Pakistan in New Zealand 2010-11 December 15, 2010

Injured Sohail Tanvir out of New Zealand series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sohail Tanvir, the Pakistan fast bowler, has been ruled out of the New Zealand tour that starts later this month due to a knee injury. His place in the Twenty20 squad will be taken by 24-year-old top-order batsman Asad Shafiq, while no replacement has yet been named for the Tests.

"He is not fully fit, he tried hard in the camp, but he requires more time as he faces problems while fielding," the Pakistan team manager, Intikhab Alam, said. The squad is currently taking part in a preparatory camp in Lahore ahead of the tour.

Tanvir, 26, burst onto the scene during the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, surprising batsmen with his awkward wrong-footed delivery, but has struggled with injuries over the past couple of years. He suffered a back injury after the World Twenty20 in 2009, and was out of action for four months this year after knee surgery.

The tour kicks off with three Twenty20s, starting on December 26 in Auckland, followed by two Tests and six one-day internationals. Pakistan are yet to name a squad for the one-dayers, and deferred the announcement on Wednesday. The board also postponed the naming of the 30-man preliminary list for the World Cup.

"A meeting of the selection committee and integrity committee was held in Lahore and all the issues relating to the clearance of players came under discussion," a PCB statement said. "The committee decided that further consideration of this matter is required. The one-day squad for New Zealand and that for World Cup will be announced at a later date."

The World Cup probables have to be named by December 19. Three players - allrounder Shoaib Malik, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and legspinner Danish Kaneria - were left out of the Test and Twenty20 squads for the New Zealand after the PCB refused to clear them for the series. Three other players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif - have been suspended by the ICC over charges of spot-fixing that arose during Pakistan's tour of England in August.

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  • Musa on December 22, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    If Sohail Tanvir is injured how come he is playing for Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy? He took 6 wickets in the 2nd innings while playing for them in a match which was played from 19 to 21 December.

    Any explanation?

  • Agus on December 21, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    He is playing in Pak domestic and taking wickets, then how come the team management has decided that he is unfit to play???????? lot of funny things going on in Pakistan cricket lol!

  • khurram on December 20, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    @Andy Mascarenhas: its funny but true that shoaib akhter was never fit than this in last few years. he has played 13 matches in a row.& if u include t20s that count goes to 19. which is very rare from 2003-2010. i think no chance for shoail tanvir in playing 11 in t20s even he is in the squad. as there 1st choice wil b umar gul, akhter razak in playing 11.

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    I don't understand what Shoaib Malik out for? this looks so funny that pak players are advised to be suspended by ICC, why only Pak Cricket Board have the luxury of ICC directions / suggestions and not other boards??

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    If Tanvir is unfit then tell me is Shoaib Akhtar fit?

  • IFTIKHAR on December 18, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    I think it was much better to replace him with Sohail Khan or Abdur Rauf. This experiment can benefit them in world cup. Hope that tanvir will recover fully before WC.

  • Ali on December 17, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    What is this????????????????? how you can replace pace bollower with a batsman???????????? is there an logic Mohsin Hasan ??????????????

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    TAnvir might be missed in the T20 squad but it doesn't really matter in the long run... Junaid Khan, Mohammad Rameez or Asad Ali should all be considered. These guys are the future of PAkistani pace bowling and all are exceptional, they should be bleeded in against a weak batting line-up in good conditions in NZ.

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    Another typical Pak replacement i.e. replacing a pacer with a batsman. What crap!

  • waseem on December 16, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    @itduzz.. what a lame comparison.. Zaheer has proved himself in all three formats but Tanvir's effectiveness as a test bowler is a big question mark. A good decision by PCB to give another chance to Asad who is an exciting prospect. Bowling looks good and Tanvir's Absence wont have any effect.

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