Injured Asif undergoes successful elbow surgery in Sydney

Lahore, Dec 11 (UNI) Pakistan pace spearhead Mohammad Asif has undergone a surgery on his injured elbow in Sydney, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.

The PCB chairman, Nasim Ashraf has informed that the 29-year-old pacer yesterday, underwent the corrective surgery for his nagging elbow injury, which forced him to miss out the ongoing India tour.

''Asif had a surgery in Australia today,'' Dr Ashraf told 'The News'.

''We are expecting to get the details on the operation from his doctor after which it would be known how much time the player will need to recover.'' After his emergence in world cricket last year, Asif, alongwith speedster Shaoib Akhtar, were considered as the backbone of Pakistani pace attack, but folowing injuries to both the pacers, Pakistan's bowling attack has become toothless in the recent past.

However, after the successful completion of the surgery on Asif's long-battling injury, the PCB hopes that the lanky pacer will be fully fit before the crucial home series against Australia in March-April next year.

''Asif is one of our key players and we want him to get fit as soon as possible,'' he added.

Earlier, the PCB had sent Asif to Australia to take specialists' opinion on his injury and after examining him last week, the specialist recommended surgery to rectify his elbow.


Story first published: Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 12:16 [IST]
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