Haider to miss Oval and Lord’s

Pakistan star Zulqarnain HaiderPakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has been ruled out of the remaining two Tests with England due to a broken finger. (Pak 6/1 to win 3rd Test)

The 24-year-old made his Test debut in the second Test against England at Edgbaston after the Pakistan selectors lost patience with Kamran Akmal following a series of inept displays behind the stumps and less-than-inspiring performances with the bat.

Haider was dismissed first ball in his first innings and almost repeated that in the second innings – having been given out lbw before receiving a reprieve courtesy of the third umpire’s review.

He went on to score 88 in his second knock and clearly got under the skin of the England side, prompting Stuart Broad to hurl the ball at him – an action which cost the paceman half of his match fee.

It has now been confirmed that the keeper has sustained a hairline fracture of a finger and will require three weeks rest for the injury to heal.

Akmal has been recalled to the side for the third Test, which begins at the Oval on Wednesday, while Haider will hope to be fit for the five-match one-day series which follows the conclusion of the Test series. (Eng 11/10 to win Test series 4-0)

It is unclear how the Lahore-born star sustained the injury but team-mate Imran Farhat revealed that Haider felt it was Broad’s throw which had caused the damage, although this has not been confirmed by the Pakistan management.

“This is what Zulqarnain told us,” he said. “But obviously keepers have sore fingers all the time.”

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