Raees replaces injured Riaz in Champions Trophy squad
LONDON – Left-arm seamer Rumman Raees has been named as a replacement for injured fast bowler Wahab Riaz in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad, the tournament’s technical committee confirmed on Tuesday.
Riaz suffered an ankle injury during Pakistan’s defeat to arch-rivals India in their Group B clash on Sunday. The 31-year-old left the field in the 46th over of India’s innings and scans confirmed he had suffered a deltoid ligament complex injury.
Raees has never featured in a one-day international for Pakistan but made his debut for the national side in the Twenty20 format against West Indies last year.
The 25-year-old Karachi-based bowler was the third-highest wicket-taker in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League earlier this year. He has also racked up an impressive tally of 64 wickets in 42 matches in List A cricket at an economy rate of 4.77.
Pakistan, who lost by 124 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-shortened match against India, next face South Africa in their second group game at Edgbaston on Wednesday. –Reuters