Derek out for six weeks

New Straits Times - - Sport - Devin­der Singh

THE na­tional team suf­fered a blow when bowler Derek Michael Du­raisingam was ruled out of the World Cricket League Di­vi­sion Three tour­na­ment in Uganda next week with a knee in­jury.

Derek, 25, suf­fered the in­jury dur­ing Malaysia’s one-run win over Sin­ga­pore in Nairobi on Thurs­day which capped a four­match warm-up tour of Kenya.

The in­jury is ex­pected to side­line Derak for six weeks, said Malaysian Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral man­ager of cricket op­er­a­tions Di­nesh Muthu­ra­man.

“Derak is due to go for an MRI scan but the doc­tor has al­ready said he won’t be able to play for the next six weeks,” Di­nesh told Time­s­port yes­ter­day.

“We have re­quested for a re­place­ment but we are still await­ing for the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil’s ap­proval.”

Di­nesh de­clined to say who the re­place­ment will be but as­sured that he is equally as good as Derek.

Malaysia face Sin­ga­pore again on Tues­day in Kyam­bogo in their Di­vi­sion Three opener be­fore tak­ing on the United States, Canada, Uganda and Oman in the chase for two pro­mo­tion slots to Di­vi­sion Two.

They leave Nairobi for Kam­pala to­day af­ter wrap­ping up the Kenyan tour with two wins and two losses.

Malaysia lost to Kenya XI by 111 runs in the first match on Mon­day where Derek claimed four wick­ets for 55 runs as the hosts were dismissed for 287 be­fore cap­tain Ah­mad Faiz Mo­ham­mad Noor top scored with 54 as Malaysia folded for 176.

Faiz and An­war Arudin com­bined for 140 runs as Malaysia bounched back to beat Kenya Se­lect by nine wick­ets on Tues­day af­ter bowl­ing out the hosts for 165.

Then came a four-wicket de­feat to Oman on Wed­nes­day when Malaysia were all out for 141 in 42.3 overs.

Malaysia ended their tour with a dra­matic one-run win over Sin­ga­pore as Vi­ran­deep Singh (90), Khizar Hayat Dur­rani (82) and An­war (61) scored half-cen­turies in the na­tional team’s to­tal of 306 for seven.

Sel­ladore Vi­jayaku­mar scored 123 off 128 balls for Sin­ga­pore but it was not enough as they fell short by a sin­gle, reach­ing 305 for eight.

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