Twenty20 World Cup 2007 September 7, 2007

Asif's thigh, Shoaib's end?


Shoaib Akhtar hit Mohammad Asif in the thigh but he shot himself in the foot. There can be no excuse for striking anybody let alone with a cricket bat. That you would attack a colleague under the glare of the international media is an extreme misjudgment, the behaviour of an individual who is incapable of self-control, unwilling to accept the bounds of common decency, and delusional about his own importance.

One reason why Shoaib continues to transgress, of course, is that he keeps getting away with it. He has rescued his career repeatedly. Hyperextension, unprofessional behaviour, dismal fitness, and performance enhancing drugs have failed to halt him. Whenever he returns it is with a surprising arrogance, blind to any of his weaknesses and the blame placed on others.

Shoaib has always mustered support. His extreme speed and attacking approach is an exhilarating spectacle. Like many others I have believed his madness could be harnessed into a valuable role for Pakistan cricket. But perhaps I and many others must now accept that we got it wrong. Shoaib has become uncontrollable and there is no success in sport without discipline, not even for wild men.

Shoaib will grovel, apologise, make some feeble excuses for his behaviour--and there may have been some diabolical provocation--but nothing predicts behaviour like behaviour, and when it comes to Shoaib we all must have run out of patience at the ongoing damage to Pakistan cricket.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Sat Anlage on December 31, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    awesome blog, do you have twitter or facebook? i will bookmark this page thanks. jasmin holzbauer

  • Sharmeen on September 11, 2007, 7:27 GMT

    What lengths does a person have to go to in order to be in the limelight? And to what end - he's ended up defaming himself and his country in the process. He's lost it, and he only has himself to blame.

  • Arsh on September 11, 2007, 1:56 GMT

    All these controversies, his speed, his passion, his ego is what makes him. Shoaib Akhtar is the amazingly bad boy of cricket. Everyone loves seeing him destroy batting line-ups with toe crushers but right now, Mohammad Asif is what PCB needs to think of. They need Asif for future, even if at Akhtar's cost.

  • Calgary Highlander on September 10, 2007, 23:16 GMT

    Well, well, well. Shoaib strikes again. Oops, I think he's already used up all of his strikes. It's time to do away with this guy. His excuse has to be the worst- "I accidentally hit Asif" Good one Shoaib, better then the comics in the paper at least.

    It's a shame that for a over a decade, such talent is wasted. He could have been the best bowler in the world.

    As much as I love Asif, his story has about as much iffy as Shoaib's. "I smiled and he came and hit me". I think Shoaib must be banned and Asif sent home for the rest of this Twenty20. If, infact, Afridi did make an inappropriate comment then he too should be suspended. Nobody is above the game.

  • Manhar Patel, Toronto. on September 10, 2007, 21:55 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar does not deserve lifetime ban. He is little more aggressive than other members of the team. Make him apologise to Mohammad Asif and take him back. Give him final warning but give him another chance. I am sure the Pakistani investigators will be fair to Akhtar. There is no bowler in Indian sub-continent like him. Come on guys, forget and forgive.

  • Imran on September 10, 2007, 21:03 GMT

    Come on guys/gals..Banned for life? That is too much of a punishment. He should be punishedwhere it hurts, money. Once you start doing that to anybody, believe me, that will fix them right up. I would say fine him a hefty amount for doing this, and ban him for a few matches.

    That will straighten him up. This should be protocol used in all cricket boards. This protocol is used in all professional sports.

  • Noor on September 10, 2007, 20:30 GMT

    I am watching cricket since my childhood. I have seen players like Asif Iqbal, Mushtaq Mohammad, Zaheer Abbass,Imran Khan and Asif Masood.

    There are hundreds of fast bowlers playing inside & outside Pakistan but I have never seen anyone like Shoaib Akhtar. He is hot-tempered and disrespectful to his team-mates ,board and the nation.

    The beauty of his personality is that he does not even regret anything . All these great names have no scratches on their careers but look at him. Troubles are invited by him. He wants to be in the limelight all the time.

    He thinks he is indispensable. As if Pakistan needs him. Not at all, he needs Pakistan.

    He should be banned and the media should not give him any importance. I do agree with all the friends who have written against him because he asked for it . Whether he apologises or not does not make a difference.

  • Dr. ZUBAIR AHMED on September 10, 2007, 20:00 GMT

    I think Shoib should not have been taken for the Twenty20 tournament in the first instance. He was not ready to come on the international stage.Abdul Razzaq, who is born for the Twenty20 set-up, should have been included.

    If he was a good guy from the beginning, he should have been ruling the world of fast bowlers at this stage. May Allah give him some sense. I have always loved to watch his bowling.The Pakistan v England series in Pakistan was the last time he really performed. Lets hope for the best. He is presently spoiling the name of the country & should be penalized immediately.

  • Reehan on September 10, 2007, 16:30 GMT

    This one is for Javed Khan from Montreal.

    Thanks for reply to my post, much appreciated. Whilst I’m glad you share my view on the weakness, and specifically the non-appearance of Shoaib Malik, and the weaknesses of the PCB, I can’t believe you endorse that Shoaib should be sent home.

    There is no point in quoting legislation in Canada. The alleged offence occurred in South Africa and what is the point in citing the maximum offence. Only a repeat offender would get something approaching the maximum. The point is that this incident happened in the context of sport. It has always had exceptions.

    If you have ever played sports, you know it can get a bit touchy. To all you fake fans of Pakistan crick- have you forgotten when Shoaib has won matches. I don't care about his personal life, I don't care that he’s reckless or disrespectful. Have you forgotten the moments when he did the opposite, when he single-handedly snatched victory? I support him and I urge you all to do the same. Talents like his are rare. True fast bowlers are almost extinct, he gives Pakistan what the whole world envies on a cricket pitch - raw speed.

    I just can’t believe the PCB keeps shooting the Pakistan team down. They have precipitated one catastrophe after another. Shoaib is a mismanaged talent.

    Forgive me, but all you who say Shoaib is the cause for shame, are short-sighted and have fallen for the PCB's ploy of making you look elsewhere for the team's failings. Genius deserves exception; if Shoaib was Australian, do you think his board would have told the world about his failings.

    He's human, listen to him, because he is a genius with the ball in his hand, lest all success-starved fans forget it. Maradona had failings but no one forgets his genius, so forgive our Pakistani genius and pray that PCB lets him play one major tournament before his body gives way.

  • Shahzad Khan, Calgary, Canada on September 10, 2007, 16:23 GMT

    Another controversy by an irresponsible cricketer called Akhtar. How many times Pakistan saved his career? Better he should have realized that,. I think it is the best time to ban him for life time to make an example for the young players. We do not want such indisciplined players in our team. Bye bye Akhtar.

  • Sat Anlage on December 31, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    awesome blog, do you have twitter or facebook? i will bookmark this page thanks. jasmin holzbauer

  • Sharmeen on September 11, 2007, 7:27 GMT

    What lengths does a person have to go to in order to be in the limelight? And to what end - he's ended up defaming himself and his country in the process. He's lost it, and he only has himself to blame.

  • Arsh on September 11, 2007, 1:56 GMT

    All these controversies, his speed, his passion, his ego is what makes him. Shoaib Akhtar is the amazingly bad boy of cricket. Everyone loves seeing him destroy batting line-ups with toe crushers but right now, Mohammad Asif is what PCB needs to think of. They need Asif for future, even if at Akhtar's cost.

  • Calgary Highlander on September 10, 2007, 23:16 GMT

    Well, well, well. Shoaib strikes again. Oops, I think he's already used up all of his strikes. It's time to do away with this guy. His excuse has to be the worst- "I accidentally hit Asif" Good one Shoaib, better then the comics in the paper at least.

    It's a shame that for a over a decade, such talent is wasted. He could have been the best bowler in the world.

    As much as I love Asif, his story has about as much iffy as Shoaib's. "I smiled and he came and hit me". I think Shoaib must be banned and Asif sent home for the rest of this Twenty20. If, infact, Afridi did make an inappropriate comment then he too should be suspended. Nobody is above the game.

  • Manhar Patel, Toronto. on September 10, 2007, 21:55 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar does not deserve lifetime ban. He is little more aggressive than other members of the team. Make him apologise to Mohammad Asif and take him back. Give him final warning but give him another chance. I am sure the Pakistani investigators will be fair to Akhtar. There is no bowler in Indian sub-continent like him. Come on guys, forget and forgive.

  • Imran on September 10, 2007, 21:03 GMT

    Come on guys/gals..Banned for life? That is too much of a punishment. He should be punishedwhere it hurts, money. Once you start doing that to anybody, believe me, that will fix them right up. I would say fine him a hefty amount for doing this, and ban him for a few matches.

    That will straighten him up. This should be protocol used in all cricket boards. This protocol is used in all professional sports.

  • Noor on September 10, 2007, 20:30 GMT

    I am watching cricket since my childhood. I have seen players like Asif Iqbal, Mushtaq Mohammad, Zaheer Abbass,Imran Khan and Asif Masood.

    There are hundreds of fast bowlers playing inside & outside Pakistan but I have never seen anyone like Shoaib Akhtar. He is hot-tempered and disrespectful to his team-mates ,board and the nation.

    The beauty of his personality is that he does not even regret anything . All these great names have no scratches on their careers but look at him. Troubles are invited by him. He wants to be in the limelight all the time.

    He thinks he is indispensable. As if Pakistan needs him. Not at all, he needs Pakistan.

    He should be banned and the media should not give him any importance. I do agree with all the friends who have written against him because he asked for it . Whether he apologises or not does not make a difference.

  • Dr. ZUBAIR AHMED on September 10, 2007, 20:00 GMT

    I think Shoib should not have been taken for the Twenty20 tournament in the first instance. He was not ready to come on the international stage.Abdul Razzaq, who is born for the Twenty20 set-up, should have been included.

    If he was a good guy from the beginning, he should have been ruling the world of fast bowlers at this stage. May Allah give him some sense. I have always loved to watch his bowling.The Pakistan v England series in Pakistan was the last time he really performed. Lets hope for the best. He is presently spoiling the name of the country & should be penalized immediately.

  • Reehan on September 10, 2007, 16:30 GMT

    This one is for Javed Khan from Montreal.

    Thanks for reply to my post, much appreciated. Whilst I’m glad you share my view on the weakness, and specifically the non-appearance of Shoaib Malik, and the weaknesses of the PCB, I can’t believe you endorse that Shoaib should be sent home.

    There is no point in quoting legislation in Canada. The alleged offence occurred in South Africa and what is the point in citing the maximum offence. Only a repeat offender would get something approaching the maximum. The point is that this incident happened in the context of sport. It has always had exceptions.

    If you have ever played sports, you know it can get a bit touchy. To all you fake fans of Pakistan crick- have you forgotten when Shoaib has won matches. I don't care about his personal life, I don't care that he’s reckless or disrespectful. Have you forgotten the moments when he did the opposite, when he single-handedly snatched victory? I support him and I urge you all to do the same. Talents like his are rare. True fast bowlers are almost extinct, he gives Pakistan what the whole world envies on a cricket pitch - raw speed.

    I just can’t believe the PCB keeps shooting the Pakistan team down. They have precipitated one catastrophe after another. Shoaib is a mismanaged talent.

    Forgive me, but all you who say Shoaib is the cause for shame, are short-sighted and have fallen for the PCB's ploy of making you look elsewhere for the team's failings. Genius deserves exception; if Shoaib was Australian, do you think his board would have told the world about his failings.

    He's human, listen to him, because he is a genius with the ball in his hand, lest all success-starved fans forget it. Maradona had failings but no one forgets his genius, so forgive our Pakistani genius and pray that PCB lets him play one major tournament before his body gives way.

  • Shahzad Khan, Calgary, Canada on September 10, 2007, 16:23 GMT

    Another controversy by an irresponsible cricketer called Akhtar. How many times Pakistan saved his career? Better he should have realized that,. I think it is the best time to ban him for life time to make an example for the young players. We do not want such indisciplined players in our team. Bye bye Akhtar.

  • umar arbar on September 10, 2007, 16:09 GMT

    Listen up. As Shoaib is one of the big guns in the Pakistan Squad, I think he must remain in the squad and not be banned.

    The PCB need to think about Pakistan's future. If they want Pakistan's bowling attack to be feared by other teams, then Shoaib must be part of this bowling attack.

    I don't know where people got this idea of seeing professional players as a role model. A cricket player is there to play for his team or country. Not to be a role model. Only people who have nothing to achieve in life see celebrities as role models. You got your own life, professionals have their own life. They don't live for you, they play cricket for their country and make money. So let go the whole concept of role models. Just let Shoaib be in the squad and stop making him a negative figure by exaggerating small bad things that he has committed. He is a player of his own class, no matter what his character is. He is performing for Pakistan, that's what matters.

  • Aftab Qureshi on September 10, 2007, 15:19 GMT

    We have had enough of Shoaib Akhtar. Enough is enough! I don't want to see his name associated with Pakistan cricket in any capacity ever again. PCB, selectors, manager, coach, captain, players - please do not invent any reasons to bring him back yet again. And Mohammad Sami, please wake up from your long slumber and take the opportunity to fill the pace void.

  • Dawar, LA USA on September 10, 2007, 14:59 GMT

    PCB should remove all cricketers who have attitude problem and do not perform well. We have talent in our country.

    Once again openers Khalid Latif (145 not out against Austrlia A) and Khurrum Manzoor (200 against Mumbai) scored well.

    Replace Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Mohammad Hafeez and Salman Butt with them. All of them have problem with thier batting technique (Aamir Sohail, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Mohsin Khan pointed out several times).

    We should give chances to Khalid Latif and Khurram Manzoor. They both play for the same local cricket club as past great opener Saeed Anwar - Malir Gym, Karachi.

  • Zalim on September 10, 2007, 14:53 GMT

    Shoiab Akhtar is comparing his actions to Zidane, or Salman Khan for that matter and just because they did it, he can do them too. What is he thinking? Or is he even thinking?

    Just before the mini World Cup he left, said he was injured before the World Cup and now before the Twenty20 World Cup. Why are we putting up with him? He should be banned for life .

    Look at his explanation. He had a fight with Afridi, and he is putting all the blame on Afridi but he hit Asif with the bat!

    Does he even think before he speaks. I am so ticked off with him.

  • Hassan Farooqi on September 10, 2007, 14:23 GMT

    Shoaib's comparison with Zizou is outrageous. Zizou almost single handedly won the most prestigious soccer World Cup. Then after retirement, he came back to take a morale wise bankrupt team to final. Plus Zizou is a national icon of France, a role model for children.

    How many matches has Shoaib played? How many wickets? Any tournament-winning performance? I am not asking about cricket World Cup which is nowhere as prestigious as the soccer World Cup. I am asking about any tournament! Is he a source of respect for Pakistan? Do we pray that our children grow up to be like Shoaib? No, no, no. Simply no comparison with Zizou.

  • Shahid Mian on September 10, 2007, 14:10 GMT

    It is sad that it’s Shoaib again. He is a very talented person but full of anger. I was of the opinion for the long time that he should have been dropped from the team. Now I still suggest that he should be banned (may not be for life), at the same time I suggest that he should be sent for anger management sessions. We should not be looking just for the team but he is the part of the society too. With the kind of anger he has, he may be hurting some one on the street. Every member of the society is equally important.

    Once he is done with the anger management sessions, he should be tested for fitness physical. If he is fit enough to play and give something too the team and country, he should be welcomed. Selecting him without the anger management training will be continuing with the problems.

  • MUTZ on September 10, 2007, 14:02 GMT

    This is all nonsense I am hearing from all of you. It takes more than one to tango and more than one The passion and aggression that is part of him is crucial to the team.

    Your opinions are pathetic and they change more than the British weather. So stop moaning and whinging and get behind the team. What happened has happened so leave it in the past.

  • Noman Zuberi from Saudi Arabia on September 10, 2007, 13:05 GMT

    Well folks , this incident has made me so sad as all of the 3 guys involved, namely Asif , Afridi and Shoaib are my idols, no matter how they behave in the ground or in the dressing room.

    I have started hating cricket now. I was a person that was eager even to check the score of Kenya v Zimbabwe match, but now believe me I am finished.

  • Ali Majid on September 10, 2007, 12:45 GMT

    I have said repeatedly for the last year to two years, that Shoaib should have nothing to do with Pakistan cricket. He gets away with every stunt that he pulls and that causes him to become an even bigger nuisance.
    This is not him, its the Pakistani mentality to be honest. Hero worshipping and complete lack of system, procedure and common sense. To be honest, even now you will hear of people saying: “How can you drop him", "He is the fastest bowler in the world," "He is a star," "A crowd puller," "On his day he can turn any match”.
    These are the same people that basically define everything that is wrong with Pakistan. He should have been dropped a long time ago but to do that you need a system that is transparent, courageous and consistent and quite frankly our board is an example of almost every institution in our country, completely useless.
    The happenings in cricket just mirror the state of the entire country - a joke in the eyes of the world. For Pakistan cricket has stopped being a source of escape, entertainment, enjoyment and pride. Things have to change soon, other wise this downward spiral will ultimately result in more blunders.
    When was the last time that Pakistan cricket was in the news for the right reasons? Just look at India. They too were humiliated in the World Cup but they way that they have performed in England is admirable. They have played attractive cricket. The word 'attractive' used to be associated with us once but not any more. India have won a Test series in England, something that we failed to do last year because we were too busy with other things.
    India have taken the World Cup humiliation as a motivating factor and turned things around by playing aggressively and with passion. In sport the major thing is playing a par, someone wins and someone loses but the entertainment is always in the performance. We just don’t do that anymore. Instead we carry around excess baggage (like Shoaib) and continue to create even more controversies. I just hope that the team can somehow perform well in the tournament.
    Read this, it's an excerpt of what I wrote on Cricinfo before the World Cup.
    Posted by: Ali Majid at February 11, 2007 5:39 PM
    Embarrassing, appalling, shocking, demoralizing - a large variety of such words can be used effectively to describe the Pakistan team's performance today. Even by the standards of unpredictability that are synonymous with the men in green the last few months have been mind boggling. The batting seems to be the consistent problem and the fact that we are unable to field a consistent pace attack is most worrying.
    The middle order as has rightly been said is set in stone. Younis, Yousaf and Inzamam are the backbone of the side while Mohammad Asif is perhaps the first name on the sheet nowadays. Razzaq, Afridi and Malik should be in the one-day side even in the face of widespread opinion that we have too many all rounders. Akmal should still play and Nazir should be selected (even though he seems to be back to his usual ways - brilliant one day and incredibly poor for the next seven). Hafeez should be in the squad as a back up opener.
    The remaining places for the pace bowlers should be filled by Gul (best pace bowler for the last 7 months of 2006), Shabbir (if fit) and Sami. Rana should be dropped in all honesty as his performances have been on a downward curve since the ODI series against India last year. I would personally love to see Azhar Mahmood in the side due to his all round abilities and the depth that he adds to the batting. As far as the final place is concerned, draft Kaneria into the ODI squad as I am unwilling to understand how a player can be good enough to play test cricket but does not find a place as far as ODIs are concerned.
    In light of further injuries, have Hameed and Rana as the back up players.
    Finally a plea, please do not select Shoaib Akstar. When consistency is mentioned, a team cannot go into the most important tournament with a player who can undoubtedly be brilliant on his day but a major let down, distraction, and a catalyst that is very effective in destroying the morale and spirit of the team the next.

    A player who is not a guarantee to be fit enough for the entire series should not be considered regardless of star power, box office draw and millions worth in sponsorship attached. To win the World Cup you need every individual to give his heart and soul. Quite frankly, it seems Shoaib has neither.

  • Sarfaraz Raza from sri lanka on September 10, 2007, 10:04 GMT

    It sad for me to hear that Shoaib is out of the squad for Twenty20 as i'm a big fan of him. I was waiting to see him play for a long time but time don't work for him. As per my view, every human makes a mistake so I feel that PCB must think and give a penalty

    In any case no one will like it if your family is scolded I still love to see him playing because I love his bowling . I know people will scold after reading my comment . A simple club cricketer as me knows how nice is to play for the team, so let him play again. Shoaib best of luck

  • Ab. Naseer on September 10, 2007, 5:22 GMT

    There is no reason for Shoib to stay in national team any more, he has closed all doors for his return. His attitude and foolish acts have become shame for the entire nation. I think PCB should have reacted much strictly by axing him from the team immediately for ever.

  • Sajjad M Kazmi on September 10, 2007, 4:01 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar has got away with it on so many occasions that he just gives damn about anything and any body. This is enough. He should be banned for life. ICL should also have the professional decency not to contact any banned or disgraced player.

  • Ray Baloch on September 10, 2007, 3:34 GMT

    This is I am writing for Shoaib. I hope he would read it.

    Come on Shoaib.... You not supposed to do this. You made fast bowling more attractive and you made people to come and watch your bowling. Everybody wants to see your bowling hitting the stumps and if not then hitting the batsman on other end. But nobody wants to see you with bat in your hand and hitting your team mate. I found it very funny the way you compared yourself with Zidane. But to be honest ziadane has done this only once in his life and plus he was the player who took France into the WC final on his ability and leadership skills. One more thing he hit opponent player not his own team mate. Aggression is good thing in game therefore we like boxing ,but cricket is a team-game where you have to work in a team environment. Where you have to treat every team-mate with respect. We have seen the rivalry between the two W's in 1990's but there was a competition and in that way our team was doing extremely well.

    If Asif or Afridi said something to you then you should have shown them in ground who is the real champ. Well, wish you all the best. I still hope to see you in near future.

  • Haider Chaudhry on September 10, 2007, 3:18 GMT

    I think its enough, Shoaib should be banned for life. He is a persistent trouble-maker and a bad influence for others. This is the best time to get rid of him.

  • Rizwan Khan, Sydney, Australia on September 10, 2007, 1:54 GMT

    When unlimited chances are given to individuals like Shoib; it only sends one message that is it doesn't matter what you do we'll always turn a blind eye. I'm afraid Shoaib is not the only one at fault here, PCB is most at fault; forgiving him over and over again for various disciplinary infringements. Now, water is way over our heads; matter should be dealt with now.

  • Amit Parikh on September 10, 2007, 1:04 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar should not be banned, he should be punished. In the NFL, there are many cases where players have tussles and even fight on the practice field, locker room, etc...what it shows is a lack of disorder, but remember, it is always a two-way street. If Akhtar is banned from the T20 tournament, why not Asif?

    Another point I'd like to make is that this should have stayed within closed doors and settled amongst the team. I agree with everyone that Akhtar is a loose cannon, but to be honest, Pakistan cricket is in a state of disarray and this type of situation was managed poorly. Why the double standard? Just look at the history books and you will find instances of conflict within the team and on the playing field. Cricket is a highly competitive sport with a lot of pressure, things like this can happen and we have to just accept that. A great team has a great management scheme and that is where Pakistan is lacking.

    Some recent instances of player tussles;

    - Carlos Zambrano (Chicago Cubs) fighting in the dugout during a game with his catcher. He punched the guy.

    - Rick Fox and Doug Christie in a LA Laker / Sacramento Kings pre-season match several years ago. This fight happened in the tunnel leading to the locker rooms, and not even on the court during play.

    - Can we ever forget Zizou and the World Cup final last year?

    the list goes on and on, but these above stand out in my mind. None of these players were banned.

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on September 9, 2007, 17:52 GMT

    Its been a while for me here Kamran, but this one I can't let go without speaking my mind. Shoaib is such a disgrace.

    This act deals another blow an already shattered image of Pakistan team and nothing short of T20 WC win would erase it (as Asif Iqbal rightfully stated). Regardless of the outcome, there needs to be a ban imposed on Shoaib. I leave it to the pundits to decide if they want to essentially end Shoaib's career with it - what a catch 22 !! you want him in your side but you can't have him and there is no telling what can fix this is indeed sad that it would end this way for Shoaib.

    Too hard to let this guy go like this but he does not give you a choice...


  • atif hussain on September 9, 2007, 17:21 GMT

    Regardless what anyone says, Shoaib is a good bowler and won some matches for us. I say he stays.

    All you lot that supposedly support Pakistan are two-faced. You support him when he does good but gun him when he messes up. I'm sure you guys ain't perfect.

  • Ernst on September 9, 2007, 16:31 GMT

    It's well known that Shoaib has a short fuse. It's also well known that since The Oval fiasco last year Pakistan have gone from bad to worse to worse and worse and now it's getting so that take your eye off the play and what more can go wrong?

    I don't blame Shoaib for all this. Neither should we blame the management.

    Has anyone seriously sat down with Shoaib to find out what is his problem? No. Here is a highly strung athlete who Bob Woolmer would have calmed to sought what is wrong and why the team is at such odds with itself.

    Don't ignore Shoaib. Someone needs to work with him, whether the new coach or a psycholoigist. Next he will be off to ICL. What a big catch that would be for the the league in India. Is that what Pakistan really want? It's time for all to think positively and work towards a solution. Punishment is not going to solve the problem; understanding him will.

  • S.Kanwal, Germany on September 9, 2007, 15:55 GMT

    Shoaib should be reprimanded not banned but he must be punished. Thank God that he didn't hit Afridi with the bat, or we would be having a different conversation.That being said, Pakistan has won many matches without Akhtar in the past so I don't see why we can't win the World Twenty20 without him.

  • Arun Srivastava, Montreal Canada on September 9, 2007, 15:42 GMT

    Its sad to see, such a great talent going to waste, simply because he never got good guidance from his predecessor.

    PCB has always protected him and tolerated his bad behaviour and never harshly penalized him for his behaviour. The earlier they get rid of him, the better it is for the Pakistani cricket. Unfortunately, he has some good push in the team and always finds his way into the team. He is the most egotistic, self-centred player ever to play for Pakistan.

  • Ghalib Taimur on September 9, 2007, 15:10 GMT

    Shoaib is one of the best produced bowling talents from the land of Pakistan.The question is can he keep getting away with every childish thing that he does or is it that we think he is dong childish things?

    I personally think we do not know the inside story to this matter, so we should wait for what happens. Also lets talk of Afridi , who is not the greatest in terms of discipline. So why is he not being questioned? If something was said about Shoaibs family then perhaps Afridi must also get some sort of ban. However this does not decrease what Shoaib has done. He should definitely get a ban for 6-12 months but not more than that.

  • mo ja on September 9, 2007, 15:10 GMT

    He has raw pace, anger and passion, all that are needed in cricket, especially in November against India, or we will get get beaten.

  • prem on September 9, 2007, 15:04 GMT

    Shoaib is finished forever but matter doesn't end by banning him. It has to be investigated weather or not Afridi is involved in the scuffle. If found guilty he too must be severely punished

  • Shamim on September 9, 2007, 14:59 GMT

    I think this is a blessing in disguise for Shoaib -- given that Ramadan is here, he can observe all the fasts in peace and perform worship that he would not have been able to do on the tour overseas. Insha-Allah, this is a better for him

  • Garry Richards on September 9, 2007, 14:26 GMT

    I'm disappointed with Shoaibs behaviour and I wish I could be more informed about the incident. But the evidence appears damning for Shoaib as Asif's injury could have been serious. Hitting a person with a cricket bat is assault, its illegal.

    I cant believe Shoaib would do such a thing. He had his demons, but this is inexcusable. Shoaib has a temper and I hope he wasn't provoked into such action like he claims to have been. Before any decision is made about Shoaibs future in the game, I think there should be an official investigation into the incident. I cant imagine Shoaib doing that without sufficient provocation, not that assaulting someone is an acceptable response to provocation, but it would be cricket's loss if he's given a life ban. Shoaib...why did you do it? PCB, give him a fair trial

  • Muhammad Asif on September 9, 2007, 13:45 GMT

    We (all bloggers) don't know anything about the nature of our national/domestic crickters but defend/ offend them just like that if we are their body-guards.

    And by doing so it backfires every time they (cricketers) make an embarrassing move. We (Pakistani) are by nature "reactive" irrespective wherever we are living/doing/speaking.

    Reactive people are on top of the world one day & no where on the very next day. We would have to be "proactive" which will take time & patience off course. One very good example is that on reactive subjects you will find hundreds of posts but on proactive subjects it shrinks to only tens of posts.

  • Amin Afridi on September 9, 2007, 12:58 GMT

    I am pleased that PCB has taken a brave enough decision correctly. Previously it has been taking very brave decision but entirely incorrectly like the one about Inzamam and Mohammad Yousuf. At least something in the right direction

  • Saad Khan on September 9, 2007, 11:18 GMT

    I agree with those who had written that this matter must have been sorted out internally. Pakistan board should not make such incidents public. This is not only spoiling Shoaib’s name but the entire nation is feeling the shame. Asif is no lesser than Shoiab, no wonder they both fought.

    Pakistan cricket on the verge of its collapse. Selectors are selecting players who they do not provide the necessary training, there seems to be complete chaos!

    Only net practice is not enough for our players what they need is extensive training, some disciplinary classes and English crash course. I really miss the golder era of cricket when we use to have players.

  • Akash on September 9, 2007, 9:50 GMT

    A strong and vibrant Pakistani cricket is a joy to watch. And the Pakistani cricket board has denied the cricketing world of this joy. It has allowed the stars to believe that 'anything goes' is the way they would be dealt with. The repealing of a fine on Akhtar when he walked out of an official event and then threatened the board to walk off to ICL. The board cowered and proved their impotency. Akhtar's disillusion, as pointed by Abbasi, is a product of the board's action.

    Time and again, stars have flouted their status, and got away. Bashing a spectator, getting a Test forfeited, drug abuse and more, are a fallout of the lack of stand that the board has had. Shame! It brings the sub-continent a bad name and especially for a Pakistan cricket lovers across the world.

    Not only should Akhtar be reprimanded in a way that he is shred of his delusions but also reminds several that cricket, though extremely competitive, remains a gentleman's game, but also call to account the officials who have let this wound fester. Pakistan has time and again demonstrated that it has abundant talent and, when nurtured, have the ability to be world beaters. Akhtar, at best, will then turn out to be a blip, a small puddle, on the long and illustrious highway of Pakistan's cricket history.

    This matter needs to be dealt with severely. The country's sporting conduct, not strangely, builds an image for the country itself and its people in eyes of the globe. The Aussies are competitive, the Indians unpredictable and paper tigers, South Africans are chokers and so on. Here, Pakistan's name has been tarnished. Walk into any serious discussion in London or Sydney involving Pakistan and its people, and you would get a hang of how Pakistani's are being related to. It needs to be addressed!

  • Jaleel on September 9, 2007, 9:37 GMT

    Assalam alikum. I want to make a suggestion regarding the Shoiab Akhtar incident; don't give permission to play any kind of cricket. Then he will know what is the discipline and what is the cricket.

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on September 9, 2007, 7:30 GMT

    The concept of comparing Shoaib's actions to Zidane is hilarious. Zidane has been a true role model for the French, and in fact the whole world. He has a very calm attitude, and he led his team to a World Cup win. That is why everyone in France was quick to forgive him.

    Shoaib has an extremely poor track record when it comes to behavior. There are reports that Afridi added flame to the fire. But the truth is that Shoaib did injure a team-mate with a bat, and I don't see any room for mercy.

  • Shuja-Dubai on September 9, 2007, 7:26 GMT

    Not a big fan of Shoiab by any means. But having played competitive sports for quiet some time, I know one thing for sure -What happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room. This one time, I have to agree with Shoaib. This incident happened in the dressing room and not in front of general public or the media. PCB should've made more efforts that it stays there and not create the mess it has become. Yes he should not have gone all physical but these are players who play with aggression. I am not supporting him, or for that matter who is right or who is wrong. The only point I am trying to say is.. this happened in the dressing room. This one time I have to admit, I am actually on the Rawalpindi Express' side.

  • akhtar's fan on September 9, 2007, 5:40 GMT

    I am speechless. I can see this talent going down the drain, what a waste. I cant advice, I feel sorry for Shoaib Akhtar. Goodbye Akhtar, this is the end.

  • Ahmad on September 9, 2007, 4:49 GMT

    'I'm human and made a mistake in the heat of the moment'. There are excuses and apologies and then there is Shoaib. We all know the PCB is as much to blame for it as Shoaib. We have all heard the saying nobody is bigger than the game but now what needs to be realised is nobody is bigger than the country. All Shoaib cares about is himself, the sooner the people of the country and PCB realises this the better. He is the kind of a person for whom fame is important; weather its good fame or bad fame. Even now instead of hanging his head in shame and actually feeling sorry and shameful, he is actually justifying his actions on international media (and Indian Media at that). Right now what needs to be done is to impose a ban on his giving any kind of interviews Of course critics will say that everyone has a right to an opinion and we need to hear Shoaib's point of view. But please realise if the (non political) opinion of an individual is hurting the image of our country then I think it's completely justified. And as far as hearing his point of view is which always includes his innocence and a blame on someone else. I really don’t think its physically possible for a person who has been in trouble as much as Shoaib, to be blameless. I think we have come to point where we can safely find him guilty without hearing his POV. He is extremely good at manipulation and excellent in the art of blaming. Giving him a chance to talk is like giving him another chance to get away with it. Shoaib in my opinion is the best and most destructive bowler in the world today- period. He is the only one capable of carrying on the style of bowling and legacy of Waqar and Wasim. But what is his use if he never does what he's so good at? He has been out of the team more than he has been in it. The solution to this problem that everyone is unanimous about, namely a life ban will not do because that will make him an ideal candidate for ICL. The only major reason the top players of the world are hesitating from signing with ICL is the threat of a life ban and if Shoaib gets one, then there is no stopping him from signing with ICL. ICL, in my opinion, would make an offer Shoaib can't resist, the day he gets a life ban (that is if they haven't already made him an offer). The more controversial players that ICL gets the more viewership they will get and hence more money. The solution I think, to the problem may sound very harsh but it can also be very effective and may actually give a chance to our team to harness the destructive powers of Shaoib. What I would suggest is not to ban Shoaib for life but to initiate criminal proceedings against him, put a gag order on him. Deprive him of his 2 favourite things; Media attention and foreign trips and contacts. Once he sees his luxurious way of life under threat, he will either shape up or ship out. I will bank on his shaping up because one thing that Shoaib is, is a fighter. If he is genuinely put in his place by the PCB-and PCB really needs to crack the whip on this one- Shaoib will behave and play for the country. If he is always kept on the edge, I'm sure he'll find his balance. If PCB can take very strict action against Shoaib and stick to that decision while at the same time cutting off all his other avenues of escape, I am extremely confident that Shoaib will not only be fit but be out of trouble. This is Shoaib and he has been given more lives than a cat and its high time, this cat is let in the bag!

  • Shahab A. Shamsi on September 9, 2007, 3:37 GMT

    Let Shoaib go now for ever. Also I feel that Asif should be given strict warning as he has shown bad attitude in a match against Sri-Lanka recently. This is such a disgrace to have him in the team. Let him go for ever.

  • Red-faced Malkoha - Sri Lanka on September 9, 2007, 3:18 GMT

    This matter shouldn't have leaked out of the dressing room. Shoaib should be reprimanded not banned. Asif needs to be reprimanded too if he had gone below the belt.

  • Jaanasheenster on September 9, 2007, 2:20 GMT

    Good thing that he didn't hit Afridi with the bat, or we would be having a different conversation. Shoaib should be banned for five years. No ifs no buts. This kind of childish behaviour doesn't suit an adult, let alone a world figure. With Shoaib we have a déjà vu situation that has no sign of ending. This has to end now permanently once and for all.

  • Makba Mohammed on September 9, 2007, 1:03 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar, what a character. I dont understand why we are so crazy about him, is he so important? Who says his speed is like a bullet?

    Well, if you fire a bullet away from the target then that bullet is wasted, same is true for Shoaib. He has no line- and-length. Speed means nothing for the batsman if it is not directional.

    Why we need him? Do we really need him? The answer is a simple no. So what to do? Shun him forever. HE is a trouble-maker.

  • Rahul on September 9, 2007, 0:31 GMT

    I strongly feel that aggression is a key weapon for a fast bowler. Shoaib being the best in the business must have been provoked to take such an extreme step. We should all remember that we all are humans, and some people have a lower tolerance-level. So in fairness he should be given a light punishment and allowed to play for the country. Cricket will not be the same without Shoaib Akhtar running in like a panther and sending thunderbolts at the batsmen.

  • Ejaz Nasser on September 9, 2007, 0:29 GMT

    Shoaib should be charged with assault and must be punished to set example. PCB should act in a professional organization.

  • Junaid on September 8, 2007, 23:52 GMT

    We need a complete and fair investigation before taking any strong action against Shoaib. He has already mentioned that he was provoked by Afridi and he has apologized to Asif. He is a great match-winner so PCB should see all the facts before taking any strong action.

  • Faraz Rizvi on September 8, 2007, 23:37 GMT

    I used to hear a lot in 1996 about this young, strong lad with crazy pace in Pakistan named Shoaib Akhtar, but at the same time heard about his diciplinary issues even than,.

    10 years down the lane he has changed but for the worse. We are a country thriving with bowlers who are genuinely fast . We will find quicker,fitter, better bowlers than him !

  • Syed Ahmed on September 8, 2007, 23:35 GMT

    There should have been a thorough investigation before sending him to Pakistan. The world is laughing. This problem could have been solved easily inside the dressing room but as usual the media made it a big issue and the cricket life of this great bowler is in vain. For God sake let him show the world his talent.

  • M Shafiq Butt, London on September 8, 2007, 23:22 GMT

    I think some people think that without their scandals this world's media have nothing else to do. So they keep doing some thing to give new things to the media and to the world and Shoaib is one of those people.

    He should learn the lesson from his past.He is not teenager but he is behaving worse than teenagers. He disrespected that honour which Pakistan gave to him and gave the whole world a message that he can do any thing any time and there is no rule and regulations for him.

    He should be given exemplary punishment so that no one dare to do that again and we can protect our nations respect and our country's pride.

  • Sohail Maroof Naushahi on September 8, 2007, 23:10 GMT

    This incident is shameful for Pakistan cricket. This behaviour also represents that we don’t have any tolerance as a nation. It is not only Shoaib who did wrong; our former players were also had the same attitude in past. And it is because they feel they cannot be replaced or punished strictly.

    On the other side, our team management and board management is so weak. They are not capable to handle such issues behind the closed doors. And our players & officials don’t have any sense what type of matters should be taken to media and what shouldn’t be.

  • Raza on September 8, 2007, 23:08 GMT

    I love cricket in both senses, playing and watching, but hate those who disturb this. Shoaib made a blunder and he must be punished; not only for Pakistan cricket but for the status of Pakistan at international level.

  • billy on September 8, 2007, 22:21 GMT

    i personally think asif have some issues too,,, he barely speaks a word of english but yet swears at batsman when he is bowling(sic)...shoaib well whteva asif said he shuldnt have hit him with a bat..its unacceptible. Both shuld be recalled and not just shoaib and ban for an year or so.

  • SQUARE_CUT on September 8, 2007, 21:56 GMT

    akhtar is a disgrace and a embarasment to pakistan, to cricket and to human beings, lets chuck this guy out for good and move on...

  • Sumair tirmizi on September 8, 2007, 21:07 GMT

    let them go!!!!!!!!!! Mursharf should go with them on tours or send any two or three body gaurds........

  • Chacha Koora Kirkit on September 8, 2007, 21:03 GMT

    Yes Yes, Shoaib this Shoaib that? Bad boy blah blah blah. But, what about that street trash can Afridi? Shoaib must have been provoked in order to swing a cricket bat about as was Zidane.

    A thorough investigation is needed. Rather than pass our judgement at this early stage one should adopt a rational approach. Innocent until proven guilty.

    You should be ashamed of yourself Mr Abassi for passing such judgements...

  • Haseeb Ahmed on September 8, 2007, 21:00 GMT

    Double standards indeed, but of a different nature. Why would Shoaib be allowed to trasgress repeatedly, while Inzi, a crickter surely a notch above Akhter in terms of proven match-winning ability, be discarded thus? I keep returning to this theme because the matter is not getting the attention it surely deserves. How can so brittle a batting order afford to part with the only two Pakistani batsmen, apart from Miandad, who have averaged above 50 in test cricket? Less still, when one of them is at the very peak of his prowess and the other possibily not too far off. For those of you who question my assertions about Inzi, recall that as recently as the summer of 06, he was considered to be among the best batsmen in the world. Age surely takes its toll on every cricketer, but not that quickly! It's more likley that Inzi's performance in the World Cup was a mere blip in form. Please people, let's try to do something to keep Inzi and Yousef in the team, while ensuring Shoaib never plays a game again.

  • AB on September 8, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    When Inzi did exactly the same thing, we made him captain soon after. And that actually happened in front of the world media at the 03 World Cup. Who has forgotten the pictures of Saeed Anwar literally flying off to one side and Inzi standing strong in the middle.

    So why the double standards MR Abbasi?

  • Arshad Kayani on September 8, 2007, 20:22 GMT

    the over whelming majority of people believe we should string up shoaib but what we need to realise is that this is a DRESSING ROOM incident and i dont know if any of you play or have played proper cricket but they say what happens on the field stays on the field and the same goes for the dressin room i would like to know who went and reported this incident beacuse that was quite frankly shamefull beahviour

  • M Z Aslam on September 8, 2007, 19:52 GMT

    Agree with most of the above comments.He should have been thrown miles away from the team a long time back.You can count on you fingers, the number of matches he has won for the country, but the number of times he has brought disgrace to the team is uncountable.But let's not forget he belongs to pakistan, a country where murderers and looters like nawaz Sharif and Bhuttos can get away with it and talk about becoming PMs again. I am sure this idiot will be back again too. and Shoaib remember you r no less than these politicians mentioned above, for what you r doing to ur country now.

  • Ali Imran on September 8, 2007, 19:39 GMT

    As much as I liked Shoaib Akhtar for his bowling and talent, it's unfortunate to see that this talent has pretty much gone to waste. Maybe if PCB had taken some stricter measures early in his career this wouldn't have happened today. He got away with pretty much every thing.

    That being said, Pakistan has won many matches with out Shoaib Akhtar in the past so I don't see why we can't win the 20/20 World Cup without him.

  • rups on September 8, 2007, 19:29 GMT

    Is anybody in pakistan team drawing insperation from Akram & Saeed Anwar? they are such a beautiful player , but no problem from those guys in thr long careers.. This is shame to nation.

  • Vamsi Guttikonda on September 8, 2007, 18:56 GMT

    There is no excuse...PCB should drop him from the central contract and should give a chance to new player -VG USA

  • Cybernut on September 8, 2007, 18:42 GMT

    Inzi and Imran never compromised on performance, their records tell u all. I never did and wouldn't care whatever shoaib has been upto off the field, i admired him when he bowled his heart out in Calcutta and in Nairobi against Australia, and in 1999 Worldcup but darn look at his last two years record.. one good series against England in Pakistan, and then a lonely good performance in South Africa!!! jeez this isn't professionalism. Yes I agree fast bowling is a tough job very tough indeed but if you cant do it well consistently u must quit. This guy is frustrated he should be given rest... and I would recommend a forever rest... TV commercials dont need good fitness. I think he is more worried about his hair than cricket.

  • Anwar on September 8, 2007, 18:40 GMT

    I guess shoaib should be given as a present to ICL, certainly would relly help BCCI's cause for gettin rid of ICL. he could b a guarnteed, proven trump card for BCCI, certainly would do some good for some one i guess if not PCB.

  • michael Hamid on September 8, 2007, 18:35 GMT

    Why only Shoaib? you could not clap with one hand,Send back Asif and question Afridi too.

    I feel that with a little more understanding this issue could have being sorted out,Thanks to Afridi,may be he wants to be the Saint around.


    A sri Lankan who adores the Pakistan Team.

  • saaniya on September 8, 2007, 18:32 GMT

    i think yet again shoaib the terrible has shunted pakistan .its an insult.everytime he drags pakistan to shame.blaming another player for his action publically shows tht hez got sense left.i hope pcb take a strict measure against him .i and dont see him palying for pakistan again.though being a hardcore akhtar faann i totally agree tht he has proved himself for the wrong again...i hope god gives him some sense bakkkkk

  • kamran on September 8, 2007, 18:19 GMT

    dangerous and physical assault , i wish shoaib be banned from international cricket. and authorities from other cricketing boards must take notice, shoaib is violent and must be stopped from playing cricket in other countries too. he might assault on their players in future.

  • Sikandar Bashir on September 8, 2007, 18:13 GMT

    I think he is a disgrace for the country. He should be sent to the front to earn Shahadat as he is will achieve faster than what he is trying to achieve in cricket. This is the best hing that the country can do for him.

  • kamran z abbasi on September 8, 2007, 18:11 GMT

    in simple words no jury no inquiry no dialogue with him, release him from central contract with an injunction (dont speak about pakistani players nd pakistani cricket outside home). he is a shame

  • Ike Latif on September 8, 2007, 18:09 GMT

    ‘Rage Management ’ is what a human being is all about. The most difficult feature of achieving super accomplishments is about managing triumph; to reach the pinnacle is one thing, to maintain those heights requires a new level of philosophy and development of a new individual.

    History is full of instances where super success have brought debacle and torn personalities. Super success breeds contempt of order, a superstar considers himself a shade above everyone else, most superstars are natural escapist from reality therefore drugs and substance abuse becomes a constant cohort. Superstars like Elvis had a miserable life so had Marilyn Monroe. Mike Tyson could not manage life at top, Mohammad Ali could in face of all the adversity maintain a life at top, today Mohammad Ali is a global icon whereas Tyson a trivia.

    We can go through many instances and one will find that those who are able to hold the ‘adrenaline of triumph’ reach new level of achievements whereas those who continue their thrash activities are thrown in rubbish of history.

    Shoaib Akhtar is one such junior super star whose self destructive streak sees no bounds. Instead of an eagle he has turned out to be a vulture, vultures unfortunately thrive on refuse. This disgraceful megalomaniac should not be allowed to represent Pakistan in future.

    He should have not used his bat to hit fellow team mates, perhaps he should have used his balls to clip his opponents bails, undeniably to do the later needs discipline and character to do the former one needs a bird brained maniac, Shoaib Akhtar is definitely proved himself to be one.

  • Zohaab on September 8, 2007, 17:29 GMT

    could some1 plz tell me who the hell sohail tanveer is? Is this some kind of joke? Atleast bring in Sami in the place of shoaib...I'm glad that pakistan didn't call Rana up! Maybe without rana pakistan will hav a chance!

  • AAMIR JADOON on September 8, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    Well Kamran this is ridiculous and very shames for any player either he is a super star or an average player. I think that shoaib is not a great player than the Hanse Cronjie, who was one of the great players ever South Africa has produced. Moreover, who is the responsible for the great achievements of South Africa? However, we all have seen that no compromise on dignity of the country by South African cricket board. In addition, at the end we saw that South African cricket infra structure is going perfectly. I admire that Shoaib is the great fast bowler in current cricket. But we got more shame than the achievements from him. I think Pakistan is full of talented fast bowlers in the form of Muhammad Irshad, Najaf Shah, Muhammad Khalil, Aasif, Umar Gul, and lot of so I think that we do not need him. I am feeling very harmful to say that now he must quit from international cricket. Although he is big asset for Pakistan but he is not a good sportsman. I am very sorry to Shohaib to say all this but enough is enough. Pakistan can win without him and we have proved in past. Even he apologize we do not need him. So from me GOOD BYE SHOAIB FOR EVER

  • Ali Ahad on September 8, 2007, 17:11 GMT

    Lets get over with it. Argubaly he is the best of the lot. We have numberous incidents before in our cricket history where some one did some thing had an iquiry, slap the player with a fine and the put the spat under the carpet.

    Shoaib is blaming Lala now for the brawl and that is childish or I would say babyish as an adult you need to take the responsiblity instead of pointing finger to others.

    A word of advice for the team "Lets move on guys you come to South Africa to win the cup and forget about shaby for the next 20 days"

  • tariq on September 8, 2007, 17:09 GMT

    Amazing. Shoaib hits his fellow fast bowler, and blames someone else for causing the action. We are incredibly tolerant of indiscipline, as we are of unfair tactics and cheating. Be it cricket, or politics. Shoaib's long, continually humiliating presence in the selection line-up is reminder that we need to work to root out this tolerance from our society. Not likely to happen soon, though. Putting shoaib out to dry would certainly be a start in the right direction.

  • Vaqar on September 8, 2007, 17:01 GMT

    There goes Shoaib, the lier, again: "I never hit Asif intentionally. It just happened accidentally. In my 10 years with the team I have never fought like this with anyone. But Afridi's remarks provoked me."- BBC Sports

    Guess he forgot the footage where he was pushing bob woolmer with all his force!! and all his other behavior based stupidities! They better ban him for life. ~40 odd matches in 10 years, he's not worth his time to Pakistan cricket...just look at the stats!

  • ahmed khan on September 8, 2007, 17:00 GMT

    well shoaib a man who is always in news for what i dont really know exactly i have never seen him in my life bowling like the great waqar or wasim neither do i have any memory where shoaib has really won a match for pakistan i dont understand whether this guy bribes media or do sumthing like black magic to keep himself in the news or what anyways i guess its about time that shoaib's career should end because enough is enough pcb should better give chance to youngsters there are a lot of bowlers who could prove themselves better then shoaib akhtar i have suggestion for him he should become a commentator looks like a good job for him.

  • Asrar Ahmed on September 8, 2007, 16:58 GMT

    If Pakistan can win matches without Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan then who the hell is shoaib Akhtar infront of them. PCB needs to do a reality check themselves and not even think twice before banning shoaib Akhtar for life.

  • Hameeduddin Khan on September 8, 2007, 16:55 GMT

    In my opinion shoaib should be punised for whole life ban on cricket. He this he is stronger than anyone and always showing his muscles. He is nothing in my opinion he is street boy and I think i grow up in a dirty area. for what he is proudy, hey shoaib you are not the best bowler in the world .

  • Wasiq on September 8, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    Afridi is indeed the culprit behind this fiasco. Shoaib clearly stated that Afridi instigated the whole drama and after listening to Afridi on Geo TV today I have no doubt in my mind that it was certainly Afridi stirring up the controversy (Afridi’s little interview will soon turn up on youtube). This by no means should be a justification for Shoaib’s action but at least it brings a perspective to what exactly happened. Unfortunately this will now create another episode of finger pointing & blame. Listening to Afridi’s gibberish is always entertaining and it certainly proves the fact that he is indeed a “KherDamag”. He is another delusional doorknob who considers himself a SENIOR and well respected in the team. These bunch of idiots are simply the laughing stock of world cricket and are an embarrassment to Pakistan.

  • M. A. Gilani on September 8, 2007, 16:47 GMT

    Ohhhhh..SOME body s a BIG fan of him haan??? well I feel for you Ms. Saima as a standard female admirer of HANDSOME looking Shoaib BUT, My late father used to quote, "Handsome is that Handsome DOES" so dont be decieved please, thats my advice. I agree with people, enough is enough, its time to get rid of this arrogant man who is a bad name to the country..So..ADIOS....AMIGO....SHOAIB.We dont need you any more..Thanks

  • talat on September 8, 2007, 16:47 GMT

    Enough is enough, I blame the PCB for Shoaib's latest stupidity, they have let him get away with so much over the years, and mark my word, he will get away with this as well. He has not just put himself to shame but all the Pakistani's,

  • Ralph on September 8, 2007, 16:37 GMT

    I actually have a great deal of sympathy for Shoaib. His lifestyle clearly grates with his more overtly religious teammates and members of the PCB, which creates friction. No-one disagrees that Shoaib is a passionate, emotional man, and if he feels slighted, he responds.

    He is also, as Shahid Afridi pointed out, a highly frustrated cricketer. If the PCB understands this, I don't think it cares.

    He is a colourful character, and has made plenty of mistakes. But such cricketers can still be great, given sensitive management and understanding. It's something of a tragedy that the PCB and his teammates over the years have failed to provide much of either. Bob Woolmer came closest.

  • Mansoor on September 8, 2007, 16:32 GMT

    Well, this time President of Pakitan too is talking to take strict action against him. In my opinion, Shoaib should be sent to fight terrorists in mountains, the place most suitable for him.

  • jaspreet on September 8, 2007, 16:30 GMT

    It'll be exciting if he joins ICL.

    If was marketer at ICL I could badly use some 'colorful' characters to breathe some rivalaries into a league that could be bland without the nationalistic dimension.

    Sorry that was my capitalistic hat :) But If he was representing my country I tend to agree with others here.

  • rafiq on September 8, 2007, 16:22 GMT

    A bad Role model and ambassador of pakistan Cricket, I am an Indian and proud of Indian players cause they are all professionals and educated. I just wonder what kind of parents do these pakistani criketers have !

  • khansahab(A.A.Khan) on September 8, 2007, 16:09 GMT

    Why are people imposing partial blame on Afridi or Asaf? Shoaib isn't an angel himself and I am sure the type of person he is, he goes around provoking and jeering at others himself. So whether his defence is provocation or whatever, he has committed a disgraceful deed and now he has to suffer. No excuses.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on September 8, 2007, 15:49 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar's touting and big mouthing has no ends. Now that he is back home, jithay de khotee uthay aan khalotee, in one breath he says that the dressing room spat should have remained in the dressing room and, in the second breath he blabs out a new story and blames Shahid Afridi for provoking him. So, why he didn't hit Shahid Afridi? Was he afraid of the Pathan that he will throw him out of the dressing room? Akhtar is never short of capturing the spotlight and the headlines but, always in a negative way. He knows how to sell himself cheaply by drawing comparisons between himself and with the likes of Zidane, Salman Khan and other celebrities.

    Shoaib Actor, after this incident, realistically speaking you don't deserve any respect from anyone, so please don't consider yourself a celebrity. And none of your antics and bad acting should bring you back into the team ever again. A nip in the bud is better than a kick on the butt, they should have gotten rid of you earlier. Consider yourself lucky that you still played after so many controversies and scandals. That's because you are such a "dheet" and you want to be in the spotlight again. This time, may be you have to work very hard. Come up with a new mask, may be add a little goatee, carry on whining, sulking and apologizing in public. Try fooling the masses by twisting and turning the facts, try creating more new controversies, go and lead public rallies and get more support and sympathies from the general public, then may be the PCB directors would sign you in for another episode for their soap opera at home to play against SA and Australia. And, I won't be surprised if that happens.

    What I don't like is the way Shoaib Akhtar always tries to persuade the masses by mustering words of passion and patriotism for Pakistan. If he has any respect for the country he shouldn't have done all what he has done. Why is he emphasizing this point again and again that he is very patriotic and passionate about playing for Pakistan? And which player is not passionate about the game of cricket when playing for the country and, who is not patriotic? Why the "hello" does the think that he is the only one? Patriotism is an essential element required for every player when they are playing for their country, so whats the biggy?

  • Walid on September 8, 2007, 15:38 GMT

    Lots of odd comments for this fellow(shoaib) , when i first heard this news i was shocked that what a start it is for Pakistan . I think PCB should stop considering him a match winner he is a match loser , a disgrade for pakistan & a disgrace for cricket . If u are talking about double standard giving examples about imran and inzi fair enough 2 3 4 incidents at max , shoaib has a whole career of controversies i dont find his place in our team . SHOULD BE BANNED FOR LIFE

  • Taimoor on September 8, 2007, 15:31 GMT

    I think that your cynical nonsense is much worse for Pakistani cricket than anything Shoaib has done. Let me say this: say we win this 2020 thingo, no one will give a bull's arse about any of this scandalous behaviour. Yet when 'know it all' journos go around thinking that they are so much better than Pakistan Cricket and have every right to ridicule it, the adverse media attention can only do bad things for the team and the country. I suggest that next time, when you make all these comments about Person X is a 'wild man' or Country Y is pathetic, can you please follow that up with a solution thats in the best interest of the wider society and not your ratings?


  • Osman Ali Khairi on September 8, 2007, 15:28 GMT

    Now that rumours of Afridi having provoked Akhtar are doing the rounds in cricket circles, he should be sent back along with Asif. Screw the world cup. If the PCB really gives a crap about 'discipline' and the 'image' of the country, all of these idiots should be punished. That would only be fair.

  • Adeel Ahmed on September 8, 2007, 15:24 GMT

    There is Limit for every thing, and Excess of every thing is bad. There was only one guy in current setup i would support to be Captin and that guy proved that he is not worth it. He is not worth a sportsman to be part of any national team.

    So lets just get rid of him for good. We are thankful for all your services but unfortunately we do not need you anymore.

    PCB has spent more money on Shoaib's overall than any other Cricket Board. He should be thankful to this nation that we rank him as a Hero otherwise he would have been nothing more than a Drug Addict.

    Thanks for all the humility you caused to our cricket and thanks for all those amazing dismissals we celebrated over and over.

  • Zakir Khan, UK on September 8, 2007, 15:23 GMT

    I was pleading to Pak Cricket authorities in these threads for the last more than two years that Please for God sake ban this player as he is a huge liability to this team but like Villain of any Bollywood Lollywood movie SHOW-aib ACTOR will get away with any wrong doing till the very end of the i feel this is the time that we get rid of this fat bald DISGRACE to Pak cricket. I am afraid that if PCB let him off the hook again than there are more chances that,God forbid, next time we might be writing an OBITURY of some player on these threads who has been killed by this maniac. I feel the next controversy in Pak cricket will be of that magnitude as the way our cricket affairs are going for the last one and half year. ASIF is lucky that he is still ALIVE as there are some suggestions from some quarters that Akhtar is actually mental case and needs to consult a good psychiatrist.

  • amit on September 8, 2007, 15:23 GMT

    it shd hv stayed in the dressing room! i paid the price of my fame! is that how one justifies hitting a teammate? i dont think so. pakistan may yet pay a price by losing him (lose the cup) but such indiscipline can't be tolerated in any team sport. there is absolutely no place for such individuals. good riddance? may be yes!

  • Zishan on September 8, 2007, 14:43 GMT

    I just want to say thay SHOAIBSter should not be forgiven, instead PCB should make him a LESSON for the rest of the players who are currently playing and who is play for pakistan in the future. I also would like to say AS BAD as his temper *he is taking steroids, whick is the main reason for his anger to go that high. I just wish we and media would not've make him such a high profile personality in world cricket. judging by his kind he is just a waste of pakistani money and time .

  • Irfan Mayani on September 8, 2007, 14:36 GMT

    Shoaib's behaviour is unacceptable , but i think that the role of a good team manager( mr talat in this case) should be to solve these problems within the dressing room without letting these things come out of that room and to the media. We have all played some cricket even at the street level , boys do fight , argue but then there are some other seniors or mates to calm down and solve things there and then. Why do we need to solve everything in front of the media that is always waiting ffor such issues. My question is if a manager can't handle this than what is the purpose of sending him with the team

  • Dr. Hina. on September 8, 2007, 14:36 GMT

    I think, PCB not able to utilize him properly. I agree that few times he mis-behaved and done damage to the Pakistan cricket. But still he is a force to reckon. He should be in the team if at all Pak to win the 20-20 world cup or to go up in ICC ranking in both forms of the game. Good luck to Pakistan Cricket and PCB. No deart of opportunities for Shoeb, He can join ICL with far lucrative money, can play in County Cricket, can play in south african clubs, can promote cricket in other developing nations, can be a bowling coach to other countries. It would a gain for Shoeb if he is not being selected for Pakistan cricket. and Loss to PCB.

    Good luck to Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket.

  • ahmed Afzal on September 8, 2007, 14:28 GMT

    For God sake dont take this matter so serious. Shoaib is always the victim of circumstances. This is just a case of elde brother threatend with bat and he did apologised and was accepted by Asif. Please dont make it a big drama and let this great bowler show his magic to the world.

  • Fahad on September 8, 2007, 14:23 GMT

    Enough is Enough. this is not the first time, he is keep doing stupid thing for a long time now. this is a time where pakistan cricket board should get rid of him .we cant afford more controversries especially before the Big tournaments like world cup and now 20 20 world cup. he played only three games in last 16 months so its not gonna be a big loss. his career is pretty much done.

  • ASAD on September 8, 2007, 13:49 GMT

    I think shoaib made a very big mistake. Personally i beleive he is a jeleous man and he do not want to see asif in bowling slot because he is a talented cricketer. The PCB should try to ban him forever.

  • cricket fan on September 8, 2007, 13:48 GMT

    Shoaib needs to be given a life ban for his actions. How can a sane inidividual who aspires for greatness in sport hit someone with a cricket bat! This is not a street fight - its cricket. Punishing Shoaib will set an example and ensure the next generation of cricketers - especially those from Pakistan - know that there is no substitute for hard work and indiscipline has no place in sports and will NOT be tolerated.

  • Tariq Memon on September 8, 2007, 13:41 GMT

    Shoaib bringing Shame.Shoaib has been bringing bad name to sports, cricket and pakistan. He must not be allowed to participate in any game. We had such greats as Imran Khan, Waseem Akrma, Waqar Younus,Mushtaq,Saq, A Qadir ..... They are not palying cricket any more all the above mentioned have left Pakistan cricket and now we have Asif, Gul ,Sami, Ifikhar,Najaf and more .Pakistan cricket is alive and will remian alive. One must respect the Job he/she make living out of it. PCB must not waste any money on Shoaib. he is done with Pakistan Cricket. Pcb don't waste your resources on Shoaib let him go. Spend on new tallents in the country. We still have many Imran,Waseem, Waqar, Saqi and Mushi, Aqib ...... Just go around, You will find them in the streets, School grounds, and in the Cricket Clubs of Cities and Villages. Please Please Don't hire any anger management team for shoaib.

  • MUTZ on September 8, 2007, 13:35 GMT


    Shoaib Akthar is a match winner and given the respect he will perform.

    Can any1 of you put ur hand up and say you not have made mistakes or done something stupid in "the heat of the moment"



  • Riaz Khan on September 8, 2007, 13:29 GMT

    Bye Bye Shoaib. i think enough is enough and now PCB should get rid of that foolish guy. PCB should keep a close eye on Asif and other members of the team too and any one causing damage to the Pakistani cricket should be axed .

  • Umair on September 8, 2007, 13:28 GMT

    I think Shoaib Akhtar should be banned for all sorts of cricket and also he should be fined. There should not be any compromise as far as discipline is concerned.

    Umair Hussain Karachi

  • kumar saurabh on September 8, 2007, 13:21 GMT

    as i know cricket is gentlemen game...and no one should be allowed to disgrace the matter how big player he is....shoaib is getting use to controversy...he and controversies goes side by side....he must be tought some lesson how to behave...he is disgracing pcb...and his country pakistan....

  • Adam Nadir on September 8, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    Quite juvenille, Shoib has now ran out of his excuses. I also believe that his morbid temper has a lot to do with a change in his personality due to his indulgence in the steroidal substances. A simple review of his career and his problems in the past seix-seven years is enough to decide. He' GOT-TO-GO now!

  • Feroz on September 8, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    I cannot understand why PCB bow down in front of such indecipline players like Shoaib, this is not the first incident involving Shoaib and I am sure it will not be the last either untill PCB take some tough stand against such players. Only Pakistani players have records of hitting each other or hitting spectators and involving themselves in cheap activities. All because of PCB's players friendly stand no one has the guts to ban these players, one should explain to the authorities that a team consists of 11 players and not just 1 or 2. Anyone not following the code of conduct and behave well should be thrown out of the team. Players like shoaib dont respect themselves forget about respecting seniors or the team or country, for them the only thing is how they can be in news for good or bad reasons. Just look at his career how many matches he has played in last 2-3 years and in those matches he played how many wickets he has taken you can count the figures of both matches & wickets on your fingers.

  • Thilina Kiringoda on September 8, 2007, 12:52 GMT

    Fast bowlers of the calibre of Shohaib get angry easily, particularly on the field. They want to see success with every ball they bowl and put a lot of enregy into the action. They easily get angry when being hit or when chances are dropped. Little they realize that the steam does not remain forever and those without a balanced mind resort to acts which are not cricket. A 6-month self-exile in an environment of counselling, prayer and practice of religion and community service would be the best for Shohaib. It will help him to realize the standard of behaviour required of a person chosen to represent the country, be it in sports or any other field.

  • Robert on September 8, 2007, 12:45 GMT

    Well this is a bit of a shocker... this isn't the first time he has struck a colleague! Remember when he slapped Bob Woolmer?

    Shoaib has to go. He is a prime example as to why many of us in the rest of the world detest the antics of the Pakistan players.

    Honestly, need I say more?

  • Dr KM Husain on September 8, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    How utterly embarrasing! Get rid of him, no one who represents the country should behave like this! It is time for Mr Akhtar to be permanently banned from the Pakistan cricket.

  • ali on September 8, 2007, 11:58 GMT

    i think he is finished now and should be booted out of the pakistani team......and he will be better of working in pakistani punjabi films then cricket.....

  • arsha on September 8, 2007, 11:33 GMT

    Well its right that shoaib hit the bad and that is wrong.But please instead of making early decision its better to clarify the situation first.After that you should make a decision of sending him back. I strongly believe that shoaib should play cricket

  • Mahmood Awan on September 8, 2007, 11:20 GMT

    Enough is Enough

    Sports are not just a source of entertainment but bring discipline, patience and tolerance among the players and spectators. If a player is unable to align his attitude, it is better to say GOOD BYE to that player. You take example of any walk of life; management can accept a weaker link with positive attitude but does not accept a skillful person with a negative attitude. I think the speedster’s attitude made him drown in deep waters.

  • MOhammed Ali Shahid on September 8, 2007, 10:55 GMT

    This insane person has really brought shame and blasphemy to the wonderful of Cricket. His very face shows how vulgar and reckless he is !Blame his upbringing ! Whatever .... keep him out of Pakistan Cricket for ever !

  • Urbaz on September 8, 2007, 10:25 GMT

    This was expected. When Lawson decides to take the Pakistan post in awe of Shoaibs pace, when he exponentially expands the ever growing ego of Shoaib by treating him like a God, ofcourse Shoaib who always thought of himself better than anyone else will not listen to anyone in the team.

    Shoaib will not learn because he does not have the mental capacity to do so. PCB is such a joke, being run by complete twats. Putting a boot into his behind now wont make a difference, banning him will not make a difference.

    PCB should have kept him in the team as 12th man in every match. Carrying water and towels for those player who play their heart out for the country is what he deserves, maybe along the way someday he might be respected...

    The board needs to have a some balls and get rid of him for good...Lawson should concentrate on younger players such as the U19 world cup heros to develop them rather than sing praises of a player way past his sell by date.

    See you in bollywood Shoaib, your fighting skills might be of use there!

  • Sameer on September 8, 2007, 9:59 GMT

    I think we should all give shoaib a break.He's a human after all.We commit several mistakes everyday but it is overlooked than why not give the man another chance. At the moment, shoaib needs our support for a comeback and i sincerely hope he's going to prove his point to the world. Best of Luck Shoaib. May Allah bless you. cheerz!

  • Mazen on September 8, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    Firstly, we shouold think why on earth did shoaib do this? Was he tempted to do it? Shahid Afridi was also present......I think a real investigation should be taken place....Akhtar has already promised that he will reveal some things when he cpomes back to Lahore!!! Lets just see what is revealed before we pass our comments. We need to see the whole picture, coz Asif and Afrdi were also present.

    I guess we will just have to wait and see....but if he does get banned we'll miss a real speedster, a real icon on and off the field but if he's guilty then he deserves it!!! Thx and best of Luck to Pakistan Cricket Team!!!

  • Socrates. on September 8, 2007, 9:42 GMT

    No player is above the game No game is above Allah's game No one can ever beat Allah at His game.

    If you play a game that wastes your time, talent, energy, and cause greed and fitnah. Then that's what you will always face before the world -- disgrace, disrespect, and destruction from top to down, from Board to player, from head to toe.

    Smart people would require just the signal but the fools will not heed to anything! So that's the story of this game and its followers.

  • Umar on September 8, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    I reckon the steroids (Kushtay)he uses affected his brain adversely. He comes up with the excuse of Zidane hitting a head butt in WC2006 Final. Zidane recieved 14 Red cards during his career but he was a match winner throughout his career and didn't sit out because of injury during his career and Shoaib.....43 tests in 09 years not even 5 test/year. It's all because of Gen.Tauqeer Zia (Ex-chairman PCB) as shoaib was a blue eyed boy of him. I BEG Shoaib Akhtar to leave Pak Cricket alone and go to Eng/Aus and play theor domestic cricket and they'll teach him a lesson or two about professionalism and they'll kick him out as soon as he becomes a liability to them.



  • M Mahboob Hossain (Dhaka) on September 8, 2007, 9:14 GMT

    I think the time has come to dig deep. It's not his attitude, there is something else. Over the last 4 years, I have noticed, whenever something important comes for the Pakistan team, Shohaib makes sure that there is some unrest in the team. He did it during the all important 3rd test & Rawalpindi Vs. India, in WSC in Australlia, did again before the tour of India 2005, just beofe the ICC WC @ India (I am not talking about the doping scandal, the bust up with Woolmar in Bus), during a very important test in SA, just before the WC (I don't know why PCB hang around him for so long before team declaration for WC) & now just before this 20/20 WC, more importantly he has almost made it sure that, he is not going to tour India. Remember, once I wrote, a Pak team with Shohaib is stronger, but without is a better one. He is cancer in this team, destroying the internal cells. I know the team will perform poorly again, & the blame will be on the new captain & management, & surely once again Shohaib has successfully made sure that there is unrest, players will be engaged for inquary & media mokary more than practice & game plan.

    When Malik was apointed, I wrote, initially everything will be fine untill "Here comes Mr. Akther". Until & unless Shohaib is banned for lifetime, he will ensure that there is cotroversy in the team. Ever since he bowled @ 100 mph, he is blackmailing the team, the management & the supporters. It should be stopped immidiately.

    I am surprised to learn that a lot of people are backing Shohaib by taking past examples. Then why should you look foreward, the way Pakistan cricket was run in 50s to 90s, let it go by that way. What Imran or others did, I wonder how much that affected the team performence, but this man is destroying the teams morals. Leaving in a distant country, I feel this Pakistan players has become jerks from the comments made in gossips & crickting discussions. Zaher & Srishanth had a dressing room brawl, look how the Indian management handled that, we can understand the relationship between Tendulkar, Dravid & Ganguli, but can you prove that? Shohaib is making sure that the team is exposed before every major ocations. And I am sure, he'll get enough opportunities yet in future (For that he hasn't even joined ICL). I believe he has more benifits by destroying the moral of this young team.

  • Omer Admani on September 8, 2007, 9:11 GMT

    Why has Shoaib been messing with the PCB lately? Any prudent person, after a drugs scandal and a lucky escape, would wanna redeem some respect at international level rather than further tarnish his reputation. But Shoaib is not so rational? Why? I think he feels he can mess with the board so that he gets a reason to join ICL with a good excuse. He has been trying to provoke the PCB on purpose. Firstly, he doesn't show up on the training camp and gets fined. The PCB removes the fine. He does it again. Soon, he has a tiff with the PCB management. He is cleared yet again or the matter buried. Then he gives press statements to annoy the PCB again. And yet they are (untill this incident) ignored. He finally finds a reason to beat Asif up and come back to Pakland. Now the question is whether to blame the player or the doctor? The player sees an opportunity in a weak board, a doctor whose decision-making (by implication) has relieved Pakistan of their best- and the most reliable- batsman recently, while a 20/20 specialist has been ignored for his stage. The question is not the PCB's stance on the players, whether they considered their selection legitimate or illegitimate, but the arrogance and the incompetence in which the matter is handled. The board knows the captain's choice was a weak one-- possibly sparked by the rumour of our great sports writer here, Osman Samiuddin. Now feuds and factionalism start in the team, Pakistan has relieved herself of all its best players, and the PCB chairman can only sing one thing time and again: discipline and ethic. Time for introspection, sir. Note: I read Osman Samiuddin's column recently on Akhter and he tried to portray him as this big thing, as though a flawed genius, like Jake La Motta or something. I am sorry, this sort of journalism only encourages a person to transform into such a character as it inflates his ego as this mysterious something. Lets face it, Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, Malinga, and so on, are about the same, there is nothing mysteriously great about it nor there is a need to portray it that way. Lets just get over the superstition, the storytelling (or trying to please the others and convince them) and forget this guy. He is already comparing this incident to Zidane's, forgetting that, firstly, he is not Zidane, and, secondly, Aisf is his teammate, not his opponent. We might as well try some bowlers from the under-19 team that won the world cup.

  • M.H.Ali on September 8, 2007, 9:02 GMT

    For any human being to possess the right attitude, it is important to keep your ego in check, emphasized in Islam as well but we dont look at this side of religion!

  • Spicy_trt on September 8, 2007, 8:43 GMT

    Well its a huge mistake by anybody who is representing a country. But we would like to know more about what happened in dressing room with Asif ( what was the actual conversation between two ) that led to his losing temper and hitting him. Both should be held responsible if found guilty. Just because Shoab was in trouble before shouldn't make him the bad guy again. This should be thouroughly investigated. Who knows if someone really planned to take advantage of Shoabs volatile nature and used it to their advantage to oust him from the team. Anything can happen behind the scenes. So please try to show some clear picture and don't make a big deal about it.

    Well, I might be sounding like a Shoab's fan, but guys i am really not. It was exciting to watch him initially, but he is not going to play enough games for Pakistan to carve a place for himself as the most distructive bowler ever, with his attitude towards the game and self dicipline etc. I would've liked to see him being more responsible and as heir to Wasim Akram. But as the saying goes...... YOU BECOME WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO BE. He chose to live like a one more guy... We really cant help it. Game is bigger than a guy, there will always be new and exciting people to watch.

    ADIOS and Good luck to Shoab.

  • Adeel Sarfraz on September 8, 2007, 8:41 GMT

    I just dont know why we stick with Shoaib. Except for 1 or 2 matches he is more of a match loser than a match winner. Simply said, he is a nuisance to everyone around him and he should just quit cricket and do something else like start acting in Punjabi movies.

  • Salman on September 8, 2007, 8:40 GMT

    Answering to Ms. Saima Khan comment below, two wrongs doesnot make right and attitude like this fans like Ms. Saima have been the route cause of Mr. shoaib behavr.

  • Zubair on September 8, 2007, 8:39 GMT

    shoaib is wild guy.he should ban cricket for ever.

  • Mohammad Athar Hameed on September 8, 2007, 8:38 GMT

    He should be banned for life. He should go to India and Play ICL and also play negative role in movies.

  • omar hussain on September 8, 2007, 8:34 GMT

    This should be the end of Shoaib's career as a international cricketer.We have had enough of his egotism.Pakistan should now start grooming the up and coming young fast bowlers and forget about him.He deserves to be banned for life so no other budding egotist can follow his example.Pakistan have no need for an ageing,unfit,uncouth,undisciplined and childish fast bowler.

  • Usman Iqbal on September 8, 2007, 8:26 GMT

    Well!!!Shoaib you are the best Why you hit on his thigh.You must smacked him on his head.Asif deserved that.Shoaib did what Inzi did to Younis in South Africa.Beating a fellow player.....3 cheers to Shoaib Bhai.....:)(just Kidding_ Well the Pakistani players can show aggression of the field to each other but they always failed to deliver the same aggression on the field.In my view its the high time for the authorities to pull up their socks and take saome radical steps to stop such hilarious activities.Shoaib and Asif both are asset to Pakistan but they both are equally involved in the disgrace of PAKISTANI CRICKET.Anyways we still love both of these players because they always perform for us in minor tounmenets and bring laurels for us and in the major tournment they love to get themselves out of it by performing any humilating act.... Ahh this is Pakistan and this is Pakistani cricket is all about.....

  • neil on September 8, 2007, 8:21 GMT

    that this behavior is a side effect of anabolic steroids there can be no doubt.

    Sometime you do things in a fit of temper.

    . "Asif said something to me that made me lose my temper. I apologised to him, but I was very upset."

    all hallmarks of over agression from anabolic steriods.

    this is the pcb's fault he should have been banned for life after testing positive

  • Tashfeen Qayyum on September 8, 2007, 8:20 GMT

    Reminds me of Mike Tyson. Is he going the same way?

  • Ganes on September 8, 2007, 8:18 GMT

    Shoaib has done it yet again! He is one of those cricketers who could have done much better than what he has done so far in his career. I liked him a lot and used to find it difficult to watch matched played between Ind and Pak when he was around just because I didnt know whom to support. He is out of matches and series due to injuries half the time ( mostly because he was not very disciplned on and off the field which I regret to admit being a big fan of his.) He should have been a role model for youngsters aspiring to play for the National team oneday. Instead he has been a role model for them to show how one should not be! Even if he wants to join ICL now I think the organisers should consider their offer because of his uncontrollable behaviour. I think it's time he himself opted out rather than people including fans saying that they want him ousted! Wishing himall the best.. GV

  • Imran Javed. on September 8, 2007, 8:17 GMT

    Great performers do had greatest scandals. But people having only great scandals but no performance should never be compared with the greatest performers. Shoaib says Afridi instigated him to do so!! In the past he was instigated by Moin Khan, Muhammad Yousuf and than Younis khan. He is used to be instigated so every one uses him. ONE CAPTAIN IS REQUIRED TO INSTIGATE HIM TO PERFORM FOR THE PAKISTAN CRICKET ONLY . OR NO MORE SHOAIB REQUIRED.TO BECOME A GREAT LEGEND LIKE IMRAN KHAN OR WASEEM YOU NEED TO PERFORM TOO, NOT ONLY SCANDALS.So live like a team member or leave generiously. As we do have young performers who can perform without scandals. Dr.Imran Javed. Islamabd.

  • Mohaammad Ismail on September 8, 2007, 8:10 GMT

    We are surprise how he can do this as he was already on the edge ..He would be excused if this been his first and last conterversy .. becuase we have example of French Football star Zenedan Zaidan.. who hit the italian player during match world saw it .and he was only band for 2 international games.. but the story is difrent in mater of Shoib.. he is like (DOGs TAIL)we are quiet hpless about his behavour improvement. this should be end of SHOIB end of contervercy of pakistan team...

  • Syed on September 8, 2007, 8:08 GMT

    I suspect that we have not seen the last of Shoaib. PCB doesnot have enough guts to ban him for life. He will be back.

  • Abdul Qadir on September 8, 2007, 7:53 GMT

    Well he has done it again! dont know but why he is being let of the hook time and time again as a result here you are some one have issued him the licence to even beat his team fellow it is hard to remember a series in which he was not injured or there was not a problem with his disciplne and behaviour. when ever country needs him to perform either he is resting ih his home or facing disciplanry action in pakistan cricket board office. i think it is high time to set a standard by punishing him and let every one know that even the so called WORLD's Fastest Bowler in not above the law governing the cricket in our country.

  • Rishi on September 8, 2007, 7:44 GMT

    One more in the lot...:-) I think as someone said earlier (if anything is left unsaid, I dont know!) This matter should have stayed in the dressing room. Captain's fault. Regarding Shoeb getting banned, watch the delivery when he got Tendulkar out at Centurion, and convince me it is not a chucker. Regarding Shoeb getting banned, convince me that doping was just due to natural hormones of mr akhtar. Regarding Shoeb getting banned, seriously? wont happen.

  • Abhishek Kumar on September 8, 2007, 7:35 GMT

    Shoaib is bringing bad name to what is called "Gentlemen's Game". He behaves like street ruffian and Pakistan can no longer afford him to carry him irrespective of how effective a bowler he is. Abhishek New delhi

  • Qamar on September 8, 2007, 7:27 GMT

    I think Shoaib is always looking for some sort of attention. He wants everybody, media and people to talk about him. I was one of the biggest fans of him but now I think he does not deserve to be in Pakistani team. Kick him out and hopefully Pakistan can produce many more fast bowler with some good personality and dicipline

  • Admirer Doctor on September 8, 2007, 7:24 GMT

    Ban them ( Shoaib & Asif ) for life !

  • mayank on September 8, 2007, 7:20 GMT

    Shoaib has never been a match winning bowler.

    Please see his records and you will know how many test series has he completed fully fit.

    Other bowlers like Umar Gul, Sami, Kaneria have won more macthes than he has.

    With his antics, on and of the field he needed to be kicked out of the team a long time ago.

    He definitely needs psychiatric help.

    You cannot even compare him in the same breath to Wasim, Waqar who were great bowlers & who single handedly won matches for Pakistan.

    Shoaib did not even repsect these 2 great bowlers when he was bowling along with them.

    Shoaib is a mediocre talent who thought about himself and only himself first and last. Instead of wanting to be the best like Glenn Mc Grath he wated to be the fastest..

    To be a champion you need to think, act & be disciplined like one.

    He has disgraced cricket and the image of Pakistan by his stupidity.

    What a shame.

  • Sriram Veeraraghavan on September 8, 2007, 7:16 GMT

    It is time that Pakistan cricket establishment understood and accepted the reality that they would do well without the likes of Shoaib Akhtar. Spat with team men, opponents, drug abuse and to top it all a highly suspect bowling action. A legend of Andy Roberts' status has said "I have a problem with his action". Perhaps Shoaib tries to cover his faulty action with misbehaviour. How long can it be tolerated. Pakistan should now focus on players like Mohamed Asif who is arguably the find of the decade. A class bowler par excellence. He and players of his ilk are the future of Pakistan cricket and they will do well to channelise all their attention on such players instead of an arrogant brat like Shoaib.

  • Mustafa Nubat on September 8, 2007, 7:12 GMT

    What I think from the point of cricket world this kind of atitude is common in all cricket players in international game i my self heard like the one shoaib did with Asif why dont you gys open your years in the traning camp many p-layers do it personally, or nature bahavior , or you can say it correcting your coleage, I meen many players tell baad words to each other like a hapy jok . you gys open your eyes in the TV many fast bowlers speak bad words to batsmen and no Athority considers it a bad issue. why always Shoaib Akhtar

  • Jupiter on September 8, 2007, 7:07 GMT

    I wonder if Bollywood would still be keen on him! He's definitly going to wreck that place as well.

  • Irfan Baloch on September 8, 2007, 7:07 GMT

    This guy started his international cricketing career on the wrong foot. As i remember he was serving a ban while being a part of a touring Pakistan-A team and instead of allowing this young lad to mend his behaviour by serving the ban, he was asked to join the National Team. At that time Shoaib (a young lad playing for the Pakistan-A Team) was serving a ban as he had misbehaved with some women at the hotel where the team was staying. Canceling his ban and rewarding him by selecting him for the National side was a BIG mistake. He has always been & will continue to a source of shame & agony for his fans as well as the entire country. I dont think that he is such a great player to be allowed to do anything he likes. This incident is not acceptable for a street cricketing team let alone the National Team. Ban him for life PLEASE.

  • Jamal on September 8, 2007, 7:05 GMT

    Just like Wasim Akram got away with the match faxing scandal with little more than a slap on the hand, Shoaib will be back also. This guy truely is a prima donna who needs some professional help. This mentality is common in sports, but Shoaib takes it to another level. Maybe he needs to take it easy with the substance abuse.

  • srivathsan on September 8, 2007, 6:59 GMT

    VERY WELL SAID ,KAMRAN-EVERY WORD OF IT TRUE & HIGHLY APPROPRIATE.He keeps on commiting blunders & PCB has been very linient so far. Now it is a question country's prestige & you cannot have a person who can beat anybody .To day it is his collegue & tomorrow it may be umpires or players of opposite side.Iam of the opinion that he should be banned for life & at the same time we should also look in to the other side as to what comment or act of asif made shoab to hit him .If found guilty ,asif also to be punished.Are they professionals or street kids fighting without minding the reputation of their country ? I apreciate the prompt action of PCB in this regard.

  • Amir Ahmed on September 8, 2007, 6:55 GMT

    shoiab akther always have an attidute problem throughout his carrer before this he has involve many Controversiries and that was the biggest in his carrer. He should know that he has to keep his head cool whatever the circumstances and as a sportsman he should do this, i am very disappointed what he done because i was a great fan of his before this incident, and at the twinlight of his carrer he do this which makes his disappointed exit from the international cricket. Above all Dr Naseem Ashraf should resign from the board because we seen nothing but controversiries in his leadership.GOD BLESS PAKISTAN.

  • Shahzad Pracha on September 8, 2007, 6:40 GMT

    I strongly believe that ever since Mr. Nasim Ashraf has taken over the as the Chairman of PCB, Pakistan cricket has suffered. He and his predecessors in the PCB has totally mishandled Shoaib Akhtar's case.

    The doping scandal was leaked in the Media that should not have happened and again this case should not have been handled like Mr. Mirza has done again.

    The problem lies not with players like Shoaib but with the PCB Chairman and his Mentor (the president of Pakistan)

  • WASIM SAQIB on September 8, 2007, 6:17 GMT

    This is not the first time that we have seen a senior player bullying a young player in the Pakistan team ,Javed miandad used to compel junior players to baby sit his kids and run his errands he was also renowned to use abusive language with youngsters,Wasim Akram ruined the careers of Waqar younis and Aaqib Javed the sad part is that despite all the past experiences PCB hasn't been able to devise or implement a code of conduct for all the players they should have hired a professional psychologist who should have made sure that their is no undue pressure on junior players and they can coexist with the seniors with dignity. Shoaib has a narcissistic personality he thinks very highly of himself and is renowned to bully young bowlers even those who just come to bowl in the nets,the recent incident is an example where he was trying to compare himself with Imran khan of which Afridi and Asif started joking about,as a senior player Afridi should have acted more responsibly and should have tried to diffuse the situation rather than getting involved in it,nothing predicts behavior like behavior and both Asif and Afridi should have known the explosive nature of their team mate. Anyways the damage has already been done,the only thing that worries me is that there is a new behavior pattern developing in the Pakistani team last year right before the WC Afridi shoved his bat on a spectator and got suspended, now Shoaib due to this incident got suspended, somebody should investigate this pattern.

  • jackson khan on September 8, 2007, 6:05 GMT

    maybe asif did or told akhtar something to trigger him off but the one to deliver the first blow will always face the music.history will tell us that akhtar is always in trouble.something is definately wrong with this guy.i think the selectors should dump him for good and look to some new players.his record is ordinary anyway.he is a bad influence on the team.anyway pakistan always have a habit of winning things in ramadhan so watch out guys.sending home that fool might be a blessing in disguise.

  • Mubashir Hanif on September 8, 2007, 6:03 GMT

    Assalaamoalikum!Shoaib, shoaib, shoaib, hunt him down, its time now. If he has not been taught how to behave and he does not now what is descipline, OUT. I think he is OUT and clean bowled. Then he is so childish or he pretends to be he is relating it to Zedaine´s headbutt. Zedaine did not have a spotted carrier like him, he and his carrier has been full of controversies. This is what happens if you have a dictator on rule, every one thinks that DANDA is a solution. I hope that a change can sprout at all levels. Peace

  • John Howard on September 8, 2007, 5:56 GMT

    I must praise and admire the indian movie director Mahesh Bhatt. He is a real genious and had known the qualities of Shoaib Akhtar a long time ago and offered him a role in his movie "Gangster".

  • kamran khan on September 8, 2007, 5:41 GMT

    we have to keep in mind that all fast bowlers are short tempered ,remember when Lillee hit Javed ,he was not banned.We need Shoaib for at least 3 more years ,do we have any replacement?,a big NO.we shouldnt make our minds before we come to know why he got so cross with Asif?.

  • Wahab on September 8, 2007, 5:39 GMT

    I think Shoaib shouldnt be banned for whatever he did. Infact, if they r goin to ban him PCB should ban both, Asif and Akhtar. Noone is stupid to do such a thing. I am sure Asif must have said something really bad to Shoaib that got him so mad. Otherwise, why would someone would do such stupid thing at this level. I heard Afridi was involved in this too; he provoked Shoaib and gave him bat to hit Asif. They should all be banned not just Shoaib.

  • Muhammad Tariq on September 8, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    I think Pakistani managment must think seriously about this stupid and bad man (Shoaib Akhtar). How can one player suffer his National Team as well as his nation again and again. Now its enough he must be kick out of this great national team.

  • Kashif Shah on September 8, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    Well done Shoaib! :)

  • Zahid Husain on September 8, 2007, 5:30 GMT

    The Rawalpindi Express' brakes are failed and it is hitting everything coming on its path. It's time to de-rail the express for good in order to save the property (i.e. Pakistan Cricket). It seems as if Mr. Express has involved himself in this act delibrately in order to be spared himself from Pakistan Cricket to join the ICL.

  • john on September 8, 2007, 5:17 GMT

    The big difference now is that Pakistan do not actually need him. When Waqar and Wasim retired, he was seen as the only class act left. Pakistan now hve 3 excellent fast bowlers. He is still worth his place in the team, purely on playing merit but he is far from indespensable now. With Shoaib and Inzi pretty much out of the way, it would be nice to think that this talented bunch of young players can mould themselves into a strong unit and achieve their potential - something their predecessors singularly failed to do.

  • sridhar on September 8, 2007, 5:00 GMT

    i think shoaib must learn some self discipine. he always behaves like a wild animal. he must not play any more cricket.this incident will put an end to his career and it must.for the safety of the players.akhtar always brings shame to his country

  • sajith on September 8, 2007, 4:59 GMT

    oh............shoaib banned 4 five match is 2 much...they would have given last 13months he have not played a proper odi will perform will during the home tour against southafrica.....

  • Bilal from Atlanta-USA. on September 8, 2007, 4:52 GMT

    Well, It's definitely a thing that can happen in any game. I think all of you all need to calm down. How many of the posters have ever bowled a deliver 100 Mph? last time i checked, not even any cricketer but Shoaib.. So how could you all even know what it's like to be in that league of 100 Mph? What it takes? How do you train? What you become? This is the FASTEST bowler of OUR age we are talking about. Anybody who is scared of his deliveries, wants him out, but i don't. Yeah, Fine him but no ban stuff. That'll be rediculous. Those talking about indians throwing Kambli out was actually a good thing that BCCI did for themselves as he had JUNK stats. He NEVER was better then Tendulkar who has his own legacy and Class not many batsmen can even come close. No other team ever had such a Moody, Violent,Aggressive, THE Fastest Bowler of our ages in their side (some Aussies may argue about some in their old sides but yeah right!! koolest guys don't bowl underarm against Kiwis for being scared of getting hit for Six..) Point here is these thing come with his style and territory. He's got a Gangsta style!! DARN,it's so sellable!! How many of you wouldn't pay $100 each seeing shoaib Hiting Tendu on his helmet while his eyes role around in eye sockets in his skull like a spongebob, Cleaning Dravid's wickets while he stairs @ the screen, Mark Waugh when he sees his middle broken stump flying, Ricky Ponting when he acted like he didn't see the ball, Steve Waugh getting clean bowled 3 times in a row on the same exact type of pace and delivery, Laura when he falls straight on his face on the pitch, what? You want me to keep going?? Just write down ONE bowler in your lifetime with 100Mph speed and AGRESSION. Dude, you guys need to stop shoaib bashing and now get familiar with a new side of the game called The Commercial side. This is the side non-cricket playing nations see about this game and hence stay away from it. I wish Shoaib could have been introduced to Ted Turner 10 years ago so we could have some fun in Atlanta Braves Baseball pitching while he could make Millions of US $$ within A season instead of keeping up with cheap ICC and PCB board and it's less then enough facilities for players!!

    May be that's one of the reason ICC can't convince Americans to play cricket because all of you all are too much driven towards the "Make this world a Heaven" instead of How could cricket get to generate may be 5% of the amount American Baseball generates.

    He's got STYLE, Rhythem, FASTEST SPEED, VIOLENCE, AGRESSION. Everything that i want to see in the worlds fastest Gagsta style pitcher. I LOVE every moment of his bowling when he is 100% fit.

    PCB should use this chap's immense talent which they didn't pay a dime for to get their dirty hands on to @ the first place, do themselves a favor and hire some reputed US doctors and physios for the players. Fix the matters nicely without firing Shoaib, Otherwise only Indians will get to enjoy his talents in ICL and not us.

    That will be a bummer!! Law abiding cricket viewers will have to then change their fast bowling taste to Monty Panesar and his high jumps and be happy and write books about his high jumps.

  • Faisal sharafat on September 8, 2007, 4:47 GMT

    I believe shoab should ger a lifrtime ban for what he has did to push the image of pakistani cricket into dense fog..But what about can he be spared without a disclipnary action ? Both of them should come back to home..

  • Faisal on September 8, 2007, 4:40 GMT

    I personally think that this matter could have been resolved between the 2 parties shoaib and asif they both know that they got back into cricket after a long time they should not be so careless about there conduct. We should know by now that shoaib is crazy....he is aggressive and mad at times then why provoke him....asif provoked the wrong we say in urdu...kisi ko ungli ddo gai tto woh tto bharkay ga hee....and a person like shoaib...sorry asif but there is always an action before there is a reaction...perhaps asif deserved that bruise.

  • RadKrish on September 8, 2007, 4:39 GMT

    No problem. He will be called back after an appeal by him to the PCB. This is the regular feature that happends quite only in Pakistan. Dope scandal..Match fixing...Brawls....Hits.....No problem.....Every thing will be covered up here. Gen. Pervez Mush is there to take care of all these crooks...

  • Usman on September 8, 2007, 4:36 GMT

    Have any one heard of steroids.........that's a common sign when you take drugs you become out of control and don't know what the hell you are doing. Your testron is soo high and you become out of control. Just look at Shoaib's face you can tell by looking at the black marks under his puffy eyes and what about his body, he has become more Gaanda than a cricketer, he should apear in some Mr pakistan body building competion. I was soo happy that he was coming back to the cricket, he gave wonderfull interview to Fakar-e Alam show "Bolien Kya Baat Hay" but it was all a lie. he promised that he is coming back as supreme fit and a changed man. As much as I want to see him bowl and knock batsman out I am sorry to say this he is causing all sort of disruption to the team. I love you Shoaib, but you are taking the fun out of watching Pakistn cricket, I will miss you soo much but you have to help your self and quit drugs and go away for 1 year and loose like 30lbs and become a different person, and I tell you we all will welcome you with open arms. PCB please top to botom forgod sake just quit your jobs and go home and find another profession, because you have no clue how to build a team and management, first you made Inzi above every man and it cost us world cup, ten you meanged to loose M.Yousaf, Razaq, Farahat, Inzi and almost Afridi........great going PCB go to hell, i just wonder how Mr Nasim Ashaf sleeps at night, after ruining 15mil peoples hopes and dreams. Cricket is our passion it's in our blood and PCB is just destroying this game we love so much, you think now throwing money at M.Yousaf will bring him back.....try respecting your players and treat them all equal without any special treatment and all will be happy. If a you expect one player to be fit and the capt to be fat and lazy well that's total bull crap.

    One last thing Shoaib you will be missed big time, and you brought tears to my eyes, because I was so looking forward to seeing you in action.

  • shami on September 8, 2007, 4:31 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar, being the drama queen of Pakistan Cricket that he has been, needs to be banned for life. It is not because of this event alone, rather it is because of Shoaib's history of irresponsible behaviour. Has he ever done any good to Pakistan Cricket? Playing for an innings, getting 4 wickets and sitting out for the rest of the series is his norm. I think he might have done it on purpose because he is getting old and hasnt got enough cricket left in him. Or maybe he was having second thoughts on rejecting the ICL offer. Shame on Shoaib. Its time we get rid of the Shoaib Chapter for once and for all.

  • raza ahmad on September 8, 2007, 4:27 GMT

    hello mr.kamran you every time write to shoaib akhtar career end.but he is every time come to pakistan team. now time is no problme to shoaib akhtar. he is not join to indian cricket league.shoaib is to again come to pakistan team in south africa tour. pakistan team next three tour is very important.but pcb no like to this bowler cricket time is pakistan cricket is only dumy dumy dumy.pakistan cricket is failed.

  • Muhammad Zubyr on September 8, 2007, 4:27 GMT

    Bye Bye Shoaib, (Pakistan Cricket)

    Welcome Home (ICL)

    Shoaib interest in making money before end of his cricketing career? Why on expense of briused asif thigh. If he wants to join ICL he should shown courage to join them, not doing these schoolboy's tricks. I think this is the time to end Adhocism from cricket otherwise our future will as humilating as Pakistan Hockey defeat in ASIA CUP.


  • Asif on September 8, 2007, 4:26 GMT

    This guys is really a talented one but full of pride that make him to go thru all these. I can't believe such a player can do something like that, ain't him a professional player and still act like a wild person. Come on man grow up, stop acting like a 10 year old guy. If he want to show off then go to some other media or wrestling and do these kinds of valgur activities. All these time there is a good face for cricket in the world of sports and these people will chance the face of cricket.

  • Nabeel Mallick on September 8, 2007, 4:21 GMT

    This guy lacks descipline and he is very arrogant as well, no doubt abt his cricket ability but i think he needs a psychatrist, I don't know why but we never treat every one in a same manner, I am sure if someone like Sami, Rana or Anjum would have done this then will be banned for their lifetime, let's see the outsome of this incident as well.

  • rajiv ramanujam on September 8, 2007, 4:14 GMT

    I wonder if the ICL also needs Mr.Akhtar any more.Maybe he can try bollywood?even there he might go the salman khan way...and might as well dump Asif too..

  • Raju on September 8, 2007, 4:06 GMT

    Give that Bloke a chance to Bowl. He is fantastic to watch him play. He is fighting a lone battle. Maybe things are not as bad as it is made in the headline other than the doping one. Shouls not waste him when he is really fit. Let the tiger out of his cage.....

  • Sayed Mansoor - India on September 8, 2007, 4:01 GMT

    Just dump him. over and out.

  • pakistani on September 8, 2007, 3:55 GMT

    hi , i agree with saima khan, definitely there will be asif mistake just because he is friend of shoib malik and from sialkot where one selector belongs from he didn't punished. the clap always been voice by two hands not one. PCB should also sent asif back home also.


  • Afghan on September 8, 2007, 3:46 GMT

    I always thought Shoaib should be given another chance but now I am convinced that he is useless! Every time he talks about a come back, every time he says he feels better than ever, he gets into some sort of trouble, wait let me re-phrase that; he creates a new mess worse than his previous ones. I can understand one or two mistakes but the frequency of his trouble-making instances is so high that I cannot even say "oh its his bad luck." This is beyond mistake and bad luck.

    There is an old Afghan saying, "an expensive, beautiful diamond earring is useless if it makes your ear bleed."

  • siva on September 8, 2007, 3:44 GMT

    Pakistan team was always not in harmony, earlier it was the fight between Miandad and Abdul Khadir. Now it is between Shoaib and Asif. Unless the PCB does something drastic to change the attitudes, we can still see future players behaving the same.

  • Atif Naqvi on September 8, 2007, 3:38 GMT

    Shoaib is God's gift to Paki criket. His antics don't matter. Afterall, we are ruled by a brainless military dictator & are stupid enough to believe that he's good for us. We need to accept any player's arrogance if he's any good at all. Remember how we did in WC!! Shoib's a retard... but the best we got.

  • Zubair on September 8, 2007, 3:33 GMT

    I am ashamed of being a pakistani cricket fan. Enuff is enuff one moment of shamelessness followed by another and there seems to be no end, I believe cricket at national level should be banned altogether.

  • Farhan Mughal on September 8, 2007, 3:32 GMT

    Very unprofessional and irresponsible Shoaib Akhtar...wee don't want him anymore...he ain't worth to be in team...and I do not agree with Saima Khan.

  • Humayun on September 8, 2007, 3:28 GMT

    Oh and I almost forgot! What about the brawls between Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan in the Caribbean and Afridi striking a spectator with a bat even more recently. Ooooh! Let him who has no sin cast the first stone!

  • atif on September 8, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    Shoaib has been forgiven so many times by PCB for behaving like a nut. He shouldn't be given another chance to redeem himself. Instead, Inzi deserves a chance to redeem himself and say farewell to cricket respectfully. Don't forget, Inzi was attacked by many Pakistani cricket pundits for excluding Shoaib from the team. I guess he was right all along. Shoaib needs to go out of the team FOREVER.

  • Humayun on September 8, 2007, 3:23 GMT

    It takes TWO to quarrel. PCB needs to take appropriate action against both Shoaib AND Asif, other wise they will be setting the dye for another Shoaib in the making - Asif! Furthermore there is no need to overreact and the punishment must fit the crime. Keep in mind what Imran Khan, Sarfaraz Nawaz and Inzamam have gotten away with in the past. Not to forget Amir Sohail who attacked an umpire after a first class match, reportedly with a gun, and Imran Farhat's uncle Mohammad Ilyas who has repeatedly threatened various Board officials and selectors over his nephew's selection. So with such an embarrassingly rich past of unsavoury incidents to draw upon, the PCB should refrain from overreacting and chose punishments befitting both of these players.

  • ansar on September 8, 2007, 3:23 GMT

    i totally agree with mr Abbasi.shoaib should be banned for life.Whenever Pakistani team goes for big challenge shoaib creates a drama.He is a bluffer who gets the central contract and never plays in the team. He got fitness problems,he knows he cannot play more cricket that's why he creates those kind of dramas.I don't know why team management brings him in the team, he hasnot perfomed for two years.Give youngsters chance and keep this troublemaker out of the team

  • Ali Vaqar on September 8, 2007, 3:19 GMT

    There is interesting twist to the tail. As Asif could also have his fault. He is known to be cry baby. This totally sounds like Zidane-Materazzi incident. Asif, khana kharab did say some thing to provoke Shoaib Akthar. Asif also equally deserves to be punished.Still Shoaib Akthar deserves to punished but not very heavily. Some one has to teach this person manners. Otherwise at rate he injure the entire team. This behaviour morally and ethically unacceptable. It is not nice since happened when T20 is near. There nothing wrong to be aggressive but crossing its extreme is not nice thing. Since bullies Imran Khan, Inzamam, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis can get away. Then same treatment should be accorded to Shoaib. I agree with point of Saima that double standards should be immediately stoped. Otherwise our cricket will get doomed for good. Shame on Shoaib and Shame on Asif. Hope so these two stop fighting like junglees. Since they are grown up adults so must behave like one. At same time PCB and team management is blameable too. As they have not handled the issue properly. Since the era of Naseem Asharaf controversy after controversy keeps on developing. Naseem Asharaf has to do something that does not compromise discipline regardless of being star or any official. Since PCB has been treating Shoaib like blue eyed boy so it make Shoaib think that he will getaway with what he does. PCB should also send reminder to Asif as he involved too.

  • furqan iqbal malik on September 8, 2007, 3:06 GMT

    he is my hero n so is every1 ever played in pakistani cricket team. the fight was between shoaib n asif n they should jus kiss n make up. pakistani team wont win this without shoaib so ban him for few matches fine him alot so he wont make this mistake again but play him. plz make him make up with asif. we need them both.

  • Sohail Qureshi on September 8, 2007, 3:06 GMT

    What a shame for us as a nation! Lot has already been said, I would just like to add that this maniac should must be punished according to the South African law before calling him back to Pakistan for further punishment. He is just a disgrace but nothing else!

    Sohail Qureshi, Canada.

  • toovie on September 8, 2007, 3:03 GMT

    He is much more -ve impact on the team than +ve. Team and managements spend much of their time and concentration in replying to media about such illogical and shameful acts. He is the one whose controversies let the team down and make them a loser before even going into the field. He should be banned for life and Pakistani media should stop promoting or interviewing him. he should be put on total ignore so that team could get rid of this stain of shit.

  • Shak on September 8, 2007, 2:58 GMT

    He is a moron always has been. He is drama queen better suited for Bollywood than on the cricket field. All he wants is attention and now that he is 30 and his so called "career" is on the decline he will do anything to stay in the spotlight. We all know he is the most "over rated" bowler that ever played the game thanks to the media hype around him. I can't even remember the last time he won a game for his team that was of any consequence. When was the last time he even completed an entire Test series without falling apart or faking an injury anyone? He is a complete disgrace to the legacy of Wasim, Waqar and Imram. I say along with him we should also feed the stupid selectors who keep picking him to the dogs haha!

  • James Lawrence - Australia on September 8, 2007, 2:57 GMT

    This is exactly what happens when you think you are bigger than cricket and the team. This is not the first time that Shoaib has been aggressive and hsi behaviour is questioned. I remember 2 year back when he was picked by Tom Moody to play for a club in England the Club Manager and other team members openly commmented that his behaviour was unexpectable. Then there was a news about slapping Bob Woolmer in the bus and the list goes on an on......

    Not only this, if you look at the past 2 years of Shoaib's career, can someone tell me how much he has contributed to Pakistan Team on the ground???

    PCB should be bold enough & "BRAVE" enough to offer him a LIFETIME Ban, we should bid farewell to Shoaib before he further humiliates Pakistan's name and image. I think he is a BIG Liability to the Pakistan Team and PCB, I believe PCB has made huge investments in Shoaib over the past year without any positive returns. The amount of money is spent on Shoaib, I don't think no other player has gotten so much attention and pampering from PCB than any other player in Pakistan History of Cricket.....Can anyone name one player who had this SPECIAL treatment for Shoaib only, who I believe has nothing else to offer to Pakistan team other than embarrassment and blocking spot of the up-coming talent of Pakistan Cricket.

    I believe it is time enough to say goodbye to Mr. Shoaib Akhter !!!

    James Lawrence Melbourne - Australia

  • SYED on September 8, 2007, 2:46 GMT

    NO EMOTIONAL TALK HERE,Lets try to analyze this from an intellectual,realistic and factual perspective. Shoaib Akhtar........ a serious mental disorder,Bipolar or manic depressive disorder vs a personality disorder" antisocial personality disorder"........OR drug induced/withdrawl disorder with full of rage, aggression,poor impulse control. In any event he certainly needs a prompt mental health evaluation. Suspension/ban from game along with psychiatric assessment is required.


  • Abid asghar on September 8, 2007, 2:44 GMT

    Shoaib is now a dangerous figure in the field we can expect any action from him, like beating the umpire, or a foriegn player. we must ban him for life. He is not a sportsman at all, he is a bloody crook.

  • Jaswant Singh on September 8, 2007, 2:39 GMT

    I agree with Saima Khan.

    Imran Khan got away with murder and Shree Ramji knows what else. Whispers about banned substances never stopped.

    Inzamam picked up a fight with an innocent Sikh spectator in Canada for being called a potato or some such thing.Nobody cared.

    So why pick on this silly but good natured fellow?

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on September 8, 2007, 2:23 GMT

    Ref. Imran Khan at September 7, 2007 8:04 PM

    ha, ha, ha ......... very funny!

    There are so many self-proclaimed Shoaib Akhtars and Kapil Dev's on this blog and are seriously trying to emulate like the original guys and impress others. But, you did a real good mimicry of Imran Khan and that too in good humour. Keep it up, we don't have to be so mad and frustrated at the madness of a mad man.

    Thanks for making me laugh. :-)

  • ali khan on September 8, 2007, 2:14 GMT

    why were razzaq, inzi, and yousuf dropped again? religious influence, seniority and immobility.

    last time I checked shoaib can do for some religious influence because he obviously has a drinking problem, he is a senior but doesnt act like one, and he is immobile in the field as well considering his body is more like arnold schwarzeneger from the 70s rather than a fast bowler such as michael holding who was lean not bulky.

    Its sad that a legend like yousuf was thrown to the curb in a format where it would have been nice to see him just play aggressively and show his repertoire of shots, to bad we legends are treated like s.t while prima donnas like shoaib are treated like king. -I have always been a big shoaib fan but enough is enough. -the pcb is partly responsible for this, they have always coddled him, just recently he was let off a few weeks ago after leaving the camp. -After the world cup people made various negative comments about inzamam's tactical nous, one thing is for sure he was right about shoaib and his behavior, inzamam was a leader of men who won with a second rate pakistani side, a side that usually comprised of inconsistent bowlers like mohammad sami and rana naved and no openers. Winning against india in india, never losing a test series at home in the last three years and only losing 1 odi series was a big achievement. he also drew a series away against wi where he only played one game and yousuf didnt participate in. He ran rsa close in a test series in rsa despite having to openers that are not of international class, he was also only playing with two bowlers asif and kaneria.

    Shoaib Akhtar is a tease. I would hope all those pakistani fans who were praising him for not going to the icl realize shoaib is not abt pakistan he is abt himself.

    shoaib akhtar is the epitome of the memmememe player of today. Id rather take my chances with rao iftikhar, sami, gul, and rana naved. Players who are talented but most importantly are team players who come to practice work there tail off and go home.

  • Javeid Sharif on September 8, 2007, 2:12 GMT

    pakistan cricket dosnt need shoaib akhter.shoaib akhter needs pakistan cricket.. no one player is or should ever be considerd bigger than the team.if shoaib is abanned for life.i wouldnt care or feel sorry for him in anyway..i think he should be banned from playing with the main pakistan team indefinatley.with conditions, that he plays a the whole domestic season in pakistan and makes himself available for pakistan A team tours. stays out of trouble if and proves his commitment to pakistan cricket..IF HE EVER WANTS TO PLAY FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET AGAIN..

  • Shoaib Bashir on September 8, 2007, 1:54 GMT

    Cost Benefit Analysis: ____________________________

    Objective: PK team should win gracefully.

    Cost: Millions of $, Nations time and respect.

    Results: Scarce win over the years and unable to achieve the stated objectives.

    Conclusion: The project is too expensive and is unable to achieve the objectives, therefore it should be abandon alltogether.

    In simple words PK doesn't need cricket team.

    They have given far more cries to the nation than happiness.

  • Faheem Yunus on September 8, 2007, 1:42 GMT

    We are hearing things about Shoaib in the news and media. But one should take time and assess the situation. Few weeks ago he was put on probation. He clearly knows PCB is not a big fan of his ways and attitude. BUT he is a Hero Figure and PCB is just too keen on giving him chances over and over again, like a illegitimate chinld. Shoaib is a very smart person, as far as i think. perhaps this is a way to exit Pakistan Cricket in a fashion where the decision not to play him anymore lays with the officials of PCB, and he can join ICL for this reason. I mean, a person who knows he is being watched constantly by watch dogs and still commit such a horrendous act would only be one who doesn't have anything to lose. He knows ICL would take him in with the Biggest offer and this would be perfect timing for him to make the switch. He is not serious about Pakistan Cricket Com'on. Sorry Shoaib after watching you in all the interviews you have given so far and how you pretend to just say your mind. I think hitting someone with a bat, is not speaking your mind and if it is then your the last person i would want to be around and i honestly think that your too SMART to make such a mistake. Sorry...

  • Aliboy on September 8, 2007, 1:40 GMT

    So the druggies are at it again !!! Asif should also be sent back and never considered again, the Pakistani board deserves this slur as they let these two off the hook after they were found guilty of using banned drugs - Is this also a conspiracy by the Australian and English cricket lovers ?? These guys are bad news for any team - Pakistan's loss is ICL's gain !!! Maybe they can kill a few of the guys givng the Indian Board a hard time ???

  • Syed A. Ahmed on September 8, 2007, 1:28 GMT

    Once again Being a Pakistani Shoaib has proved himself that I have a talent but I am Not Gonna use it in a constructive way and become a source of disgrace for Pakistan. discipline starts from the house and there is nobody who could control this kind a player. We need Imran Kan Back in Business.

  • asker mirza - USA on September 8, 2007, 1:05 GMT

    Hi, I am Asker Mirza from California-USA originally from India.Being a Cricketer myself who played at a certain level, I know how disciplined one should be on and off the field. That holds good for anyone representing any country and in any field, whether one is at school or job or travelling or whereever you are, you got to be disciplined no matter what. Coming back to Shoaib episode, first I got a question for the PCB, the Pakistani cricket loving public and other media personnel, Who is Shoaib and What is his achievement, a mere fastbowler who bowls at 90-100 miles an hour, if you really analyse there are many in that range in the world now so what is so special about him. As far as variety and stock balls there is nothing much to talk about. Lets not talk about the world, just take Pakistan only, they have been fast bowlers like Imran, Wasim, Waqar,Aaqib and many more, if anyone can recollect the talent they possessed, Shoaib has not even a fraction of their talent other than speed and speed is not everything as the great Glen McGrath said once. Does he have the consistency, the deadly yorkers or deadly bouncers and the balls which swings both sides or the deadly pace generated from a short run-up like Akram, or the scorching pace ,toe crushing yorkers or reverse swinging yorkers at deadly pace of Waqar, and name one full season where he has played all the matches. Count the number of incidents of his indiscipline. Thats the problem with the subcontinental public who are cricket crazy and make demons or demi-gods out of mere mortals supplemented by the spineless administrators and money minded media who are all involved in making these kind of devilish personalities. As like in schools or jobs, first mistake a verbal warning, second mistake a written warning and the third mistake fire that person, that will eventually discourage any one who is harnessing such thoughts of getting away with anything they do. If this was done to Shoaib in the first instance either he would have changed himself or bid goodbye to cricket and let everyone in Pakistan live in peace or atleast saving them from such disgrace and embarassment. I was surprised to see someone still defending him saying fast bowlers are all temperamental, yes I agree but show me even one bowler from West Indies,Australia,South Africa,England, New Zealand who have been involved any such incident and if at all involved their boards have let them scott free, no I doubt it. If I can quote someone, "Humans can control their emotions and behaviour where as animals cannot, that is what the difference between humans and animals". I guess everyone gets what I mean. If anyone has to learn how to be in the imelight, achieving everything in their life, being idolised but still keeping their feet firm on the ground and their head on thier shoulders, one should take a leaf out of Sachin Tendulkar or Anil Kumble. I believe that has to do much with education and the way you are brought up by their parents.

    As far as ICL taking Shoaib, I doubt it because no one in their sane minds will want to get a (Nasoor-painful wound that does not get healed) for a couple of Million dollars.

  • Shafqat Mahmood on September 8, 2007, 1:04 GMT

    This is my first contribution to this bloag (which i may add is very entertaining).

    As a people, i believe Pakistanis (in general) are not good people (as compared to most nations of the world). That is why it doesnt surprise me to see such behavior from its heroes.

    Personally i think we should drop anyone who cannot show respect to 'honorable' seniors and those who cannot follow a disciplined approach.

    But because our country is corrupt (one of the most corrupt in the world), nothing will change and greed will allow Shoaib back into the team within a few months.

  • pulkit on September 8, 2007, 0:43 GMT

    I think this new Shoaib Akhtar spat with Asif is yet another nail in his dieing career's coffin.

    I sometimes wonder is all this slapping Whoolmer, fights with Captain, anger problem is it due to "Roide Rage"..... I do strongly believe it is. He is a great bowler but someone who is not disciplined on and off field is never a champion. You game and way you behave is your professional identity.

    I think you should ask the reader about this. I do feel most of them would agree with me that this is a Roide rage case..... he joins the league of troubled sports person like Mike Tyson and suicide of Chris Benoit.....

  • Alok Nad on September 8, 2007, 0:21 GMT

    I generally agree with the sentiments expressed about banning Shoaib. But, let us not forget that there is always a cause and effect relationship. There must be more to it than meets the eye. Asif must be at fault to some extent, for Shoaib to go berserk and react violently like that. Of course I am not at all privy to the shenanigans that went on behind the closed doors of the locker room. You can see it time and again that the instigators go unnoticed more often than not and the players who react are caught by the referees. Just another example: Last year in school, my nine year old daughter was poked by a boy who sits behind her, with a pencil, she turned around, saw the pencil, reacted and whacked him. The teacher caught her, she was marched down to the Principal's office, and was given punishment. The boy admitted that he poked her, but got no punishment, since rule says you cannot hit another child, no matter what. Just goes to show you that you got to follow the rules, no matter what. My daughter did deserve the punishment, but so did the other boy who provoked her. So what is Asif's side of the story?

  • amjad on September 8, 2007, 0:17 GMT

    i cann't believe that a sports personality can reach such kind of madness that he went to hurt one of his team mate... unbelievable.. such players shouldn't be fined... baned from all levels of the game.. they are just like wild dogs, can bite anybody at any time.. should b sent behind the bars...

  • jibran on September 8, 2007, 0:12 GMT

    BAN him for life, should I say any more????

  • hind on September 8, 2007, 0:11 GMT

    indian cricket league is not for arrogant players.....

  • pankaj tripathi on September 7, 2007, 23:53 GMT

    thanks shohib, for all the wonderfull cricket that i have seen you play but your cheap and misguided antics have have now tested even my patients. sorry shohib but it's time for you to go and let pakistan concentrate on good sporting cricket. what a shame that you never grew up.

  • Mansur on September 7, 2007, 23:47 GMT

    I think he's doing all this purposely. He just wants to be banned and join ICL. Com'on folks. It's obvious. Who on earth would try breach the law while on probation? It's pretty clear. I hope ICL doesn't take him there. They don't want a thug in their tournament. He's not worth it. He'll probably go there with steroid injected in his body and knock Inzi's tooth out. I wouldn't be surprised.

  • Tariq Saleem on September 7, 2007, 23:39 GMT

    what idiot uses a cricket bat when attacked verbally, a sane man would have just gone to the team management and reported Mr. Asif...but no!!! not our macho man Mr. Shoaib Akhtar, he takes out a bat and starts beating Mr. Asif up. I'd expect this behavior from a Ghunda in the streets, but not from a senior player in the team...or may be this is where I am wrong....he is the Ghunda of our team and just did what Ghunda's do best.

  • Naveed on September 7, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    Shoaib reminds me of Salman Khan !!!!

    He should be banned and then I would recommend him to join WWE (wrestling)

  • Salman on September 7, 2007, 23:10 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar is a Hero!!!!

  • Mohammad Saadat Khan on September 7, 2007, 23:07 GMT

    Good, Shoaib is sent back Better, he should also be banned from making any future contracts, including the ICL Best, Pakistan does not need Shoaib

    M. Saadat Khan , Toronto Canada

  • Arul Pradeep on September 7, 2007, 23:04 GMT

    This is one way to screw up ICL. BCCI should pay extra million dollars to ensure Shoaib join ICL. Please see the list of misdemeanours - Drugs, Feigning injury, aspiration for captaincy, advertizing for Alcohol ads, slapping Bob Woolmer, hitting Asif with a bat. I mean how long? He is a hero - its a sight watching him bowl out Fleming, Tendulkar, Lara, bouncing out Saurav, but he doesnt just bowl out the opposition, he bowls the Pakistani team too. He is an insult to the T-shirt "Proud to be a Pakistani". Do something my dear pakistanis. I am an Indian, but i hate to see Pakistani cricket go through the depths. He is a shame for a proud pakistani cricket fan.

  • Suni Perera on September 7, 2007, 22:58 GMT

    All my Pakistani friends seem to be focussed on Shoaib's Faux Pas and are up in arms very justifiably but it would seem fair that rather than blaming the incident on Shoaib alone it should be unleashed collectively on both miscreants.Asif is no angel according to some who seem to know the real facts about this story and if the Pakistan Cricket Board incarcerates Shoaib for life rather than rehabilitating him through viable means it would be a case of cutting one's nose to spite one's fac.Shoaib is a rare breed of bowler who may be wild and erratic as well as prone to human error, lacking in temper management etc etc. but he is one of the most exciting speedsters in recent history and not altogether a villain! Surely there must be a nicer side to the man so why not exercise human compassion to repreive what may well be an icon in Pakistani cricket! There is an outstanding clause the game of cricket must nevet forget which is "To Err Is Human And To Forgive Is Divine." How can he be crucified to the extent that he has been without giving many related facts real consideration.One is ~ being subjected to grave provocation which if it can be proved should make the task of the adjudicators that much more easy! His energy should be and I'm confident,could be harnassed in the one direction of getting wickets for Pakistan and it is surely a chance worth taking albeit perhaps an arduous one but do let's afford him one last chance in the name of cricket.

    Suni Perera~ Cricket Writer for WWW.LankaWeb.Com

  • Zafar on September 7, 2007, 22:56 GMT

    Regardless of how hard you try to straighten a dog's tail, it remains crooked! (an urdu proberb). Nobody deserves more to be kicked out of Pak team (least of all Inzamam and Razzaq), than Shoaib. Neither Imran or Inzamam, regardless of their arrogant attitude ever did anything to destroy the moral of Pak team. That is what only this guy (Shoaib) is capabale of and gets away with it all the time. Those in favor of retaining Shoaib in the team should think whether Shoaib can hold a candle to the achievements of Imran or Inzamam! He has even the gall to compare himself to Zinedine Zedane. What a croc!

  • Badar Siddiqi on September 7, 2007, 22:52 GMT

    Wait a minute please! Why are so many people rushing to judgment? It seems like most of the people are too excited and impatient and thus delivering their own verdicts on the issue. Have we got all the information and the facts on hand to say something with impartiality? Sometimes things aren't just as they appear to us. We need to stay calm and use our brains; think outside the box! What people are saying here is all based on the past. That's totally unfair. I'm not backing Shoaib for what he did but please have the decency to atleast listen to both sides. Gather all the facts, what lead to the spat, what might have caused the provocation, what was the conversation all about, were there any witnesses to the account, why were they inside the dressing room when others were busy practising on the field, etc. Take the example of Zinedine Zedan in last year's soccer world cup; he was provoked in the match by Marco Materazzi(you can imagine how you'd react if someone says something low and ugly about your mom and sis), he reacted to that by headbutting the player, faced the fine and ban yet still won the Golden Ball best player's award from FIFA. Both the French and the Algerian presidents showed their solidarity with Zidane. Please note that both Zidane and Materazzi received the bans and the fines but they were never banned for life. Can't we do the same here? Why are people portraying Asif as a good boy? Isn't PCB treating him as the "new beloved child"? Aren't PCB bosses offering him huge incentives to stay away from the ICL? Aren't they treating him better and different than most of the other players in the team? Didn't the same make Shoaib the arrogant he's today? Support your heros but don't worship the idols. Slap both players with bans and fines but then move on. They're both our heros and we need both in our national team. Shoaib has shown regret and have since apologized so please don't make it such a big deal because the longer we drag this ugly scene, the longer Pakistan cricket will suffer.

  • Abdur Raheem Kureshi on September 7, 2007, 22:44 GMT

    Stop it........Hes the only match winner in this whole pakistan team......why is no one blaming or even talking about the Asif part in this whole incident.....the incident should be made public so that we can know the asif role as well. Then we should make any judgement.....i dont know why evryone is after him.......we are one of those countries who always forget that what our heroes have given us before.....hes human and can mistakes like anyother..

  • Salman Ali on September 7, 2007, 22:39 GMT

    I think the time has come finally to say good night for ever to Shoaib Akhtar and let the team focus on cricket for a change. The last thing any struggling team needs is a series of controversies. By the way I am pretty sure Naseem Ashraf will screw up this situation as well to ensure maximum embarassment is caused to Pakistan.

  • Faisal Durrani on September 7, 2007, 22:35 GMT

    Put yourself in the shoes of Pakistani Players and ask yourself a question, do you feel comfortable playing alongside a guy who can now hit people, and God Knows next he comes out with a knife or something. This guy has turned into a goon. he should be behind Bars. I think with personalities like these, we may now need "bouncers" in cricket who can just throw a guy, like him, on the street, on mis-conduct.

    What a shame. Give new bowlers a chance. If IMran would have been the captain of this team, this would not have happened, because Shoaib would not have been given a second chance.

    Bring on new blood, I guess I am impress with Jamshed and Anwar Ali. Even Rao should be taken off the team and one of these two bowlers should be given a chance.

  • Alex Farooque on September 7, 2007, 22:30 GMT

    Sooner we forget Shoaib better it is. And I disagree with Saima Khan. Inzi and Imran were class apart. They were rude or full of themselves because they had their weight. When exactly has Shoaib matched or exceeded these standards. Imran and Inzi brought us the world cup. Shoaib brought us shame on numerous occaisions. It's good though that Shoaib has hit Asif, it kind of of absolves the latter from the drug charges. Kind of.

  • sheharyar on September 7, 2007, 22:29 GMT

    i think the issue could have been handled better. I blame shoaib akhtar but he mustve been provoked by asif's ridiculous comment. We cant win big matches without shoaib akhtar after all this is just a twenty 20 that aint matter to know one. Asif has to get his act together and try respecting senior in his team rather then passing on stupid silly comments. If we want to win the series against south africa and india we need a fired up shoaib akhtar and its going to be interesting what he says on when he goes back ...

  • Kashif Ashraf on September 7, 2007, 22:21 GMT

    Says Nasim Ashraf- win or lose we can not take this behaviour. What is the point of playing then? These incidents are not unusual when ambitious, energetic individuals play sport. I don't condone it but these things happen and remain in the dressing room. Talat Ali is conducting a personal vendetta aainst Shoaib. Discipline them, yes, but do not make a bloody joke of yourself. This facade of transparency and discipline is utter foolishness on the part of the board. Look what did the Aussies do with Symonds recently- banned him for a match at maximum, similarly Warney and Mark Waugh didn't get expunged for match-fixing. Treat them as professionals; everyone will remember the services of Shoaib (whenever he has been fit to deliver), but who will remember losers like Talat Ali and Nasim Ashraf. These players are not military conscripts and do not treat them in a knee-jerk fashion. Sorry, but I disagree with the hundreds of innocent emailers above who can see the malice of Shoaib but not that of the board. What good do they get in washing dirty linen in public. Yes, everybody gets frustrated at his poor fitness, etc but mind you ask the opposing teams if they want to facw Shoaib. A fit Shoaib is an asset for the team and is an extremely intelligent cricketer. The incident had hardly happened and it was there on every news channel, cricket website- why can not these things be handled more intelligently. You read autobiographical accounts of retired greats and they give accounts of severe disciplinary transgressions which were handled more sensibly. I believe the person who would be feeling mre sorry then even Shoaib now would be Asif. For God's sake, please be more mature and do everything possible to make this team a well-oiled winning machine. Do not delve into internal sabotage. Dr K Ashraf, Norfolk,UK

  • Kasim Mahmood on September 7, 2007, 22:19 GMT

    To me, Sohaib is looking for a way to get out of the contract and join ICL without being labelled a traitor or money hungry.

    No one would have called him that if he had simply done it the right way because that's his right and PCB is wrong when it tries to stop these players. But creating an unnecessary scuffle in the dressing room to invent an excuse for getting thrown out only shows his meanness against a fellow promising fast bowler and lack of respect for cricket in general.

    That's what I think is the real reason for Sohaib. It was a calculated move on his part.

  • Sanjiv on September 7, 2007, 22:18 GMT

    To hell with Shoaib, cricket would be better without him and of course Pakistan team too. What is the use of a player in the team if his role is suicidal? Injuries, indiscipline, bad behaviour and now standard has fallen to (somewhat like) street fights. Is he a better bowler than Marshall, Holding, Akram or Imran ? If not then this the time to dump him forever and forget.

  • Owais on September 7, 2007, 22:18 GMT

    Unforgiveable !!! Seems this is going to be his end. But some minor punishment should also go out to Asif to let other's know that standards will be stiffer in the future.

  • usman on September 7, 2007, 22:08 GMT

    enough said abut what abut asif????? is it only shoaib's fault?

  • Salman Khan on September 7, 2007, 22:03 GMT

    one of the predictors of dangerous self harming behaviour is Impulsivity.I think Shoaib has possibly committed irreversible self harm by this impulsive act . But there is something more than that here. I find it difficlut to believe that Impuslivity was the only reason the incident took place , I think somewhere at back of his mind Shoaib knew that he will get away with it. There can be no bigger crime than to physically hurt your team mate and that too with a bat!!! Asif is lucky to get away with a bruise , imagine if the bat hit the knee and irreversibly damaged the ligaments.It could have ended the fast bowler's career. Cricket may be a Gentleman's game but Shoaib is not a Gentleman by any stretch of imagination. Absolutely disgusting.

  • ahmad sulman on September 7, 2007, 21:56 GMT

    there is a news in media that nothing happened at all and its all a pln by pakistan board shoaib nandorlene level s still too high some test they did from private laboratory so swiftly they made up all this to cover up now cross ur fingers and see if asif plays too or maybe he is delared unfit last moment too u never know whats going on news lso circulating is that icc and wada had plans to take both players test after first match with scotland

  • Mohammad Khan on September 7, 2007, 21:48 GMT

    ban him forever. he is just fast not a wicket taker bowler. and i think pakistan cricket board is corrupt. and honestly i think ICC should ban pakistan cricket team. just waste of time. Compare to other sub continet teams...look at tendulkar he is all time worlds best batsman. have u ever heard anything regarding him????NO NO NO...shoaib is nothing but a lofar, Charsi (Drugi) and big time looser. ban him for life

  • ahmad on September 7, 2007, 21:44 GMT

    shoaib has been given a lot of chances already.. to prevent an incident like this in future he should be kicked out of the team onces and for all ...

  • MFK on September 7, 2007, 21:39 GMT

    Ya Ya Ya!

    Where is the other side of the story. Why did he do it? is he mad? i don't think so. Asif is as big an A-hole as Shoaib. So please let us have the full story before punishing any one. PCB does it again!

  • Saima Khan on September 7, 2007, 21:32 GMT

    If Inzi can beat Younis Khan in the field, Inzi can beat audince in the ground, Imran Khan can have multiple girl firends during forigen tours (Zeenat Amman, Seeta White, Ammanda etc), if Imran can beat audince at Karchi stadium so why not Shoaib.

    Leadership by an example.

    If no one punished Imran and Inzi, why double standard for Shoaib. Both Inzi and Imran were rewarded captain ship after thier scandals.


    They both young. Asif has a high temper too. He also insulted Zaheer Abbas in England tour.

    Saima Khan Islamaabad

  • A. J .Ranjha on September 7, 2007, 21:32 GMT

    This time he should be sent packing permanently.

    Pakistani cricket fans have endured much of his babyish tantrums. This is not the first time he has let them and his country down. And it won't be the last. Enough is enough. Anyone in his last throws of cricketing years should know better, but not him.

    Mohammed Asif should get a lawyer and sue Shoaib Akhtar for the damages.

  • sam on September 7, 2007, 21:30 GMT

    I feel shoaib should learn some thing from players like Sachin or akram , have any one seen these great players ever behaving like imature class 8th students ? and more ever what is shoaib is infront of them ? what ever happens no body has the right to hit another player . it seems asif made joke about shoaib that he looks like an old goat !!!!!

  • harsha on September 7, 2007, 21:18 GMT

    There have been other cricketers too who were wild. Like sidhu, slater or an ameer sohail. This is not new. Sidhu is a massively changed guy now. His answer was meditation. Going to psychiatrist is a waste of time, as they dont know much about mind. Going to ICL? dude, indians should think twice before inviting bad-boy...!

  • Saf on September 7, 2007, 21:18 GMT

    When a so called esteemed Judge of the Pakistani Courts investigated the match-fixing inquiry in 2000 and later publicly acknowledged he let Wasim Akram off the hook,even though he knew he was guilty,simply because he was a 'National Asset', why would anyone expect a PCB organization to show better discipline and accountability in regards to their 'SuperStar'?

  • aftab on September 7, 2007, 21:17 GMT

    I must disagree with you - and believe that you have all got it wrong. Shoaib should be dealt with for the crime he did. If he was not a cricketer, he would not be banned from cricket for hitting someone. I would rather have an FIR agianst him, take him to court, fine him million dollars (assuming that is the legal punishment), but ban him? No. Yes, I would ban him if he uses drugs to enhance his game, or foul play relating to his game. If a doctor slaps another doctor, I wouldn't take his license away. I would take him to the law enforcement. I don't think that the medical board would do that either. Having said that, I am awestruck to see physical violenece prevalent in 'our' culture. Our writers assume that is okay to physically hurt the 'bad guy'. That's a problem that needs solution at a higher level. Unfortunately, our higher levels are too timid to face such problems.

  • Iqbal Butt on September 7, 2007, 21:15 GMT

    It is time that Pakistan Cricket board take some creditable measures to deal with the Shoaib Akthar problem. In my openion he should be banned for life. He has been given enough chances and it is time that is rested for good so that it is also a lesson for others to see that if they ever behave in such a manner they will alos suffer the same fate. If the the board brings him back they will become the laughing stock of the world cricket.

  • Saqib Rafique on September 7, 2007, 21:06 GMT

    For Shoaib Only… if u are reading this..Shame on u Shoaib, Don’t say sorry….its enough just leave PCB If you really have some respect for your country or Cricket.

  • Siddique on September 7, 2007, 21:00 GMT

    I looked at this with sadness. Shaib has disappointed his long fans, including me. counting his votes, he lost 99.9% to .1%. All cricket loving people are sad. This game is about high class dicsipline. Shaib does not have common decency. Shaib must go. Pakistan will survive without him.

  • John Engleby on September 7, 2007, 20:58 GMT

    The moral of this story is that Shoaib needs to work on his arch of the bat's swing. Ordinarily one would expect the femur to have fractured.

  • AMJAD KHAN on September 7, 2007, 20:56 GMT

    We already have one dictator in our country.Which we are trying to get rid of him.And pcb is tolerating another dictator bez of his influnce other players like Razzaq, Farhat are trying to be like him.He is a nut and crazy man he needs to see some doc.

  • Cybernut on September 7, 2007, 20:52 GMT

    I like the lyric of new Pepsi commercial when camera hits the shoaib, adnan sings... "kaisay kaisay ko diya hai" Suits the occasion, doesn't it?

    Shoaib never deserved the honor ppl and media gave to him, Imran Khan was much more greater stud then shoaib, but Imran never compromised on performance.

    Clear the garbage... throw shoaib out.

  • Nahed Dalvi on September 7, 2007, 20:49 GMT

    Kick Shoaib Akhtar out once and for-ever, please

  • mustafa ahmad on September 7, 2007, 20:48 GMT

    i don't agree with what most people are saying. i thinks its Asif's fault that we have lost one of our best bowlers. if the wold have not tormented shoaib non of this would not have happened. if shoaib is banned asif should be banned as well. although it not rite for him to hit asif it because of him he is not in our team so both should have been banned

  • imran on September 7, 2007, 20:42 GMT

    i bet that he will banned and that will give him the excuse to play for ICL! I guarantee that this is all a plan.

  • ajaz on September 7, 2007, 20:33 GMT

    He is disgrace to the game, send him to alaska so he can get cooooooooooooooooooool.

  • Nizar Ali Akbar on September 7, 2007, 20:33 GMT

    He should be out of central contract, he is making money without playing. Shoiab is ranking no.1 in bad attitude in cricket history in the world. He is useless for pakistan. He missed all three major tournament, so why he is in the team. Please, please, please move him from contract and team.

  • NJ on September 7, 2007, 20:21 GMT

    I think both Shoaib and Asif should have been banned togather. If Asif is such a big boy he should be able to handle personal scuffles by himself. Such a shame they compliment each other very well on the feild.

  • ayaz on September 7, 2007, 20:17 GMT

    have read many posts on here from fellow fans, but I am sure nobody can say, in Shaoib we have lost a lethal weapon that teams are afraid of, he has proved it and unlike his temperament his bowling is something to be seen at his best he was better than the rest.

  • azam shah on September 7, 2007, 20:11 GMT

    Shoib is his own worst enemy. Maybe he craves attention and hence does all this crazy stuff.

  • Imran Khan on September 7, 2007, 20:04 GMT

    As the former world cup winning captain of Pakistan, I would like this madness to end. It's complete responsibility lies on Mohammad Asif. First of all, as a senior Shoaib is entitled to humiliating juniors. Asif should have happily accepted this fact. Secondly I am amazed how slow and lazy Asif was. He should have moved his leg away from the bat when Shoaib waived it. By getting hit he has proved that he needs to be punished. So the simple solution is to ban Asif for six months. Also Shoaib should be immediately made captain of the team because of the leadrship skills he has just demonstrated.

    Imran Khan (Former Captain of Pakistan)

  • sumeet on September 7, 2007, 20:02 GMT

    I would recommend the Rawalpindi Express to attend a long spiritual course in the Art of Living foundation. He needs some sanity restored within himself and may some damsel help him recover from his menopausal fluctuations.

  • Miten on September 7, 2007, 19:59 GMT

    This monster has been created by none other than the officials of pakistani cricket who have let this go on for the last few years. The longer they wait to ban this guy from playing cricket for his country, the longer they will have to deal with such embarassing issues. He is fast, so what? Does this make him larger than the game? Forget that, does this make him larger than pakistani cricket? He isnt deserved of being in the public limelight, he is a horrible rolemodel for future cricketers.

  • Mohamed on September 7, 2007, 19:55 GMT

    I think Shoaib is jealous of Asif's bowling. I think this hitting incident must be related to comments about the drugs issue between these two. Akhtar is basically like Tyson, one of these days he is going to bite someone. Should be sent to jail for seven years and banned for life.

  • Adeel on September 7, 2007, 19:54 GMT

    I think this should be the last nail in the coffin. A lesson to all those who continue to support this maniac, no matter what he does. He has brought enough bad name to our country and he is certainly not indispensable. Also I don't think Asif should just get away with it. He should also be penalised along with Shoaib.

  • pingo on September 7, 2007, 19:49 GMT

    Give him another chance please. There aren't many cricketers who are as exciting as Shaib is. Even with out playing much cricket, he has remained a thrilling personality. He is a pure genius and a competitive cricketer. We need more of such guys to keep the adrinalin pumping. You can't really blame him now. Since he was pardoned and accomodated umptteen number of times, he just felt he can get away with such situational sins. If the admin were stricter from day-1, he woudl have remained straight and played straight. Why spoil him all the way and try to ban him now. He should eb given a chance to play more (after what ever token desciplinary action one can think off). We need Shoaib... we need him now. Save Shoaib... Save Cricket... Save PCB...

  • Ahmed Lakhani on September 7, 2007, 19:43 GMT

    Belive it or not - Sohaib is like a wound for our team and that one is contegious. this wound is already has his grip on Asif. I think we should get rid of both ASAP,if you like to see better future for our team.

  • Bilal Ghouri on September 7, 2007, 19:43 GMT

    i was & i am a big fan of shoaib akhtar but the thing he has done is really punishable. he should be punished, but we should not forget that he is a match winning player. so he should not be banned for a long time but he deserves punish for what he has done. this bat hitting news was really shocking for me. Shoabi Akhtar you should control your temper.

  • tinto on September 7, 2007, 19:40 GMT

    what happened to shoaib man, he should go now.

  • Malik Paris France on September 7, 2007, 19:36 GMT

    I used to be a BIG BIG fan of Shoaib Akthar ( i even accept what akthar said after the drug scandal that he would not take some microliters of enchacers ) but i now think that there cant be any comparasion between Akthar and M. Zinedine Zidane because Zidane is one of the favorite personaliie here in france(listed just behind L'abbé pierre ) Don't think Akthar had such time during his career So please don't even quote the name of akthar with zidane

  • Rizwan on September 7, 2007, 19:27 GMT

    I think the cricket board should impose a life ban on such guilty figures.

  • Asif Siddique on September 7, 2007, 19:25 GMT

    This is the begining of the end !!! This guy is out of his mind. ARY reported that he hit Asif on the head !!!! maybe this is his way to get out of the Pak cricket and join ICL.

  • ravi shankar on September 7, 2007, 19:23 GMT

    Mr. Sumit Gosh. Why you want to drag India. Its Shoaib Akthar who did it. he has been doing these things reportedly. Name one Indian player who was involved in a spat like this. Dont shame yourself and other Indians pulling India into this. Thank you.

  • Iqbal on September 7, 2007, 19:14 GMT

    I think both Aisf and Shoaib will come back becuase they would have failed the doping test again. This incident is created to save both of them AGAIN.

  • ALI RAZA - Lahore on September 7, 2007, 19:13 GMT

    Shameful, simply shameful. Who else could have been the person except Shoaib Akhtar the same old most Indicipline, most controversial, most worse person a team can ever wish for. Plzzzzzzzzzzz kick him out of the Pakistani team, if you want Pakistani team to grow, as he always wants to be in the news for all the wrong reason. He himself is not interested in playing for Pakistan and wants to finish the People who wants to do well.

    Surprisingly he is saying that Even Zidane head butted the oposition's player, but I think that was the oposition's player and not the team mate.

    Again Plzzzz no more Shoaib Akhtar, we will be happy to lose in T20, against South Africa, India and Australia, gracefully than he being involved in some issue with someone and bringing disgrace to Pakistan.

    Please ban Mr Shoaib Akhtar for life and ask him even to leave the Country and go wherever he wants but there is no place for him in Pakistan.

  • Mohamed Musa, Dubai on September 7, 2007, 19:10 GMT

    I am not a pakistani but I am die hard Pakistan cricket fan, I have always stood behind Shoaib and have been fun of him all my life, I am still a fun of shoaib the crickter, Shoaib The Rawalpindi Express, But I am no longer a fun of Shoaib the gentleman. The thing that got you and I talking is the game of cricket and he is not bigger than the game, more than image of the game i think he is destroying the future of thousand of kids who idolise him and who will be tempted to think it all takes 100m/ph deliveries to be Super star, Shoiab needs to be Disciplined and Displicined thoroughly.

  • ishaq on September 7, 2007, 19:09 GMT

    everytime i think shoaib is now going good and now he will do something 4 pakistan, he again proves my thinking wrong.HE SHOULD BE FORCED TO JOIN "ICL" and should be banned 4ever

  • Danyal on September 7, 2007, 19:05 GMT

    I was really upset with what PCB did with Razzak, and now this. I do not think Pakistan needs an immature cricketer like Shoaib to represent the country. He should first learn some manners, disciplice and respect for others; then play for his country.

  • Martyn on September 7, 2007, 19:04 GMT

    Shoaib Akthar is probably the most gifted fast bowler I have ever seen or heard of in my 24 years. Pacey, capable of swinging the ball both ways and pretty accurate too. An incredible talent that is unplayable on his day, this man should be opening the bowling for an all-time World XI in fifty years time.

    However, I wouldn't put him in Pakistan's All Time XI of today, or even in the current team because Shoaib is actually a failure. Harsh assessment of someone who made it to the test level and has performed (destroying New Zealand, Australia, West Indies England) because he should have done more. With his talent Shoaib should have taken Pakistan beyond Australia in the ranking but he hasn't - he has had merely an "ordinary" test career. The assault of Asif is clearly the act of a man who is frustrated that feels he hasn't achieved everything he could and should have against the man who may yet take Pakistan to the next level.

    Why else would I not put this under-achiever in an all-time Pakistan XI? Simply, his attitude is unacceptable. Pakistan is a stronger team with Akthar playing, but no matter how many wickets he takes, no matter how many times he beats the bat he does not take pride in representing his team or country. I would rather see my team lose playing with pride and in the correct spirit that win playing with the nasty selfish attitude displayed by Shoaib Akthar. It is one thing to be self-confident (see Kevin Pietersen) but quite another to be a douchebag.

    To those people who say Shoaib has brought shame on the sport of cricket or on Pakistan or their cricket team I say this - Shoaib Akthar has brought shame only upon himself. He is the only one in disgrace, not Asif or the selectors or the PCB. His actions were those of an individual motivated by self interest and a petty desire for revenge. It has been reported that Asif claimed he looked "knackered", leading to the assault. Since when is stating that an opinion worthy of being struck with a cricket bat? Since Shoaib is never fit who is to say Asif is wrong anyway?

    Pakistan should not select Akthar because he does not play in the right spirit, however he should not be banned from playing domestic cricket. Until Akthar learns respect for himself, his colleagues, fellow professionals and what representing a national team represents there is no place for him in world cricket no matter how talented or exciting he may be to watch.

  • al on September 7, 2007, 19:04 GMT

    This was the nail in the coffin for Shoaib. I am a very big fan of Shoaib and I always felt that the PCB was sometimes very rude with him and did not give him enough respect. But this incident have made me change my views from now on. Shoiab should be shown the door forever and should never be considered again for any series. Each time something happens and I felt he should be given the benifit of doubt. During the doping incident I really felt that it was not his fault as he was not educated enough by the PCB about the doping policies. Shoaib had gone through numerous injuries and may be by mistake, unaware he took some medication that were prohibited. I still felt he did not intentionaly take them and I believed in that. But now he has crossed this line and brought a very bad name to Pakistan and fans. PCB should now walk up to Shoaib and say Son thank you for your services to Pakistan cricket but we from now on wont be needing your services atall. You can retire, go to ICL or go to any "CL" league we are not bothered atall. Thank you and good bye old friend.

    A little word of Wisdom for Asif. "Son patch up your mouth" and do not taunt and use foul language to your team mates that would offend them. You are a emerging star and not a full star as of yet. you have a long way to go, so behave and be an example not a major distraction and an "ass hole"

  • rafay on September 7, 2007, 19:03 GMT

    tata shoaib,,,what else now u bringing to us.. its the 4th or 5th time u had done anything shame ful to Pakistani,,sorry, i need to say whole career. that is no excuse of saying that i m a human, i can make mistakes.. good bye. if pcb have a little bit of self respect of which i sure they dont have, jus kick him out of pakistani cricket.

  • Shahab on September 7, 2007, 19:02 GMT

    i was the big fan of shoaib but due to his unfair behaviour it would now necessary to end his career. i think abdul razzaq will be the best choice to replace shoaib akhter, abdul razzaq is a good alrounder and can hit massive sixes in T20 cricket.

  • Faisal on September 7, 2007, 19:02 GMT

    All I wana say, I used to look forward to watch cricket for only one reason that Shoaib Akhter is going to bowl. I lost interest in cricket in the last few years. Wanted to see Pakistan play, as they used to, back in wasim/waqar days. My emotions have been hurt over and over again because of Shoaib Akhters ban from cricket and his scandals and Pakistan’s poor performance. I don’t look forward for cricket anymore. There was still a bit of hope and I used to think until today that, maybe Shoaib comes back with a bang and save Pakistani cricket. My wish is, I don’t care what he does in his personnel life, I want him back in the field and I want to see him play and knock out some stumps. There was a comment I read up in the lines, Arrogance drives him and truly without arrogance and the fire in him , he will not be SHOAIB.

  • Z. Niazi on September 7, 2007, 19:02 GMT

    Hey folks come on just listen to yourself, Shoiab is this and Shoiab is that; get rid of him, hurt him, chastise him make him feel “YOUR” pain. Come on now. All of you are acting just like Shoiab… All heated up over a personal spat between him and Asif. Sure he might have embarrassed you all but that’s all. He is short tempered, everyone knows that, but he is also part of the team. Work around that and simply do not stick your hand in that hornet’s nest; why must you touch a live wire. You know no matter what, he is a genuine match winner and we need him. Go ahead and poke someone with a pin and see if he doesn’t scream and show you some hostility. His aggression is what makes him a winner and we need it. This is precisely what frightens the daylights out of batsmen. Use him for what he is…there is no doubt that when he plays he gives us his 100% effort. All of you, use some common sense.

  • Haroon Farooq on September 7, 2007, 18:54 GMT

    very well said by my indian fellow Indranil: "It is a tribute to the cricketing qualities of the man, that so many of us have taken time out, to reflect on Shoaib - regrettably, Shoaib never felt the urge to give that extra effort for cricket, for all his fans and above everything else - for himself .."

    i argued a lot of times even with my father abt his akhtar's abilities. but he has let down not only me but his fans all of over da world. i am amazed to see his fan following frm all over da world in dis thread but Sir enough is enough, u gotta go now forever. i could cry for hours, flood my rooms with tears being a die hard fan of Akhtar once u r banned but this iz destined to happen coz of akhtar's attitude. we'll hve to take dis very very very hard step. farewell bro and best of luck.............. and i'll dearly hope dat u'll be remembered as a fast bowler apart frm anything else.

  • Ashar on September 7, 2007, 18:53 GMT

    Here is a cut and paste of a comment by a reader on BBC. I wonder if this is really the case? Read on.. [you guys dont know shoaib, i think he is not a thinking bowler but a very thinking sportsman, he saw his career pretty much over with Pakistan cricket team and now in order to sign for ICL needs some kind of diversion. Getting out of the contract from PCB was a difficult legal battle so he opted for another way of doing that a "disciplenery breech" ]

  • Raza Zaidi on September 7, 2007, 18:51 GMT

    Shoaib is good at what he it bowling or brawling. But Pak Cricket can live without both of these. He must be banned from cricket. And he should seek psychiatric help.

  • Jamil on September 7, 2007, 18:49 GMT

    I agree that I always thought that Shoaib could become a fast bowling legend and his aggression can be controlled but talks had already started early last year if Asif will become one of the greatest bowlers to walk into the field. And Shoaib have failed to accept it. Imran accepted that Akram became better than him and let him. Akram accepted that Shoaib can become a great bowler and he let him. Shoaib couldn't become a great bowler - just a great brawler!

    I was reading Asif's interview on cricinfo where he said how he was pushed by Shoaib to shorten his run-up and finish his over quickly because Shoaib was taking long time to finish his. And then Asif told Shoaib to do it himself - shows some rift!

    And now this - I would have supported Shoaib but not if there is Asif or Gul on the other side. And once again, Pakistan fails to put the best lineup in the game today in the field. WTH!!

    Just on a different note, saw Taufeeq Umar and Yasir Hameed's wonderful games against Australia A. I think it's time that Pakistan launches best eleven in the world on to the field (off these 12): Butt, Yousuf, Younis, Umar, Hameed, Malik, Asif, Gul, Kaneria, Khalil, Fawad Alam, Afridi. Why can't we???

  • Ali Nazar Rathore on September 7, 2007, 18:43 GMT

    I think we are all being too emotional here. In every case the accused is given a chance to explain his side of the story. Shoaib knows very well that this might be the end of his career and perhaps someone took advantage of it, who knows maybe Asif did say something you just cant bear. We must also remember that Zidane did it in Football Worldcup final match inspite of being the captain on a reaction of a sledging, therefore let us all cool down and hear what shoaib had to say. If Asif did provoke him, then Asif should be punished as well. This is not fair that just because one man has some question mark history, you start making judgments against him. Forget what bad shoaib did, whenever he has been fit he has clinched victories from the teeth of shameful defeats or nothing else he has given atleast respectable defeats if not shame full. One should remember his spells in newzealand, in columbo against australia, southafrica way before 1999. No one is perfect and no one is larger than life, lets hear what shoaib has to say, for once he might have a genuiune reason behind his beahvior. And those who think shoaib is disgrace, look at those who have been worst, Mcgrath abusive behavior on field, Hayden breaking of dressing room glass infront of thousands Live, Slater abusive behavior with Rahul dravid, Warne's drug scandals as well as his and Mark Waugh's booky Scandals. These behaviors are much much worst than shoaib. Lets be patient for now for the sake of what good he has done for Pakistan Cricket. I am with you shoaib on this atleast untill he is given a fair chance to explain what went wrong. If shoaib is not above cricket then so is Asif.

  • khum on September 7, 2007, 18:40 GMT

    well done u r freeto play for ICL!!

  • Jay from San Diego on September 7, 2007, 18:37 GMT

    Gee! Happens with Pakistan on the eve of every major tournament. I guess the Pakistani establishment has to be blamed for this. To be honest, I am glad Shoaib "Chuck"thar is out though. Mohammad Asif and others are more than capable to do well for Pakistan.

    Who needs a showman?

  • Vivek on September 7, 2007, 18:31 GMT

    What a waste of a talent !! Shoaib Akthar himself is his world's greatest enemy.

  • Very Very Very Very Disappointed Fan on September 7, 2007, 18:30 GMT

    All i gotta say being Shoaib's fan is that its good for him to get the hell out of the country ad go somewhere where they dont no him and live with his bullshit and stay away from the world cause we dont want to see his face anymore ..aik cheez kee hudd hoti hai . HE IS SELFISH and he should be kindly enuff to get the hell out of cricket world and live his own sorry ass life

  • Munawar Ansari on September 7, 2007, 18:29 GMT

    I think Shoaib has made a calculated move. I am sure he knows that the drugs he was taking is still in his blood and he is scared of another blood test. He has taken his chance, he was afraid of life ban in disgrace as everyone knows that ICC is after him.

  • Pervez Musharraf on September 7, 2007, 18:25 GMT

    Sending him back to Pakistan is the best thing PCB could do. I hope it is the last time that he'll ever play for Pakistan. He must be banned for life........regardless of what the provocation was.

  • Zain on September 7, 2007, 18:24 GMT

    well well ... Shoaib strikes again,this guy never stops ,never realizes, onece and for he should be kiked out.But i am sure he will com back, because the PCB relies on one team member too much, gives the power to him, he shud be kicked out right away,but now PCB will investigate,shoaib is going to tell them some bullshit and get away with it.

  • Imran Khalid on September 7, 2007, 18:14 GMT

    We should get rid of Shoaib now he is a shame for Pakistan. If he wants to join ICL let him go he will be out from there too soon because of his behaviour. We feel so soory that he is Pakistani if I have the authority I will revoke his citizenship. PCB should not be blackmailed from him let him go.

  • Joe on September 7, 2007, 18:14 GMT

    Shameful !!!. The PCB has finally done the game right. Akhtar needs to be fired from the team. He is not above the team nor the great game. I wonder if he is still taking drugs as these rages can be a result of them. He is simply an overhyped, under performing, has-been who never lived up to his billing. Pakistan cricket can do better. Winning is not everything and I am convinced that a nation that produced greats like Imran, Akram and Waqar can do better.

  • Chaman on September 7, 2007, 18:11 GMT

    I recommend 'murgha parade' for him from Rawalpindi to Lahore with anyone allowed to hit him with a cane on his backside.

  • Waqas on September 7, 2007, 18:11 GMT

    Its really a shame for the pakistani cricket. But we can say that Akhtar should banned for always from the Pakistani National Team, but you dont know what happened and what Asif said. I think they should also send Asif back to Pakistan. Bcause they both maked this kinda drama again!!!! But its everytime the same person whos on the spot. I think personally he should come back in the team but he has to proof himself that hes not gonna make any stupid fault like this. Its really painfull for pakistani cricket if such a good cricketer should stop like this.

    When he played the ball at 90 mph nobody said hes bad, then it was shoaib this and shoaib that and why now if someone gets a dip why do we turn kinda away from him and being so negative......

  • SHEEJE on September 7, 2007, 18:07 GMT

    Its time to decide either to play with Shoaib or some other youngster, if the board continues to play with Shoaib then its reminder for other players to wear batting pads even after the practice session or match in the dressing room. Secondly i think borad should now decide not to play with shoaib. Its realy Shoaib's end

  • SAAD on September 7, 2007, 18:05 GMT

    I think it is sad tht once again before a big tournament pak cricket has once again suceeded to ruin its image in front of the world. I think its abt time tht shoaib got fired. I mean look at his figures recently. He has barely played in any matches in his 10 yr career.if u look at his pics it is obvious tht he has gon HUGE i find it impossible tht he cud com bak in form again aftr the long gaps he has between each match and the weight he has gained..

  • Khan on September 7, 2007, 18:05 GMT

    Shoiab is an idiot..nothing else...and he makes us look like idiots too..we wait for him to get fit..and then on the even of the match he ruins it for everyone..he gets paid loads of money then acts like a child...for this reason they shud simple kick him out..

  • Himad on September 7, 2007, 18:03 GMT

    How many times this guy is going to make us feel like we are feeling right now....Yes we all inside our hearts want him to fire with all the energy that he brings with himself but now I would say " enough is enough". Just kick em out of the game, he has disgraced more than he was suppose to honour and you know on reading about this new incident I was wishing someone should twist his already hyperextended arm so much that he could never bowl, yes not even for ICL....I mean it as I don't want to hear his name in future even just for once. PCB should also investigate into the matter sooner than later and should also send Asif back if found guilty to pass on the clear message to youngsters that no one is above the game and no one comes before PAKISTAN. The best PCB can do for Shoaib (if still there is no love lost) is to refer him to a Psychiatrist.

  • Naser Ranjha on September 7, 2007, 18:03 GMT

    One time too many, this fellow isn't a wild card he is a loose cannon, with an unfair advantage ove the rest due to the hyperextended disability , straying from the topic maybe but he shouldn't have been allowed this unfair advantage in the first place, if him then why not somone with a wheel chair.

  • SAAD on September 7, 2007, 18:03 GMT

    I think it is sad tht once again before a big tournament pak cricket has once again suceeded to ruin its image in front of the world. I think its abt time tht shoaib got fired. I mean look at his figures recently. He has barely played in any matches in his 10 yr career.if u look at his pics it is obvious tht he has gon HUGE i find it impossible tht he cud com bak in form again aftr the long gaps he has between each match and the weight he has gained..

  • shakoor jilani on September 7, 2007, 18:03 GMT

    This is the case of steroid induced rage. Google "John Benoit" who was a professional wrestler with a history of steroid injections.

  • Brian in Toronto on September 7, 2007, 17:56 GMT

    Hello Pakistani cricket fans, I've read everybody's comments and agree with you all and have heard that Shoaib has been sent home. What a blow to Pakistan's chances in South Africa. Let's look at from a different angle. What the hell did Asif say to Shoaib that he lost it. Why couldn't Shoaib control himself and taken it out on Asif in the nets with the ball. I am not supporting Shoaib, but we don't have anyone capable of such speed and energy in the bowling department. His absence is surely a relief to his opponents and a disaster to Pakistan's plans. His replacement, may be Sami, is not even close. I think that they should conduct a hearing right away, before this tournamant, to determine Shoaib's fate and penalize Asif as well. If I can recall, a couple of years ago, there was a skirmish between Afridi and Younis Khan, in the West Indies. I don't believe there was any suspension towards anyone, so why now? I just wished that this incident should have been kept private and settled privately. I'm sure other teams have skirmishes between players, but we never hear about it. Testosterone levels are high. Everyone is playng hard. So lets get on with the game and compete for a change with the that Pakistan has to offer. Good luck, Pakistan. Brian

  • Dinesh on September 7, 2007, 17:48 GMT

    Shoaib is crickets equivalent of boxing`s Mike Tyson. Extremely talented but overtly arrogant and egocentric. Shoaib will meet the same fate as Tyson i.e. will be remembered as a Mr. Nobody.

  • Tanweer Bukhari on September 7, 2007, 17:48 GMT

    I believe Shoaib must go under a proper judicial remand and face the prison. If he was in developed part of the world auhtorities must have sent him to the rehab center. I expect same from Pakistani police and courts. They should do the justice ad just not spare because he is self-acclaimed celebrity. He must be treated like a common citizen and spend sometime in prison so that he learns some manners. He can not go on the roads long-handed.

  • samir khan on September 7, 2007, 17:47 GMT

    Off late Pakistani cricketers only brough shame to the nation. They haven't earned any glory for the nation. they are all bunch of uncontrolled animals. All pakistan is ashamed of them. Enough is enough. Shoaib AND ANY PLAYER WHO BEHAVES IN THIS WAY SHOULD BE BANNED FOR LIFE.

  • Nadeem Jandian on September 7, 2007, 17:47 GMT

    Good bye Mr.Shoaib , thats enough , I think PCB must have take a serious action against Akhtar and ban for lifetime, he is behave like a teenager , shoaib go for ICL and earn money , "go shoaib go" i think that is best for Pakistan in the future and present also .

  • imran on September 7, 2007, 17:42 GMT

    This is PCB at their best. They drop Yousuf and Razzaq and fine Shoaib. Then they take Shoaib in the team and looks for Yousuf and ignores Razzaq. Well the people running the cricket in Pakistan need to know what they are doing in the first place. If Inzzy don't have a future then how come Shoaib has one ? Well, PCB will still want him even if it's agranteed that he will not win any match for Pakistan on field and bring loads of disgrace.

  • IMRAN QURAISHI New Jersey on September 7, 2007, 17:37 GMT

    My question is that why the hell is Asif still with the team. He is equally responsible for this whole thing to happen. He should also have been sent back along with Shoaib in the same plane. One thing is for sure that "TALI DONO HAATH SE BAJTI HAI". I am sure Asif intentionally said something real bad to Shoaib to hurt his feelings.I also agree that Shoaib needs to see a psychiatrist ASAP before he actually kills someone.

  • Kabir on September 7, 2007, 17:37 GMT

    Sorry Ladies and Gentelmen. I have no choice but to write this. Shoaib Akthar is the GOD of all Pakistani cricket officials. From selectors to Chairman and even Chief Patron has their head stuck in Shoaib's ASS. They are afraid of him, he rules the Pakistan cricket. This guy is worth no sheet. He should have been send packing long time ago. Shoaib has always been and always will be a distraction to Pakistan cricket. Can any one tell me What contribution he has to Pakistan cricket or how many tournaments he has won for them. He is a sissy. This guy should be band from all shorts of cricket, and should have been done long time ago. Matter of fact he should be charged with assult and arrested and locked up. They are doing injustice to Inzamam , who has so much contribution to Pakistan cricket, on the other hand they are keep bringing shoaib back in the team to cause more and more trouble.Its time for PCB officials to stop smelling shoaib's ass. All the officials must enjoy the smell of his Ass, but its not good for Pakistan cricket.

  • detroit_sreenivas on September 7, 2007, 17:31 GMT

    Let me state upfront that I am Indian and an admirer of the relentless talent producing factory that is Pakistan Cricket.I think Mohammed Asif is one of the brightest talents to emerge from the subcontinent and that he will win many many games for Pakistan in the future. Akthar likened this to the Zidane incident but hello..Zidane headbutted an opposition player. Shoaib should move on, take a sabbatical and get his demons under control.For heaven's sake - he is the senior bowler. A sad day for suncontinent cricket.

  • khansahab(A.A.Khan) on September 7, 2007, 17:29 GMT

    I have always been vehement about Shoaib Akhtar's behavioural problems. I have gone to the extent of predicating that Shoaib's inclusion in any given squad brings Pakistan more despair than hope. Firstly because either he gets injured or unfit which means Pakistan lost one squad member which gives a headache to the PCB, and secondly because his attitude problem is always a liability for the team.

    Unfortunately for Pakistan, they do not have bowlers like Wasim, Waqar or Saqlain who can consistently win matches for them. Asif is not such a great bowler in ODI’s and Twenty20 and Gul and Sami need to provide more consistent performances if they are to be considered reliable. Rao also needs to perform long-term if he is to be considered as a permanent asset. It is a disgrace to be called a Pakistani when you consider some dishonourable acts committed by our cricketers. Starting right from Wasim, Waqar and Mushtaq’s drugs fiasco more than a decade ago, to the involvement of almost all regular players (except Rashid Latif) in match-fixing under Wasim’s captaincy, to Shoaib and Asif’s doping scandal and now this disgraceful incident. If you analyse cases of misconduct by cricketers from around the world, they are few and far between. In fact, I do not recall any incident when almost an entire team has been blamed for ignominious activities, like how Wasim, Ijaz, Salim Malik, Inzamam, Razzaq, Mushtaq, Saqlain etc were blamed.

    Like Javed Bhai, I am certainly not shocked, but this incident has made me very upset.

  • syed haider on September 7, 2007, 17:21 GMT

    he did it again,his ass need to be kicked not only from pakistan team but also from domestic, county and even ICL consider before taking him in.i wish thats the end of cricket for u Shoaib Akhtar, you SUCK!!! go down in the history for ever.

  • Yawar Khawaja on September 7, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    I dont want to trivialize Sohaib's bad behavior, he fully deserves what's comming to him...he is OUT of Cricket!...Fans who see American Baseball, Football etc, this is nothing, maybe a monetary fine and a few games suspension...Carlos Zambrano, the Chicago Cub's 91millon dollar pitcher punched his teammate repeatedly in the dug out and on camera..nothing really happened!!! But you cannot have a player who has some personality issues, he is not a team player, and is definitely no Wasim Akram! So, Good Riddance, I like the young man Iftekhar Anjum anyway..

  • umer on September 7, 2007, 17:17 GMT

    This is not hair with shoaib.he is our proud.and we took tht decision for asif who never becom good bowler neither in ODI or in 20 20.if they announce any punishment then both of them will sentenced

  • Riz on September 7, 2007, 17:14 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar is over. He needs to be banned playing any cricket represting Pakistan's name. He has done everything to make Pakistan look bad. This act of behavior fighting with the team mates infront of the international media is untolerable. Also Asif needs to be sent back too as he is been involved in a few fights or hot moments in his merely 1 year career. No tolerance for players who dont take any pride playing for their country.

  • Mohammad Hasanuzzaman on September 7, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    It is unacceptable. He should be punished by criminal law and must be sentenced to Jail (if there is any law in Pakistan). After that authority could sent him to doctor for treatment.

  • Zarwar Khan on September 7, 2007, 17:10 GMT

    Media is playing vital role in teaching the masses the acceptable behavior. We have seen "might is right" in our day to day activities. Despite calling ourselves muslims but we have zero tlerance toward others who are weak or less fortunate than us financially. If we can not explain our point of view with argument then we slap other to make him accept our point of view.

    Another example is Gen. Pervez Musharaf who wants to continue as nation president even before the election is held and he thinks he is doing it in accordance with the constitution.

    Is there anywhere where there is justice in pakistan?

    Benazir wants to have a deal with dictator in order for her billians of looted money account unfrozen.

    In pakistan whole history only National awami party never betrayed their people.

    Lets decide we will never accpet anyone whether he is musharaf or shoaib who violates basic rights of others.

    Shoaib should be ban forever.

    Musharaf should be not supported and compell remove from presidency and army post. You can do it, i can do it.

    There are traitors who are looking for their own interest. I have only hope on media that they will bring the revolution in the country.

  • Saad on September 7, 2007, 17:09 GMT

    He is a big waste of time. He does not have any dedication towarsds the team. Just get rid of him and get some other bowler. I am so sick of listining to his bogus crap again and again.

  • Faheem Yunus on September 7, 2007, 17:06 GMT

    A player of class can be arrogant and with an attitude. Imran Khan had attitude and arrogance but Shoaib is no Imran. Infact he is just opposite. He has done more damage to Pakistan Cricket in recent years than win matches. Three four ODI's or Test matches won on his behalf can not justify the magnitude of setbacks that he has caused in cricket world for Pakistan. I think instead of putting more money and efforts into fixing shoaib is not worth it anymore. Rather we should get some youngsters from our Domestic and A class cricket and mentally prepare them to be the next Shoaib or I rather say NOT LIKE SHOAIB. A great Hero is not a Hero if he doesnt act like one. When a dog has gone mad, you can't take it to psychiatrist, rather a silent death. Time for Junaid and Anwar to test the water.

  • Asad on September 7, 2007, 17:04 GMT

    i think the PCB have made a total blunder of this situation. I mean which country would report an incident like this infront of the media?? Absolute ridiculous i tell you. They should have dealt with this situation after the twenty20 internally which would have kept the morale of the team high. But now, the pakistani team is going to be affected by this.

    Shoaib is a total livewire and hasnt been dealt with properly. The guy obvously needs help with his attitude professionally but know one has been there to offer him the assistance.

    A fit shoaib is threat to any side in the world. However, perhaps it one scandal too many for him im afraid. BUT, why are soo many people on this thread saying that they want shoaib to join the ICL?? thats totally insane!!

  • SARMAD on September 7, 2007, 17:01 GMT

    stop hating Shoaib, Asif prolly deserved it..... ill tell u this much.....akhtar is the best bowler pakistan have ever produced. and yes he is better than imran, wasim, and waqar. Wasim played over 350 matches for his 500 wickets. Thats less than 2 a match. He wasnt have as good after the ball tampering issue was revealed. Both Waqar and Imran were cheaters as well. There is a footage of Waqar on YT. Look at it, now thats disgrace to Pakistan Cricket. Imran Khan was the best leader of the cricket team, but even him or the 2 W's didnt make australia look like a minnow team. But Shoaib did just that in 2002 tour of Australia.

    peace and stop the hate.....what he did was wrong but Zidane did the same in world cup that cost his side the World Zidane a shame to France????......I THINK NOT!!!

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on September 7, 2007, 17:00 GMT


    While agreeing with you on the subject of a weak captain and vice captain, I disagree with your views that sending back Shoaib Akhtar is not a good decision, because you believe that it will be a detriment or loss for the team? If you place an individual "above the law" or above the team interest or above the over-all goals and objectives of the team, then of course you are right. And you would be encouraging a rogue like Shoaib Akhtar to keep on doing something that brings disgrace to the nation again and again.

    Whatever repercussions that may take place at the PCB level in banning Shoaib for 5 matches or for life, there is something more serious to this issue and that is the criminal aspect. It is a criminal offense and if it is reported to the police and charges are pressed against Shoaib Akhtar, it is very likely that he could face 2 - 5 years of imprisonment for hitting someone with a deadly weapon. It may be laughable by saying it is paranoia but, its a fact that a cricket bat can actually kill someone if you hit him on the head with brutal force. It actually happened in Abu Dhabi at domestic level cricket, a couple of decades ago that someone during a brawl got a fatal blow on his head and died, those who know about this incident must be nodding their heads in affirmative after reading this comment. I hope you understand the gravity of the matter.

    Since you have touched the subject of leadership, I would like to add something that apart from your views and the views of so many other bloggers, I have also been repeatedly ranting that Shoaib Malik is the weak-link in the team and so is baby Butt and this needs to be addressed. Inzamam the humble giant, despite his lazy and lethargic personality was able to control the dressing room atmosphere very well due to his humility and perseverance. Although he was criticized by many for his Tableeghi type of steadfastness but, whatever it is he was able to control the "boyz" better than others. Briefly when he was not there in the West Indies, we heard of a similar spat between the the two Khan's but that was hushed up. So, the question of choosing a captain arises once again. Whether it should be based on age, seniority OR, young talent to guide the team for a longer period of time? IMO, the kinda players Pakistan has in the team and the kinda atmosphere that prevails in the dressing room, they definitely need someone who is more senior and have more power in the team selection or else we will see more of such incidents which is such a shame to admit and say in our desi accent: " V are like this won lee."

  • Nitin J on September 7, 2007, 17:00 GMT

    Time and again Shoaib Akhtar was not disciplined. He got away with everything, which is why he keeps getting bolder and more arrogant. Its time the PCB ban him and not revoke it later.

  • Salman Aziz on September 7, 2007, 17:00 GMT

    Shoaib is a highly compatitive sportsman. He is a fast bowler and bound to be hot blooded. He is going through a tough time. He should be pardoned for this mistake and should play cricket. Board should get him anger therapy as they should have a long time ago. Shoaib is great for cricket advertisement and a glamorous cricketer.

  • Englebert on September 7, 2007, 16:58 GMT

    Hasta la vista Baby !

  • Adil Reza on September 7, 2007, 16:53 GMT

    really thot highly of shoaib...nd just kept wishing id b able to see him play for pak cric once agen....for d past 2 yrz he hasnt playd for a vry long period....loads nd loads of talent gone to waste...wht a shame...wht a waste....still wud luv to see him play...but i see my hopes shattering down..wht a waste!!!

  • sagar on September 7, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    I feel that he should be forgiven...U cant throw out a player of that caliber...he`s mercurial accepted....but when he performs the very same people here who are calling him britney spears will say OOO and AAAHs about his bowling. please cut him some slack..he`s something special the way he gives the goras back what they give to us.Come on asif bowling at 135-145 isnt going to hurt anybody or put fear of god into anyone the way aktar does.. For all that matters even Imran had a temper ... No bodys perfect ..What about the comments of Shoaib`s brother regarding some attention to that also...pakistan dressing room has always had a history of internal fueds and ego clashes nd politics... Nways will rest my case. BUT WILL WISH SHOAIB AKTHAR ALL THE BEST....

  • Babar on September 7, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    Being a fast bowler doesn't mean you are god. shoaib thinks of him better than any player in this world.....what is he???...he was nothing before cricket...whatever he is because of cricket...he is from a ghetto family.....he used to be my neighbor in pindi...used to live right next to my house....he is nothing but a looser...big looser......i think he should be ban for life.....pak cricket is messed up because of shoaib......shoaib is the only plaer in this world who slapped his disrespectful....I will personally request president musharif to ban shoaib for life...thank you very much......................Babar, tx USA

  • Usman Nazar Rathore on September 7, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar is one cricketer whom i would say doesn't deserve the talent he has because he has never ever done justice with it. This guy could have been a cricketing legend had he been sincere and humble but he has become a "Stupidity Legend" now due to his behaviour and thinking style. What i think is that the problem lies in his personality, "There is a Severe Defect in it". Either he has been too much pampered from his childhood and he still thinks he is his mommies little child who will get away with everything by making a cute puppy like face, or this guy needs to consult a phsycologist soon. Nevertheless Shoaib has been a "Liability" to Pakistan cricket team, he has injured himself time and time again which shows his immaturity and unprofessionalism and also creates doubts whether he is playing for Pakistan or for himself. "His highness" has also been invloved in many disciplinary cases. He has also been invloved in countless quarrels with a cool, calm and mature person "Late Bob Willis" and now poot Asif is under his radar. Overall i must say shoaib is abt 32 and he has no future for the next worldcup. This is the best time to get rid of this "Wild Man". PCB needs to say "Thanks Son you did a good job whenever u were fit and not fighting and not being invloved in a steroid controversy but this honeymoon is now over, Good bye" If Shoaib apologizes in the media press conference then ban him for abt 10 matches, spat him with a hefty fine and don't pick him for any other series and if he doesn't ban him for 1 year for all forms of circket. This brainless and useless giant is going down whether he likes it or not.

  • Atif -USA on September 7, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    Why are we not closing this door....its time to move on .....we have alredy payed for arogance during our last venture in the world cup and now again .....remember Inzi was complaining the same and nobody listned to him ....we have short term memory. Displine is the key in any game. PCB should drop him for good so the clear message can go to the dressing room, you work for the country....behave.......

  • Shakil on September 7, 2007, 16:49 GMT

    Please post this one my last 2 posting had some error :

    Shoaib is an insane person to be start with for last couple years...he is decaying over last couple years and I believe he got this weird attitude from drug abuse. Anyway he should join ICL (Indian money making league for stars) if they take him. He doesn't belong to a national team with his current reference. Let him play where he belongs if ICL agree to take him after all these arrogance he is displaying lately. I used to value Shoaib a lot but now I think it's ok to value him only a buck. But he can come back with a positive sprit and prove that he can play cricket as well as display some manner. I wish him Good luck but when I read he hit Asif (10 years younger than him) with a fat cricket bat he deserves no mercy ..I'd say screw him real well this time so he understands business at highest level....

    Have him come back for the Aussie and SA test series with some cruse control meaning have Pakistan board screw around him but not let him screw with others…..he he good luck

  • Shayan on September 7, 2007, 16:49 GMT

    What are you suggesting by saying, quote "Hyperextension, unprofessional behaviour, dismal fitness, and performance enhancing drugs have failed to halt him" That he chucks, he took those drugs intentionally, you should be ashamed of you'r self, being Pakistani and still in one way insulting Pakistan's main strike bowler. I know what he has done is wrong but you should back him up, rather than lowering his dignity even further.

  • Shakeeb on September 7, 2007, 16:41 GMT

    Enough is enough !! Sorry Shoaib now no more excuse.... I followed you closely and liked your attacking nature in the FIELD ONLY... now I hold an opinion that you were a good fast bowler !!

  • don on September 7, 2007, 16:41 GMT

    i agree with the houl story, its ur end Mr. Shoaib

  • goutham on September 7, 2007, 16:39 GMT

    this is a thing which happens every where . which shouldnt have come out even i am indian i like shoaib a lot . b coz of his ability .. tis is a game and we shouldnt take this so serious .... for struggling pakistan regarding the cricket shoaib would be a apt choice in the upcoming 20 game for the team like pakistan to fight back and regain all the lost history

  • musharraf on September 7, 2007, 16:39 GMT

    shoaib has shown his character as the most stupid player ever to play for pakistan but pcb is the world´s most stupid organisation i am sure thay will not punish or ban him as in past shoaib has got rid of his punishments and bans by threatening pcb, and now he thinks he can do what ever because he is superior to team and game,i think he should have been banned long before due to bad behaviour, otherwise every player should have been given such relaxation .

  • musharraf on September 7, 2007, 16:38 GMT

    shoaib has shown his character as the most stupid player ever to play for pakistan but pcb is the world´s most stupid organisation i am sure thay will not punish or ban him as in past shoaib has got rid of his punishments and bans by threatening pcb, and now he thinks he can do what ever because he is superior to team and game,i think he should have been banned long before due to bad behaviour, otherwise every player should have been given such relaxation .

  • Shazz rajput on September 7, 2007, 16:36 GMT

    Shoai Rules, he will come back , coz we all want to see him back , n see inside your collar , you all must have argument with sum1 and u know anything is possible in the heat of the situation , well i think it ws just a fit of temper that made him loose control , anyway ppl ,

    i love shoaib , and i wish he will be back ,

    Shoaib Rules

  • Amir Raheem on September 7, 2007, 16:35 GMT

    Shoaib disappointed all of us who admire him as a fast bowler. I used to argue with my friends about him that he should be controlled properly like a wild horse, but now I give up. I apologies with all of those who tried to tell me that he should be out of Pakistani team because he creates disciplinary problems in the team.

  • Azfar Alam on September 7, 2007, 16:34 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket has been stumbling from one fiasco to another since the Oval episode.It has been a never ending soap opera.I have been following cricket for the last 25 years since I was 11 years.In this period there have been many temperamental personalities like Dennis Lillee, Javed Miandad, Sarfaraz Nawaz etc but nobody comes close to the childish antics of Shoaib Akhtar.Particularly sad is the fact his behaviour is self-destructive and destructive to Pakistan Cricket.Sometime back an Indian TV Channel had commented that 'He is like the dog's tail, whatever you do it can never become staright'. Shoaib had taken affront to that remark but it is so apt. All kinds of things have been tried, people have repeatedly forgiven him but he continues to act the same way. Like most Cricket fans, it is sad to see such a dashing crowd puller who repeatedly fails to follow basic norms of decency.He is 30+ plus now, there is very little hope that he will be able to mend his ways. His story will be another of those 'What could have been...'.

  • GK on September 7, 2007, 16:32 GMT

    Its SAD day for Pakistan, Shoaib' fan and the I am sure his family. He reminds me of Mike Tyson, so much potential to be among the greats of the game but mostly their own actions destroyed their careers. I agree that in addition to a complete investigation to this incident, PCB must require him to get psychological evaluation. I hate to see but we all know that Shoaib's career is almost over now but I am also concerned about Asif as this is 2nd time he is been involved in issues. He is young and PCB should make sure he also gets help to avoid these problems. Pakistan still has formidable pace attack. Good luck to Pakistan in the 20/20.

  • Ishrat on September 7, 2007, 16:30 GMT

    Hats off to shoaib who justify his announcement of considering ICL.Rawalpindi Express should get sacked and be tied correctly. Sami! Boy you are in and please don't loose this upportunity .Show your talent and help the selectors sacking the maniac.

    I know its rude but thats the way it has to be.


  • sameen rana on September 7, 2007, 16:28 GMT

    What a shame , I think the guy must be under drug influence to do such an act.. Can we PLS ban him for life and save pakistan from further disgrace ..he is always in the news only for the wrong reasons .. PCB pls Pls sort this once and for all .. anyway we are going to build the team without ICL players and there is lot of talent in pakistan who can replace such people

  • jogesh on September 7, 2007, 16:28 GMT

    Im reacting to some posts that claim that only we Indians and Pakistanis are so tolerant etc etc.

    Hansie Cronje picked up one of MCA's workers during the Mumbai Test and threw him across the room to vent his frustration (there was no provocation, the guy was a lowly official who happened to be handy). We now know why - Cronje was under tremendous stress - that was the match fixing series where he later got caught by the Delhi police.

    Kalicharran smashed a mirror in the dressing room when he was given LBW (he was captain), and abused all the Indians around - you ***ing indian cheats - my uncle, a former Test umpire was present at the scene; Boycott assaulted a journalist (in India or Pakistan, im not sure which) but nothing was done, etc etc. Every series has one or two such incidents, but they dont come out - the democratic Caucasoid press isnt going to report one of their own if the victim is a brownie now, is it?

    That Shoaib is a punk and should be thrown out is a foregone conclusion, but spare us the pycho-babble about us desis.

  • Nadeem Khan on September 7, 2007, 16:27 GMT

    Shoib is without any doubt one of the best bowlers,atleast talent-wise, cricket has ever seen. I always say that Shoib adds one more and prominent color to world Cricket. But I today resign as a Shoib-fan, very sadly. I had a big objection on the PEPSI ADVERTISEMENT, in which Adnan Sami Khan says: Kaisay Kaison ko Dia hai, Aisay Waison ko dia hai....

    But after this Shameful act, I think Adnan Sami was rightly saying that....

    Kaisay Kaison ko dia hai....

  • Naveed - USA on September 7, 2007, 16:27 GMT

    Very unfortunate - Pakistan cricekt has become nothing in the last year or so - People all over the world take no pleasure talking about Pakistan cricket- fom slection to on and off filed debacles. I see this spat as a kwon side affect of anabolic steroids - insane aggression. I love cricket and wish well for Pakistan nad its cricket but feel hurt when this happens.

  • Murtaza, TX-USA on September 7, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    Mr Shoaib follow this plan. Join ICL earn good money to open up a clinic and teach youngster. Did i say cricket or psychiatric clinic?

  • Gulab Khan on September 7, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    I think Shoaib needs reasons to join ICL.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Ash from India on September 7, 2007, 16:19 GMT

    This was a truly regrettable incident. Hitting anyone at all is stupid and childish. Harming a teammate (and your own team's chances) while representing your country at an international event is unforgiveable. It is not very often that we Indians and Pakistani s empathise with each other. We understand your pain. Not to worry, though. Your country will produce good bowlers to replace him sooner than you think. Beating a full-strength Pakistan team is always more satisfying for an Indian team, and the other way round too, right? All the best wishes to you in all your matches except the one against India at the 20-20 cup:)

  • Zubair Shahab on September 7, 2007, 16:16 GMT

    Enough is enough.. Let's not even consider him for a series. He has been considered over the last year or so and he's played how many tests?? One!

  • Atif on September 7, 2007, 16:12 GMT

    Just get rid of this guy. He is nothing but trouble. I think this is should be end of Internation Cricket for Pakistan !!!!! Just make him go away PCB!!!!

  • Frank Malone on September 7, 2007, 16:12 GMT

    Enough is enough ..get rid of him.

    Why can't we bring a genuine fast bowler who has bowled at a faster average than him for the last 5 years and is well behaved and civilized. Let me guess ..that would be Sami .Sami is always fit and bowls with an everage of above 88 ..and does decent late swing yorkers . Does not complain much, acts like a professional..only thing missing might be the right domicile.



  • Mahfuzur Rahman on September 7, 2007, 16:11 GMT

    Please see the cause of his such behavior behind the scence. Perhaps his effectiveness of his bowlling in the international cricket unparallar refrain him from continue it. Is there any such conspiracy? Poor Shoib!

  • Anser Azim on September 7, 2007, 16:10 GMT

    Its a shame. I do not know what to say but I am sad and its another sad day for Pakistan. I think there is a limit for everything but these wounds that are caused by her own sons and daughters are sufficient to kill the spirit and tahrik of Pakistan. Sabhee loot rahe hain in one form or the other. He is a disgrace for whole Pakistan!! He should be banned for life. anser

  • Jagdhish - India on September 7, 2007, 16:06 GMT

    I have never been a big fan of Shoaib because of his personality and the fact that he plays for Pakistan, which is rival of India. However, I still can't deny the fact that he is an exceptional talent. I only wish I can bowl even the 3/4th of the speed he can bowl.

    However, matter of the fact is that what ever happened in that dressing room was wrong. Shoaib should have self control and MUST not have hit Asif. We all know Shoaib has anger issues. I started hating him the time he bowled a beamer to Dhoni just because Dhoni was playing him well..

    Now that being said, I really think that you can not ever have a fight with only one person at a fault. I think, Asif must have provoked Shoaib by saying something that got to him. I am a mild guy but if somebody says something about my mother or family, I am going to make them pay and I am sure most of the readers would do the same. I know a lots of you will say that in any case he shouldn't have hit Asif and I agree with you but still you have to take the whole matter with a grain of salt. I think, Shoaib must be punished, but at the same time Asif must not be let off the hook as well.. Provoking somebody to behave out of themselves should be punished as well.

    I hope Shoaib learns the lesson here and comes back as a better player.. He is a great cricketing talent and I would love to see him play some quality cricket again in good discipline ..

  • M NAVEED KHURAM on September 7, 2007, 16:03 GMT

    Shoaib was my favorate player. But I think its over now becuse Shoaib haS compleated his SPELL for pakistan cricket team.

  • Abdullah Khan on September 7, 2007, 16:03 GMT

    Honestly, Shoaib was a good bowler but he really deserves an end like this and i hope i never see him play for pakistan only. If he was a team man he could've taken all his anger on his opponenets and not his coleague!

  • saad on September 7, 2007, 16:00 GMT

    What an airhead...

  • Owais on September 7, 2007, 16:00 GMT

    'Unfortunate' has nothing to do with it. Its decision -> action -> outcome.

    PCB need to stop ass kissing Shoaib and get rid of him. Every single time he does something stupid, he says 'Abey Mistake Ho Gaye Yaar. I am human yaar.".

    Let ICL handle him. Good riddance.

  • Adil Alam on September 7, 2007, 15:57 GMT

    OH my god this is unbeliveble i cant belive this! And he is saying to come back next serires. meri bund he is not coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RM on September 7, 2007, 15:53 GMT

    side effects of steroids - anger, irritation, name it and this SARFIRA SHOAIB got it all. He is a bane:) to Cricket. Much Ado about nothing..this is what he is! He is always HIGH on somthing.


  • Faraz Rafi on September 7, 2007, 15:52 GMT

    I think Shoaib has "Roid Rage" issues. Although to me he represents a major portion of Pakistani population....idiotic and stupid. Naseem Ashraf is the biggest one of them and the country itself is being ruled by a weird idiot. I feel disgraced to be a Pakistani by people like that. I seriously wish I was an Indian or Australian at this point!

  • tahir from chicago on September 7, 2007, 15:51 GMT

    shoaib's time is over and he knows it... he know that he can not play for pakistan anymore, that's why he is always upto doing something stupid... we have enough talent in pakistan,, just get rid of shoaib..

  • rohit on September 7, 2007, 15:50 GMT

    whilst i do agree that the incident was uncalled for, whats the point in the team washing its laundry in public. This is ot arrogance but a disagreement between two testestrone fired pace bowlers and should be treated as such. After all an agressive spirit is the hallmark of a pace bowler and these things happen. cmon people they are all humans and treat it as such. Asif and shoib you have my sympathy. PCB grow up and include boxing gloves as equipment essential for any matches to resolve disputes.

  • sabbir mahmood on September 7, 2007, 15:47 GMT

    asif & shoaib both should face concequnces.shoaib needs to to a cicraticts.

  • Hashim Abbasi on September 7, 2007, 15:46 GMT

    I think its about time that he be shown the door... Pakistan Cricket can no longer afford to have players who think they are bigger than the game. Every time a cricketer steps on the ground he represents the country and sorry we dont want people like Shoaib representing us. He has to go

  • Tahir Gilani on September 7, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    We the jury passed the judgement! Let's see what role did Asif play to provoke the bull..eee. Both brought shame to the game and both must bear the consequences.

  • Anosh Mehdi on September 7, 2007, 15:42 GMT

    I was working in the office when my collegeas informed me about this incident today. As expected Shoaib has ruined the country's image even before the start of a mega event.

    The way he does it every time is more accurate than Wasim Akram's Deliveries, Waqar's Youkers and McGrath's line and length.

    Brave and Hats Off to Shoaib.

    I can c two ways ahead of him. Either he will be brought back to the team coz he has related his incident to the Zidane's World Cup Final debacle.

    Other way is to join ICL and earn some money. And on his way to joining ICL, he would make an excuse that PCB had left no choice for him but to make this decision.

    C hes too smart ... High Officials of PCB are shameless and cowards, cant control a person who plays with them all the time.

  • Mori PARESH G on September 7, 2007, 15:40 GMT

    I was shocked to know about the incident which tookplace in the dressing room of Pakistan Cricket Team. I knew it from just before this comment.Shoaib has great ability as a bowler, but this ability is over shadowed by his own mistakes.

  • Shameel Butt on September 7, 2007, 15:40 GMT

    Cricket is gentlemen’s game. There is no room for such incidences which brings this game to disrepute. Disrepute not only to the game but also to our beloved country. I’ll advise Shoaib to come to USA and start playing American football or may be ice hockey. These games are perfect for this type of temperament. Ban him from life.

  • Atif Zafar on September 7, 2007, 15:40 GMT

    well before this out of control rawalpindi express kills someone he should be forced into retirement.i mean how insane is this guy. he has done nothing for Pakistan cricket but bring bad name. we are a cricket loving nation and we are better off without this attention seeking moron.

  • Plasmid on September 7, 2007, 15:38 GMT

    I don't think anybody will tolerate him in ICL. If he behaves like this in any foreign country including India, nobody is going to spare him. He can be thrashed there and then itself. In own country things are different. People still give respect to heros and that is most unfortunate part. Sorry Akhtar Bhai, you are fnished. :(

  • Tanweer on September 7, 2007, 15:36 GMT

    i think Shoaib should be banned from International cicket forever. ICL should also not get involved with him. PCB has to set a precedent for the younger players

  • Fawad I.A on September 7, 2007, 15:35 GMT

    The report from Nairobi was he showed respect to the Pakistani officials in Nairobi, but other than that was rude to other players and didn't attend a dinner hosted by a prominent banker while the rest of the team did. He just thinks he's so much better than anyone. Abassi made the point that he just keeps getting away with it. Sadly for him, not this time.

  • Waseem Javed on September 7, 2007, 15:31 GMT

    I can alter such 1000 Shoaibs on my National Pride. Allah gives them so much fame,Wealth and Respect in such a young age but they don't Thank Allah instead they think they have become God untill HE takes everything back and they have to seek Nationality in other countries (Waseem Akram).

  • James on September 7, 2007, 15:31 GMT

    "There can be no excuse for striking anybody let alone with a cricket bat" Inzamam once waded into a crowd, having to be restrained from doing exactly the same thing to a spectator's head. I think he got a 2 match ban. Although that was clearly a one-off, Shoaib's behaviour is emblematic of the soap-opera that is Pakistan cricket. It would probably be in the long-term interest of Pakistan to get rid of several players for good and forge a completely new, young team before the latest promising talents get sucked into the quagmire.

  • Dawar on September 7, 2007, 15:29 GMT

    On several occasions Inzimam fought physically with his team mates and once with the crowd.

    But PCB rewarded him with the owner of captain ship. He got support from PCB over Rashid Latif and Younis Khan.

    1) Inzi beat audience in Canada with his bat. 2) Inzi beat physically Younis Khan in their practice session. 3) He verbally context with different people in different occasions, including press reporter.

    PCB did not punish him. Why Shoaib was punished, now. I am not supporting Shoaib or his act. This was totally wrong.

    But I am pointed out PCB double standard policy which causes problems. In past some players were always out of accountability. Like Imran Khan, who beat physically one audience who came in ground to support him (1981, National Stadium Karachi). Imran was a play boy, always have sex scandals in forigen tours but he was always supported by PCB at that time.

    He was appointed Captain over the man of Character Javed Miandad, who was never involved in Sex scandals, ball tempering, fighting or match fixing.

    So what Shoaib or Afrid or any youngster is doing today, its come from our senior players like Imran and Inzimam.

    We should impeach every one regardless of the person or background. If PCB will not impeach some blue eyed players, they should not impeach any one.

    This is a problem with our system. We need to correct system before any action.

    Dawar LA USA

  • Captain Swing on September 7, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    Yes, Shoaib has to go. Cricket is no stranger to the odd punch up - I believe Ian Botham and Ian Chappell went a couple of rounds once - but you can't have brawling within your team.

    It's a very great pity. It was not just his express speed but his cleverly disguised slower ball that took wickets, and he would have been brilliant in 20-20.

    But please don't think he's disgraced Pakistan. He has just disgraced himself.

  • tarun on September 7, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    kapil please dont invite him to ICL, you will regret it like PCB

  • Anon on September 7, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    Quite simply, anyone who has seen him live and close-up on TV wouldn't be surprised to see the news today. Like some drug-fuelled, testosterone-pumped wild animal, his build and bulging eyes (no, not like Murali's) have always led me to believe that he may be on drugs. After that hush-up last time on a failed test I wouldn't be surprised if the fallout with Asif was over something similar. End this saga already.

  • Aleem Latif on September 7, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    Had Shoab done this misadventure in Australia, or any other developed country where physical harassment and abuse is a highest level of crime, he would have been sentenced to jail for some time ... but Pakistan is a great country, where who ever (be it a mere cleric of any department or the people in the highest government positions) has any power or fame they become so cranky, and still get out of all the wrong situations like nothing has happened at all…. This Shoab/Asif episode is just a reflection of our social tyrannies and cultural shortcomings …

  • rajib on September 7, 2007, 15:19 GMT

    oH!OH!!OH!!!Dear.It's again happen.The World again going to miss this real Speed.May be from this very time to forever.

    Let me see the PCB next action.

  • Abdullah on September 7, 2007, 15:19 GMT

    Shoaib dude, you should've taken up that movie offer from Mahesh Bhatt for the "Gangster". The role and the title would have fit your persona to the tee. It's not too late...go join Bollywood or'll get all the opportunities to vent your anger and frustrations with those modern day masala dance numbers. If you could shake your booty as fast as you can bowl, you might be the next Hritik Roshan. And if you can't be better than him then you could always injure his "thigh" with a bat :) I see the future...Shoaib and Salman as cell mates. One's in for poaching a deer...the other for oh well just being Shoaib.

  • Aaiz Chaudhry on September 7, 2007, 15:17 GMT

    Its a sad day for die hard Shoaib fans like me. I have always supported

    him, always given him the bennefit of doubt and always thought that ONE

    more chance given to him will not do too much harm. But then the patience is exhaustible and hardcore Shoaib fans like me

    have to come to realization that Shoaib after all, is not

    indispensible. So its time we say 'Enough is Enough' and forget to see Shoaib in

    action one more time. We have to learn and move on. This should be

    effectively the end of a sublime, 'shooting star' like career. A career

    which consumed itself. You have let us down again. Good bye Shoaib.

  • Zeeshan on September 7, 2007, 15:15 GMT

    It just amazes me to see how this extremely talented individual manages to bring tarnish on him self and the Pakistan cricket team. He says that he is "human" and he made a mistake. Sorry bro, but these are just too many mistakes. Who the #@$% do you think you are anyways?!?! There are other players who are apparantly "human" and they dont screw up on a regular basis like you. He can ruin his public image and take the regular dive into the gutter fr all we care, but why does he have to do it in a way that causes disruption and embarassment to the national cricket team.

    All through the episodes in the past, I have supported him, saying that he is just "misunderstood", he will become better, bring glory to the nation and himself. But now that this incident has happened, and he has "admitted" his mistake, I can only say that this individual has no place in the Pakistan Cricket Team.

  • Nusrat Hussain on September 7, 2007, 15:15 GMT

    Oh Shoaib!!!! what a difficult position for any one to defend you. I know you will never improve, even if you are given a chance after the 5 match ban imposed by the PCB. However, I am the devil's advocate and let me remind everyone that PCB has spent a lot of money on Shoaib and let us for once have the return of that money. He should be fined a million dollar and given a game to bring some remarkable victory for Pakistan and if he cannot deliver then should be kicked out for good. Let us at least try to get the worth of our money. Good luck Shoaib, I don't think any advocate would have a better line to defend you.

  • Pak Fan on September 7, 2007, 15:15 GMT

    Shoaib should join ICL. I am sure they will throw him out too.

  • deepak on September 7, 2007, 15:13 GMT

    The Pak team is boring without Shoaib. Indeed world cricket is boring without him. I say sent this guy for counseling, therapy whatever. Just dont kick him out !

  • gaurav on September 7, 2007, 15:13 GMT

    Pakistan has always had hotheaded, aggressive players....sarfraz, waqar, imran, miandad....who all had their share of fights with team mates, umpires, spectators, opposition....thats what made them exciting....shoaib is just frustated, he knows time is running out for him......asif has taken over as the main fast bowler and his not so secret ambition of captaining the side will never be what does he do...he behaves like an 8 year old, spoilt brat who did not get his PS2 that he wants, but knows he would never get it...he has talent, but someone needs to talk to him at his level of intelect...and not as an adult....coz he is an Indian supporter, it would be a shame not see shoaib vs. sachin contest in the upcoming series...

  • James on September 7, 2007, 15:12 GMT

    Unfortunately, I am not surprised at anything these days in Pakistani cricket. And it starts from the top down.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on September 7, 2007, 15:10 GMT

    I think Pakistan cricket was doomed, the day Nasim Ashraf was unconstitutionally, appointed the head of one of the most bungling and ham-fisted sports administration in the country. As I’ve often said, with people like Nasim Ashraf, Shafqat Naghmi and the never ending list of goons in the PCB; lack of transparency, preposterous selection policies, ambiguity regarding the implementation of the constitution and mind-boggling controversies are merely inevitable. I just sit back, helpless and powerless to stop the rot, hoping that Musharraf or someone with the authority to hold the board officials accountable will one day read this blog and gauge the resentment felt by every cricket lover in this country. Coming back to our love hate relationship with Shoaib, I have always loathed the way he has gone about playing cricket (or well the lack of it). However, this time around, my sympathies are with him n. I say this after listening to Sallahuddin’s (Chief selector) statement on TV where he says the board has a zero tolerance policy on discipline (fair enough!) and that this decision was the need of the hour as this was having a detrimental impact on the country’s image. I find this laughable. What a load of baloney! If these buffoons really game a damn about the country’s reputation they would have stuck with the ban that had been imposed on Shoaib and Asif in the aftermath of the doping fiasco. Fact is, E V E R Y decision that this administration has taken has reeked of incompetence and ineptitude; not to mention bewilderment and perplexity. Confused? Allow me to elucidate with a couple of examples.

    Doping Scandal:

    Committee: “Banned!! Drugs? Oh my God! That’s blasphemy! Bad boy! Down Down!” Two weeks later Committee no 2: “Hmm OK! Not Banned! He didn’t know! You see, he hails from a remote village. He English NO!” The world at large: “What the hell?” Congratulations. Pakistan is a laughing stock, yet again.

    Prior to the world cup: PCB: “Shoaib and Asif will um…just give us a couple of weeks” Two weeks and perhaps, a private drugs test later PCB: “Asif has an elbow injury and Shoaib um some injury. These injuries are genuine. Nandro what? Sshh”

    The world at large: These pakis are shady! If they weren’t going to play them, might as well have banned them? These Pakis are beyond us!

    Disciplinary issues at the summer camp:

    Committee: “Fined! 3 Lakhs! Discipline reigns supreme!” Two weeks later Committee: “Hmm OK! No fine! Its fine! No really I mean it! No stupid! I mean you can go! Run along you Ferrari you!” ….. sigh. Need I say more?

  • amen on September 7, 2007, 15:09 GMT

    He has been like this for all his career and very truly pointed out by the writer that he has always got away with it. I believe that he should stay in Pakistan. His name should be included in the exit control list and he should not be allowed to play in the ICL by any means. If he is banned by the PCB, i am sure he will go to ICL and as always will not be ashamed of his gross acts. He should be penalised and penalised heavily. So much so, that he should think of his acts again and again. He is a bad embassador for Paksitan.

  • jigar parekh on September 7, 2007, 15:09 GMT

    thanks shoaib ! for showing us the team spirit of pakistani cricket.cricketer like u r the worst thing happen to the game of gemtleman-"cricket" plese hit all the cricketer of pakistan team who has gave their life to pakistan team.this will encourage you to go for a war,thats u like ha?

  • Indranil, India on September 7, 2007, 15:08 GMT

    It is really unfortunate that, a man blessed with so much of talent on the field has so little solid matter between his ears .. all, who have watched from the ground stands, Shoaib steaming into bowl, will agree that, this is the most exhilarating sight in modern-day cricket ...

    Arrogance fits Shoaib, but no more than it fit Viv Richards or Gary Sobers - and nobody heard them embroiled in brawls and controversies, during their playing careers ... all great players have always put a high premium on their teams and team-mates .. and it will really be pathetic, if somebody representing his/her country needs to be taught the virtues of team-manship, by imposing a punishment - surely nobody is 5 years old here !!!

    Its doubly painful that after 10 years in international cricket, Shoaib has only 169 test wickets to his tally and absolutely without any will to try and stake a claim towards greatness ... what it shows clearly is, what he has been worth to Pakistan cricket ... no self-respecting International Cricketer with half of Shoaib's talent, would have been happy with having played only 40-odd Tests in a decade - and if the PCB is really interested in bringing Pakistan cricket on the right track, he should not have another tests ...

    It is a tribute to the cricketing qualities of the man, that so many of us have taken time out, to reflect on Shoaib - regrettably, Shoaib never felt the urge to give that extra effort for cricket, for all his fans and above everything else - for himself ..

  • raj on September 7, 2007, 15:06 GMT

    I fail to understand why Shoaib has always been so hyped up. He is good fast bowler but that's about it. On his day, he could run through any opposition but even Agarkar could do that. I dare not compare Agarkar to Shoaib but the point is that Shoaib has always been overhyped bowler due to all the drama he brings with him. Of course being the fastest bowler spices it up.

    Getting down to the incident, I think it is the PCB who is responsible for all this. If they had punished him fair long time back, he would have learnt the lesson (hopefully!!) and been a more mature, effective and disciplined player by now.

  • Reehan on September 7, 2007, 15:01 GMT

    I cannot believe the PCB has sent the player home. Yes I am sure he committed a mistake, he should be punished but at the detriment of the team. The PCB can stand on high moral ground for an alleged assault, but was powerless with regard to match fixing. This is Pak cricket, after all, accept we are not the most international bunch. I dont like what shoaib did but other countries would have kept a tight lid on it. The PCB should have quietly dealt with this. A win in the tournament would have settled well with everyone.

    The deeper problem isnt shoaib. The problem is that the captain and vice captain are weak figures that cannot control the dressing room. I fear more for Shoaib Malik now than before, because it is clear from this incident he does not have the respect of the dressing room. The pcb ought to have been aware of the consequences of not appointing a senior player as captain. I feel sorry for both the shoaibs and the all the players, including Asif's thigh! The pcb is in my opinion the root of all the chaos, since the Oval debacle, it has inadvertently pushed pak cric from one crisis to another. Some of you will say the drugs werent its fault, but if you dont teach the players properly, they are not to blame for the poor administration. pak doesnt need a good coach or wonder players, it will always, have those, it needs a realistic organisation that isnt trying to pretend its modern. the pcb should support the team, not keep on undermining it.

  • TJ on September 7, 2007, 14:59 GMT

    The poor guy seems frustrated that he cannot deliver consistantly. He is too proud to blame himself so he needs to vent his frustrations on someone else. hitting someone with an object is not spontaneous its premeditated. He needs to be stopped and treated for psychiatric problems and if he continues the PCB must be held responsible for any other mishap.

  • Suhail Y Khan on September 7, 2007, 14:58 GMT

    Notwithstanding his talent which shined occasionally, he has been a disgrace to Pakistan. I can't imagine how deeply this incident would have impacted the team morale, especially for the new young captain. I am lost for words and very angry. Surely, selfishness and arrogance have no limits!

  • Ali Colorado on September 7, 2007, 14:57 GMT

    Cricket is entertainment & shoaib just keeps it more entertaining (for the wrong reasons). I say he is better off joining the ICL.

  • Aftab on September 7, 2007, 14:56 GMT

    It takes an Imran Khan to discipline a Pakistani side, bold enough to say where to get off! A talented side, but difficult to harness. "Indiscipline"? sure, that's a trade mark! You don't have to ban Shoaib for life, do not select him to play for Pakistan, it's simple as that. Surely, he's not the only savior of Pakistani cricket! I will gurantee they will do better without him.

  • Irfan on September 7, 2007, 14:55 GMT

    Shoaib is like an abscess and you know what they do with them. I think that this behavior has its roots in greed. ICL's offer to him must be enormous, he knows that he doesn't have much time left, so he found a way to exit! No matter how disgraceful it may be but that's him. He will try and make lame attempts to redeem himself by press conferences or some PR. Eventually he will join ICL and live happily ever after.

  • Kapil Dev on September 7, 2007, 14:54 GMT

    ICL has a set of standards too, ICL dont want Shoaib. Offering shoaib will set an example for all other players to hit and beat against their home boards and players and come down to ICL to settle for a big check. This will make ICL look like a last resort Asylum for all mentals and hit and run sorts.

  • Muhamad Tuglak on September 7, 2007, 14:51 GMT

    I think this latest controversy is one of two things: 1) Steroid rage: the rage that is know to happen due to prolonged steroid use 2) Shoaib still tests positive for performance enhancers that got him banned for 2 years last year, the ban that PCB suspended. If Shoaib plays, it is certainity that he will be "randomly" tested and be positive again. shoaib did not want to play injury again, so he went for behavior that got him banned! Throwing tantrums is not enough (PCB seems to have high tolerance for that from Shoaib), so he hit another player. Now Asif can claim injury and not get tested as he is would also be positive for drugs. Unfortunately for Asif, Shoaib did not hit Asif hard enough with the bat and Asif is also going to get banned for life!

  • harsh on September 7, 2007, 14:51 GMT

    Its the steroids coming out.

  • Akbar Makhani on September 7, 2007, 14:49 GMT

    i thought twenty20 you are to swing your bat on the field i did not know it starts from the dressing room Shoaib should be banned from any form of cricket, he is a disgrace to the country he represents.

  • Arun on September 7, 2007, 14:47 GMT

    Get rid of him once and for all. There is no place for the likes of Shoaib in team sports.

  • Masaood Yunus on September 7, 2007, 14:42 GMT

    A player lacking a sportsman character on/off field is doomed to go down. He has been let go too many times and has always brough shame to this game with his uncontrolable arrogant behavior an as much as he is to be blamed that much is PCB responsible for being "LAX" all the time. Shame on PCB, Shoaib once again let down our cricketing image in the world.

  • Lallu Lal on September 7, 2007, 14:41 GMT

    For all we know there might be a contract from ICL waiting for him by the time he reaches home!

  • Saad on September 7, 2007, 14:41 GMT

    Perhaps now Shoaib should concentrate singing for BOLLYWOOD !!!

  • Hassan on September 7, 2007, 14:39 GMT

    i think it is better if SHOAIB AKHTAR is not in the team...wel he is a match winning bowler but don't only focus on this point...wat is his routine???play 2 matches then he is injured.then he makes a come back after 2 months then gives a match winning performance again and is then injured...just throw him out of the team...there is a lot of talent in is time to give youngster a chance...i think PAKISTAN can perform well with only Asif and Umar...the PAKISTAN team can perform well...they must not believe in ASIF or SHOAIB...everyone must believe in themselves and give there 100 % performance...if the batsman can give opposition a run chase of above 300 then ASIF and UMAR are enough...PAKISTAN team must nt rely on only SHOAIB...ok tell me wat will happen when SHOAIB will retire???

  • Mian - Toronto - Canada on September 7, 2007, 14:34 GMT

    Shoaib Akhter, Why is he so arrogant. What does he has which others don't. Is he the best bowler of the World...NO.I agree that he is a good bowler and we were needed him in T20. But now he has shown that he does not care about anything and he has no spirit for discipline and now it is time for PCB to show if they are really committed to discipline. If he is guilty, then he should be banned from any type of cricket in Pakistan and I would request PCB to send a request to ICC to ban him from the Cricket if possible. PCB please punish him if he is guilty and make him an example for those who think they are big star and can break the rules and can hit any body.

    PCB please take some kind of stand by DOING something.

  • B on September 7, 2007, 14:33 GMT

    And He comapres himself with Zidane!! Before commenting like that he should have think of how much Zidane have contributed to the football and his team as compared to what he has given to the Cricket and Pakistan. What a loser!

  • coomare on September 7, 2007, 14:32 GMT

    I guess only Australia stands between Pakistan and Twenty20 victory...:)

  • Jawad on September 7, 2007, 14:32 GMT

    Let him go! He is done. Nothing more...nothing less.

  • Arun Vasudevan on September 7, 2007, 14:30 GMT

    My My..he is back with a bang again...looks like shoaib is scared to play on a cricket field..guess he is too used to playin in the nets and he is finding good ways to hide away from the field.Jokes apart, this is clearly an after effect of the steroids that he has been taking..steroids causes hair loss and also increases anger( remember Salman Khan). And by the way an argument does not start with just one person, im sure asif would have said something to trigger the fight. I have a gut feeling that Shoaib is finding out ways to get out of the pakistan team. ICL looks much more attractive...God Bless the Pakistan team...

  • Salman Shah on September 7, 2007, 14:30 GMT

    well..Hold on Guys!! Asif too has been the part of disgust& shame prior to start of three major tournaments in a row!! What Shoaib did isnt acceptable at all..fair enough.But how do Asif get away with it by anymeans?If there has to be any punishment,it gotta apply on both.And as far as Shoaib the match winner is concerned,ignorant idiots shd take a look in his record of winning matches.Why everytime he is made a scapegoat?Now if Pak doesnt do well(..which looks like)Shoaib wd b blamed for spoiling the morale.U think Asif wd win u the ODIs ?? Gimme a break .. Avg 45 in ODIs so far.Asif thinks himself some superstar... which ,sorry,he isnt!! Anyways.. keeping ma fingers crossed for Shaibi to make a comeback n blow all these gimmik heads away !!

  • Faheem Shahzad on September 7, 2007, 14:29 GMT

    I would like to add something on the post >>> Posted by: SaLMAN SHAKEEL LEGHARI at September 7, 2007 10:58 AM

    It's consecutively 3rd major tournament where Shoaib and Asif have inflicted a severe blow. PCB must ban both players regardless of consequences else such indecency bwill be carried out by the future players"

    If PCB bans both of them, shall it HIRE you to line up with someone else to take responsibility of our pace-attack???

    I have read all the comments made by this and that and one thing I have noticed, that every one is making a negative point out of it.... and when some one says "Enough is Enough", yeah sure, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    U SHOULD SUPPORT YOUR CONTRY MEN. Had it been in Australia, I am 1000 % sure that the ACB and the Aussie fans must not have said anything negative against them... They must have supported their players and favourites.

    Don't go too far away... IT was such a shameful effort from Mr. Darrel Hair (@ the OVAL) but Steve Waugh (they call him, THE LEGEND) and Mark Taylor and Ricky Ponting supported his action.

    Infact, it is getting a tradition in our country that every one comes out with a point or two and starts talking and criticizing..

    Give me a break Guys... Grow up and start supporting your country-men (at least they have something to prove).

    But then I must not forget that "We are a STAR-CROSSED NATION". Don't go back, what PCB and its officials have done with Inzimam, Wasim Akram, Saeed Anwar, Waqar Younis, and now Shoaib Akhter??? I think it would be the most blunt mistake to end up his career here...

    SHOAIBEE, Keep it UP. You ROCK MAN !!! and YOUR ATTITUDE ROCKS... Best Regards Faheem Shahzad Islamabad...

    [Note: I am not favouring his action against Asif... what I want to say is, forget it and move forward....]

  • Amit Nerurkar on September 7, 2007, 14:27 GMT

    Can we just say - that he's an idiot? the guy has so much talent, its a real shame - i feel sorry for pakistan cricket. but then again, he's smart enough to say this the day before he hits teammate with a bat! "Spectators like to see fast bowlers running in, hurting people, and pitches that make batsmen struggle for runs" - as quoted on

  • Abbas on September 7, 2007, 14:27 GMT

    MAN!!!!! enough is enough.. he must go, he is a disgrace to our country and our cricket team. I dont care if he cries like a 1yr old, they beter not bring him back. Iam sick and tired of hearing pak team getting into controversies.

  • jay on September 7, 2007, 14:26 GMT

    This is a classic behavior for someone who has abused steroids. No two ways about it. Rage is one of the biggest symptoms, followed by suicidal thoughts.

  • Blue Devil on September 7, 2007, 14:25 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar must be banned for life. He has obviously not learnt from his mistakes, and never will. Till now, the antics of the PCB have resembled a circus act - announcing disciplinary action one minute, and taking it back the next. If the PCB fails to take decisive action against Akhtar, all the jokers running the PCB should be sacked.

  • Safdar on September 7, 2007, 14:21 GMT

    My quetion is to all those who say that Shoaib is a match winner. If we are referring to a few good spells in which he destroyed other team batting, than the same has happened to most of the international bowlers one way or the other, even without this nuch speed. If you look at his statistics, he has not completed any of the tours over the last five years (minimum what I can recall). Most of the times he has performed in one odd match and then sidelined for rest of the series for various reasons, leaving a dilemma for selection of his replacemnt. It is because of him that we have never been able to groom any dependable match winning fasat bowler till Asif came, because we always thought that not to fill Shoaib's slot on permanent basis. To sum it up, although Shoaib can give good performances in one odd match, it will be a fool's dream to think that he can win series and tournaments for us. It would be more appropriate to concentrate on fresh crop of bowlers to find our actual match winner.

  • Nasir on September 7, 2007, 14:21 GMT

    Ban him for life! No that would be too easy. And what else, he will continue to parade around on the back of his "glorious" past and continue to be in the limelight. Furthermore, he will have no excuse not to go and join the ICL and conitnue to feed his arrogance and insanity. This guys is truly mentally challenged. Call it narcisistic behaviour or delusional. He is got to be dealt in a much better and harsher manner. There is no one bigger than the game of Cricket. What has he done recently that gives him the right to feel superior and have much disdain for his fellow team-mates. I say ban him for a few matches, and let him hang around, not selecting him for games at the last minute. Only this way he will realize how expendible he really is to Pakistan Cricket. Only this way he will realize he is also human, with flaws just like his fellow team-mates.

  • faisal on September 7, 2007, 14:20 GMT

    i just wana say that it is perfect time to kick him out from the team he is a blackship.

  • Yousuf Sheikh on September 7, 2007, 14:20 GMT

    Here we go again.I am wondering why the PCB continued to tolerate Shoaib for so long.If he was else where he would have been gone long ago.He is nothing but pain in the ......A five game panelty is a shame.He will come back and do it yet again.Just drop him for ever already!!!

  • moammad shoaib on September 7, 2007, 14:18 GMT

    now time will come PCB get rid off from shoaib akhtar. it is better shoaib will not play for pakistan.he should get life time ban.he gave pak only cotntrovercies, only sahme at cruisial time.

  • M. Syed on September 7, 2007, 14:17 GMT

    I hope that Shoaib didn't pull this stunt to get into the ICL. If he did than the ICL, on moral grounds, should reject him. Pakistan has produced great bowlers before and there is talent all over. The public and media finally seem to understand that why PCB has been so reluctant to pick Shoaib in the past. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise. End of Shoaib's career maybe the start of someone else's bright future.

  • Irfan on September 7, 2007, 14:16 GMT

    Now Pakistan shud never ever select him ... we have a great backup ... we have an alternative paceman M. Irshad another speedster ... probably a better one than Shoaib as well as attitude is concerned ...

  • Ali Khan on September 7, 2007, 14:15 GMT

    I believe that media may have 'over blown' this incident. After all, why would suppossedly a 'maniac' like Shoaib Akhter hit Asif at tighs instead of a more natural target such as head of ribs.

    It was probably no more than a semi-angry response which would have gone down in good taste had it not been for snobish media and the bruise of whose extent we don't even know.

    Bring Shoaib back. He is a spoiled person but come injury or whatsoever, he should be forced to play. He is the only bowler worthy of mentioning in the Pakistani line up. Had he himself been a little more careful, I wouldn't have hesistated in suggesting him name for the captain's role - he has aggression, attitude and arrogance.

  • Shujaat Hussain on September 7, 2007, 14:13 GMT

    As of now, there's little difference between General Pervez Musharraf and Shoaib Akhtar. Both hitting their benefactors: the former his slaves who propped him for eight years and the latter, who mocked the PCB, which gave him succour everytime he was in a soup.

  • imran on September 7, 2007, 14:12 GMT

    I dont understand why he always lose his temper. he is one of the best bowler of pakistan after wasim and waqar and we all want to seein action.

  • Sameer A Malik on September 7, 2007, 14:12 GMT

    well done for sending Shoaib back home forever, i wont be looking for his comeback anymore. But the question is, why Shoaib only? why Asif is not being sent home as well? I can never believe that its only Shoaib's fault. Once again PCB is adopting a biased approach just like they did during the doping case, by banning Shoaib for 2 years and Asif for only 1 year, why was that? And now only Shoaib is being penalised, is Asif a saint? certainly not! i saw his arrogance in couple of tv interviews and i somehow know the reason for this dressing room debacle as well, because i saw Asif saying on media that "Shoaib is a bad guy and people have started thinking me a bad guy because of Shoaib's company" and i am sure Asif must have said something like this in the dressing room to Shoaib thats why Shoaib reacted badly and hit Asif. This is ridiculous how both these so called super starts are defaming the country, i vow once again kick them both out of team by adopting same approach for both of them instead of just penalizing Shoaib only. These guys have not done anything extra ordinary for Pakistan cricket yet and i dont see anything coming in near future, so lets move on and start the rehabilitation.

  • Zakir Mirza on September 7, 2007, 14:12 GMT

    I think PCB should have support Shoaib at this time because I believe that team need Shoaib this time really bad. Our bowling attack has been suffered for last five or six months and he puts a lot of strength in bowling line up.

  • javed on September 7, 2007, 14:11 GMT

    He should be banned for ever. period.

  • Ossamah on September 7, 2007, 14:11 GMT

    Even though he is one of the greatest bowlers in our team, it is about time that we BAN him for LIFE. We have ENOUGH bowlers and we don't need to try this useless bowler over and over again.

  • bilal ahmad on September 7, 2007, 14:06 GMT

    Shamefull acts should never be tolerated whoever is the acused. I was fan of pakistan cricket not for heros but for other reasons, they broke our imaginations. It seems end to the pak-cricket believe it or not.

  • omer yusuf on September 7, 2007, 14:04 GMT

    well many people said many things . but what u all think that is shoaib akhtar a fool ! i hope soo not ! he is quite sensible in my opinion . may be he is making grounds of making it into the ICL. coz he has just 2 to 3 yrs of cricket left in him . n he knew that any misconduct could end his international career this time around . so well done Mr Akhtar for making grounds for the ICL . (MONEY IS OF PRIMARY IMPORTANCE NOT NATIONAL PRIDE)

  • ashar siddiqui on September 7, 2007, 14:00 GMT

    Shoaib have had a history of these problems. He had an attitude problem even before he was selected for pakistan team. A person can make mistakes once or twice but this guy does'nt seem to learn. I think its high time that PCB solve this problem once and for all. And shoaib himself knows that not much cricket is left in him. I think its better for him as well as pakistan that he joins ICL.

  • Haseeb Sadiq on September 7, 2007, 14:00 GMT

    Shoaib is a match winning bowler and no doubt Pakistan is a much better outfit when he is present.Lets not forget that.However there is no excuse for doing what he did.He should apologise to Asif then hold a press conference to express his regret about the incident.PCB has to call him and let him explain his version of events.We are all human and we all make mistakes.Shoaib hopefully will learn from this and he will take the field and prove to the world why he is the most lethal bowler in the world. I sincerely hope all Pakistani fans and the media support Shoaib and Asif and we would all like them to bowl in partnership very soon.

  • Rahul on September 7, 2007, 14:00 GMT

    I agree that he has exceptional talent but didn't Wasim, Waqar or Imran had talent? All of them made to headlines of newspapers with their performance in the field but Shoaib is always in news because of his performance off the field. No more excuses for Shoaib - well, Zidane took his anger out on opponents not on his own team mates. Time to axe him forever, let Shoaib be history.

  • Shahid Iqbal, Canada on September 7, 2007, 13:59 GMT

    This is absolutely unacceptable yet totaly believable. Mr. Akhtar is a very arrogant person who thinks himself above everyone else and now he thinks that he is above the law too.

    I am not surprised that he has done this. In my opinion he had been given support more than he deserve. Pakistan cricket has been winning without him for few years now. I know he is a good bowler but if he only plays one match a year and creates lot many other problems for the team then he should be kicked out. I think PCB has to take a serious bold step and punish him severely for what he has done. There should be no discounts this time.

  • jamjar on September 7, 2007, 13:56 GMT

    Asif Sarfraz - Your comments completely resonate with me. I also sense a similar frustration to that i'm feeling on reading the news headlines.

    When will Pakistan be able to succesfully compete in a tournament without any drama surrounding it?! They should make their mark on the media with their performances on the field but they are better known for the circus act that surrounds pak cricket. And shoaib is the biggest clown of them all.

    I have supported him in the past, on his day he can destroy the opposition (cue his cameo in the recent South Africa series) but i think this incident has crossed the line.

    Pak cricket needs to move on without this joker and the sooner it does so, the better.

  • Sunjay C on September 7, 2007, 13:54 GMT

    If the man can fail drugs test, have numerous injury setbacks, and suffer under the political ax of Pakistani selectors and the board, and STILL bounce back every time, then it is only logical to assume that beating a fellow teammate with a cricket bat will soon be all forgotten.

    Its more a testament to the fact that 1) the Pakistani board has really no plan for the future of the sport in the country, as it frequently has looked to the same 20 players for the last decade to fill in the squad, and B) that even if the board could find another bowler as talented as Shoaib, Akhtar's persona on the field and marketing popularity are enough to ensure that he at least gets a look in to the side...

  • Amjad Khan on September 7, 2007, 13:50 GMT

    I don't understand what Pakistan is banking on Shoaib to contribute. In the last 16 months, the guy has played ONE day of Test Cricket and a handful of ODI's. He needs to seek professional help.

    The first time I heard about Shoaib was back in 1997. He was on the Pakistan 'A' team visiting England. One night he was knocked out drunk in the back of a cab. The cab driver took him to his team hotel and the only reason the cab driver knew who he was because the cab driver had watched him play for Pakistan 'A' during the day. That was my first introduction to a clown named Shoaib Akhtar. Since then, he has done very little other than instigate his captain, coach and team mates. No one is above the game - ban him once and for all, period. Since Pakistan team is in the rebuilding phase, consider it a necessity to drop him and bring in a young fast bowler instead.

  • Faisal Wahab on September 7, 2007, 13:46 GMT

    We all are proud to be Pakistani and I think our cricketer too. Shoaib Akhter has done a mistake but why that happend? what Asif told him? In all this matter Asif was also involved. If someone is sending back Shoaib then why Asif shouldn't? "At every action there is an equal reaction". I personally think that we should forgive shoaib if we shouldn't then treat both of them in the ground of Justice, Thanks.

  • Zahid Hamid on September 7, 2007, 13:46 GMT

    Shoaib has done more harm than good to the team, his Country and most of all the game of cricket during the course of his career. He does not deserve to be allowed an opportunity to tread a cricket ground again. This is one mistake too many.

  • Hamid on September 7, 2007, 13:40 GMT

    Undoubtedly this is a case of a pathological nature and needs to be treated as such. When one is sick they are removed from the team until evidence indicates that normality has resumed. This has to be the end of Shoaib as a Pakistani team cricketer. Period. The country's reputation is at stake. It has to be bigger than any one person.

  • Anam Ahmed on September 7, 2007, 13:40 GMT

    Being such a die hard fan of Shoaib, this is just mere disappointment to me...the left over respect for him which i had is totally the "heat of the moment" i can expect you to slam on wall but can never imagine hitting another cricketer...its just crazy !...i think seeing a shrink might help and if not...its better to stay home then to abuse people around you.

  • Muhammad Asif on September 7, 2007, 13:36 GMT

    "Shoaib Akhtar vowed to make a comeback and said he was hopeful of playing in next month's home series against South Africa." A slap on the face of PCB after hiting Asif. Above all he's still insisting to be a human, A slap on the face of humanity.

  • shams on September 7, 2007, 13:34 GMT

    i agree with Abbasi. i m also a big fan of Pakistan cricket and of course shoaib. but his action out of field always do more damage to Pakistan cricket than his on field game. so he should be banned from d game. i hope and wish that life after shoaib will be more rosy for Pakistan.

  • Haider on September 7, 2007, 13:27 GMT

    although im a great fan of him but due to his mental weakness i hate him now get him out of pakistan cricket team

  • Pranav on September 7, 2007, 13:26 GMT

    I wonder what happens if PCB throws him out and even ICL dont take him! But I guess they will.

  • Reza on September 7, 2007, 13:25 GMT

    the concept of phychiatric therapy needs to be introduced in south asia.. court appointed anger management programs.. he needs help.. not just as a cricketer anymore.. but as a person

  • Kaiser Mukhtar on September 7, 2007, 13:24 GMT

    I'm forced to say something again about a shamful act of our countryman on the eve of yet another prestigious tournament. Its an inaugural tournament and the people participating in it will be remembered along with their efforts and performances for ever and on the eve of it such a disasterous and shamful act of his makes a dent on the name and fame of our team and the nation at large. We Pakistanis are already having bad name with our abominable behaviour around the world and loathed for it although some bad eggs make the whole lot of it and one bad apple makes the whole crate rotten but its a extra addition as it is done by a sports representative who is meant to bring good name for the country and the nation as a whole but instead he brought headlines for non sporting stuff. May God give him sense and the PCB strong character to bring this whole saga to a sensible end. Shoaib Akhta=Spoilt child needs to be rehabilitated.

  • Kishore Mulani on September 7, 2007, 13:22 GMT

    Agreed that the man is a little wild at times , what he needs to do is channelise his aggression constructively and he will be where he belongs the top . Arguements do happen both on and off the field but i think the board should have reacted a little more leniently to their star performer's behaviour . Anyways i dont think the 20-20 format was the ideal stage for the pacer to stage a comeback , his strength is his potency with the new ball and the lethal reverse swing and both wont find much use in this format with just 4 overs per bowler , i guess the south africans better watch out!! Pakistan cannot win without him being on song against the Proteas , so Shoaib be a good boy , apologise to Asif and the board and remove all the anger on Graeme Smith and his over rated SA team

  • Wasiq on September 7, 2007, 13:21 GMT

    “Kuttay ki Dum hamesha tehri hi rehti hai” and this certainly applies to Shoaib Akhtar. While the whole nation stood by him during his controversial escapades, he continues to betray each one of us and I am afraid this might not ever end. Nobody is above and beyond Pakistan and this beautiful game of cricket so I think it’s about time that PCB take a bold decision and put this fool to rest.

  • Rajan on September 7, 2007, 13:20 GMT

    Even ICL should not approach him.

  • Atul Bhogle on September 7, 2007, 13:20 GMT

    If I were a Pakistani I would have lost my patience with Shoaib long back. Players like Deigo and McEnrow, even though they had their own share of the crazy streak, were extremely commited and disciplined when it came to their sport.

    Shoaib seems to be wanting to become a super star without the hard grind. The old adage of 'no substitite for hard work' does not apply only ro body building.

    As said in the movie 'Chak de India', 'Team banaane ke liye taakat nahi neeyat chaahiye' (It is not raw strength but character which makes a team). As long as Shoaib continues his behaviour, Pakistan will find it difficult to play as a team. And since Shoaib seems incapable of handling his behaviour, they might be better off without him. Such a waste of talent.

    On a sidenote, Mr. Abbasi, your blog seems to be jinxed - Pak Cricket is in a turmoil ever since you started it - was it not before the Oval match last year?

  • Muhammad Hammad Amjad on September 7, 2007, 13:19 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar: A seed of evil for Pakistani Cricket. He was my hero but no more. He should be sacked out of International Cricket and banned for life time now. Enough is enough. He is a ''wise donkey'' according to me.

  • Najam Saeed on September 7, 2007, 13:18 GMT

    I am thoroughly convinced that Shoaib has some serious mental disorder and needs immediate medical attention. PCB should take some blame for making him what he is today since time and again he had pushed the limits only to be forgiven and brought back in the team. Nobody is above the game and nobody is indispensible. I fail to understand and shake my head in disbelief when Shoaib is treated with kid gloves and is included in the team with glowing remarks. He is no good for the team and the country and the game. Let him go to ICL if he wants to. I assure you his behavior will be the same there too and he will again shoot himself in the foot in no time. He is very good at it. PCB Chairman stated recently that he would not tolerate indiscipline. Well, let us see where he stands now and what he does about this arrogant, angry, sarcastic, and narcissist person. I sincerely hope that Shoaib is NEVER considered again for the national team – in the best interests of the team. Enough is enough.

    Najam Saeed

  • Utpal on September 7, 2007, 13:18 GMT

    It's nothing unusual. He should be ousted from Pakistani cricket .

  • omar ali khan on September 7, 2007, 13:18 GMT

    Good riddance to bad rubbish - another hasbeen consigned to the laughing stock that is the ICL (Pensioners Team playing 20/20! - what next!)

  • Murali Pannala on September 7, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    People who bring so much of disgrace to the mankind leave alone the game should better be forgotten than be pardoned.

    Shoaib was involved or alleged to be involved in all the dont's of a cricketer.

    Let the human sense and the game of crket prevail and people like shoaib...I leave it for him to fill up...

  • Shoiab Akhtar on September 7, 2007, 13:10 GMT

    No Plz,forget that ,i m also a human,i have made mistake but plz dot't blame only me for that shameful incident, that budy was equally responsible for that,he was in my underwear at that time and he neglect this whenever i was asked him for my only underwear. So plz forget that incident, i want to play in T-20.

  • MOhammed Asif on September 7, 2007, 13:07 GMT

    This should be the end of shoib.He let the whole nation down during his whole career.Now we all should forgot that we have any Shoib in our country ,we can go with the other bowler that we have,i think he was searching the reason to go for ICL and he got that ,now pak will ban him and he will sign with ICL that's what he want,he dont care about his country.

  • VJ on September 7, 2007, 13:07 GMT

    Another incident, another series of reactions and actions - most probably another farce. It has become usual for Shoaib to break a rule, then be chastised, be written about in any and all websites and blogs,have a public spat, and then given a suitable cover up. And there it is, again ready to start with another incident.

    Stop the farce and stop the cover ups. If Shoaib is to be blamed for his increasingly "uncontrollable" nature, those who covered up at every mistake should bear a larger share of the blame. They wont, and there will be another cover up, and another blog from Kamran.

  • ubaid on September 7, 2007, 13:07 GMT

    He still won't accept responsibility. It looks like he did but there is still the flavor of. Asif MADE me do it. He of course must be sorry that he got caught and that he won't be able to play. But I don't see any remorse about hurting another person. He has already started to prepare the Zidane angle. Whoever falls for this must have an IQ of 20.

  • PRJ on September 7, 2007, 13:06 GMT

    I am Indian, but I think all Pakistanis and Indians need to stop this "Pakistani and Indian cricket is filled with idiots like Shoaib/whoever). In the scheme of things, Hansie Cronje was a million times worse than Shoaib for fixing matches; Warne had his own problems (sex scandals, giving information to bookies, drugs and infighting with Steve Waugh as well). If Warne was Pakistani (ie brown), he would have been hung, drawn and quartered by everyone. West Indies, even England..all have cricketers with their own problems.

    It's time we stopped blaming ourselves as though only Indians/Pakistanis are terrible and everyone else is an angel. Some self-respect is needed, and a sense of putting things in perspective.

    Shoaib may be an idiot, but compared to footballers that "grace" the football in England, he is an angel.

  • Shahid on September 7, 2007, 13:04 GMT

    Kamran, Finally you said the thing that i have been saying for past few years. This guy needs to be made to pay for his attitude. I hope we take a strict action against him and we can keep him out forever. Lets take a leaf out of the australian book and if they can ban players like Shane Warne for a year why cant we ban shoaib. You are right, everytime he comes back to the team he is more arrogant and more known of the fact that this team needs him and no matter what he does he will still be able to make a comeback. I think he needs to be ousted for good. I sincerely hope so. Nobody is irreplaceable.

  • Nasir on September 7, 2007, 13:02 GMT

    Shoaib would make the perfect candidate to join the ICL. I am not sure what future he sees for himself with the Pakistan side but he stopped being a force after the India series in early 2006. For someone who hasn't really played for over a year and a half he should have given the ICL more thought.

    He is the kind of character the ICL would love to have. he is popular in India and the lifestyle there fits him like a glove.

    He is past his best and surely cannot make a comeback with Pakistan. It is time someone young is given the responsibility and Shoaib confined to history.

    I was surprised when he turned the ICL down when in fact he was the most likely and ideal candidate to join the renegade league especially which requires a fiery kickstart which Shoaib can provide.

    Bye, Bye Shoaib, thnx for your services to Pakistan and the endless scandals that you dragged Pakistan into.

  • Javid on September 7, 2007, 13:01 GMT

    He should be charged for assault and should be jailed. Life ban is in order. He can go to ICL and stay there that is if they want him.

    He is dangerous for himself which we can understand BUT now he is dangerous for his team mates. Please keep him away from the any of team in Pakistan.

  • Muneeb A. on September 7, 2007, 12:59 GMT

    I'm boycotting Pakistani cricket if Shoaib Akhtar is given his 2,396th chance to redeem himself. I'm tired of his arrogance and self-belief that the world revolves around him. This leads him to abuse the system numerous times, AND STILL get away with it. Shame on him, and shame on the PCB for putting up with him time and time again!

  • Prithu Vatsa on September 7, 2007, 12:58 GMT

    Please spare us from the this jargon-laced-cliche-based user generated content. In case, you guys are feeling completely short on perspective, an excellent suggestion, go watch some ice hockey. Or the movie transformers. Come back and think again when you have been adequately satiated with agression. Tweak your memory cells a little. You guys seem to be living in some time wrap. There are more than a million hits to "sports brawl" videos on youtube. People like that stuff. You cant condone Javed Miandad's bat brandishing at Lillie as qaulity of hardened street fight warrior and at the same time pronouncing Akhtar a "failed hero". To those who say that he is not a real match winner. For you all, spending some time viewing past records at statsguru is in order. Neither me not Mr Abbasi, nor any one of you is privy to the intricate details of the brwal. But we all know for a fact that, it isnt very unusual for testosterone charged males,engaged in a fight, to have a go at one another. Bat as it happens, seems to be closest weapon at hands. Another thing I know for a fact is that nandrelone infested, weed smoking, illeterate village urchin, from Maacheekay village near Shiekhupura, wouldnt exactly have been preaching from Martin Luther king's 99 theses to the catholic church.

    And ofcourse,PCB, please punish Shoiab. By all means do whatever is appropriate as per the code of conduct. Punish him for he is guilty.

    " Bad influence for youngesters ", " A hero should not be behaving like this ", " You are in public eye, act accordingly", " he is such a role model for youngsters" blah blah blah.. cliches galore. Guys,please stop being influenced by these TV commentator types for your cricketing insights, they, for the lack of their imagination,and language, if anything else, build up this image of a peaceful utopian cricketing world, where noone fights and every one is a white dove carrying an olive branch. Sadly. it is only as true as the fact that there are no blood baths in interior fuedal Sindh or there were weapons of mass destruction in IRAQ.

    If this is indeed the end of the international cricketer called Shoaib Akhtar at least acknowledge his contributions to Pakistan cricket, to fast bowling, and his impact on the collective subconciousness of the cricket lovers.

    But is he a failed hero. NO.

    If tendulkar is "My Hero" then he is "My Villian". And Cricket needs both.

  • Ali Siddiqui on September 7, 2007, 12:57 GMT

    In a sordid sort of way i completely agree with Prithu Vatsa - what would sport be without the likes of Tyson, Cantona, Shoaib Akhtar etc. But when it comes at the expense of the image of a country on the whole i do believe a line has to be drawn. Time and time again Pakistan cricket has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons - its about time the PCB put their Bally-clad foot down and imposed a career-ending punishment on the bad boy of Pakistan cricket.

  • Shahzad on September 7, 2007, 12:56 GMT

    Hae Shoaib, Lanat hae tum per. I believe he is not a normal human being. Cricket board should annoce him as a psychologically handicaped person. If he come back for Pakistan cricket, special care should be taken with him, may be a 24 hours security guard around him to protect people from him, like security guards are appointed for mentally abnormal people when they are taken to public place.

  • nabeel on September 7, 2007, 12:53 GMT

    I agree that Shoaib Should be penalized and banned. However, I do not agree with "banned for life" suggestion. A murderer gets life long punishment and even that is 14 years. Shoaib is a match winner. If he is still good after his ban of .. say '1 or 2 years', let him play


  • Rashid Siddiqui on September 7, 2007, 12:52 GMT

    There is always two sides of the story, and perhaps we will never know both sides of the story. Having said that, Shoaib is totally and completely an idiot. He hasn't learned anything and PCB had been constantly protecting him. It is time for Mr. Akhtar to go and take his barbaric and junglee acts with him. What was he thinking when he decided to hit his fellow team mate. I don't think any cricket loving person or a Pakistani in perticular would shed any tears on Shoaib's exit from the team.

  • N. Saraiya on September 7, 2007, 12:50 GMT

    I agree. It's time to set an example. Hopefully this will also send a strong message to cricketers in other teams as well, who think too much of themselves.

  • RIYAZ on September 7, 2007, 12:49 GMT

    GIVE THE GUY A CHANCE!!! You guys who critisize SHOAIB make me sick... Why not try and mould him into a cricketer the country wants, try to change his attitude and let his aggression speak on the field. Try to help the guy not dump him...damit

  • G.M.Rather on September 7, 2007, 12:45 GMT

    Shoaib should be banned forever.PCB should give chance to new guys and forgotten about this type of people.

  • sikander khan on September 7, 2007, 12:45 GMT

    i pcb i also reading these comments , i have read all these comment and i dont think that there is any1 in these comments who like sohaib ,, his behaviour is unacceptable , he had out off team for 2 years almost, the people who send comments they dont want him in the team anymore , so kicked him out of the team ,,,,,,,, we should prepare youngster team for next worldcup ,,,, why we depend on experience player like sohaib ,,,, waqar and wasim akram are the legend , they can prepare new bowlers ,why dont PCB take there help ,,,,,

  • Rehan on September 7, 2007, 12:44 GMT

    How ironic that only one day prior, there was talk of a legend, Sachin Tendulkar, retiring. Mr. Akhtar would do well to learn a thing or two from a man with immense dignity, passion for the game and global respect. Shut up, control your passions and play to the best of your ability. Sadly, Mr. Akhtar has done little justice to his immense talent. We should not be talking about the demise of Mr. Tendulkar's one-day career. However, further mention of Mr. Akhtar as a player should always be in the past tense. His career has been a blot on Pakistan's good name.

  • khurram tahir on September 7, 2007, 12:44 GMT

    heyyy....i take back my words....after much deliberation and thinking on this issue...i seriously think ther's something being conspired against the most fiered bowler in the world.... just look at the series of things in the recent past....first his case his handled very badly by the disciplinary committe in the doping scandal(which he pointed out to just yesterday in the press conference)....then...he is charged by the PCB for leaving the camp organised for 20-20 at karachi....although he says he had informed the captain but his case was not heard and handled fine....his case heard again when he goes public about it....charges are taken back.....and the bowler put on 6-week probation....then happens the press conference and he publicly accuses the disciplinary committee of being biased against him....and the very another day....his clash with muhammed asif....obviously something from his side must have propelled the bowler who knew he was on probation to come to that extent of hitting asif with the bat........... and you cannot ignore the fact that wherever shoaib akhtar goes he naturally attracts all the media glare and all the hype......obviously his attitude definitely isn't the best ..and is presence in the dressing-room is not liked at all.....he is arrogant....BUT...not sooo SILLY ....seems like everyone in the team management is after getting rid of him.....

  • Riaz on September 7, 2007, 12:43 GMT

    Anybody else think he might have done this intentiaonally to join the ICL? His Pakistan career should be over. Alas..

  • Cricket_For_Peace on September 7, 2007, 12:40 GMT

    I dont think we should pass judgement without full knowing what is full story. pCB should know the full story before taking any action. I cant misss watching shoaib getting hit all over the ground

  • anwar saeed on September 7, 2007, 12:40 GMT

    Shoaib should be banned and forgotten.The time has come for PCB to show they mean business when it comes to descipline.

  • Muhammad Naeem Akhtar on September 7, 2007, 12:39 GMT

    I think its time now to get rid of Mr. Shoaib Akhtar. His time is over. For God Sake save the country's integrety by awarding him life time ban. I personally know him what he was before his Int'l career started. He is a vagabond. Try to find somebody who can bowl and behave like a good gentle man.

  • Dr. Asim(psychiatry) on September 7, 2007, 12:39 GMT

    I agree with most of what has been posted....In a nutshell Shoaib is what he is ..... a aggressive athlete(who is world fastest bowler) ..... now when you combine all this talent , achievement plus publicity , plus performancing enhancing drugs ... continued cut backs and no strict restrictions from Pakistan cricket board regarding his behaviour...== THIS RESULTED IN WHAT HE IS TODAY. (There is always two sides of a story... easy to blame then accept responsibility). I must say this '' HE NEEDS MAJOR HELP IN CONTROLLING HIS BEHAVIOUR '' ..... Seriously he should be sent to REHAB FOR BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT PLUS EVALUATION FOR ANY PSYCHIATRIC SYMPTOMS THAT MAY BE COMING FROM USE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE (IF HE IS STILL USING ANY ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES).... VERY COMMON TO HAVE AGGRESSION IN ATHLETES (WRESTLING,OTHERS) WHO USE STEROIDS.. I agree he should not be allowed for now to return to pakistan national team. However if he is willing to do rehab and be monitored by professional on regular basis he may be given a chance in future. In the END CRICKET WORLD WANTS HIM TO BE SAFE AND HEALTHY FOR HIMSELF AND FOR OTHERS. SO in summary someone ( pakistan cricket board ) has to atleat send him to a professional rehab (with psychiatrist) and try to help him. I wish him Good Luck for the future and hope he will become a better person.

  • Sanju baba on September 7, 2007, 12:39 GMT

    There was life after Imran for Pakistani cricket. I am sure they will find the likes of Akram, Waqar soon. Good night Shoaib uncle ;-)

  • Ahad Haq on September 7, 2007, 12:38 GMT

    I think I can easily forget all his good bowling and good cricket he played so far. I was a big fan of Shoaib but not anymore. He has crossed all his limits. He should be taken to court for that. I think he is inspired by Indian Actors and wants to go to Jail for media coverage. Shoaib this is not showbiz, it is sport.

    I guess ...he is over now.

  • M. Aqil on September 7, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    The public sentiment is unequivocally against Shoaib and rightly so. This goes to show that no matter how great a talent one has only a sound mind can utilize it. Sadly, Shoaib has blown it again and this time for good.

    I wonder what his PR guy / agent must be thinking right now. The only way Shoaib could possibly get out of trouble this time would be if he publicly announces his apology to Asif and to followers of the game across the globe, agree to take anger management classes and voluntarily give his match fees for the next 6 months to a charity.

  • Ed Smythe on September 7, 2007, 12:33 GMT

    End of Shoaib? Yeah, right. How does it go again in? 1. Grotesque behavior by a cricket player; 2. Knee jerk reaction by cricket administrators to ban him for a month/year/life; 3. Wild protests by fans shouting slogans and burning effigies of everthing from Musharraf to Bush to Rushdie to Tendulkar; 4. Cries of 'racism' and 'colonialism' by someone or the other in some Ministry or the other; 5. Transparent and inelegant loophole created for the cricket hero to return to the game; 6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 ad nauseum.

    Frankly, Zimbabwe is only the second most tragic case in international cricket today.

  • Waqas Mirza on September 7, 2007, 12:32 GMT

    The only other word that can describe the word embarrassment is "SHOAIB AKHTAR". Shoaib continues to embarrass Pakistan's name in the cricket world as it isn't tarnished enough. Shoaib should be given a life ban from playing cricket. I wonder what explainations Shoaib gives to his parents about his stupidities and antics. A term that would fit Shoaib best is "Good riddance to bad rubbish".

  • Umar Mansab on September 7, 2007, 12:32 GMT

    I think we'll have to ignore this incident in the best interest of pakistani cricket. We dont want to lose another big tournament this time . Shaoaib bhai , once given a chance on south african tracks , will hit hard !! Infact he always hits hard !! Shoaib bhai .. u're the man !!

  • Sunny on September 7, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    What's up with grown men (and that too celebrities) and their behavioral problems? We recently had a Salman Khan, who at 36 acts like a school boy. Now Mr. Akthar, who at 32 just doesn't seem to grow up!! What is wrong with Pakistani players. Before every major tournament, there is some news or other about players mis-behaving (and it is not always Shoaib either...remember Younus Khan and Inzi in 2003 world cup?). This is ridiculous to say the least. What Pakistan cricket team needs are shrinks that can analyze each player and find out what triggers their egos to burst and advise the rest to stay clear of those triggers. Pakistani cricketers do not need coahces. What they need desperately are behavioral analysts and behavioral coaches. This is sick. These are all highly payed grown men, representing their country and never seem to get along for the sake of their country. Since Imran's retirement, we never had a series/event that did not start with a controversy. Damn the PCB and to hell with this team.

  • zeshan on September 7, 2007, 12:29 GMT

    I thnk Shoib Should be out for teams for atleast a year. So nobody in future to think about that simillar attitude.

  • Dr Faizullah Khawaja on September 7, 2007, 12:29 GMT

    we must not get ahead of ourselves and pass judgment on shoaib without hearing the full details. remember football world cup and zedan's head but , he became a bigger hero after it. I would like to hear what the provocation was from asif.I am sure he is not a saint either. Why punish just one when it takes two to cause a fight. let us hear the whole story. if we are not punishing asif just because we can't afford to lose both of them again then its not fair.let shoaib tell his side of the story and then everyone can judge for themselves.

  • Torab Ahmed on September 7, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    Shohaib attitude shows he is an absolute idiot. Dont let him near the Pak cricket team. His antics are having a bad impact on team. Dont let this loser near the team.

  • Zulfiqar Ali on September 7, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    This is very bad for Pakistan's image. Just throw out him from Pakistan Cricket. He is always harmful for Pakistan cricket. Since he start his career in 1998. How many time one can bear such wild behaviour. Sorry for Shoib.

  • vineet on September 7, 2007, 12:26 GMT

    Instead of bowling toe-crushing yorkers, shoiab lets his bat do all the talking..and boy how well has he used the long handle!!!!!

  • asheem naraen on September 7, 2007, 12:26 GMT

    So what if he takes drugs to enhance his performance?He does it for his God and Country. So what if he throws full tosses at batsmen 90 mph to intimidate them? so what if goes to night clubs after a hard days game? He plays better the next day! So what if he missed the ball and hit some sidekick's thigh? just shows he will go for anything. Come on guys, have a heart, he's only human....sorry I mean sub-human

  • UsMaN on September 7, 2007, 12:26 GMT

    I'm one of those people that have always spoken up for Shoaib, but not even I can say anything today. I love Shoaib. I'm one of his biggest fans, but what he's done may just have bought him a one way ticket out of Pakistan cricket. When Shoaib first came up, I was at the age where I just began to really appreciate cricket and understand it at a much higher level. I along with the world fell in love with Shoaib, his manic run up, and his emotional and confident attitude. At the time we loved it. We called it his style and confidence. Now we call it stupidity and cockiness. His ego was even for him, too big to handle. He tore up the pitches along with the wickets, and he was an overight sensation. He was a rockstar. He had a walk about him that was missing in the Pakistan cricket team since the departure of Imran Khan. He could have been Imran Khan. He could have done what Wasim Akram didn't, despite all his wickets. He threw it all away like it was yesterday's newspaper. I'm saddened and hurt. Not because I'm sympathetic towards him; he deserves every punishment he gets, but I'm saddened as a fan. I'm hurt that I'll never again see him run up from the pavilion with Pakistan on his chest. This man could have been Mr.Pakistan. He could have been IT. Oh well...Shoaib has dissapointed me once again, but unfortunately this is probably the last time.

  • Ahmad Saeed on September 7, 2007, 12:26 GMT

    I think that was a fare decision by the Cricket Board, keeping in the view the importane he enjoys. I think every player at this level is represting PAKISTAN. so we cannot bear such action by any player, who ever he is ...

  • Rajesh on September 7, 2007, 12:25 GMT

    Oh yeah, very good point Prithu. So in order to relive some great cricketing moments like Sachin htting Shoaib for a six, we forgive him and let him continue playing. That way we will get to see him stabbing someone in the dressing room, because he is too arrogant and immature. If Kamran wrote this article to get the reader's attention, what kind of attention are you trying to get? Atleast you got someone's attention, mine. Everyone here who has commented that Shoaib should be banned for life is neither because cricket is a gentleman's game nor because he is a bad influence. It is because he has got more than his share of pardons. It was upto him to use those opportunities. As for drama on the field, that will always be there, and I'd happy to see it without a Shoaib.

  • Shyam on September 7, 2007, 12:23 GMT

    We have had enough of this Akthar. He's an absolute shame to the game of Cricket. I hope PCB takes strict action against him for this stupid act of his. (Anyway I won't be very surprised if PCB lets him go without any fine. Afterall this is not first he's doing this)

  • Rana Pratap Singh on September 7, 2007, 12:22 GMT

    Shoaib "Actor" wont be missed. He should join a Nautanki show now. Asif's a far slower but more effective bowler than Shoaib. Shoaib always struggles against attacking batsmen. Like Sehwag who's got the wood on Shoaib numeroous occasions as Has Sachin( remeber Centution where Shoaib was taken off after 2 overs for 30) or Dravid and Ponting and Hayden. Asif's a better bowler and to injure him would be more damaging than losing a Show Pony who cant last a test series. Sachin wacking Shoaib Akhtar for sixers at Centurion and Rahul Dravid scoring 280 at Pakistan in Shoaib's presence...Not to mention 99 at Karachi....

  • j ahmed on September 7, 2007, 12:20 GMT

    this man is a bufoon he lacks self control and suffers from delusional behaviour of that he is the only thing that matters in this world. boot him out for good, dressing room and team spirit is happier without him.

  • Martin Mohsin Khan Sarwar on September 7, 2007, 12:19 GMT

    Shoaib Actor is a wuss, he knows he cant perform, he is all empty promises, he cant play anymore, thats why he always create these kind of situations intentionally so he wont play, coz he knows very well he cant perform and will be smacked all over. what a cunning kitty... lol

  • M A Khan on September 7, 2007, 12:19 GMT

    I love Shoaib Akhtar. I think this is yet another concipiracy to finish his career.

  • RAJESH KUMAR SINGH on September 7, 2007, 12:18 GMT

    I think this kind of behavior should not happen in cricket shoib should learn lot from star cricketer like inzy sachin rahul jayasurya never done any thing thing wrong in their whole carrier. I think this is the end of his carrier. and at last i want to say that it may be he want to join ICL which giving big money so he done this act. thanks cricinfo

  • Shoaib Akhtar on September 7, 2007, 12:15 GMT

    Kick Asif out of the team. Does anyone here know what caused this spat.. Does anyone know what Asif said.. You have to see the other side of the coin too.. I don't say I'm innocent but there are more dangerous people in this squad than myself who can go to any extent to humiliate other people.. I show it off physically but they torture others mentally.. The thigh sprain for Asif might go in couple of days.. but the mental torture myself and someother team members go thru in the dressing room when other people like Asif humiliate us will cause us more trauma than any physical injury.

    Please try to understand and listen to both the versions before jumping to conclusions..

    Thank You Shoaib Akhtar

  • ijaz Naeem Khalid on September 7, 2007, 12:15 GMT

    It is time for him to earn some money by joining ICL. we will be happy to see his back and may we will be lucky enough a get a replacment strike bowler how will be in media for good resons

  • yuvaraj on September 7, 2007, 12:14 GMT

    The decision taken by the pak cric board is correct....... And they will not allowed the undiscipline player in even league match also......

  • sameer, japan on September 7, 2007, 12:14 GMT

    Shoaib is a show off. that is all. he never had the brains as a bowler, and he does not have the brains as a normal human being as well. he thinks that he is the best bowler. he maybe the fastest, but the best? nah! forget the world, even in Pakistan he is way behind Imran, Wasim, Waqar and even Sarfaraz and Aaquib. I have not heard or read about people being scared of Shoaib when he bowls at 150+. I have read numerous stories of people being scared of the 2 Ws or Imran. They were a class apart, believing in letting the ball in their hand do the talking. I remember the Kolkata test, where Shoaib Akhtar removed Sachin and Rahul in successive balls. It pained me, being an Indian, but it also made me stand up and notice Shoaib. But there have been a few instances, that too far between, to make him one of the greats. An instance of him crushing NZ for 70-odd runs. and another one against Aussies in the neutral test 4-5 years ago. But that is all. However, when you recollect Wasim and Waqar, you just can not stop recalling the countless instances where they have marvelled you with their magic. ball after ball. spell after spell. Wasim bowled magnificently, despite being a diabetes patient over the years. just goes to show the dedication he had as a player towards his team and the sport. Unlike Shoaib, who basically lives in a fantasy and thinks that he is the sole saviour of the entire nation. Very sorry to say this, but cricket and Pakistan cricket could do without such characters.

  • Hamza Qureshy on September 7, 2007, 12:13 GMT

    Well true Shoaib is a menace and a disgrace to the team and I believe that his acts recently have gone totally out of control its cause he himself wants to be kicked out of PCB so as he could join in ICL

  • A.S.Adam on September 7, 2007, 12:09 GMT

    Shoaib should be banned and forgotten. Just forget that he exist and Pakistan should never select him again. We'll get fast bowler again. Look at Asif, no one ever knew of him.

    Now PCB should learn their lesson. Sack people who make Pakistan a shame, not the likes of Mohammed Yousuf.

  • Daud Malik on September 7, 2007, 12:09 GMT

    Will we spare some thoughts for Inzi? The burly, much maligned former captain has to deal with this mad egoist for four years. But there is method in Shoaib's madness. He is not fit to play international cricket. He did that on purpose. Pakistan cricket will be much better off without the Pindi Express that is all sound and fury, but signifies nothing.

  • M. Khan on September 7, 2007, 12:09 GMT

    This is a reflection on us as a nation. We indulge in personality worship and let a single person run amock at the price of ruining the image of a nation, institution, a political party or a sports team. Until the time we understand and learn that its not about individuals its about the group they represent we will be hit by incidents like these in all spheres of our lives.

    This should spell the end for Shoaib, period! There should be no leway given to Shoaib - he is not matter what the provocation - he should not be going around hitting people. I can understand the frustration of the other players on the preferential treatment given to primadonna Shoaib for no good reason as he has not been a team player and always puts his own interests over that of the team.

  • Fasih on September 7, 2007, 12:08 GMT

    I am not a Shoaib Akhtar fan/supporter in the place but he is a rare talent and someone people love to watch play cricktet (regardless of which team you support)It is a matter of shame and utter disappointment that Shoaib has actually hit a team member with a bat. However , I would like to make a point that this incident is also a big failure of the Pakistan teams's Management, particularly their man management skills. Fast bowlers are know to be arrogant and usually on a higher degree of self importance than others but its upto the the managers and captain of the team how they handle such people. There are always frictions in a team and Pakistan is not an exception where emotions run high as players strive put up a show on and off the field. I can recall Imran as a great man-manager where himself agreed(being a fast bowler) that he had differences with other members of the team but he used to take them along and used to get the best out of team. Don't mean to compare Imran and Shoaib at all, as there is no comparison, Imran being a greater sportsman, however this highlights serious issue that has been with the cricket team since Imran left. To get a good man manager who could ideally be the captain of the team and not a position best suited for a team official especially when you are dealing with guys like Shoaib. Disappointing!

  • Kumar on September 7, 2007, 12:07 GMT

    Shoiab, you have disappointed us again. Even though I am an India, I just loved watching him destroying any strong batting line up (though has not happened quiet a while). Similiarly we also cherish the memory of Sachin hammering you at Centurion, 2003. Before your name is spoiled further, please retire. You are the second best (the best, who else? The legend Wasim Akram)that we have witnessed from your cricket loving country.

  • Vijay Pereira on September 7, 2007, 12:07 GMT

    School boy behaviour really. Looks like he may need mental health treatment.

  • Imran Shafi - London on September 7, 2007, 12:06 GMT

    Asalaam E Lekum to all brothers and sisters and fellow Pakistanis. In the UK we are very passionate about our cricket and we do love Pakistan. We cannot wait for the tournaments/ODIs and Test matches to start and cannot wait to see our heros represent our beloved country,

    Kamran Bhai let them say that since the 2005 series against England there has been one thing or another happening in and around Pakistan cricket.

    We were all looking forward to the ICC champions Trophy and the drugs scandal left us without our best bowlers, after that was the World Cup and look at what that bought us.

    As for Shoaib Bhai, he is misunderstood as well as being a diva, he thinks he can do whatever he wants and can get away with it. His performance against England in 2005 in Pakistan was superb. Danish and Shoaib ripped England apart on the 5th day of the 1st test and 3rd test, England were taught a very good lesson in that series and Shoaib's attitude was superb, but what has happened to him, why would he do that.

    I have read many posts on here from fellow fans, but I am sure nobody can say, in Shaoib we have lost a lethal weapon that teams are afraid of, he has proved it and unlike his temperament his bowling is something to be seen at his best he was better than the rest.

    Good luck Shoaib, whatever anyone says you were one of Pakistans best. Wish things would have worked out better

    Allah Hafiz Imran - London

  • Akhil Gadgotra on September 7, 2007, 12:04 GMT

    This was the best opportunity for him to get back to his career and enjoy, probably,his last couple years of his career but he has ruined everything for himself now. He could have been Pakistan's great ambassador for cricket in present times but I think he does not deserve that respect.Lets close the Shoaib chapter.

  • Dee on September 7, 2007, 12:04 GMT

    No one is asking what Asif may have done to provoke Shoaib? Aren't there always two sides to a story, why isn't anyone bothered about the other side?

  • Azhar on September 7, 2007, 12:03 GMT

    This time Shoaib must go. And he should not be picked again for Pakista. Enough of this non-sense. I don't care how much speed he has and all the thrills he brings to the game. STOP all that. He can go play in ICL for all I care.

  • Abdul Kalam Azad on September 7, 2007, 12:03 GMT

    Unbelievable behaviour. It just cannot be tolerated.

  • Subhash on September 7, 2007, 12:02 GMT

    I read all the comments and every one says the same thing, Shoaib is bad for cricket and for Pakistan cricket especially. I have never seen any event where all the writers of comments say the same thing and funny thing is that, people who wrote, were from all the world.

  • Abbas on September 7, 2007, 12:00 GMT

    This is sad but cannot be tolerated. Pakistani cricket needs cleansing which started after the World Cup. Now this. It´s so sad because I have always supported him and loved watching him bowl. He's brought the sport and the country into disrepute (again). He has to be out now! This is painful.

  • mkbeg on September 7, 2007, 12:00 GMT

    get rid of the idiot!!! shameful act brings further shame to our country

  • Junaid Masood on September 7, 2007, 11:59 GMT

    I think we should all take a small step back and consider what Shoaib has done for Pakistan cricket. Okay so he is a "bad boy" but he has done more for fast bowling in Pakistan then anyone else since Waqar in his hay day in the early nineties.

    It is very easy to jump on this bandwagon of banning him for good. His aggression needs to be channelled in the right fashion and that is something the coach needs to work on. If he is forced to leave cricket, it would be a disaster for Pakistan cricket and would harm the game as talent like his only comes along rarely. We have not seen searing pace like his since Waqar's days.

    I say Shoaib should play. So come on Shoaib, sort your life out and show us what we all know you are capable of. Sachin and Rahul Dravid can tell everyone what he can do on his day!!

  • jay on September 7, 2007, 11:58 GMT

    If Pakistan's board is inconsistent then the players will behave this way. They need to look at how Australia and England manage their players and consistency in selection.

  • Muhammad Ali Khan on September 7, 2007, 11:58 GMT

    If this doesn't end Shoaib's career with Pakistani cricket, then nothing will. Keep all his problems from the past aside, this time, he has taken it to another level. Its time PCB and Pakistani fans forget about him for good, and invest in another potential fast bowler.

    He has 1-2 years of cricket left in him maximum, its useless to have him as a bad influence in the team. Aggression is good, but against your opponents in the field. He needs to learn this from Afridi.

  • Emm Aay on September 7, 2007, 11:58 GMT

    I think he knows, his career is over due to injury and he cannot remain fit even for 2 consecutive overs he put so much effort in his bowling. This act reflects the attitude he has due to his injury. I think we should forget Shoaib Akhtar forever and looking for new talent which i think is just around the corner. The likes of Irshad and Aamir who could be more sensible then at least Shoaib

  • Qasim Sharif on September 7, 2007, 11:56 GMT

    I am sorry but i dont agree with any of this. Lets just cut to the chase, we all know Shoaib is not called 'Jahaaz'(aeroplane) for spreading his arms after bowling batsman out and hence his unpredictable behaviour. It is also interesting that few months ago Asif and Shoaib were bossom buddies so i wouldnt think this fight is anything more than a school ground scuffle between pals. Sorry to be a party pooper but i think this is another example of bad management skills of our captains and managment. I am sure if it was Imran Khan as captain not only nobody would have even got a whiff of it but also he would have kept him on tour as well but under most strict regime. Otherwise do you all think Wasim and Waqar were any easier than Shoaib.Lets put it this way if a child behaves badly to skive from school you dont let him stay at home but infact you send him to school but also ask the teacher to give him/her more grilling. When we said that we will never get a Captain like Imran again i never thought it will be the case after almost 15years.

  • Adnan Mahmood, England on September 7, 2007, 11:56 GMT

    I totally agree with Kamran Abbasi. The time has come for PCB to show they mean business when it comes to discipline. For long they have been claiming that no one is above the game, and acts of indiscipline will not be tolerated. Well, like so many readers have commented, this incident should bring to an end not only these ugly controversies but also sadly what would have been a glittering career.

  • Saqib Khurshid on September 7, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    Once Again Shoaib Akhtar embarrass his nation and team once again. This foolish man now so many time disgrace his country and country man? every thing has some limit but this nonsence man has crossed all the limits and it is amazing that pakistan cricket board have been igonring all his bullshit?. I think he wants to join indian league and this bullshit man thinks that board will kick him out from the squad on this spat with Muhammad Asif.and he has a reason to join indian league. Dont worry Mr.Shoaib you are a two over bowler. You always unfit after bowling two or three over in a match. The indian league organizer are not fools.they know well that you are two over bowlers if you can create problem in his own team he can also create problem in indian league too.

  • andrew on September 7, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    As an England fan I do not fear the Pakistan pace-attack, unless Shoaib is there. I think Pakistan should have made him captain in one-day cricket and the he would have had responsibility.

  • hasanat murtaza on September 7, 2007, 11:52 GMT

    Enough is enough. The world is full of indispensable fast bowlers! Let the young cricketers of Pakistan take note.

  • Blue Devil on September 7, 2007, 11:49 GMT

    Shoaib is not a match-winner by any standards - he has not even played an entire Test since Jan 2006! However, he did nearly incapacitate our real match-winner (Mohammad Asif). Enough is enough - PCB needs to put Shoaib Akhtar in his place. No one player should be bigger than the team. He has a habit of bringing disgrace upon the team.

  • Najeeb on September 7, 2007, 11:46 GMT

    Its high time that the board open their eyes and throw Shoaib out of the national team. Once they do it he will know what a important part of a cricketer is to represent national pride.

  • sumedha de silva on September 7, 2007, 11:43 GMT

    I love to watch this guy bowling. I think he should go what a mess. By the way i am sri lankan and like pakistan team when sri lanka not playing.

  • M.Saad Durrani on September 7, 2007, 11:40 GMT

    I think he do this jst for the sake to play in ICL well if this was reason then i think he greedy . well i think its nice move to send him off and now PCB should cancel his central contract and make sure that he will never retrun to team again ..

  • Saeed Memon on September 7, 2007, 11:40 GMT

    In my school days(1963) when part of cricket team our coach and teachers used to teach & tell us most important outcome of playing cricket are discipline and competition but in Shoiab's case he has not learnt the nothing of discipline & competition. Education is the most important weapon.

    Unfortunately he thinks he is bigger than the game. I would prefer to be on losing side rather than winning side with him in team. He brings so much national shame, we will better be of without him. I am writing all this with a very heavy heart.

  • Aniq on September 7, 2007, 11:38 GMT

    I have believed since many years that he is a spent force. yes he was sight to hold when he bowled with venom and speed. But when was the last time that happened? Pakistan cricket is in absolute chaos and I would like a clean team even if they fail to win matches for some years. Lets close the Shoaib chapter.

  • Sameer Quraeshi on September 7, 2007, 11:38 GMT

    I don't know who is right or wrong in this matter, but hitting your own team-mate in the dressing room is something out of this world. It's about time this shameful act by Shoaib should lead him towards the end of his career. He could have been Pakistan's great ambassador for cricket in present times but I think he does not deserve that respect.

  • Masum Dad Khan on September 7, 2007, 11:38 GMT

    He has brought more scandals than victories for Pakistan. It is time Pakistan cricket authorities take a decision once for all.

  • Fahim Qureshi on September 7, 2007, 11:37 GMT

    shoab akhtar! yet another controversy yet another disgrace for the country already experiencing its worst possible phase. Thanks to "professional" cricketers like shoaib I and many youngsters like me have lost any kind of interest in Pakistan cricket. Shoaib is nothing more than a liability now but who cares he is believed to be an "asset" and "match winning bowler", a justification always given to prove his selection right despite his highly unprofessional behaviour. I hope this act of him should prove to be the last nail in the coffin sealing the fate of his career and I am sure no one wants to see this rowdy wild uncontrollable animal representing our country anymore.

  • Sridhar on September 7, 2007, 11:37 GMT

    I completely agree with Mahesh, it's a PCB mistake, PCB constantly forgiven him, he should have punished when he did his first mistake, it's out of hands...he is giving bad name to the country..shame shoiab.

  • Muhammad on September 7, 2007, 11:36 GMT

    It is very sad to hear this very disappointing news. What Shoib thinks, what is he? He is alone responsible for the disgrace of Pakistan at this occasion all over the world. I request higher authorities that Shoib should never be in any form cricket team

  • Haroon Qureshi on September 7, 2007, 11:36 GMT

    As we know cricket is a gentlemen game. In my opinion on one is above the law. In last world cup Pakistan did not qualify of super 8 but no worries it is part of the game. Although, Pakistan played without Shoaib and Asif Shoaib recent believer is not acceptable to any Pakistani. We feel shame. I strongly request Pakistan Cricket Board take some serious action and BAN him for rest of his life. Haroon Qureshi

  • harold naidu on September 7, 2007, 11:33 GMT

    with a sad feeling a good fast bowler but he is not learning from his mistakes so he has to leave the game shoab has to get a mental examination

  • Wali on September 7, 2007, 11:33 GMT

    I think alot has been said about the whole issue. I would just like to add that Shoaib made a bad choice. He should have gone for another player other than Asif and then probably PCB would have let him off the hook. However, since Asif seems to have better prospects for Pakistan as compared to Shoaib, hence, Shoaib will get the boot.

    Bottomline: It is not a matter of discipline but a matter of which players are involved.

  • pakistani on September 7, 2007, 11:32 GMT

    there must be a reason behind him hitting mohammad asif and i think he wud hav realli dun something bad (asif)

  • Sid on September 7, 2007, 11:32 GMT

    Enough is enough and Shoaib must now go...forever.

    He has gotten away with so much over the years and there must be not further reprieve for him.

  • Jyotirmoy Sharma on September 7, 2007, 11:29 GMT

    A player is not bigger than the team and country. Shoaib seems to abuse his 'stardom'.

  • sree on September 7, 2007, 11:28 GMT

    I would absolutely agree with Mr.Abbassi and many others on Shoaib. But it will be great loss for the cricket. And also we should wait to understand for the exact happenings in the dressing room

  • Namrata on September 7, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    I admired that man's calibre and wondered why we dont produce such bowlers here. Now, I am glad we don't. Hear that Shoaib, we dont want our bowlers to be like you, Would take Sami and Gul any day.

  • Rashid on September 7, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    I think somebody got to tell Shoaib that cricket can still go on without him and probably he doesn't think that way. This was the best opportunity for him to get back to his career and enjoy, probably,his last couple years of his career but he has ruined everything for himself now. I personally think, this should be it. He should be banned from all sorts of cricket, domestic as well. Nobody knows Shoaib for his performance any more - its the controversies. A permanent life ban will be a more satisfying decision from the board.

  • Cricket Conscience on September 7, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    To a large extent PCB should be held responsible for what Shoaib is today.Time and again they have rescued him and held him as a great bowler. PCB itself makes some excuse or the other to get Shoaib back in the team.

  • Saghir Ahmed on September 7, 2007, 11:23 GMT

    I was worried something like this might happen just before the start of the tournament, I just had that feeling. Pakistan doesn't need him. Ban him from any form of cricket. I used to be avid follower of Shoaib. But enough is enough, Pakistan cricket should no longer accommodate him.

  • Jamal Khan on September 7, 2007, 11:22 GMT

    We are not short of fast bowlers. We have atleast 20 - 25 fast bowlers who are good enough to play International cricket. Few of them like Mohammad Irshad, Sami, and Yassir bowls over 90K miles an hour. Then we have Asif and hopefully Anwar Ali will mature in 2 years who swings the ball just like Asif does. So Shoaib who. We don't need someone who cannot control his rage. This actually could be dangerous for opposing players. Someday he might hit someone with a bat or ball and get arrested on the ground. So please end his career NOW.

  • Mahesh on September 7, 2007, 11:18 GMT

    I could not agree more with the comment of Naeem Amin. PCB is constantly forgiving Shoaib. I would correct the comment of the PCB chairman that Shoaib is bringing disrepute to the image of the country. It is actually PCB's act of constantly forgiving his unacceptable behaviour that is pulling down the image of Pakistan cricket, Pakistan as a country, and the image of Cricket as a game.

  • Abdul K Hussain on September 7, 2007, 11:18 GMT

    "Like many others I have believed his madness could be harnessed into a valuable role for Pakistan cricket."

    The fact that you could throw that statement in, regardless of how hard you try to back away from it in the article, demonstrates the problem with 'analysts' like you and with the administrators. I have been calling for the axing of Shoaib for two years this guy is the worst thing that could happen to a team sport.

    Guys like you keep throwing this destructive influence back in. Independent personalities are one thing unstable ones are another.

  • Dr.Shrinivas Rao on September 7, 2007, 11:15 GMT

    It is a shame what Shoaib had done. Any person who loves Cricket or to that matter cannot approve it. He has always created problems for team management on important International tours and the cricket lovers are not able to watch the best of Pakistani cricketers as, they are a bunch of extremely talanted and exciting cricketers.

  • FARAZ AHMAD on September 7, 2007, 11:14 GMT

    Its about time that PCB should banned him from playing cricket in Pakistan & for Pakistan. This is height of indiscipline.

  • Hassan Bin Tila on September 7, 2007, 11:14 GMT

    It is time that we start thinking about Shoaib Akhtar's retirement. We don't want anyone like him in the side. PCB, just throw him out of the side. No matter whether he goes to play ICL or some other form of cricket, it is his own choice but he shouldn't be allowed to appear for Pakistan any more.

  • Raft on September 7, 2007, 11:14 GMT

    Shoaib, it is terrible to see he does not respect his country as it requires his services, a man of his talent is going down the drain. A great talent wasted by none other than himself.

    Shoaib has become a disgrace for Pakistan cricket. I don't understand the selectors attitude for him, every time a scene and every time an apology.

    There is a fresh new captain, a new team and instead of being a senior player and helping players around, he has become a nuisance

  • Asim on September 7, 2007, 11:13 GMT

    Shoaib is nothing more then a disgrace and distraction factor for Pakistani team. Why should he be granted any chances to play further in Pakistani team ? Instead use the same resources to harness other players. Somehow Shoaib does not understand the language of discipline, and respect.

  • cricketcrazy on September 7, 2007, 11:13 GMT

    I think Asif should take Shoaib to court. The man lacks common decency.

  • Osanda Weerarathna on September 7, 2007, 11:13 GMT

    PCB should discipline their players rather than discarding them. He is a wonderful cricketer who brought colour to the game.

    The PCB should train their cricketers not on the ground but outside the ground as well. They should groom their players. It's easy to throw Shoaib out but has anyone tried find the reasons for his bad behaviour. PCB could take a leaf out from Sri Lanka Cricket as here they were groomed saying nothing is bigger than the game.

  • Khan on September 7, 2007, 11:12 GMT

    Shoaib doesn't deserve to play for team pakistan anymore. He was the reason asif ended up in the dope scandal. Its time PCB officially ban Shoaib Akhtar from pakistan cricket permanantly!!!

  • Khurram Shahzad on September 7, 2007, 11:12 GMT

    Want to make controversies at ICL. Donate Shoaib Akther to ICL.

  • Arif on September 7, 2007, 11:12 GMT

    get rid of shoaib as soon as possible if anyone wants to see pakistan successful.

  • Mickey A on September 7, 2007, 11:12 GMT

    Deja Vu! Uncontrollable and uncomfortable. Lately whenever his name has come up, it is some scandal of some sort. He gives his Pakistan a bad name every time he opens his mouth on or off the field. I pretty much think this was the last nail in the coffin. Have a good life Shobby, it iwas good while it lasted. :(

  • Umar on September 7, 2007, 11:11 GMT

    Although Shoaib's attitude was not so good in past but nobody can blame him before listening his views about the current insident.For me there is always most likeness for Shoaib as a fan and it will be remain the same no matter what because he is true fighter.

  • cricketcrazy on September 7, 2007, 11:08 GMT

    Let me just say that Shoaib started off as an extremley promising cricketer, partly due to the fact that he was passionate about his cricket. Now it seems his stardom has gone to his head. Pakistan cricket needs new direction and Shoaib's lack of direction and focus only makes him a burden. Its time he was bid farewell for good. I dont care how fast he is, no one should be bigger than the game.

  • Mac on September 7, 2007, 11:08 GMT

    I had always wished that India with such large population cannot produce a fast bowler of Shoaib's speed. I for one always admired him of his pace.

    But his total lack of discipline was always going to bring him down and I think this is the final straw for PCB. Anyway recently he was only playing in patches and its no loss to Pakistan. What a waste of talent!

  • basit on September 7, 2007, 11:07 GMT

    As a Pakistani I demand that his central contract be terminated and he should be banned from cricket because he has brought contrversy to the game once called the gentlemens game.

    The matter should be digged into further and Asif should be in constant watch and he should also be prosecuted if there is evidence against him.

  • Tahir Khurshid on September 7, 2007, 11:07 GMT

    I think its time to say good bye to Mr Akhtar. If this is his behaviour towards his fellow cricketers, he needs to go. I don't think that cricket is a game for him any more. However, I am interesting to know that what actually happened between him and Asif which caused this issue of hitting him with a bat.

    We just can't rely on players like Shoaib Akhtar any more. I hope he goes back to Pakistan on one-way ticket.

