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Akhtar fined for night out

Pakistan's mercurial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was among three team-mates who were taken for random dope testing ahead of the World Cup, an official confirmed on Thursday.

cricket Updated: Feb 17, 2011 23:17 IST

Pakistan's mercurial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was among three team-mates who were taken for random dope testing ahead of the World Cup, an official confirmed on Thursday.

Akhtar, 35, wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, 29, and seamer Umar Gul, 26, were tested after a practice session on Wednesday by ICC's drug inspectors, team manager Intikhab Alam told AFP.

"These are normal procedures and players from every team will be tested," Alam said. There was further trouble for Akhtar after he and fellow paceman Wahab Riaz were fined US$42 each for returning late from a private dinner on last night.

"We want players to follow team rules," said Alam. "The two have been warned not to keep late nights in future."

Pakistan face England in a practice match in Bangladesh on Friday.

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