Akhtar hopeful of touring England

The pace bowler, who had a successful knee surgery recently, is hopeful that will be fit to play for the Pakistan tour of England in June.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 13:35 IST

Tearaway pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who had a successful knee surgery recently, is hopeful that will be fit to play for the Pakistan tour of England in June.

Shoaib recently underwent a successful surgery by noted knee and sports injuries specialist Dr David Young in Melbourne to remove floating pieces of cartilage and drain excess fluid from the knees.

He said he will return home on Friday from Australia after doctors completed a successful surgery on his injured knees.

"I have started slowly walking again and I shall return home by Friday. I am feeling comfortable after the operations which the doctors say have been good for me but they have asked me to follow a strict exercise regimen in my rehabilitation process," Shoaib was quoted as saying from Melbourne by The News on Wednesday.

"It is good that my problem has been diagnosed so early as now I have considerable time to recover for the England tour in late June," the fast bowler, who had taken 165 Test and 199 ODI wickets, added.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 13:35 IST