Maverick fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was seen sporting a bandage on his left calf during the Asia Cup training camp at the Gaddafi Stadium here on Monday. It was learnt that this was actually a precautionary measure taken by the bowler who had to bowl some extra overs on the first two days of camp. Knowing how injury-prone he is, he was only trying to avoid any mishap, the media persons were informed. But since Shoaib’s career is replete with fitness and disciplinary problems, one cannot rule out injury problems in his case. It is also learnt that Shoaib was not happy about being made to bowl extra overs in the camp since skipper Shahid Afridi had favoured his selection by saying that he would use him carefully and in short bursts. Sources said that head coach Waqar Younis, too, had been advised about the strategy devised for Shoaib as a result of which the bowler was not asked to bowl at all on Monday. Shoaib was selected for the forthcoming Asia Cup with hope that, if fully fit, he will make impact in short bursts to unsettle and dismiss the batsmen at crucial stages of the games. Meanwhile, team manager Yawar Saeed, who is also camp commandant continues to stay away from the ground during the camp with no senior official deputising to oversee the progress of the players. Yawar is often seen resting in one of the PCB’s air-conditioned rooms, while the players train on the ground in sultry weather. Moreover, it has been learnt that Yawar is not fully fit and he has been seen limping recently.
By: Dawn News