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Why Pakistan have received a setback before India clash in ICC Champions Trophy

Wahab Riaz may not play the much-awaited ICC Champions Trophy clash between India and Pakistan that is scheduled to be played at Edgbaston on June 4.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: May 31, 2017 23:16 IST
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Wahab Riaz is doubtful for Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy opener against India which will be played at Edgbaston.(AFP)

In what may come as a major setback for Pakistan, fast bowler Wahab Riaz is doubtful for the Champions Trophy opener against arch-rivals India because of a knee injury.

Reflecting on the same, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the 31-year-old had recently sustained an injury in the upper muscle of his left knee which has been bandaged as a precautionary measure.

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“The pacer has slightly injured upper muscle of his left knee which has been bandaged as a precautionary measure,” the Dawn quoted a PCB spokesperson as saying from Birmingham where Pakistan are practicing ahead the eight-team marquee event.

However, the PCB spokesperson ruled out any serious problem with Wahab, adding that the pacer is currently not required to undergo medical test for his knee injury.

“Wahab has not gone through MRI or other related medical tests as nothing looks serious. But if there is any complication, decision will be taken accordingly,” he said.

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Fans from both nations have marked their calendars for June 4 when the two arch-rivals take on each other in their group clash at Edgbaston.

The eight-team event, beginning June 1 in England and Wales, will also provide Pakistan a great chance to further consolidate their position in the top eight ODI sides as they look to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

First Published: May 31, 2017 20:48 IST