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

Wahab Riaz ruled out of South Africa series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • ABDUL ALEEM 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.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2010, 4:59 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Dummy4 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.

  • adil 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

  • Faisal Mashood on November 13, 2010, 18:43 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    I prefer Sohail Tanvir over other bowlers..

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2010, 17:32 GMT

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

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