Pakistan news December 10, 2011

Junaid ready to begin training again

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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

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • KYZA 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_Choudry 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

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

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

  • Alexk400 on December 12, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Arun is useless and waste. He was around 135 at his best...one 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.

  • 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. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/392294.html

  • 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_66 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..

  • doosra95 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!

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

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

  • 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

  • KYZA 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_Choudry 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

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

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

  • Alexk400 on December 12, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Arun is useless and waste. He was around 135 at his best...one 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.

  • 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. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/392294.html

  • 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_66 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..

  • doosra95 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!

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

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

  • 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

  • on December 11, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Well he has spoken few words which made feel bit surprise as he said he don't want to be compared with others that's really good thing which makes him feel easy because whenever you compare someone with others you feel some kind of pressure. Its good that a youngster has such kind of thinking and yeah he is a wonderful bowler. I really admired the way he took wickets against Sri Lanka in recently concluded Test Series his bowling was leathel on dead wickets. So Barmy Army be prepared its revenge time.

  • LillianThomson on December 11, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Now that Amir has pleaded guilty there is talk of him working for the ICC in a campaign against fixing, after which he would receive amnesty for his offences. That would create a fascinating Pakistani attack of Gul/Amir/Junaid/Ajmal, with the two big left-armers creating rough for Ajmal to aim at. (Remember, the end of Wasim Akram's career also terminated Saqlain's, as he no longer had rough outside off-stump to aim at). Junaid's long-term value to Pakistan may primarily be in creating rough for Ajmal.

  • LillianThomson on December 11, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Junaid learned fast during his spell at Lancashire, as Messrs Jayawardene and Sangakkar can attest. It's astonishing that Pakistan is currently without Amir, Asif, Riaz and Kaneria because of matchfixing yet can still field Umar Gul, Junaid and Cheema to support their two spinners. What a contrast with India - we saw in England that if you exclude Ishant and Zaheer (equivalent to Asif and Amir) you are left with an "attack" which cannot dismiss the opposition for less than 500.

  • qasim.haider1 on December 11, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    well junaid's bowling actions takes a lot out of him........so he will face frequent injuries and cannot play that many matches

  • ahsanshaikh04 on December 10, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Cummins, Aaron and Junaid are fast bowlers and everybody got to admit that fast bowling is the toughest job in world cricket because to bowl 85 mph in a hot sunny day is a really hard job. Conditions can injured fast bowlers even the bowlers who are at the peak of their career so they are just new.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 10, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    I'm sure Pakistan can out-spin, out-swing and out-seam England!

    Always a joy to watch Pakistani bowlers... that's what proper bowling is!

    Come on Pakistan!!

  • on December 10, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Khan has a lot to prove. Hope he grabs this opportunity and shows us that he can rock a quality batting lineup. Eng-Pak contest should be exciting. I want Bumble, Raja, Hussein and Boycott in the commentary box.

  • gurn79 on December 10, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    I am an Indian but I admire the quality of bowlers that Pakistan cricket keeps churning out. It was very sad to see what happened to Md.Asif and Md.Aamir but Pakistan bowling is still quite formidable even without those two. Its always been batting for India and bowling for Pakistan that has kept these two great cricketing nations alive on the field. We have always wondered what a wonderul team we would have if Indian batsmen and Pakistan bowlers played for the same side, be it any era.

  • hhillbumper on December 10, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    junaid played in county cricket and cant say tht he was that worrying a bowler.Hope he does bowl so that England can get some more runs.

  • on December 10, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Junaid is a real character,he wants himself to become a bowler which will have each everything in him,he has shown the quality and class that he has and I back him as a bowler.I hope he does his well against England and he will INSHALLAH:-)

  • on December 10, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    World Class Bowler :D True Legend

  • khuram13 on December 10, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    good news. But it is now a difficult task for the selectors to select fast bowlers against England. Talha and Khalil are good inclusion against Bangladesh but unfortunately they are still sitting on the reserve bench. Now for next tour if they are ignored or dropped for the next tour so it will not a good thing . Junaid is a good bowler and it will be a hard task to select the team.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 10, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    He needs to improve his speed and outswinger.

