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Down but not out, insists Shoaib Akhtar

cricket Updated: Mar 06, 2010 11:52 IST
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His chances of returning to the national team might be bleak but Pakistan's controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar maintains that his international cricket career is far from over.

Shoaib, who has not been included in the preliminary squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, said he was surprised at not being picked for the tournament.

"I was surprised that I was not included in the list of probable because if you look at Brett Lee he has been having fitness issues for last few months and has not played yet he is in the Australian preliminary squad," Shoaib said.

"Similarly, Shaun Tait is also in despite his history of injury problems," he added.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has justified not picking Shoaib in the preliminary squad by pointing out that he has hardly played any cricket since last May when he played against Australia in Dubai.

"How can we select him? We can't pick him on basis of a few domestic matches. We don't know how fit he is," the PCB Chairman, Ejaz Butt had told a press conference while announcing the 30 probable last week.

But Shoaib said he didn't care what people or the board said about his fitness.