Cricket: Sohail Khan injury scare as Pakistan's problems mount

Published: February 9, 2015
Sohail Khan. PHOTO: AFP

Sohail Khan. PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY: Pakistan were hit by a fresh World Cup injury scare on Monday when fast bowler Sohail Khan was sidelined by a calf problem during a warm-up game against Bangladesh.

The 30-year-old, a surprise inclusion in the squad, bowled six overs and took one wicket before he walked off the field at Sydney’s Blacktown Olympic Park Oval.

Although the injury is not thought to be serious, it comes after frontline pacemen Umar Gul and Junaid Khan were forced out with knee and thigh problems, respectively.

On Sunday, opener Mohammad Hafeez also withdrew from the 15-man squad with an ankle injury as fitness problems mount for the 1992 champions.

“Sohail suffered a cramp in his calf muscle and as a precaution he did not bowl after six overs,” said a team media officer.

“He can still run without any problems and we hope he will be fine soon.”

Pakistan’s bowling stocks are being severely tested after Gul was ruled out before the squad was announced and Junaid Khan had to withdraw later.

Star spinner Saeed Ajmal’s remodelled action was declared legal on Saturday but the ruling came too late for his inclusion in Pakistan’s squad.

Paceman Rahat Ali and opener Nasir Jamshed have been given late call-ups and will join the squad on Wednesday.

Pakistan will play another warm-up game, against England, on Wednesday, before opening their World Cup campaign against arch-rivals and defending champions India on Sunday.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Feb 9, 2015 - 1:27PM

    Seriously, who is this physiotherapist of national team and what exactly is he getting paid for? random leisurely massages?Recommend

    Feb 9, 2015 - 2:54PM

    Just recall the team back home. this team is hopeless and useless. waste of national resources on such pathetic players. Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 9, 2015 - 5:05PM

    Another blessing in disguise. Time for YK to get injured as well. We need Fawad Alam and Ajmal back into the squad.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari
    Feb 9, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Oh no please don’t send Sohail Tanvir.

    Please. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:11PM

    And he was touted as a “Gatecrashing” selection by Rashid Latif. What an idiot Rashid Latif is, always has and always will be.

    Just ban this game in Pakistan, once and for all.Recommend

  • Miristan
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:15PM

    Why PCB is allergic to Razaq, He is the best option available,all rounder gives best performance under pressure. I hate politics in sports.Recommend

  • Hasan Jawaid (USA)
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:32PM

    I resonate with everyone’s feelings and comments 100% but don’t forget:
    “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
    ― Michael JordanRecommend

  • Hasan Jawaid (USA)
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:14PM

    If I had it my way – Razzaq would replace Younis, Fawad Alam would replace Umar Akmal & Imran Nazir would replace ‘professor’ (Hafeez).Recommend

  • Allah Ditta
    Feb 10, 2015 - 2:34AM

    What is going on with Pakistan PCB thinks that this team can win the world cup I don’t think these guy’s can a single match you need people like Imran Nazir Abdul Razzaq shoaib malik
    1)Imran Nazir
    2)shahid afridi
    3)Shoaib malik or Abdul razzaq
    4)Younis khan
    5)Misbah ul haq
    6)umar akmal or kamran akmal
    7)Safraz ahmed
    8)yasir arafat
    9)mohammed tahala
    10)Yasir shah
    11)Mohammed IrfanRecommend

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