Shoaib & Asif in altercation

It is very much an understatement to suggest there is never a dull moment regarding the Pakistan cricket team.

Once again before a World tournament, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The altercation took place following Thursday’s practice session, and the exact details of the disagreement are yet to be revealed. Rumours of Asif being struck by a bat are so far unfounded.

Shoaib is already skating on thin ice, and is currently on a six week probation period, following his disciplinary indiscretion last month when he left a Karachi training camp without permission.

The good news for Pakistan, is that the injury is only thought to be a bruise, nothing more serious. Asif had X-rays on the problem, and the results were clear.

Once again the questions will arise as to whether Shoaib is worth his place in the side when you consider the alleged behaviour he brings with it. Undoubtedly he is one of the finest quick bowlers in the world on his day, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for the Pakistan management to ensure he gets onto the pitch without any trouble along the way.

A decision on the outcome of this latest drama, is expected tomorrow.

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