Karachi, Mar 22: Pakistan's fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who is set to retire from international cricket after the ICC World Cup 2011, is unlikely to play any further role for Pakistan in the ongoing tournament.
Akhtar seems to have lost favour with the team management, including skipper Shahid Afridi, after conceding 28 runs in a single over in the World Cup league match against New Zealand on March 8.
"Shoaib basically has lost favour of the captain, coach and some of the other players after the game against New Zealand," The Nation quoted a well-informed source, as saying.
"Some of the players are not happy with the way he reacted after the New Zealand innings in Pallekele and behaved with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal," the source added.
According to sources, the Rawalpindi Express is unlikely to feature in Pakistan's quarterfinal match against West Indies on Wednesday.
Shoaib had a heated argument with Kamran after the wicketkeeper dropped catches off his bowling during their World Cup Group A game against New Zealand, leading to a tense atmosphere in the dressing room.
However, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi dismissed suggestions that Akhtar had come to blows with Kamran after he dropped Ross Taylor twice in the space of three deliveries.
"Nothing happened between Shoaib Akhtar and Kamran Akmal. Nothing serious," Afridi was quoted as saying.
"I don't want to give you any breaking news," he added.