Pakistan lose Riaz for Champions Trophy

Pakistan will be without fast bowler Wahab Riaz for the rest of the Champions Trophy

Pakistan have sent a replacement request to the ICC's Technical Committee, which is yet to be approved. Riaz injured himself during the opening game of Pakistan's Champions Trophy 2017 against India at Edgbaston.

After Wahab Riaz's ankle injury, Pakistan have named 25-year-old left-arm pacer Rumman Raees as his replacement.

"A scan has confirmed that Wahab Riaz suffered a deltoid ligament complex after an eversion injury mechanism whilst bowling during the India vs Pakistan match on June 4th", said a statement from PCB. "I was only able to play one match against West Indies (the fourth T20I) but now I am looking to play more matches and perform".

Meanwhile, when asked about dream wicket, Raees said he would love to bowl to South Africa captain AB de Villiers and Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.




"I will be going out on a hunt for the wickets of the world's top batsmen including AB de Villiers, who is the most risky batsman, and also Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni who are also among the best batmen of modern cricket", the left-arm pacer said while speaking to DawnNews.

Raees has never featured in a One-Day International for Pakistan.

In his Liast A carceer, Raees has played 42 matches and picked up 64 wickets.

Pakistan need to beat South Africa, the world's top-ranked ODI side, in their next Group B clash at Edgbaston on 7 June, in order to have any chance of making it to the semi-finals of the eight-team marquee event.

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