January 5, 2000

Confusion over Shoaib's return

Karachi, Jan 4: There was total confusion over the mystery surrounding Shoaib Akhtar's return from Australia after he was suspended from international cricket.

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ad hoc committee Lt-Gen Tauqir Zia repeated on Tuesday evening that the paceman will stay in Perth where he will attend a course at Western Australian cricket University for four days.

But the team manager Brig Khawaja Nasir said from Adelaide that Shoaib will be sent home because his presence was distracting the concentration of the team.

The BBC went a step ahead saying that Shoaib has reached Islamabad. But when this correspondent contacted Shoaib's family, they expressed their ignorance.

"We talked to Shoaib last evening and he said he will be going to Perth for a week," family sources said.