Pakistan news March 28, 2013

Saeed Ajmal could need hernia surgery


Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan offspinner, has been suffering from pain in his lower abdomen and suspects he has a hernia. He is resting at the moment, missing the ongoing Faysal Bank Super Eight T 20 Cup in Lahore, and is expected to have surgery before the ODI series in Scotland in May.

"I have been suffering pain for the last couple of months in my groin," Ajmal told ESPNcricinfo. "It increased during the South Africa ODI series and now I have been advised to take rest until my doctors assess if it needs surgery.

"I have a feeling that I need surgery but I will wait for the doctor's advice. I am currently in Faisalabad and scheduled to see a doctor in Lahore this week. In any case I will be fit by the next international commitment, as it is not a major operation. It normally takes two to three week of recovery time."

According to senior sport and rehabilitation doctor, Asad Abbas, such injuries are common among sportsmen with an excessive workload. Ajmal, 35, has played every format for Pakistan and has been an integral part of their team for several years now.

In 2012, Ajmal played six Tests and took 39 wickets at an average of 20.56, which was the best among the top ten bowlers. His best performance came in the UAE, where his 24 wickets at 14.70 helped Pakistan demolish England, the then No.1 side in the world, 3-0. He also bagged 31 wickets in ODIs and 25 in T20s in this period.

Pakistan's next major assignment is the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June but prior to they are scheduled to play ODIs in Scotland and Ireland.

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

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  • Ahmad on March 30, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Its not good news for pakistan.get well soon,bro

  • salman on March 30, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    You are the best magical spinner at this stage, may god give you strength to play as much as you can.

  • Rahul on March 29, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    I feel he is second best bowler toda I after swan

  • Peter on March 29, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    i recently had hernia surgery, it's minor surgery but will probably put him out of action for 2-3 months

  • Yousuf on March 29, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Sawed ajmal is the best spinner of this cricket world...,.get well soon.......

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    he will play 7 more years . mark my words .. love him ..

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @Anubhav... Ajmal and Swann almost started to peak at the same age, both in mid-thirties and best bowlers for their sides since few years now. Swann has declared that he would go on to play till he is 40. Hopefully, Ajmal can go on till that age as well.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    May Allah give him perfect health to serve the nation

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Get Well Soon, you are the best ..................-

  • Shujat on March 29, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Anubhav-the-Experience Ajmal at 35 is getting closer to the end of his career. Who knows how much more longer he can play for, hopefully as long as possible. But pakistan do need to look at future youngsters.

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