He sustained the injury while diving for the ball in the field on the final day of the first Test in Dubai. Imam had contributed 76 off 188 balls in a 205-run partnership for the first wicket with Mohammad Hafeez – the fifth-highest opening stand for Pakistan in Test cricket. In the absence of Imam, Pakistan might push No. 3 Azhar Ali to the top and bring in legspinning allrounder Shadab Khan should he recover from the groin injury he had picked up at the Asia Cup. As an alternate option, they might bring in Fakhar Zaman to partner Hafeez at the top and keep Azhar at No.
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