LAHORE - The PCB selection committee has dropped the idea of considering injury prone Shoaib Akhtar for selection in the list of players expected to make the final 15 for the two-Test Sri Lanka series to be held at Karachi and Lahore next month. Akhtar has been diagnosed with knee injury and will be having surgery that would keep him away from the game for another three weeks. According to a team official a bone particle has been traced in his knee and would be removed with surgery. After the surgery he would require at least four weeks to be back on the field. Earlier, Shoaib Akhtar was once again given a lifeline to prove his fitness for selection in the team. So the word for unfit players is that buckle up or bail out of the team and Akhtar who was in focus for his lack of rhythm in the opening two ODIs of the Seri Lanka series, was the first to come under the scanner. His commitment was also questioned by Shoab Malik but later said that it was for all the players of the team. "When such an injury occurs one must not wait and have a quick operation," said Intikhab Alam was quoted by a wire news as saying. Sri Lanka return to Pakistan on February 14 to play a three-day side match and two Tests - the final dates of which are yet to be announced. Akhtar had operations to his both knees in early 2006, forcing him to sit out Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka and England that year. The controversial bowler, 33, was this year awarded a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) contract, only after playing three Twenty20 matches in 2008. A hamstring injury forced him to sit out all three one-day matches against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi last November. He missed out on a contract last year because of injury and indiscipline. The PCB is lambasting at the players who are not good performers in the recent times in domestic as well as international matches and in that fray of shortlisting, Akhtar tops the list of players struggling to gain tempo and particularly show his fitness. But at the age of 34 his future as an international cricketer is getting bleaker with every passage of time.