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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  • Sports4Youth 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.

    .

  • HANIF786 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.

  • 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..

  • 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

  • Sports4Youth 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 ?

  • Sports4Youth 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.

    .

  • Imrizvi 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • zzby on January 6, 2014, 10:44 GMT

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

  • Sports4Youth 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.

    .

  • HANIF786 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.

  • 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..

  • 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

  • Sports4Youth 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 ?

  • Sports4Youth 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.

    .

  • Imrizvi 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • zzby on January 6, 2014, 10:44 GMT

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

  • on January 6, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    akkh sarfaraq again, this guy cannot hold cricket bat, modern day cricket, sarfaraz cannot even select for NAMIBIA team

  • on January 6, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Sarfaraz is an excellent wicket keeper and an excellent athlete. Why do we forget that he was the highest scorer in low scoring Asia cup final. If Adnan Akmal fails with bat no one talks about it so why make such noise when Sarfaraz does not score. Thank God we have a stable Captain in Misbah who has a cool head. Remember what happened what Ansar was suddenly drafted as wicket keeper he could not even average 10 as a batsman. Time to stop blame game as Sarfaraz should be an automatic choice..

  • on January 6, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Sami Aslam and sadaf hussain....Two great up coming players for pakistan

  • siabbasi on January 6, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Wicket Keeper Batsman is an ideal choice for any team.

    I still believe primary keeper should be a good keeper first and a batsman after. Keeping is a whole different skill.

    Let's see. Gul's fitness loss is Pak's huge loss.

  • on January 5, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    This should be last chance for Sarfraz. We want to see Rizwan. He is very good wicket keeper bats man.

  • ilililililililililililililx on January 5, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Sarfraz is a very good keeper but an awful batsmen.

  • naeemhussain on January 5, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Why not Rizwan Ahmed he is young and exciting talent. Sarfraz is not a good choice he can never be a player of international level.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 5, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    absolutely waste of space. Cmon guys you gota try some young talented guys like Mohammad Rizwan. sarfaraz will be never as good as international standard. i would even prefer Kamran akmal on him, who is very good with bat.

  • roook on January 5, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Hope adnan akmal recover from his injury soon. Pakistan wasted a good allrounder wicket keeper zulgarnain haider. Sarfraz Ahmed was given a SA tough tour where he failed. All teams go with wicket keeper having batting average of 35 but adnan average is just 25. Secondly Pakistan are just played 7 test a year and test player are lacking match practice

  • on January 4, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    muhammad rizvan should have given the chance for srilanka series in place of injured adnan akmal...Sarfraz Ahmad has been tried and tested several times....bad decision from pcb...

  • on January 4, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Will only 9 batsmen play in 2nd inns?

  • Equanimous on January 3, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Sarfraz Ahmad has been tried and tested. He cannot bat. Does not come into the line of the ball most times. Footwork is lacking. Cannot drive. Head isn't still on most occaisions. Falls over while playing because the balance isn't right. Dosn't look like he has good hand eye coordination with a bat in hand which results in him either being too early but most of the time being too late on the ball. He will be repeatedly caught in the slips or gully when driving the ball on the up. The worst thing that can happen is that he scores a 50 against srilanka in abudhabi and then is taken to overseas trips where he has never performed consistently despite multiple chances. I am not saying that we should stick with Akmal but we should try new people. The one constant in great teams is good wicketkeeper batsman. Its a pivotal position and gives the tam the luxury of playing extra batsmen or bowler and demoralizes an opposition. we won't be a good team with Sarfraz.

  • khanumair90 on January 3, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    The PCB has never made selections in order to built a team. You cannot have a world class team in a single day. It needs to be built. You need to find talent, which Pakistan has a lot and then you need to develop that talent. For example, a talent like Umar Akmal has been wasted by Pakistan. He has been turned into a makeshift ODI wicket keeper batting way down the order. Why isn't he been given a go in the Test team. Shoaib Maqsood is a fine stroke maker with great temperament and is currently in good form. Why wasn't he made a part of this test team.

