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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 February, 2003, 14:45 GMT

Tigers call up Khan
Akram Khan batting against Pakistan
Khan can be a powerful hitter
Bangladesh have called up former captain Akram Khan to stiffen their batting.

He will replace fast bowler Mashrafe bin Mortaza, who will not play again in the tournament after damaging ankle ligaments.

Mortaza suffered the injury when he stood on a ball during practice for the game against West Indies at Benoni earlier this week.

Bangladesh have received permission from the tournament Technical Committee to add Akram to their squad.

He was in their provisional list of 30 names, but failed to make the cut when the squad was trimmed down to the final 15.

The 34-year-old has scored more than 850 runs in 34 one-day internationals, including five half centuries.

He played in the 1999 World Cup in England and made 42 when Bangladesh pulled off a shock 62-run win over Pakistan at Northampton.





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