Shoaib likely to receive selectors nod for India ODIs

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar is in line for a recall to the national side after he was included in a list of 20 players due to attend a conditioning camp ahead of two one-day internationals in Scotland next month.

Shoaib, who has played just one Test and four one-dayers since February 2006 due to recurring fitness problems, will join up with his team mates on June 10 in preparation for the matches against India and Scotland in Glasgow.

The call-up comes just one week after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) prevented the bowler from going to India to play in the Afro-Asia Cup series, saying he was not 100 per cent match fit.

"He has been working hard to get back into top shape and he remains one of our main strike bowlers, so we have decided to bring him back into the reckoning for selection," chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed told Reuters on Wednesday.

Shoaib, who also tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone in an out-of-competition drugs test last September, made his most recent appearance in the Port Elizabeth Test against South Africa in January.

"At the camp, Shoaib has to prove he has made a complete recovery from his knee and ankle injuries," Ahmed added.


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