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Junaid Khan Out Of New Zealand Tour

Junaid Khan
Junaid Khan has been ruled out of Pakistan's ODIs in New Zealand
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Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of Pakistan's tour of New Zealand that precedes their Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign due to a thigh injury.

All-rounder Bilawal Bhatti has replaced him for the series of two One-Day Internationals on 31st January and 3rd February.

Junaid was included in Pakistan's squad for the World Cup and the tour of New Zealand despite an injury to his right thigh.

However, he has not recovered sufficiently and will remain in Pakistan for further rehabilitation.

His place in Pakistan's World Cup squad now rests on his ability to regain full fitness ahead of his side's opening match against India on 15th March, and the performance of Bhatti in his absence.

Bhatti will play all four scheduled matches in Pakistan but will only take his place in the World Cup squad should Junaid fail to recover.

Pakistan squad to tour New Zealand: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younus Khan

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