Pakistan all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq are heading home from South Africa with hand and hamstring injuries respectively.
The tour, which comprises two Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals is over before it even began for the pair, who were recalled after lengthy absences for the series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates.
No replacements are being flown out to South Africa, meaning that Pakistan may have to play Misbah-ul-Haq in the two Twenty20 games.
Pakistan only arrived in South Africa two days ago but did not train yesterday and did not put forward any player to speak to the media, which did little to scotch lingering rumours that players are openly revolting against the leadership of Misbah, who captains the Test and ODI team.
Mohammad Hafeez will now take charge of a depleted Twenty20 side after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed in a statement that:
"Owing to injuries, Abdur Razzaq and Shoaib Malik have been ruled out of the T20 games and are returning home immediately. The decision was taken by the tour selection committee after consultation with the team’s doctor and a South African doctor.
"Razzaq suffered from a severe hamstring injury while training day before yesterday while Malik's hand injury was exacerbated because of the travel stress. The tour selection committee has not asked for replacements."
Johannesburg hosts the Twenty20 games on 20th and 22nd November.
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