Pakistan news April 25, 2014

Mohammad Irfan not in need of hip surgery


Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan's latest medical report has indicated that he does not need surgery for his injured hip and could be a chance for the 2015 World Cup. Irfan's hairline fracture seems to have healed after six weeks of rehab and he has started training at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, where he was not bowling at full tilt but seemed to be enjoying being back in action.

The PCB is organising a month-long summer camp and Irfan will be invited to rebuild his fitness. "He [Irfan] isn't available immediately for national selection as yet but we have made a plan for him ahead of 2015 World Cup," Mohammad Akram, the NCA head coach, told ESPNcricinfo. "We are targeting the one-dayers against Australia and New Zealand for him later this year to give him the required tempo."

Irfan, 31, has been sidelined since he injured his hip during the second T20 international against South Africa in Dubai in November 2013. After six weeks of rehab following the hairline fracture, Irfan made a swift return during the domestic Twenty20 Cup in Rawalpindi, but only aggravated the injury, resulting in to more fractures to his hip.

Since then, Irfan has been at the NCA, working with doctors on a specialised rehab programme. If he had failed to show enough progress the PCB could have flown him to Australia for surgery.

Irfan's height - 7'1" - made him the tallest person to play Test cricket. He was given a debut in 2010 but could not hold down a spot in the team because of fitness issues. Irfan managed his longest international streak in the UAE in 2013, when he bowled 65.5 overs in two Tests against South Africa and 13 overs in a game against UAE. In the last four years, Irfan played four Tests, 27 one-day internationals and seven T20s.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • masoodchik1 on April 27, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    I am so glade to hear that Irfan do not need a surgery. Here are my 2 cents for his faster and healthy ecovery. At this moment he should immediately be place on modify activities. In the PCB camp he should be train on to one on one basis. In this condition pain medication is not recommended as medications mask symptom. it is important for Irfan himself, his trainer and the orthopedic guy should know his pain level after each training session.He should be taught diffrent pain level from 1 to 10. It recommended as if he only have pain when running, then the running must be stopped. If the pain occurs while walking, then crutches should be used. The important concept is to stay under the pain level. However, it is very important here if the stress fracture is not treated properly , and the bone continues to weaken, the fracture can displace, or cause the bones to go out of alignment and develop the condition called Osteonercrosis

  • Taimor-016 on April 26, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Really happy to hear that. Now the management should try and let him play only the one dayers. Doing that so, his career will also extend to some extent which will be benefical for him, Pakistan cricket and for Pakistani fans.

  • dummy4fb on April 26, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Good news. But he should be managed wisely. Even in domestic events, he should not be playing meaningless games.

    The issue started because he was played in a t20 game when physio has warned management that he is carrying a small injury. and he couldnt manage full quota in that game.

  • Cricket_Man on April 26, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Would love to see the giant gentleman back in action for Pakistan. Muhammad Irfan would be the biggest threat for all the teams in the World Cup if he recuperates from his injury. I would want to see Wahab's pace, Junaid's accuracy and Irfan's bounce in Australia.

  • right_arm_fastest on April 26, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Wish he comes back soon. Pak need him. He makes the batsmen dance with his short stuff. Come back Irfan.

  • dummy4fb on April 25, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    PCB beg,borrow or steal MOHD AAMIR from ICC , if pak wants to win world cup in aussy next feb.

  • tanweeralam on April 25, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    I remember the day he was injured . Stupid professor hafiz was captain in the T20 and pakistam had already lost the match yet hafeez sent him in the end and made him run betwwen the end for the loosing cause. Wonder if this has agreevates his injiry

  • CricStar1214 on April 25, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Really this is bad captaincy from Pakistan captain Misbah, I men we all know that M Irfan is probably the tallest cricketer, and why do you want him to bowl so many overs? Look at Gul, I have seen Gul get so tired in Asia Cup 2014, Misbah needs to take care of his pacers because we know if pacers get a injury, it lasts for months, we saw what happen to Gul, he came after couple of months, and now Muhammad Irfan who has bowling tremendous for Pakistan missed the WC 2014. Please Misbah, when he comes back, handle him well, don't bring him a lot, give him a break for like 7-10 overs, or the result will be same...

  • AbuManha on April 25, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    May Allaah ga\ive him speedy recvry. Allaah huma Ameen

  • a.syed81 on April 25, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    @ Nadeem1976, It wasn't only Misbah our great bowling coach M.Akram also insisted to have him play in the test. So both are equally responsible for this.

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