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Akhtar on collision course with PCB, to challenge medical report

Lahore, May 25 (ANI): Controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is on a collision course with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after deciding to challenge a medical report that led to his ouster from Pakistan’s Twenty20 World Cup squad.

Shoaib has already made it clear that he would be leading the Islamabad Leopards in the National Twenty20 Championship starting at the Gaddafi Stadium and LCCA Ground here from Monday.

“Shoaib is very upset with team coach Intikhab Alam, assistant coach Aaqib Javed and manager Yawar Saeed for not supporting him and believes that they conspired to have him dropped from the Twenty20 World Cup squad,” one source said.

“He is very angry and he has decided to take on the board by playing in the domestic tournament and he might even come out in the open against the team management soon,” source close to the bowler added.

The 33-year-old bowler was dropped from the squad after a medical panel of the board examined him for a skin infection and concluded that he was suffering from genital viral warts and he needed to be rested for 10 to 12 days before another re-examination in first week of June, the Daily Times reported.

Meawhile, Chief selector Abdul Qadir and his colleagues are fuming at not being consulted before Shoaib was axed from the squad.

“I don’t want to make any comments. I will discuss this with chairman Ijaz Butt when he returns from abroad,” Qadir said.

Sources close to Qadir said he was angry that Intikhab, Aaqib and Yawar dropped Shoaib from the national team without even bothering to consult the selection committee. (ANI)

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