Wasim Bari still clueless on Akhtar~~s fitness

Published: Wednesday, June 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:With confusion reigning supreme over Shoaib Akhtar's fitness, chief selector Wasim Bari admitted he has no clue to the conundrum and doesn't know whether to drop the enigmatic pacer or include him for Pakistan's tour of England.

Bari admitted the selectors, when they meet here tomorrow to pick the side, could not ignore a match-winner like Shoaib but at the same time didn't want to include someone in the side who is not fully fit.

''It is certainly the most difficult decision that the selection committee will have to take... '' Bari told ''The News''.

''There is no doubt that Shoaib is a key player for us but then he has to be fit to be able to live up to the expectations. He cannot be included in the team without achieving and proving full match fitness,'' he added.

To get a final word on the issue, Bari will meet coach Bob Woolmer and captain Inzamam-ul Haq.

''I've already met Inzamam and Woolmer recently to take their inputs over the team's selection for the tour of England but recent developments have made it necessary for us to meet again,'' he said.

''I would want to take their point of views on the issue before our committee meets (to select a 16-member squad),'' said the former Test cricketer.

Shoaib was named in Pakistan's 21-man preliminary squad but he skipped the initial part of the training camp and then Inzamam confirmed that the Rawalpindi Express had hurt his ankle though PCB dubbed it a minor injury.

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