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Left-arm seamer dropped from Pakistan squad on fitness grounds

Dropped: Tanvir was removed from Pakistan's squad on fitness grounds

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Pakistan paceman Sohail Tanvir insists he is fit despite being pulled out of the World Cup squad.

"It is hugely disappointing to be dropped from a major event like the World Cup at the last moment. I don't know why they dropped me and the selectors should tell me the reason because I was fit and getting better in bowling and fielding."

Sohail Tanvir

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Tanvir, who was said to be suffering from a knee injury, was deemed unfit by the Pakistan Cricket Board's medical team and was replaced by fellow left-arm seamer Junaid Khan.

"It is hugely disappointing to be dropped from a major event like the World Cup at the last moment," he said.

"I don't know why they dropped me and the selectors should tell me the reason because I was fit and getting better in bowling and fielding."

The 26-year-old had played in five of the six matches in the recent series against New Zealand before being dropped.

But the PCB has justified its decision saying that the medical panel had ruled that Tanvir was not 100 percent fit to play.

"He still requires time to make a complete recovery from his knee problem for which he had an operation sometime back," the PCB said in a statement.