Cricket World Cup 2015: Junaid Khan out of Pakistan squad

Junaid Khan
Junaid's absence is a major setback for Pakistan

Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the World Cup because of a hamstring injury.

The 25-year-old failed to come through a fitness test on a problem he picked up in training before the team travelled to New Zealand last month.

"Junaid has been found not fit to play in the World Cup," said a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman.

Junaid has emerged as one of Pakistan's leading pacemen with 65 Test wickets and 75 in 48 one-day internationals.

"It is very disappointing to miss out on such a major event but I don't want to let anyone down and can't play without being 100% fit," said the player.

"I tried my best to make a full recovery but I am still not comfortable while bowling."

The World Cup will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, with the competition starting on Saturday, 14 February.

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