By RON FANFAIR
Former Canadian captain, John Davison, will miss the rest of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup qualifying tournament in South Africa after sustaining a leg injury while batting in his team’s resounding 148-run win over Scotland last Wednesday.
Manager Mike Henry told Share Online that Davison will be out of action for at least four weeks because of a right calf muscle injury.
“He’s on crutches and in a lot of pain,” Henry said after the team’s three-hour practice session today in preparation for tomorrow’s Super Eight contest against Kenya. “J.D. will remain with the squad for the next week and receive treatment from our physio (Dr. Dan Kiesel) before heading back to his home in Australia. He’s in too much discomfort right now to move around with bags or suitcases and that’s the reason why we are keeping him here for a few days. This is a big blow for us, but we have other guys who are capable and they will have to step up.”
Wicketkeeper/batsman, Ashif Mulla, who was not in the original 15-member squad, has replaced Davison and is in the team for the game against the Kenyans. Mulla arrived in South Africa on March 29 and was part of the national side’s support staff. Each team is allowed up to eight support personnel.
“Once we got the medical report from the doctors that J.D. would not be available to us for the rest of the series, we received clearance from the ICC technical committee to bring in a replacement that is already here with us,” Henry said.
Henry said Mulla, an attacking right-handed batsman, will bat at number three if either opener, Rizwan Cheema or Geoff Barnett, loses their wicket in the first 10 power play overs when only two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
If the openers survive the first power play, then skipper Ashish Bagai will follow after the fall of the first wicket.
Mulla last appeared for Canada in the Americas Division One cricket championship in November in Fort Lauderdale where he was the tournament’s fifth leading scorer with 215 runs (av. 43).