Pakistan suffer big blow, Wahab Riaz ruled out of ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the on-going ICC Champions Trophy 2017 due to ankle injury.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 5, 2017 10:32 pm
Wahab Riaz, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, India vs Pakistan Wahab Riaz bowled 8.4 overs against India in their first match. (Source: Reuters)

Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the on-going ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after sustaining ankle injury. Wahab got injured during Pakistan’s clash with India in their first group match on Sunday. The left-arm bowler managed to bowl a total of 8.4 overs during the course before heading back to the pavilion.

“A scan has confirmed that Wahab Riaz suffered a deltoid ligament complex after an eversion injury mechanism while bowling,” a Pakistan Cricket Board release said.

“It will take minimum two weeks to recover from this injury … (meaning) Wahab will not be able to continue to play in remaining games of the Champions Trophy.”

 

Pakistan began their Champions Trophy campaign with a defeat against arch rivals India by 124 runs (D/L Method). Sarfraz Ahmed’s side was given a target of 289 runs in 41 overs but regular fall of wickets pushed Pakistan on the back-foot in a rain-curtailed match.

Earlier, after winning the toss Sarfraz asked India to bat first and the Indian batsmen responded pretty well to compile a total of 319 runs on the board in allotted 48 overs. Rohit Sharma top scored with 91 while Yuvraj Singh hammered the Pakistan bowlers to score 53 off 32 balls at Edgbaston. Pakistan will now take on South Africa on Wednesday.

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