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Pakistan have called up left-arm pacer Rumman Raees to replace injured bowler Wahab Riaz in the team’s squad for ICC Champions Trophy. The team was waiting for Champions Trophy technical committee’s approval for Raees which they got on Tuesday. Wahab left the field during the match against India at Edgbastson on Sunday after suffering an ankle injury.
During the 46th over of India innings, Wahab sat on the field holding his ankle and was attended by the physio. He was later ascorted off the field by the physio. Later, scans confirmed that he had suffered a deltoid ligament complex injury.
Pakistan are last of the four teams in Group B and face South Africa in a must-win second game at Edgbaston on Wednesday in a day-night encounter. They lost their first game by a massive margin of 124 runs (D/L) against India.
Raees is yet to make one-day international debut for Pakistan but he has appeared for the team in T20 internationals. He was part of the team that played the T20I series against West Indies in 2016.
The 25-year-old was part of the Pakistan Super League and played the league in its second edition earlier this year. The Karachi based bowler was the third highest wicket-taker in PSL 2017.
In his Liast A carceer, Raees has played 42 matches and picked up 64 wickets. He has a economy rate of just 4.77 in domestic cricket.