Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 December 4, 2013

Irfan suffers hairline fracture, may miss SL Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Irfan, the Pakistan fast bowler, has been ruled out for six weeks due to a hairline fracture on his hip and is likely to miss the forthcoming Tests against Sri Lanka, which start from December 31.

Irfan suffered the injury during the second T20 against South Africa in Dubai in November and was subsequently rested from the limited-overs tour to South Africa. The bowler was not a part of the T20 squad for the series against Sri Lanka, but was expected to join the squad for the Tests. Irfan, who made his ODI debut in September 2010, played his first Test in March this year and has since taken 10 wickets in the longest format, at an average of 38.90.

Pakistan are scheduled to host Sri Lanka for two Twenty20s, five ODIs and three Tests in the UAE. The limited-overs leg of the tour starts with the first T20 on December 11 and ends with the fifth ODI on December 27. The first Test, to be held in Dubai, is scheduled for December 31, while the second and third Tests will begin on January 8 and January 20 respectively.

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  • Ali on December 6, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Take out Irfan from the test he should be available and fit for 2015 world cup

  • prasad on December 6, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Sangakkara's record is even great when he gave up wicketkeeping in tests. He scored allround the world he is the best in this era. pathetic that sri lanka doesnt play much test matches. otherwise it would be a different statistics for sanga

  • Hasitha on December 6, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    to rogues13.., you said sanga has just 1 century from 10 innings in Australia! Sachin had more centuries in Australia.Yes..Sachin has 6 centuries in Australia from 38 innangs. Im not saying Sanga better than Sachin,Its just a reply for your comment. Sanga scored 1050 runs from 10 innings, avg of 60.33 (just 1 not out). Sachin scored 1809 runs from 38 innings, avg of 53.20 (including 4 not outs).

    Simply Sanga in Australia has better records than Sachin.

  • Hasitha on December 6, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Wish him to Speed recovery from Sri Lankan Fans...

  • Steve on December 5, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Probably a blessing in disguise for Irfan who was bowled into ground on the UAE trip. Hope Pak team manage his workload properly to keep him fit for important tournaments and not play in meaningless ODIs.

  • Farooq on December 5, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Hindsight analysis is always twenty-twenty!! Good work guys!! keep on analyzing!!!however, I do partially agree that the injury could have been averted but for a sportsman this is all in a day's work. I'm saddened for Irfan.

  • Mustafa on December 5, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Pathetic player management by those responsible for it. Before the SA tests in UAE, they were concerned whether he could last 5 days for test cricket. He not only did, but bowled superbly, even in 2nd and 3rd spells.

    He then played the second test, all 5 ODIs and then when they also decided to play him in the meaningless t20s, he gets injured and is out for a while. Can't they understand he has a unique body type and must be managed accordingly so? They are supposed to be professionals managing a professional cricket team after all!

    Let's hope for his sake he comes back strong because he has limited time left and he is an absolutely fantastic bowler- just ask Amla.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    classic example of ruining another bowler under the work load. This is not 80's cricket where bowlers use to play county yet were fit enough to play for country and bowled long spells in Test matches. Cricket has evolved so should PCB. Unfortunately the people who are in selection panel have played less matches then the most of the players have played serving Pak team at the moment so one should expect this attitude from them. I can only wish Irfan a better recovery as he is a great asset for the team and for the nation.

  • tushar on December 4, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Blade-Runner..Please, Sanga is nowhere near the best batsman from Subcontinent in Australia, or anywhere else for that matter...he has just 1 century from 10 innings in Australia!!!!! Sachin had more centuries in Australia when he was 18...Sanga is very good batsman..but nowhere near the Best

  • tushar on December 4, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Hard luck for Irfan, after he has bowled so well against top international cricketers, he misses a chance for some easy wickets against the Lankans....

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