ICC wants proof of injuries

The ICC have demanded to see evidence of the injuries sustained to Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif which ruled them out of the World Cup earlier in the week, or it will not allow Pakistan to replace them in their squad.

The duo were withdrawn from the squad, when Pakistani officials revealed their injuries would take more than two weeks to heal and that they would be replaced by Yasir Arafat and Mohammad Sami.

However, according to The Guardian, the ICC is not convinced and will wait to see medical evidence of the duo’s condition before ruling whether or not their replacements can join the squad. If not, Pakistan face the prospect of entering the tournament with a severely depleted list.

The Pakistani Cricket Board is insisting the withdrawal of the players is not drug related, saying that risking either of the bowlers in the West Indies could result in career ending injuries.

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