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Shoaib Akhtar forced to pull out of squad

Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup after being diagnosed with genital warts, the Pakistan Cricket Board says.

A statement on the board's website said: "The Medical Board has reported that Shoaib Akhtar was suffering from Genital Viral Warts and Electrofulgration was done on May 12, 2009.

"They further stated that his wound though healing needs further care and treatment for another minimum 10 days for the purpose of healing and to achieve skin cover.

"Medical Board further recommended his re-assessment after 10 days."

Fast bowler Rao Iftikhar is likely to replace Shoaib, who did not attend a week-long conditioning camp held in Bhurban, a hill resort near Islamabad, last week.

Shoaib, 33, has played just six one-day internationals and a Twenty20 game since December 2007 because of fitness and disciplinary issues.

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