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Saeed Ajmal May Replace Irfan If Pak Advance To Semis

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.