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Mushtaq Ahmed

Mushtaq Ahmed Pakistan's assistant coach © Getty Images

Sussex have confirmed Mushtaq Ahmed will be missing for the start of the 2007 season due to his commitments with Pakistan as assistant coach during the World Cup.

Ahmed will miss at least the first couple of games and other Sussex players such as Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Matt Prior and Michael Yardy could also be selected.

Mark Robinson professional cricket manager said: "We'll be waiting for the final World Cup squads to be announced on 15 February before we make any firm decisions and we will consider different solutions to the different scenarios presented to us.

"Should we lose Yardy I may consider an overseas batter but we are not guaranteed to go for two overseas replacements.

"Thankfully knowing in advance has helped to plan accordingly and if any one of those Sussex players do remain at Hove, then that's a bonus.

"I back all my players and I see it as a great opportunity for any one of the team to step up and take their chance.

"There are enough match-winners in the Sussex squad for me not to worry unduly by any absence."

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