All-rounder has been ruled out of one-day cricket’s showpiece event.
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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup with an ankle injury.
Hafeez suffered the injury during Pakistan’s ODI against New Zealand in Napier last week and has been advised by doctors to take a two to three week rest.
“He has been advised two to three weeks rest by the doctors so he is out of the World Cup,” Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Raza Kitchlew is quoted as saying by Reuters.
“A request with medical reports has been sent to the ICC technical committee for inducting Jamshed into the squad.”
The 34-year-old becomes the second Pakistan player to be ruled out of the tournament through injury after Junaid Khan pulled out with a hamstring injury.
Hafeez was not allowed to bowl at the World Cup due to an illegal action, however he was due to undergo an official ICC bowling test on February 16.
The all-rounder is one of Pakistan’s most experienced players at one-day level and his injury will come as a massive blow.
Pakistan open their World Cup campaign against rivals India on February 15 in Adelaide.