Dec 212017
Junaid Khan out of New Zealand tour with stress fracture

Junaid Khan during Champions Trophy 2017/File photo PA Images  ISLAMABAD: Left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out for four weeks due to a stress fracture of his foot ahead of Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand. Pakistan’s five-ODI series in New Zealand begins on January 6, with three T20s set to be played between January 22 and 28. Talking to APP, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said the national team for the NZ tour will be announced on December 23 or 24, after conducting fitness tests of players in Lahore. “Junaid won’t be included in the squads and his replacement will be decided after the fitness tests of players,” he said. Junaid fractured his right foot during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in November. He reportedly hit a ball onto his foot while playing for Khulna Titans in the BPL, and the latest assessment confirmed an unhealed stress fracture, for which the PCB’s medical panel, headed by Dr Sohail Saleem, advised the 27-year-old another four weeks’ rest. Pakistan selectors are expected to announce a squad later this week, with the team’s departure scheduled for December 26. Junaid is the second injury concern for selectors after Usman Shinwari, another left-arm quick, was sidelined by a stress fracture of the back last month. The injuries could boost the comeback prospects of fast bowlers Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Khan. Irfan was barred from all forms of cricket for a year with six months suspended in March, after failing to report details [Read More…]

Jan 192017

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur insisted on Thursday that while left-arm pacer Junaid Khan was not a serial no-ball offender, there was no excuse that justifies him bowling illegal deliveries. Australia could have been 46-3 in the third ODI of the series in Perth after debutante batsman Peter Handscomb was caught at slip in the 11th over. However, he earned a respite when the replay showed Junaid had overstepped the mark. EDGED but Junaid has bowled a NO Ball here. Handscomb survives. #AUSvPAK #AusvsPak #3rdODI — Tribune Sports (@ETribuneSports) January 19, 2017 Junaid then bowled another no-ball four overs later in a delivery that saw Handscomb dropped at point. The debutant ended up making 82 as Australia reached their target of 264 with seven wickets to spare. Catching 101. #AUSvPAK #AusvsPak #3rdODI — Tribune Sports (@ETribuneSports) January 19, 2017 5 talking points from the third Australia-Pakistan ODI Arthur said his team cannot afford to commit such errors if they aim to win the five-match series. “He’s not much of a serial offender,” said Arthur of Junaid in the post-match press conference. “Junaid was battling into the breeze a little bit, so that caused him to over stride. But it’s still no excuse. We’ve got to be keeping our foot behind the line.” Arthur also said that regular ODI captain Azhar Ali is set to return after missing two games with a hamstring injury. Ton-up Smith leads Australia to seven-wicket win over Pakistan “He [Azhar] had a [Read More…]

Jan 092017
Junaid to replace Irfan in Australia

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board has named fast bowler Junaid Khan as replacement for the grieved pacer Mohammad Irfan who is returning to Pakistan from Australia after the death of his mother. “Following Mohammad Irfan’s return to Pakistan due to his mother’s death, chief selector Inzamam ul Haq after consulting the team management has named fast bowler Junaid Khan as Mohammad Irfan’s replacement for the five-match ODI series,” said PCB in a statement on Monday. Junaid Khan last played an ODI for Pakistan in May 2015 against Zimbabwe, since then he has been out of favour following his injury. The 27 year old bowler has expressed delight at his return to Pakistan team and has also requested the fans to pray for him. “Alhamdulillah my hard work has paid off, overwhelmed for being selected. Pray for my safe journey and good performance,” Junaid wrote on his twitter account. Junaid has represented Pakistan in 22 Tests, 52 ODIs and 9 T20Is with a collective tally of 158 wickets in international Cricket. The five-match ODI series between Pakistan and Australia will commence from January 13th.