Pakistan news August 11, 2014

Gul considering Test future because of knee injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

A persistent knee problem has put Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul's Test future in doubt. Gul has played only eight ODIs and four Twenty20 internationals since having surgery in May 2013 and each time his comeback has been stymied by fitness problems.

He said he was targeting the Tests against Australia in the UAE in October, but if he failed to make that deadline he could take a call on whether to continue in the format.

"It is frustrating and right now the doctors and trainers at the national cricket academy have told me I am still not 100% fit and need to do more rehabilitation and gym training so that the knee is back to normal," Gul told PTI. "I don't feel comfortable bowling right now because of the knee problem and if you ask me right now if I could play Test matches I would say no."

Gul sustained the knee injury in March 2013 during the second ODI against South Africa in Centurion. Following the injury, he travelled to Australia for surgery and after six weeks of rest, began his rehabilitation. His appearances since then - the ODIs against Sri Lanka in January, the Asia Cup, and the World T20 - have been sporadic.

"Honestly speaking at present I don't know what my future is," Gul said. "But I am targetting a return to the test side for the series against Australia later this year. But if that doesn't work out I could quit playing Tests to prolong my career.

"It is never easy to make a comeback from a knee surgery. But I have tried to do my best as I want to play for Pakistan. But if I am not feeling 100% fit and I don't feel comfortable bowling I will not make myself available for selection."

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  • Aamir on August 12, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Umar Gul should target Pak-NZ series in November and ICC Worldcup15, rather eye on series against Aussies but only in short formats, I don't see him bowling in test matches in future, same is the case with Muhammad Irfan. These both players are an asset for Pakistan in limited overs until end of 2015 when Muhammad Aamir returns. As far as Pakistan's Captain is concerned there's no one like Misbah at the moment, someone mentioned Umar Akaml, but I don't agree with siggestion at all. Umar Akaml is still immature after playing for such a long time. Ahmed Shehzad is exactly the same in my opinion. Pakistan needs a person with cool head, brainy, responsible and humble personality for future captainship. There only two contenders who fit in my definition and they are: 1- Sohaib Maqsood 2- Nasir Jamshed...

  • Android on August 12, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    he should retire from test his fitness is not enough to play test

  • Imran on August 12, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Agree with Salman Sadiq and siddhartha87.

  • Android on August 12, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    I think that talent has never been utilized in Pakistan and so is the case here, my humble request to PCB is plz get out misbah from the team, n make a fresh captain like Umar Akmal or Ahmad Shahzad or someone whose in early 20s.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    This guy has everything except the ability to think and analyze a situation. With an off side field he bowls on the leg. With no one deep he bowls short. This man is a captain's nightmare.

  • siddhartha on August 12, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    he should concentrate on limited over. No point in risking his career by playing tests

  • David on August 12, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Umar Gul's best role was as third seamer behind Asif and Amir in 2010, with Ajmal at the other end.

    He could have had a long career in that niche, with Amir and him hitting 30s and 40s at numbers 8 and 9 in Tests.

    His problem was that he rarely bowled a full enough length in Tests, and lacked the menace to lead the line after Asif and Amir were banned.

    If his age is truly 30 he just might get to return to that four man attack in thirteen months when Asif and Amir return. Pakistan now seem likely to immediately restore all three banned players as they will need to replace Misbah and Younis.

  • Muhammad on August 12, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Unfortunate for his fans but he has really not done anything significant in any format for the last 3/4 years and in fact has failed to live up to the expectations to be the spearhead of Pakistan Pace attack after Asif/aamir.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    I don't see Gul's future in Pak team anymore, his test period is over in ODI and t20 he bowls short and get paid for that, he is not fit at all.

  • Android on August 11, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    i think right thing would be to not risk it for longer format. he has not been fully fit on his return. he shouldnt play test and its better to just focus on odis and t20s. no point going in for 5 days if you are unfit. board shouldnt risk him like M irfan.

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