Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Dubai, 2nd day November 13, 2010

Wahab Riaz ruled out of South Africa series

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Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the ongoing Test series against South Africa due to a muscle strain. His absence is a blow to Pakistan, who are left with Umar Gul as their lone frontline seamer in their current Test in Dubai.

"Riaz has suffered a side strain on the right side and needs four to five weeks for recovery before rehabilitation, so he will return to Pakistan after the first Test," Intikhab Alam, the Pakistan team manager, told AFP. He added there would be no replacement for Riaz in the squad, and that leaves Mohammad Sami and Sohail Tanvir as possible new-ball partners for Gul in Abu Dhabi for the second Test which starts on November 20.

Riaz, 25, had an impressive start to his Test career, with a five-for on debut against England at The Oval earlier in the year. On Friday, he picked up two wickets in South Africa's first innings but was unable to bowl on the second day of the Test as a result of his injury. Gul and the spin pair of Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal stepped up, however, to bowl out South Africa for 380 after they had dominated the opening day.

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  • Chona on November 16, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    I quote ask steven's Cricinfo column and the rest is for you to decide.....I dont think we need bowler who is holder of such an ugly world record...... Has any regular bowler got a worse Test average than Mohammad Sami? asked Mazher Arshad via Facebook I suppose the answer depends on your interpretation of what constitutes a "regular" bowler. Nobody else has taken as many wickets as Mohammad Sami with an average over 50 - he currently has 84 at 50.73. Carl Hooper is nearest, with 114 at 49.42. But many bowlers do have an average over 50 - if you confine it to those with 20 or more wickets then there are 22, the worst average among them belonging to Ian Salisbury (20 wickets at 76.95). And if you don't impose any qualification at all then the worst Test bowling average is 294.00, by the left-arm spinner Roger Wijesuriya, who took just one wicket in his four Tests for Sri Lanka in the 1980s.

  • on November 14, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    No Pls No we need him in this testy.Bring him back some how......

  • on November 14, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Oh Lord plz... NO MOHAMMAD SAMI , he is the most useless bowler in the history of Cricket. How he makes it to National Team is based on fairy tales that he would bowl 150k + deliveries and revive the bowling legacy of Waqar Younis. All false hope. The last time Sami bowled well was because it was a greeeeen first day wicket , and 3 wickets is no miracle anyways.

    Ban Sami for life, just for having played 35 tests at 50+ average. Unacceptable.

  • on November 14, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    I'd be looking at guys like Sohail Tanvir, Tanvir Ahmed, Mohammad Talha, Riaz Afridi, or even some younger guys like Asad Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Sadaf Hussain long before considering Mohammad Sami...

  • on November 13, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    I don't understand conversion about Sami and Fawad Alam , What do U think Fawad Alam should be replace for a fast bowler, LOL , We need a fast bowler for replacement not batsman, 2ed about Sami , I believe in that he is the worst fast bowler in the world, I didn't see his any shocking performance in domestic T20. PCB should try young blood more than old horses.

  • theramproller on November 13, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    i dont know what people are saying about malik he is an average player at best in tests and is bad for dressing room sami is also shocking tanvir or junaid khan misbah is useless in all formats should retire cant rotate strike his spot should be given to asad shafiq i dont know why people are so down on fawad maybe becoz of his humble personality he is consistent maybe not the best technique or attractive to watch pak fans always love controversial flamoiyant players who end up givin fans heartbreak asif akhtar amir

  • le_stephenois on November 13, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Can't wait to see Aamer and possibly Asif back for the NZ series

  • on November 13, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    I prefer Sohail Tanvir over other bowlers..

  • on November 13, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    @ Nikhil Desai, those are just baseless allegations. If that tabloid was so confident about their sting operation then why not just make it 200% accurate and show the date and time of the video recording. So there is no solid proof that Pakistani players are guilty. And who shows off the money they get from wrong doing, first thing person will do when getting money for wrong reason is to hide it, But look what Majeed was doing; Putting money on table to give of perfect shot for the camera. It seems everything is just made up. Then comes one more tabloid, make allegations about ODI just to sell more copies of their paper.

  • on November 13, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    I prefer Sohail Tanvir over other bowlers like Mohammad Sami..

