PCB asks Alam to submit Akhtar’s medical report

May 15th, 2009 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Shoaib Akhtar Lahore, May 15 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked coach Intikhab Alam to submit a medical report of the controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

The PCB asked for the medical report after a mysterious health problem forced Akhtar to miss the conditioning camp in Bhurban.

“We want to have a look at the medical report because players are supposed to attend the conditioning camp which is primarily meant to check their fitness and endurance levels ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup,” PCB’s Chief Operating Officer, Saleem Altaf said.

Akhtar had said that doctors have advised him rest for a week, after he developed a skin infection near his groin area.

There are a few brows raised over the timing of Akhtar’s problem, as the management had made it clear well in advance that the conditioning camp would require the players to undergo a rigorous physical routine in order to get in perfect shape for the Twenty20 World Cup starting from June 5.

Several former cricketers and experts have raised questions over Akhtar’s fitness and his inclusion in the Twenty20 World Cup squad.

Akhtar, who returned to the national side in the Dubai series against Australia, was not at all impressive and struggled during the whole series.

He took just three wickets in four matches and didn’t bowl even a single 10-over spell in the series. (ANI)

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