Shoaib bowls for Durham despite PCB advice

Published: Monday, June 7, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar is almost certain to run into rough weather with the authorities yet again as he chose to go full throttle for his County team Durham, ignoring medical advice and suggestions of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) alike.

Shoaib baffled one and all when he opted to bowl for the English County on Sunday, contrary to his own statements earlier that he would only bat in the National League Division Two Limited Overs match against Scotland to avoid stress and exertion.

"I will not be bowling at all in the One-day games... I will play as a batsman. They (Durham) wanted me to rest but I was very keen to play so they said okay 'you don't bowl but you play as a batsman'. I look at this new role as a real challenge in these two games," he had said.

Media reports in Islamabad said that Shoaib did come in to bat at number three for Durham in Sunday's match against Scotland, but managed only 15 runs in a total of 203 for nine in 45 overs. He stayed at the wicket for 33 minutes, faced 25 balls and hit one four.

He opened the bowling as well, with a first spell of five overs, one wicket and seven runs. His final figures read 9-2-30-2.

Shoaib has already been ruled out of next month's Asia Cup competition to be held in Sri Lanka. So far, the bowler has appeared in one first-class and three One-day matches - including the one against Scotland - for his English County.

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