Tanvir out as Pakistan call up Khan

Pakistan have decided fast bowler Sohail Tanvir hasn't recovered enough from his knee injury to be ready for the start of the World Cup, calling up the uncapped Junaid Khan in his place. The decision hasn't gone down well with left-armer Tanvir, who has claimed he is fit and ready.

"It is hugely disappointing to be dropped from a major event like the World Cup at the last moment. I don't know why they dropped me and the selectors should tell me the reason because I was fit and getting better in bowling and fielding," he said.
Tanvir played in five games in the recent victorious six match ODI series against New Zealand before falling out of favour but was recalled for the initial World Cup squad, only to now miss out. The 26-year-old has looked good in his 31 ODI's for Pakistan, taking 44 wickets in that time at an average of 28.90.

Taking a 90% fit Tanvir would have been a safer option rather than calling up 21-year-old rookie Khan. The left-armer has impressive figures domestically, taking 167 first class wickets at a measly 21.32 but his inexperience could be exposed on the international stage, especially as his side are one of the favourites in the ICC Cricket World Cup betting.

After returning to winning ways recently in New Zealand, Pakistan will be desperate to continue rebuilding after such a shocking few years, both on and off the pitch. The somewhat maverick call of calling up Khan could have a big say in how they do in this tournament.