Imamul Haq ruled out of Abu Dhabi Test with finger injury

Left-handed opener to be monitored before T20I series against Australia


Pakistan's fast-rising opener Imamul-Haq was Thursday ruled out of the second Test against Australia after injuring his little finger during the Dubai match.

The 22-year-old left hander injured his finger while fielding in Australia's second innings on Thursday which was later found to be fractured.

"Imam has fractured the fifth finger of his left hand while fielding and has been ruled out of the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi from October 16," a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said.

Imam scored a brilliant 76 and then 48 in the ongoing Test, fourth of his career started in Ireland in May this year.

Imam will continued to be monitored before the three-match T20I series against Australia starting in Abu Dhabi from October 24.

Meanwhile, reports suggest, Fakhar Zaman — who was released from the squad to play domestic cricket in Pakistan — has been asked to stay with the team following Haq’s injury.

The 28-year-old and his family had confirmed tickets for Pakistan on Friday.