Pakistan paceman out of action after hobbling off the field in Dubai Test
As feared, Mohammad Amir was ruled out of the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka starting next week after suffering a stress-related injury in his right shin and was set to be replaced by Usman Shinwar, another left-arm pacer, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Saturday (October 7).
Amir limped off the field after bowling just three overs on the second day of Pakistan’s ongoing second and final Test, a day-night affair, against Sri Lanka in Dubai on Saturday.
It emerged that Amir, 25, aggravated an old problem in his shin during the opening day's play after bowling just three deliveries of his 17th over. Although he was cleared to bowl on Saturday, Amir could manage to bowl only three overs before hobbling off again.
“The fast bowler has been advised two to three weeks rest after he underwent an MRI scan,” said a board statement.
While Amir has been asked not to bowl in the ongoing Test, he was available to bat.
In the morning, Salim Sohail, Pakistan’s team doctor, Mickey Arthur, the head coach, and Azhar Mahmood, the bowling coach, watched Amir bowl in the nets before deciding to let him continue bowling in the match. But with the discomfort very much there, he couldn’t play too big a part, adding to Sarfraz Ahmed's woes as Sri Lanka progressed to 482 in its first innings.
Amir has struggled to pick up wickets in this series. He bowled 39 overs without luck in the first Test, which Pakistan went on to lose by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi.
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