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 BY:ASGHAR ALI MUBARAK

Associated Press Service

RAWALPINDI-The cricket’s world ‘’Big bird again in big Trebles’ ’injured giant fast bowler Mohammad Irfan  has sent back to Pakistan after five days stay in England.Pakistani pace man Mohammad Irfan has been ruled out of the remaining part of England series. Giant pace man suffered from cramping while playing the fourth ODI against England at headingly on other day. Fast bowler Irfan initially suffered cramps in his hamstring in that match and came off to receive treatment. He returned to play and later on complained about cramps in his left and right calf that prevented him bowling further in the match. He will return home tomorrow and after few day rest at his native town will work on his fitness in NCA. The sources closed to ’Big bird ‘’ disclosed that Mohammad Irfan   was injured before departed the England during his first match against Lahore region whites, Mohammad Irfan feels un comfortable and was limping, pressing his left leg, changing his left shoe and tighten the grip with screw ranch on the ground and this act was also seen on TV and ground screen.. Mohammad Irfan performance was in that match 13 runs in four over without taking a wicket in the Cool & Cool presents Jazz National T20 Cup 2016at Pindi Cricket stadium Rawalpindi. Interestingly the team management was fully aware from this fact but Irfan was asked to join the Pakistan’s squad immediately for the third ODI at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge England. Mean while the injured giant fast bowler Mohammad Irfan discussed this matter with team mates and bowling coach .He was asked for a little rest before practice at gym and ground. ‘’ Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan’s injury was not taken seriously and he was got injury in the 4TH ODI. It is mentioned here that sources closed to PCB officials requesting not mention their names in the story are claiming that Mohammad Irfan did not properly informed about his fitness problems to the team managements and deliberately conceived the facts. On this act a show cause notice is likely to be issued to the fast bowler very soon. This was not normal situation for big man after travelling from Pakistan about 6290 miles. Mohammad Irfan bowled only five over hardly and got injured. Earlier Mohammad Irfan was summoned by tour management committee for England series from Rawalpindi. Pakistani giant pace man Mohammad Irfan departs for England immediately for joining the Pakistan’s squad at Trent Bridge ground in the English Midlands but he performed his duty as 12th man. Pakistani giant pace man Mohammad Irfan was playing for Islamabad region in the the Cool & Cool presents Jazz National T20 Cup 2016at Pindi Cricket stadium Rawalpindi and his team lost frist match against Lahore region whites with big margin9 wickets, Mohammad Irfan performance was 13 runs in four over with taking a wicket. The 34-year-old left-arm (born 6 June 1982) is a Pakistani left arm fast bowler. He is notable for his height and pace. His height of 7’1″ (216 cm) makes him the tallest player to play first-class and international cricket, a title that was previously shared by[4] former West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner and Australian pace bowler Bruce Reid, both of whom are 6’8″ At 28 years of age Mohammad Irfan made his debut for the Pakistan national cricket team. Irfan was brought in to replace Pakistan’s two prominent and core bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, who were accused of spot fixing. This was a perfect opportunity for Irfan to shine for Pakistan as they looked to move forward without their two great bowlers. However, Irfan’s ODI debut against England in 2010 saw a reduction by 9 overs in the match due to bad weather conditions. He finished the match with bowling figures of 0–37 off 5.3 overs, before going off the pitch with cramps. During this early stretch in his career, many were displeased by Irfan’s performance. This was mainly due to his speed in the debut series against England; it underwhelmed many as it only showed 130-135kph on the velocity radar. To make matters worse, England had won the match by 24 runs. Irfan was dropped after the series and was not brought back until the India series on 25 December 2012. After impressing coaches at the NCA Irfan got several offers from First Class teams including Habib Bank and ZTBL. However it was KRL opener, Azhar Ali, who convinced KRL coach Rashid Iqbal to give Irfan a trial with Khan Research Laboratories (KRL). Azhar had seen Irfan take 4 wickets against Pakistan A  and had immediately called KRL telling them that Irfan would be a good fit for their team. Irfan went for the trial and got selected; the first part of his dream was complete. He made his first class debut in the QEA Trophy in October 2009 playing for Khan Research Laboratories. He bowled economically but was unable to take any wickets in a high scoring game. In his second first class game, Irfan took 7–113 in the second innings and 9 wickets overall in the match. His first wicket in professional cricket was of young Pakistani international batsmen Ahmed Shehzad. He also took the wicket of Imran Farhat and injured Hasan Raza with a bouncer before taking his wicket. Irfan continued to impress early on in his first class career. In his third match he grabbed 11 wickets to help his side to the first win of the championship. He recorded 5/27 in the first innings and 6/96 in the second innings. Before he was offered a lucrative break in cricket, Irfan contemplated giving up the game and was working for a plastic pipe company. He confirmed his height as 7’1″ which makes him the tallest first-class cricketer of all time above county players Anthony Allom, Paul Dunkels and Will Jefferson, each individually measured at 6’10”.Irfan announced that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to represent them in the 2011 IPL Season.Irfan made his Twenty20 International debut against India in the first Twenty20 International match on 25 December 2012 when the Pakistani team was touring India. Irfan was seen as a prominent figure in the series win against India as he emerged as the wild card that propelled Pakistan to victory. In this series he displayed marked improvement as his bowling speeds reached 145kph; rising from the 135 kph he had over two years ago. At 7`1 and bowling at brisk pace, Irfan brings a new dimension to the Pakistan bowling attack.

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Irfan has taken 81 wickets in 59 ODIs at an average of 31.14, with a best of four for 30 against Zimbabwe at Brisbane during the 2015 World Cup.His last appearance  before  this tour  was against New Zealand at Auckland in January when Irfan took one for 60 in eight overs during a three-wicket defeat on the Duckworth/Lewis method. Mean while Irfan’s withdrawal has been  confirmed  by Azhar Mahmood, Pakistan’s bowling coach, said it had to be acknowledged that Irfan’s size made him a unique case.

“Definitely Mickey was unhappy and as bowling coach I was unhappy as well. We had a chance to win that game the other day,” Mahmood said. “Unfortunately, everyone gets cramp. He is a big guy and his body is totally different to a normal human. But he got cramps.”

Mahmood, who took on his current role at the start of this series, replacing Mushtaq Ahmed who had been bowling coach for the Test series, defended Pakistan’s attack and said he had seen improvement after they conceded the world record 444 for at Trent Bridge.

“They bowled really well [at Headingley] and if Irfan wasn’t getting cramps, it was a different ball game. Definitely, we didn’t bowl well enough in Nottingham. If you see Trent Bridge, every score is at least 381 in the last 50 over-games. Unfortunately we didn’t bowl well, but we are working hard on our skills, our line and length and all disciplines.

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