The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Tuesday that bowler Haris Rauf will not play in the test series against England owing to injury.
When Haris Rauf was fielding the ball during the first Test against England, he stepped on the ball and sustained a right quad injury.
The 29-year-old bowler has a Grade-2 injury, according to the PCB, and will undergo rehab in Lahore.
It should be remembered that Rauf missed the remainder of the Rawalpindi test since he was sent for MRI scans. He did not bowl after batting in the opening innings. He had a forgettable debut and was the most costly fast bowler on the opening day, giving up 78 runs in 13 overs.
Rauf’s injury and Shaheen Afridi’s absence from this series could allow Pakistan to call up a fast bowler from outside the 18-man team that was originally selected for it.
The only other expert in that group is Mohammad Wasim Jr., but Pakistan has possibilities outside of those ranks in Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas.