October 16, 2006

Champions Trophy

Sad scenes for Shoaib the showman

Peter English

Robert Craddock writes in The Courier-Mail about Shoaib Akhtar following his positive drugs test.

Shoaib Akhtar was asked just last week did he have a great cricketing dream. "Yes," he replied. "To play one day of my life without pain."

Cricket's indomitable showman turned his back on a legion of experts who told him to cut down his outrageously long 34m run-up for the good of his body and longevity in the game. As a consequence he broke down more often than an Indian phone line.

In the Sydney Morning Herald Alex Brown compares Darren Lehmann’s philanthropic activities with those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

Morris Iemma, the New South Wales premier, is under fire from England’s non-violent Barmy Army after he wrote to Tony Blair asking for a list of the country's sports hooligans.

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