June 11, 2001

Wasim and Rashid back for Pakistan at Lord's


Pakistan will welcome back Wasim Akram and Rashid Latif for their NatWest Series encounter with England at Lord's.

Rashid Latif could not take the field after his innings of 66 on Saturday, said to be suffering from dehydration, but has made a full recovery. Akram missed the Cardiff game with a shoulder injury and did not take part in practice today, but is expected to play.

Shoaib Akhtar, who had to leave the field during the game against Australia, has not recovered from gastroenteritis and will not play. He was said to be spitting blood after bowling against Australia due to over exertion; perhaps not surprising considering he bowled the fastest ever recorded delivery in Britain at 97.70 mph.

"It's a very important game, England are looking forward to winning it," Waqar Younis commented. "They have lost their first two. We had a fitness problem with Shoaib and Rashid against Australia. We hope we don't have that sort of problem again."

Meanwhile Pakistan all-rounder Abdur Razzaq has admitted that he would like to play county cricket, and he has been linked with a move to Glamorgan.

"I'm waiting for a good offer," he said. "I think I could improve a lot and learn a lot by playing county cricket. The wickets suit my sort of bowling. My concentration is on the stumps and keeping the line right."