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Mohammad Irfan not in need of hip surgery

Umar Farooq

April 25, 2014

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Mohammad Irfan is all smiles before boarding the bus, Dubai, January 7, 2014
There is a chance Mohammad Irfan could be fit for the 2015 World Cup © AFP

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.

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Posted by masoodchik1 on (April 27, 2014, 16:03 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

Posted by Taimor-016 on (April 26, 2014, 12:58 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.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 10:30 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.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (April 26, 2014, 5:37 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.

Posted by right_arm_fastest on (April 26, 2014, 1:05 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 23:14 GMT)

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

Posted by tanweeralam on (April 25, 2014, 22:55 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

Posted by CricStar1214 on (April 25, 2014, 21:23 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...

Posted by AbuManha on (April 25, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

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

Posted by a.syed81 on (April 25, 2014, 19:51 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.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

hope he comes fully fit and on song in the 2015 wc in shaa Allah!!

Posted by android_user on (April 25, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

phewwww finallyyyy he will be bk In Sha Allah

hope the captains use him wisely this time...

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

he doesn't always have to play domestics, personally I don't think he should play test cricket due to his height but he's very good in T20 and he's lethal in ODIs if he can make it for the 2015 World Cup that would be absolutely BRILLIANT. I would LOVE to see a bowler like him on pitches like Australia.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (April 25, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

He he is already training then why doubts about his chances for World cup which is one year away.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (April 25, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

thanks to Misbah's great captaincy we lost M Irfan. Who told him to bowl in Test cricket for that many overs. I remember he was selected for ODI's but Misbah just wanted to win against SA and destroyed his career. It's hard to manage Irfan, i hope he only comes back and play T2020 cricket to start with and play WC 15 because he is required there.

Posted by Stark62 on (April 25, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Finally, some good news coming out of the Pakistani camp, regarding pace bowling.

Intially, I think he was mismanged and he should have never been pushed to play every game.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

phewwww totally relieved hope he comes back all guns blazing

Posted by applethief on (April 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

I hope this isn't just a case of rushing his recovery by pretending things are ok. I'm sure he'd love to bowl on fast pitches in a world cup, but he's got some life in cricket after 2015 as well. Hope to see him in action soon.

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