I'll regain bowling form in a week: Shoaib

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/shoaibakhtar_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Saturday asserted that he would prove his fitness and bowling form in a week.

Updated: July 23, 2008 18:17 IST
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A day after he was left out of a Pakistan team training camp for a Twenty20 tournament in Toronto, controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Saturday asserted that he would prove his fitness and bowling form in a week.

Akhtar told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, where he arrived for training, that he has no major injury worry and would be fully fit soon.

"I have no injury issue. I just need a week to regain my full form and fitness. I am going to start training under the supervision of Pakistan team trainer, David Dwyer from tomorrow onwards," he said.

"I will also be playing all the matches arranged by the PCB to prove my fitness," he added.

Akhtar is expected to be asked to play in three practice games -- on August 5, 7 and 9 -- before the Pakistan team embarks to play a Twenty20 tournament in Canada.

The maverick pacer was at pains to explain that he was not afraid of undergoing a dope test being conducted by the board on Sunday.

"I have no issues with giving the dope test and I have informed the board about this," said the pacer who has been named in the Champions Trophy preliminary squad of 30 players.

Meanwhile, PCB Chief Operating Officer Shafqat Naghmi said the board did not invite Akhtar for the week-long conditioning camp at Kakul from July 21 as it was not a fitness assessment camp but a fitness enhancement camp.

"We don't want him to breakdown as we don't know his fitness levels as he has not played for a while now. But we will sit down and decide whether we want to have a specific training programme for him or he should give a fitness test later on," Naghmi said.

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