Fit-again Kabir keen to show his class

Kabir Ali. Picture: Neil Marshall
Kabir Ali. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Kabir Ali admitted he could have been a star of You’ve Been Framed after his latest freak injury but vowed: I’m recovered and ready to play.

The fast bowler – who made one Test appearance for England back in 2003 – has had an unprecedented nightmare run of injuries since joining Hampshire back in 2010.

After returning from a career-threatening knee ligament problem, Ali was all set to resume his career this term only to suffer a bizarre injury in pre-season in Barbados.

It was the type of mishap that would have been a highlight on the home video calamities TV show – and could also have earned the seamer some quick cash.

He smiled: ‘I was running for a catch, I had a back spasm at the same time, didn’t quite get there, the ball landed and I stood on it and turned my ankle.

‘I would say I was very unlucky.

‘It’s a shame nobody was recording it on video for You’ve Been Framed because I could have done with the £250!

‘If I tried it again 100 times, I would never be able to do what I did. But it was just my luck – it was one of those things but I was gutted at the time. Thankfully, I’m fit again now.’

While Ali could be forgiven for thinking he has been cursed with a dreadful run of luck, he remains positive he can make up for lost time and show Hampshire fans he is still a dangerous strike bowler.

And his three wickets in the Clydesdale Bank 40 win over Glamorgan Dragons earlier this week showed he has lost none of his pace or ability.

He said: ‘I’ve had a couple of bad years but hopefully they are all behind me now.

‘I wouldn’t say I’m cursed but with bowlers, these things happen.

‘I’ve put the knee injury behind me now, the ankle injury came up at the wrong time but I haven’t missed too much cricket.

‘Hopefully, once the weather gets a bit better, I might get back on the park.

‘I’m quite a positive guy and I always look for the best in situations.

‘I try not to get too down and I’ve got good friends and a lovely family behind me who have got me through these past two or three years, so I’m very lucky.

‘I’ve had two or three years of bad luck following me for some reason but hopefully I can get back playing now.’