ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Pakistan suffer Umar Gul injury blow

ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Pakistan suffer major blow ahead of tournament after Umar Gul is ruled out due to a knee injury

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey
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Umar Gul has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy with a knee injury Photo: the junes/Wikimedia

Pakistan have been dealt a major blow ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy after Umar Gul was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

The fast bowler complained of knee trouble during last month’s tour of South Africa and has been sidelined ever since after playing the first two games of the five-match one-day series which the hosts edged 3-2.

“Gul complained of right knee pain during the recently concluded one-day series against South Africa,” a PCB spokesman confirmed on Thursday.

“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.”

The scans were sent to a specialist in Australia who advised surgery and estimated a rehabilitation period of eight to 12 weeks after the operation.

Gul will fly to Australia in the first week of May to undergo the operation and will miss Pakistan’s forthcoming tour of Scotland and Ireland, as well as the Champions Trophy.

The 29-year-old’s absence is a severe dent to Pakistan’s hopes of lifting the trophy in England, given his record with the ball in the shorter formats of the game.

Gul has taken 167 wickets in 116 one-day internationals, while he is also the leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals, with 74 in 52 matches.

Pakistan are in Group B alongside India, West Indies and South Africa, while defending champions Australia, Sri Lanka, England and New Zealand form Group A.

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