PCB to hold inquiry into spate of injuries
Pakistan and other countries are to finalise their 15-member World Cup squads by February 13.india Updated: Feb 07, 2007 14:19 IST
The Pakistan Cricket Board will hold an inquiry into the spate of injuries that afflicted its players on the tour of South Africa before finalising the squad for the World Cup.
"We are concerned with the number of injuries we have had on this tour and we don't want a repeat of this in future events," a senior PCB official said.
Pakistan called back pacers, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Shabbir Ahmed from South Africa while Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq joined the team for the one-dayers after missing the Test series with fitness problems over which doubts still exist.
"The Chairman PCB Dr Naseem Ashraf himself is going to look into this issue and we will have our medical panel examine all the players before the World Cup squad is finalised," said Director, Cricket Operations, Saleem Altaf.
Pakistan has rushed veteran allrounder Azhar Mahmood to South Africa as a reinforcement while pacer Rao Iftikhar is due to fly out on Wednesday.
Pakistan and other countries are to finalise their 15-member World Cup squads by February 13.
Altaf said only 100 percent fit players cleared by the medical panel would be considered for the World Cup.
Sources said the board was unhappy in the matter and blamed the selectors and the team management for the mess.
Altaf, sources said, had told chief selector, Wasim Bari who is in South Africa in the presence of Dr Ashraf that he needed to put his foot down and be more assertive in the selection process.