Pakistan news April 18, 2013

Injured Gul to miss Champions Trophy


Umar Gul, the Pakistan fast bowler, has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy due to an injured right knee. He sustained the injury last month after the Centurion ODI against South Africa and has been sidelined since.

He will fly to Melbourne for surgery in the first week of May. The injury also means he will miss the fixtures against Ireland and Scotland next month.

"Gul complained of right knee pain during the recently concluded one-day series against South Africa," a PCB spokesman confirmed. "He was rested for the last two one-dayers for imminent damage to his medial meniscus and bone of the right knee. A later MRI scan confirmed a full thickness tear of the posterior horn of medial meniscus with patchy bone bruising on his right knee.

"In order to expedite his return to cricket and quick rehabilitation, PCB have contacted Dr Alexander David Young in Australia, who in his initial reports has confirmed damage to his right knee and has given a timeline of 8-12 weeks for his full recovery (after the surgery)."

Gul, who missed the final Test against South Africa, played the first two ODIs but missed the rest of the series due to the knee injury. He also missed the ongoing President's Cup domestic one-day tournament for Habib Hank Limited.

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

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  • Asitha on April 24, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Oh...!! We could have watch a grate battle if Gul is there..., But rest of Pakistan side is really capable side to be champs

  • zaf on April 22, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    PCB should add ABDUL RAZZAK in GUL replacement. That the best choice for PAK TEAM.

  • Cricket on April 22, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @ kingsland :- I completely agree with you. Instead of crying over Gul's injury, PCB should have dropped him long back. He does not have 116 matches worth of experience since his debute 10 years ago. But He has played his debute match 116 times. Even today the newcomers like Junaid, Irfan etc are miles ahead of him.

    Now I just hope PCB does not spoil the moment of luck by bringing Sami, Riaz or Tanvir.

    Rahat Ali, Asad Ali, Sadaf Hussain, Adil, etc should be a better choice.

    In the batting this time I Hope to see HARRIS SOHAIL.

    In the keeping I just hope the young wicket keeper MOHAMMED RIZWAN gets an opportunity. He did well in the previous tournament.


  • zaf on April 22, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    We are seeing Gul, he couldn't improve in 10 years. Good for PAK team, they should get advise from Wasim Akram give chance to new bowler.

  • Cricket on April 21, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    No Sami, Riaz or Tanvir please.

    Rahat Ali, Sadaf Hussain, Adil, etc should be a better choice.

    Regarding Gul, he was terribely out of form since a long time. He should have been dropped long back.


  • Mian Ahmad on April 20, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    although umar gul is not at his best these days,,,, but still Pakistan will miss him as he is most experience comparing with junaid & irfan,,,, specially in depth overs Pakistan will miss him a lot,,,, i will pick ehsan adil in place of him,,,,,,let him groom,,,, this is a big stage, he will learn a lot from this absence of gul, junaid & irfan need to lift their hands up & take the responsibility of fast bowling,,,,,,good luck to team pakistan

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    i think razzaq will be better replacement for gul

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    this SA tour cost us so much! forget the humiliation just look at the sheer number of players injured on this tour

  • Imran on April 20, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    junaid khan, irfan, ehsan adil and anwar ali should be given a job for fast bowling department. my odi team would be: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Hafeez (4) Misbah (5) Haris Sohail (6) Umar Akmal (7) Mohammad Rizwan (8) Anwar Ali/ ehsan adil (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid Khan (11) Irfan......... (12) Asad Shafeeq (13) Anwar Ali/ ehsan adil (14) wahab riaz (15) Ali waqas

  • Bobby on April 20, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    It is a bit of setback for Pakistan but having said that when one door closes, many new doors open up. Umer Gul has not been at his best in recent past. He seems to have a confidence problem and this might be the break he needed to gain his peak fitness so it is a good news for Pakistan. Having said that, it may be a good time for Pakistani selectors to introduce a young fast bowler. This will be an excellent platform for a new young fast bowler on helpful English wickets. Saddan Hussain and Anwar Ali are worth a look, while Ehsan Adil did not do too bad either. Based on domestic performances,Apart from a very familair name, Imran Khan also looks promising. If he is even half as good as great Imran Khan,then Pakistan's fast bowling future will be in good hands.I also think people are being unfair to Wahab Riaz.He can bowl at 145K+ and did not do bad in second ODI he played in SA! He needs to tighten up and repeat his semi final performace. Sohail Tanvir and Sami are duds/failed players