Pakistan v Australia, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi August 31, 2012

Afridi to miss second ODI due to back injury


Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has been ruled out of the second ODI against Australia in Abu Dhabi, but is expected to recover in time for the third ODI to be played on September 3. Left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan is likely to replace Afridi in the XI - the only change expected in the Pakistan line-up. Afridi sustained a back strain during the practice session on Thursday.

"He picked up a back strain yesterday night [Thursday] during the practice session," Pakistan team manager Naveed Akram Cheema told ESPNcricinfo. "So far, he isn't available for today's game as he has been advised indefinite rest by the doctor. I can't say much about the next game but if he recovers in time, he will definitely be in the side. We have ample options to replace him but I can't reveal the team's plan. It will be revealed at the toss."

During the first ODI in Sharjah, Afridi bowled his 10 overs for 37 runs and picked up the wicket of Australia opener Matthew Wade. However while batting, he was out off his first ball, sparking a lower-order collapse that left them defending a moderate total of 198. Australia won that match by four wickets in the 49th over.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • IMRAN on August 31, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Big loss! He will be back soon! Now Pakistan need to make another 30-40 runs as Saeed, Hafeez & afridi are old best and very economical in these conditions ...... Pak will win if misbah don't get chance batting, misbah is losser and he can not win game with his batting then he blames Lower order!

  • Imran on August 31, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Get well soon boom boom. Buddy a rest might do a good for you. You need to keep it simple with batting and just play normal game. I hope you will come good.

  • ankh on August 31, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    What?! A 16 year old with a back injury... that's terrible.

  • Stark on August 31, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    This has turned out to be a major setback!!

    Rehman got clobbered around the park and there isn't an aggressive batsmen like Afridi available to lower the required run rate.

  • Faraz on August 31, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    apparently, all the diggas have received the news of Afridi resting with some celebration...

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    how most of baddy saying he should retire etc etc. i think he is having a tough time as each and every player has in his career instead of to support we just de moralize him not a good treatment with a legend i would say

  • Azfar on August 31, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Afridi is a wicket taking bowler, it's a loss for Pakistan. In third game Pakistan should replace Sohail Tanvir with Afridi. Average bowlers like Sohail Tanvir will not bother Australian batsmen. Pakistan should play with 4 spinners & Junaid Khan.

  • Amyn on August 31, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Afridi should take a good long long rest. Back injuries can be tricky. And maybe also get some coaching on how to bat.

  • fhfgdgfg on August 31, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Good excuse for someone who does not know how to bat anymore.

  • Asim on August 31, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Nothing loss for Pakistan. It's a good move, he hasn't been doing well since quite long time.

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