Asif to miss ODI series

Updated: 02 November 2007 11:45 IST

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif on Thursday was ruled out of the five-match one day series against India due to an elbow injury.

Asif to miss ODI series
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New Delhi:

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif on Thursday was ruled out of the five-match one day series against India due to an elbow injury.

The series begins in Guwahati on November 5 and the Pakistan team is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi later on Thursday.

"Asif is not 100 per cent fit and needs some more time to fully recover," Shafqat Naghmi, chief operating officer Pakistan Cricket Board, told reporters.

Asif damaged his elbow during the second Test against South Africa at Lahore earlier last month.

He could play in only one of the five limited-overs games against South Africa, which aggravated the injury.

"He felt pain after playing in the one-day international at Multan last week and the doctors have advised it's better he should stay back and regain full fitness," Naghmi said.

The Pakistan fast bowler first picked up an elbow injury during the tour of South Africa earlier this year and was also ruled out of the World Cup in the West Indies.

"It's a rare injury and only the player himself knows whether he is fit or not," Naghmi said.

"It doesn't need surgery or can be treated with medicine, Asif can only regain fitness with exercises and strengthening the muscles around his elbow," he added.

No replacement for Asif was announced for the tour of India and Naghmi was not sure whether Asif would regain full fitness ahead of the Test series that begins from November 22.

"That's too early to predict, maybe he regains full fitness before the test series, but we can't say in how many days Asif's injury would heal up," Naghmi said.

"The balance of the team is not disturbed with Asif's absence, we still have four fast bowlers in the squad."

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