May 07, 2008 at 02:37pm IST

Shoaib not to play against Bangalore

Kolkata: 'Rawalpindi Express' Shoaib Akhtar, who had his maiden practice session with the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, will not play Thursday's match against Bangalore Royal Challengers, confirmed captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday.

Before that even coach John Buchanan hinted that Shoaib would be out of Thursday's match.

"Given that he has not played for a while, he will not be considered for selection for the match on Thursday", Buchanan told newspersons here.

Shoaib bowled two overs as Kolkata played a practice match at the Eden Gardens.

However, welcoming Shoaib, Buchanan said his experience would help young fast bowlers like Ishant Sharma.

"His experience will be very handy in the dressing room in training young fast bowlers like Ishant Sharma, and it will be an advantage for us," he said.

Praising Shoaib, the Aussie coach said "he is an impact bowler, there's no doubt about it."

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