Haris Sohail has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against England that starts today in Cardiff. The middle-order batsman picked up a hamstring injury last week during the team’s training session in Derby.
An MRI scan conducted yesterday has revealed a Grade 3 tear and will force the player into a four-week rehabilitation program at the National High Performance Centre in Lahore. Haris will now return to Pakistan before a reassessment of his fitness levels is carried out.
“I was keenly looking forward to the ODIs as part of my objective to contribute in the side’s success and also cement my position in the side,” the batsman said. “In this background, I am disappointed that my tour has been cut-short, but I will return to Lahore and undergo a rehabilitation programme so that I can fully recover for the 2021-22 season.”
The 32-year-old Haris, who recently saw himself excluded from the list of central contract awardees for 2021-22, was called up for the England ODIs having proved his fitness. After a fairly successful World Cup in 2019, he played only three ODIs as a fitness cloud hung over his head.
Pakistan, who are placed third in the ICC CWC Super League, will look to clinch a series win against the depleted World Champions. The ODIs at Cardiff, Lord’s and Edgbaston will be followed by three T20Is at Trent Bridge, Headingley and Old Trafford finishing on July 20.