Cricket

Junaid Khan in CWC doubt

2015-01-20 12:54
Junaid Khan (AFP)

Islamabad - Pakistan's left-arm paceman Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the upcoming one-day series in New Zealand because of a leg injury, fuelling doubts about whether he will play in next month's World Cup.

The Pakistan team leaves for New Zealand late on Tuesday to play two one-day internationals on January 31 and February 3, with all-rounder Bilawal Bhatti replacing Junaid in the 15-man squad.

The 25-year-old, who is one of his country's most promising young seamers, sustained his injury during a short training camp in Lahore last week.

Chief selector Moin Khan said Bhatti's inclusion for the World Cup would depend on his performance and Junaid's fitness.

"The inclusion of Bhatti for the World Cup 2015 shall be contingent on his performance in the scheduled matches in New Zealand as well as Junaid's recovery," Khan said in a statement.

"If Junaid recovers, he will join the World Cup squad," he added.

Team physiotherapist Brad Robinson and the Pakistan Cricket Board's medical chief Sohail Saleem agreed that Junaid had not recovered well enough from his thigh injury and recommended recuperation.

Junaid has taken 75 wickets in his 48 one-day outings at 25.90 apiece.

Bhatti, 23, has played seven one-day internationals, the last in March 2014.

Pakistan will also play two warm-up matches in Australia on February 9 and 11. They start their World Cup campaign with a highly charged match against arch-rivals and title-holders India in Adelaide on February 15.


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