Ajmal Shahzad ruled out of World Cup tournament before he suffered from hamstring injury. With the victory of England over West Indies, they have made some chances for the next round so they decided to call the Surrey seamer Jade Dernbach as his replacement. It was a surprise replacement in England's World Cup squad.
Shahzad picked up the difficulty, a repetition of an injury he suffered in Australia, between playing Bangladesh, where he took 3 for 43, and the West Indies match and missed the final group game in Chennai.
Dernbach, who is currently in the West Indies with the England Lions, has received endorsement from the ICC Event Technical Committee, and is expected to be released from his current fixture against Windward Islands, and will arrive in the subcontinent in time for the quarter-finals, which get underway on March 23.
One of the facets of Dernbach's game that has caught the eye on the domestic course and kept the selectors interested is his accurate slower ball which has proved very effective in one-day cricket. He has achieved 95 wickets mark in 60 List A fixtures with a career-best of 5 for 31, although his economy rate is high at 6.33, and on the current Lions tour has taken 19 wickets at 15.63 in the Caribbean four-day competition.
Dernbach was chosen ahead of the Warwickshire all-rounder, Chris Woakes, who overwhelmed in his maiden England series in Australia recently. Liam Plunkett, who played the last of those seven ODIs against Australia, is presently injured.
Shahzad became the third England player to be forced to fly home from the World Cup following Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad back to the UK. The England team is currently waiting for affirmation that the side has reached the quarter-final stages of the ICC World Cup which is reliant on the remaining matches in the group stages. A victory for South Africa over Bangladesh, or India over West Indies, would be enough to assurance a place in the last eight.