Adelaide: Giant Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan was ruled out of the World Cup yesterday because of a stress fracture to his pelvis, an injury which captain Misbah-ul-Haq described as a "huge setback".
The 32-year-old first felt the hip injury in the 129-run win over the United Arab Emirates two weeks ago when he bowled just three overs.
The seven-foot one-inch fast bowler played in the crucial victory against South Africa, taking three wickets, before missing Sunday's game against Ireland.
The injury is a major blow to the 1992 champions' chances of defeating four-time winners Australia in the quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
"Irfan was one bowler who was different to all the others in the competition," Misbah told AFP. "It is a huge setback for us but we have to live with it."