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Rumman Raees Replaces Wahab Riaz in Pak’s Champions Trophy Squad

Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz sustained an ankle injury during the Champions Trophy match against India on Sunday. 

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Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz sustained an ankle injury during the Champions Trophy match against India at Edgbaston on Sunday. (Photo: AP) 

Pakistan's Rumman Raes has been approved as a replacement for the injured Wahab Riaz for the ongoing Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom, the International Cricket Council announced on Tuesday.

Wahab suffered a tournament-ending ankle injury during Pakistan's crushing 124-run defeat by title-holders India in their opening match at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Rumman, also a left-arm fast bowler, has represented Pakistan in two T20 Internationals to date.

The 25-year-old has taken 123 wickets in 42 first- class matches.

But, Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed indicated Junaid Khan, already with the squad, would replace Wahab for his side's second Group B fixture against South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Obviously Wahab is not playing. Junaid Khan is in.
Sarfraz Ahmed

A miserable match for Wahab, flayed for a hugely expensive 87 runs in 8.4 overs, ended when he fell in his delivery stride and sustained an injury that saw him leave the field.

It also meant he was unable to bat as Pakistan, chasing a revised target of 289 in 41 overs in a rain-affected match, slumped to 164 for nine after India had piled up 319 for three, after being asked to bat first.

Junaid was left out of the clash with arch-rivals India despite taking four for 73 in a warm-up match against Bangladesh.

Pakistan need to beat top-ranked South Africa to stay in contention of reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.

Pakistan’s final group match will be against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on 12 June.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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