Cricket: Hafeez in doubt for second New Zealand Test

Pakistan may have to play with two new openers in the second Test against New Zealand starting in Dubai from Monday, after all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez suffered a hamstring injury and was listed as doubtful.

Hafeez scored an unbeaten hundred in the first Test in Abu Dhabi which Pakistan won by 248 runs, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Team manager Moin Khan said Hafeez was doubtful for the match.

"As of today Hafeez is doubtful and we are assessing his hamstring injury and will take a final call on him on Monday," Khan told AFP.

In addition to his batting, Hafeez gives Pakistan an option of a fifth bowler with his off-spin.

But his action also came under scrutiny after it was reported as suspect during the first Test by match officials.

Hafeez has 21 days to undergo a bio-mechanic analysis of his action but during this period he is allowed to bowl in international cricket.

Pakistan is already without in-form opener Ahmed Shehzad who scored a career-best 176 in the first Test but was ruled out of the last two matches after suffering a minor skull fracture on being hit by a Corey Anderson bouncer.

Experienced opener Taufeeq Umar will likely replace Shehzad and if Hafeez is also missing, Shan Masood will fill in.