Qadir wants Shoaib to give proof of fitness

February 17th, 2009 - 2:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Shoaib Akhtar

Karachi, Feb 17 (ANI): Pakistans chief selector Abdul Qadir has said that he will give Shoaib Akhtar a fair hearing before taking a decision on whether the fast bowler is ready for a return to international cricket during next months one-day series in Bangladesh.

Qadir said that he is not fully aware of Shoaibs form and fitness and will like to meet the pacer soon to hear him out before a decision is made to recall the player.

Qadir said he will also consult with his fellow selectors Saleem Jaffer and Shoaib Mohammad before making up his mind about Shoaibs chances of playing in the five-match ODI series in Bangladesh next month.

Shoaib, 33, said on Monday that he is hoping to get fully fit soon and is looking forward to play in the Bangladesh matches, The News reportedd.

Ive no knowledge of Shoaibs physical condition. But Ive all respect for him as he is a great fast bowler and deserves to be treated with respect. I will sit down with the player soon and will hear him out about his injury, said Qadir.

He made it clear that the national selection committee will not close the door on any player.

Our options are open, he said. We will consider any and every player for national duty as long as he can contribute to the team cause, stressed the chief selector. (ANI)

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