Shoaib pulls out of India tour

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The Independent Online

Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has pulled out of the Test series with India although he remains available for the one-day series.

Shoaib needs at least a month to recover from the hamstring injury that will keep him out of the Tests.

Shoaib, due to play for Worcestershire in the County Championship Second Division this season, told the India Express: "I am disappointed to say that I have pulled out of the tour of India because my hamstring injury would take another four to five weeks and I don't want to play half fit."

The news is a blow to Pakistan who are already deprived of the services of Shabbir Ahmed and Umar Gul as they prepare to visit India for the first time in six years.