Indian paceman Pathan cleared for World Cup
by AFP

Player:IK Pathan
Event:ICC World Cup 2006/07

DateLine: 25th February 2007


Indian fast bowler Irfan Pathan was cleared for next month's World Cup in the Caribbean after proving his fitness and form in a domestic one-day fixture here on Sunday.


The left-arm seamer, 22, grabbed two wickets for 48 runs off 8.4 overs for West Zone against Central Zone in a Deodhar Trophy match.


"There is no alteration in the 15-member World Cup squad," chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar told reporters after watching Pathan in action.


"Pathan will be bowling in the nets and will also be playing in warm-up matches in the West Indies before the World Cup."


The paceman was asked to prove his form and fitness in domestic matches after being selected for the World Cup squad.


Pathan figured in just one of India's last eight one-day internationals. He missed a four-match series against Sri Lanka due to a sore shoulder and played one game against the West Indies, but did not look at his best.


He has taken 115 wickets 73 one-day internationals.

(Article: Copyright © 2007 AFP)


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