Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali at risk of missing Dubai Test against England

Pakistan's key batsman Azhar Ali will return home following the death of his mother-in-law and is unlikely to play in the second Test against England starting in Dubai on Thursday.

Azhar Ali has flown back to Pakistan and is unlikely to be available for the second Test against England. Mike Young / The National
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Pakistan’s key batsman Azhar Ali will return home following the death of his mother-in-law and is unlikely to play in the second Test against England starting in Dubai on Thursday.

Azhar, 30, did not play in the first Test, which ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, due to a foot infection.

Team manager Intikhab Alam said Azhar would return home and it was not clear if he would be able to rejoin the squad before the Test.

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“Its sad that Ali has to return home following the death of his mother-in-law and his return before the second Test will depend on his visa for the United Arab Emirates,” Alam said.

Ali had recovered well from his foot infection and trained on Friday and Saturday.

Pakistan will have the services of leg-spinner Yasir Shah who regained full fitness after missing the first Test due to back spasm.

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