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Pakistan left-arm quick Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the upcoming Cricket World Cup after failing to pass a fitness test, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed.
The 25-year-old suffered a hamstring injury during training last month, where he reportedly slipped and fell whilst bowling.
“Junaid appeared in a fitness test and was not found fit enough to play the World Cup,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said.
It comes as a big blow for Pakistan who are already without the suspended Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal.
Junaid says whilst it’s a bitter blow, he felt it would be not be right to play at one-day cricket’s showpiece not at full fitness.
“It is very disappointing to miss out on such a major event but I don’t want to let anyone down and can’t play without being 100% fit,” he is quoted as saying by the BBC.
“I tried my best to make a full recovery but I am still not comfortable while bowling.”
23-year-old right-arm quick Bilawal Bhatti is expected to replace Junaid in the squad.