Another case of Pakistani ball tampering

Cactus Kate blogged it first but I have the better headline. Veteran cheat and chucker Shoaib Akhtar has got the clap.

Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar looks set to miss next month’s World Twenty20 after receiving treatment for a genital infection.

Shoaib was named in the initial 15-man squad for the tournament, which takes place in England from June 5, but the Pakistan Cricket Board have announced they had applied for a replacement to the ICC technical committee.

“The medical board has reported that Shoaib Akhtar was suffering from genital viral warts and the wound needs further care and treatment for a minimum 10 days for the purpose of healing and to achieve skin cover,” the PCB said in a statement.

A three-man medical team convened by the PCB – consisting of consultant surgeon Prof. Javed Raza Gardezi, dermatologist Dr Ijaz Hussain and PCB doctor Riaz Ahmed – advised that Shoaib could be reassessed on June 1.

The rest of the squad will already be in England by then, with the team’s first warm-up match scheduled for the same day, when they will meet South Africa at Trent Bridge.