Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal is likely to undergo hernia operation as he was suffering lower abdominal pain. The pain was felt in the ODI series in South Africa where the bowler reported pain in groin. According to the doctor’s advice, Ajmal is presently in Faialabad to take much needed rest. He has not participated in the Faysal Bank Super Eight T 20 tournament undergng in Lahore due to the same problem. After final assessment of the condition by the doctors in Lahore, a decision about the surgery will be made. It is expected that the surgery will be completed so that Ajmal is available for ODI series against Scotland in May. Ajmal will travel to Lahore to see the doctors soon. The recovery time from hernia operation is normally three weeks.
According to a Pakistani sports doctor, such kinds of injuries are common in sportsmen who have hectic playing schedules. Saeed Ajmal is one of the few Paistani cricketers who is involved in all the three formats of the game. He had played in tests, ODIs and T20 for many years now and is a consistent performer. Last year, he took 39 wickets in six tests with average of 20.56. In UAE last year against England, he took 24 wickets in 3 tests at an average of 14.70 and Pakistan won the series 3-0. He also took 31 ODI wickets and 25 T20 wickets in that time period.
Pakistan will next play ODIs against Scotland and Ireland and will later participate in ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England in June.