Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam is against putting pressure on comeback paceman Shoaib Akhtar in the upcoming one-day series against Australia, saying the idea is to gauge his fitness, keeping in mind future series.
Shoaib and Australian pacer Brett Lee are making a comeback to their teams after a long injury lay-off and Intikhab said they will surely be cynosure of all eyes.
"Brett Lee has had an operation and has been out of action for sometime. Similarly Shoaib has also struggled with a knee problem recently and has not played much cricket in the last few months. So both know their would be lot of attention on them," Intikhab told reporters in Lahore during the national conditioning camp.
"We will be looking closely at Shoaib's fitness and how he comes along in the first match. We don't want to put extra pressure or burden on him. We will try to nurse him through the series as we have other important competitions coming up as well," Intikhab added.
The former Test captain said it would be unwise to expect the two tearaway bowlers to perform immediately in the coming series of five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match.
The Pakistan coach said there was on doubt that Shoaib could play a vital role in the series even though in the last 15 months he has played just two one-day games.