Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day January 3, 2014

Adnan Akmal ruled out with fractured finger

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Pakistan wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal is out of the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka after fracturing his left index finger. He will take no further part in the series. Sarfraz Ahmed has been named as replacement for the second and third Tests in Dubai and Sharjah, and will proceed to the UAE to join the squad.

Akmal damaged the finger while taking the catch of Kaushal Silva off what turned out to be the last delivery on day three. He was seen rubbing his finger after the end of the day's play. Younis Khan took over keeping duties at the start of the fourth day of the Test.

Sarfraz's last game for Pakistan was an ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare in August 2013. The last of his four Tests came against South Africa in Centurion in February 2013.

Umar Gul, the fast bowler, has returned home to Pakistan to work with the National Cricket Academy, and also get some domestic matches under his belt in a bid to regain match fitness. He had earlier been recalled to the Pakistan squad for the ODI leg of Sri Lanka's tour after a nine-month layoff due to a knee injury he had sustained in March during the second ODI against South Africa at Centurion. He played in all three of the ODIs against Sri Lanka, taking seven wickets in all.

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  • Cricket on January 7, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Many comments here are demanding the selection of Mohammed RIZWAN. I am not against the selection of Mohd.Rizwan. Even I like his Stats. But I think SARFRAZ AHMED has an edge over him on the basis of experience, atleast for the time being. Please consider their Vital Stats below.

    . .. .. .. ... Age - F.Class -- Bat.Avg. -- 100's -- 50's - Catches - stumpings

    SARFRAZ - 26 - - - 96 - - - - - 40.33 - - 7 - - -- 34 - - - 317 - - - 26

    RIZWAN - 21 - - - - 40 - - - - - - 42.12 -- 3 - - - - - 14 - - - - 128 - - - 6

    ADNAN - - 28 - - - 116 - - - - - 25.72 -- 4 - - - - 18 - - - - 392 - - 19

    I guess, After comparision of the above stats we can see that Adnan is getting preference over all the others because of experience though in the batting dept.Sarfraz and Rizwan are superior. So on the same criteria Sarfraz is preferred next because Rizwan is lacking in experience and there is not much between them in Bat.Avg.


  • HANIF on January 7, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Why not get Umar Akmal in Tests..He has been keeping for 50 overs in ODI's plus his batting skills are better than Sarfaraz & many other Pakistani batsmens.

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    2nd time this incident happen to this tissue paper guy in int'l arena, bring hand late on ball or wrong technique, i dont know but coaches should see..

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Where is Rizwan Ahmed? Why every time it is Sarfraz Ahmed? His performance is extremely poor. Poor Selection

  • Cricket on January 6, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Posted by Dipak Bhattarai on (January 6, 2014, 13:56 GMT) :

    Are you sure of that. KAMRAN has completely lost his form with the bat. In the last three years he has been horrible with the bat. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY in the last three years he has dropped more cathes than what he has taken. And most of them were easy catches. Have you guys forgotten about the match against New Zealand in the World Cup ?

  • Cricket on January 6, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    @ Imrizvi : I agree with your point completely.

    Uptill now in TEST matches, ADNAN got all the weeker teams and grounds to play. On the other hand SARFRAZ AHMED got the only tough opportunity of playing South Africa in South Africa. There all the specialist batsmen struggled. Also have you guys forgotten about all the fun that Dale STYEN made of the PROFESSOR (HAFEEZ). And in such conditions he still managed to make a 40. In the Fist Class matches SARFRAZ has the best batting average among wicket keepers. Infact in first class matches his average is in competetion with some of the specialist batsmen. Whatever little opportinites he got in the ODI games, he was not bad comming in late in the order. I THINK FIRST TIME HE IS GETTING A FAIR OPPORTUNITY ON TRACKS WHERE HE CAN PROVE HIMSELF. GOOD LUCK TO SARFRAZ.


  • Mohsin on January 6, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Hi, why not sarfraz ???? a guy having over 45.00 average in domestic (which is better then some of so called excellent batsment) get chance on test level once in australia (where our living legends struggles, and then in Africa, where our so called best batsman like Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed struggled, and you people decided that he is not capable. How unfair it is? please let him play on some good pitches than decide.

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    kamran akmal should be given one more chance in test . as no one is better than him at the present in test level............with bat

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    I don't udnerstand those critcizing Sarfraz's selections he has been steller in domestic cricket. those who point to his batting need to look at domestic level performances where he is averaging 40 with the bat, his test average is poor largely because he has played 3 out of his 4 test against South Africa and 1 against Australia how many Pakistani batsmen let alone wicketkeepers have performed in test cricket in Australia and South Africa. Not to many.

  • zab on January 6, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Umar Gul is back then send another fast bowler why not????

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