Irfan avoids playing in match against Gujarat

Vadodara, Feb 13 (PTI) Left-arm seamer Irfan Pathanavoided playing in Baroda-Gujarat match in the inter-stateWest Zone one-day tournament here today, as he is yet torecover fully from an hamstring injury he suffered in the lastgame against Mumbai.

During his comeback match against Mumbai on Thursday, hepulled a hamstring, playing for Baroda, and had to quit thefield. He had sent down only 17 deliveries before he startedfeeling a pain in his left knee.

Pathan, who was making a comeback after a gap of 11months, was taken to a hospital and MRI screening was carriedout.

The sources in the Baroda Cricket Association told PTIthat it was a minor hamstring injury and he would be fit toplay in the match against Gujarat, which was scheduled aftertwo days.

However, when Baroda team came out to play today, Irfanwas not in the final eleven, which raised several doubts overhis fitness.

But coach of Baroda team Mukesh Nurulla seemed veryoptimistic about him regaining full fitness soon and play forBaroda.

Pathan has been bought by the Delhi Daredevils team toplay in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL),staring on April 8.

Pathan did not play in the last Ranji season and othertournaments because of injuries.

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