Pakistan in India 2012-13 December 8, 2012

Injuries to Raza Hasan and Asad Shafiq


Raza Hasan, the Pakistan left-arm spinner, injured his disc in his spine and has been ruled out of the limited-overs tour of India. He suffered the injury while bowling against Quetta Bears in a Faysal Bank Twenty20 Cup game at Lahore City Cricket Association Ground on Sunday.

Hasan, 20, made his international debut in September this year against Australia. He's played seven T20 internationals, picking up six wickets at 25.66. According to the preliminary report, he damaged his spine and has been advised rest for six to eight weeks.

Pakistan are due to tour India later this month to play three ODIs and two T20Is. The selectors will be monitoring the ongoing Twenty20 tournament in Pakistan; with Hasan out, left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who is 34 and eager for a chance to play for Pakistan, could have an opening.

Asad Shafiq, the Pakistan middle-order batsman, has sustained a finger injury and is doubtful for the India series. He injured himself while playing for Karachi Dolphins against Bahawalpur Stags at the Bagh-e-Jinnah in Lahore.

Iqbal Qasim's selection committee is set to announce the ODI and T20 squads for the India series this weekend. Should Shafiq be ruled out, selectors could consider a likely replacement in Harris Sohail, 23, a left-hand batsman who plays for ZTBL. He recently finished as second-highest run-getter in the President's Trophy, the first-class tournament, scoring 673 in five matches at 134.60. He has an average of 72.83 in T20 cricket with a strike-rate of 105.55.

The selectors could also be leaning towards experience for the India tour. Umar Gul and Younis Khan, who were dropped from the ODI squad, are likely to return. It won't be surprising if Shahid Afridi is left out, on account of his form. Imran Nazir hasn't been very productive, either, scoring 176 runs in his previous nine T20I innings.

The bowling line-up may undergo change, as the focus may shift from spin to strengthening the pace department. Pakistan have been relying largely on Saeed Ajmal, but Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan's captains for ODIs and T20s respectively, have hinted at a change of tactics while playing in India.

Allrounder Abdul Razzaq, who had criticised his captain Mohammad Hafeez for not taking him in the XI during the World Twenty20, is still in contention. He smashed 14 off 3 balls on Friday night for Lahore Lions, pulling off an unlikely victory for this team. He was deemed not fully fit but made a strong statement with that cameo.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    I don't think they shoud think of changing the. The spin Attack to. Fast bowling.. Cause they don't have one. Lol

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Umar Amin must be given a chance. And instead of giving a 34 year old who will be of no benefit in 4 years a chance, give a young bowler a chance. If you want pace give a chance to left arm seamer Sadaf Hussain or give a chance to allrounder Ehsan Adil. We need youngsters not those past their prime. We as a cricketing nation need to start planning for the future NOW. IF only they would let me be selector :D

  • shahid on December 9, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Nasir Jamshid, Hafiz, Younis Khan, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Haris sohail, Kamran Akmal, Afridi, Gul, Ihsan Adil, Saeed Ajmal... Abdul Razaq, Zulfiqar Baber, Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan

  • shahid on December 9, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Ihsan Adil should be selected. We have earlier selected players after only a few first class matches. Waqar is one example of it. Ihsan has performed exceptionally in presidents trophy and faisal cup. Another prospect is Haris Sohail. Zulfiqar Baber is way better than Abdul Rehman. USMAN SALLAHUDIn is performing for 3 seasons now. Him and Naved Yasin also needs to be rewarded. WE CAN'T GO ON WITH THOSE WHO ONLY SCORE IN 30s AND 40s.

  • Sakhawat on December 9, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Ehsan Aadil & Haris Sohail deserve to be in team. just check Ehsan Aadil figures in President trophy and in 20 Over cup. in president cup Ehsan got 53 wicket in 9 games at an average of17.00 with 3 times 5 wickets haul in inngsand 6 times above 4 wickets in an innings in 20 over he got 10 wiskets in 4 games at an average of 10.90 Also he played very well in last under 19 world cup in Australia this year.

    Harris sohail really deserve. he always proved that he is a good middle order batsman who can score quick and can retain the wicket with his passion.

    so my tem for India is M Hafeez, Nasir J, Ahmad Shahzad, Harris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Malik, Younis K, K Akmal, A Razzaq, Hammad Azam,Shahid Afridi, Umar Gull, Junaid K, Ehsan Aadil, Saeed Ajmal,Zulfiqar Babar. Reserves. Sohail Tanveer, Babar Azam, Uzair ul Haq, Nayyar Abass, M Rizwan

  • abdullah on December 9, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    My squadfor1day:jamshad,hafeez,shahzad,kamran,umar,misbah,azharali,hamad,razaq,afridi,ajmal,hassan,gulanwarali,talha

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    My XI ODI N.Jamshed, S.Afridi, M.Hafeez, A.Shafiq, Misbah, U.Akmal, K.Akmal A.Razzaq, U.gul, S.Ajmal, J.khan

    T20XI N.Jamshed, S.Afridi, M.Hafeez, H.Sohail, U.Akmal, K.Akmal, A.Razzaq, H.Azam, Anwer Ali, U.Gul, S.ajmal

    THIS IS THE BEST XI FOR PAKISTAN................

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    My ODI XI N. Jamshed, S.Afridi, M.Hafeez, A.Shafiq, Misbah, U.Akmal, K.Akmal, A.Razzaq, U.gul, S.ajmal, J.khan

    T20Xi N.Jamshed, S.Afridi, M.Hafeez,H.Sohail, U.Akmal, K.Akmal, A.Razzaq, H.Azam, Anwer Ali, U.gul, S.Ajmal I think this is the best XI for Pakistan tour of India

  • Imran on December 8, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Its a chance for Haris Sohail to get into national side. Ehsan Aadil is another guy to look forward. Its real shame that pakistan is having no international cricket at home and these guys are not getting any chances. I hope yousaf gets back to test side. Ahmad shahzad deserves a chance in T20'S along with anwar ali.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Zulfiqar Babar and junaid khan must be playing, Haris sohail and umar amin deserve to be playing.....

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