Malik injured; Younis Khan to lead Pakistan

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Lahore, Jan 16: Pakistan"s prolific batsman Younis Khan is likely to lead his national side against Zimbabwe in the forthcoming ODI series, as skipper Shoaib Malik has still not fully recovered from his ankle injury.

Malik, who yesterday attended the first day of the short training camp at the Gaddafi Stadium, was seen having a bandage on his left ankle which has been giving him trouble since the first Test against India in November. Malik said that he might consider opting out of the team if the injury didn"t heal completely.

" I will only play if I"m 100 per cent fit. If not, I may prefer leaving the series against Zimbabwe. It does not seem fair for a half-fit player to play for his country. I have started gym training, running and cycling but will ultimately be following doctor"s advice about whether I should resume playing in the series against Zimbabwe," the Dawn quoted him as saying while speaking to reporters.

Without commenting on the exclusion of Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul, he praised the other two fast bowlers Sohail Tanvir and Rao Iftikhar, saying,

"Both Sohail and Rao are improving day by day and hopefully they will help the team beat Zimbabwe."


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