Shoaib Malik ruled out of final (Banglore)Test

Thursday, December 6, 2007

BANGALORE: Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan captain, has been ruled out of the final Test against India in Bangalore. He has not recovered from the ankle injury he suffered during training after the loss to India in the first Test in Delhi.

Shoaib Malik, who missed the Test in Kolkata, consulted a orthopedic surgeon in Bangalore, who advised him five days' rest. Younis Khan will lead the team in Malik's absence.

Besides Malik, there are no other injury concerns in the team and this was confirmed by Ehsan Malik, the media manager.

Pakistan had been plagued by injuries and illnesses before the previous Test in Kolkata, with spearhead Shoaib Akhtar not 100 per cent fitn during the Test, and Umar Gul ruled out of the series a day before the Test with a back strain.

Now, Pakistan also have back-up in case of an injury to their key bowlers, with both Yasir Arafat and Rao Iftikhar Anjum sent to India as cover.

Pakistan need a win in the final Test at Bangalore to square the series. The match begins on December 8.

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