Pakistan cricket teamâ€™s coach Bob Woolmer on Friday ruled Shoaib Akhtar out of the third Test at Headingley, Leeds, saying that the speedster â€œwould be lucky if he makes it to the fourth Testâ€ at The Oval next month.
â€œPeople should understand that Shoaib has had serious injury problems and has been out of international cricket for quite a long while. He would need more time to get fit enough to play for Pakistan,â€ Woolmer told â€˜The Newsâ€™ after a meeting with Shoaib, who is currently training with Warwickshire trainers in England.
Shoaib, 30, has been out of international cricket after playing in the Karachi Test against India earlier this year and since has been dogged by knee and ankle problems. He underwent twin knee surgery in Australia in February this year.
He missed the earlier part of Pakistanâ€™s tour of England following a recurrence of an ankle stress fracture that he suffered from during the home series against England last December.
Woolmer said that it would take at another 14 days for Shoaib to be able to play any kind of competitive cricket. â€œWe have plans for Shoaib to play in the local league but such games are still at least 14 days away.â€
Woolmer said that it is now easy for a fast bowler to resume playing international cricket after a substantial layoff caused by major injuries.
â€œIt is going to take time,â€ said. â€œIt is not likely that he would be able to play in the third Test and I would consider Shoaib lucky if plays in the last Test.â€
Pakistani team officials are anxiously looking forward to have Shoaib back in their side for the third or fourth Tests.
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