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Pakistan’s Hafeez & Wahab Riaz Doubtful For Key Game v New Zealand

The Pakistan vs New Zealand fixture is on Tuesday.

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Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz. (Photo: AP)

Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz and batsman Mohammad Hafeez are doubtful starters in a key World Twenty20 match against unbeaten New Zealand on Tuesday.

Left-armer Riaz was hit by a ball on the head during a training session on Monday while Hafeez has pain in the right knee.

Hafeez complained of pain in the right knee a couple of days ago. He was administered physio treatment several times but the pain didn’t subside. On examination he was suspected to be having a strain of one of ligament in his right knee.He was sent for an MRI immediately after arrival in Mohali from Kolkata. The MRI report received today revealed bone contusion/edema in the inter-condylar region of the femur.
PCB Press Release

The Pakistan Cricket Board says in a medical bulletin that Riaz was hospitalized and later given the all-clear. It adds that his fitness will be assessed on Tuesday.

Hafeez had complained of knee pain for the last two days and the PCB says “it is likely that he would not be able to take part in the match against the Black Caps.”

Pakistan has two points from two matches in Group 2 after it beat Bangladesh before losing to rival India.

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