Pak skipper Malik hopeful of Shoaib, Asifs return

December 12th, 2008 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Shoaib Akhtar

Karachi, Dec 12 (ANI): Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik believes his team can become a potent force in world cricket with the return of strike bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.

Pakistan have been missing the services of both Shoaib and Asif in recent times due to injury or suspension, The News reported.

Shoaib is on a comeback trail after settling some issues with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and is recovering from injury problems.

Asifs return to international cricket remains under a dark cloud considering the fact that he is currently battling against a possible two-year ban after testing positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone, which he allegedly took during the inaugural IPL season this May.

Shoaib, 33, was included in the Pakistan team for a couple of international assignments but he so far has been unable to find the sort of rhythm that once made him the most feared bowler.

Malik, however, is confident that both Shoaib and Asif will make a comeback.

Both Shoaib and Asif are determined to come back in the (Pakistan) team and Im confident that they will, said Malik.

The two players have been training hard and Im sure they would be a great asset for Pakistan once they come back, The News quoted Malik, as saying.

Malik also praised Shoaib for the hard work he has put in recent weeks.

I myself train at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore and see Shoaib practicing their daily since seven in the morning. Its evident that he (Shoaib) is ready to give everything he has to make a successful comeback and thats a good sign for Pakistan, he concluded. (ANI)

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