Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the World Cup after failing a fitness test. Junaid had already pulled out of the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand due to a thigh injury sustained in training. Pakistan will announce a replacement in their 15-man squad shortly.
Junaid had a fall while bowling in the nets during training at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on January 15 and was sent to Pakistan’s medical staff with pain in his right thigh and elbow. They concurred that he had not recovered sufficiently from “the traction injury of the nerve in the posterior right thigh” and recommended recuperation at the NCA. Junaid was subsequently withdrawn from the New Zealand tour and Bilawal Bhatti was picked as his replacement for the two-match series.