PCB drops rookie pacer from West Indies tour due to injury

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2011, 16:15 PM IST

Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board was forced to drop uncapped pacer Aizaz Cheema from the West Indies tour just a day after he was named in the 16-member squad as he failed to recover from a thigh injury.

"Cheema has been declared unfit for cricketing activities by the board doctors," a board spokesman said.

Cheema was declared unfit for the one-day and Twenty20 series after he failed a fitness test conducted at the National Cricket Academy yesterday.

"He has a thigh muscular problem and is struggling for 100 per cent fitness," the spokesman said.

Cheema has been replaced by 21-year-old Sadaf Hussain, a left-arm pacer from Rawlapindi who finished as the top wicket-taker in the domestic season.

He has taken a whopping 90 wickets in just 18 matches.

The national selectors have come under fire since announcing the squad for the West Indies tour.

Former players and critics have questioned the logic of including 31-year old Cheema, wicketkeeper Mohammad Salman who is 29 years and recalling opener Taufeeq Umar to the one-day squad when the selectors claim to be building a new side for the future.

The selectors have dropped senior players, Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq for the one-day series while Umar Gul has opted for a rest.

But chief selector Mohsin Khan insisted that it was a wrong impression that the seniors had been dropped.

"Let me make it clear they have not been dropped they have been given a rest because they are mentally and physically exhausted after non-stop cricket," Mohsin said.

PTI