South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg January 30, 2013

Injured Taufeeq out of South Africa tour

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Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar has been ruled out of the tour of South Africa after failing to recover from a leg injury. Imran Farhat has been confirmed as his replacement.

"He [Taufeeq] has been advised four to five weeks rest by the doctors," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "The team management is sending him back and requested for a replacement."

Taufeeq had to sit out of the practice match in East London that ended on Monday and the decision to send him home was taken after the results of an MRI. Pakistan's team manager Naveed Akram Cheema confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Taufeeq did not train this week. Nasir Jamshed played in his place in the tour match and scored two half-centuries, which puts him in line to make his debut in the first Test in Johannesburg from February 1.

Taufeeq has played 43 Tests since making his debut in 2001 and scored 2943 runs at an average of 38.72. He's been part of the XI in Pakistan's previous 18 Tests, since they played South Africa in the UAE in November 2010. During this period, he scored three centuries and five half-centuries. He was also part of the squad that played two Tests in South Africa ten years ago and was Pakistan's leading run-scorer with 280 runs, including a century in Cape Town.

This season in first-class cricket, Taufeeq scored 377 runs from nine matches at an average of 22.17, with two half-centuries.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • KingKongIn on February 1, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    hahaha I couldn't stop laughing when I read UsmanMH comments he is too funny..!! what to say for him comments...I did not get any words so will wait untill first test finishes..will see teh performance of below avg african team (according to usmanMH) and world beater Pakistan team (according to UsmanMH).

    Solid_snake : India already won a test series in ENG lolz (but you didn't know it I guess) this was only last series against ENG where we couldn't play well..otherwise our records are much better than yours in England. why you dont agree both India and Pakistan are medicore team outside the subcontinents. SA will crush Pakistan in this series you know this as well..why dont accept it..nothin is bad in that. SA is superior team right now...they are beating everyone..!!

  • Harmony111 on February 1, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    @ekirmani: Ofc it doesn't make much sense. Why would it make sense when what you say is wrong? Sachin scored 118 vs Pak in 96 in Sharjah where India won the match. You must be extremely desperate now to somehow say anything substantial cos now you are resorting to use wrong facts to build your arguments. Has the inevitable decimation taken hold of you? Have you seen the fate of Pakistan team in SA huh? Well it is 0-3 with huge defeats in all the 3 matches - by innings perhaps.

  • ekirmani on January 31, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    LOL @ Harmony111 showing his nose up in a article where indians aren't even mentioned just to take a jab at Pakistan, guess the recent series loss AT HOME against Pak still keeping him up at night. And then he brings up a stupid fact senseless statistic of how Shoaib is not a match winner because every time he got Sachin out in ODI's pak lost the match, gee that's hilarious, the same argument can be made of how Sachin is not a match winner because every time he made a century against pak in ODI's, India lost. See how much sense that makes? :S

  • Harmony111 on January 31, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @getsetgopk: You are wrong on almost everything there. Ind were #1 only during the 1st 3 tests in the Eng tour after which Eng became #1 so most of your comment becomes pointless cos Ind never played the other 5 tests as #1. Secondly, it wasn't in succession. India also played WI in the interim. Thirdly, Eng cudn't even defend their #1 rank at home vs SA, losing 0-2 to them including one of the biggest Test defeats of all time while Ind went to SA as #1 and not only defended their #1 rank but also came close to winning the series there.

    Pak is the ONLY TEAM EVER TO BE ALL OUT FOR <100 3 TIMES IN A MONTH, including twice in succession. They did this in Aug 2010. Nothing else done by any other team comes remotely close to this top class performance that Pak came up in August 2010.

  • davidatlas999 on January 31, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    okay all indians think pakistan cant get one win in this tour and pakistan bowlers and batters are minnows it best.okay agree but i had a question for you guys if they did well then your prediction can you guys have guts to congrats them and say we are ashamed which we said earlier? If they didnt played well am sure pak fans will eat them.but mellian doller question he they played good then? Sorry for my poor english hope you guys get my point?

  • Sinhaya on January 31, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    @SK5983, you are wrong buddy. I am aware of other Pakistanis but certainly those 3 I said are promising for sure. Jamshed can open the batting in tests. Hafeez did well as an opener in the practice match so he may go opening in the first test and see. Key to Pakistani batting is surviving the new ball. No need to go for big shots. Regular singles will help to post a 300 plus total batting first which will be competitive and perhaps match winning.

  • sharidas on January 31, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Pakistan has a good set of bowlers, and I certainly believe that they will do well. In batting their top four has to come out good, if they are to succeed in South Africa. Losing Taufeeq Umar before the tour has really started is unfortunate, but from what we have seen lately,Nasir Jamshed is really in good form and Imran Farhat has not been bad either. With Dav Whatmore most teams have done well in the past and lets hope for some good competitive Cricket.

  • Solid_Snake on January 31, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    @Harmony111-> Chosing Pak Last 3 tours of Australia & comparing it with the combined last 2 tours of India to Aus & England.What type of comparison is that.. Anyways lets see the overall performance.. Pak record in Australia 21-4... India's record 26-5... Infact if you add the last Pak vs Aus series which was a Draw in England.. One more Win against Australia outside Sub con.. Make it 22-5 For Pakistan to come down & level up with India,need one more 4-0 Trashing just like India suffered & then Both countries would become equal.But still Pakistan would be ahead with one less match played..But what if Pak manage to win a match lol

  • Harmony111 on January 31, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    @jimmy2s: I am talking about Pak's impending doom in this series so all that I say is completely relevant. Pity you can't figure it out. And with due respect to SA, they just got thrashed at home by the Kiwis and could win the 3rd ODI only off the very last ball so you may want to keep a bit quiet about who got thrashed where.

    I also hope that you would rather give this advice of moving elsewhere to various nefarious Pak fans who kept coming in the Ind-Eng forum to say nasty things about everything India did. Thus no one should really cry buckets now if they get paid back.

  • getsetgopk on January 31, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Harmony111: Give it a rest, 3 tours spread accross what 12 years and back to back white washes resulting in 0-8 is simply not comparable. The 0-8 is a very unique feat I must say, for one, it has never been achieved in the entire history of test cricket, 2ndly the time it took India to achieve it was really short, a year or so. Another beauty of the 0-8 feat is that it was achieved in an era when India had supposedly the best batting lineup known to man kind. It also happened when India was the so called world top ranked team. No world no 1 team has ever been whitewashed on consecutive away tours, we WW England but they won a test in SL on their next tour so India hold that record too which indirectly suggest that the ICC ranking is a farce and India never were the no 1 team. And of course there are other aspects of the 0-8 feat which I will share with you if really necessary. Pak has been the most successful test team SC has ever produced, 2nd best is SL, India doesn't feature, cheers