Haris Sohail ruled out of England tour after hamstring injury

Haris Sohail last played an ODI in October 2020

CARDIFF: Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail has been ruled out from the England tour due to a hamstring injury, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a statement today (Thursday).

According to the statement, the MRI conducted on Wednesday revealed a grade three tear injury, which he had picked up during a training session in Derby last week.

The PCB medical panel has advised the left-handed middle-order batsman to undergo a four-week rehabilitation programme before a reassessment is carried out.

Haris, who was selected for the ODIs only, will return to Pakistan to undergo the rehabilitation programme at the National High-Performance Centre in Lahore.

Commenting on the development, Haris said he had been looking forward to the ODIs in order to cement his position in the side.  “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,” he added.

Haris has missed out on many tours since 2012, with injuries forcing him out of the series against India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Last year, he did not make himself available for the England tour amid reports that he wasn’t willing to travel during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the last eight years, he has played 16 Tests (847 runs at 32.57), 42 ODIs (1685 at 46.80) and 14 T20Is (210 at 19.09, strike rate of 102.94).

A three-match ODI series between Pakistan and England has been commenced today, which will be followed by three T20Is on 16, 18 and 20 July. The side will depart for the West Indies on 21 July were they will play five T20Is and two Tests from 27 July to 24 August.