Shoaib had no bruise: PCB chief

PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan has said today that Shoaib Akhtar had 'no bruising' when he refused to take the field against India in the final Test.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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New Delhi:

In a disclosure that is likely to create more problems for Shoaib Akhtar, it was revealed today that the Pakistani speedster had "no bruising" when he refused to take the field against India in the series-deciding cricket Test in Rawapindi last week. An MRI on Shoaib after he had hurt his wrist on his follow-through while bowling on the second day of the Test had showed that there was no bruising, according to Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan. Shaharyar told the BBC World's Hard Talk programme today that the doctor, who had examined the fast bowler, himself had felt that there was "no bruising, the side was alright and he had an injury to his wrist". It was not clear from the PCB's chief remarks which "side" of Shoaib was alright but this may have been a reference to reports that the tearaway fast bowler had injured his back on the right side. In the light of this observation, Shaharyar took exception to Shoaib not taking the field and called for a medical inquiry to look into this "very serious matter". "We need to have a medical inquiry in order to establish what we see is correct or not. I am not going to condemn anyone especially a senior player like Shoaib. When he says that I have a bad side and I can't bowl, I can't field, (then) I have to take his word at face value," he said. (PTI)