PCB not worried over Asif injury

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not too worried despite injury-prone frontline pacer Mohammad Asif picking up an injury in the IPL which may rule him out of the tri-nation series in Bangladesh next month.

''We have been in touch with the doctors in India,'' the PCB's chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi told mediapersons yesterday.

''He has split the webbing but the stitches are in and will stay there for a week.'' Asif, who is playing for the Delhi Daredevils, split the webbing on his right hand during an IPL encounter against the Deccan Chargers on May 15.

Naghmi was, however, happy that that the fragile medium pacer had not aggravated his elbow problem.

''We're lucky in that perspective that the more chronic problem - the elbow injury - hasn't worsened. His elbow is fine,'' Naghmi said.

The PCB's decision to allow its players to participate in the IPL is in contrast to their approach towards county cricket. After a calamitous run of injuries to their fast bowlers last year, the PCB formulated a policy whereby they reserve the right to prevent a contracted player from playing for counties in England.

But Naghmi defended the PCB decision and insisted that the lighter workload in the IPL would, in fact, help Asif to stage a successful comeback.

''He was fit when he went and we thought that the lighter workload of four overs per game would actually be good for him in terms of his comeback. This is just an accidental injury that could"ve happened anywhere, anytime,'' he stressed.

''The county workload, where you bowl 20 overs a day at times, and the IPL workload, where you bowl just four, is very different,'' he added.

''There is not much chance of the workload being high in the IPL, so we don"t see a problem with that. Obviously if a player was injured or there is a real fear of injury, we wouldn't allow a player to play in the IPL, but we don"t see a problem otherwise.''


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