Pakistan tour of England, 2006 July 10, 2006

Naved-ul-Hasan ruled out of Test series

Cricinfo staff

Naved-ul-Hasan: out for the count © Getty Images

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, the Pakistan fast bowler, has been ruled out of the Test series against England owing to his groin injury. Medical experts have informed Naved-ul-Hasan that he will require an operation on the injury that first troubled him when he was playing for Sussex earlier this summer.

Wasim Bari, Pakistan's chairman of selectors, told The Dawn: "The team management informed us that Rana has been advised to have surgery, because the injury has failed to respond to treatment."

With two other key players, Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Asif, already in doubt for the first Test at Lord's from July 13, Pakistan's fast-bowling options ahead of the series have been further depleted.

Samiullah Niazi, a left-arm fast bowler, has been called up to replace Naved-ul-Hasan and could play in the first Test. Samiullah, 23, was a star performer in the last domestic season and turned in impressive spells in Pakistan's EurAsia Series title in Abu Dhabi recently.

Bari also revealed Inzamam-ul-Haq specifically wanted Samiullah "because, being a left-armer, he adds variety to the bowling department."