'Legal battle has left Shoaib stressed'

Updated: 16 July 2008 17:04 IST

The legal battle that Shoaib Akhtar has been fighting to save his career has left him a stressed man, reveals the fast bowler's personal trainer.

Karachi:

The legal battle that Shoaib Akhtar has been fighting to save his career has left him a stressed man struggling to concentrate on his fitness and cricket, reveals the flamboyant fast bowler's personal trainer and physician.

Dr Tauseef Razzak, a close confidante of Shoaib, said the tearaway pacer has not resumed training in the nets as yet despite the Lahore High Court suspending his 18-month ban imposed for disciplinary violations.

"He is trying to come out of the pressure and start concentrating on his cricket and bowling again," Dr Razzak said from Lahore.

"But he is training regularly in the gymnasium and he requires around four weeks to get back into full match fitness and rhythm," he said.

Shoaib will be named in Pakistan's preliminary 30-member squad for the Champions Trophy next week only if he pays the Rs seven million fine imposed on him by the appellate tribunal.

Razzak felt the board had tried to end the bowler's career by banning him for five years.

"He has another three years of cricket left in him at the top level. It is sad but the media has played a big role in highlighting him in a negative fashion which is not good for Pakistan cricket and has also put Shoaib under pressure," Razzak stated.

Razzak had no doubt that once Shoaib comes out of the stress and pressure and concentrates on just cricket he would do justice to his potential.

"Once he puts his mind to something there is nothing that can stop him," he said.

Topics : Cricket Shoaib Akhtar
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