Akhtar not to play in semifinal against India

Zeecric Bureau

Mohali: Pakistan have made no change to the team that beat the West Indies in the quarterfinals, deciding against including mercurial pacer Shoaib Akhtar despite widespread speculation before the match.

Earlier, Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi raised expectations of a return for Akhtar when he said he knew the bowler wasn`t fully fit, but he would love to have him in the lineup to offer something different against the powerful Indian batting line-up.

The 35-year-old Akhtar has already announced that he`ll retire from international cricket after the World Cup, but has not played in four of the seven matches in the tournament.

In his absence, Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe, handed three-time champion Australia its first World Cup loss since 1999 and also thrashed the West Indies by 10 wickets in the quarterfinals.

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