July 6th, 2006

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Shoaib to play local games before International comeback

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Pakistan are planning to field their injured speedster Shoaib Akhtar in a few local games this month in a bid to get him match fit for this summer’s away Test series against England.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told ‘The News’ on Wednesday that Shoaib could be asked to play a few practice sessions as early as next week if a latest scan report on his injured ankle shows substantial progress.

“We are considering the idea of having Shoaib play some matches locally but that would depend on what sort of advice comes from the doctors treating him,” Abbas Zaidi, PCB’s Director of Board Operations said.

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India slip in Test rankings

India has slipped from third to fourth in the ICC Test rankings, despite winning a series in the West Indies for the first time in 35 years.

The ICC’s system means that if a team fails to beat a side rated a long way below it by a wide margin — India only won 1-0 — it can lose ranking points. So India now slip to fourth, behind Australia, England and Pakistan.

Among players, West indies paceman Corey Collymore has surged seven places to joint 10th with Chaminda Vaas. India opener Virender Sehwag is on the slide, however, dropping three more places to be 13th among batsmen.

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Autobiography of Mushtaq Mohammad launched

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Former Test captain Mushtaq Mohammad’s autobiography ‘Inside Out’ was launched here on Tuesday night in the presence of a host of sports stars at an impressive ceremony.

Speakers including Mushtaq’s elder brother Hanif Mohammad showered praises on the former skipper regarded among the most accomplished cricketers of his era at the book launching ceremony hosted by Saudi Pak Bank President Mansoor M. Khan.

Mushtaq, who played 57 Tests and ten One-day Internationals (ODIs) for Pakistan in a career spanning over almost two decades (1959 to 1979), made an emotional speech at the occasion as he told a packed audience about the pride of playing for Pakistan.

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Pakistan to field strong team against England A

Pakistan will field a strong line-up for their final warm-up match for next week’s first Test against England.

The tourists take on England A in a four-day game starting at the St Lawrence Ground, here on Thursday.

Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is likely to return to the action. Paceman Mohammad Asif, batsman Mohammad Yousuf and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq also missed the win against Leicestershire.

“I would expect it to be close to Test team because it is the last match (before the first Test match),” team’s manager Zaheer Abbas said. “The batsmen and bowlers had a good workout at the Grace Road (against Leicestershire) and let us hope they can continue their good form and take it into next week.”

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