Saeed Ajmal May Replace Irfan If Pak Advance To Semis

18/03/2015 2:10 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Pakistan's bowler Saeed Ajmal celebrates the dismissal of Australia's batsman Aaron Finch during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

KARACHI — Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that ace spinner Saeed Ajmal could substitute injured towering pace bowler Mohammad Irfan, if Misbah-ul-Haq's men progress into the World Cup semifinal.

Earlier on Tuesday, Irfan was ruled out of the Pakistan's World Cup squad due to a stress fracture to his pelvis.

Reflecting on a possible replacement, Shaharyar said that no replacement would be sent for Friday's quarterfinal clash against Australia, adding that Ajmal could be sent in as a replacement if Pakistan proceeds to the semifinal, the Express Tribune reported.

The PCB chief, however, said that it was up to the team management who they ask as a replacement for Irfan.

Ajmal was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on February 7, after tests cleared his remodelled bowling action.

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