Selectors ignore Shoaib Akhtar for domestic tourney

Selectors ignore Shoaib Akhtar for domestic tourney

The absence of Shoaib's name from the final list of the players picked for the Rest of Pakistan side leaves a big question mark over the future of the paceman.
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar
"The selectors are not going to consider him for the national team once again until he proves his form and fitness in domestic cricket. The question is whether will he get a chance to now play domestic cricket during the Australia series," one former player said.
Shoaib also failed to find a place in the other teams of the Pentangular Cup tournament -- Karachi, Sialkot, Habib bank or Sui Gas.
"The selectors have mainly concentrated on selecting those players who performed well in the just concluded Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and some promising Under-19 youngsters," a selector said.

Shoaib has undergone a knee surgery this year in England and is also said to have liposuction to shed excess fat and weight but the fast bowler has denied having the cosmetic procedure and insisted he is fully fit and fighting.

The fast bowler is likely to suffer another setback next month when the Pakistan Cricket Board announces the new list of players who will get the central contracts.
The board has said that only those, who are active and playing for Pakistan or in domestic cricket, will get the central contracts.
According to sources, Shoaib, who is in the top category A in the present set of contracts, will be dropped from the new list of contracted players.
"Even the chairman of the board Ejaz Butt and chief selector Iqbal Qasim also believe that there would be no justification for giving Shoaib a new central contract as he has neither played domestic or international cricket since the last six to seven months," one source said.
The Board has already constituted a three-member committee that includes chief operating officer Wasim Bari to finalise the modalities and terms and conditions of the new central contracts and to recommend a shortlist of players who will be given new contracts.

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