Gul ruled out of Asia Cup with rib cage injury

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Karachi, Jun 27: Pakistani speedster Umar Gul, who suffered a rib cage muscle injury in the match against India, has been ruled out of the remaining Asia Cup tournament, the PCB announced .

''Gul will not be able to take part in the remaining matches of the Asia Cup because he has been advised to take rest for 10 days to two weeks,'' the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed told mediapersons here. Gul, after bowling just eight balls in his side's six-wicket loss to India yesterday, limped off the field and did not return back. Ahmed said Abdul Rauf, who has played one match this year, had been recommended to the Pakistan board as a replacement.

''After Gul complained about the pain in his rib muscles, the scans showed there was some problem for which he needs a rest,'' Ahmed said.

Gul admitted that the injury was hurting him and he was in too much of pain.

''At the moment it is hurting and is very uncomfortable. Let's hope it is not serious,'' Gul told mediapersons.

Meanwhile, India's Irfan Pathan, who has already missed two matches of the Asia Cup so far, is also doubtful for the next match against Bangladesh tomorrow in the opening game of the super four round because of a side strain.

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