Karachi:Pakistan suffered a body blow with their in-form pacer Umar Gul ruled out of the entire Asia Cup owing to a rib cartilage injury.
Chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said scan reports showed that Gul had a problem with his rib cartilage and he has been advised at least two weeks' rest by the doctors.
Pacer Abdul Rauf, who played in a match against Zimbabwe earlier this year, is likely to be named as Gul's replacement as first choice fast bowler Sohail Khan is yet to recover from a bout of Malaria.
"Gul has been advised complete rest for at least two weeks and this is a big setback for us as he is one of our main bowler's," the chief selector said.
Gul limped off the field after bowling just 1.2 overs against India last night and sources said his layoff could be longer from the game.
Gul himself said he was feeling some discomfort in the rib cage area.
"I don't know exactly what it is but I felt pain after just a few balls and it became unbearable," he said.
Gul said missing the Asia Cup midway through the event was a big disappointment for him as he was looking forward to playing in the final.