  • WeeBee on December 10, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    I hope he gets fit before England Tour! England is gona hate him ! They really dont love our left arm fast bowlers! You know this thing better WHY! I am really looking farward to see him in team before England Tour! Pakistan have all kind of variety .. this left armer has a long way .... Keep it up Junaid and come back soon

  • on December 10, 2011, 14:34 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

  • khiladisher on December 10, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    PAKISTAN HAS TO ALWAYS RELY ON ITS FAST BOWLERS TO WIN MATCHES BECAUSE OF THE INEPT AND POOR BATSMEN THAT THEY HAVE PRODUCED OVER THE YEARS-IT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF THE GOOD BOWLING THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WIN MATCHES-AND IN THE MATCHES THAT THEY HAVE LOST -IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN POOR BATTING PERFORMANCES-JUNAID-BHATTI-GUL-ARE THEIR NEXT BIG HOPE AFTER- AMIR-ASIF.

  • on December 10, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    This is the attitude which will fill the Wasim Akram vacuum!

  • ArsalAAK on December 10, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Good to hear that Juniad is fit and I hope he will be in the squad vs England.He is terrific bowler and will bowl his heart out and continue even in long fruitless spells.Best young pace bowler in the world at the moment for me.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on December 10, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Excellent! Great news! Quite worried that Junaid will miss the England tour but now we have hopes for him to be included in the squad. Now, the Pak selectors are ignoring a new legend for whom they forgotten. That man is Wahab Riaz.

  • on December 10, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    These guys must be handled properly or they will be lost to IPL where they just have to ball 4 overs and make millions in teh process. Everyone wants to to see real- pace bowlers in the test sides.

  • on December 10, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    @vilander i think these guys are natural bowlers and havent got the back up staff to cope... england put there players through strength and conditioning camps and use state of the art training techniques i think when the rest of the world catches up it will come down to training a fitness rather than natural talent

  • on December 10, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    That last line of Junaid Khan is the best thing one would want to hear from a youngster. He says that he wants to build his own reputation and not be compared to anyone else is just great to hear:D

  • vanthli on December 10, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    VILANDER JUNAID INJURED AFTER PLAYING 2 TEST SERIES AND 4 ODI SERIES + COUNTY SEASON

  • Vilander on December 10, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Cummins,Aaaron and Junaid all injured after debut series ? whats the deal.

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  • Vilander on December 10, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Cummins,Aaaron and Junaid all injured after debut series ? whats the deal.

  • vanthli on December 10, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    VILANDER JUNAID INJURED AFTER PLAYING 2 TEST SERIES AND 4 ODI SERIES + COUNTY SEASON

  • on December 10, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    That last line of Junaid Khan is the best thing one would want to hear from a youngster. He says that he wants to build his own reputation and not be compared to anyone else is just great to hear:D

  • on December 10, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    @vilander i think these guys are natural bowlers and havent got the back up staff to cope... england put there players through strength and conditioning camps and use state of the art training techniques i think when the rest of the world catches up it will come down to training a fitness rather than natural talent

  • on December 10, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    These guys must be handled properly or they will be lost to IPL where they just have to ball 4 overs and make millions in teh process. Everyone wants to to see real- pace bowlers in the test sides.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on December 10, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Excellent! Great news! Quite worried that Junaid will miss the England tour but now we have hopes for him to be included in the squad. Now, the Pak selectors are ignoring a new legend for whom they forgotten. That man is Wahab Riaz.

  • ArsalAAK on December 10, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Good to hear that Juniad is fit and I hope he will be in the squad vs England.He is terrific bowler and will bowl his heart out and continue even in long fruitless spells.Best young pace bowler in the world at the moment for me.

  • on December 10, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    This is the attitude which will fill the Wasim Akram vacuum!

  • khiladisher on December 10, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    PAKISTAN HAS TO ALWAYS RELY ON ITS FAST BOWLERS TO WIN MATCHES BECAUSE OF THE INEPT AND POOR BATSMEN THAT THEY HAVE PRODUCED OVER THE YEARS-IT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF THE GOOD BOWLING THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WIN MATCHES-AND IN THE MATCHES THAT THEY HAVE LOST -IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN POOR BATTING PERFORMANCES-JUNAID-BHATTI-GUL-ARE THEIR NEXT BIG HOPE AFTER- AMIR-ASIF.

  • on December 10, 2011, 14:34 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