LONDON: Pakistani fast bowler Hasan Ali is facing an injury scare before the Test match against England to be played at Lord’s from May 24.
The right-arm pacer injured his hand during the two-day practice match against Leicestershire while attempting a catch, the team management said.
According to physiotherapist of Pakistani team, Cliffe Deacon, Ali split the webbing between the thumb and index finger. The medical team assessed the injury and gave two stitches as precautionary measures.
“We would try to keep Hasan away from practice on Tuesday and give him a chance to heal the injury,” Deacon said, adding that at this point the fast bowler is available for selection in the squad for the first match.
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Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir appeared to prove his fitness as Pakistan drew their final warm-up match ahead of the start of their two-Test series against England.
A two-day game against Leicestershire was always likely to end in a draw and that was the case as the Midlands county finished on 226 for six in reply to Pakistan´s first innings 321 for nine declared.
Amir was one of several first-choice players rested from this match ahead of the first Test at Lord´s starting Thursday after suffering a recurrence of a longstanding knee problem during Pakistan´s preceding five-wicket victory over Test debutants Ireland in Malahide, Dublin completed on Tuesday.
The left-arm quick did, however, bowl at a lively pace on the side of the square during the lunch break and is understood not to have suffered any adverse reaction.
Amir, now 26, saw his cricket career almost ended for good after he was caught up in a spot-fixing scandal during a 2010 Test against England at Lord´s.