Pakistan calls up Rahat Ali to replace injured Junaid

Summoned for the Pakistan’s World Cup squad, Paceman Rahat Ali has been immediately called up to replace the injured Junaid Khan. The inclusion of the rookie bowler in Pakistan World Cup squad has been a surprising one for many.

Rahat Ali has been called in to replace injured Junaid Khan. —AFP/File
Rahat Ali has been called in to replace injured Junaid Khan. —AFP/File

It was believed that Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision to include Rahat may trigger criticism due to which, according to a reliable source, Coach Waqar Younis wanted the skilled Sohail Tanvir to stabilize a drab bowling attack.

The 26-year-old Ali has played just one one-day international, in 2012, and was not considered for any of the 10 one-dayers Pakistan played in the build-up to the World Cup, which starts on February 14.

Last June 2012, Rahat participated in one-day international (ODI) competition against Sri Lanka.

Earlier this week, fast bowler Junaid Khan was ruled out from the World Cup squad after failing a fitness test.

On the 3rd day of the National Training Camp at the renowned Gaddafi Stadium, Junaid got a horrible injury because he fell and slipped thus leading to a writhed hamstring wound in his right limb. This incident all happened prior to the departure of Pakistan for New Zealand. He was also not selected in the squad against New Zealand.

In the pace attack of Pakistan, Junaid is known to be a senior bowler. This group also includes the well-known Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and the promising Ehsan Adil.

Earlier: Bilawal Bhatti was speculated to be part of squad

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