Haris Sohail likely to miss the ODI

Haris Sohail, Pakistan’s middle order batsman, is expected to miss the start of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against England on Thursday (July 8).

Sohail complained of a leg injury and missed several training sessions as well as both intra-squad matches in Derbyshire. As a result, he will have an MRI scan. “He has a leg injury and is unlikely to play in the first ODI,” a PCB source said. “He could even miss the remaining two matches.”

Pakistan are expected to make debuts of top-order batsman Abdullah Shafique or batting all-rounders Saud Shakil and Agha Salman in Sohail’s absence. Sohaib Maqsood, who last played for Pakistan in 2016, is set to fill one of the middle-order berths. Sohail has already gone home from tours to South Africa and New Zealand owing to fitness concerns and had missing last year’s tour to England due to COVID-19 restrictions.

During the early 2019 tour of South Africa, he had a back ailment. The left-handed batsman has been left out of the T20 International (T20I) series, which will take place after the ODIs. He has appeared in 42 One-Day Internationals for Pakistan, the most recent of which being against Zimbabwe in October 2020.

The ECB appointed a revised squad for the ODIs, with Ben Stokes designated captain, after seven England players and coaching staff tested positive for Covid-19. The team that played Sri Lanka in three T20Is and as many ODIs has been separated from the rest of the team.