Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Sohail Tanvir has been ruled out of the World Cup 2011 as he has been unable to rehabilitate fully from knee surgery last year. Sohail who made the cut when the Pakistan 15-man squad for the big tournament was announced on Jan 19, will eb replaced by promising young left-arm seamer Junaid Khan.
A PCB medical observed that though "the recovery from a knee operation was good, during the [New Zealand] tour it was observed that quick movements and pickup with weight particularly on the operated knee is hindering his mobility and requires him to take a few extra steps to balance himself before throwing."
Tanvir made his comeback to international cricket in the one-day series against New Zealand. But he was unable to repeat his previous success and failed to make much of an impact, going for more than 7 runs an over and picking up just 4 wickets in the 5 matches he played. Pakistan however, won the series 3-2 and he helped seal the series in the 5th ODI with an audacious 14 off 6 balls to close out the match.
Tanvir's loss is now Junaid Khan's gain. The 21-year old has been close to a national call-up for close to a year now. He arrived on the scene at the same time as Mohammad Amir, playing alongside him at the U-19 level for Pakistan. Since then, he has been a consistent wicket-taker for his domestic side of Abbottabad.