Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan has been ruled out of Pakistan’s series’ against Australia in UAE, after he injured his knee during practice. Junaid had twisted his knee during a fielding drill ahead of the first ODI. He missed the first ODI due to that injury and underwent an MRI scan and was advised four to six weeks rest.
Junaid’s MRI scans on his troublesome knee revealed cartilage tear which could see him missing the test series against Australia. Junaid was expected to be the trump card in the Pakistan’s bowling line up after their strike bowler Saeed Ajmal was banned from bowling for suspected illegal bowling action and Mohammad Hafeez was injured before the series began.
Left Arm Pacer Sohail Tanvir, who last played for Pakistan in the World T20 has been called in to replace Junaid in the squad and is expected to join the team before the second ODI.
This is not the first time Junaid has been forced out of a series due to knee trouble. He fractured his knee cap during the Twenty20 leg of Pakistan’s series against England in the UAE in February 2012, and was subsequently out of action for four months. Last year, he was out for a month due to a thigh injury he suffered while taking a tumble during Pakistan’s tour to South Africa.