Karachi, Apr. 22 (ANI): Pakistan bowling coach Mohammad Akram has said fast-bowler Umar Gul would be "severely" missed in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, adding that it is going to be a tough assignment and Gul's experience would have come in handy.
Akram, however, is hopeful that pacemen Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan will be able to fill the void created by Gul's absence, reports The Express Tribune.
Gul injured his knee during the South Africa tour and was advised surgery, ruling him out of action for at least eight weeks.
After comments that Pakistan's fast-bowling department was not performing upto the mark, Gul's absence from the event in England will be a major blow, the report said.
Gul has a phenomenal One-Day International (ODI) record in England, featuring in six matches and taking 14 wickets with his career-best figures of six for 42 coming at The Oval in 2010 against the hosts.
However, Akram hoped Irfan and Junaid will cover-up for Gul's absence, adding that it is a good chance for the youngsters to prove themselves.
Akram was also confident that Pakistan would do well at the event, adding that the ongoing training camp - being supervised by the legendary Wasim Akram - would aid the bowlers. (ANI)