Mohammad Hafeez Doubtful for Pakistan's 2nd Test Against New Zealand

Updated: 16 November 2014 16:25 IST

Mohammad Hafeez scored a century in the first Test against New Zealand but a hamstring injury is likely to keep him from being included in the second Test.

Mohammad Hafeez Doubtful for Pakistan's 2nd Test Against New Zealand
Pakistani cricket spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed (L) guides team player and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez during net practice session at Dubai International Stadium. © AFP

Dubai:

Pakistan may have to play with two new openers in the second Test against New Zealand starting in Dubai from Monday, after all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez suffered a hamstring injury and was listed as doubtful. (2nd Test preview)

Hafeez scored an unbeaten hundred in the first Test in Abu Dhabi which Pakistan won by 248 runs, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Team manager Moin Khan said Hafeez was doubtful for the match.

"As of today Hafeez is doubtful and we are assessing his hamstring injury and will take a final call on him on Monday," Khan told AFP.

In addition to his batting, Hafeez gives Pakistan an option of a fifth bowler with his off-spin.

But his action also came under scrutiny after it was reported as suspect during the first Test by match officials. (Read: Hafeez reported for suspect action)

Hafeez has 21 days to undergo a bio-mechanic analysis of his action but during this period he is allowed to bowl in international cricket.

Pakistan is already without in-form opener Ahmed Shehzad who scored a career-best 176 in the first Test but was ruled out of the last two matches after suffering a minor skull fracture on being hit by a Corey Anderson bouncer.

Experienced opener Taufeeq Umar will likely replace Shehzad and if Hafeez is also missing, Shan Masood will fill in.

Topics : Pakistan New Zealand Mohammad Hafeez Cricket
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