Hilfenhaus Given Green Light To Replace Tait

The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Technical Committee has confirmed that Ben Hilfenhaus will be allowed to replace Australia's Shaun Tait in their Twenty20 World Cup squad. Hilfenhaus will take the place of the fast bowler, who did not recover from elbow surgery as expected and will not be fit enough to take part in the tournament, which starts in South Africa on September 11th. A statement from the ICC confirmed, "The 24-year-old Tasmanian fast bowler is the first replacement player to be called up for the tournament so far. The process required for approving Hilfenhaus involved Cricket Australia making an application in writing to the tournament Technical Committee for permission. "In this case the application was supported by medical reports confirming Tait’s injury and certifying that the player was not fit for the event." The Technical Committee of the ICC World Twenty20 consists of David Richardson (International Cricket Council), Campbell Jamieson (IDI, the ICC’s commercial arm), Steve Elworthy (tournament director), Brian Basson (Cricket South Africa), Ravi Shastri (independent) and Ian Bishop (independent). © Cricket World 2007