Shoaib Akhtar out of Twenty20, warts and all
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May 21, 2009 11:18pm
PAKISTAN pulled fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar out of next month's World Twenty20 tournament in England due to him suffering from genital warts, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.
"We have pulled him out of the World Twenty20 on the basis of a medical report given by our doctor which said that Akhtar needs 10 days to recover from groin wounds," the PCB said.
"The medical board has reported that Akhtar was suffering from genital viral warts."
Akhtar becomes the first casualty of the 12-team event for which final 15-man squads were announced on May 5.
The 33-year-old missed last week's conditioning camp in a luxury Pakistani hill resort due to the condition and his omission had been widely expected after he missed the first of three practice matches here Wednesday.
The PCB said it has written the technical committee of the World Twenty20 for the right to name a replacement after the fast bowler's fitness was assessed by a three-man panel on Thursday.
Akhtar is likely to be replaced by paceman Rao Iftikhar for the second edition of the World Twenty20 which starts in England from June 5.
Akhtar, plagued by injury since his debut in 1997, managed to play just four Twenty20 matches last year due to fitness and discipline problems.
He was dropped from the team after getting just one wicket in the two one-day matches internationals against Sri Lanka in February.
He was later ruled out of the Test series because of knee problems. The series was ultimately abandoned after gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus en route to the stadium in Lahore.
Akhtar was then included in Pakistan's squad for their five one-dayers and one Twenty20 match series in the United Arab Emirates this month.
He took three wickets in four one-day matches but did not complete his allotted 10 overs in any of the matches.
He only bowled two overs in the one-off Twenty20 match against Australia in Dubai, conceding 18 runs.
The mercurial paceman was also included in the inaugural World Twenty20 squad held in South Africa in 2007 but was expelled two days before the event for assaulting team-mate Mohammad Asif with a bat.
Akhtar was also left out of Pakistan's squad for the World Cup held in the Caribbean in 2007 after he failed to recover from ankle and knee problems.
A year later, he was banned for five years following his outburst against the PCB over being axed from a central contract.
An appeal committee reduced the ban to 18 months but also levied a fine of seven million rupees ($A123,000).
Shoaib Akhtar out of Twenty20, warts and all | Herald Sun
What an odd injury.... I am surprised they actually told us the real injury and not say he has a 'groin injury' ...