PESHAWAR: Pacer Umar Gul Friday expressed confidence to stage an early comeback to the international cricket after underwent a knee surgery in Australia in May this year.
This he said while talking to APP here at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium where he captained the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa XI team in the Jashan-e-Azadi Twenty20 Cricket match against Kamran-led Punjab XI team.
The match, second of the six matches Jashan-e-Azadi Twenty20 Cup to be organized in all the four provinces with Lahore will hold two matches, won by Punjab XI by three wickets.
Umar Gul said, “I have started my bowling as he bowled three overs and given 20 runs with no wickets. I want to make a strong comeback to international cricket, adding that he has been told that he should fit to return to field very soon. It would may take another 20 to 25 days and that is why I started light training.”
Stating that he was missing playing for Pakistan, the pacer from Peshawar insisted that despite the injury, he had no intentions of quitting any format of the game.
Gul, who had arthroscopy in May, said that he was already feeling better and was in the second stage of his rehabilitation process, adding that his doctors had told me to start light training besides continue playing and bowling.
Gul’s knee injury on the tour of South Africa earlier this year has been a blessing for players for whom the proverbial door has been opened, although his absence would be missed by fans, who will be denied watching one of the finest exponents of death bowling.
Pakistan pacers Umar Gul and M Irfan were also shown the door of not selecting for the Test and One-Day International Series in Sri Lanka due to fitness problems while senior batsman Younus Khan makes a comeback to the ODI squad after March 2013.
Gul, who has taken 74 wickets in 52 Twenty20 matches and taken 163 wickets in 47 Tests and 168 in 119 one-dayers, has been advised to participate in domestic cricket to regain Test match fitness.
Gul, 29, has been out of action since playing in South Africa early this year due to a knee surgery. The pacer was flown to Melbourne in May by the board to undergo a knee surgery after he complained of pain and swelling in his right knee during the South Africa tour where he missed the final Test and played in only two ODIs before returning home.
Gul lauded the efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board for initiating Azadi Cup wherein all the promising cricketers got a chance to show their skills. He said Peshawar in particular and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in general have great potential players and if provided them a chance they would come up at national and international levels.
Kamran Akmal when asked to comment, he also lauded the organizers for holding the match in befitting manners. He also expressed confidence of regaining his fitness very soon. ?I played lot of cricket in Peshawar and I love to play here, the crowd and the talent the province have really impressed me all the time,? Kamran added.
Muhammad Irfan expressed the hope that he would be fit very soon. He said the team would show good result in the ongoing tour to Sri Lanka.