With only a week before the official World Cup 2015 start, Pakistan suffered another blow when right-handed opening batsman, a right-arm off-spin bowler and a former captain of Pakistan cricket team Muhammad Hafeez was advised to rest for at least three weeks after a ankle injury.
The 34-year-old suffered the injury during the second one-day international against New Zealand in Napier last week and has been advised to take three weeks’ rest. The team doctors examined the player and informed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management about the latest development.
“Hafeez has been ruled out of the World Cup and will return home with the first available flight and in his place Nasir Jamshed has been summoned,” a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman said.
The latest injury is the fourth major blow for Pakistan before the 14-team World Cup which starts in Australia and New Zealand on February 14.
Earlier, paceman Junaid Khan was also sent to home after failing to pass a fitness test due to thigh injury. the pacer was later replaced by Rahat Ali. Paceman Umar Gul was also not selected because of a knee injury in January.
Spinner Saeed Ajmal withdrew from the squad after he failed to correct his bowling action which was deemed illegal last September, although the International Cricket Council said Saturday he had been cleared after retesting.
Pakistan play their first match against India in Adelaide on February 15.
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