Pakistan reluctant to throw Shoaib into the fray
Tuesday 15 August 2006
Shoaib Akhtar has made no secret of his desire to play in Thursday's fourth and final Test against England despite enduring a frustrating return to competitive action. But it seems likely that Pakistan will not take the risk with their prize bowler.
With England holding an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series it would seem folly to risk Shoaib, who has been out with a stress fracture of his ankle since January, but the 31-year-old is desperate to play at the Oval. "It's been very frustrating watching the guys and it's not nice watching from the sidelines," he said. "I'm pretty fit and I've worked hard for this summer."
The Pakistan coach, Bob Woolmer, is unlikely to take a chance on Shoaib, with the one-day series starting on 30 August a more likely date for a return.
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