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I will be fit for Twenty20 WC: Akhtar

The Pakistan pacer says he is training hard for the Twenty20 Cup as it will mark his comeback after months of fitness issues.

cricket Updated: Aug 02, 2007 11:24 IST


Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Thursday said he was suffering from a slight neck strain but asserted that it will not prevent him from playing in the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa in September.

"My neck is slightly strained which is why I didn't play today but it is not a serious injury and I am 100 per cent fit," the 'Rawalpindi Express' said after sitting out of the practice match between probables at the preparatory camp at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Shoaib has been through a tough time in the camp and the word is that after damaging a window pane in the dressing room of the National stadium after seven unsuccessful overs on Monday in which he was hit around the ground, PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf had a quiet word with him about the need to control his temper and be on his best behaviour.

Shoaib also riled the selectors on Monday by playing in shorts while all the other Pakistan probables were in proper coloured kits.

"It is nothing serious and I am 100 per cent fit. I didn't have a good day on Monday because I felt dizzy and suffered from dehydaration," Shoaib told newsmen.

Shoaib said he was training hard for the Twenty20 World Championship as it would be his comeback tournament after playing just one Test and four one-dayers in the last 15 months due to fitness issues.

"I am taking the Twenty20 event very seriously," he said.

First Published: Aug 02, 2007 11:12 IST