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Shoaib arrives in England today



Pakistan’s injured pace star Shoaib Akhtar would land in England today (Tuesday) to speed up his campaign for a Test comeback later this summer.

A Pakistan team official told ‘The News’ here on Monday that Shoaib would join Warwickshire right away after arriving in England to improve his chances of a return to the national team in either the third or fourth Test against England.

The official said Shoaib would work with a Warwickshire physical trainer for several days before making a return to competitive cricket later this month. Once passed fit by specialists, Shoaib would play a few matches in the Birmingham League after which the team management would assess his match fitness.

While Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer is hoping that Shoaib would get fit in time to boost the Pakistan attack in the third Test at Leeds next month, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials believe the tearaway speedster would not be able to make his international comeback before the fourth Test at The Oval. Without Shoaib, Pakistan struggled in their opening Test outing in the series against England at Lord’s where the host team dictated terms during most of the match.

Source:The News

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