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It's a chance to make amends for the two Shoaibs - Akhtar and Malik - who've been overshadowed by negative press in the recent past. Both were surprise picks for the Asia Cup, and GS Vivek of the Indian Express writes on their time away from the game and their goals of "starting afresh."
Akhtar is down a yard in pace but his reputation as one of the quickest bowlers in the world is still intact. He still runs in hard but it remains to be seen if he can run through a batting lineup. In the last one year, Akhtar has undergone liposuction and also had a knee surgery. He later spent time with long-time mentor Aaqib Javed and trainer David Dwyer.
Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Kanishkaa Balachandran
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