The ICC has confirmed the Event Technical Committee of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 has approved Japen Patel as a replacement for the injured Gowkaran Roopnarine in the USA squad and Zahmeer Khan as a replacement for the injured Hamid Shah in the Denmark squad.

Gowkaran Roopnarine who got injured playing against Italy. Photo: ICC/Ian Jacobs

The confirmation was conveyed to the USA and Denmark squads on behalf of the committee on Friday (16 March). Roopnarine suffered a hamstring injury in his side’s eight-run loss to Italy in Abu Dhabi on 14 March, while Hamid suffered a facial injury during his side’s warm-up fixture on 12 March against USA at Al Daid Cricket Stadium.

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.

USA’s Patel is a 24-year-old right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler, he replaces the 30-year-old Roopnarine who is a left-handed batsman.

Denmark’s Zahmeer is a 21-year-old right-handed middle-order batsman and he replaces 19-year-old Hamid who is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler.

As with all players in the tournament, the eligibility of a replacement player is subject to approval by the ICC before that player can be officially added to the squad.

The Event Technical Committee of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 for this case was made up of Tim Anderson (Chair ? ICC Global Development Manager), Edward Fitzgibbon (ICC Development Events Manager), David Jukes (ICC Match Referee), Mazhar Khan (Emirates Cricket Board Representative) Richard Done (ICC High Performance Manager ? ICC Representative).