Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked former skipper Shoaib Malik, top-order batsman Azhar Ali and fast bowler Sohail Tanvir to be prepared as standby players for World Cup as the team struggles from injuries.
“PCB has asked all-rounder Shoaib Malik, Azhar Ali and Sohail Tanvir to be ready as standby players for World Cup. Pakistan’s original World Cup squad is facing injury problems and therefore the team management has asked the officials here to be ready to sent replacements soon if needed,” a source in PCB was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.
The source added that the decision of readying the possible replacements was taken after taking chief selector Moin Khan and tour selection committee on board.
“Tour selection committee has concurred on these standby players. But it has not decided, which of the two players will finally be called if a need arises,” the source added.
World Cup squad members Sohaib Maqsood, Ehsan Adil and Wahab Riaz are players facing some fitness issues and may possibly be replaced. “Since Malik and Azhar can also bowl, they are both on the standby list.”
Although a member of the World Cup squad, pacer Junaid Khan was not sent to be play in two-match series against New Zealand, starting January 31, because of a hamstring injury. He has been rested for the series and instead all-rounder Bilawal Bhatti has been sent as replacement.
But PCB has already said that Junaid will play in World Cup after recovering from the injury.