Warwickshire seam-bowler Naqaash Tahir wants 2011 to bring him “a full season with no problems” after his 2010 campaign turned out to be yet another one badly affected by injury.
Since his debut in 2004, Tahir has rarely gone long between injuries which have seriously restricted an input to the Bears team which, with his natural ability, should be considerable.
This season he was fit at the start and played the first two championship games. But he bowled poorly and ended up back in the Second XI before suffering a recurrence of an ankle problem which affected him last year.
That injury, an impingement, has been dealt with by surgery so Tahir has his eyes on playing a full part for Warwickshire next year – which will surely be his last with the Bears if he does not get out on the field regularly.
“I had the same problem last year when I had injections which got me by for a few months,” he said. “Last year, with getting married as well, I didn’t have time to get the operation done so I just kept having injections but this season I think the injury has been in the back of my mind all the time when I am playing. So it’s good to get it done and hopefully next season I will have a full season with no problems.
“I have missed basically the last two months of the season which isn’t very good. Pre-season I did really well but as soon as the season started I lost my way a bit. I played a few first-team games but then dropped into the Seconds and when I started to do well I got injured.”
The 26-year-old should be bowling again within a month and hopes to then step up his recovery with some cricket down under.
“The operation went well,” Tahir said. “The cast came off last week and I am starting to walk properly again and doing more strengthening work each day so within a month I should be fit to bowl again.
“I am thinking about going abroad, to Perth maybe. It’s not definite yet but it would really get me fit if I could play a bit of cricket out there and then come back for pre-season with Warwickshire.
“I think it would be grade cricket but at this stage any cricket will do. As long as I get fit and ready to bowl.”