Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel withdraws from IPL 10

In order to focus on his international return, South African fast bowler Morne Morkel has decided to withdraw himself from the IPL auctions scheduled on February 20.

Morkel, released by KKR last year, has been plagued with a nagging injury, which has kept him off the field for quite a while. His last outing in Proteas colors came way back in June 2016. The tall fast bowler also revealed that at a point of time he was told he would never be able to play cricket again.

“No one was 100% sure of what was going on with my back and to be honest there was a time when I was in doubt about my future,” Morkel told Times Live.

“I was told that I would never be able to play cricket again and it was a mental thing to go to the gym. One doctor actually told me that my days as a player were numbered which was not a nice thing to hear.”

Having missed the latter part of 2016 owing to injury, Morkel is not rushing things and hence has decided to skip this edition of the IPL. Currently concentrating on the Momentum One-Day Cup, he is looking forward to returning to international cricket in the test leg of the series against New Zealand.

“I am very excited about getting the opportunity to play again – it has been three long months of rehabilitation."

"I have been throwing the ball nicely I am comfortable and my body just needs to get cricket fitness again with all the rehabilitation that I have been doing over the past couple of months. I will play in the next three Momentum One-Day matches and see how it goes. It will be wrong of me to put any goals or anything like that about my return to action.

"I just want to go out there on the field and do what I enjoy the most which is bowling and find my feet again without any high expectations.”

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