Brilliant performance by controversial paceman Shoaib Akhtar has impressed national chief selector Mohsin Hasan Khan who said that if the enigmatic fast bowler continued to perform well in the domestic tournaments, he could be considered for the upcoming tour of England. Mohsin, who watched Shoaib bowling for Federal Areas Leopards on Wednesday in the Pentangular Cup one-day tournament against Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa here at the National Stadium, where he claimed six wickets for 52 runs, said the fast bowler stood a realistic chance to return to the international arena. “If he [Shoaib] continues to play well regularly at the domestic and club level and proves his fitness and form, he could be considered for the English tour,” Mohsin said. “We have not written him off completely. He should be grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that it has given him a chance to win back his place in the national team,” Mohsin, a former Test opener, said. After Wednesday’s performance, Shoaib is now the leading wicket taker in the Pentangular tournament. Pakistan are due to tour England from late June onwards to play six Tests, two against Australia and four against England in what promises to be a tough tour. Shoaib, 34 has not played for Pakistan since May 2009 when he appeared in a one-day series against Australia and since then has had a knee operation and also faced disciplinary issues with the board. Mohsin said the selectors were approaching their job with an open mind.—Agencies
By: Dawn News