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January 3, 2014
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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