LONDON

Pakistan middle-order batsman Haris Sohail believes his recovery from a knee injury is well on course and he will start cricket-related practice from June.

“My recovery is a little slow but I am getting better day by day and with God’s help, I should recover completely,” Haris said.

The left-hand batsman appeared on the international scene in 2013 and presented himself as a solid middle-order prospect in all three formats for the Men in Green. After incurring a knee injury, he was operated in December 2015 and is now in recovery phase.

“This is a slow but meticulously managed process,” he said. “I have not started any cricket practice as yet as the rehabilitation phase is still in progress. These are just the starting stages of my rehabilitation; the total recovery is around six months long.”

Haris has played 22 ODIs for Pakistan so far and scored 774 runs at an average of 43. Another great feature of his batting is his strike rate of 82.86. Meanwhile, with Pakistan’s tour of England this summer, Haris is not sure if he will be able to make it into the squad.

“I can only start sports related activity after four of five months into this recovery period of six months,” he explained. “So, I expect to start training later this month and start cricket-related training around June.” The vacant space left by Haris’ in the middle order was felt by Pakistan during their Asia Cup and World T20 campaigns.

However, Haris believes surgery was the only way out after the career-threatening injury. “The injury was a serious one and surgery was really the last choice after all other options had been exhausted but I am confident that I will be able to fully recover and serve Pakistan again,” said Haris.