2nd Pakistan fast bowler injured out of Asia Cup

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan suffered another bowling setback when pacer Mohammad Wasim was ruled out of the Asia Cup on Friday because of a side strain.

Wasim was expected to play in Pakistan’s opening group game against archrival India on Sunday, but was hurt on Wednesday while bowling in a practice in Dubai.

A scan confirmed the strain. The medical team hope he will be available for England's tour of Pakistan next month.

Pace bowler Hasan Ali, who was rested by the selectors apparently due to his indifferent form in white-ball cricket, has replaced Wasim. However, Hasan’s selection has yet to be approved by tournament officials. Hasan had been at the National High Performance Centre in Lahore for the last three weeks. He is in Rawalpindi, preparing for the National T20 starting next week.

Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi is already out of the Asia Cup due to a knee injury and has been advised to rest for up to six weeks. Fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain has already replaced Afridi.

The Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates open on Saturday with Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan.

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