Akhtar has no fitness issues: Pak team manager

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/shoaibakhtar_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Yawar Saeed has dismissed reports that Shoaib Akhtar was facing fitness problems ahead of the one-day series against Australia in Abu Dhabi.

Updated: April 19, 2009 13:02 IST
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Pakistan cricket team manager Yawar Saeed has dismissed reports that controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar was facing fitness problems ahead of the one-day series against Australia in Abu Dhabi and Dubai starting on Wednesday.

He said Akhtar was training as hard as other players of the team.

"He (Akhtar) has been through some grueling practice sessions and has also bowled in the nets. We have not seen any problems with his fitness," Yawar said from Dubai where Pakistan was training for the five-match ODI and a one-off Twenty20 series against the World Champions.

He said since the team's arrival in Dubai last week, regular training sessions were being held and Akhtar didn't miss a single one of them.

"I don't know from where these stories are coming that Shoaib (Akhtar) could break down during the series as he is not 100 per cent fit. But so far on basis of the sessions we have had he looks fine," Yawar said.

However, doubts still remain over Akhtar's availability for the entire series as he has a history of breaking down with fitness issues midway through a tournament.

Akhtar was selected for the Australia series after passing a fitness test in Lahore.

The fast bowler from Rawalpindi, who has a history of disciplinary and fitness issues since his debut in 1997, made a comeback to the national team in January after a 14-months gap in the home series against Sri Lanka, but was later dropped after the first two ODIs for lack of form and fitness.

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