Pakistan news March 13, 2014

Mohammad Irfan may require hip surgery


Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan may head to Australia for a hip surgery if he fails to show enough progress from his ongoing rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, thereby putting his international return in doubt.

"There are two fractures in his Ischium bone," Dr Sohail Saleem, the PCB doctor, told ESPNcricinfo. "Since he has an extraordinary build, his bones are bigger and that is why it is taking him more time to recover. He may be sent to Australia for a surgery if needed but at the moment he needs two to three weeks of rehabilitation before we decide if he still requires a surgery."

Irfan, 31, who last played in the series against South Africa in the UAE in November, had suffered a hairline fracture on his hip during the second T20 of that series and was ruled out for six weeks. He missed the subsequent series against Sri Lanka and underwent an extensive rehabilitation. He returned to competitive cricket during the domestic Twenty20 Cup in Rawalpindi where he aggravated his injury and was immediately sent for a medical assessment.

"We are following his case on a daily basis and we have to get him ready for international cricket," Saleem said. "We are assessing his progress and his reports will also be sent to Australia for a second opinion so I can't give a precise time but he will be fine and will be playing international cricket again."

Irfan wasn't picked for the recently concluded Asia Cup and the upcoming World T20 in Bangladesh. Pakistan's next international assignment will be in UAE against Australia in October. Irfan said he was determined to make a comeback to the national side.

"My passion for the game is still high but these fitness issues are the hurdles," Irfan told ESPNcricinfo. "I knew with my height I will struggle but I have improved immensely since my debut in 2010. I can't say much about my medical condition but as the doctors suggested I will be fine in the next three months."

Irfan's fitness has been a talking point since he made his debut in 2010 and he played his longest international streak in the UAE. He bowled 65.5 overs in two Tests against South Africa and 13 overs in a game against UAE. In the last four years, he has played four Tests, 27 one-day internationals and seven T20s.

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

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  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    If he manages to come back, he must retire from test cricket and concentrate on ODIs and T20s. I seriously pray that he can make a come back. Serious talent

  • adil on March 15, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has lost yet another talent ... mainly due to non professionalism that prevails everywhere in PCB

  • shahid on March 15, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Mohammad Amer and Asif, both have a real chance to play again as pakistani bowling is at such a low level now.

  • shahid on March 15, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    It will all happen when the coaches are amatures and do not understand that Irfan should be restted time to time and should only be played in crucial matches. Had they rested him after those two tests, we could have had him lining up now.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    serious talent in serious threat because of foolish management decisions !

  • casim on March 14, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Such a big disappointment that he'll not feature in T20 WC, would've been great for cricket!

  • MAsif on March 14, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Pakistan captains only want to win at any cost. They destroyed Mohammad Zahid, one of the fastest bowlers of all time with lightning speed and now its Irfans turn.

  • ick on March 14, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    His injuries aggravated due to unnecessarily draging him to bowl on dead tracks in UAE in test match Cricket. I can tell that man of his built, height and age can't afford to put too much strai on his body, why the Captain manager and PCB officials don't realize this. He can bowl 10 overs max in a game, that too with rest in between ODI matches by skipping some un important matches. The onus of his injuries is all on the Captain who wanted him to play in test matches to win him the series. Please have mercy on him. Now once he gets fit, Just use him wisely by resting him in between matches. He is not made for test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    Fast Bowlers need to be super FIT to survive International Cricket, which is played on back to back matches & series, unfortunately his body structure is different and PCB think tank has to be more Professional in their thinking how to utilize him, cant we see how other teams like Australia / South Africa & England utilize their fast bowlers, Irfan's career started pretty late and before that he didn't play enough cricket, at his height & age he may have problems, PCB need to make a strategy if he can be utilize for another 2-3 years of fast bowling from him.

  • Jawwad on March 13, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Devastating. What did I say 3 months ago? Man of Irfan stature may not return from this kind injury, that is hip injury. I hope Captains get sleepless nights for unnecessarily playing Irfan in 5 straight ODi's vs SA.

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