DateLine: 15th August 2009
Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has been advised rest for 15 days to recover from a back injury that troubled him during the recent Test tour of Sri Lanka.
Gul, said he would recover in time for next month's Champions Trophy in South Africa.
"The doctors have told me to take complete rest for 15 days and then resume light training. I am confident that I will be 100 per cent fit for the Champions trophy," Gul told reporters at the National Stadium here.
"I know what to do and how to recover from this injury so I am not concerned or worried that I might not be fit in time for the Champions trophy," said Gul, who was Pakistan's star performer in their Twenty20 World Cup victory.
"It would allow us to go into the Champions Trophy fresh.
Because in a big tournament like this you need to be in your best shape in every match as one bad day or spell can cost you a shot at the title," he said.
Gul and some other members of the Pakistan's T20 World Cup winning squad took part in a friendly Twenty20 match last night in Karachi to celebrate the country's Independence Day although he didn't bowl.
Younis took the occasion to clarify that he had no problems with the senior players and would give them a fair chance even if they were struggling.
"Whether it is Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf I don't believe in dropping them just on the basis of few bad performances," he said.
"I believe if a player is to be dropped or rested he must be given a fair chance to prove himself," said Younis who will be leaving for England on a charity drive for the displaced people of Swat.