Dhaka, (Agencies): Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s current form worries coach Waqar Younis and he hopes the paceman will get match-fit ahead of the ICC World Cup.

"Shoaib is not looking in touch at the moment. At the moment, we have a slight problem with the new ball, but there is still some time to go," said Waqar, ahead of Pakistan`s last practice match against England on Friday.

Pakistan will start their World Cup campaign against Kenya in Sri Lanka on February 23.

Akhtar did not bowl in the warm-up match against co-hosts Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka, which Pakistan won by 89 runs.

However, Waqar exuded confidence that Akhtar will prove his worth as Pakistan`s leading pace spearhead in the warm-up match against England.

"If he gets it right against England in the next game, he is obviously our number one choice. We are confident he will perform," said Waqar, a veteran of 87 Tests and 262 ODIs.

Pak legend said he and the team`s bowling coach Aaqib Javed are paying special attention to the 35-year-old Akhtar`s fitness.

"Shoaib played in New Zealand where he improved in patches. We are trying to work with him. Aaqib Javed and myself, we are working with him, trying to get his rhythm right before the tournament starts," said Waqar.

Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam also said that even a half-fit Akhtar would be a handful for opponents during the World Cup.

"Shoaib is not 100 per cent fit, but even a half-fit Akhtar can lift Pakistan to glory," the former leg-spinner said.
 
"He needs to be utilised carefully to get the best out of him. A lot could depend on the weather, heat, humidity as to how Shoaib is utilised by the skipper," said Alam, who was the coach of 1992 World Cup winning Pakistan team.