Hampshire have been given a boost with the news that two of their players are on course to recover from knee injuries for the start of the new season.
Beneficiary Nic Pothas and strike bowler Kabir Ali are both hopeful of being available for the LV County Championship opener against Durham on April 8.
“I’m way ahead of schedule so I’m really happy with that,” said Pothas, who underwent surgery midway through last season.
“It was just wear and tear,” he said. “They went in at the side of the knee, cleaned out the cartilage and smoothed the bone out. It was probably down to doing 600 squats per day for 20 years and training. It was going to catch up with me at some stage. But I did a fitness test and it’s pulled up really well.”
Kabir injured his cartilage within a month of making his debut at the beginning of last season. His recovery is less advanced but he has started bowling off a shortened run-up and heads off to Barbados with Simon Jones, David Griffiths and bowling coach Jon Ayling this week.
They will be joined by Pothas and the rest of the Hampshire squad for the start of the county’s pre-season tour on March 13.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Kabir. “I’ve started running outdoors and doing strengthening work just to get myself ready to bowl off a longer run-up and hopefully I can play a few games out there.
“I’m aiming to be available for the first game of the season. The next six weeks will be very important – I’m doing powerbase training which will help my leg cope with the impact when I bowl.”