PAK vs ENG: Imam-ul-Haq ruled out of third England Test

The match will start tomorrow in Karachi

By Web Desk
December 16, 2022
Imam plays a shot towards the leg-side — AFP

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has been ruled out of the third Test against England, which starts tomorrow in Karachi, due to a hamstring injury.

The left-hander was seen limping during Pakistan team's training session on Friday at the National Bank Cricket Arena

"Imam is suffering from hamstring injury and will not play the Karachi Test," Pakistan skipper Babar Azam confirmed during a press conference on Friday. 

Imam was taken to the hospital for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans on Sunday during the second Test against England in Multan.

According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Imam “felt unease in his right hamstring” during the third day of the match. 

In the absence of Imam, wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan opened the second innings for Pakistan alongside Abdullah Shafique. 

Despite recurring injures, Azam stated that there was no compromise on fitness in the side.

"We have played a lot of cricket over the past year or so and had no time to rest. Due to lack of rest, you have seen many injuries recently," he said

"Injuries are part and parcel of the game but we will have to look after this since it is not an excuse. We know when we have to play cricket so we should plan accordingly so that there are fewer injuries," he added. 

It must be noted that England took full advantage of winning the toss — and their batting depth — to win the first Test by 74 runs on a dead wicket that offered nothing to the bowlers.

Rawalpindi yielded 1,768 runs in four innings — the third most in Test history — with seven individual centuries and five fifties.

The Ben Stokes-led unit won the second Test in Multan by 26 runs after Pakistan failed to chase down a target of 355 runs.

England are on their first Test tour of Pakistan since 2005, having declined to visit in the interim years on security grounds.