Pakistan suffer blow as Sohail ruled out of SA tour

By Sports Desk January 02, 2019

Pakistan have announced Haris Sohail will play no further part in their tour of South Africa due to a knee injury.

Middle-order batsman Sohail missed the first Test of the three-match series in Centurion, which Pakistan lost by six wickets, due to the problem.

On Wednesday, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) statement confirmed the 29-year-old - who has suffered a number of knee injuries throughout his career - will leave the tour.

"The batsman will return home shortly while a replacement, if any, will be announced later," read the statement.

"PCB will set up Haris' appointment [if needed] with the best orthopaedic surgeon recommended by the National Cricket Academy's panel of doctors for further assessment, analysis and treatment."

While Sohail remains sidelined, Pakistan are set to welcome back fit-again seamer Mohammad Abbas for the second Test in Cape Town, which begins on Thursday.

 

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    Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha said: "He can't hold the bat so hopefully in 24 hours' time we'll know more, 

    "He was in quite a lot of pain but now he's okay after icing it a couple of times." 

    Kurtis Patterson made 157 not out and Doran was unbeaten on 102 as a Cricket Australia XI declared on 316-5, with Sri Lanka 38 without loss at stumps in their opening tour match. 

    Hathurusingha was concerned to see Sri Lanka bowl 12 front-foot no balls. 

    "It's a big concern. We need to get that right because it's happened to us again," he said. 

    "The spinners also bowled no-balls in the England series and we got, I think, three wickets off no-balls so it's a big concern. We need to get it right soon." 

     

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