Pakistan paceman Rana Naved has been cleared of a major groin injury and could play in the Test series against England, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said.
Rana is a member of the Pakistan squad touring England and was initially diagnosed as having a serious groin problem that would require surgery and a recovery period of three months. The PCB sent him to England to consult a specialist and get treatment in a bid to make him available for the tour of four Tests and five One-day Internationals.
â€œWe have got positive news today from the specialist. He says that Rana has shown improvement and his groin is better,â€ PCB Director Abbas Zaidi said on Wednesday. â€œHe has been given a further period of 15 days to rest and resume bowling again. We are hopeful now he can be considered for selection after the first Test,â€ Zaidi said.
Rana, 28, has appeared in eight Tests and 45 ODIs and was in outstanding form for Sussex before his injury. Pakistan has already lost fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for the Test series due to an ankle stress fracture.
Zaidi said Shoaib was undergoing rehabilitation in Lahore and chances were he could be considered for the one-dayers.
Source:The NewsMore on:Pakistan in England 2006, PCB, Rana Naved
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