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Home > Cricket > World Cup 2003 > Reuters > Report

Shoaib claims first victim

February 04, 2003 20:27 IST

Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has claimed his first World Cup victim -- team mate Saeed Anwar.

Opening batsman Anwar has been ruled out of both the team's warm-up matches after ending up in hospital following a blow on the left elbow.

Team manager Shahryar Khan said: "He was hit while batting in the nets and had two scans. There's no fracture, it's just bruising. He's out for three or four days.

"Anything from Shoaib hitting the body is pretty lethal."

Pakistan are playing Gauteng in Lenasia, just outside Johannesburg, in their first warm-up game on Tuesday. They play Easterns in Benoni on Thursday.

Shoaib, challenging Australia's Brett Lee as the fastest bowler in the world and dubbed the 'Rawalpindi Express', was unofficially timed bowling at 100.04mph (161kph) last year.

The 34-year-old Anwar, the holder of the world record one-day score of 194, has just been recalled to the team after a long spell in the wilderness in an attempt to bolster Pakistan's batting.

Pakistan play their opening match against Australia, a repeat of the 1999 World Cup final, on February 11 at the Wanderers ground in Johannesburg.

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Sub: noway

Shoaib never chuks, but if u look at lee he looks like a chukker when he bowls his faster.


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Sub: of course

excatly shoaib is a fantastic bowler and his action is his natural instint of hand which was proved by the officials of the game...now y ...


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