The International Cricket Council on Wednesday approved Junaid Khan as a replacement player for the injured Sohail Tanvir in the Pakistan squad for the World Cup starting later this month in the sub-continent.
The ICC has conveyed the confirmation by Event Technical Committee of the Cricket World Cup 2011 to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a statement said.
Junaid will replace Tanvir, who is suffering from a knee injury. The injured player was declared unfit by PCB which has sought seek a replacement for the entire event.
Junaid, a 21-year-old left-arm pacer, has never before played international cricket.
Any injury-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury. Once replaced, a player cannot return to the squad.
The eligibility of a replacement player is subject to approval by the ICC before that player can be officially added to the squad.
The Event Technical Committee of the World Cup consists of David Richardson (ICC, chairman), Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (Tournament Director), Campbell Jamieson (IDI representative), Anil Kumble (host nominee), David Lloyd (independent nomination) and Sanjay Manjrekar (independent nomination).