Rahat Ali Replaces Junaid Khan In Pakistan's World Cup Squad
The 26-year-old has featured in just one One-Day International for Pakistan and was not even named in the preliminary 30-member squad by the national selectors.
With Junaid ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury, Bilawal Bhatti, who replaced him in Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand was considered the front-line option to replace the left-arm seamer.
But Bhatti had a disappointing outing in the second ODI against New Zealand where he was hammered for 93 runs in the 10 overs which has forced the selectors to look elsewhere, and bring Ali into the squad.
"Rahat will be proceeding to Australia on the recommendation of chief selector, Moin Khan," said a spokesman of the PCB.
Pakistan open their World Cup campaign against their arch-rivals and reigning champions India in Adelaide on 15th Februar.
Pakistan Squad for World Cup: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Ehsan Adil, Harris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younus Khan, Rahat Ali
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