Raees replaces injured Riaz in Pakistan's Champions Trophy squad

Pakistan's Rumman Raes has been approved as a replacement for the injured Wahab Riaz at the ongoing Champions Trophy one-day tournament in Britain, the International Cricket Council announced Tuesday. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Raees said: "It is a great opportunity for me to make my mark in the team".

Riaz sustained the injury during Pakistan's clash with India at Edgbaston on Sunday, which they lost by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method. He was part of the team that played the T20I series against West Indies in 2016.

Raees admitted that India "executed their plans well" but believes that Pakistan will "do better" in the upcoming matches.

Meanwhile, when asked about dream wicket, Raees said he would love to bowl to South Africa captain AB de Villiers and Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

Before injuring himself, Riaz conceded 87 runs in 8.4 overs in the game against India, which was the most expensive spell in Champions Trophy history.

They now have must-win games against South Africa and Sri Lanka if they want to progress to the semi-finals of the tournament.

He left the field in the 46th over of India's innings and the Pakistan Cricket Board later confirmed that the scan revealed the 31-year-old had suffered a "deltoid ligament complex", expected to keep him out of action for a minimum of two weeks. He has also racked up an impressive tally of 64 wickets in 42 matches in List A cricket at an economy rate of 4.77.

  • Angelo Rivera