how good a batsman he is. When the ODI start he will b fit. Overall below par player time we give more chamces to Imad Wasim and Zafar Gohar who are our future.

  • Hassaan on May 29, 2016, 19:38 GMT

    It seems England won't allow us to play without Hafeez. For God's sake add Fawad Alam remember he is a left hander too & will provide combination with the fully loaded right handed baters + he is much better batsman than Hafeez stats will show

  • simon on May 29, 2016, 13:40 GMT

    I like Hafeez. He seems very passionate about cricket and Pakistan. But I do remember his troubles on seaming wickets. My question is why would you want him out of a settled team? This team has settled for the last 2/3 years. The bowlers have rotated a little and so has Hafeez's opening partner. Why not keep the same settled team and stop bashing Hafeez. I understand people's complaints about having Iftakar in for Babar and Fawad.

    Heres hoping a speedy recovery for Hafeez and praying he performs well in England.

  • Jhandu on May 28, 2016, 16:47 GMT

    Dont you get it guys, This man Hafeez skipped the worldcup in Australia to avoid getting exposed, Returned for the easy tours of UAE ZIM and UAE. Now he is trying to skip this English tour to avoid getting exposed once again. He will be back for the tours of UAE. A youngster will be included in the team, he will fail miserably and will be dropped and Hafeez will come in again for the UAE series against WI.

  • Pleasure on May 28, 2016, 14:59 GMT

    Yayy! Another one bites the dust, at least Hafeez spared himself from humiliation by the hands of Anderson or Broad or any english medium pacer. Shazad, UAkmal, Jamshed & Afridi are already out of picture Hafeez was the last road block on the road to recovery of Pak batting top order. This should open door for true talent to replace non-performers in the team. I won't mind bringing back Salman Butt only if none better option is available. Ciao

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