Fast bowler's elbow injury worries Pakistan September 22, 2007

Asif doubtful for semi-final

An elbow injury may force Mohammad Asif out of the semi-final against New Zealand © AFP

Pakistan were dealt a blow ahead of their semi-final against New Zealand with Mohammad Asif in doubt for the match with an elbow injury.

Nasim Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan board, said Asif had sustained the injury during the net practice before the game against Australia and has been in pain since then.

"That is why he has looked out of sorts and struggled with his line and length, Ashraf told PTI. "He has played because of the importance of the game against Australia but I think the team management should have given him rest for the match against Bangladesh."

Asif has taken nine wickets at 17 from five matches in the tournament so far. Ashraf said he had played after taking injections but he was still not 100% fit.

"The manner in which Asif bowled against Bangladesh, he does not bowl like this even in the nets," he said.

Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan captain, admitted that Asif was crucial to the team's chances in the event.