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Pathan available for Pakistan tie: Kirsten

Karachi, Jul 1 (UNI) There is good news for Indian fans ahead of the Asia Cup clash against arch-rivals Pakistan here tomorrow with coach Gary Kirsten saying injured pacer Irfan Pathan will be available for the crucial tie.

''Irfan has worked very hard with the trainer for the last few days to make a comeback and his availability is a definite plus point for us,'' Kirsten told mediapersons here today after a practice session by the Indian team.

The Baroda pacer would be playing his first match of the ongoing tournament after being sidelined by a nagging side strain.

Kirsten backed captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's view that the Asia Cup schedule is too tight and had left the players tired.

''We are now back to cricket after a much needed break. But it is very important to give guys some time off the cricket so that we did that and now guys are back and focusing on next two games,'' he said.


Story first published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008, 15:36 [IST]
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