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Sohail Tanvir out of the World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 9, 2011

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Sohail Tanvir was mauled as his eight overs went for 78 runs, New Zealand v Pakistan, 6th ODI, Auckland, February 5, 2011
Sohail Tanvir will miss the World Cup despite playing in the ODI series against New Zealand © AFP
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Sohail Tanvir, the left-arm seamer, has been ruled out of Pakistan's World Cup campaign after failing to complete a full rehabilitation from surgery for a knee problem that has dogged him for two years. He will be replaced by the promising young left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan.

A PCB medical panel, after looking into a management report, said that though "the recovery from a knee operation was good, during the [New Zealand] tour it was observed that quick movements and pickup with weight particularly on the operated knee is hindering his mobility and requires him to take a few extra steps to balance himself before throwing. The medical team and team management have opined that Sohail Tanvir still requires time to attain 100% fitness before he can compete at international level."

Tanvir returned to international cricket on Pakistan's recent tour to New Zealand, where he played in five of the six ODIs. Though he bowled some good spells at the death, he looked generally rusty, picking up just 4 wickets and going for over seven runs an over. Pakistan won the series 3-2.

His batting, however, seemed to have improved, as evidenced by an audacious, unbeaten 14 off 6 balls to seal the fifth ODI. Until this series, he hadn't played for Pakistan in an ODI since May 2009 and at one stage, the knee problems threatened to end his career.

His misfortune, however, is to the benefit of Khan, who has been close to a national call-up for nearly a year now. The 21-year-old emerged at about the same time as Mohammad Amir, playing alongside him at U-19 level for Pakistan. He has been a consistent wicket-taker at domestic level, in all forms of the game, and given that he plays most of his cricket for one of the traditionally weaker regions, Abbottabad (in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province), it is an impressive record.

Former Test spinner and selector Iqbal Qasim, who first picked him for junior level, believes he has immense potential and was impressed initially by his pace as well as stamina. Some observers, at that early stage, felt Khan might make it to the national side before Amir, though he hasn't, they say, developed as swiftly. But he has been playing for the Pakistan A side regularly now, and is familiar at least with where Pakistan will play their first game of the World Cup: last September he took nine wickets in a 'Test' against Sri Lanka A in Hambantota, where Pakistan will take on Kenya on January 23.

The PCB said the ICC's technical committee had approved the request.

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Comments: 160 
Posted by   on (February 12, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

Pool A Qualifiers.. Pool B Qualifiers 1. Australia 1. South Africa 2. Pakistan 2. India 3. Sri Lanka 3.England 4. New Zealand 4. Bangladesh

First Quarter final...Australia vs Bangladesh...Aus will win. 2nd Quarter final....Pakistan vs England.......Pak will win. 3rd Quarter final....Lanka vs India.........India will win. 4th Quarter final....New Zealand vs South Africa...South Africa will win.

First Semi Final....Aus vs India......India will win. 2nd Semi Final....Pak vs South Africa.....Pak will win.

FINAL....Pak vs India......Pakistan will win the world cup.

Posted by tick on (February 11, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

fitness is all crap issue...what about shoaib akhtar then...but with out doubt its a good decision to replace him because he does not have pace,swing and too predictable...good one by pcb..atleast they can play ajmal now..

Posted by Jerukhan on (February 10, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

Very odd selection. Tanvir is played the recent series but then its decided he is not fit enough. However I am glad Tanvir is out as he did not deserve a place in World Cup Squad. I don't think Junaid will get many opportunities in the World Cup. Importantly, in the longer term after the world cup I hope he will be able to fill the void left by the best fast bowler in the world Mohammed Amir.

Posted by LordOfCric on (February 10, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

Ohh man finally he is in the team, i watched this guy bowling at Gaddafi Stadium. He is mad fast and can swing the ball both ways. It was the club game and he got 4 wickets. All those players who were out by this fella keep talking about his pace and ability to swing the ball and hitting right area. He will make an impact on this WC Inshallah.... I know this guy personally and he can definately bowl to some serious pace.......

Posted by fadooo on (February 10, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

What does the PCB have against Asad Ali !?! He has a comparable domestic record, and crucially, a much better List A record than junaid ! What the hell. Will they give him a chance when he is over 30 like they did with tanvir ahmed ?

Posted by cricbuff10 on (February 10, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

Sohail Tanvir did not do well but he has history of being the best bowler in the India IPL. He does not seem unfit but certainly going through a bad patch and victim of trying little too hard whilst bowling as well as the lack of support from the management. What about S.Akhtar fitness he can hardly bowl ten overs and feilding was so lazy in the last match against NZ, he was hardly moving in the field. When was the last time he bowled really well, he is going to be a burden to the team in the world cup. Only consolation is that Junaid is young,talented with penchant to learn and do better which is always an asset to any team.

Posted by Humpy on (February 10, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

@RockNomi- Y u guys think that ICC did some conpiracy again the 3 pakistani players. They did mistake so they go punishment. Mohd Asif was caugt with drugs before also. Believe me its your thinking that has let your country down. I have been to 7-8 countries and belive me people just hate pakistanis.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

If pakistan lose one they get many in return...now its high time that ICC might be searching another evidence to ban Junaid Khan also...JUNAID, BE AWARE OF THE ICC. Pakistan will win and Junaid will fullfill his ambition of getting tendulkar out.All the best for u and for the team.

Posted by shamaero on (February 10, 2011, 10:22 GMT)

wow interesting movee! lets see whats he got! its his chance to be great! i think he is the first from abbotobad to make it to the international level! good work pcb!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2011, 10:18 GMT)

How come Pakistan alone has loads of talent in terms of Pace bowling... It seems they have a pool of bowlers who can be ready at anytime and get a five-for.. .This is amazing... Wish him all the best - from Indian fan...

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