Ankle Injury forces Riaz to leave Champions Trophy campaign

 . Last updated on June 6, 2017, 2:43 PM
Ankle Injury forces Riaz to leave Champions Trophy campaign
Wahab Riaz injured his ankle in the match against India.


India defeated Pakistan in the previous match. However, lest the defeat, the team had another major dig. It is the injury of Wahab Raiz, the top pacer that would press the team to find a replacement. Riaz injured his ankle in the match in the Birmingham match in June 4. Medics confirmed a deltoid ligament complex causing the injury. This would take two weeks to heal, at the latest. The player is thus, dropped from the squad’s rest of the tournament. The pace bowler was struck with the ailment in the 46th over of India’s inning. The complication made him to leave the stadium. He could not play the next inning.

The 31 years pacer from Pakistan also trickled the highest runs in the match. India challenged the team with a hefty score, which Pakistan could not chase. The massive victory of India is due to lose bowling as well as fielding of the opponent squad. Riaz alone was milked for 87 runs off 8.4 overs, turning as the most expensive bowler of the match. This year, the player conceded 260 runs in four ODIs. His economy rate is 7.72. Riaz has only two ODI wickets into his name this year at an average of 130.

As confirmed in the statement from PCB, "It will take minimum 2 weeks to recover from this injury. Wahab will not be able to continue to play in remaining games of the Champions Trophy." The Board has also requested ICC for a replacement player. Riaz being dropped, the team has now Mohammed Amir as the top gun, aided by Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, and Faheem Ashraf. Amir was also injured in the previous match, but he made it back to the team. Pakistan’s next campaign is on June 7 against South Africa in Edgbaston. There was also a report of Rumman Raees being set as a replacement for the player.

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