  • Chona on November 16, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    I quote ask steven's Cricinfo column and the rest is for you to decide.....I dont think we need bowler who is holder of such an ugly world record...... Has any regular bowler got a worse Test average than Mohammad Sami? asked Mazher Arshad via Facebook I suppose the answer depends on your interpretation of what constitutes a "regular" bowler. Nobody else has taken as many wickets as Mohammad Sami with an average over 50 - he currently has 84 at 50.73. Carl Hooper is nearest, with 114 at 49.42. But many bowlers do have an average over 50 - if you confine it to those with 20 or more wickets then there are 22, the worst average among them belonging to Ian Salisbury (20 wickets at 76.95). And if you don't impose any qualification at all then the worst Test bowling average is 294.00, by the left-arm spinner Roger Wijesuriya, who took just one wicket in his four Tests for Sri Lanka in the 1980s.

  • on November 14, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    No Pls No we need him in this testy.Bring him back some how......

  • on November 14, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Oh Lord plz... NO MOHAMMAD SAMI , he is the most useless bowler in the history of Cricket. How he makes it to National Team is based on fairy tales that he would bowl 150k + deliveries and revive the bowling legacy of Waqar Younis. All false hope. The last time Sami bowled well was because it was a greeeeen first day wicket , and 3 wickets is no miracle anyways.

    Ban Sami for life, just for having played 35 tests at 50+ average. Unacceptable.

  • on November 14, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    I'd be looking at guys like Sohail Tanvir, Tanvir Ahmed, Mohammad Talha, Riaz Afridi, or even some younger guys like Asad Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Sadaf Hussain long before considering Mohammad Sami...

  • on November 13, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    I don't understand conversion about Sami and Fawad Alam , What do U think Fawad Alam should be replace for a fast bowler, LOL , We need a fast bowler for replacement not batsman, 2ed about Sami , I believe in that he is the worst fast bowler in the world, I didn't see his any shocking performance in domestic T20. PCB should try young blood more than old horses.

  • theramproller on November 13, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    i dont know what people are saying about malik he is an average player at best in tests and is bad for dressing room sami is also shocking tanvir or junaid khan misbah is useless in all formats should retire cant rotate strike his spot should be given to asad shafiq i dont know why people are so down on fawad maybe becoz of his humble personality he is consistent maybe not the best technique or attractive to watch pak fans always love controversial flamoiyant players who end up givin fans heartbreak asif akhtar amir

  • le_stephenois on November 13, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Can't wait to see Aamer and possibly Asif back for the NZ series

  • on November 13, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    I prefer Sohail Tanvir over other bowlers..

  • on November 13, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    @ Nikhil Desai, those are just baseless allegations. If that tabloid was so confident about their sting operation then why not just make it 200% accurate and show the date and time of the video recording. So there is no solid proof that Pakistani players are guilty. And who shows off the money they get from wrong doing, first thing person will do when getting money for wrong reason is to hide it, But look what Majeed was doing; Putting money on table to give of perfect shot for the camera. It seems everything is just made up. Then comes one more tabloid, make allegations about ODI just to sell more copies of their paper.

  • on November 13, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    I prefer Sohail Tanvir over other bowlers like Mohammad Sami..

  • on November 13, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    @ oooops : Your post was going well until you called the return of Malik, thus your post failed hard. If we wanna have any hopes of Pakistan cricket flourishing we'll have to keep Malik as far out of this as possible. Heck, as useless he can be I'd rather play Fawad instead of Malik. Asad Shafiq is our biggest batting talent right now, I don't understand why no one mentions him much.

  • Chona on November 13, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    I am amazed at people advocating for M.Sami....... A man with 50.73 runs per wicket average in tests even after a decade.... with strike rate of 85.4 balls per wicket....!!! and only 84 wickets in 34 tests...i.e. 2.5 wickets per tests ........!!!!!!!! Just as comparison...Waqar Younis had 200 wickets after 34 tests....Akram had 140 wickets..!!!!!! Akram had strike rate of 52 and Waqar strike rate of 46...!!!! Akram had 23 and Waqar 23 as average runs per wicket...... and still we advocate for such a loser like Sami... go for youth...bring in some 18-22 something bowler like we were used to do in 1980s and 90s.......

  • on November 13, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    @Ghani, nobody was framed, they've clearly taken money but you just can't admit it. This is the kind of behavior that players know about the spectators, which encourages them to take bribes, because spectators simply just don't care.

  • on November 13, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Statistics shows Mohamed Sami is the worst Test bowler in the world. So far He played 34 test and took only 84 wickets. Average is 50.73. He took 5 or more wickets only 2 times. Worst than part time bowlers. In test matches he failed to perform well again and again. I dont know why selectors are selecting him again and again. Pls give chance to some young players.

  • oooops on November 13, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    I am sorry..... I must have read it wrong... some people want Fawad Alam instead of Mohammad Sami in the team for the next test match... why not ask for Ijaz Butt... he might bowl faster than Alam...

