Pakistan news April 3, 2013

Ajmal has no hernia, fit to play

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Pakistan Cricket Board doctors have said Saeed Ajmal is "fully fit" and not suffering from a hernia, as initially feared. Ajmal had been suffering from pain in his lower abdomen, suspecting he had a hernia, but a recent assessment by the PCB's panel of doctors have cleared him. The panel had suggested he meet with a sports hernia specialist in either England or Australia to get further clarification.

"As far as his hernia is concerned, doctors have ruled out this possibility after consulting his reports," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "He is resting at the moment and is fully fit to play any upcoming series."

Ajmal, 35, has been suffering from mild pain in his lower abdomen for the last two months and was suspected to have sustained a hernia. After the South Africa tour, he was unavailable for almost the entirety of the Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup. He featured in the final against Sialkot Stallions, after doctors had cleared him to play.

Pakistan's next major assignment is the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June, with a few ODIs scheduled prior in Scotland and Ireland. Ajmal however, in any case, is available for selection.

The PCB's doctors have been criticised for their handling of player fitness and injury issues. Last year, before the India tour, Harris Sohail twisted his ankle during a training camp at Gaddafi Stadium, but after an initial assessment, was cleared to travel with the team. He returned without playing any match on the India tour, but was retained for the South Africa Test series, where he redeveloped a strain in his ankle, and was subsequently sent home without playing.

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

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  • POSTED BY ABLcric on | April 4, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Magician Ajmal is an asset of Pakistan. PCB should focus and plan that he continue his fitness and superb form until 2015 World Cup. I do not understand why we need to seek advise from England and Australia for hernia! I am sure, we have expertise available for continuous monitoring of the Magician's health and hernia.

  • POSTED BY Black_Prince on | April 3, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    I think Saeed Ajmal should keep playing as much as he can. He is 35 years old, no one knows how many more years he will get to play. May be have the youngsters play with him and learn. In the other hand I think Abdur Rehman should get bit more chance. He has strong personality just like Saeed Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Good for Pakistan and for Ajmal too. He is a great player and hope to see him perform in the Champions trophy. I wish this time Pakistan win it.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Although its good news he doesn't have an injury I think it's time that he is given a rest. Time to give Hasan Raza a chance during the Champions Trophy.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | April 8, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Yes we must look after this aging genius, however PCB looks in no hurry to find the next Ajmal until they spot by chance another genius, in his early thirtees...

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    ''The panel had suggested he meet with a sports hernia specialist in either England or Australia to get further clarification.''

    He should better visit England/Australia to confirm his health. Hard to trust PCB doctors really. No offense.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | April 4, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Good news.. though i was bit disappointed his performance in SA. great man good luck for champions trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    I think we should rest Ajmal for Scotland and Ireland matches and Play Abdur Rahman. Even after Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan's spin future is very bright due the presence of Abdur Rahman, Raza Hassan and Zulfiqar Baber.

  • POSTED BY aarifboy on | April 4, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Ajmal is better than Warne and Murali

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    @Imran Shaikh: You don't rest your best players in important world events like champions tropghy or world cup. If he is fit then he should play all the games in these important events. Besides, Pakistan's schedule isn't jam packed so he should be selected in all the games across all 3 formats.

  • POSTED BY ABLcric on | April 4, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Magician Ajmal is an asset of Pakistan. PCB should focus and plan that he continue his fitness and superb form until 2015 World Cup. I do not understand why we need to seek advise from England and Australia for hernia! I am sure, we have expertise available for continuous monitoring of the Magician's health and hernia.

  • POSTED BY Black_Prince on | April 3, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    I think Saeed Ajmal should keep playing as much as he can. He is 35 years old, no one knows how many more years he will get to play. May be have the youngsters play with him and learn. In the other hand I think Abdur Rehman should get bit more chance. He has strong personality just like Saeed Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Good for Pakistan and for Ajmal too. He is a great player and hope to see him perform in the Champions trophy. I wish this time Pakistan win it.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Although its good news he doesn't have an injury I think it's time that he is given a rest. Time to give Hasan Raza a chance during the Champions Trophy.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | April 8, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Yes we must look after this aging genius, however PCB looks in no hurry to find the next Ajmal until they spot by chance another genius, in his early thirtees...

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    ''The panel had suggested he meet with a sports hernia specialist in either England or Australia to get further clarification.''

    He should better visit England/Australia to confirm his health. Hard to trust PCB doctors really. No offense.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | April 4, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Good news.. though i was bit disappointed his performance in SA. great man good luck for champions trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    I think we should rest Ajmal for Scotland and Ireland matches and Play Abdur Rahman. Even after Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan's spin future is very bright due the presence of Abdur Rahman, Raza Hassan and Zulfiqar Baber.

  • POSTED BY aarifboy on | April 4, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Ajmal is better than Warne and Murali

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    @Imran Shaikh: You don't rest your best players in important world events like champions tropghy or world cup. If he is fit then he should play all the games in these important events. Besides, Pakistan's schedule isn't jam packed so he should be selected in all the games across all 3 formats.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    ajmal-raza hasan-irfan-junaid :) and CT is ours :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Raza Hassan or Zulfiqar Baber should be selected as substitute of said ajmal.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Raza Hassan or Zulfiqar Baber should be selected as substitute of said ajmal.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    ajmal-raza hasan-irfan-junaid :) and CT is ours :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    @Imran Shaikh: You don't rest your best players in important world events like champions tropghy or world cup. If he is fit then he should play all the games in these important events. Besides, Pakistan's schedule isn't jam packed so he should be selected in all the games across all 3 formats.

  • POSTED BY aarifboy on | April 4, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Ajmal is better than Warne and Murali

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    I think we should rest Ajmal for Scotland and Ireland matches and Play Abdur Rahman. Even after Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan's spin future is very bright due the presence of Abdur Rahman, Raza Hassan and Zulfiqar Baber.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | April 4, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Good news.. though i was bit disappointed his performance in SA. great man good luck for champions trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    ''The panel had suggested he meet with a sports hernia specialist in either England or Australia to get further clarification.''

    He should better visit England/Australia to confirm his health. Hard to trust PCB doctors really. No offense.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | April 8, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Yes we must look after this aging genius, however PCB looks in no hurry to find the next Ajmal until they spot by chance another genius, in his early thirtees...

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Although its good news he doesn't have an injury I think it's time that he is given a rest. Time to give Hasan Raza a chance during the Champions Trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Good for Pakistan and for Ajmal too. He is a great player and hope to see him perform in the Champions trophy. I wish this time Pakistan win it.