Misbah-ul-Haq (above)suffered the hamstring injury during the series against New Zealand © Getty Images
Misbah-ul-Haq (above)suffered the hamstring injury during the series against New Zealand © Getty Images

Karachi: Dec 27, 2014

Pakistan Cricket Board today said that Test and ODI captain Misbah-ul-Haq has made improvement on his hamstring injury but still required more time to be 100 per cent fit. In a statement on the fitness status of Misbah, left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, batsman Sohaib Maqsood and all-rounder Ehsan Adil, the Board did not make it clear when these players would be available to play again.

The statement, full of medical terms and explanations, and prepared by the GM Medical in the PCB, Dr Sohail Saleem stated that Misbah needed more time for a complete recovery. Initially, it was said that Misbah required four to six weeks to make a complete recovery from his hamstring problem. Misbah strained one of his hamstrings while fielding against New Zealand in the recently concluded ODI series.

“Fresh scans done on Misbah suggested that the swelling/edema around his strained muscles has reduced to a great extent. His scans suggested a Grade II strain of the hamstring. Misbah thus progressed on to phase two of his rehabilitation, after the criteria for this progression were met,” the statement said.

“He now has a normal walking stride without any pain, jogging too is pain-free and his resistance testing against 70 per cent of manual resistance is pain-free. “Apart from other criteria, Misbah needs to achieve pain-free full strength and range of motion and replicate his sports specific movements near maximal speed without pain, before he is declared as fit to take the field in Pakistan colours,” the statement added.

About Junaid who suffered a knee injury, the statement said that he was recovering well and has started bowling in the nets. Interestingly, the PCB has named Junaid to lead the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa team in the Pentangular Cup one-day tournament in Karachi starting from December 31.