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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has revealed that all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez could potentially be fit in time for the limited overs tour of England, which begins on May 5.
Hafeez underwent a second surgery on his fractured right thumb in Manchester last week, and there are doubts about whether he will recover in time for the World Cup, which gets underway on May 30.
Pakistan will hold a fitness test for the players looking to get into the World Cup squad on April 14, but it remains to be seen whether Hafeez will be fit enough to take part.
However, Arthur seems optimistic that the 38-year-old will be “fit and ready to go” in time for Pakistan’s tour of England.
“Hafeez had the plate taken out of his finger four days ago in the UK, we’re hoping he’ll be fit and ready to go for the start of the England tour,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
Arthur also confirmed that all-rounder Shoaib Malik will be fit for the tour of England after missing the last two ODIs against Australia with bruised ribs.
“Shoaib Malik will be fine, he’ll be ready to start,” he said.