CARDIFF – Pakistan’s injured paceman Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 due to his twisted ankle and probably for his worst performance, PSL-famed all-rounder Rumman Raees has been called in for the rest of the event.
The 31-year-old Wahab suffered an injury while bowling his ninth over against India in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy opener. It was no doubt a miserable match for Wahab, as he was hugely expensive, he gave away 87 runs in 8.4 overs, ended when he fell in his delivery stride and sustained an injury that saw him leave the field.
It also meant he was unable to bat as Pakistan, chasing a revised target of 289 in 41 overs in a rain-affected match, slumped to 164 for nine after India had piled up 319 for three in 48 overs.
“Wahab Riaz twisted his ankle in yesterday’s (Sunday’s) ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions Trophy match against India,” said a Pakistan Cricket Board statement.”
“A scan has confirmed that Wahab Riaz suffered a deltoid ligament complex after an injury whilst bowling during the India v Pakistan match on June 4.
“It will take a minimum two weeks to recover from this injury,” as quoted by NDTV.
“Wahab will not be able to continue to play in the remaining games of the Champions Trophy.”