LAHORE - The tour selection committee has called up Sohail Tanveer as a replacement for Junaid Khan after the latter was ruled out of the ODI and two-Test series against Australia after injuring his knee in practice.
Pakistan is already without off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who was last month suspended from all international cricket for an illegal bowling action. Last week, all-rounder M Hafeez suffered a hand injury which forced him out of the limited-overs series. Pakistan lost the only Twenty20 match by six wickets in Dubai on Sunday and started the three-match one-day international (ODI) series with a 93-run defeat in Sharjah on Tuesday.
Junaid, 24, twisted his knee in practice and, after an MRI scan, was advised to rest for up to six weeks, team manager Moin Khan said. “Junaid injured a cartilage in his knee during nets on Monday and after an MRI he has been advised four-to-six-weeks’ rest,” Moin said and added: “He will receive treatment back home. It’s another big blow to us as he is one of our best bowlers in one-days and Tests.”
Now left-arm paceman Sohail Tanveer was given nod to replace Junaid in the one-day squad. Tanvir was part of the Twenty20 squad but wasn’t played in team’s six wicket defeat in Dubai on Sunday. Australia have also added left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty to their squad to replace Mitchell Marsh who was ruled out of the full tour with a hamstring injury.