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Shoaib in two minds on knee surgery

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2009 11:34 IST

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Conflicting medical advice on a left knee injury has left Pakistan’s mercurial pacer Shoaib Akhtar confused and he is wondering whether to go for a surgery or get himself treated through medication and physiotherapy.

His injury-ravaged and controversial career is hanging in balance and desperate to save it, Shoaib is consulting various doctors to get rid of the knee injury.

Shoaib’s personal trainer Dr Tauseef Razzak has got two different advices from specialists and this has apparently left the pacer confused on his future course of action.

“The PCB doctor has advised him to undergo surgery to remove floating bones in his left knee while specialists at the Shaukat Khanum hospital say there is no such need and he can recover through physiotherapy and medication,” Razzak said.

Shoaib is expected to meet Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt later this week to find out whether the PCB would foot the bill if he opts for a surgery.

“He basically wants to know if the board will bear the expenses if he (Shoaib) decides to go and have the surgery in Australia like he did in 2006,” a source close to him told PTI.