The International Cricket Council(ICC) announced Tuesday that Pakistan’s Rumman Raes has been approved as a replacement for the injured Wahab Riaz at the ongoing Champions Trophy in Britain. Riaz injured himself during the opening game of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy campaign against India at Edgbaston.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) put in a request to the ICC technical committee and the 25-year-old’s inclusion was accepted. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Raees said, “It is a great opportunity for me to make my mark in the team. I was only able to play one match against West Indies (the fourth T20I) but now I am looking to play more matches and perform”.
Wahab had a miserable match against India, giving away 87 runs in 8.4 overs,which was the most expensive spell in the Champions Trophy history. But things became bad to worse when he fell in his delivery stride and sustained a knee injury that saw him leave the field. Later scans revealed that his injury will take at least a few weeks to heal and he was ruled out of the Champions Trophy.
Raees was part of Pakistan’s T20I squad against West Indies and made his debut for the national side last year in a T20I. He is yet to play in an ODI for Pakistan.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed indicated Junaid Khan, already with the squad, would replace Wahab for his side’s second Group B fixture against South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday.However Raees is hopeful to get an opportunity in the side and bowl against top players like AB De Villiers, Hashim Amla.