Shoaib Akhtar, handed a 13-match ban and a fine for various disciplinary breaches, has said he is looking forward to the series against India in November, a tour he will be available for after serving out his ban.
"I want to go to India as it will probably be my last tour," Shoaib told a television channel in Lahore. "I'm 32 now and I don't think I'll have an opportunity to go back in four years' time. I just want to repeat what I've achieved there, [like] getting Sachin [Tendulkar] out off the first ball. I want to recall those moments."
Shoaib's ban includes the seven matches of the ICC World Twenty20, the two Tests and the first four one-dayers against South Africa. Shoaib said he was not looking to play the fifth ODI against South Africa in Karachi as he wanted to get some match practice before returning to international cricket. "I'm match-fit but I don't know about my match-bowling", he said.
"I want to play a four-day game at least before getting back. [I'd like to] bowl about 30-odd overs in a four-day game. I don't want to stretch myself to the limit before starting to bowl again."
Shoaib was also optimistic about his career ahead. "If I play another 80-odd ODIs in the next four years I can end with 400 wickets. That's my goal. The same with Tests - if I play another 35-40 Tests I could get 300-plus wickets.
"It would be nice to look back and say I have done something for my country and maximised my talent."