Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 February 5, 2013

Injured Haris Sohail out of South Africa tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan batsman Haris Sohail has been ruled out of the ongoing tour of South Africa because of an ankle injury. He has returned home and is expected to need four weeks to recover. Pakistan have not named a replacement yet.

Sohail did not play the Johannesburg Test, which Pakistan lost by 211 runs after being dismissed for 49 in the first innings. He is yet to make his debut in any format for Pakistan.

Sohail had twisted his ankle in December, during a training camp in Lahore ahead of the tour of India, but had recovered in time to make the trip.

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  • Masood on February 8, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Harris sohail was obvious choice in the middle order but unfortunately got unfit so Imran farhat got the chance although he already got enough chances but his recent performance is outstanding in domestic so this time he deserve. Yes Fawad alam should be in the team as we always pick him in wrong format.Fawad has the tailor made test player and he has talent to play big innings and stay on pitch for long time, his debut inning is evidance of his talent he would always be the part of test side...but i persist with the same batting line up for the second test. as far as yonis K concern people always critic him but he always reply with his bat.He is a class act and i hope he will perform better in the rest of series.

  • Masood on February 8, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    yes selection of the team leaves lot of questions marks.It is quiet unfortunate for Aizaz cheeema to be dropped from the tour b\c i think he is the best bowler who is suitable for these sort of pitches and conditions. Rhat is a good bowler but saddaf hussain is much much better than rahat.i am afraid he is ruined by selector as they did to najaf shah ,M irshad, A rauf ,tanvir ahmed kamran hussain and so many other .... people blaming F.iqbal but he has never got 4 consecutive test even he had strucked fifty or century in last match.He always blamed for relative of miandad but the fact is that he is a talented player but we never gave him confidence.His ability to play spin is amazing and he had a century against S.A strong bowling line which include pollock,nitini,hyward back in 2003 but he never got enough chance constantly

  • Masood on February 8, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    people are criticizing on tanvir ahmed age but i guarantee he is much fitter than some young lads forget about players age as far as they are fit and performing in the field.tanvir can swings tbe ball either ways and can ball around 86 to 88 Mph .He has bowling avg around 24 in test and dont forget about his batting who can play defensively and hit big sixes as well. i wander why he didnot pick for lanka tour...?He is a big match player his average doesnot show his potential so he must be part of the 2nd test...

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    now the time to take correct action from PCB to call MOHAMMAD yousaf or shoaib malik. we need bunch of experience to handle SA,s pace attack otherwise i,m afraid same will happen in 2nd match

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Rahat ali needs to be replaced by Wahab riaz ..he can bat also. Also when a chance comes we must utilise Fawad alams talent.

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    No point bringing more left handed batsmen in - they won't cope with either Vern or Morkel

  • Muttee on February 7, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    You think Yousaf won't be able to cope and is a tried and tested and failed player? you really need to learn some cricket boy. Check his track record in SA and you will know what he is capable of and also he is still keeping himself fit and will be much better on handling these bowlers than anyone else in the team right now.

  • ilyas on February 7, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Ha ha Mohd yousuf? You have got to be kidding me. The guy is ancient and will score zero runs and may also get hurt against this SA attack. Leave him in peace in his retirement home! The worrying thing is there are no new batting names being mentioned just the usual suspects who have been tried and found wanting especially farhat and iqbal who are both useless. I still think we need to give umar akmal a proper go. Tell him he is in the side for the whole tour and then make a judgement. Currently he knows he is one poor shot from being dropped. He is a rare talent and we should give him a fair chance

  • hibbatur on February 7, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    @pauliangenius, I agree with your suggestions, however I feel Ajmal should stay in, as he can bowl a spell from no where to construct an unlikely victory. Why should we not try Mohammad Irfan if he is fit? facing the facts does not mean that we should lose all the fight, 50% of the battle is mental attitude, it was Imran khan's mental attitude which got us the world cup.

  • Cricket on February 7, 2013, 10:48 GMT


    Please compare the following performances in first class & Tests and Kindly explain to me how Gul can be the spearhead of the Pakistan Attack.

    Name - - - - - Age - Wicket/AVG.(FC) - - - - Wickets/Avg (Tests)

    Sadaf Hussain (23) -- 171/17.43

    Ehsan Adil - - (19) - - 59/18.94

    Aizaz Cheema -(33) -- 327/20.79

    Rahat Ali - - - (24) - - 152/21

    Junaid Khan - (23) - - 246/21.86 - - - - - - 29/28

    Asad Ali - - - (24) - - 355/22.87

    Mohammed Irfan(30) -- 131/26.23

    Anwar Ali - - (25) - - 260/27.46

    Wahab Riaz -- (27) -- 320/28.19 - - - - - - 17/34.11

    Umar Gul - - (29) - - 326/28.26 - - - - - - 162/33.53

    Mohammed Talha(24) -- 239/28.39

    Gul has got far too many chances without really performing well. Time to move on to players like Sadaf, Ehsan, etc along with Junaid & Rahat.


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