PCB to arrange an attitude test for Shoaib

Published: Sunday, May 30, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad :Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said he would not apologise to Shoaib Akhtar for instituting a medical inquiry to verify his injury claims and that the express pacer would have to undergo a fitness and attitude test to be considered for future selection.

Khan spelt out his tough stance against the Rawalpindi Express while addressing the media following a three-hour grilling he and his PCB colleagues received from a senate committee that sought explanations for the national team's humiliating defeat against India in the recent home series.

Asked for his response to former captain Imran Khan's remarks that the PCB had insulted Akhtar by instituting an inquiry, Khan said the setting up of medical commission was a damage control exercise to preserve the morale of the team after the fast bowler refused to take the field on the third day of the series-deciding Test in Rawalpindi.

"The manager, the coach and the captain of the Pakistan team were annoyed with the attitude of Shoaib (Akhtar) during the recent series and he caused a decline in the morale of the whole team," the PCB chief said.

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