Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 December 4, 2013

Irfan suffers hairline fracture, may miss SL Tests

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

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

  • Lion83 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

  • Hasi21 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.

  • Hasi21 on December 6, 2013, 5:40 GMT

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

  • CricketChat 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.

  • farooq61 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.

  • musti1 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.

  • 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.

  • rogues13 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

  • rogues13 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....

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

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

  • Lion83 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

  • Hasi21 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.

  • Hasi21 on December 6, 2013, 5:40 GMT

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

  • CricketChat 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.

  • farooq61 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.

  • musti1 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.

  • 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.

  • rogues13 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

  • rogues13 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....

  • InsideHedge on December 4, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Good news for Sangakkara and Jayawardene.

  • on December 4, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    first of all you need to build strong batting line up, bowling is not the concern .The thing has let u down is batting need 4 good players who can play long inning an compete with other team otherwise world looks at pakistan team less then Bangladesh improve your skills and batting technique and prove to the world u r BEST!players like javed miandad,saeed anwar ,mohammed yusuf,inzamam ul haq find this kind of players then your golden era will start again

  • BlueJayBanter on December 4, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Time to test out sadaf hussain. Injury could be blessing in disguise. Lets go selectors, you made a couple good decisions in the t20 squad (haris and sharjeel). No need to stop there. Sadaf deserves his chance.

  • t20cric on December 4, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    This really bad management from Pakistan. It was Hafeez who decided to let Irfan play in both T20s & if he didn't we would have been a much stronger team. For the sake of one T20 he cant play for a month now or maybe even longer. Its really damaging on his career cuz he is already 31 & with this kind of fitness he wont get to play to his full potential for long. For team Pakistan it may not be such a big loss as they can just pick another fast bowler from their endless supply of fast bowlers. Pakistan need to choose his replacement carefully though & definitely don't think about Wahab or Tanvir in tests cuz even one of them will probably single-handedly lose the game for us.

  • avmd on December 4, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Has PCB not hear the term " managing the work load" ??? Everyone knew he is the one to be handle with care, still kept him for every single game including useless cricket like 20/20. Now is out for months, hope they will keep him in good shape for 2015 WC. Good opportunities for up and comings fastmen like Talha and Zia-ul-Haq,

  • TruthWarrior on December 4, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    shame on PCB.... how can u play a guy like Irfan in tests + ODIs + T20s...exactly the golden goose scenario....big mess!!! only play him in ODIs & T20s if the poor guy ever recovers...

  • Israr75 on December 4, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Definitely let this guy loose, Sadaf Hussain he seems to have a bit of zest to his young bowling. It just be what Pakistan need

  • vicmultani on December 4, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    I could not understand why he was sent in to bat after the injury. That was an extremely stupid decision. It must have aggravated the injury.

    A bad and thoughtless decision.

  • Cric_fever_forever on December 4, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    its such a shame. hope irfan recovers soon as he is big asset in upcoming months. i hope the giant speedy recovery. god 6 weeks are so long. anyway i hope odi test squad should consists of better bolwers not the ones selected in t20s. i hope selectors uses there brain in those format.

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Usman Khan Shanwari should be in Test Squad who bowled really well in last Faisal Bank T20 Cup.

  • Talha_Alvie on December 4, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Get well soon brother. Looking forward to seeing you back on the pitch.

  • Baba_Sehgal on December 4, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Time to bring Sohail Tanvir to test matches now. LOL

  • on December 4, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Very sorry to hear the news about Irfan. I thought he was over bowled against the Proteas. I, for one, did not get the logic behind under utilizing Junaid, and over using Irfan in the ODIs.

  • on December 4, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Really bad news. Irfan would have been awesome against SL. We can take the positive out of it, only if selectors choose Sadaf Hussain as the replacement. The guy deserved the opportunity for far too long. U. Gul has never been too good in tests. And I see no point in reverting back to Wahab Riaz or Rahat Ali. Sadaf Hussain has an FC average of just 18 - better than Junaid, Aamer, Gul and Irfan.

