Sunday 9 September 2007 

Sohail Tanvir Confirmed As Replacement For Shoaib

The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Technical Committee has confirmed that Sohail Tanvir has been confirmed as the replacement for Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar, who was sent home after an altercation with Mohammad Asif during preparations for the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa.

Player replacements are usually allowed if players are injured or unavailable due to personal issue, but the ICC confirmed that the exceptional circumstances surrounding Shoiab's unavailability would not mean a replacement was disallowed.

"In this case, the Technical Committee approved Shoaib's replacement on the basis of exceptional circumstances, for the following reasons: the incident and disciplinary action taken by the PCB is not related to the matches in the event; the tournament has not commenced; and there is a precedent to support the replacement," an ICC statement explained.

The uncapped Sohail Tanvir is a left-arm bowler who was in action during the current Pakistan A v Australia A series in Pakistan, which Pakistan A lead 2-0.

The row surrounding Shoaib's actions rumble on, with Shoaib blaming Shahid Afridi for provoking him. Afridi has protested his innocence, while theories are doing the rounds that his aggressive behaviour could be a side-effect of nandralone use.

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