RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf has been ruled out of the remaining two test matches against England due to a strain in his right thigh.
Rauf rolled over the ball while fielding during the opening day of the first test against England at Rawalpindi last week and the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Tuesday that MRI scans revealed a strained quadriceps.
England used relentless aggression with both the bat and ball to outsmart Pakistan by 74 runs in the opener. The second test begins Friday in Multan.
Rauf, who made his test debut, didn’t bowl after ending the first day with an expensive figures of 1-78 off his 13 overs. He grabbed the wicket of one of the four England century-makers Zak Crawley as the visitors smashed a world-record 506-4 on the opening day.
The PCB said in a statement that Rauf will now travel to Lahore to begin his rehabilitation at the National High Performance Centre.
Rauf’s injury is the second setback to Pakistan’s pace combination after Shaheen Afridi was already ruled out of the series because of knee injury.
Fast bowler Mohammad Wasim and allrounder Faheem Asharf are in the squad, but didn’t play in the first test as Pakistan gave test caps to seamers Mohammad Ali and Rauf.