Zimbabwe injury replacement approved by WC technical committee

Updated: Feb 17, 2011, 10:22 AM IST

Dubai: Pacer Tinashe Panyangara will take the spot of an injured Edward Rainsford in Zimbabwe`s World Cup squad after the event`s Technical Committee approved the replacement on Thursday.

"...the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has approved Tinashe Panyangara as a replacement player for the injured Edward Rainsford in the Zimbabwe squad for the tournament," the ICC said in a statement.

The confirmation was conveyed to the Zimbabwe Cricket on behalf of the committee. Panyangara will replace Rainsford, who has injured his right ankle ligaments.

Any injury-based replacement requires a written submission to the event technical committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury. Once replaced, a player cannot return to the squad.

Panyangara, a 25-year-old fast bowler, has taken 26 wickets in 23 ODIs. He has also played three Tests in which he has picked up eight wickets.

"Rainsford is the eighth player to be replaced in the tournament after compatriots Tinotenda Mawoyo and Sean Ervine, Australia`s Nathan Hauritz and Michael Hussey, Praveen Kumar of India, England`s Eoin Morgan and Sohail Tanvir of Pakistan were earlier replaced," the ICC said.

As with all players in the tournament, the eligibility of a replacement player is subject to approval by the ICC before that player can be officially added to the squad.

The Event Technical Committee of the World Cup consists of David Richardson (ICC, chairman), Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (Tournament Director), Campbell Jamieson (IDI representative), Anil Kumble (host nominee), David Lloyd (independent nomination) and Sanjay Manjrekar (independent nomination).

PTI