    Ammar Haider wrote " WE NEED FAWAD ALAM!!!!" to do what???? to not bowl.... why stop at Alam... lets play Farhat... to hell with the team he can play 80 some balls for 40 some runs... you dont wanna play Sami... fine... atleast replace him with another fast bowler... Fawad Alam is a joke... he cant bowl or bat... especially in the limited overs... they call him an allrounder... Razzaq, Afridi, Malik they are allrounders.... he is...well......connected.............. he is consistently doing nothing in t20s and onedays... nothing as in "not of any use"...... still he plays..... I wonder why????? Imagine Malik playing instead of him.....

  • Nuur on November 13, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Sami and Fawad are both useless, both of them dont even deserve to be in Pakistan A...Dropping Asad Shafiq and Misbah ul Haq was wrong in the ODIs, to me Asad is a better player than Azhar Ali. Our batting for a change looks strong and if Younis, Misbah and Umer deliver we can win this Test match.

    Tanvir Ahmed or Sohail Tanvir (subject to fitness) should partner Umar Gul and Ajmal should sit out. Pakistan should play three seamers.

  • on November 13, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    that won't count much....thats what cricket pakistan is all about....nothing can put effect in their game.....if they r playing poorly,there ain't any happy things that can change it.....if they r playing splendid cricket,no tsunami can make them play worst.....thats cricket pakistan,the ever unpredictable!!!!

  • SupernDutta on November 13, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Its a major setback to PAK since GUL is very uncertain...he shines on a day and then will be normal for a week or so...PAK BAT Line up have to put up a big score to backup there weak bowling line up...

  • on November 13, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    fawad alam doesn't deserve to be in the team sami should come in for the next game...

  • on November 13, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    There is a mistake in this news. Sohail tanvir is not in squad. Its Tanvir Ahmed. Kindly rectify it.

  • on November 13, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Yea, M. Sami is useless, Fawad Alam should return and maybe Sohail Tanveer can take his place.

    How unfit are Pakistani bowlers. Only Asif and Aamer were consistent and they were framed to delapidate Pakistan Cricket.

  • on November 13, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Its nor like fast bowlers are gonna make much of an impact on this pitch either way. Anyhow get Sami in the next test.

  • on November 13, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Well we'll see what Sami does in the next test match...the last Test he played was a good one for him as he ripped thru the Australian top order. Lets see if he continues to do that in the UAE...

  • on November 13, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Thats the big blow for Pakistan, Now only Umar Gul left as a front line seamer in Pakistan bowling line up.....Forget about M.Sami..

  • on November 13, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    WELL, MORE BAD LUCK AS PAKISTAN FAIL MISERABLY OUR BEST CHANCE IS A DRAW. WE NEED FAWAD ALAM!!!!

  • on November 13, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    another mishap.... But pakistan are used to n can perform better on pressure..

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  • on November 13, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    another mishap.... But pakistan are used to n can perform better on pressure..

  • on November 13, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    WELL, MORE BAD LUCK AS PAKISTAN FAIL MISERABLY OUR BEST CHANCE IS A DRAW. WE NEED FAWAD ALAM!!!!

  • on November 13, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Thats the big blow for Pakistan, Now only Umar Gul left as a front line seamer in Pakistan bowling line up.....Forget about M.Sami..

  • on November 13, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Well we'll see what Sami does in the next test match...the last Test he played was a good one for him as he ripped thru the Australian top order. Lets see if he continues to do that in the UAE...

  • on November 13, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Its nor like fast bowlers are gonna make much of an impact on this pitch either way. Anyhow get Sami in the next test.

  • on November 13, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Yea, M. Sami is useless, Fawad Alam should return and maybe Sohail Tanveer can take his place.

    How unfit are Pakistani bowlers. Only Asif and Aamer were consistent and they were framed to delapidate Pakistan Cricket.

  • on November 13, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    There is a mistake in this news. Sohail tanvir is not in squad. Its Tanvir Ahmed. Kindly rectify it.

  • on November 13, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    fawad alam doesn't deserve to be in the team sami should come in for the next game...

  • SupernDutta on November 13, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Its a major setback to PAK since GUL is very uncertain...he shines on a day and then will be normal for a week or so...PAK BAT Line up have to put up a big score to backup there weak bowling line up...

  • on November 13, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    that won't count much....thats what cricket pakistan is all about....nothing can put effect in their game.....if they r playing poorly,there ain't any happy things that can change it.....if they r playing splendid cricket,no tsunami can make them play worst.....thats cricket pakistan,the ever unpredictable!!!!