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Shoiab's fitness to be assessed tomorrow

The Kolkata team would take a final call on Tuesday morning on including Shoaib Akhtar in the playing XI for the IPL encounter opposite Delhi team, says coach John Buchanan.

cricket Updated: May 13, 2008 02:58 IST
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The Kolkata Knight Riders would take a final call Tuesday morning on including Shoaib Akhtar in the playing XI for the Indian Premier Leaugue encounter opposite Delhi Dare Devils, after assessing the Rawalpindi Express' fitness, coach John Buchanan said on Monday.

"Shoaib's fitness will be assessed Tuesday morning. He is coming on very well. He is feeling confident. But we will take a final call only then," Buchanan said at his customary match-eve media meet in Kolkata.

Asked who the speedster would replace, Buchanan said "That also we will decide tomorrow."

Shoaib, who joined the team only last week after the PCB suspended for a month the five-year ban it had slapped on the bowler, is yet to turn out in the IPL.

On the final team for the match, the coach, indicating things could change if Shoaib was declared fit, said, "As of now, we have decided to retain the same combination."

On whether his side had any special plans for Delhi Dare Devils skipper Virender Sehwag, who has been on the rampage with the willow in the tourney so far, Buchanan said, "The idea is not to give him room on or around the off-stump. We have to bowl in the right areas more often before he takes the game away from us."