Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 18th 2015 Contents ADELAIDE---Pakistan pace
bowler Mohammad Irfan was
ruled out of Pakistan s squad
yesterday ahead of the World Cup quar-
terfinal against Australia due to a stress
fracture of the pelvis.
The 7-foot (2.1-metre) tall fast bowler
had medical scans on Monday which
revealed a stress injury, but weren t con-
Pakistan team physiotherapist Brad
Robinson ordered further scans Tuesday,
which confirmed the full extent of the
"This injury rules Irfan out of the
World Cup," Robinson said in a state-
The Pakistan Cricket Board said it will
wait until the result of Friday s quarter-
final before deciding on whether to send
a replacement for Irfan or not.
"The Team Pakistan think tank is not
immediately asking the selection com-
mittee back home for a replacement, but
shall wait until the result of the Friday s
quarterfinal encounter against Australia
to do so," the PCB said in a statement.
The 32-year-old fast bowler has a his-
tory of fitness problems since he made
his international debut in 2010. He suf-
fered a hip injury in late 2013 during a
Twenty20 international against South
Africa in the United Arab Emirates before
making a comeback against Sri Lanka
in August 2014.
Pakistan had several bowling problems
ahead of the World Cup with Saeed
Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Gul
and Junaid Khan all ruled out due to
either suspension on injuries.
Pakistan had high hopes from Irfan
to trouble strong Australian batting line-
up in the quarterfinals and in local media
he was nicknamed "Tower of Terror"
for batsmen in the World Cup.
Former test cricketers Mohammad
Yousuf and Azhar Mahmood said Irfan s
injury would be a big blow to Pakistan s
chances against Australia and wanted
legspinner Yasir Shah to replace the tall
fast bowler in the playing XI.
"It s a huge loss to Pakistan," Yousuf
told television channel Geo News in Pak-
istan. "The whole nation will be disap-
pointed with this news because we had
high hopes from Irfan."
Mahmood said Shah, who played in
just one group match against India, could
be an ideal choice to replace Irfan.
"When your key player gets injured,
it gives other player a chance to step
up," Mahmood said. "Yasir Shah is
there and it s a best chance for him to
With the horrible weather being
experienced in New Zealand s North
Island because of cyclone Pam, the
West Indies team decided to take the
five-hour bus drive from Napier to
Wellington, where they will play their
ICC 2015 World Cup quarter-final
clash against hosts New Zealand on
However, the road trip decision had
more to do than just the bad weather,
it was all about men not wanting to
fly into Wellington Airport, one of the
world s dangerous landing scene.
Wellington is the sixth most dangerous
airport in the world. And the West
Indies team had a first hand experience
of this the last time they had a bi-lat-
eral series in New Zealand with a sin-
gle, short, 6,351-foot runway that
appears to begin and end in crystal
blue waters. It is easy to see why flying
into Wellington may make you uneasy.
To those who call it home, flying into
Wellington is a joy, but it is not for
the faint at heart. Sometimes the dan-
ger approaches just when it is almost
time to disembark.
Added to this, the wind factor can
be another horrible experience for trav-
ellers and this is what was experienced
by the West Indies back in 2013. The
pilot flying both the West Indies and
New Zealand teams from Dunedin to
Wellington had to abandon one landing
attempt before getting both teams
down safely. This was due to high
West Indies captain at the time Dar-
ren Sammy, who does not like flying,
had a horrific time and called his wife
on the phone on landing and told her
not to come to Wellington but go to
another city and he would meet her
Sammy had vowed never to fly into
Wellington again and he kept to his
word on Monday. According to reports
from New Zealand back then, other
members of the West Indies team were
also shaken up by the experience and
some New Zealanders on the same
flight were quoted as saying it was one
of the roughest they had known.
"Most of our guys were a bit ter-
rified, but hopefully the (Basin Reserve)
pitch is not as terrifying as the landing.
I was once on a flight like that where
one of the engines broke down and
that was when I developed my fear of
flying," said Sammy.
"I was screaming like my daughter.
I m definitely taking the bus next time.
I don t mind the ferry. My wife was
due to fly into that (Wellington) airport,
I told her no chance so she s going to
do Sydney-Auckland not Sydney-
Wellington. Not a chance."
West Indies coach at the time Ottis
Gibson has described the experience
as scary and terrifying and said his
players have now recovered. "I don t
suppose anything can prepare you for
that. It was a little bit scary, I ve expe-
rienced it before myself in South Africa.
There were a few fingernails chewed
down to the bitter end," said Gibson.
So on Monday it was on the bus for
a five-hour long journey from Napier
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LEEDS---Bob Appleyard, the former
England medium-pacer whose unique
bowling style made him a prolific
wicket-taker for county side Yorkshire
and in his short test career, has died. He
Yorkshire County Cricket Club an-
nounced the death of Appleyard yester-
day. He had been ill for months.
Appleyard's first-class career spanned
just eight years---1950-58---but he took
708 wickets at an average of 15.48.
Yorkshire says in a statement that App-
leyard is the only cricketer to capture
200 first-class wickets in his first full
His deliveries varied in pace, from
quick off-breaks to medium-paced in-
swingers, and made him difficult to read
on the uncovered wickets of that era.
Appleyard was restricted to nine tests
for England because of illnesses, but
was an Ashes winner in 1954-55, and
took 31 wickets at 17.87.
Former England, Yorkshire cricketer Appleyard dies
No wind beneath their wings
...as Pakistan loses 'Tower of Terror'
Pakistan's Wahab Riaz, centre, is embraced by teammates Mohammad Irfan,
right, and Sohail Khan as they celebrate their 29-run win over South Africa in
their Cricket World Cup Pool B match in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday.
one knows what
Chris Gayle can do
winners in world
cricket, so it s
important we put a
little bit of focus on
New Zealand s KANE
ahead of the World
against West Indies.
Call: 623-8870 (Ext:
2213, 2711, 2212, 2192)
West Indies opener
CHARLES struck 55
off 40 balls in a six-
wicket win over United
Arab Emirates at the
World Cup on Sunday.
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