Pakistan news April 5, 2012

Junaid Khan recovers from knee injury


Junaid Khan, the Pakistan fast bowler, has said he has recovered from the knee injury that kept him out of the Asia Cup. Junaid said that injuries are part of a bowler's life and insisted that he has a lengthy career ahead of him.

"Injuries do come and players recover from them," Junaid told ESPNcricinfo. "Bowlers have had various injuries at regular intervals in their careers but recovered to play years of cricket.

"I understand I am at the beginning of my career but injuries can happen at any time. I have a lengthy career ahead of me. I am getting motivation from former Pakistan bowlers and nothing is serious. The most important thing is that I am still on my feet after the injury and ready to play again. "

Junaid sustained a fracture of the patella (knee cap) during the Twenty20 leg of Pakistan's series against England in UAE in February and has been out of action since then. Junaid, 22, debuted for Pakistan in April 2011 but his fledgling career has been hurt by injuries in the last few months. Junaid was selected for the England series after he had recovered from the abdominal tear he picked during the ODI series against Sri Lanka last year, which ruled him out for six weeks.

Junaid is all set to return to English county side Lancashire in June though he is yet to obtain a no-objection certificate from the PCB. The board is assessing his fitness and is likely to release the bowler for a short period to manage his workload and make sure he remains in the best shape to play when Pakistan need him.

Pakistan's next international assignment is to play a full series in Sri Lanka followed by the 'home' series against Australia, also to be played in Sri Lanka, before featuring in the ICC World Twenty20.

Apart from his promising International career, Junaid excelled on county debut in last year's Friends Life t20, taking 12 wickets in eight games for Lancashire at an economy-rate of 6.00.

"Junaid showed last season his ability to win a game from almost any situation," Peter Moores, the Lancashire head coach, said. "His strength at bowling in Powerplays and at the end of the innings in one-day cricket adds another dimension to the squad and it will be great to have him back."

Edited by Abhishek Purohit

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Aamir on April 8, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Comments are very quiet here...

  • Aamir on April 7, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Oh how I would have liked to watch Pak vs BD with Junaid, Wahab and Sadaf Hussain bowling on Pakistan pitches. What a sight to see!

  • Malti on April 6, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    People are still waiting for Amir to return quickly. I think the record is very clear, he has been banned for 5 years and more than 3 years of that are still to be compleated. Till then do you guys propose to cry over spilt milk ? dont you think moving on is a better way forward. ? In anycase i did not find Amirs record all that impressive. He was over-hyped only because he was very young. And before he could be ripe he became stale. Now he is a proven, convicted cheat. I dont expect much from him. He has cheated his country, people and the game. I dont believe he deserves a second chance so quickly. Surely there will be much more sincere younsters out there who are still waiting to be given their first opportunity. so why worry so much about Amir's second chance.

  • RankPace on April 6, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Though you can expect Junaid to improve with the experience that he is getting from international cricket and from the english county, but fitness remains his beggest concern. people are comparing him iwth Waseem Akrma (being a left hander), but according to me he must me able to complete a series without geting injured. Dont get me wrong, personally i like him. i agree that he has potential to improve and being a left hander is an advantage. But fitness is a major issue with him. I could understand if he was an out and out fast bowler like Shoeb Akhtar, wich he is not. Anyway it looks like the era of fast bowlers dominance in pakistan cricket is over with Akhtar. I think Aktars retirement has marked the end of the great era of hostile fast bowlers of pakistan.

  • RankPace on April 6, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Junaid boy you should take care of your fitness. If at this age u will keep getting injuired like this, how can the team trust you for consistency. if you keep letting the team down like this, they will have to look elsewhere for better and more reliable players.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Junaid you are a good left arm fast bowler you are only 22 years old and very less exprience,however within next 5 years you would be another Wasim Akram if not better Inshallah So dont loose heart keep working as hard as Chamanda Vaas of shri Lanka and you will be on top of all fast bowlers BUT HARD WORK IS NECESSARY AND A MUST.Wish you all the best in Future. Javed Sani LOs-Angeles.USA.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    He is a so-so bowler. I really don't see a bright future for him. He is not a "real" talent that Amir and Waseem were.

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2012, 19:31 GMT


  • Peter P on April 5, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    smjr...hmm 22 years old with 5 test and you judge him on that, granted he is no Pro Philander...but he is the best we have as LFM...wahab Riaz is the till Amir gets back we'll have to contented with these two unless Pakistan have something up their sleeve that they are not letting on...

  • Shoaib on April 5, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    It is better if we get Mohammad Aamir back atleast our fast bowling will be boosted by miles rather than having a few under-rated medium pace bowlers leading the Pak attack.

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