Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day July 8, 2012

Adnan Akmal suffers hairline fracture

ESPNcricinfo staff

Adnan Akmal, the Pakistan wicketkeeper, has suffered a hairline fracture on his left ring finger during the opening day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele. Akmal was hit on the hand while trying to fend off a delivery from Dilhara Fernando in the first innings and had to retire hurt on 10. He resumed his innings and scored 24 before he was dismissed. Taufeeq Umar kept wicket in his absence when Sri Lanka came out to bat late in the evening.

The Pakistan team management had confirmed to the media that Akmal had a hairline fracture, and that it was uncertain if he would be fit to play on the second day. Though he hasn't been ruled out of the Test yet, the injury is a blow to Pakistan's chances as they look to win the match and square the series. It will also be a challenge for a makeshift wicketkeeper to keep to the spinners. Umar once stepped in for the injured Rashid Latif during the 2003 World Cup match against India at Centurion.

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  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    plz get back zulqernain as he already having among the 30 cricketers named for t20 world cup.....he is a brilliant batsman and brilliant keeper.

  • Ranil on July 9, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Dilhara,not to be taken lightly,has the knack of flooring the best of best;last year he floored,Kallis,probably first time in his career,did the same to Sarwan in WI among others.Though he buys only a few wickets,he is more threatening and vicious. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    That is two keepers injured on the same day. Mark Boucher has suffered a serious eye injury and now Akmal.

  • Umang on July 9, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Pakistan should bring Kamran Akmal back for all formats. Adnan is a good wicket keeper but a poor batsman. Razzaq should also be brought back in T20 & ODI. He balances the side by his aggressive batting & his accurate bowling.

  • Robert on July 9, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    A great misfortune for both Akmal and Pakistan - however, cricket is a physical sport and players always have to accept the luck of the draw. Hope he recovers well and quickly.

  • MOHAMMED on July 9, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Bad luck. Injury at wrong time. A severe blow to Wounded Pakistan, it is very difficult for Pak to Win this test. SL will win this test and series 2-0

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Shafiq has kept in his domestic career, hasn't he?

  • Sachin on July 8, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Pakistan should play Kamran akmal as pure batsmen in t-20 and ODI. Umar has wasted his oppurtunities only Adnan was going good between three brothers and now this happens, hope he will be fine soon between there will be no test series sooner for pak. it means Adnan will retain his place for next test.

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    :/ Hope he's fit to play.

  • Cricinfouser on July 8, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Younis Khan should really be keeping in place of Taufeeq

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