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Junaid Khan has recovered from his knee injury and will represent Lancashire this summer. – File photo by AFP
Junaid Khan. – File photo by AFP

CAPE TOWN: A number of Pakistan players are carrying niggling injuries on the eve of the second cricket Test against South Africa which begins here on Thursday.

While opener Nasir Jamshed, who made his debut in the first Test at Johannesburg, twisted his ankle at the nets on Saturday, fast bowler Junaid Khan is recovering from a side strain that was caused by his collision with a door in the hotel lobby late on Friday.

Both the players are responding well to the treatment and manager Naveed Akram Cheema expressed confidence that they will make the playing XI for the second Test.

On Monday, wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed survived a scare when he sustained a severe blow on the nose off a Saeed Ajmal delivery in the two-day practice match here against Emerging Cape Cobras that Pakistan won by ten wickets.

Sarfraz was immediately rushed for treatment and reports from the Pakistan camp late in the evening said the young wicket-keeper will be fit for the Test.

Meanwhile, tall pacer Mohammad Irfan is all set for Test debut here after he snapped up seven wickets in the practice game in an impressive exhibition of hostile fast bowling.

Irfan, using his height and pace to full advantage on a responsive track, troubled all the opposition batsmen and was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers.

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Feb 12, 2013 08:39pm
Go chotoo, get some wickets for us. Best of luck Team
Feb 12, 2013 04:56pm
i think our players are made of soft plastic, injured by colliding with door...funny
Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
Feb 13, 2013 04:49am
How to bounce back in the cricket series against South Africa? In this regard, the PCB may consider as below, a recipe for winning in the remaining matches against South Africa. 1. Positive Attitude. Defensive minds are neither creative nor cooperative. Until and unless we only focus on nothing short of winning (and consider a DRAW as a DEFEAT) no planning and preparation, will give us the desired results. 2. Planning. The team management in particular and players in general must be told that PLANS never fail, rather we fail to PLAN. And for planning, the first and foremost thing is the mind set, totally focused on goal achievement. In order to achieve the impossible, it is precisely imperative, to think the unthinkable. 3. Video Analysis. All concerned must sit and watch strengths and weaknesses of South African as well as, Pakistani players. This will not only help in overcoming our weaknesses, but will also help in field settings, determining bowling line and length, knowing weakness of opponent players, against fast and spin bowling etc. 4. Infusion of Motivation. Since, cricket is a mind game, a motivation specialist (NOT psychiatrist) must be attached with the team, with the task to convert our players, from being simply dynamic persons to a DYNAMITE personality, so that every player must perform, to his peak ability. In my opinion, the best person in the country, for this job is Ms Andleeb Abbas. 5. Team Selection. (a) The success of any project depends on the right selection of it’s team members. The enemy of the BEST is often the GOOD. In fact, now it is said that the only difference between winning and losing organizations is the quality of it’s people, which includes their character, belief, habits, personal motivation and abilities. (b) We should not only select players on merit or past performances but, one or two batsmen and bowlers from domestic circuit should also be selected by just anticipating, that given a chance, they can be stars overnight with their sheer fearlessness and big game temperament. Just like as a shrewd jeweler, we should pick a diamond from the rubbles. (c) Similarly, our wicket keepers on show till now have been just average players. We must find some really outstanding wicket keeper, for which the legend Mr. Wasim Bari should be assigned the task, to find out the person who can be categorized as find of the tour. 6.Team Management. The team management must be told that business as usual, will not deliver in this most tough series. They should know that management is doing THINGS RIGHT. Leadership is doing the RIGHT THINGS. Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; Leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Feb 13, 2013 05:55am
Ya Ba Da Ba Doooooo.....all set for improving SA test records.....happy 2nd test failure....