Wahab ruled out of Champions Trophy

Pakistan's fiery left-armer heading home with ankle injury after disappointing start to campaign against India

Martin Smith

06 June 2017, 02:47 AM

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Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC Champions Trophy due to an ankle injury.

A day after being humbled by fierce rivals India at Edgbaston, Pakistan's campaign copped another blow when the left-armer's injury was confirmed.

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"A scan has confirmed that Wahab Riaz suffered a deltoid ligament complex after an eversion injury mechanism while bowling," a Pakistan Cricket Board release said.

"It will take minimum two weeks to recover from this injury … (meaning) Wahab will not be able to continue to play in remaining games of the Champions Trophy."

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Wahab had left the field partway through his ninth over in Birmingham as India racked up 3-319 on their way to a crushing 164-run win.

Wahab had earlier struggled against India's rampant batsmen, hammered for 0-87 from just 8.4 overs, the most expensive bowling figures in the history of the tournament.

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He had been a somewhat surprising selection, picked ahead of fellow left-armer Junaid Khan.

Pakistan will be allowed to replace Wahab in their 15-man squad, although details of who will be drafted in are yet to be announced.

Champions Trophy 2017 Guide

Squads: Every Champions Trophy nation


1 JuneEngland beat Bangladesh by eight wickets

2 JuneNew Zealand v Australia, No Result

3 JuneSri Lanka lost to South Africa by 96 runs

4 JuneIndia v Pakistan, Edgbaston (D)

5 JuneAustralia v Bangladesh, The Oval (D/N)

6 JuneEngland v New Zealand, Cardiff (D)

7 JunePakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (D/N)

8 JuneIndia v Sri Lanka, The Oval (D)

9 JuneNew Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (D)

10 JuneEngland v Australia, Edgbaston (D)

11 JuneIndia v South Africa, The Oval (D)

12 JuneSri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (D)

14 JuneFirst semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (D)

15 JuneSecond semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (D)

18 JuneFinal, The Oval (D)

19 June – Reserve day (D)