ICL: Indian Cricket League

Asif declares himself fit for BD series


asifPakistan pacer Mohammad Asif has declared himself fully fit for next month’s home series against Bangladesh but selectors say they would await a clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) before considering him for the assignment.

Asif, 25, has been out of international action since breaking down with an elbow injury last October during the home series against South Africa. He missed the tour of India and also the home series against Zimbabwe.

The lanky medium pacer, who underwent a key-hole surgery on his elbow in Australia last December, has not played any competitive cricket during the past five months but say that he is fully fit to return to Pakistan duty.

Asif had ample opportunities to regain his match fitness as he could have featured in the Pentangular Cup or the ongoing National One-day Championship but he has so far preferred to stay away from competitive cricket.

But with the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) just a few weeks away, Asif is now looking to convince national cricket authorities that he is fully fit. The player will be needing an NOC from the Board to feature in the IPL where his scheduled to play Delhi for a fee of US$650,000.

But since the PCB stopped him from signing a county contract to save him from the risk of injury and burn-out, it would be difficult for the Board to justify his inclusion in the IPL without any proof that he is fully match fit.

Pakistan have a lot of important international assignments this year including the Asia Cup in June, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in September and the home series against India in November-December and cannot afford to risk their top strike bowlers by allowing him to play in the IPL without attaining full fitness.

When contacted, chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said that the selection committee will only consider Asif for the Bangladesh series if it receives a clearance from the Board. Asif will only be given a clearance if the national team’s trainers and the PCB medical commission are sure that the bowler, who has a chronic elbow problem, is fully fit.

Source:Cricket News

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