NOTTINGHAM – Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq suffered a pre-World Cup injury scare after being struck by England paceman Mark Wood on Friday but scans showed he did not suffer any broken bones.
The 23-year-old left-handed opener had to retire hurt after a ball by Wood hit him on the elbow.
The incident took place in the penultimate match of the five-game series at Trent Bridge, when Imam missed an intended pull off an 89 mile-per-hour (143km/h) delivery from the Durham paceman.
Imam, fresh from his career-best 151 in the third ODI at Bristol on Tuesday, fell to the ground and winced on the turf in agony.
Imam, the nephew of Pakistan great and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq received several minutes’ treatment before retiring hurt on three not out, with the tourists then nine without loss in the fourth over.
He was taken to hospital, but a Pakistan team spokesman told AFP that scans showed there were no broken bones, with swelling on his left arm the full extent of the injury.
World Cup hosts and tournament favourites England lead the five-match series 2-0.