LAHORE - Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has been withdrawn from the squad for the World Twenty20 because of a 'groin' infection. The fast bowler, 33, was due to join the 15-man squad for a six-day training camp last week but was advised to rest. Akhtar was disappointed over his omission from the team. Talking to journalists at the stadium, he said that he was preparing for the T20 practice match when his medical report came. "It's disappointing to know that I am out of the team. I will come back after gaining fitness," he said. "We have pulled him out of the World Twenty20 on the basis of a medical report," said a spokesman for the Pakistan Cricket Board."The medical panel of the board has examined Shoaib and he has been advised 10-12 days rest for a skin infection," the spokesman said."The panel will re-examine him in the first week of June. In the meantime, the team management has requested a replacement," he said. Fast bowler Rao Iftikhar is likely to replace Shoaib who did not attend the 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. Pakistan have asked the International Cricket Council if they can name a replacement player for the tournament. A PCB press release stated that a medical board had assessed the paceman and that he had undergone electrofulguration - a surgical procedure to destroy tissue by electric current - and will be reassessed in the first week of June. Pakistan face the Netherlands and hosts England in Group B of the World Twenty20, which begins on June 5. Shoaib's ailment continues a frustrating run of injuries since he was slapped with 18-month ban imposed by the PCB for ill-discipline and was reduced to a suspended term last year. He missed the one-day international series against West Indies in October with a calf injury and the ill-fated Test series against Sri Lanka in March with a knee complaint. Shoaib returned in the recent one-day series against Australia, but took just three wickets in five matches at an average of 50.66. He was sent home from Pakistan's World Twenty20 squad in South Africa two years ago after assaulting team-mate Mohammad Asif with a bat before the tournament had started. Thursday's news was the latest blow to 33-year-old Akhtar's career, which had been littered with injuries and controversies. He made a comeback to international cricket after 14 months in January but was sidelined with a knee injury after playing only two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka. He also struggled in the one-day series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month. He could not bowl his full quota of 10 overs in any of the four games he played and got only three wickets.