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PCB Confident Shoaib Akhtar will be fit for England Tour

Written by Kashif Aziz on April 23rd, 2006   (127 views)

Pakistan’s cricket authorities are confident that fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar would be fit and available for the important tour of England in June.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said that reports about Shoaib’s recovery from his knee operation and even stress fracture of his anklebones were encouraging and he should start bowling again in the next few days.

“The physiotherapist and trainer have given us a good report on his (Shoaib’s) rehabilitation process and we are hopeful he would be available for the England tour,” the PCB official stated.

Shoaib, who is Pakistan’s senior most bowler in the team presently with 165 Test and 199 One-day International (ODI) wickets, underwent a knee surgery in Australia after he was ruled out of an ODI series with India and also missed the tour to Sri Lanka in March.

The surgery in Melbourne was deemed to be a success and the PCB official said Shoaib himself had been very keen to get back to fitness as soon as possible.

“He was advised six to eight weeks rest and he is made good progress. He is a valuable player for the team and his presence in England would be very important for us.”

There had been reports about Shoaib missing some of his rehabilitation sessions with South African trainer Grant Compton but the PCB official said the physio and the trainer were confident he would bowl again by next week.

Source: The News

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