Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar is becoming a problem for the Pakistan Cricket Board, as a source has claimed the fast bowler is suffering from a "mysterious infectious disease".
The source said the doctor treating him is not disclosing the disease, leaving the board in a fix and compelling it to take action against the maverick bowler, who has always remained in news for one reason or another, be it for fitness, doping or indiscipline.
AdvertisementAkhtar could find himself in more trouble with the PCB contemplating disciplinary action against the controversial pacer for violating the central contract with regard to his medical report submitted for skipping the national camp held in the hill resort of Bhurban.
However, his absence from the team at this juncture would be a great blow for the Pakistan team, The Nation reported.
Reports coming from the PCB said that board officials were unhappy with Akhtar's medical report that allowed him to skip the conditioning camp.
Akhtar has missed the camp stating that he had a skin infection near his groin and the doctor had advised him seven to eight days rest. Incidentally, he later said he would be available for the practice matches in Lahore from May 21 ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.
"The PCB top officials are not happy that Shoaib Akhtar again went to a private doctor without consulting or seeking permission of the medical panel of the PCB," a source said.
He said as per his central contact with the board, Akhtar had to consult the PCB medical panel in case of any illness or fitness problem and only seek private help after getting clearance from the panel.
The source said the PCB's view was that since Akhtar was getting medical attention privately, the board could not be held responsible if he faces any doping problems during the T20 World up in England.
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