Tanvir targets SA series for comeback

Published: Saturday, September 18, 2010, 15:59 [IST]
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Tanvir keen to make a comeback

Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir, who has been out of international cricket for the past ten months due to knee injury, is eying a return in Pakistan's home series against South Africa in the UAE in October and November.

The lanky left-arm pacer, who had a knee operation abroad to save his cricket career late last year returned to action in the nets in Islamabad.

"I am feeling good, the knee is holding up well and I am bowling in rhythm so I am hopeful of a comeback to competitive cricket soon," he said.

"It is never easy to come back after being out of the game for 10 months. It is never easy for a cricketer to sit on the sidelines for so long wondering if he can play again," Tanvir said.

The pacer, who was outstanding in the first edition of the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals, said he would be playing in the national Twenty20 championship next month for hometown Rawalpindi to prove his fitness to the selectors.

"That will be my comeback tournament and I am glad I have got another chance to resume my international career."

Tanvir also said that the suspension of Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif has cost Pakistan big time as they were match-winners in all forms of cricket.

"In limited overs cricket, we now only have Shahid Afridi as a true match winner."

Tanvir said the Pakistani selectors and team management would still have to do some more experimentation in the team to find the right combination for the 2011 World Cup.


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