Pakistan bowler Wahab Riaz pulled up injured in his ninth over against India
Wahab had to be removed from the attack during Sunday’s defeat to India at Edgbaston after he suffered an apparent foot injury.
He had already gone for 87 runs when he was unable to complete his ninth over as India racked up 319 off their 48 overs.
Only Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez made more than 15 in Pakistan’s reply chasing a rain-adjusted target of 289 that ended up being more than 100 runs beyond them.
And now Pakistan have been given further bad news that damaged ligaments in Wahab’s ankle will keep him out for the rest of the tournament.
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Since the fast bowler’s withdrawal is injury-related, Pakistan are permitted to call up a replacement.
However, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan is understood to be reluctant to do so with seamers Junaid Khan and Faheem Ashraf already in the squad.
But that opinion may change if Mohammad Amir’s problems with cramp persist.
The young left-armer, who served a five-year ban for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, was also unable to complete one of his overs while struggling with cramp.
"I don't know why they're cramping," coach Mickey Arthur said.
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"That's something that I need to take up with the medical team."
Pakistan’s defeat drew criciticsm from former captain Shahid Afridi, although it does not appear that the loss of Riaz will bother the legendary player too much.
“As a Pakistani supporter, the drab show was a painful watch indeed as India once again proved that it has a stranglehold over its neighbour that it is in no mood to relinquish,” Afridi said.
Wahab Riaz suffered ankle ligament damage while bowling
“Wahab Riaz was once the spearhead of this bowling attack but his performance was a major let-down on such an important occasion.”
Pakistan will now have to win at least one of their two remaining games – against South Africa and then Sri Lanka – if they want to stand any chance of making the semi-finals.
Safraz Ahmed’s side will face South Africa on Wednesday at Edgbaston on Wednesday (1.30pm) before a showdown with Sri Lanka at Cardiff in a week’s time.