ICL: Indian Cricket League

Pacer may not play any role in series


Mohammad Asif may not play any role in Pakistan’s crunch tour of India as his elbow injury is feared to keep him out of action for another four to six weeks, ‘The News’ learnt here on Thursday.

According to well-placed sources in the PCB, Asif’s tennis elbow that has dogged him for the last several months has worsened following the heavy workload he was made to go through in the two-match Test series against South Africa last month and might take longer time to heal than earlier expected. He was initially named in a 16-man squad for the tour but was withdrawn just hours before the team’s departure to New Delhi.

According to sources, one of the major reasons why Asif’s participation in the India series that will have five one-dayers and three Tests is in doubt is because of the unwise decision taken by the team management of fielding him in the last week’s Multan one-dayer against South Africa.

Asif was still carrying his elbow injury when he featured in the game, the fourth of the ODI series, and it believed that the outing aggravated his injury. However, the PCB is hopeful that he would recover in time to play in the fourth one-dayer against India to be played in Gwalior on November 15. That’s the reason why the Board has decided against sending any replacement player to India. “We already have four pacers in the squad so there is actually no need to send a replacement,” chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed told this correspondent. —KH

Source:Cricket News

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