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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 April, 2004, 10:53 GMT 11:53 UK
Injured Shoaib out
Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib could only watch from the dressing room
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar could miss the rest of the final Test against India because of injury.

Shoaib ruptured a back muscle as well as hurting his wrist when he fell during a delivery on the second day at his home ground Test in Rawalpindi.

He had taken three wickets in the game and looked the most potent of the struggling Pakistan attack.

A team spokesman said: "Shoaib is under treatment. The chances of him taking further part in the match are slim."

In Shoaib's absence, India took control of the final Test, batting towards a formidable lead on day three.

Pakistan's injury woes were compounded by the loss of middle-order batsman Asim Kamal, who was hit on his hand by a shot from Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly when fielding at forward short-leg on Wednesday.

He was taken to hospital but an X-ray revealed there was no fracture.

A spokesman said: "He's in acute pain and the hand is swollen."

Kamal did not take to the field on Thursday.


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