Injury ends Shahzad's World Cup
England pace bowler Ajmal Shahzad has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup by a hamstring injury.
The 25-year-old was absent from the team sheet for today’s Group B game against West Indies, and the ECB this morning confirmed he will play no further part in the tournament.
Shahzad complained of soreness in his left hamstring after England's defeat to Bangladesh last Friday, their most recent encounter, and scans have since revealed a recurrence of the problem he first suffered during the one-day series in Australia which preceded this tournament.
Shahzad becomes the third England player to return home early, after Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad were forced to fly back to the UK by a hernia and side strain respectively.
In addition, Ravi Bopara replaced Eoin Morgan before the World Cup started, although Morgan has since been drafted in to replace Pietersen.
Shahzad has played two games in the World Cup, making important contributions in both. He hit a six off his first ball to help secure a tie with India and emerged as England's most potent bowler, with 3-43, against Bangladesh.
England will consider calling up a replacement for Shahzad only if they win their final group game in Chennai today, a result which would leave their qualification for the quarter-finals dependent on the outcome of other matches. Defeat at the MA Chidambaram Stadium would end their World Cup campaign.