Imran encourages Shoaib not to waste last few years of international cricket

     Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has advised bad boy of Pakistan cricket Shoaib Akhtar not to waste his last few years of international cricket and try to work hard to get back into the team and then go out with honour and pride. Shoaib went to attend a fund-raising campaign for Imran's Shaukat Khanum Research Cancer Hospital, but declined to speak on cricket issues with the media. The fast bowler, who has had a bad last few months and was not considered for the Sri Lanka tour or the Champions Trophy, also appeared fitter having shed considerable weight. "Imran basically told him that if he gets back into the team and does well, everyone would forget his past and only remember the present. Imran told Shoaib he needs to work hard on his fitness," the Daily Times quoted a source, as saying. Chief selector Iqbal Qasim has also made it clear that if Shoaib wants to make a comeback to the Pakistan team, he needs to change his attitude and be more positive. "Shoaib can still play for Pakistan, provided he works hard on his fitness. But I think he also needs to work on improving his relations with the board," Qasim said. The PCB is willing to give the fast bowler another chance as it has completely played down the issue of a show cause notice issued to Shoaib in July for appearing on a television talk show without seeking a clearance. Shoaib is said to have apologised for his mistake, which pleased the board. "If Shoaib can improve his attitude, behaviour and be more disciplined and focused he is still an asset for the Pakistan team," a former Test player at the function said.

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