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Major setback for Pakistan as Gul ruled out of CT


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Gul's initial reports were sent to Australia where a specialist advised surgery and rest and gave a timeframe of 8-12 weeks for full recovery. -Photo by AP

KARACHI: Pakistan's Champions Trophy challenge suffered a major blow on Thursday as pace spearhead Umar Gul was ruled out with a knee injury that will keep him out of action for up to 12 weeks.

The 29-year-old complained of knee trouble during last month's tour of South Africa and was sidelined after playing the first two games of the five-match one-day series.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Gul would head to Australia for an operation next month.

“Gul complained of right knee pain during the South Africa tour. He was rested for imminent damage to his medial meniscus and bone of right knee. On his arrival back to Pakistan he underwent MRI scan which confirmed knee problem,” a PCB release said.

Gul's initial reports were sent to Australia where a specialist advised surgery and rest and gave a timeframe of 8-12 weeks for full recovery. The PCB said they hoped the operation would go ahead in Melbourne early next month.

The bowler has taken 163 wickets in 47 Tests and 167 in 116 one-day internationals. He is also the leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals with 74 in 52 matches.

Pakistan are in Group B alongside India, the West Indies and South Africa in the Champions Trophy to be played in England from June 6-23.

Defending champions Australia, Sri Lanka, England and New Zealand form Group A.

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Comments (22) Closed

Muba Khan Apr 18, 2013 01:11pm
one man's loss is another's gain, cheema, Junaid and Irfan would be a good combination.
Iqbal Apr 18, 2013 01:34pm
Major setback?
Hasan Siftain Apr 18, 2013 01:42pm
Is it good news or set back? Gul was utterly bad and really struggling for quite sometime on the other hand Irfan, Junain and Sadaf/any other young face rackie would prove lethal in seaming english conditions
Oscar Apr 18, 2013 01:43pm
In 50 over format, Gul has not been effective as in T-20. I am sure he can be back-filled
Ali Apr 18, 2013 02:03pm
I say, it is a good thing. Sorry about Gul's knee but he is not up to the task and should retire or practice more.
safi2194 Apr 18, 2013 02:20pm
This is really dilemmical situations for Pak team.....but we can only pray for his earliest recovery.
Burki Apr 18, 2013 03:43pm
a setback? how about a blessing in disguise? a pathetic useless new ball bowler who even after ~7 yrs of playing international cricket has failed to turn into a potent & lethal wicket taker. A wayward mediocre at the best.
Green Oval Apr 18, 2013 04:08pm
No offence intended but it's a blessing in disguise. Gul has been disappointingly inconsistent and ineffective for very long as the lead bowler. Hopefully whoever joins Junaid and Irfan will make a mark.
Cynic Apr 18, 2013 04:11pm
Not a setback, blessing in disguise. Gul is washed up and now is the chance to give newcomers an opportunity.
Nasser Ali Khan Apr 18, 2013 04:31pm
This means that Gul will not play for Pakistan which can only be good news for Pakistan supporters as in recent years he has been more a liability than an asset. Both his bowling average and economy rate have worsened in recent years. His stock ball (yorkers) are no more, as they are now treated more as over-pitched bowls to be driven for 4s - far too regularly. After Kamran Akmal's debacle, Gul was the second reason for Pakistan's loss against India in the semi-final.
Sadiq from Maryland USA Apr 18, 2013 05:36pm
We should be celebrating that Gul is out for good, as the deserved player could get a chance to play for Pakistan. He was a direct selection in the team without performance evaluation, his performance was worse for a couple of years now, He may have people behind him, that make the selector to select him. I am happy today GOD have listen to the deserved players.
safi2194 Apr 18, 2013 06:24pm
yes surely but i think cheema should be thrown out of the offence sorry
WeCare Apr 18, 2013 08:08pm
No.. No.. No.. The author should instead congratulate Cricket lovers. I hope a new younger and energetic bowler gets a chance now.
Hameed Ahmad Apr 18, 2013 08:28pm
I see words of celebration and joy among some of you. I feel so sorry for such an ungrateful nature that all of you have. Gul has won some spectacular matches for the team and was once a backbone for the team when no one was around to support the team. But no words of praise are coming from anyone. This is the nature of the people of Pakistan, always ungrateful.
hhassan Apr 18, 2013 09:35pm
thats great. he should rest in peace
Rahim Shafi Apr 19, 2013 12:51am
Finally! A consistenly mediocre bowler is out.
Fen Apr 19, 2013 06:14am
You are right.Sometime I feel like either betting guys who bet on Pakistan losing the match are the ones who post hate comment on good performers of Pakistan team or may be they are supporters of Indian and other teams who post there comment under wrong name showing as Pakistanis.I am not sure why genuine Pakistani fan would celebrate his own country woes.Not too long ago that it was same Umar gul who won the Pakistan T20 series against South Africa not too long ago.
Umair Khalid (@umairkd2011) Apr 19, 2013 06:57am
this is not a major setback...this is a major blessing in disguise. will give opportunity to bowlers like Asad Ali and Ehsan Adeel. I think Ehsan Adeel will be very effective in England.
ajaz Apr 19, 2013 07:37am
what is the set back? It's good for Pakistan cricket as what has he been doing after the last world cup where he was torn into pieces by Sehwag. He, like Afridi, has become liability now.
Pakistani Apr 19, 2013 08:09am
A blessing in disguise.
Pakistani Apr 19, 2013 08:11am
A major setback indeed for oppositions.
IFTIKHAR KHAN Apr 19, 2013 08:39am
Here you go ,he was not performing good because of knee,that make sense,now we will see the young talents to show ,this is the time, let see, who can challang Omer Gul.