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Thatscricket - News - I will fight my way back into team, says Akram

Published: Thursday, August 2, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Karachi: Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram said on Thursday he would fight his way back into international cricket and refused to accept his career was over after being dropped from the national side.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"I will be back in the Pakistan team soon and I think that enough cricket is left in me," Akram said.The 35-year-old former captain and record holder was dropped from Pakistan's list of 27 players expected to take on bitter foes India and New Zealand later this year."I am surprised over the selectors' decision because it makes no sense to drop me after only one series performance," he said. "I am disappointed and fed up with repeating things like that but I will stage a comeback because I feel I am 100 percent fit and can deliver."His omission has sparked speculation that Akram's Test career has come to an end. He has claimed a record 414 wickets for Pakistan in 102 Tests and 440 wickets in 319 One-day Internationals.But his recent form has been disappointing. He took only two wickets in two home Tests against England last year and grabbed five wickets in Pakistan's mini-Test series in England in May-June."I have maintained that I will play on form and fitness and I'm keen to get past Indian bowler Kapil Dev's record of 434 wickets in Tests to finish second on the all-time list," he said.West Indian Courtney Walsh is the greatest with 519 Test wickets. Akram said he was revved up to face India in the Asian Test Championship matches, which could see Pakistan's main South Asian rivals in Lahore from September 12-16."I would love to play against India because it is coming to Pakistan after a long time," he said.Pakistan begins the home season with its first ever Test against Bangladesh in Multan from August 29 to September 2.Akram will return to England on Friday to play for Pub club Lashing against Somerset on August 6, but vowed to come back to "fight to regain my place in the team."

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