  • on January 3, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    sarfraz is ok for tests but not for limited overs. in odis he is worst batsman than these lot.

    adnan should not play. sarfraz or rizwan should play in tests.

    anyway. hope akmal recovers soon.

  • Haz95 on January 3, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Give Sarfraz a real chance. His only tests were in the hardest of all, South Africa. Remember he won whilst captaining the U 19 team. Sarfraz is the top domestic batsman after Mo Rizwan in terms of wicketkeeping. Also he's far better at keeping than any of the Akmals.

  • Riz000 on January 3, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Being a Pak Fan i Wish Sri Lanka get Pakistan all out for less then 100 in their 2nd inngs that's the only way PCB will be making changes in the side Sarfraz Ahmed has been tried and failed yet he makes his way back in the test Mohmaad Hafeez has been tried and failed and failing yet he is back in the team we need Mohammad Talha Harris Sohail and Mohammad Rizwan who is a top Wicket keeper in Pakistan asap.

  • U.A.1985 on January 3, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    People seem to have a very short memory nowadays. They have forgotten that Sarfraz Ahmed was captain of U19 team which won the world cup. The guy needs confidence and consistent games. He just played 4-5 test matches and then there were calls to drop him. This guy has talent to be Pakistan's long term wicket keeping solution.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 3, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Awesome partnership. Well, the point is, this can break at any moment, so until you reach a good target like 250,300, they should not lose their concentration. Until the last ball bowled, I'm not sure about Pakistan. They are real fighters! All the best Angelo and Chandi.

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Well I fail to understand why dont PCB pick Kamran akmal as he has already played 53 odd test matches and has given wonderfull performence in the pas as i remember his best innings at Mohali 2005 & Karachi 2006 both in tremendous pressure n Pakistan were almost down for the count against India. Or even Umar Akmal good keeper n attacking batsmen as well Sarfaraz is a good keepe rbut in terms of batting has not proved his worth I hope he delivers this time all da best team green :)

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Sarfraz Ahmed is goot at batting. I have seen some Rashid Latif in him, he needs time to settle in the team, every time when he's brought in the team, he's just dropped after couple of matches.

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Muhammad Rizwan should get a chance in the playing Xi .H is an emerging wicketkeeper whose talent is being wasted.

    Another choice is Shakeel Ansar who has played very less cricket and was dropped. Asad Shafiq is always getting chances even if he doesn't perform well so why not give a chance to this youngster who can be a surprise package for Pakistan in tests.

    Another option is Muhammad Salman.he is a good keeper who can bat well so why not give him a chance .

    PCB should give others a chance not only Sarfaraz Ahmed and Adnan Akmal.

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    i dont understand why muhammad rizwan a young 22year old keeper is not being given the chance he has the best wikcet keeping performance recently in first class and bats with an average of 42.00 what else he needs to prove ?umar akmal should be played as a batsman hes got more talent by making him a wicket keeper they are shattering is batting skills he needs to focus on his batting only muhammad rizwan is exceptional had been an austrlian english or indian i bet he would have made in the international team 2years ago at the age of 20

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    sad to know. May he get well soon and join the next series.

  • drnaveed on January 3, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    with the arrival of sarfaraz , Pak will have even further long tail to handle . so now ,we have sarfaraz , ajmal , junaid and rahat , who all are not capable of even scoring 05 runs COLLECTIVELY. infact , ajmal has made so many naughts recently , that one cannot count them . even umar akmal would have been a better choice than sarfarz ,no doubt , he is not the best wk , but still his keeping is not that bad ,furthermore , his addition would have strengthen our batting , which nowadays , just revolve around yonus and misbah only ,with occasional performances from so called other batsmen. a poor decision made by the selectors.

