LAHORE - Controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was named Monday in Pakistan's 15-man squad for this month's series against Australia in UAE. The Pakistan Cricket Board said the bowler has recovered fully from a knee injury and is fit enough to play for the country against Australia. The 33-year-old paceman was ruled out of last month's Test series against Sri Lanka - which was abandoned after a deadly attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore - because of the knee injury, which healed without surgery. Pakistan are due to play five one-day and one Twenty20 match against the world champions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from April 22 to May 7. Chief selector Abdul Qadir expressed satisfaction with Shoaib's fitness and said team trainer David Dwyer and the Pakistan cricket Board's medical officer, Dr Sohail Saleem, had also cleared him. "He is an experienced bowler and an asset to the team. But it is not just my decision alone, the team will be finalised after consulting other selectors and captain Younis Khan," Qadir said. Shoaib last played for Pakistan in the One-day series against Sri Lanka but was dropped mid-way for poor form and fitness and then pulled out of the Tests against the same team due to a knee injury. Qadir said Shoaib had passed the fitness tests impressively. "Infact all the players who appeared in the fitness tests have been cleared," he added. Besides Shoaib, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar were among the bowlers who had to appear for the fitness test. The national selectors are due to announce a 15-member squad for the Australia series on Monday and are also expected to name 30 probables for the Twenty20 World Cup in England and according to sources, Shoaib is likely to be in both squads. AFP adds: Qadir said a fit Akhtar would bolster the squad in the series. "Now it's up to Akhtar to not only remain fit but also perform. I have been saying this and I repeat that a fit Akhtar is an asset for Pakistan's team," said Qadir, a former leg-spinner. AFP adds: Akhtar, however, passed demanding fitness tests last week, which paved his return to the team and said he was raring to go against Australia. "I can't wait to take the field against Australia," Akhtar told AFP. "I am fit and am gaining rhythm, and once I play the first match I will be at my best rhythm," he said.The controversial paceman said he would do his best to disprove his critics. "I know this will be an important series for me - both form and fitness wise, so I will do my best to play all the matches and keep fitness," said Akhtar, who was also named in a preliminary squad for Twenty20 World Cup. "Playing Twenty20 is a great challenge, but I will be up to it." National cricket captain Younus Khan told reporters in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, said the team would focus on victory. "We will try to win the series, taking advantage of the kangaroos' defeat to South Africa," Khan said after visiting reconstruction work in areas devastated in an October 2005 earthquake."The Australian series is important and all players will give their best to give the nation a gift of victory," he said. Squad: Younus Khan (capt), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal Itinerary: April 22 - First one-day international, Dubai April 24 - Second one-day international, Dubai April 27 - Third one-day international, Abu Dhabi May 1 - Fourth one-day international, Abu Dhabi May 3 - Fifth one-day international, Abu Dhabi May 7 - Only Twenty20 international, Dubai