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World Cup 2011
Rehman to miss Canada match
February 28, 2011
Abdur Rehman, the left-arm spinner, has been ruled out of Pakistan's next World Cup match against Canada on Thursday after suffering a leg injury. Misbah-ul-Haq has also picked up a minor hamstring strain but isn't too much of a concern.
Rehman took 1 for 63 in Pakistan's 11-run victory against Sri Lanka on Saturday but now requires a five-day break. "Rehman sprained his leg while fielding in the match against Sri Lanka and had to put on a strapping in order to bowl. It's an adductor muscle rupture," Intikhab Alam, the Pakistan manager, told AFP. "We don't want to risk Rehman and will wait for him to recover."
Rehman's absence is likely to mean a chance for offspinner Saeed Ajmal who has yet to play a match in the competition. The other bowlers in the squad who didn't play against Sri Lanka were the left-arm pace duo of Wabah Riaz and Junaid Khan.
Although Misbah's problem isn't considered a major worry he may still be rested for the Canada game with the opposition unlikely to cause an in-form Pakistan too many problems. Misbah hit 83 off 91 balls against Sri Lanka to continue his strong start to the tournament after he made 65 against Kenya.
If Misbah does miss out and Pakistan retain the same balance to their team Asad Shafiq, the 25-year-old batsman, is the other option in the squad.
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