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    Sami recovers; Umar starts bowling regularly

    Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Sami has recovered completely from his heel injury and will be playing in the tsunami relief fund match at Lordís on June 14 for the Rest of the World Eleven side.

    Sami said on Wednesday that he had started bowling in the nets two days back and was feeling comfortable with his heel.

    Sami underwent a surgery to remove corns in his heel after returning from India and missed out on the West Indies tour because of the injury. He had also missed the last two One-day Internationals in India because of the chronic heel problem that had been bothering him for the last one year.

    "The doctors have now removed the stitches and have given me all clear. Iíve resumed jogging, weight training and bowling and so far Iíve felt no discomfort with the heel that was operated upon," he said.

    Sami, who has taken 58 Test and 102 One-day International wickets, said he would also be going to Houston to play in the Asian eleven-World eleven matches if some visa problems were sorted out in time. "Iím facing some visa problems but if this is sorted out then I would be flying from England to Houston for the three-match series," he added.

    The Asian eleven-World eleven matches in Houston are scheduled on June 15, 17 and 19 and are being organised by the Cricket World International (CWI).

    Samiís sharp pace and commitment was sorely missed by Pakistan in the first Test against the West Indies in Barbados where they lost by a massive margin of 276 runs without strike bowlers Sami and Shoaib Akhtar.

    And with Shabbir Ahmed again facing questions over his bowling action, Pakistan is bound to depend heavily on the Sami-Shoaib duo in future.

    Former Pakistan manager Haroon Rasheed said Sami, despite his low strike rate, was a very hard-working and committed player that was a plus for the team. "He (Sami) is a 100 per cent tier and very committed on and off the field," Haroon said here on the basis of his experience of remaining Pakistan team manager for over two years óbetween 2003 and 2005.

    Meanwhile, pacer Umar Gul is also bowling regularly in the nets and in club games in his hometown Peshawar after recovering from his back stress fracture injury. The youngster, who was also overlooked for the West Indies tour despite playing in some domestic matches, said he was looking for a contract to play league cricket in England.

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    Re: Sami recovers; Umar starts bowling regularly

    i'm sorry but those r just words. any 1 who has monitored sami's game as of late, will be 1st to admit, He hasn't been missed @ all. when he can start delivering with the ball and start using that 'pace' maybe den these lay-off's will matter.


      Re: Sami recovers; Umar starts bowling regularly

      I hope Umar Gul is 100% real soon.


        Re: Sami recovers; Umar starts bowling regularly

        yeh umar is definitely needed. a very promising bowler.