KARACHI: Pakistan’s top fast bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup after failing a fitness test on Monday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced.
Left arm paceman Junaid, who featured in the Pentangular Cup held in Karachi was ruled out after a fitness test at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.
It was a big blow for Pakistan team ahead of the premier global competition played in Australia and New Zealand from February 14.
Junaid had already pulled out of the ongoing One-day Internationals series against New Zealand due to a thigh injury sustained in training.
Pakistan will announce a replacement in their 15-man squad shortly.
Junaid had a fall while bowling in the nets during training at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on January 15 and was sent to medical staff with pain in his right thigh and elbow.
They concurred that he had not recovered sufficiently from “the traction injury of the nerve in the posterior right thigh” and recommended recuperation at the NCA.
Junaid was subsequently withdrawn from the New Zealand tour and Bilawal Bhatti was picked as his replacement for the two-match series.