Lahore: Pakistan’s resident fast bowler, Umar Gul, will miss Champions Trohy due to an injured right knee.
Gul sustained the injury in South Africa last month after the Centurion ODI – and has been warming the bench since. He also missed out on ongoing Pakistan’s domestic One-day tournament President’s Cup. “Gul complained of right knee pain during the recently concluded one-day series against South Africa,” a PCB spokesman confirmed. “He was rested for the last two one-dayers for imminent damage to his medial meniscus and bone of the right knee. A later MRI scan confirmed a full thickness tear of the posterior horn of medial meniscus with patchy bone bruising on his right knee.”
Gul is reported to fly out to Melbourne for surgery in the first week of May. Gul is likely to miss fixtures against Ireland and Scotland next month. “In order to expedite his return to cricket and quick rehabilitation, PCB have contacted Dr Alexander David Young in Australia, who in his initial reports has confirmed damage to his right knee and has given a timeline of 8-12 weeks for his full recovery (after the surgery).” the PCB official further added.