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Rehman to miss Canada match

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February 28, 2011

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Abdur Rehman sees off Martin Guptill, New Zealand v Pakistan, Super Eights, Group E, World Twenty20, Barbados, May 8, 2010
Abdur Rehman has picked up a leg injury and will miss at least one match © AFP
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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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Comments: 68 
Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

i tink afridi shud open wit hafeez...giv shezad a rest!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:31 GMT)

I think Pakistan should make 4 changes. Junaid for Shoaib, Ajmal for Rehman, Wahab for Misbah, Asad for Kamran Akmal. Pakistan need Gul to perform well in this WC. Gul needs to practice his yorkers and line and length in this match because of less pressure he will be comfortable in doing that. Kamran should blame himself for losing his spot because of his below par batting and keeping performance. U.akmla should be given a wk chance. Overall the inclussion of an extra bowler will give junaid a good chance to show his bowling against a minnow. Hafeez-Shehzad-Younis-Asad-Razzaq-U.Akmal-Afridi-U.Gull-Riaz-Ajmal-Junaid

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 1:04 GMT)

Shoaib akhtar misbah and rehman should be given a rest and razzaq should be given a chance at no.3. We should also try out rookie bowler junaid khan.

Posted by khurramsch on (March 1, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

ajmal should play & also if required they should rest SHEHZAD and play 1 more bowler. coz i think with 8 batsman pakistan only crossed 300 once in recent past so they should look forward to defend lower score & bowling atck is looking weaker.they should change combination in matches against ZIM & CANADA

Posted by taemoorkhan on (March 1, 2011, 15:30 GMT)

I think in the absence of Misbah and rehamn, Batting order against Canada should be >> Hafeez, ahmed shehzad, RAZZAQ, Yunus, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Afridi, Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid, Shoaib Akhtar..

Posted by   on (March 1, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

The team think tank is playing safe by the batting order they have , and I am 100%sure that they cannot chase a score over 280 with this batting order. Abdul Razzaq should be sent as a opener to hit the quick bowler and take advantage of power play.If he click Pakistan then Pakistan have a chance to put or chance a huge total. In case he fails then Younis is there to steady the ship, the old 80's style batting Pakistan are opting for is good choice on these slow pitches however they 10 overs in the start must be utilized and they must target 100-2 at least . That would give the likes of Younis and Misbah to take singles and then left the hitting to Afridi and Umer. The more aggresive you will be the more chances to win , as the Great Imran Khan said the win is belongs to a brave captain. On Slow pitches it is more thinking game rather then waiting game , captain must preempt and take initiatives. I believe that Pakistan have the best team by far the best team among all .

Posted by Frankspeaker-USA on (March 1, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

I think Afridi should open with Shezad... like Tendulkar and Sehwag...combination give Pakistan a flying start in the 1st power play instead of Afridi coming 7 or 8 down with only 3-4 overs left adding just 15-25 runs instead a quick fifty at the top will help Pak.....Kamran, Younus and Misbah will take care of 20-35 overs saving wickets..and adding to the total....also the talent of Abdur Razzaq shud be used as a pinch hitter bringing him up... becoz Afridi and Razzaq can take the game away from opposition anytime.. ..hafeez shud be at no. 7-8... Razzaq should bowl his full 10 overs...last match he was economical but was given 5 over and went for 23 runs...what say???

Posted by lethal007 on (March 1, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

if kamran akmal is don't improve his performance behind the stumps i am suggesting afridi should try umar akmal as a wicket keeper which will give a space of inclusion of extra bowler let see how thing shapes up in coming matches................................ best ov luck PAKISTAN

Posted by Riz-Khan on (March 1, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

In my opinion Pakistan should play against Canada with new team combination and Wahab Riaz, Junaid , Ajmal and Asad shold back in to team in place of Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul , Abdur Rehman and Misbah, Its time check out all the team mates because we may need others due to any uncertainity.Chance should also be given to Kamran Akmal to improve his wicket keeping.

Anotherbig thing to improve here is our feilding, because in knock out competition these mistake will create negative impact on us, we may back to home. Pray for Pakistan-Geo Pakaistan-Support Pakistan

Posted by Shaliamar on (March 1, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

Best wishes for pak. bt they have to improv fielding & wicket keeping. Pak has to play wth one extra bowler. A Razzak bowling will nt work out to take oppositions early wickets. More over A Razzak just bowling 3 r 4overs in a match & he is nt getting chance to bat also. My playing Eleven is this & plz Afridi play wth my 11players, really u hve great chance to win the world cup also 1. M Haffiz 2. A Razzak 3. Y Khan 4. M Haq 5. U Akmal 6. S Afridi 7. K Akmal 8. A Rehaman 9. W Riaz ( S Ajmal ) 10. U Gul 11. S Akthar. Plz warn to K Akmal r drop him frm d side, better than his wicket keeping U Akaml will do d job. use A Razzak batting in positive way, let he bowl middle of the inning ven field get spread.

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