Shoaib Akhtar might put fear into batsmen when sending down deliveries among the fastest ever bowled in cricket.
But he wasnít able to take his place in todayís one-day international against New Zealand because of a blow he suffered in a very tender place that was delivered by a slow old off-spinner.
At the teamís training on Friday, Akhtar was batting without a box, the groin protector favoured by most people who wield a bat.
The inevitable happened and Akhtar, the scourge of batsmen, was rendered incapable of playing today because of a blow to the groin that he took from the off-spinner Danish Kaneria.
Coach Javed Miandad said Ahktar will be back to his "potent" best at Queenstown.