Setback for Pak as injured Riaz ruled out of Champions Trophy

  • Setback for Pak as injured Riaz ruled out of Champions Trophy

Setback for Pak as injured Riaz ruled out of Champions Trophy

The 30-year-old middle order batsman, who made his worldwide debut in 2006, was dismissed for nought against the South Africans as Sri Lanka lost their Group B opener by 96 runs. The debut was one of two T20Is he has played, and came in September 2016 against West Indies in Abu Dhabi.

Riaz had an outing to forget against India as he conceded 87 runs in 8.4 overs before leaving the field in pain.

After Wahab Riaz's ankle injury, Pakistan have named 25-year-old left-arm pacer Rumman Raees as his replacement.

Pakistan sent an official request to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Technical Committee to allow them to replace the veteran left-armer and after approval from Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan, Raees was asked to join the team in England. "Wahab will not be able to continue to play in remaining games of the Champions Trophy", it added.

Raees admitted that India "executed their plans well" but believes that Pakistan will "do better" in the upcoming matches. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Raees said: "It is a great opportunity for me to make my mark in the team".

Scans confirmed that Riaz suffered a "deltoid ligament complex" and he will need two weeks to fully recover.

Pakistan will play South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday (today) and then Sri Lanka at the Cardiff Wales Stadium on Monday (June 12).

However, Wahab was not the only one responsible for Pakistan's defeat against India.