Sharif on the mend after rib injury
Neil Drysdale (CricketEurope)
Scotland’s Safyaan Sharif is on the mend after playing through the pain barrier for his country at the recent ICC T20 qualifying tournament in Dubai.
The 21 year-old paceman, who cracked a rib whilst helping the Scots edge through to the knock-out stages of the competition – where they were beaten by the Netherlands – has started exercising again and working with a physio, and said on Friday that he expects to be restored to fitness for the Saltires’ CB40 campaign, which gets underway at the beginning of May.
Sharif, who was one of a string of Scottish bowlers to suffer debilitating knocks, both before or during the T20 event, has moved from Dunfermline Knights to Clydesdale during the winter and expects to benefit from joining forces with his international colleague, Majid Haq, at Titwood.
And although Sharif will miss next weekend’s Inter-district fixtures and the opening round of Scottish Cup contests on April 21, he is confident that he will be able to resume his career in subsequent weeks.
“The rib was pretty sore for the first few days, but things have picked up since I got back to Scotland and I am definitely on the mend and it is just a case of being patient and not rushing back too quickly,” said the youngster, who has made a significant impression at elite level during the past 12 months.
“It was disappointing what happened in Dubai, but I don’t think we should be too downbeat, because this is a young Scottish squad, we made progress last season, and we are all determined to carry that on into 2012.
“I just want to get back playing consistently and doing my best for Scotland, for the Saltires and helping Clydesdale chase success in the new League and the Scottish Cup. I have an appointment with a [Cricket Scotland] physio next week and I should have a clearer picture of where I stand once I have done that. But I am confident that I will be able to bowl again by the end of April and I have already been batting in the nets.”
Sharif first burst into the international limelight with an explosive spell against the Netherlands at Mannofield, confirming the promise which he had demonstrated while participating in inter-district action.
And he told CricketEurope he couldn’t understand why some of his compatriots seem reluctant to commit themselves fully to these regional contests.
“I always try my hardest in these games, because it is the best meeting the best in Scotland, and the standard is higher than you find in any club championship format, so I would like to see more and not less of these fixtures,” said Sharif.
“I think they prepare players properly for the challenge of taking on the counties and we have to hit the ground running when the CB40 starts in May. I know that I will have to prove my fitness, but I love playing for Scotland and I can’t wait to get involved again.”