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Mohammad Irfan may require hip surgery

Umar Farooq

March 13, 2014

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Mohammad Irfan working twice as hard at training?, Sharjah, January 14, 2014
I will be fine in the next three months - Mohammad Irfan © AFP

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.

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Posted by   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

Posted by adilnzir on (March 15, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

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

Posted by Zahidsaltin 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.

Posted by Zahidsaltin 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.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

serious talent in serious threat because of foolish management decisions !

Posted by casimpk 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!

Posted by mohd_asif 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.

Posted by ICKY 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Desihungama 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.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 13, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Pakistan fast bowling was surely exposed in asia cup without Muhaamad Irfan... Pakistan team needs him badly....Wish Muhammad Irfan best of luck for his fitness and return to international cricket.

Posted by Lach-Ferragh on (March 13, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Reminds me of Shoaib Akhter wrote about that the PCB have no clue as to how to handle a fast bowler. He complained that they had this backwards understanding that the more you play a fast bowler the more used to the rigors of the sport will the body become. Of course, today we know that that's bogus and a fast bowler's body can only take so many overs with age playing a crucial factor.

How on earth can he be told to return to competitive cricket only to aggravate the very same injury he was out for?! What crucial bit of detail did Sohail Saleem miss? Did he even know what to look for?

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

he was played in a t20 game against the team physio's advice vs SA. And he broke down in same game. Poor management. To me he should not be playing all formats. no tests . and his impact was more in odis anyway so should have been playing on limited overs.

Hope he gets well soon and make a come back in next series.

Posted by rohanblue on (March 13, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

mohd irfan is a serious talent, bt he should nt play tests, he should stick to t20 and odis......

Posted by rizwankamal on (March 13, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Sad to hear about Irfan. Mishandled by captains and team management, then 7 foot tall and in thirties, he requires well organized fitness and training program. If he returns (Insha Allah), he should be used for limited over cricket and for shorter spells.

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (March 13, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

we over used him !!!!! pcb all to blame

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

He is an impact bowler and he must not be played in all matches. We mishandled Muhammad Zahid and Shoaib Akhtar and again the team management had no idea on how to handle the rookie like Irfan. Junaid khan needs more cricket but he is often rested, he must be developed into a good death bowler who can bowl effectively with old ball. Looking at him i can tell he has the potential to do so.

Posted by android_user on (March 13, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Get well soon!!! We need him for World Cup T20 as our last games death over bowling was shocking...

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

After that bowling performance in the final, Pakistan desperately need him back in the side. Hope he recovers without the surgery

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

This is common problem with tall bowlers, I am sure his career will be short lived. PCB has to use him wisely. Any way all the best.

Posted by Farooq3 on (March 13, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

Another talent wasted by PCB - whenever a new fast bowler emerges on the horizon, he is given so much work load that either he breaks-down or starts producing jaded performances. The list is endless: Wahab Riaz, Bilawal Bhatti, Muhammad Talha, Anwar Ali, Aizaz Cheema, Muhammad Sami, Muhammd Zahid to name a few!

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (March 13, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

Thanks to PCB we are about to loose another good bowler. We never heard of rotating policy from PCB where as all other countries manage work loads of there main player. South Africa give rest to even Styen and South Africa rested there captain Michel Clarke who is best captian in current era according to me they also gave rest to Warner despite of his best form against England ODIs.

There was no need for Irfan to play whole series Pakistan have so many bowlers who could do job in UAE even Anwar Ali and Bilawal Bhatti could have replaced him in T20 and in part of ODI series. Hats off to PCB officials. Cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

May god give him health , he is very important fast bowlwer for pakistan in current scenario.

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