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Shoaib Akhtar Ruled Out Of ICC World Twenty20 2009

By on May 22, 2009

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Shoaib Akhtar will miss next month’s ICC World Twenty20 event due to a genital infection, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Thursday.

“The medical board has reported that Shoaib Akhtar was suffering from genital viral warts and the wound needs further care and treatment for another 10 days,” the PCB said in a statement.

The three-member medical board, comprising surgeon Prof. Javed Raza, dermatologist Dr. Ijaz Hussain and PCB sports physician Dr. Riaz Ahmed, said the injury should be reassessed after 10 days.

The PCB did not name a replacement.

Thursday’s news was another serious blow to 33-year-old Akhtar’s career, which had been littered with injuries and controversies.

He made a comeback to international cricket after 14 months in January but was sidelined with a knee injury after playing only two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.

He also struggled in the one-day series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month. He could not bowl his full quota of 10 overs in any of the four games he played and got only three wickets.

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