Pakistan recall Shoaib
Controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been named by Pakistan in their 15-man squad for next month's Champions Trophy.
Last Updated: 12/08/08 4:19pm
Shoaib Akhtar has been named by Pakistan in their 15-man squad for next month's ICC Champions Trophy.
The move to include the controversial 32-year-old comes one month after the Pakistan Cricket Board excluded him from a training camp over an unpaid fine.
Shoaib, who has not played for Pakistan since December, had already been chosen in a preliminary squad for the tournament.
"Shoaib has been picked after doctors cleared his fitness," PCB chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi said on Tuesday.
He had been asked to pay a fine of seven million Pakistan rupees ($94,910) by July 14th to be considered for selection.
The fine - which remains unpaid - was imposed by an appeals tribunal that had reduced a suspension he received for various acts of indiscipline from five years to 18 months.
"We have decided not to link the payment of his fine with his selection," added Naghmi. "This issue can be resolved later."
Shoaib has filed a High Court writ challenging both the fine and ban.
Fellow fast bowler Umar Gul and all-rounder Shahid Afridi are also included in the 15-man squad, despite both players' questionable fitness.
"Shoaib, Gul and Afridi carry a lot of experience and we are confident they will be 100 per cent fit for the tournament," said chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed.
However, the inclusion of Shoaib and Afridi apparently led to a dispute between coach Geoff Lawson and the selectors on Monday.
According to media reports, the Australian had doubts over both players' fitness.
Afridi has not played since he injured his wrist in June.
The selectors also picked young batsmen Bazid Khan and Khalid Latif and dropped all-rounder Fawad Alam.
Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal was recalled after being dropped for the recent Asia Cup.
The Champions Trophy, to be played in Karachi and Lahore, starts on September 12th.
Pakistan squad: Nasir Jamshed, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik (captain), Khalid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Bazid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Tanvir, Abdur Rauf.