Pakistan news December 10, 2011

Junaid ready to begin training again


Junaid Khan, the Pakistan fast bowler, has said he has recovered from the injury he picked up during Pakistan's recent one-day series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates, and could start practicing as early as next week.

The 21-year-old Junaid was out of cricket for six weeks after he sustained a partial tear in his abdominal muscle while bowling during the fifth ODI in Abu Dhabi. It was the first serious injury of his career.

"My latest MRI scans are all clear but I am asking the doctor for advice and will return to the ground accordingly," Khan told ESPNcricinfo. "But based on the initial response by the doctor, I should be able to start practice from December 13."

Prior to his injury, Junaid had taken 12 wickets in the three Tests against Sri Lanka. He was left out for the first four ODIs, but replaced Aizaz Cheema for the dead rubber in Abu Dhabi. He bowled just three overs before leaving the field after experiencing pain in his abdomen. He was taken to hospital for an MRI scan where the injury was discovered.

Junaid, who emerged from the Under-19 group that included Mohammad Amir, first made it to national contention when he was called up for Pakistan's 2011 World Cup squad as a late replacement for Sohail Tanvir. His Test debut, against Zimbabwe in 2011, was uneventful; he picked up five wickets in his second Test against Sri Lanka on a flat surface in Abu Dhabi.

His injury occurred just as his fledgling career was gathering momentum but Junaid brushed aside any suggestions that it was a setback. "It's a part of the game but I have never suffered an injury until this one. I know Mohammad Khalil has been picked as a replacement for the Bangladesh tour but what I know is that luck plays a vital part in your career. I am not in a hurry and never was, as success has no shortcut.

"What I have to do is ensure my best performance whenever I get chance. This injury is a minor hindrance."

Junaid said he sees himself as a frontline bowler instead of a supporting one. "I have my own standing in the cricketing world and have not been promoted to fill the Mohammad Amir vacuum. We both have been playing in the Under-19 team and each of us has our own standing. I don't want to be linked with any one and wanted to make my own reputation."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Imran on December 12, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Not enough can be said about the Pakistani fast bowlers, everyone please stop or you will curse our team, people on the whole from the feeling \I get are Pak haters and really would love for us to have been kicked out of cricket full STOP. Whenever anyone speaks abotu pakistan players or commentators they always have some negative comments. Pakistan have always had the great players over the years, our history in the game is great and always will be, at this stage our cricket is great and that is what matters here CRICKET, Come on Pakistan keep dispilined and stay grounded, with players like, Hafeez, Afridi, Misbah, Younis, Azhar, Junaid, Cheema, Riaz, Gul, Ajmal, Rehman, Taufeeq, Umar Akmal, Shafiq, and a returning Amir, we have big things to look forward to new young players, we also have Sadaf and Anwar Ali both from the under 19 world cup coming through, Ameen we have good times coming, inshallah

  • Bilal on December 12, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    He provides a lot of control to misbah .. it would be good to have him back in the side.. he represents the new breed of pakistan fastbowlers who are more dynamic and use the old and new ball well ... who ball within themselves but can crank it up when needed ... who can ball yorkers on demand but are also good at mixing up the pace

  • Amjad on December 12, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    To all the Indian Fans of Pakistani Bowlers.... Thanks for Appreciating our bowlers !!!!!

  • Alex on December 12, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Arun is useless and waste. He was around 135 at his ball crossed 144 out of 100s of deliveries...sresanth in sleep bowl in 138kmph. India over hyping arun who can't swing and is neither tall. he will be smashed all over the park...Umesh Yadav is imroved from IPL stint and now miles ahead of varuna run. Ishant sharma is way faster than Varun arun but he is tall yet his bowling is junk because he can't swing and has no brain. India has to find many tall punjabi kids and train them.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    The Best thing is, Sadaf Hussian is yet to come. Who is Young, emerging, pacer swinger and seemer. MASHALLAH this is the blessed land with bowlers.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Yes Mr Junaid Khan, we believe you are a promising young fast bowler but you have to proof yourself as actions speak louder than words. In my opinion you have to work very hard to be on the top and you have all the capablities to do it, i will watch your bowling very closely in the upcoming events, best of luck

  • ankit on December 11, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    no doubt pakistan has better stock of fast bowlers than india..!! m indian and like pakistan bowlers too..but if u say that india is all loser courtesy ENGLAND TOUR so its wrong of u.. india too has its strengths and other things.. india has won in england in 2007 and nz in 2010..last two tours of australia hav been gud minus sydeny test 2008 where we indians were cheated.. we drew in south africa recently.. so plz guys stop bein critical..otherwise pakistan too had dismal tours of australia and england recently..but tht doesnt mean tht their resources r in bad shape,,,guys pakistan has better bowlers but india too isnt bad,,,india plays on its own strenght..

  • monzu on December 11, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    @Apoorve Panday Arron is quick an Indian quick next year this time he will be like a TUK TUK. Where were all the phast bowlers of India on England tour? It was left for Dhoni to bowl LOL!

  • Amjad on December 11, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    @LillianThomson - Completely agree with you !!! Junaid/Amir/Afridi/Gul & Ajmal... what a cmobination for ODI & T-20...

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    i think cummins and aaron are quick bowlers and young above 90 miles they will gett injured but no excuse for junaid he is a medium pacer 135 to 138 but yes heis a descent bowler cummins aaron have to work hard and as far as england they hardly visit subcontinent so its easy to bowl in england swinging conditions it does not take toll on body but junaid if he stays fit is best pak bowler now and aaron and cummins pattison and yadav are also good talents let see how they guys do in future because srilanka is dead side india is best asian and pak is improving and i want india pak matches both have talented players and both are world beaters india in last decade played very well outside india

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