Injury scare for Malik

Monday, November 26, 2007

Following their six-wicket defeat in the first Test against India in Delhi, there was further bad news for Pakistan as Shoaib Malik, the captain, injured his ankle during training after the match. Malik has had precautionary X-rays though the team management says it is too early to say if he would be fit for the second Test in Kolkata.

"The boys were playing football after the match when Malik twisted his ankle,"

Javed Akhtar, the team's media co-ordinator, told AFP.

"He was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays."

Malik's is the latest among Pakistan's injury concerns on this tour. Fast bowler Umar Gul, who missed the first Test, is likely to miss the Kolkata Test as well due to a troublesome back. Mohammad Asif, who pulled out at the start of the tour due to a elbow injury, is in the frame for selection for the final Test in Bangalore though that depends on how quickly he recovers.

The second Test begins from November 30.

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