Pakistan news March 28, 2013

Saeed Ajmal could need hernia surgery

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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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  • M.S78622 on March 30, 2013, 14:07 GMT

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

  • sal80 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.

  • warneneverchuck on March 29, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    I feel he is second best bowler toda I after swan

  • PeteB 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

  • Yousuf9999 on March 29, 2013, 7:00 GMT

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

  • on March 29, 2013, 6:39 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on March 29, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    May Allah give him perfect health to serve the nation

  • on March 29, 2013, 0:47 GMT

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

  • YaIkhwan 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.

  • M.S78622 on March 30, 2013, 14:07 GMT

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

  • sal80 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.

  • warneneverchuck on March 29, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    I feel he is second best bowler toda I after swan

  • PeteB 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

  • Yousuf9999 on March 29, 2013, 7:00 GMT

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

  • on March 29, 2013, 6:39 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on March 29, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    May Allah give him perfect health to serve the nation

  • on March 29, 2013, 0:47 GMT

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

  • YaIkhwan 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.

  • on March 28, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    get well soon..............may ALLAH bless you.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on March 28, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    35 but he became part of the team just a few years ago.

  • on March 28, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    sir saeed ajmal is greatest off spinner better than muralidaran

  • SaadRocx on March 28, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Get WellSoon Mate..you're a true Legend!!!

  • YaIkhwan on March 28, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Ajmal is a terrfic bowler and unreplaceable. I tink Raza Hassan the 20 year old left arm spinner should b given a chance to develop as Ajmal is now 35 and they need to bring a future replacement for Ajmal.

  • reason-galore on March 28, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    it is a 15 minute surgery for God's sake.. do it already...

  • on March 28, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    best wishes to ajmal.hope that you will recover soon

  • on March 28, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal - The Magician, He is a Living Legend...Get Well Soon, We need you in Champions Trophy...

  • on March 28, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    get well soon ajmal..you are the besttttt

  • on March 28, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Get well soon/All the best. And amazing/heartening to see the support/well wishes from Indian fans.

  • Akhter786 on March 28, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    someone said "spin bowling is not a concern for pakistan" Bro Ajmals Warnes Saqlains Murlis Kumbles are not born every now and then. Rest,which u mentioned, may be spin bowlers, even good ones but AJMAL is something special, something "once in a decade or once in a long time".

  • on March 28, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    get well soon.

    get it done soon .

  • asvigneshbalaji on March 28, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    All the best offie !! Get well soon. U r a rare gem.

  • SAF. on March 28, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Get Well soon! We need you;)

  • roook on March 28, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Get well soon Ajmal spin bowling is not a concern for pakistan as we have raza hassan, abdul rehman and ample time should be given to him to recover from his injury. l

  • on March 28, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Get well soon Ajmal bhai, you are the best

  • sanjaycrickfan on March 28, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Get well soon, Ajmal.

  • on March 28, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Best wishes with you Saeed bhai :) you are a MAGICIAN <3

  • Stark62 on March 28, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Bad timing!!

    With the Champions Trophy around the corner, losing out on Ajmal would be a disaster, considering he is Pak's trump card and the best bowler in the side.

  • PrasPunter on March 28, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Ajmal, get well soon. You are one of the best spinners the game has ever produced.

  • Z.Saleem on March 28, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Get well soon Ajmal bhai, you are the best and we love u!

  • on March 28, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Oh my goodness...such a brilliant player...lets hope he's fifth and well for Champions Trophy.

  • Baber_Baloch on March 28, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Get well soon!!!! ALL THE PRAYERS with you..we love you

  • umairasgharbutt on March 28, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    get well sooon bravo, all the best wishes for you !

  • 158notout on March 28, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    As I am currently recovering from a triple hernia op (my second one) I wish Ajmal all the best of luck. And don't worry, you will soon be back in action, KP had one a couple of years ago as well. #propersportsmansinjury

  • on March 28, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Pakistan needs you. You have been the best spin bowler in quite a while! Get a minimally invasive surgery and return to action ASAP. This is from an Indian cricket lover and a Pakistani well wisher!

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 28, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    I don't like Pak Cricket Team but I hope Ajmal gets fully fit soon as we can't afford to lose quality Cricketers.

    - Indian Fan.

  • on March 28, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Could be a blessing in disguise for us. We can try out Rehman and other promising spinners on the English-type tracks at Scotland and Ireland.

  • joelucky on March 28, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Saeed - If you can read this, hope your make a quick recovery. You have always been a challenge for batsmen all over the world. Your absence will be felt in the cricket world, just like the tennis world felt the absence of Nadal. Get well soon.... from an Indian cricketing fan.

  • PAKISTANiLive on March 28, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Get well soon!!!! ALL THE PRAYERS 4 U!

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  • PAKISTANiLive on March 28, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Get well soon!!!! ALL THE PRAYERS 4 U!

  • joelucky on March 28, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Saeed - If you can read this, hope your make a quick recovery. You have always been a challenge for batsmen all over the world. Your absence will be felt in the cricket world, just like the tennis world felt the absence of Nadal. Get well soon.... from an Indian cricketing fan.

  • on March 28, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Could be a blessing in disguise for us. We can try out Rehman and other promising spinners on the English-type tracks at Scotland and Ireland.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 28, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    I don't like Pak Cricket Team but I hope Ajmal gets fully fit soon as we can't afford to lose quality Cricketers.

    - Indian Fan.

  • on March 28, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Pakistan needs you. You have been the best spin bowler in quite a while! Get a minimally invasive surgery and return to action ASAP. This is from an Indian cricket lover and a Pakistani well wisher!

  • 158notout on March 28, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    As I am currently recovering from a triple hernia op (my second one) I wish Ajmal all the best of luck. And don't worry, you will soon be back in action, KP had one a couple of years ago as well. #propersportsmansinjury

  • umairasgharbutt on March 28, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    get well sooon bravo, all the best wishes for you !

  • Baber_Baloch on March 28, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Get well soon!!!! ALL THE PRAYERS with you..we love you

  • on March 28, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Oh my goodness...such a brilliant player...lets hope he's fifth and well for Champions Trophy.

  • Z.Saleem on March 28, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Get well soon Ajmal bhai, you are the best and we love u!