Pakistan starter Imam-ul-Haq was left out of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi, which begins on October 16, after fracturing the little finger of his left hand. He suffered the injury while diving for the ball on the field on the last day of the first test in Dubai.
Imam had contributed 76 of 188 balls in a career of 205 races for the first field with Mohammad Hafeez – the fifth highest opening position for Pakistan in the test cricket. In the second innings of Pakistan, he was his top scorer, with 48 of 104 balls, helping them to increase the lead to 461.
In the absence of the Imam, Pakistan could push the number 3 of Azhar Ali to the top and bring skates everywhere Shadab Khan should recover from the groin injury he had picked up in the Asian Cup.
As an alternative option, they could bring Fakhar Zaman to partner Hafeez at the top and keep Azhar at number 3. Fakhar, however, is uncovered at Test cricket, and has not played a first class game since October. of 2017.