Pakistan pace ace Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 due to an ankle injury. The 31-year-old fast bowler collapsed mid-over in his follow-through during his side’s opening game against India in Birmingham on Sunday (June 4).
He was later sent for scans which revealed a “deltoid ligament complex” and will need at least two weeks to recover. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has put forward a request to the ICC Technical Committee for a replacement, which will be named shortly.
Wahab registered the most expensive figures in the Champions Trophy game, conceding 81 runs in 8.1 wicketless overs before leaving the field.
In his absence, Pakistan’s remaining fast bowling options are Junaid Khan and all-rounder Fahim Ashraf.
Pakistan will play South Africa on June 7 in a must-win encounter at Edgbaston.