World Cup 2015: Pakistan March 17, 2015

Injured Irfan out of World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Irfan has suffered hip trouble before © AFP

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been ruled out of the World Cup with a stress fracture of the pelvis. Pakistan's team management will call for a replacement only if the team wins Friday's quarter-final, against Australia in Adelaide, according to a PCB release.

The release said Irfan had undergone an MRI scan on Monday afternoon, which showed a stress injury of the pelvis but did not reveal the specifics. Pakistan's physiotherapist, Brad Robinson, then ordered a more detailed scan, which was done on Tuesday and confirmed a stress fracture.

"This injury rules Irfan out of the World Cup", Robinson said in the release.

The 7ft 1in Irfan has had trouble with his hip previously, suffering two fractures in the ischium bone of his hip in November 2013 that sidelined him till August 2014. In that period he had undergone extensive rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

He is the third player out of Pakistan's originally selected 15 to fall prey to injury, after Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan. He had missed Pakistan's last group match, against Ireland on Sunday, due to the injury. Pakistan have preferred to play four specialist fast bowlers in this World Cup, meaning Ehsan Adil replaced Irfan for the Ireland game.

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  • Akber on March 19, 2015, 15:26 GMT

    Pakistan should start relying on self instead of prayers and hold management responsible for bad selection. After watching sport for so many years most people must have realized that god does not look like he cares for game results. So pray for world peace and poverty eradication. But if you want to win play best possible team and have a gameplan. Irfan's injury definitely weakens bowling department.

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2015, 11:51 GMT

    If it is Pakistan then 7 nil. SA or JK make little or no difference

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2015, 4:36 GMT

    Junaid Khan is best choice replace of Iran.

  • current on March 18, 2015, 23:13 GMT

    Pakistan are perhaps waiting to see who their semi-final opponent will be before deciding on the replacement.

    If India - send Ajmal If BD - send Junaid If Pak Media - send Najam Sethi


  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2015, 22:53 GMT

    Keeping aside the spats and rivalry, I think that for the game of cricket, nothing can be better than an India vs. Pakistan semi-final. So, definitely I would like to see Pakistan winning against Australia. It would take more than a miracle to achieve it though. But, if Pakistan is to win, then the only thing that could be of any essence, should be their spirit! I would love to see a fierce-some pace attack from them. Meantime, India vs. Bangladesh is going to be funny. If and only if Indians are not COMPLACENT, then BD has absolutely no chance.

  • chuck on March 18, 2015, 21:55 GMT

    its bad luck for pakistan. Irfan could have provided couple of early breakthroughs to get aussies on defensive. He could have been the difference in making this more interesting game.

    hi CRICKET_MASTER_MIND, prayers left them crash out of 2003 and 2007 lol.. but yea sometimes anything can happen. but this pakistan team is quite overmatched by australia. Unless aussies self-capitulate there is too much firepower in batting and bowling for Pak to handle.

  • Idrees on March 18, 2015, 19:51 GMT

    Irfan out....Saeed Ajmal, anyone???

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2015, 19:21 GMT

    junaid khan must be send to aust if pak win from aust because he is very good against india

  • IMRAN on March 18, 2015, 17:58 GMT

    Clearly see lack of preparation and strategy by PCB - as Irfan didn't look fit from very first game, he was struggling in every game... Pak should have prepaid Junaid, Umar Gul and Saaed Ajmal to replace as soon as any bowler get any injury...... This PCB management is really poor.

  • ESPN on March 18, 2015, 17:30 GMT

    Good he was swearing all the time when he get wicket even playing with weak team what a sense less

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