PCB tell Saqlain they will take care of him

Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:The Pakistan cricket authorities have communicated a message to the discarded off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq in England that they would be willing to supervise his rehabilitation process from his knee injury when he decides to return to Lahore.

According to reliable sources, Saqlain has been conveyed a message on behalf of the Pakistan Board that they would like to see him return by next month and start undergoing a rehabilitation process under the supervision of their medical panel and fitness trainers in Lahore.

"Saqlain is very happy to get this message even indirectly from the board as since last year when he was injured no one has really bothered to inquire about his progress from the career threatening injury," the source said.

However, the experienced off-spinner is still facing problems making a complete recovery from his injury although he has played now in three matches for Surrey and also bowled a lot of overs in them.

"The problem is that while Saqlain does not feel discomfort while bowling he is facing problems running and fielding on the boundary. There is still pain in his knee when he runs and fields. As such in these matches he has mainly fielded in the slips," the source said.

He said Saqlain, who returned to playing competitive cricket after over a year-long absence because of the operations on both knees, would be getting a final injection on Tuesday in London after which he will have an MRI scan to see how well the damaged tissues in his knee have healed up.

"Surrey have asked him to stay on and play two or three more games for them till the end of the season in the third week of September. So he will only return to Pakistan after September 20 but he is keen to return a fit man and start playing domestic cricket," the source added.

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