• Hafeez injury casts doubt on WC participation

    Mohammad Hafeez sustained a hand injury during his match in the Pakistan Super League over the weekend that may jeopardise his chances of featuring in the upcoming World Cup.

    Pakistan’s top-order batsman and off-spinner injured his hand attempting a catch off his own bowling during the match between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings on Saturday. The Qalandars’ captain is set to have surgery on his dominant right hand after sustaining a blow to his thumb that saw him walk off the field and not return for the rest of the match.

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    The incident happened during the Kings’ chase when South African batsman Colin Ingram pummeled the ball straight back at Hafeez during his second over, smashing through his fingers and causing the injury to his hand.

    The Qalandars will look to former Proteas captain AB de Villiers to replace Hafeez at the helm as the side looks to improve on their disastrous performances over the past two years in the domestic T20 competition.

    Hafeez’ participation in the rest of the Pakistan Super League season is in doubt, and he could possibly miss out of inclusion in Pakistan’s World Cup squad if he doesn’t recover in time for the tournament  beginning on 30 May.

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