Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal suspects he may need surgery on a hernia after experiencing abdomen pain.
There is bad news for Pakistan fans as spin bowler Saeed Ajmal thinks he probably has a hernia and will therefore require surgery.
Ajmal is currently resting from cricket after touring South Africa with Pakistan for best part of the last two months.
However, since returning from the tour the spinner has been suffering with abdomen pain and suspects he could need surgery.
“I have been suffering pain for the last couple of months in my groin,” Ajmal told ESPNcricinfo.
“It increased during the South Africa ODI series and now I have been advised to take rest until my doctors assess if it needs surgery.”
Hernia injuries are fairly common for sportsmen who have an excessive workload. The 35-year-old has played every form of the game for Pakistan and has been part of the international setup since 2008.
The spin bowler was heavily involved in the tour of South Africa, featuring in all of Pakistan’s matches – which included three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 fixture.
Ajmal has taken over 300 wickets in all three forms of the game for the Pakistanis and is currently ranked as the best bowler in one-day cricket and fourth best in Test matches by the ICC.
If the spinner’s self diagnosis is right then he is hoping not to miss any international cricket for Pakistan as the recovery time for a hernia operation is around two to three weeks, minus any complications.