Pakistan news March 29, 2013

Raza Hasan confident of swift return

Raza Hasan, Pakistan's 20-year old left-arm spinner, is confident of being back in the reckoning for national selection with his swift recovery from a career-threatening spine injury. He returned to competitive cricket, after an almost four-month break, in the ongoing Faysal Bank Super Eight Twenty20 Cup.

Hasan, who made his international debut last September against Australia, has played seven Twenty20 internationals since, taking six wickets at 25.66. But he was pegged back with major back trouble when he injured the disc in his spine in a domestic Twenty20 game on December 2. He underwent surgery, performed by a neurosurgeon Dr. Anjum Habib Vohra.

"It was a major blow but with the timely treatment I am back in shape," Hasan said. "Although I was given at least eight weeks' rest by the doctor, I extended it to 12 weeks to give my body adequate rest. I am enjoying good health due to the gap. I am working hard to cover up for lost time.

"I was a bit reckless earlier with my injury and I let it linger on, but now after the operation I am taking extra caution to take care of myself with proper gym sessions and back exercise."

In the wake of the injury, he missed the tours of India and South Africa, and hasn't so far played Tests or ODIs for his country. During his layoff, two other left-arm spinners, Zulfiqar Babar and Abdur Rehman - who served a 12-week ban for testing positive for cannabis during his spell with Somerset - have been called in by the selectors. But the competition with other spinners for a place, with Saeed Ajmal leading the race, isn't worrisome for Raza.

"I am not really worried on being pushed back on return of Abdur Rehman or others as I don't think I will be competing with anyone. The only completion I am facing is with my own self and I need to improve myself from here. I am young and have plenty of time ahead of me [to do the needful], rest is in the hands of the selectors."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    yes...he should be part of team..he is very talented guy

  • Cricinfouser on March 30, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Without afridi??????u must be joking

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Again welcome in national team pakistan line up shud be; Ahmed shahzad, jamshed hafeez,shafiq/umar Akmal/misbah,malik,afridi,kamran,raza hasan,junaid khan, ajmal and irfan

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Our viewer and writer should know that championship trophy will be played in England. We should select at least four fast bowlers and couple of fast ball alrounders. Batsmen should be technically sound who can deal with both swing and bounce. My squad of 16 players are Nasir Jamshed, Hafiz, ,Younus,Misbah,Asad Shafiq, Umer Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Raza Hassan, Saeed Ajmal, M. Irfan, Junaid khan,Harris shohail, Umer Gul, Umer Amin,A.Razzaq. Kamran Akmal or one good wicket keeper batsman.We can consider Yasir Arfat,Hammad Azam ,Fawad Alam And Anwar Ali as fast ball alrounders. Opening batsmen Ahmed shehzad, Imran Farhat and toufique should be consider.

  • Ameen on March 29, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Pakistan line up for Champions trophy as follows, Ahmed Shehzad,Nasir jamshed,Umar Akmal,hafeez,Misbah,Shafiq,Razzaq,Raza Hassan,junaid khan,Irfan,Saeed Ajmal,rehman,K.Akmal,Umar Gull,Anwar Ali.

    Please kick out Afridi from all the formats of the game. Shoiab Malik only for t20. Younis khan only for Test, Dont select hafeez for Test cricket please.

  • Saad Ali on March 29, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    He is a finest spinner for future for sure.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    mashallah this bowler is good select him.

    pakistan line up shud be; ahmed shahzad, jamshed,hafeez,shafiq,misbah,malik,afridi, raza hasan,junaid khan, ajmal and irfan

  • Mohammed on March 29, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    A good bowler he is one for the future.Pakistan should give him more chances to succeed.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Bright prospect, this guy can be really useful in limited overs cricket. The way he opened bowling against SA and Aus in the T20Is was brilliant.

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