Following their six-wicket defeat in the first Test against India in Delhi, there was further bad news for Pakistan as Shoaib Malik, the captain, injured his ankle during training after the match. Malik had taken precautionary X-rays and the team management stated that it was too early to say if he would be fit for the second Test in Kolkata.
"The boys were playing football after the match when Malik twisted his ankle," Pakistan team media co-ordinator Javed Akhtar told AFP. "He was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays."
Malik's is the latest among Pakistan's injury concerns on this tour. Fast bowler Umar Gul, who missed the Delhi Test, is likely to miss the Kolkata Test as well due to a troublesome back. Mohammad Asif, who pulled out at the start of the tour due to a elbow injury, is in the frame for selection for the final Test in Bangalore depending on how soon he recovers. No player has been called-up as cover yet.