I’m trying to improve and to regain fitness for a comeback: Imran Nazir
Having spent five years away from the game Nazir is roaring for a comeback.
Updated - Aug 16, 2018 8:52 pm
After a prolonged illness that kept him away from the game for almost five years, Pakistan cricketer Imran Nazir is all set to make a comeback. The 36-year-old resumed training in Lahore as he gears up for the upcoming domestic season. The opener last featured in a game for the Pakistan national team way back which was a T20 international against Sri Lanka in 2012.
The lanky right-handed batsman was a force to reckon with at the top order before he suffered from an almost career-ending arthritis. Nazir even represented Multan Sultans in a promotional game last season. Speaking about his struggles and how he managed to overcome them, the veteran also said that he is looking forward to making a comeback in the game.
Trying to regain fitness and make a comeback
Nazir expressed that the last few years had been really difficult for him but he wants to forget whatever happened and focus on the present. He has made more than 100 international appearances for Pakistan across all three formats and seems to know what is required of him to make a comeback at the highest level.
“I’ve forgotten those days like one forgets a bad dream. I am back to playing cricket and it remains to be seen how far I can stretch myself. I’ve played a lot and every kind of cricket. As a professional, I am aware of what I have to do to regain my fitness and make a comeback. How much I need to train, how much I need to bat. I am improving, and the duration of my training is increasing day by day,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
While the senior Pakistani player admitted that the gap was huge, he is leaving no stone unturned in his preparations ahead of the domestic season. He also mentioned that the period away from the game was extremely tough mentally and is glad to put the past behind and move on.
“With every week, I can see improvement. No doubt, the gap has been huge. Four and a half years are too much. Then the magnitude of my injury was also different. Many people are not aware that it leads to memory loss. But I am glad to say that I have recovered from it as well,” he said.