Mohammad Hafeez last played for Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2016  © Getty Images
Mohammad Hafeez last played for Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2016 © Getty Images

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out of the skills camp which will begin from May 28 at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, although, doctors will be monitoring his recovery each week for the knee injury that he has suffered. Pakistan will be touring England from June 18 and Hafeez missing out on action might be a big blow for them. An MRI scan revealed an improvement in his knee, however, some stress has been diagnosed and Hafeez might be rested for some time and his rehabilitation might continue. The right-hand batsman had missed the ongoing fitness training camp at the Pakistan Military Academy in Abbottabad as well. ALSO READ: Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez skip PCB’s 4-day fitness test

Hafeez had earlier said –  “I have been undergoing a rehabilitation program at the national academy for the injury since the last six weeks but it is too early to say how much time it will take for me to make a complete recovery,” as reported by PTI.

He was in the news recently for hitting back at critics who said that he had faked his injury. He had said – “I have MRI reports to prove to everyone that my injury was a genuine one due to which I couldn’t play. People spreading baseless rumors should first look at those reports.” ALSO READ: Mohammad Hafeez terms Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2016 debacle ‘a collective failure’

The 35-year old, last played for Pakistan at the T20 World Cup 2016 in India where he sustained the knee injury. He has been advised rest and been undergoing treatment as a part of his rehabilitation. According to the latest report, Hafeez has been advised by the doctors, not to take part in any net sessions as that might lead to his injury getting worse and his comeback to international cricket postponed.

A final call on his participation in the away series against England will be taken in the next 3-4 days. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s list of 22 probables will come down to a final 16-man squad after the the skills camp. They will leave for England where they will undergo a conditioning camp in Hampshire before the two practice matches against county teams Somerset and Sussex. The first Test will begin on July 14 at Lord’s followed by the next at Manchester.