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Injured Shoaib Akhtar to return home

india Updated: Jan 22, 2007 14:12 IST
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Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is expected to return home after he suffered a hamstring injury in the ongoing second Test match against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

A medical report on Sunday suggested that the fast bowler needs at least a two-week rest to recover from his latest injury.

"According to an interim medical report Shoaib has torn his hamstring and would require at least 14 days to recover. He would not be taking any more part in the current series and may be sent home by the team management," Pakistan Cricket Board's, director of operations, Salim Altaf was quoted as saying by The News.

Apart from a decision over Akhtar, team manager Talat Ali will also conduct an inquiry into an incident that was telecasted on sports channels around the world showing the fast bowler exchanging hot words with coach Bob Woolmer in the dressing room before the start of play Saturday.

"I have talked with Talat on this particular incident," said Altaf.

"The manager has assured the board that he would conduct an inquiry and then take action if required. The board has told the manager that it would support any decision he takes over the issue," he added.

Just a day before his spat with Woolmer, Akhtar took four key wickets to help Pakistan skittle out South Africa for a paltry 124 on the opening day of the second Test.

His inability to bowl on the second day sparked speculations that Akhtar could have faked an injury because of his war of words with Woolmer.

Apart from Akhtar, medium pacer Umar Gul and all-rounder Shoaib Malik are also on injury list. Gul suffered from an ankle problem while Malik also got injured before the opening Test held at Centurion earlier this month.

Altaf said the reports on injuries of Gul and Malik are not positive either.

Pakistan, however, have put medium-pacer Shabbir Ahmed and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq on stand-bye following reports from South Africa that three of their injured squad members could be heading back home in the next few days.



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