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PCB sets up medical board for Gul, Arafat

cricket Updated: Apr 13, 2010 16:23 IST

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The Pakistan Cricket Board today constituted a four-member medical panel to decide if pacer Umar Gul and all-rounder Yasir Arafat are fit enough to play in the Twenty20 World Cup beginning this month in the West Indies.

The PCB announced that the medical board would meet later in the day to examine the two players and also review their MRI scan reports to decide if they can be available for the World Cup.

Umar is suffering from a shoulder injury and Yasir has a calf muscle strain, which made them doubtful for the World Cup.

The medical board includes Dr Zia Farooqi, Dr Waqar Farooqi, Dr Sohail Saleem and team physiotherapist, Faisal Hayat.

"The medical board basically will give us a clear picture of whether the two players can be fit for the World Cup. Although their injuries are of grade one category (not serious) we don't want to take any chance with the fitness of any player for such a major event," a board official said.

He said the team management and national selectors were firm that any player even if he was 90 per cent fit would not be going to the World Cup.

"That is why the medical board will give us a clear picture of whether these two players can go to the World Cup as their initial MRI scan reports were not very clear," he said.

Meanwhile there was some good news for Gul, Pakistan's most successful bowler in T20 cricket, as he resumed bowling in the training camp here after 10 days.

"I bowled three overs off a short run-up and thankfully I felt okay although there was a little stiffness in my body as I bowled after a long time," Gul said.

He said that there was no tear in his shoulder muscles and ligaments which meant it was not a serious injury.

"I am very keen to go to the World Cup and I have done all asked of me to make a recovery from the injury," he added.