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Usman Shinwari replaces injured Amir for the upcoming ODIs

LAHORE: Left-handed pacer Usman Khan Shinwari has been named as Mohammad Amir’s replacement for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Monday.

Shinwari, who is currently representing Habib Bank in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, has been called up to fill in for fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who was ruled out of the five-match series due to a stress injury in his right shin.

Amir was taken off the field after bowling 19.3 overs in Sri Lanka’s first innings on Saturday, the second day of Dubai Test. He had struggled with the same issue on day one of the Test as well.

A statement from the PCB said the pacer underwent MRI scans after complaints of pain in his shin and following the scans, he has been advised a rest of two to three weeks.

Shinwari, 23, most recently featured for Pakistan in the Independence Cup in Lahore.

Iceland qualifies for World Cup

Iceland became the smallest country ever to qualify for the World Cup when they beat Kosovo 2-0 on Monday to book a place at their first finals in Russia next year as winners of Group I.

Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly-taken goal five minutes before halftime as Iceland proved that their run to the 2016 European Championship quarter-finals, which included wins over Austria and England, was no fluke.

Sigurdsson also set up the second for Johann Gudmundsson midway through the second half as Iceland completed the campaign by winning their final three games without conceding a goal.

It was a remarkable achievement for a country which has a population of about 350,000. The previous smallest country to have reached the finals was Trinidad & Tobago, in 2006, with 1.3 million people.

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