Rashid confirmed as Yardy's replacement

The ICC has confirmed the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has approved Adil Rashid as a replacement player for Michael Yardy in the England squad for the tournament.

The confirmation was conveyed to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on behalf of the committee on Thursday. Yardy was withdrawn from the England squad suffering from depression and has consequently returned to home.

Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the event technical committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or ill player.

Yardy becomes the fifth player to be replaced in England's squad, although Eoin Morgan subsequently returned as a replacement for the injured Kevin Pietersen.

The 23-year-old Adil Rashid, a legbreak spinner with Yorkshire, has represented England in five ODIs claiming three wickets while he has also represented England in five Twenty20 Internationals.

Adil Rashid, who has 241 first-class wickets to his name and has recently been touring the Caribbean with England Lions. He is scheduled to arrive in Colombo on Saturday.

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