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Pakistan left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the ongoing series against Australia due to a knee injury.
Khan injured his knee during a fielding drill on the eve of the first ODI, which Pakistan lost by 93 runs, and has been advised to rest for four to six weeks following an MRI scan.
Since Khan will miss the entire series, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have called up all-rounder Sohail Tanvir as his replacement for the second and third ODI, which will be held on October 10 and 12.
“He will receive treatment back home,” Pakistan chief selector Moin Khan told AFP. “It’s another big blow to us as he is one of our best bowlers in one-days and Tests.”
This is not the first time Khan has been ruled out of a high-profile series due to an injury. In 2012, Khan fractured his patella (knee cap) during the Twenty20 series against England and was subsequently sidelined for the next four months. In fact, just last year, Khan sustained a wound to his thigh during the national team’s tour of South Africa and was out of action for a month.