A familiar story once again.

Shoaib Akhtar is racing against time to be ready for the cricket series against England. A Pakistan cricket board official has been quoted as saying that Akhtar will not be allowed to waltz straight into the Test team. He will need to play a couple of practice matches and prove his fitness, before being back to lead the Pakistani bowling this English summer.

I hope he is fully fit – should be an enthralling series matching the Pakistani quicks against the English pace attack.

If England prepare bouncy or seaming wickets, they should be aware that in addition to Shoaib, Pakistan also have Naved Ul-Hasan, Mohammad Sami and Asif (the most improved bowler of the lot) to contend with.

The spin of Danish Kaneria should also be a wild card.

All in all, promises to be a wonderful series.

Cricket-Missing Akhtar must prove fitness for England tour (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar must play a couple of practice matches to prove his fitness for the tour of England, a Pakistan Cricket Board official said on Friday.



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