Yet another PCB 'confusion conundrum' over replacements for injured Gul, Arafat

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Lahore, Apr.20 (ANI): There seems to be a complete lack of communication between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the team management as far as announcing replacements for injured bowler Umar Gul and all-rounder Yasir Arafat is concerned.

While the team management, including captain Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis had said that fast bowler Mohammed Sami and rookie pacer Mohammed Irfan would be replacing the injured players in the 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Championship, the PCB has come out with a clarification on Irfan's selection.

On Sunday, chief selector Mohsin Khan had said that the PCB chief Ijaz Butt has confirmed both Sami and Irfan's name for the West Indies bound team.

However, minutes after Khan's remarks, the PCB released a press statement saying Butt is still to give his nod to replacements.

"Sami and spinner (Abdul) Rehman will replace Umar and Yasir and both the names have been approved by the PCB chairman," a PCB statement clarified later.

Rehman, 30, has played two Tests, 11 one-day internationals and two Twenty20s for Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the 6'10 tall Irfan is dejected at the news of him not being selected for the national team.

He was not named in the list of 30-probables Pakistan had sent to the International Cricket Council (ICC), so he can not be selected in the final 15.

The left-arm fast bowler attracted attention following his stupendous performance in the domestic circuit, where he took 43 wickets in 10 first-class matches in his debut season.

Irfan, however, is hopeful of making to the big league very soon, The Daily Times reports.

"Of course I'm dejected at being dropped but I'm not defeated. Hopefully God has something better in store for me in the future," he said. (ANI)

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