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Pakistan batsman Haris Sohail has revealed that he will begin his rehabilitation programme for the knee injury he sustained in South Africa at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on Monday.
Sohail suffered a recurrence of a right knee injury during the practice match against the Cricket South Africa Invitation XI.
It was initially hoped that he would recover in time for the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town, but it later became clear that the injury would take longer to heal.
While this led to Sohail being ruled out for the remainder of Pakistan’s tour of South Africa, the 30-year-old is optimistic that he will make a full recovery in four weeks’ time.
“It is never a great feeling to abort an international tour due to an injury,” Sohail said in a Pakistan Cricket Board release. “It was actually heartbreaking as I was looking forward to the Tests, until I had a recurrence during my innings of 73 not out against Cricket South Africa Invitation XI in the build up to the Centurion Test.
“We had anticipated that I [would] recover in time for the second Test, but after it emerged that the injury will take more time to heal, it was appropriate for me to return home and start my rehabilitation programme in Lahore. I am hopeful that I will recover completely within the next four weeks.
“The disappointment of missing out on the Tests was compounded by some misreporting in a section of the press. I want to assure to all my fans, colleagues and selectors that I am fully committed to my cricket and the Pakistan cricket team, and will leave no stone unturned during my rehabilitation programme so that I am back on the field fully fit.”
Sohail’s rehabilitation programme will be done under the supervision of Dr Sohail Saleem, who will provide updates regularly to national team physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon.