Pakistan consider changes
CRICKET: Pakistan selectors are mulling over some selection changes, putting the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq in the frame for the second Test against Australia.
Imam-ul-Haq, a 23-yearold opening batsman, says he’s preparing to play but unsure if he’ll be summoned for the daynight Test in Adelaide, which starts today.
The tourists are also tipped to recall paceman Mohammad Abbas, possibly at the expense of Imran Khan, as they seek to square the two-Test series.
“Mohammad Abbas is always a very tough competitor and he’s a very class act,” Imam said yesterday.
“His performances and his stats show that ... he’s difficult to judge off the pitch because his ball nips around, especially the new ball. Mohammad Abbas with a pink ball under lights will be difficult.”
The potential inclusion of Imam, who has averaged 28.41 in his 10 Tests, would prompt a reshuffle in the batting order in Pakistan’s team, which lost the first Test in Brisbane by an innings and five runs in Brisbane.
Imam has been touted as a replacement for Haris Sohail, who was dismissed twice caught behind from Mitchell Starc’s bowling at the Gabba for scores of one and eight.
Sohail batted at first drop in Brisbane, but captain Azhar Ali will likely shift from opener to No.3 if Imam is recalled.
RECALL? Mohammad Abbas could be in.