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India pacer Ishant Sharma has been ruled
out of the 2015 World Cup due to a knee
injury and will return to India early next
Mohit Sharma, who is travelling in Australia
with the team, is likely to take his place in the
side, subject to the approval of the ICC s event
The injury had kept Ishant away from com-
petitive cricket for more than a month. He
last bowled in the Boxing Day Test in Mel-
bourne in December before he was picked for
the Australia Day ODI in Sydney which was
abandoned due to rain. However, that was the
only game he was picked for in the tri-series,
as he injured his knee again before the ODI
against England in Perth.
Mohit and Dhawal Kulkarni, who were part
of the squad for the tri-series, have stayed
back in Australia and trained with the full
World Cup squad in Adelaide yesterday. Ishant,
however, did not bowl during the training ses-
India had better news regarding the fitness
of batsman Rohit Sharma and pacer Bhu-
vneshwar Kumar. Rohit played only one ODI
in the tri-series against Australia and England
due to a hamstring niggle. A left-ankle injury
had kept Bhuvneshwar out of the first three
Tests in Australia and a recurrence of the
injury meant that he played only two matches
in the tri-series. Rohit has said he will play
the warm-up games and Bhuvneshwar could
take the field in Sunday s warm-up match
"I will be playing the warm-ups and am
good to go," Rohit said at a media interaction
in Adelaide. "I had issues with my hamstring
but over the past few days I have been working
on it and recovered well thanks to the medical
staff. Injuries are part of the game and out of
your control. What I can control is my con-
fidence and preparations ahead of the World
Cup." (ESPN Sports)
ADELAIDE, Australia---Australia all-
rounder Shane Watson says he has
recovered from his latest injury and
is ready for the Cricket World Cup.
Watson missed Australia s tri-series
final win over England last week with
hamstring soreness but will play in the
warm-up match against India at Ade-
"I ll be ready to bowl a few overs. It
won t be bowling ten overs, but a few
overs and getting back into it," he said.
Watson said he missed the tri-series
final as a precaution, adding: "Just from
my history of injuries, if we just give
it a little bit more time then I have
never had any problems coming back."
Four-time champion Australia opens
its World Cup campaign against Eng-
land at Melbourne on February 14.
The Australians are under pressure,
having won the World Cup in England,
South Africa, India and the Caribbean,
but failing the only previous time it
co-hosted the tournament with New
Zealand in 1992.
"There s definitely more pressure on
us playing at home but it s also a big
advantage as well with home support
and home conditions," Watson said.
"It s certainly a big advantage for us
knowing these conditions inside out.
"Everyone knows that there s a lot
of expectation on us but we have a lot
of talent through our whole team and
our whole squad. I know everyone is
very excited to be a part of it and really
embrace the expectations that will be
Australia s preparations have been
overshadowed by concerns over the
fitness of captain Michael Clarke, who
is expected to miss the opening match,
and a recent injury to allrounder James
"I think they are going along as
planned at the moment, both Michael
and James," Watson said. "I know for
James it s going to be a bit longer period
of time to get his side right but I know
Michael is continuing to come along
"I m sure he ll be ready to go by that
ISLAMABAD---The ICC approved the con-
tentious bowling actions of offspinners Saeed
Ajmal and Sohag Ghazi yesterday, allowing
both players to resume bowling in interna-
Pakistan s Ajmal and Ghazi from Bangladesh
are not part of their respective World Cup
teams after both were suspended last year due
to illegal bowling actions.
The ICC said testing in Chennai, India, last
month showed the elbow flexing during the
delivery action of both bowlers was within the
allowed 15-degrees level of tolerance.
International umpires will be given video
and photos of both players legal bowling actions,
for comparison if either bowler comes under
future suspicion of "chucking."
Ajmal, 37, was reported during the first test
against Sri Lanka in August while Ghazi was
also reported in August after a one-day inter-
national in West Indies.
Another suspended Pakistani offspinner,
Mohammad Hafeez, had to postpone his official
retesting on Friday in Brisbane because of a
Ajmal said he wanted to make a comeback
to international cricket in the series against
Bangladesh in April, but was available for the
World Cup in case Pakistan has an injury cri-
"I have set my sights on the series against
Bangladesh, but if Pakistan needed me during
the World Cup, I am available to join the team,"
Ajmal had worked with former test bowlers
Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed and
Mohammad Akram at the National Cricket
Academy in Lahore to remodel his bowling
action after his initial reports suggested flex of
over 40 degrees in his bowling arm.
Ajmal was hopeful to clear official testing of
his bowling action after he underwent a private
testing in England and claimed he had cleared
all his deliveries.
"I am thankful to my coaches ... for working
tirelessly with me and remodeling my action,"
Ajmal said. "It was not an easy thing as I used
to bowl 40 overs a day and practice very hard."
Ajmal, who baffled batsmen with his "doosra"
on all types of wickets around the world, has
developed a new carom ball which he plans to
bowl once he returns to international cricket.
Ajmal, who has taken 178 wickets in 35 test
matches and 183 in 111 one-day internationals,
said he has no plans to retire.
"If I had any retirement plans I would have
quit when I was suspended last year," Ajmal
said. "I want to play for another three to four
years before quitting the game." (AP)
fit to play in
Sohag Ghazi: "I hope that I return to the
Bangladesh team soon, that is my biggest
goal now." AP PHOTO
In this August 9, 2014
file photo, Pakistani
cricketer Saeed Ajmal
bowls during the
fourth day of the first
Test cricket match
between Sri Lanka
and Pakistan in Galle,
Sri Lanka. AP PHOTO
out of World Cup
Ishant Sharma last bowled for India in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in December.
PHOTO COURTESY GETTY IMAGES
2015 ICC WORLD CUP
ICC clears bowling actions of Ajmal and Ghazi
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