June 8th, 2006

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Ankle problem prevents Shoaib from embarking on England tour

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Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday limped out of contention for a place in the Pakistan team for the initial part of this summer’s tour of England after a South African ankle expert recommended the injured speedster should refrain from bowling for three more weeks.

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said the second opinion on Shoaib’s MRI scan given by the South African specialist has confirmed his worst fears ahead of his team’s important assignment against England. “The report says that Shoaib’s ankle injury has not healed,” said Woolmer.

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PCB forms committee to correct bowling actions

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday made it clear that it was serious in its bid to root out the menace of suspect bowling actions from domestic cricket by announcing a detailed policy on the issue.

The Board announced the formation of a Bowling Action Committee (BAC) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), giving it strict guidelines to catch bowlers with suspect bowling actions early in their careers and also to help them out with their actions.

Several leading Pakistani bowlers including speedster Shoaib Akhtar have been reported for illegal bowling officials by match officials in recent years. Pakistan’s quick Shabbir Ahmed is currently serving a yearlong ICC ban for having an illegal action.

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Pakistan have good chance to beat England: Zaheer

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Former batting great Zaheer Abbas Wednesday said England were on the back foot after their latest defeat against Sri Lanka and urged Pakistan to exploit the situation during their tour next month.

Pakistan are scheduled to play four Tests and five One-day Internationals (ODIs) on their two-and-a-half month tour. The first Test starts at Lord’s from July 13.

Zaheer said Pakistan had a good chance to defeat England in the series, noting that England would be on the defensive.

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Bari to meet Woolmer, Inzamam before

wasimbariAs conflicting reports continued to surface on Shoaib Akhtar’s ankle injury on Tuesday, chief selector Wasim Bari admitted that it would be a difficult decision to include or drop the match-winning pacer from the Pakistan team for their tour of England.

“It is certainly the most difficult decision that the selection committee will have to take when it meets in Lahore on June 8,” Bari told ‘The News’ here on Tuesday.

It is because of Shoaib’s importance for the tour of England and the uncertainty that prevails over his fitness that Bari will hold another round of meetings with Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq in Lahore today.

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