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Jamshed replaces Hafeez in World Cup squad
The International Cricket Council (ICC) technical committee has approved opening batsman Nasir Jamshed as a replacement in Pakistan's World Cup squad after Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out due to a calf injury yesterday. Hafeez's injury is the second blow to Pakistan's World Cup plans as Junaid Khan has already been replaced by Rahat Ali after the left-arm fast bowler failed to recover from a hamstring injury.
Hafeez was injured during the second one-day international (ODI) against New Zealand yesterday. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Shaharyar Khan, said Hafeez needed at least a month to recover and will be returning home. Hafeez was suspended for an illegal bowling action, but was selected in the World Cup squad as a batsman. The calf injury prevented the off-spinner from undergoing official testing of his bowling action in Brisbane on Friday. Jamshed has played 45 one-day internationals with 1,413 runs, including three centuries and eight 50s. His last ODI was against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in December.
Pakistan are in Pool B alongside defending champions India, West Indies, South Africa, Zimbabwe and qualifiers Ireland and United Arab Emirates. Pakistan's first match is against India next Sunday.
Harmison becomes football coach
ASHINGTON, England (AP):
Former England cricketer Steve Harmison has been hired as the new manager of his hometown football team that plays in the ninth tier of the English game.
Ashington, located near Newcastle in the north of the country, said yesterday on its website that the 36-year-old Harmison has been appointed with immediate effect as part of a three-man coaching team that chairman Ian Lavery says has "a wealth of experience in the sporting world".
Harmison played as a centre half for the club as a teenager before giving up football to focus on cricket. Harmison played 63 tests and 58 one-day internationals as a fast bowler for England and was part of two Ashes-winning teams. He retired from cricket in 2013.