Akhtar in doubt for Sri Lanka ODI
KARACHI: The chances of controversial paceman Shoaib Akhtar staging a comeback in Pakistan's one-day series against Sri Lanka plummeted after an official said Thursday he failed to show for a fitness test.
"He could not come because of his mother's illness and since his fitness and match form was not ascertained the status will be conveyed to the team management," Wasim Bari, Pakistan's interim chief selector, told AFP.
Bari said he would consult members of a newly appointed selection committee before leaving Friday for Sri Lanka, where he will seek input from team management on announcing the one-day squad.
Bari was appointed interim committee chief after the Pakistan Cricket Board disbanded the senior and junior selection committees last month.
A five-man selection committee, bolstered by two co-opted members and announced earlier this week, will start working from August 1.
Pakistan, 2-0 down in a three-Test series in Sri Lanka, will play the third Test in Colombo from July 20. The five-match, one-day series starts July 30.
The series will be followed by a Twenty20 match.
Akhtar, who was withdrawn from Pakistan's World Twenty20 squad last month after he developed genital warts, claimed he was ready to stage a comeback in the one-day series against Sri Lanka.
The 33-year-old paceman has been plagued by injury and disciplinary problems, and has not been a regular team member since 2007.