LAHORE Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who is always in the news for controversial reasons, still dreams of captaining the national squad, though he has not played any international cricket for more than nine months. According to website reports, Akhtar has not featured in a five-day match for Pakistan for more than two years, and many cricket followers and scribes around the globe are asking the question Will we ever see Shoaib Akhtar in a Pakistan shirt again? Akhtar who is currently skippering Khan Research Laboratories in the ongoing RBS Cup, in place of the unfit Mohammad Wasim has so far bowled only 13.2 overs in the competition, although this can partly be attributed to the squad rotation policy in force at KRL. According to, Akhtar said: Ive been working really hard on getting match fit in the pre tournament camp we held and am playing currently in the RBS Cup and have been feeling good. The most important thing is to get some cricket under my belt. We are unbeaten and second in the table with one game to play against Habib Bank stated Akhtar. Whilst Akhtar, 34, has been given the responsibility of captaining his domestic team, he has never been entrusted with the opportunity to captain his country despite featuring in nearly 200 matches for Pakistan over a period of more than 12 years. It is something that he hopes to reverse before hanging up his boots. Captaining your country is the dream of every cricketer and I am no different. As a young boy, when I first started playing cricket, it was my dream to captain my country. I hope that one day I will be given that chance before I retire as its still my dream to captain Pakistan, Akhtar said. Akhtar was also in no mood to believe that his international career is over and stated that his aim is to win back his place in the Pakistan team. My aim and goal is to win back my place in the Pakistan team and I strongly believe that I will be back. You know things change very quickly in Pakistan cricket and Im confident that my chance will come again. I cant say whether it will be the Twenty/20 World Cup or later in the summer in England, but I believe my chance will come, he said. Miandad not ready to forego DGs post Javed Miandad said he is ready for short-term coaching assignment but the former captain made it clear that it would not be at the cost of the Director-Generals post that he holds in Pakistan Cricket Board. Miandad, who is engaged in a war of words with PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt over delegation of powers, said he wants to play a multi-dimensional role in Pakistan cricket. I have said before I cannot accept a long-term coaching stint with the national team and it is true that Mr Ijaz Butt made this offer, Miandad said. Definitely I am prepared to go and work with both the senior and junior teams in a coaching position or as a consultant/advisor on short term basis. But I dont want to sacrifice my role in the board just for a coaching stint. I think I can contribute more in a multi-dimensional role, he said. Miandad said if the board asked him to work with the team before the Twenty20 World Cup or even travel with the team as consultant, he would be willing to do this. I can accept assignments which last around two months and I have no issues either working with the senior or junior players. I know I can play my role in putting the team back on the right track after its recent poor performances, he said.