LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan Tuesday said that Saeed Ajmal could be sent as replacement for injured pacer M Irfan. Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistan’s ace fast bowler Irfan was ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup because of a stress fracture to his pelvis, the country’s cricket board announced. Talking to a TV channel, the PCB chairman said that no replacement will be sent for the tall fast bowler for Friday’s quarter final between Pakistan and Australia as by the time replacement reaches Adelaide, the match would be over. “But if Pakistan proceeds to the semi-final, then a replacement will be sent and it could be Ajmal,” he added. The 38-year-old off-spinner was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on February 7, after suspended from bowling in international cricket last September for illegal bowling action. Responding to a question, Khan said, “It was up to the team management who they ask as a replacement for Irfan.”

Junaid Khan, who was originally sent with the 15-man squad, had to be sent back after he injured his leg during training. He could also be sent as replacement, Khan added. The PCB chief further revealed that when Junaid and M Hafeez had got injured, he had suggested that Ajmal should be sent as a replacement but the tour selection committee wanted a fast bowler and an opener as replacement.