Pakistan batsman expecting to start training in April with a full recovery by June.
By Amir Husain (12th April, 2016)
Considered as a solid middle-order prospect for Pakistan in all formats, twenty seven year-old Haris Sohail’s appearance at the international scene in 2013 was a breath of fresh air.
The stylish left-hand batsman who is also a useful spinning option, has so far played twenty two ODIs in which he has scored 774 runs with a highest score of 89 not out at a handsome average of 43, scored at a healthy strike rate of 82.86
Pakistan needed a solid middle-order accumulator and finisher and Haris was well on his way in establishing that niche for himself when an injury to his knee side-lined him from cricket. In December of 2015, Haris was operated on for a knee injury and is now in a recovery phase.
In comments to PakPassion.net, he spoke of his optimism to resume his international career after what appeared to be a career-threatening injury “My recovery is a little slow but I am getting better day by day and with God’s help, I should recover completely."
There had been little or no news about the Pakistan player’s whereabouts post-surgery and with rumours of the potential that this was a career threatening injury doing the rounds, Haris sought to placate such fears as he explained the process of his recovery stating "This is a slow but meticulously managed process. I have not started any cricket practice as yet as the rehabilitation phase is still in progress - these are just the starting stages of my rehabilitation. The total recovery is around six months long."
With Pakistan’s tour of England this summer, it is not clear if Haris will be able to make enough progress to be considered for this series as he added “I can only start sports related activity after four of five months into this recovery period of six months, so I expect to start training later this month and start cricket-related training around June."
Haris Sohail’s absence from the international scene was clearly felt during the preceding series against England and the jury is still out on whether he could have had a positive effect on the outcome of the Asia Cup T20 and World Twenty20 for a beleaguered Pakistan team, but as Haris explains, the surgery was necessary for him to continue his career and serve Pakistan in the longer term. "The injury was a serious one and surgery was really the last option after all others had been exhausted but I am confident that I will be able to fully recover and serve Pakistan again."