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by John Pennington Monday 13 October 2014
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have confirmed that Wahab Riaz has joined Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan on the sidelines with a knee injury and he will miss the two-Test series against Australia.
Left-arm quick Riaz damaged his knee during the second One-Day International and played no further part in the series, which Australia won 3-0.
Scans revealed damage to the bone and cartilage in his left knee and he has immediately been ruled out of action for a period of between two and three weeks.
Fellow left-armer Junaid twisted his right knee during practice ahead of the first ODI, tearing the medial meniscus cartilage in his knee.
He will be examined later this week, as will Hafeez, who split the webbing on his left hand before the Twenty20 International in Sharjah.
While he has been given the go-ahead to begin batting again, he has been advised to protect the hand while fielding.
The first Test begins in Dubai on 22nd October and the PCB will not name their squad until after the Pakistan 'A' team have played the touring Australians in a warm-up game at Sharjah.
A provisional 18-man squad will be named 'shortly', the board says.
"The delay was forced on us owing to injuries to a bunch of frontline players," chief selector Moin Khan confirmed.
"And with a view to field the best possible team, the selectors would like to wait for an update on their fitness as well as on the form of the players featuring in the side match against Australia," he added.
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