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Last Updated: Friday, 16 April, 2004, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
Inzy queries Shoaib injury
Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar watched day three of the third Test from the pavilion
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq hit out at the attitude of fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar following their home Test series defeat by India.

Shoaib was off the field with a back problem throughout day three of the third Test in Rawalpindi.

But it did not prevent him hitting two sixes and four fours in making 28 off 14 balls as the match came to an end.

"It is difficult to bat like that when one is injured," said Inzamam, whose side lost by an innings and 131 runs.

"Everyone has seen his attitude, I don't have to comment on it, but only those who are interested in playing for Pakistan should be picked.

"I have heard that Shoaib told someone that he did not want to bowl because I was not giving him the field he wanted.

"If what he said is true, I will insist that action be taken against him because comments like this have a negative impact on the whole team.

"You are not expected to behave like this in professional cricket."

Inzamam insisted his side's chances had been affected by a series of injuries to seam bowlers during the series.

Shabbir Ahmed and Abdul Razzaq played in the first Test only and Umar Gul suffered a back injury after taking six wickets in the second game.

Shoaib's injury left Mohammad Sami and Fazl e-Akbar as the only two seamers available to Inzamam as India piled up a total of 600 in the third Test.

"It was disappointing not to put up a good performance. Credit goes to India. They batted well and their bowlers constantly put the pressure on our batsmen," he added.

Yousuf Youhana
I'm sorry for all Pakistan fans
Yousuf Youhana

Vice-captain Yousuf Youhana said the Pakistan batsmen also had to take responsibility for the defeat.

"We gave up too early. We need to show more fight. We have a good batting side, but no patience. If we had shown patience, maybe we would have saved the match."

Youhana said Pakistan needed more time to build team spirit, which would not be helped by half a dozen players heading off to fulfil county contracts in England.

"Everybody needs money. That's why they play there. I don't think anybody likes to play in England because they have a very hectic season there."


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