Shoaib set for recall?

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By Michael Wise.   Last Updated: 25/10/07 1:53pm

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Akhtar: recall

Akhtar: recall

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According to a national selector, Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar is set to earn a recall for their forthcoming tour of India.

The pace bowler is currently on the verge of completing a 13-match suspension for misconduct, Shoaib having hit team-mate and fellow paceman Mohammad Asif with a bat prior to the recent World Twenty20.

With his ban scheduled to end after Pakistan's fourth one-day international against South Africa in Multan on Friday, Shoaib is available for the fifth match, to be played in Lahore on Monday.

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But, according to the unnamed selector, the 32-year-old will instead make a return for the trip to India, which starts in November and takes in three Tests and five one-day internationals.

"Shoaib has bowled impressively in a domestic first class game and unless something dramatic happens he is inked into our list of 15 players for India," the selector said.

"He looked a bit rusty but was good in his strides and is keen to make a comeback for the Indian tour."

A combination of injury and disciplinary problems have restricted Shoaib to just one Test and four one-day international appearances since February 2006.

Meanwhile, despite struggling with an elbow injury which forced him to miss the first three one-dayers against South Africa, Asif is also expected to be included in the 15-man squad, which will be announced on Friday.

"Mohammad Asif is also cleared for the tour," the selector confirmed.

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