Pakistan lose Taufiq Umar for Test series in South Africa

Last Updated: 30/01/13 6:38pm

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Taufiq Umar: Out of South Africa Test series

Taufiq Umar: Out of South Africa Test series

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Pakistan opener Taufiq Umar has been ruled out of the forthcoming Test series with South Africa because of a leg injury.

Taufiq, 31, missed the four-day warm-up match in East London after picking up the injury in a nets session.

He will be replaced in the squad by Imran Farhat but Nasir Jamshed is likely to replace him in the line-up for the first Test after scoring two impressive half-centuries in the warm-up.

A PCB spokeman said: "The team management has told the national selectors that MRI scans have confirmed that Taufiq will require another three to four weeks to make a complete recovery. So he is returning home.

"In his place the selectors have picked Imran Farhat to reach South Africa before the first Test."

Taufeeq has played 43 tests and scored 2943 runs at an average of 38.72.

The three-Test series begins in Johannesburg on Friday.

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