Diana Baig out of South Africa tour with thumb injury


Baig’s loss is certain to leave a hole in Pakistan’s bowling arsenal © Getty

An injury on her left thumb has ruled out medium-pacer Diana Baig from Pakistan’s tour of South Africa. Baig picked up the injury during a training session on Monday and has been advised eight to ten weeks rest after undergoing a surgery today. She is replaced by a 17-year-old uncapped pacer Fatima Sana.

Baig’s loss is certain to leave a hole in Pakistan’s bowling arsenal, especially after her phenomenal returns against West Indies in Pakistan’s last ODI outing. The 23-year-old registered 4 for 34 and 3 for 42 in the second and third ODIs which Pakistan won to record a 2-1 series win. She will now be under a rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

“It was unfortunate that Diana fractured her left thumb during practice yesterday,” said Urooj Mumtaz, chief selector of Pakistan’s women’s team. “Thankfully the surgery was a success and I wish her a speedy recovery. Diana has been replaced by Fatima Sana, a young promising fast bowler and I wish her all the best.”

Turning out for Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, Sana, who hails from Hyderabad, picked up seven wickets in as many games in the recent Inter-Departmental T20 Women’s Cricket Championship, held in Islamabad.

Pakistan are currently training at Karachi’s Southend club ahead of away ODI, part of ICC Women’s Championship, and T20I series against South Africa for which they leave on April 29.

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