  • Omar-Briganto on December 4, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    If Umar Gul is fit then he can fill Irfan`s place for the upcoming series against Srilanka. I am still wondering why there is no pictures of Pakistan team/Misbah lifting the ODI trophy in recent South African series???

  • Sterling0313 on December 4, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    It was bound to happen. Why was junaid not played regularly whereas irfan played all the matched in uae. Now is the time for pcb to select a youngster like sadaf hussain, ehsan adil

  • Sports4Youth on December 4, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    This is sheer bad luck for Mohammed Irfan and the Pakistani fans. His career had just begun to take off and this injury. I hope this lay off does not go too long. More over with such a big frame I would not like him to play too many tests. I think he will be more sutied to limited overs cricket. This is Misbah's problem, first he delays the opportunity to Irfan, finally when Irfan does make a mark in international cricket, he over uses Irfans and deflates him. Also during the test series earlier he was giving lenghty spells to Irfan, this was also bad.

    But more importantly I hope Misbah does not bring S.Tanvir into the eleven. There are other better options. But the worst part of Misbah's decisions is that he brings in Tanvir even at the expense of Junaid, which is criminal according to me.

  • niazali11 on December 4, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    i request to mr najam sati to take usman khan for uae tour

  • Pakistan_Foreva on December 4, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Irfan should NOT play tests, I know he is a good bowler but with his age and body condition I don't think he can handle such a workload. He can be a very effective weapon in the 2014 Twenty20 and 2015 WC's, so he should just stick to 20/20 and ODI's.

  • on December 4, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Sohail Tanvir is warst Player ever in Cricket History....

  • on December 4, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    they should bring Mir Hamza New talent from Pakistan tooo.

  • Blade-Runner on December 4, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    @ likeintcricket ; "Sanga doesn't play the bounce well" ?? You must be kidding here. I think he is the only batsman from the sub-continent who can play the bounce so well. Pls go n check his feat against Aussies in Hobart. He scored 192 against the like of McGrath n Lee n given out caught to a ball came off his shoulder. Umpire Rudi had apologized to Sanga later about that decision. If Pak bowlers plan to bounce him out, they will be in big troubles. I think I don't have to remind you that Sanga averages 89.00 against Pakistan. G'luck btw !!!

  • on December 4, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    we got anwar and bhatti and junaid, please keep away from sohail tanveer,he had the worst performance. in uae and south Africa.get an allrounder

  • on December 4, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    because of his injury bring shoib maqsood for test

  • Morfi on December 4, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Where are those people now who were criticising Misbah for being too cautious when he said Irfan must be used carefully??? Hafeez should not have played Irfan in the T20s - he even rested JUNAID to play him. Now they must suffer and learn their lesson. !!

  • on December 4, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    bad really bad!!!! but might be a blessing in disguise for men in green. Pak must win this series to lift themselves, if green shirts fail it will hurt badly.

  • on December 4, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Irfan needs to be managed very efficiently by PCB if he is to represent Pakistan. There are issues with his fitness which means each time he plays for Pakistan he could break down during the match thus reducing the team to one less bowler. Furthermore, he is not exactly a good fielder or batsman. He should only be brought into the team if he is 100% fit, improves his fielding and batting. At the moment he is too much of a liability given the fact that Pakistani fast bowling resources are fairly good. Team Pakistan should only be considering those bowlers who are 100% fit, outstanding bowlers, good fielders and can make some contribution with the bat. We also need to have outstanding batsmen and allrounders in the team. I believe this is possible provided players are selected on the basis of talent rather than who they know.Once this is achieved only then Team Pakistan could become one of the top teams in the world.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 4, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    May be it is time to select TALHA WHO has been waiting for a long time. Bhatti is another option but plz don't tell me Anwer Ali is a bowler of international standard. What about Umar Gul? when does he get well?

  • likeintcricket on December 4, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    I think he could be a very useful bowlers against someone like Sangakara. Sanga doesn't play the bouncy ball very well. With Junaid and Spinners it will be difficult for Lankans to post a good total. I think Pakistan batting struggled against SA due to their pace bowling but they can handle Asian bowlers much easier. ODIs are not that important and infect we won a series against SA without Irfan.

