Uncertainty hovers over Shoaib rehab programme

Published: Wednesday, February 9, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Shoaib Akhtar's fitness programme has been thrown in a limbo with all the three foreign trainers employed by Pakistan Cricket Board on lucrative salaries leaving for home on private vacations.

Biokineticist Murray Stevenson and physiotherapist Darryn Lifsun left last night for London along with coach Bob Woolmer after returning from Australia earlier in the day.

South African trainer Greg Compton, under whose supervision Shoaib has been asked to undergo a rehabilitation process, also left last evening on a vacation to his home country.

The simultaneous vacations of the trio smacked of poor planning from the Board which had insisted on calling back Shoaib from Australia so that he could recover from his hamstring injury under the supervision of Compton at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

The Board has also asked Shoaib not to seek treatment from his personal physio Dr Tauseef Razzak, insisting that he report only to Compton.

"The situation now is that Shoaib is all alone at the NCA wondering who will now supervise his rehabilitation process before the Indian tour which is just two weeks away," a source was quoted as saying in local daily 'The News'.

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