LAHORE - Fast bowler Imran Khan has replaced injured Sohail Khan for the Test rubber against Bangladesh.

After consulting fellow selectors and having sought Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar M Khan's approval, chief selector Haroon Rashid named Imran as Sohail's replacement for the Test squad. Sohail, 30, suffered back spasm two days before the team's departure and was initially ruled out of the ongoing three-match one-day series.

 “After PCB’s sports medicine department head Dr Sohail Saleem confirmed that Sohail Khan has still not been able to recover sufficiently to be able to take any part in the two Tests against Bangladesh, I discussed the matter with my fellow selectors Azhar Khan, Salim Jaffer and Kabir Khan, and all the selectors were unanimous on Imran as replacement for Sohail for the Test series against Bangladesh,” said Haroon Rashid.  

Imran, 27, played three Tests against Australia and New Zealand last year and took seven wickets. Since Imran was part of the ‘A’ team to visit Sri Lanka, his Test recall necessitated a replacement there too. Already amongst the reserves, Ziaul Haq has been drafted in the ‘A’ squad to fill that slot for the entire tour of Sri Lanka.

Pakistan have been badly hit by injuries on the current tour with batsman Sohaib Maqsood also ruled out before the tour started because of an arm injury. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah meanwhile injured his thumb in a practice match in Bangladesh, while pacemanEhsanAdil suffered a hamstring injury. Shah will remain part of the Test squad, but Adil will return home.

Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar replaced Shah and Umar Gul replaced Adil for the one-day series.  

Another paceman Rahat Ali was also sidelined with a hamstring injury but the team management said he is expected to recover for the two Test series. The first Test starts in Khulna from April 28.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that he was unhappy over the spate of injuries. He said he would be questioning the team management over the issue and wanted to know why half-fit players were selected for the tour.