Shoaib Wants to Play Domestic cricket to Prove Fitness

Shoaib Akhtar has not been selected by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the T20 World Cup due to a skin infection which will reportedly take 10 days to clear up. The controversial pacer is however not happy with the decision and has contended that he is fit to be picked. The Pak player will now lead the Islamabad Leopards team in a domestic tournament starting on Monday in an attempt to prove his fitness which would end up with the PCB in an awkward position.
The Islamabad Cricket Association President Shakil Sheikh has said that Shoaib Akhtar has declared himself fit, so that there is no reason to drop him. He added that the Islamabad cricket association had not received any medical report for the PCB. "He has told us that he is fit so we have no reason to drop him, we have not received any medical report," Sheikh was quoted in the cricket news as having said. "It's the basic fundamental right of the player that if he says he is fit you can't stop him from playing," he said.

The Islamabad Cricket Association may not have any problems playing the mercurial pacer, but apparently his reiteration that he was fit was not enough for the PCB to take his word for it. Earlier the PCBs medical condition had observed that the Akhtar was suffering from genital warts and that was to take 10 days for recovery.
For this reason Akhtar was not asked to attend the training camp though Akhtar expressed his confidence at being able to represent his country in the T20 World Cup in England.

Reportedly the PCB has already sent in the name of Rao Iftikhar Anjum as Akhtars replacement and has already applied to the technical committee of the Twenty20 World Cup to make this change. Now if Akhtar is able to successfully prove his fitness this may well become very awkward for the PCB.

According to cricket reports, Akhtar is doing his best to prove his fitness prior to the T20 World Cup and he will now be captaining a domestic T20 cricket team in order to prove his fitness. He will be captaining the Islamabad Leopards Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 Cup competition begins at Lahore from Monday, 25 May with Islamabad Leopards taking on Peshawar Panthers. The Peshawar Panthers are led by Pakistans national team captain Younus Khan.

For a while now, fitness has put a question mark and other cricket controversies have put a question mark upon the Pak cricket players career and perhaps his very future in international cricket.