Shoaib doubtful for T20

Pacemen sidelined by treatment for genital warts

Last updated: 26th May 2009  

Shoaib doubtful for T20

Shoaib: fitness race

The medical board has reported that Shoaib Akhtar was suffering from genital viral warts and the wound needs further care and treatment for a minimum 10 days for the purpose of healing and to achieve skin cover.

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Shoaib Akhtar looks set to miss the World Twenty20 after undergoing treatment for a genital infection.

The fast bowler, 33, was named in Pakistan's 15-man squad for the tournament, which takes place in England from June 5, but the Pakistan Cricket Board has applied to the International Cricket Council's technical committee for permission to replace him.

Shoaib, whose participation in the tournament has been in doubt after he struggled for fitness and form during the recent one-day series against Australia, was diagnosed with genital viral warts and received a course of electrofulguration treatment - a procedure where electrical current is used to destroy unwanted tissue.

"The medical board has reported that Shoaib Akhtar was suffering from genital viral warts and the wound needs further care and treatment for a minimum 10 days for the purpose of healing and to achieve skin cover," the PCB said in a statement.

A three-man medical team convened by the PCB - consisting of consultant surgeon Prof. Javed Raza Gardezi, dermatologist Dr Ijaz Hussain and PCB doctor Riaz Ahmed - advised that Shoaib could be re-assessed on June 1.

The rest of the squad will already be in England by then, with the team's first warm-up match scheduled for the same day, when they will meet South Africa at Trent Bridge.

Seam bowler Rao Iftikhar Anjum is Shoaib's likely replacement, should the ICC grant permission for the switch.