Karachi, Apr 3: Controversial Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has managed to pass through the first of series fitness tests before the Pakistan Cricket Board declares him fit for the national duty against Australia.
According to The News, Akhtar looked in great shape during the test.
Chief selector, Abdul Qadir confirmed that Akhtar has cleared the first hurdle, but made it clear that he would need to fair well in all the endurance checks.
"Shoaib looked sharp today, but I must say that the fitness tests are far from over. We will have some more hurdles for the boys before a final fitness reports is prepared," Qadir said.
The fitness tests were supervised by Pakistan team trainer David Dwyer and PCB's medical expert Dr Sohail Saleem.
Akhtar, who is eager to make a comeback to the national team, had declared himself fit for selection ahead of the UAE series, but the PCB said that he should be more than 100 percent fit to regain his spot in the team.
Captain Younis Khan has also made it clear to the selectors and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he only wants those players in his squad who pass the planned fitness tests.