Dad-to-be Hashim Amla heads home, likely to miss second Test vs Pakistan

Amla, ranked the number one batsman in the Test rankings, made 118 in the first Test which Pakistan won by seven wickets on Thursday.

updated: October 19, 2013 08:46 IST
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Abu Dhabi: South Africa are likely to be without Hashim Amla for next week's second Test against Pakistan in Dubai after the world's leading batsman left for home Friday to attend the birth of his second child.

"Amla flew back to South Africa on Friday morning for the birth of his second child. His wife is expected to give birth soon," a South Africa team statement said.

However, it remains unclear whether or not Amla will make it back in time for the second Test starting in Dubai from October 23.

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