PCB's medical panel are not satisfied with the progress made by Mohammad Hafeez from his injury which he picked up during the Asia Cup © AFP
PCB’s medical panel are not satisfied with the progress made by Mohammad Hafeez from his injury which he picked up during the Asia Cup © AFP

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to send experienced batsman Mohammad Hafeez to England to seek treatment for a knee muscular problem, which threatens to keep him out of the Test series against England. PCB’s medical panel are not satisfied with the progress made by Hafeez from his injury which he picked up during the Asia Cup and forced him to miss the last two matches of the World T20 in India. He also a domestic national one-day cup and the national boot camp in Kakul, which winds up on Saturday. An official source in the PCB told PTI that chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq and the national team captain, Misbah-ul-Haq were both concerned with the fitness of Hafeez and had suggested to the board that if required he should be sent abroad for treatment. Hafeez’ knee injury puts him in doubt for England tour

“Hafeez, 35, is suffering from a condition known as femur muscle which is best treated in the United Kingdom,” the source said. He said that other players have suffered from this problem and most notably England’s Stuart Broad recently also underwent treatment for femur muscle in London and has made a strong comeback to international cricket. Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez skip PCB’s 4-day fitness test

Inzamam on Wednesday named Hafeez a veteran of 47 Tests, 177 ODIs and 77 T20 Internationals in a shortlist of 21 players for a week long skills camp in Lahore from May 30th for the tour of England. But the chief selector made it clear Hafeez’s final selection depended on his fitness report.

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.