Riaz ruled out for remainder of Champions Trophy

07 June 2017, 10:57 | Kristine Mills

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"Wahab will not be able to continue to play in the remaining games of the Champions Trophy".

Pakistan have called up left-arm pacer Rumman Raees to replace injured Wahab Riaz, and the 25-year-old is ready to make the opportunity count when he joins the team in England for the Champions Trophy.

Before injuring himself, Riaz conceded 87 runs in 8.4 overs in the game against India, which was the most expensive spell in Champions Trophy history. Wahab is one of the few Pakistani players in this tournament, who has big match experience and his exit from the tournament will hurt Pakistan badly, especially in the bowling department.

Raees admitted that India "executed their plans well" but believes that Pakistan will "do better" in the upcoming matches.

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"I always wanted to bowl to the top batsmen in the world which includes de Villiers, who is a unsafe batsman", he added.

"I will be going out on a hunt for the wickets of the world's top batsmen including AB de Villiers, who is the most unsafe batsman, and also Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni who are also among the best batmen of modern cricket", the left-arm pacer said while speaking to DawnNews.

A scan confirmed that Wahab suffered a serious injury and it will take him a minimum of two weeks to recover from it.

Pakistan need to beat South Africa, the world's top-ranked ODI side, in their next Group B match at Edgbaston on Wednesday, if they are to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals of a tournament featuring cricket´s leading eight teams in the format.



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