  • drnaveed on January 3, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    with the arrival of sarfaraz , Pak will have even further long tail to handle . so now ,we have sarfaraz , ajmal , junaid and rahat , who all are not capable of even scoring 05 runs COLLECTIVELY. infact , ajmal has made so many naughts recently , that one cannot count them . even umar akmal would have been a better choice than sarfarz ,no doubt , he is not the best wk , but still his keeping is not that bad ,furthermore , his addition would have strengthen our batting , which nowadays , just revolve around yonus and misbah only ,with occasional performances from so called other batsmen. a poor decision made by the selectors.

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    I dont know wht they recall sarfaraz as he is worst as wicket keeper and as batsman.They should have recalled Rizwan or Umer Akmal who is thousand times better batsman than srafaraz.

  • on January 3, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Not much difference..Both are good at wicket keeping and worst at batting.

  • on January 3, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Why don't they go for Muhammad Rizwan???

  • aliasad106 on January 3, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Very Sad news. May he get well soon :-( But Why Asad Shafiq ? Should call a professional Wicket Keeper or Play with Umar Akmal in next matches

  • on January 3, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    best thing that has happened fo pak team,

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  • on January 3, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    best thing that has happened fo pak team,

  • aliasad106 on January 3, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Very Sad news. May he get well soon :-( But Why Asad Shafiq ? Should call a professional Wicket Keeper or Play with Umar Akmal in next matches

  • on January 3, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Why don't they go for Muhammad Rizwan???

  • on January 3, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Not much difference..Both are good at wicket keeping and worst at batting.

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    I dont know wht they recall sarfaraz as he is worst as wicket keeper and as batsman.They should have recalled Rizwan or Umer Akmal who is thousand times better batsman than srafaraz.

  • drnaveed on January 3, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    with the arrival of sarfaraz , Pak will have even further long tail to handle . so now ,we have sarfaraz , ajmal , junaid and rahat , who all are not capable of even scoring 05 runs COLLECTIVELY. infact , ajmal has made so many naughts recently , that one cannot count them . even umar akmal would have been a better choice than sarfarz ,no doubt , he is not the best wk , but still his keeping is not that bad ,furthermore , his addition would have strengthen our batting , which nowadays , just revolve around yonus and misbah only ,with occasional performances from so called other batsmen. a poor decision made by the selectors.

  • drnaveed on January 3, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    with the arrival of sarfaraz , Pak will have even further long tail to handle . so now ,we have sarfaraz , ajmal , junaid and rahat , who all are not capable of even scoring 05 runs COLLECTIVELY. infact , ajmal has made so many naughts recently , that one cannot count them . even umar akmal would have been a better choice than sarfarz ,no doubt , he is not the best wk , but still his keeping is not that bad ,furthermore , his addition would have strengthen our batting , which nowadays , just revolve around yonus and misbah only ,with occasional performances from so called other batsmen. a poor decision made by the selectors.

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    sad to know. May he get well soon and join the next series.

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    i dont understand why muhammad rizwan a young 22year old keeper is not being given the chance he has the best wikcet keeping performance recently in first class and bats with an average of 42.00 what else he needs to prove ?umar akmal should be played as a batsman hes got more talent by making him a wicket keeper they are shattering is batting skills he needs to focus on his batting only muhammad rizwan is exceptional had been an austrlian english or indian i bet he would have made in the international team 2years ago at the age of 20

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Muhammad Rizwan should get a chance in the playing Xi .H is an emerging wicketkeeper whose talent is being wasted.

    Another choice is Shakeel Ansar who has played very less cricket and was dropped. Asad Shafiq is always getting chances even if he doesn't perform well so why not give a chance to this youngster who can be a surprise package for Pakistan in tests.

    Another option is Muhammad Salman.he is a good keeper who can bat well so why not give him a chance .

    PCB should give others a chance not only Sarfaraz Ahmed and Adnan Akmal.