  • on December 4, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    i think they need to bring back mohammad amir back in pak cricket.

  • keptalittlelow on December 4, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Irfan's problems highlights the poor PCB management of the game in the country, he was not identified as a great bowler until it was too late. Irfan is a fantastic bowler but there is the problem with his age, his fitness has always been an issue, well lets see when he plays next, I hope he does soon.

  • BMDeep on December 4, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    No disrespect to MIrfan, but I dont think he is d kind of cricketer who can play cric all round d calender. He is always a liability wen it is about 100 % fitness and u can attribute this to his huge physique. He is a very rare talent and d fact that he was noticed and brought into the team at around 30 even makes his scenario much complicated. So, I think PCB should manage his carefully by including him shorter formats and avoiding in tests. This will elongate his career by another 3,4 yrs. Finally I wish him a quick recovery and hope to see him soon on d field.

  • on December 4, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Might not be a good idea to play him in tests because of his fitness issues. But in odis it will be big loss for pakistan as he was good with new ball recently. They should manage his load in future.

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  • on December 4, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Might not be a good idea to play him in tests because of his fitness issues. But in odis it will be big loss for pakistan as he was good with new ball recently. They should manage his load in future.

  • BMDeep on December 4, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    No disrespect to MIrfan, but I dont think he is d kind of cricketer who can play cric all round d calender. He is always a liability wen it is about 100 % fitness and u can attribute this to his huge physique. He is a very rare talent and d fact that he was noticed and brought into the team at around 30 even makes his scenario much complicated. So, I think PCB should manage his carefully by including him shorter formats and avoiding in tests. This will elongate his career by another 3,4 yrs. Finally I wish him a quick recovery and hope to see him soon on d field.

  • keptalittlelow on December 4, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Irfan's problems highlights the poor PCB management of the game in the country, he was not identified as a great bowler until it was too late. Irfan is a fantastic bowler but there is the problem with his age, his fitness has always been an issue, well lets see when he plays next, I hope he does soon.

  • on December 4, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    i think they need to bring back mohammad amir back in pak cricket.

  • likeintcricket on December 4, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    I think he could be a very useful bowlers against someone like Sangakara. Sanga doesn't play the bouncy ball very well. With Junaid and Spinners it will be difficult for Lankans to post a good total. I think Pakistan batting struggled against SA due to their pace bowling but they can handle Asian bowlers much easier. ODIs are not that important and infect we won a series against SA without Irfan.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 4, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    May be it is time to select TALHA WHO has been waiting for a long time. Bhatti is another option but plz don't tell me Anwer Ali is a bowler of international standard. What about Umar Gul? when does he get well?

  • on December 4, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Irfan needs to be managed very efficiently by PCB if he is to represent Pakistan. There are issues with his fitness which means each time he plays for Pakistan he could break down during the match thus reducing the team to one less bowler. Furthermore, he is not exactly a good fielder or batsman. He should only be brought into the team if he is 100% fit, improves his fielding and batting. At the moment he is too much of a liability given the fact that Pakistani fast bowling resources are fairly good. Team Pakistan should only be considering those bowlers who are 100% fit, outstanding bowlers, good fielders and can make some contribution with the bat. We also need to have outstanding batsmen and allrounders in the team. I believe this is possible provided players are selected on the basis of talent rather than who they know.Once this is achieved only then Team Pakistan could become one of the top teams in the world.

  • on December 4, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    bad really bad!!!! but might be a blessing in disguise for men in green. Pak must win this series to lift themselves, if green shirts fail it will hurt badly.

  • Morfi on December 4, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Where are those people now who were criticising Misbah for being too cautious when he said Irfan must be used carefully??? Hafeez should not have played Irfan in the T20s - he even rested JUNAID to play him. Now they must suffer and learn their lesson. !!

  • on December 4, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    because of his injury bring shoib maqsood for test