PSL 2018: Knee injury rules Rumman Raees out of remainder of the season

The fast bowler will miss the rest of the Pakistan Super League, cutting short his good form.

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Islamabad United’s fast bowler Rumman Raees has been ruled out of the remainder of the Pakistan Super League 2018 (PSL) due to a knee injury that he suffered in the game against Quetta Gladiators in Sharjah last month. It has been confirmed that Rumman will return to Pakistan from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and begin his recovery process.

Initial reports had suggested that the injury was not as serious as it was feared. Raees had to be stretchered off the pitch after his right-leg knee hit the ground while saving a boundary. But his MRI reports revealed the seriousness of the issue. The 26-year-old from Karachi took only one wicket in the three games that he played this year. For his national side, Rumman has featured in nine ODIs and eight T20Is, from which he has 14 and 8 wickets respectively.

A stellar performance in PSL 2017

The left arm bowler came to prominence in the 2016 season of the PSL and made his Pakistan debut in a T20I against West Indies that same year. But it was not until PSL 2017 that he grabbed the limelight, taking 12 wickets in seven matches. Raees boasts of a number of variations in his bag – a slower ball being one among those. He has also been seen hitting Yorkers frequently.

He was initially left out of the Champions Trophy squad last year but was later called in as a replacement midway through the tournament for Wahab Riaz who sustained an injury in England. Raees made his ODI debut in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy.

Islamabad United’s current scene in PSL 3

As for the Islamabad United, they have already qualified for the next round of the PSL with five wins from seven games. On the rankings table, they stand second after the Quetta Gladiators who have five wins from eight games. United’s next assignment is against the Multan Sultans on Tuesday.