Hafeez to miss remainder of England tour with calf injury

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Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan’s opener, will miss the remainder of the England tour due to a calf injury that he sustained before the second One-Day International (ODI) played at Lord’s on Saturday (August 27).

Hafeez, who didn’t play the second ODI due to his niggling calf problem, has suffered a minor strain in his left calf. However, the all-rounder is expected to continue his rehabilitation in England but won’t be staying with the squad.

Hafeez was under pressure to perform after compiling just 102 runs over six innings in the four-match Test series and was dropped for the crucial final Test at The Oval. He also was dismissed cheaply for 11 in the first ODI in Southampton.

Mohammad Irfan, the 32-year-old fast bowler, has been drafted into the set-up in Hafeez’s place. The tall fast bowler, known for extracting extra bounce, last played for Pakistan in the World T20 2016.

Incidentally, Irfan had lost out to Umar Gul in the original limited-overs squad. He is expected to arrive in England before the third ODI in Nottingham on Tuesday (August 30).

Hafeez asked to undergo bowling assessment test

Hafeez has also been asked to undergo an assessment test on his bowling action ahead of the Pakistan tour of West Indies. He completed his 12-month ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council last month.

“A senior PCB official has conveyed to him that he has to take the bowling test as his utility to the team is necessary as an allrounder in all three formats of the game,” a source close to the team said. “Hafeez has been told not to delay the bowling assessment anymore as the long-term interests of Pakistan cricket have to be taken into consideration first and he should take the test before the T20 series against the West Indies before September 23rd.”

Hafeez has been working with Carl Crowe in the United Kingdom to correct his bowling action.

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