Malik fit for England Tour

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik is expected to be fit to tour England after undergoing surgery to correct his suspect bowling action.

The 24-year-old has been reported twice by match officials in the past two years.

He underwent the operation in Cape Town to remove floating bones from his right elbow and repair tissues and has been advised to rest for six to eight weeks before batting and bowling again.

"I suffered pain in my right elbow while batting or bowling, and it was one of the reasons why I had problems extending it properly," Malik told Reuters.

"I am happy that this problem is done with now."

"I am confident I will be fit by the time the team leaves for England in late June. It is a tour I have been looking forward too for a long time."

Malik revealed he damaged his elbow in a road accident three years ago, but had not had it repaired because of his cricket commitments.

Pakistan has also been buoyed by fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's recovery from a knee operation he had in Australia earlier this year. He has resumed bowling.

Meanwhile, Pakistan will introduce a player rotation policy to prevent burnout before next year's cricket World Cup in the West Indies.

"We have 75 playing days before the World Cup and the danger of losing some of our players to fatigue and fitness problems is real," Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said.

"Which is why we have decided to adopt a rotation policy for the Tests and one-day internationals to preserve our players for the big tournament."

Pakistan will tour England from June for a four-Test and five one-day international series before returning home to compete in the ICC Champions Trophy in India in October and November.

It also plays three Tests and three one-dayers against West Indies at home in November-December, and then fly out to South Africa for a full tour before the World Cup.

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