Umar Gul to replace injured Ehsan Adil


DHAKA: Pakistan’s cricket team have suffered another injury on their tour of Bangladesh after paceman Ehsan Adil was ruled out due to a hamstring injury, an official said Saturday.

Adil’s injury is the fourth setback for Pakistan after batsman Sohaib Maqsood (arm fracture) and fast bowler Sohail Khan (back injury) were ruled out before the tour began, while leg-spinner Yasir Shah injured his thumb in a practice match prior to the one-day series.

Hosts Bangladesh hammered Pakistan by 79 runs in the first of three one-day internationals of the tour on Friday in Dhaka. Ehsan was not a part of the playing XI in the opening match of the series.

“Adil is out of Bangladesh one-day series due to hamstring injury and will be replaced by Umar Gul,” the Pakistan Cricket Board announced.

Adil, 22, will return home later Saturday while Gul will fly to Dhaka the same night.

Gul was named earlier for the Twenty20 to be played on April 24.

Team manager Naveed Cheema told AFP in Dhaka that Adil’s injury had worsened.

“Adil had a minor injury while coming to Bangladesh, we thought he would be fine. Today we examined him again and found that he has aggravated the hamstring injury,” Cheema said.

“The physio is of the opinion that he cannot recover sufficiently in the next seven days, so we are sending him back.”

The second and third one-day internationals will be held on Sunday and Wednesday. The one-days will be followed by two Tests. -AFP