  • Ratnadeep Paul Choudhury on September 7, 2007, 11:07 GMT

    Good for him though, he would continue to believe his invincibility for the rest of his life. For Pakistan though, that's the best thing that could have happened (His axing). All the best to Shoaib Malik and Co. for the Twenty 20. At least now, I think Pakistan have a chance.

  • Naseer Shah on September 7, 2007, 11:05 GMT

    Salam to all of the Cricket Lovers , its a shame and disgrace that shoaib has showed his character and its a shame that he is not sorry for that he have done , well we understand he is a disgrace and his presence is nothing but a shame and nothing else , now it the time the MR NASEEM ASHRAF show his strenght and commitment to all of us and shoaib must now get away this time its more then enough and he should be shown as lesson for the next gereration to come , BAN HIM FOR LIFE and KICK HIM OUT not only from PAKISTAN CRICKET but FROM PAKISTAN and let him be where he want just BAN HIM FOR LIFE

  • Arslan on September 7, 2007, 11:05 GMT

    i think wht he's done will disturb the paki team but i think he should be given a chance he could have done it in the heat of the moment the liverpool forward CRAIG BELLAMY wz also given a chance after a similar type of fight with fellow teammate JOHN RIISE when he attacked him with a golf stick before their important match against barcalona in the champions league and he was effective in the game and scored a goal so these type of incidents do happen in sport if shoaib apologizes to asif and he accepts his apology then shoaib should be given a chance bcz i am sure he is hungry for cricket himself.

  • Abu Bakar on September 7, 2007, 11:05 GMT

    Assalaam-o-Alaikum I think that if we talk first to Mohammad Asif that is he start the fight or Shoaib Akhtar If Asif start the fight then Asif would be ruled out of International Cricket for all time or If Shoaib really done that think than he would deserve a life band from cricket of all types also included First-class Cricket etc.

  • Assadd K on September 7, 2007, 11:02 GMT

    England's tour (Was Injured) ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY (Doping Issue) South Africa's tour (Was Injured) World Cup 07 (Doping Issue) Twenty20 Worldcup (Indisciplinary act)

    Above is the top most tournaments Pakistan played or will play in last 3 Years.. And Shoaib's avalibility for Pakistan..

    Shoaib played Controversies more den he played Cricket in last 10-12 years.. We need Cricketer not Controverser!!

  • Azhar Rehman on September 7, 2007, 11:02 GMT

    Enough is Enough ! No one should believe he is indispensable. It is supposed to be a team game and Pakistan stands no chance of winning any tournament unless they start behaving like a team. Bye Bye Macho Shoaib !!! You deserved that.

  • ghaffar on September 7, 2007, 11:02 GMT

    kick out shoaib from pak team

  • Shoaib AMin on September 7, 2007, 11:01 GMT

    Hmmm... Well I agree with one of comments, that root cause is PCB, as PCB has problems in its own and people running PCB wont know much anout cricket, its manner and its norm. With this they are not capable of abliging rules, there are numerous example since Dr. Sahabs take over. From Younis captaincy to Asif punishment all are result of leneancy of implementing rules. Since Dr Nasim take over we are hearing about constitution of PCB and removal of Adhacsm from PCB, but no such implementation so if u are giving messagr "Might is Right" People under u also behave in same manner, same with shoaib, In the last Mr. Kamran I just want to put one Question.... Do u think PCB Administration has courage to stick on the decission of removing Shoaib AKhtar..... If u see the past Answer is NO.... SO stay with it untill system is not changed... We all will hear some negotiable or stupid solution of this fiasco also...

  • ARIF SIDDIQUI on September 7, 2007, 10:59 GMT

    Totally unprofessional and he should be sacked form Pakistan Cricket. He has damaged the reputation and every time he has brought in the team he has done something negative to the team. Board should not find any thing to pardon him.

  • SaLMAN SHAKEEL LEGHARI on September 7, 2007, 10:58 GMT

    It's consecutively 3rd major tournament where Shoaib and Asif have inflicted a severe blow. PCB must ban both players regardless of consequences else such indecency bwill be carried out by the future players.

  • mrdb_hasan on September 7, 2007, 10:57 GMT

    It is amazing to see such a unanimously resentful reactions on this disgraceful act of Mr. Akhtar.

    I hope these sentiments find their way to reach the corridors of PCB officials

  • Bilal on September 7, 2007, 10:57 GMT

    we should'nt critise shoaid akhtar only. mohommad asif must have done something which brought anger to shoaib akhtar, first find out what asif did and then conclude something, thats the only correct way .

  • abdul basith on September 7, 2007, 10:56 GMT

    Its important to know the other side of the story before making any conclusions. Yes, Shoaib is an excitable fellow, but there must have been some provocation to this from Asif and others. Jealousy could be one of the reasons, anyways the manager of the team should have better control over his players. It is a pity that the PCB could not handle a gift of speed like shoaib, and if his career ends with this it will also be Pakistan cricket's loss. Shoaib, I am sure, will play cricket often enough in county and ICL, and he will be missed by Pakistan.

  • Asim Mohammad on September 7, 2007, 10:54 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar is a disgrace to the country, and must be removed from all levels of cricket immediately.

  • Hamza Khan on September 7, 2007, 10:50 GMT

    Shoaib should just be thrown out of the Pakistan team and be banned from cricket for a long time. We can do without him as we have been doing for the past few years. Players like Yasir Arafat and Mohammad Sami should be more taken care of.

  • Murtaza Makki on September 7, 2007, 10:46 GMT

    Shoaib is fast approaching the age when cricketers choose between test or ODI cricket, as their bodies can no longer cope with daily rigours. However we know Shoaib Akhtar, who struggles to play 2 test series in a year, let alone have the liberties to pick and choose the form of cricket he'd rather play. Hence by making an example out of him the PCB could send a strong message to the upcoming generations of cricketers in this country, that unruly and rowdy behavior will never be tolerated.I Mohammad Sami will profit most from this, though the rise of Rao Iftikhar has really impressed me.

  • ujwal on September 7, 2007, 10:43 GMT

    Shoiab is shameful for the people who love to watch cricket. He is more popular of his off-field actics. He should be banned from cricket.

  • Ash on September 7, 2007, 10:41 GMT

    Shoaib is a bad name for Pakistan. PCB should give him a lifetime ban for all sorts of cricket. We don't need him

  • Dr Kashif Ahmad on September 7, 2007, 10:41 GMT

    I totally agree with the comments made by Mr Abbasi. I think anybody, who misbehave (on more than one occasion) should be be kicked out of the Pakistani Team. Shoaib reminds me of Mike Tyson who had good behaviour for first few years of his career but once he assumed he is the best in the business, he was involved in all sort of controversies.

    I would like blame PCB mainly because they were unable to discipline him on many occasions. It would be a shame if he will get out of this mess with some fine.

    I would urge all Pakistani's to please do not make him more important after this. I

  • Feroz on September 7, 2007, 10:41 GMT

    He showed how indecipline the pakistani side is, no sportsman spirit, he should be sent behind bars for hitting a fellow member and that to in an international event, if PCB does not take any serious action against him by banning for his life then the pakistani team does not deserve to take part in such international events. By such incidents Pakis are just showing to the world how un-cultured and far from ethics they are.... Let Allah help them...

  • Zaheer Maddanasi on September 7, 2007, 10:39 GMT

    Shoaib has some mental problems which need treatment.He should ideally be kept under chain and kept in a cage under observation.If he still acts funny,throw him to the crocs .Atleast he can make himself usefull in some manner

  • Noaman Tareen on September 7, 2007, 10:39 GMT

    I was shocked and upset to hear the news. Pakistan is going through a tough time as it is; due to political situation, suicide bombs, falling bridges, etc. and the only respite we get from all this is when we do well in sports. It is a crying shame that these cricketers who are supposed to be role models for the public are so shallow and unprofessional that they get involved in such shameful antics which not only disrepute the Pakistani team but also embarrass the whole country. Players like Shoaib have no dignity and should not only be fired from the team but I believe should be served with a life ban so that he cannot appear in any form of cricket EVER! I am sure ICL would be willing to pay a lot of money for Shoaib but if the life ban is imposed on him he will not be able play for any county or ICL. It’s another blow to our team. When are we going to learn from our mistakes? One wonders....

  • Muhammad Shafiq on September 7, 2007, 10:39 GMT

    Shame Shame Shoaib--------Shame to all those authorties who always preferred him over spirit of the game & discipline---- both brought shame to the nation, an other example of corrupt system. Shoaib we don't love you, we don't like you, we don't want to see you play now, we want to forget those 2 sorching yorkers to kill 100000 people hearts in the calcutta, coz we believe pakistan cricket has many more pacers to perform better than you and win more matches than you... and more importantly being better persona than you. Asif what is wrong with you? first nandorine and now fight, you seem a better person. i hope you have a better time in cricket than pathatetic shoaib. Go Shoaib go! Pakistan cricket need to move ahead.

  • mohsin chaudhry on September 7, 2007, 10:39 GMT

    I really actually had faith Akhtar could put his head right after the world cup but this is the last straw. I'm sick of reading headlines about this loser. He needs to be put out for good and be handed a restraining order against Asif; first he's getting him into drugs and now he's trying to attack him. Asif and the whole team along with the management don't need this clown to hang around and make their job harder than it already is.

  • dave winnett on September 7, 2007, 10:38 GMT

    as an Englishman it has always puzzled me how you guys don't beat everyone out of sight-you routinely produce the most gifted criketers in the world. assaults like this (if true) are even less explicable. can anyone explain it to a bewildered foreigner like me?

  • Dr Asim Safdar on September 7, 2007, 10:37 GMT

    I am disgusted to hear what Shoaib has done today like the many posts above. It is high time he was kicked out for good. We are better off without his bad attitude rubbing off on others. Let him go to ICL and Bollywood for Pakistanis I hope certainly won't welcome him now (that's been said about Benazir and nawaz Sharif hasn't it??). I was a fan of his bt from today no more!

    It's time the Rawalpindi Express was put into storage once and for all. I am for a life ban.

  • Waqas on September 7, 2007, 10:37 GMT

    It is ridiculous and shameful.We don´t know the reason behind this incident but no matter what is the reason shoaib should be punished this time and say him good bye and good luck for ICL for which he might be doing all this.

  • Zeeshan Shukr on September 7, 2007, 10:37 GMT

    Shoaib should be kicked out of the Pakistan team. Enough is enough! He has been a symbol of embarrassment and shame for Pakistan Cricket for a while now. The PCB needs to say good bye to Shoaib once and for all. Afterall game is bigger than the players. We have to protect the game and in order to do so, we need to get rid of these wild animals like Shoaib!!!

  • saad shaheen on September 7, 2007, 10:33 GMT

    i think that shoaib should be handed a life ban because we didnt need bowlers like shoaib asif is very good if we compare to shoaib he is a looser unfit player and he did this intentionly 2 play in icl like other players he is looking for a excuse against pcb to play in icl

  • Vamsi Krishna on September 7, 2007, 10:33 GMT

    Shoaib might have won many matches for pakistan and entertained many in the world but he is always on the wrong side when it comes to discipline.He has to learn from other fast bowlers like Brett Lee and Shane Bond how to be cool.It is because of the guys like Shoaib Akthar Pakistan Cricket is always in chaos.Cricket is always greater than a cricketer.So instantly Shoaib Akthar should be discarded from the team.He should no more be considered for the selecton to play in the national side.

  • Jamie Dowling on September 7, 2007, 10:32 GMT

    When is Pakistan cricket going to do the right thing and stop picking Shoaib? He's a complete embarassment to Pakistan and to cricket. Your first paragraph sums it up perfectly. No longer will Shoaib be remembered as anything other than a petulant, ill disciplined individual.

  • subodh on September 7, 2007, 10:32 GMT

    Shoaib has started believing that he is indispensible to Pakistani cricket only because he has got away with lot more than a suspect action. Drugs, indiscipline and lots more. PCB has been overly mild with him and he takes it as their weakness.

    Now with concrete offers from the ICL he has thrown the ball in the PCB court with yet another transgression and will await whatever action PCB takes on him. If this action is strict(as it should be and hopefully for a change it will be ) Shoaib will use this as an excuse to switch boats and play the ICL tune.

    If Kapil Dev and the promoter of ICL have any moral / ethical considerations in mind then they should withdraw the offers made to Shoaib on the grounds of his poor disciplinary background and leave this self proclaimed prima donna in no-mans land.

    This will be only way a self-centred character should be treated .

  • Vamsi Krishna on September 7, 2007, 10:31 GMT

    Shoaib might have won many matches for pakistan and entertained many in the world but he is always on the wrong side when it comes to discipline.He has to learn from other fast bowlers like Brett Lee and Shane Bond how to be cool.It is because of the guys like Shoaib Akthar Pakistan Cricket is always in chaos.Cricket is always greater than a cricketer.So instantly Shoaib Akthar should be discarded from the team.He should no more be considered for the selecton to play in the national side.

  • Prithu Vatsa on September 7, 2007, 10:31 GMT

    Every discipline,sports in particular, needs its wild characters and so why is any love lost if cricket finds its "Infante Terrible" in senor Akhtar? Even at the risk inducing much ire and criticism from fellow readers, I stand by my point. First of all, lets be done with the fact that cricket its a gentleman's game. That Lads have a lark in the park in their flannels while the ladies sip the English breakfast tea, is too colonial of an idea for more than 80% of the current cricket watching junta to identify with. Heroes need villains too. Thats usually how a story is completed. "delusional about his importance".

    The fellow commentators on this piece get driven by fact that their comments will be published and read, Mr Abbasi derives pleasure in the fact that he has created a sensible and a controlled piece of prose that is bound to strike a chord with the readers. Similarly, aggression drives Akhtar. He needs it. That's his fuel. A simple question to all. Do you prefer the world without Mike Tyson, Ron Artest, Shoaib Akhtar,Darth Vader or with them?

    The joy of Sachin Tendulkar hitting the sixer at Centurion, on March 1, 2003, wouldn't have been even 50% of what it was, had it not been Akhtar.

    Okay, and now the much clichéd, "bad influence on younger generation" bit. His aggression, his hitting someone with the bat, his intent to see fear in batsman eyes is more a function of his bringing up and what he perceives as being "cool".

    Akhtar has a huge subconscious appeal. His need for speed, the sight of stump furniture being grossly damaged, a long run up, has done more for fast bowling than the MRF academies have.

    Who would want to be a bowler in Twenty20 world of cricket. His contribution by being aggressive is precisely that.His concious, easy to ignore antics are most of the time ignored. In my opinion, some way or the other, Shoaib will find a way, get punished, come back and win some matches. If that's how it works,if that's how I get my doze of drama so be it.

    Of all the the things written above, one thing that I do agree with is that he should seriously work on being fit. No excuses there.

  • rahulB on September 7, 2007, 10:31 GMT

    u disappointed us shoaib...nothing more to say ..We thot u are our answer to bret lee and bond but no u just couldnot take up the weight of an entire continent. U inspired every youngster in india, pak, SL, bngldesh but no ...u could become the ultimate icon

  • Baber Kamal on September 7, 2007, 10:28 GMT

    Yes it's true that Shoaib is of no use for Pakistan cricket. You just look at last 4 or 5 years he hasn't played much of the cricket and when so ever he's played mostly under performed. Secondly I think he has no fear that whether PCB kicks him out. So PCB must ensure that he doesn't play for any team and PCB must get his career ended, because he's a shame for Pakistan and all Pakistanis.

  • Ibrahim .M on September 7, 2007, 10:28 GMT

    No........ Shoaib has been victimised.

  • Baber Kamal on September 7, 2007, 10:28 GMT

    Yes it's true that Shoaib is of no use for pakistan cricket. You just look at last 4 or 5 years he hasn't played much of the cricket and when so ever he's played mostly under performed. Secondly I think he has no fear that whether PCB kicks him out because he's got an offer of around 10 to 12 crore for playing for ICL. So PCB must ensure that He doesn't play for any team and PCB must get his career ended.

  • Sunny Singh on September 7, 2007, 10:28 GMT

    Thats my homeboy...............hate him or love him ......a great talent wasted .....he couldve been one of the greatest..........but now he's one the greatest wastes of talent. I still think he's the best bowler in the world when he takes the field(which he does once in while...hehe).......chances are that he'll be back .......with a game winning spell and will go out with another unethical incident. until then we'll miss you shoaib akhtar.

  • AZIM on September 7, 2007, 10:27 GMT

    I met shoaib in a charity match three weeks ago and was on a table next to him, i must admit he is the most arrogant person i have ever met in my life. He has no ethics or morals and it seemed oblivious to the world. He is stuck in his own world and needs to get out of it . Coming to think of it the indian players such as Yuvraj, Zaheer Khan and others showed similar arrogance. These players think they are not only successful individuals, i myself own a business that employs nearly 400+ people and turnover £8 million a year but i don't show this through arrogance. I respect each and every person and i expect the same back. This is what is happening with Shoaib, more and more people dislike him as a player and as a individual. I also met some English players that day and they are the nicest and most professional people I met. At least they try to appreciate you as a cricket fan.

    Please get rid of arrogant men in this Gentlemans game.

  • Nasir Ali Khan on September 7, 2007, 10:26 GMT

    I recommend PCB to kick him out once for all such an act will bring shame to pak cricket.

  • Khuram Pervez on September 7, 2007, 10:25 GMT

    I've a big supporter of shoaib over the years and seeing him run in like a racehorse was a buzz in itself. But sadly I think it is all over for shoaib, I could understand if the guy was injury free taking wickets and then incidents like these would be brushed aside. But for someone on the sidelines he creating too much headache and hassle. Its a vicious life cycle when your at the end of your career as a bowler and in competition with younger up and coming bowlers. shoaib did the same to Wasim and Waqar when they were near their end telling them that they no longer were match winners etc etc. Mo Asif probably said the same.

  • Usman Khan on September 7, 2007, 10:25 GMT

    I hope S. African police will start criminal investigations against the assailant with or without a formal complaint from the victim. I also hope Akhtar is arrested before he leaves the country. I hope Asif is also thinking of bringing a civil suit, regardless of whether there is a criminal process. I do not want to see Akhtar hitting another human being only to walk in to a multi-million $ deal with the ICL. I do not expect the ICL to have the guts to say no to Akhtar, but Akhtar must be made to pay under the laws of society at large rather than just those of cricket. It's not about the rules of cricket or norms of decency, which he has regularly flaunted. This time he has broken the law, and the country under whose jurisdiction this prima facie crime has taken place must take action to uphold its laws.

  • Humayun Babar on September 7, 2007, 10:24 GMT

    Its all about respect and dignity and Shoaib has many a times harmed irreparably both of them and not of his own but of the country as well. Its the board fault also as they have always kept there rope loose against him as justice has to be equal. It should be curtains for Shoaib Akhter as enough is enough when you can't prooduce it you can't ruin it.

  • Assadd K on September 7, 2007, 10:24 GMT

    It was quite pleasing to see tht for the first time Pakistan will be competing wid full bowling attack, having Shoaib Asif and Gul in the same team is just like smelling the victory.. But another shock to Pakistan Cricket and chances of winning the Twenty20 WorldCup.. I think Board made da rite decision callin him back home.. Its high time now for PCB to thank Shoaib for his services to the nation now we dont need him anymore.. He's all free to go and play for ICL..

    Also ICL Saga is playing a crucial role in all these Riot.. Players are now more eased and relaxed.. and takin things for granted.. Shoaib takin discipline more lightly because.. he have another option opend up for him.. if board will try to take action on him.. he will go and join ICL ..

    Its High Time for PCB to farewell Shoaib Akhtar and Allow there players to go and play for ICL.. So that players keep there welfare high.. and play for Pakistan's pride rather for makin money..!!

  • Mitz on September 7, 2007, 10:23 GMT

    Just goes to show, cricket is about the on field ability and off field mentality. Such a shame, He had extreme talent, and he's thrown it all away.

  • dr masood USA on September 7, 2007, 10:22 GMT

    He should be kicked out of the team immidiately for good. he does not deservr to be in a gali team lets alone national side. I am gutted with his shameful behaviour. How on earth one can imagine to have such a person in the side.

  • Sheharyar Malik on September 7, 2007, 10:22 GMT

    Enough's enough. This guy has been the biggest financial and reputational liability in the history of Pakistan cricket. No more! Mr.Abbassi you talk about running out of patience - I would even propose expunging his records from cricketing history and sterilising the game from his madness completely. What a knob!

  • Fareed Uddin on September 7, 2007, 10:21 GMT

    Mr.Kamraan Abbasi,you are absolutely right,he really has shot himself in the foot this time........nobody is bigger than the game.He should learn from Sachin on how to behave amidst the glamour,wealth and popularity

  • okha_jatt on September 7, 2007, 10:21 GMT

    Enough is enough. PCB should immediately release Shoaib from contract and request ICL to take him over. He is finished. I respect Imran Khan a lot but I think too far in supporting Shoaib so many times in past. I think Shoaib's time is over, we should leave him behind and move over to younger generations of fast bowlers. Sayonara, good bye and adieu to Shoaib.

  • John on September 7, 2007, 10:20 GMT

    Just ban him for the shake of pakistani Cricket

  • bilal qaiser on September 7, 2007, 10:19 GMT

    Sohaib has done the wronge thing but pakistan board people can hide this alsoo why they have to tell this to media and all ok he allwayss makes a mistake but even our board should hide this things and they are the people who are spoiling pakistan name

  • Shoaib Hamid on September 7, 2007, 10:19 GMT

    Please ban shoaib akhatar for good. We had engough with him. Pakistan can produce hundredes of other bowelers that are twice as good as shoib Akhtar. Shoaib I have a message for you .. go and join ICL.. please leave Pakistan cricket team.

  • Indian on September 7, 2007, 10:18 GMT

    Iam not syaing it's shame to Shoiab, it is shame to PCB, they would have take decision when he did his first mistake, they ignored him and he is keep on doing it, no one do like him in even scool cricket, he is not a school boy, some thing wrong with him, Such a bad thing to give bad name to his country.

  • kaushal, new jersey on September 7, 2007, 10:17 GMT

    It is absolutely an insult to "CRICKET". Such behavior can not be accepted in a gentleman game of cricket. Having said that, he is a great Fast Bowler that Pakistan has ever produced but at the same time his behavior to his teammates is horrible. He need to be punish hard. Good Luck “Mr. Show…aib Hatkar” (Shoiab Akhtar)


  • Andrew on September 7, 2007, 10:17 GMT

    Get rid of him. There's no place for him in any squad as he shows a total lack of respect for his own team. What an absolute waste of matchwinning talent!

  • Sitarah Anjum (London) on September 7, 2007, 10:15 GMT

    Thanks God, Mr. Kamran chose this topic, after what we heard yesterday in the news about the bad boy Shoaib Akhter, I eagerly expected that.

    We all heard and saw so much about Shoaib Akhter’s controversies and hoped one day it will be over and he will be a good boy. But it seems he has some serious behavioural problems that need treatment now! He has been given numerous opportunities to correct his attitude and gross behaviour but he disdainfully rejects everything and does not take anything serious. I was among those people who used to ignore what he does in his personal life. If he at least performs for the team Pakistan then I would forget the ‘bad’ part of him but he has proved me and all other fans wrong.

    I think in the interest of Pakistan cricket, management and for discipline’s sake we should all say goodbye to Akhtar and accept that we no longer need him in the team! Let Shoaib Akhtar go and decide his future himself now. He would remain in our memory as ‘Rawalpindi Express’ that derailed over and over again!

  • Omair Hassan Khan on September 7, 2007, 10:15 GMT

    Hay its again the same guy. Every time when Pakistani team would go seriously in a tournament or there would be a possibility that they could perform better in the tournament, something mean happened. And most of the recent times, its the same Shoaib Akhtar. He should be banned for life

  • kurk on September 7, 2007, 10:15 GMT

    Well, well said and enough said about Shoaib Akhtar,m but we must listen the story on both side. and than find out the conclusion. I don't know what is the role of a manger in a cricket team, who cannot control 14 or 15 players in a team.

    I am a GM of a hotel and I am having 200 personnel working under me. If my staff make any mistake , I am responsible ( not directly) but I am the one who is responsible for my staff.

    We all know that Shoaib Akhtar has a attitude problem but what step has the PBC has taken to either get rid of him or cure the attitude problem.

  • Mian Waheed on September 7, 2007, 10:12 GMT

    Sending back Shoaib and banning from cricket is the least punishment for him

  • Abdul Waheed - USA on September 7, 2007, 10:11 GMT

    It is the high time that Shoib Akhtar should be handed over to ICL. And please do not check back on him.

  • Anand Seshadri on September 7, 2007, 10:11 GMT

    Correct. He should be taken out of cricket. As South Asians, Indians and Pakistanis alike, we were all a bit taken by his speed and hostility but I think we have seen through this "smoke and mirrors" effect. But with an arm like that for crying out loud, maybe he should take up Javelin throwing? I cant see him picking up a fight with his competitors in that game - they are all considerably larger than he is and that might channel his anger into throwing it even further?

  • Naeem Amin on September 7, 2007, 10:10 GMT

    Hi all I guess all these problems are because of PCB. The board is too weak to take any action against the players. If the board ever imposes any penalty it is revoked later on. I mean enough is enough. Come on and have some strong policies and stick to them and throw anybody who goes against them. No matter if its Shoaib, Inzamam or anyone else.

  • Amit Sood on September 7, 2007, 10:09 GMT

    You have to be real jerk to do what Shoaib has done and more importantly he keeps doing it and keeps getting away from it.

    Sad point is we have to let go such a raw talent without seeing him damaging many more batsman's averages not to mention their body though ironically he did damaged someone before leaving the international stage.

  • Ejaz Rasheed on September 7, 2007, 10:09 GMT

    We have had enough of Shoaib's tantrums, now he should be sent on forced retirement and I hope PCB has the guts to keep him out of cricket forever

  • Umair Ahsan on September 7, 2007, 10:08 GMT

    For God's sake ban him for life. This may do some good for future of Pakistan cricket. One can hold successive heads of PCB, including Naseem Ashraf, accountable for letting Shoaib off the hook every time he misbehaved.

  • Swami on September 7, 2007, 10:08 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is paying the price for not having the guts to put the interests of the team ahead of the individual, and nurturing a desire to win by hook or crook. The overall image is in tatters and it will be better served when it realises that dignity is more important than winning or losing.

  • wasim on September 7, 2007, 10:08 GMT

    Its embarrasing might not for shoiab but certainly for us being could u do this to ur fellow player?U must be lunatic to do this?Now it should be the end of him.I,m a fan of his bowling but this kind of behaviour is unbearable.Now pcb should stop wasting money on shoaib?he is unfit 11 months out of 12.and a month he spends in controvesries.what use of this kind of bowler? Pcb should give respect players like Razzaq and M yousaf not an idiot like shoaib akhtar who likes to be in headlines always.

  • Bijoy, India on September 7, 2007, 10:07 GMT

    Shoaib is one the best and most exciting bowlers i have witnessed. I will always support Shoib what ever he does because of the shear beauty he brings on to the game of cricket. The people like him gives us motivation to watch the game. I honestly feel some conspiracy to make him do the wrong things. Once more its evident why the subcontinent teams lack real heroes, its because we don't value or respect them.

  • Danish Faruqui (INDIA) on September 7, 2007, 10:06 GMT

    I think you are not crediting Shoaib with enough intelligence. I think he is very smart. He deliberately wants to be banned and then use it as an excuse for joining ICL.

  • Nomi on September 7, 2007, 10:06 GMT

    Don't know about the all those years but he has not but physically fit for quite some time now. Scandals, breaches of conduct etc are just an easy way out of that situation and that is what he has been doing ever since. So much time and money has been wasted on him and he should have been played to the hilt to get Board/Pakistan's money worth. Saving him for this series and that series was never going to work. And sadly that option has expired too.

  • Rizwan on September 7, 2007, 10:05 GMT

    Its not first incident, Shoaib Akhtar always damages our team moral and national image in international media. This kind of behavior should not acceptable at any level, and PCB should ban him for a lifetime.

    But we all know that Shoaib would not has any regret as he has golden opportunity to join ICL and gain 120-140 million rupees in only 45 days cricket, and this kind of life suite his lifestyle. For Pakistan he not played more than 40 days in 3 years but he not able to earn as much money as ICL offering him for 3 years.

    Pakistan Team wins many matches without his representation with “ordinary” bowlers, so we should not need to tolerate this “special” speedster.

  • DILSHAD MAJEED on September 7, 2007, 10:05 GMT

    shoaib is avery good attcker and asif is also very good bowler both are Gujars so some mishaps in young blood no problem boths are very good frined my comment is to forgive to shoib

  • Abrar Hussain on September 7, 2007, 10:05 GMT

    He is a player who should groom new talent and help out yougesters rather than killing them.

    No doubt about it - not only he brings bad name to Pakistan Cricket but also the performance of pakistan's team goes down. Its ICC Champion's Trophy or world cup, even this time T20 world cup - his unprofessional attitude make entire preparation of team in vain......For God sake, PCB should not consider him for further selection.

  • Saqib on September 7, 2007, 10:04 GMT

    Are we going to see another "U-Turn" by the PCB? It would be out of character if there wasnt one!

  • Muhammad Amjad Mayo on September 7, 2007, 10:03 GMT

    I just only say that is not cricketing mind that had Shoaib. And I think that’s enough from Shoiab and must be ban form International cricket. This is also bad impression from a Pakistani cricketer to the cricketing world.

  • Ahrash on September 7, 2007, 10:03 GMT

    What a relief. Undoubtedly talented Shoaib is a disgrace and I agree this is the end of his Pakistan career, unless a new administration is brought in ofcourse.I actually think that this is a blessing for the 20:20 world cup as we have seen in domestic competitions that pace is not an asset in 20:20, secondly,he is liable to bowl no balls and thirdly it is harmonious teams that win 20:20 games. I would avoid bringing in Sami for the above two reasons and opt for Najaf Shah.

  • Ali on September 7, 2007, 10:03 GMT

    The man is a maniac, no doubt about it. But maybe you have to be this crazy to do what he can do with a cricket ball. Regardless of his madness I hope PCB finds a way to bring him back for the couple of years he has got left. Keep him caged or something or in a seperate room from the team, but let him loose on the opposition.

  • Biju on September 7, 2007, 10:03 GMT

    I am a cricket lover from India It is sad to see that a talent like Shoaib is not seen in cricket.All the fast bowlers have the problem with their temperament but shoaib is the worst .But it is the responsibilty of the team management to control those charecters in the team.He has been habituated his behaviour due to lack of control over him through out his career.The abscence of a Senior player like Inzamam is evident there.I am worried whether it will be the end of his career.We need that fiery man in the middle & hope he will rectify himself and come back-doubtful but that is what I wish.

  • Pretty Boy on September 7, 2007, 10:03 GMT

    Say what u want about this great great cricketer, you can call him anything but you can never say hes a bad cricketer because we all know hes a bad boy fast bowler and pakistan need him desperatly we wouldnt have beaten India in Karachi without him and he is needed.

  • Indian on September 7, 2007, 10:03 GMT

    Iam not syaing it's shame to Shoiab, it is shame to PCB, they would have take decision when he did his first mistake, they ignored him and he is keep on doing it, no one do like him in even scool cricket, he is not a school boy, some thing wrong with him, Such a bad thing to give bad name to his country.

  • Rehan Haider on September 7, 2007, 10:02 GMT

    I believe that this is the BEST thing which could possibly have happened to Pakistan cricket right now! Mohammad Asif has been tremendous for Pakistan in his short career so far. However it looked as if he was going the Shoaib Akhtar way with the Drugs scandal etc. It is a known fact that Asif follows Shoaib like a sheep! Hopefully now Shoaib will never be allowed back in the team ever again and Mohammad Asif will also learn and give importance to his career!

    We can only hope Shoaib is not allowed anywhere near the team ever again! But knowing politics in Pakistan cricket don’t be surprised if this is another issue brushed under the carpet!

  • Kota Na Insaan on September 7, 2007, 10:01 GMT

    Yaar come on guys what you got against shohaib akhtar so what if he beat him colleague up shit happens.

  • saud khan on September 7, 2007, 10:01 GMT

    shoaib is a very bad he do this i dont know, i have been big big fan since he start but recently he loose respect. he is bad influance. i will support UK in the 20/20 world cup

  • Yas on September 7, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    My god what an utter idiot this Shoaib Akhtar really is. Kick him out and ban him from the team completely, who cares if he goes to the ICL...they are more than welcome to him. Disgraceful behaviour but then nothing ever surprises me about Akhtar...why the hell can he not just concentrate on cricket and being the best he can be.

    Ban him from the team for life, hes obviously not learning and thinks he can get away with it. Its time the PCB stood and put their foot down. I do hope Asif is ok to play as losing him would be a big blow...losing Akhtar is a blow but we have shown that we can play just as well without him. It will be a shame to see him not play as he has the pace to destroy batsmen but im sure that most of the cricket world must be laughing at Pakistan and the diabolical shambles we find ourselves in once again.

    The sooner this delusional muppet is gone the better.

  • Asif on September 7, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    Spot on. It seems that superstar status can be both good and bad. Shoaib is one who has the same spark when performing that the likes of Afridi and Dhoni have but with a dark side. His downfall is in believing that he is indispensable to the team and that he cannot be replaced. Both are factors that have taken him from a prominent spearhead to the Pakistani attack to someone that is only good for controversy. I think we all just wished he would do his job and bowl lightning quick yorkers rather than be on the cricinfo page for his antics. The end of Shoaib? I think he decided that himself.

  • Basit on September 7, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    I Think this is childish behaviour .PCB has taken right decision I think these type of players shouldn't be include in national team .you are presenting your country wearing of which say PROUD TO BE PAKISTANI and showing in front of the media that's how we are .Its already Pakistan always under spotlight when its big tournament but only for wrong doing .I think he should be punished severely for this because we cant take this anymore .Let him enjoy ICL if he is going to threaten with that let him play where ever he likes , Its enough .Its one year we never hear any good news about Pakistan or Pakistan cricket

  • Noman ul Haq on September 7, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    Mr. Shoib is not deserving person to be a part of Pakistani team, PCB should punished him atleast band him from international cricket, son no one can think about this kind of attitude

  • Shaz Amin on September 7, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    We have all had enough of Shoaib and his tantrums. Hes had enough chances , time for him to go and join the ICL in India where he can be the centre of attention. What a waste of amazing talent - he could have been one of the all time greats. bye bye Shoaib.

  • shahid on September 7, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    hi,i would like to say this person is realy done demage for nation .even punishment will not stop him as all we knew that so just drop him from team for whole life ,let him play ICL .

  • altaf on September 7, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    why Shoaib Akhtar out to the 20 tewnty world cup?

  • Imtiaz Maqbool on September 7, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    Just kick him out of the team for ever and give someone else a chance there are many players waiting in the wings to fill in Shaoib's boots

  • cssbooks on September 7, 2007, 9:59 GMT

    I agree.This is it for Shoaib. He could have defenitely given more than this to the Cricketing world.We have to see where will go from here? Is it going to be Bollywood? Will there be more Spats/Controversies there as well? Its a Shame to see him go like this. He could have been a Champion Bowler like Wasim and Waqar!!

  • Umer Wahla on September 7, 2007, 9:59 GMT

    Ban for Life!!!

  • Humair Malik on September 7, 2007, 9:59 GMT

    Spot on, how long can anyone tolerate this type of attitude! These guys should be fighting for places in/stay the team, not fight the team! His attitude stinks, he has the mindset of being bigger than the team/country, I say let him got to the ICL, all his favourite clubs are there! Sportsman, he isn’t, gentlemen he isn’t, Pakistani, I seriously doubt that also!

  • shahid shah on September 7, 2007, 9:59 GMT

    Mr. Abbassi, you have predicted an end to Shoaib's career many time through your articles. Also that word (diabolical) which was first used by Darrell Hair in his book. But Hair was using that word while giving reference to Murali's action not Shoaib. As far as this present incident is concerned, I think if the action is taken fairly then both Asif and shoaib should be sent home. As it takes two to make a quarrell or clap. Why the decision was only taken against Shoaib why not against Asif. For me its not fair.

  • Atiq on September 7, 2007, 9:58 GMT

    I think Shoaib has been a liabilitiy rather than an asset to Pakistan cricket for a long time. PCB should get rid of him once and for all.

  • sultan tiwana on September 7, 2007, 9:57 GMT

    after champion trophy i prayed that shoaib gets away with this but not now. he has been given a lot of chances but his behaviour has not changed and this has always affected our preparation in major cups. we lost champion trophy and in my view world cup also because of asif and shoaib.

  • Mohson Hussain on September 7, 2007, 9:56 GMT

    Salaam. Dear oh dear, what is Shoaib Akhtar playing it? Unprofessional and arrogant are two words that spring to mind when talking about Akhtar's shenanigans. Pakistan are blessed with pace at the moment in this team and what does Akhtar do, shoots himself in the foot (forever I hope now).

    Pakistan had an excellent chance of winning with Akhtar, Asif and Gul as the pacemen. I still believe we can reach the semi-finals as it will be our slow bowlers who do the damage. However, Akhtar will be a great loss due to his ability to bowl variations. Asif does not possess this quality yet. Gul will be the bowler to watch from the remaining pacemen.

    I am disappointed and fearful of Pakistans chances now. However, all this must come to an end with Akhtar. Pakistan must fine him and ban him. PCB must show him who's boss. In my opinion he is not the future of Pakistan cricket now. The future is Asif and Gul. Pakistan must build their team around them in the bowling department. If Akhtar can win back his place through sheer hard work and success at domestic level I would welcome him back. He needs to lose the attitude. I am sick and tired of the bad press Pakistan Cricket gets. Mostly, Akhtar is involved. He brings the board into disrepute. He makes a mockery of the system and the board of directors dont know any better. If Pakistan dropped Akhtar now, it would be beneficial long term.

    No other cricket board goes through the turmoils that the PCB does. Their incompetence cannot be matched. I am very disillusioned with PCB.

    Having had my rant, I will still be cheering Pakistan because our unpredicatbility is still our chief weapon. We still got Nazir, Butt, Malik, Afridi, Younis, Akmal, Gul and Asif. All class players. Inshallah, the team will play as best as they can and so long as they give 100%, I will be satisfied. Wasalaam.

  • Mohammad Imran Hyder on September 7, 2007, 9:56 GMT

    i think, this is enough, enough is enough, we should have banned Shoaib an year ago when he got involved in dopping scandle. i wonder why the cricket authorities in Pakistan keep beting on a lossing horse. how long they support a man with full of controversies?.... i can only suggest to PCB that, plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz do an extremme favour to pakistan cricket and BAN Shoiad Akhtar from al sorts of cricket. it would be better not only for the cricket but for the image of the game too. cricket is a game of gentlemen nand it has no belongingness to unprofessional and unethical mens.

  • Azhar on September 7, 2007, 9:56 GMT

    He should get banned from any cricket in Pakistan. Its a disgrace to whole Pakistani nation. This guy is getting out of control, I was so looking forward to see him along side with Gul & Asif for the very first time. Its a shame that because of his indecent and childish behavior whole Nation has to suffer. I think its enough and now PCB has to make sure that he doesn't get away with it this time

  • Adnan on September 7, 2007, 9:56 GMT

    I think its best to kick him out of Pak team once for all. He is a bad example

  • Abdul Rehman Talat on September 7, 2007, 9:55 GMT

    before this i was all up for shoaib. but theres a limit for everything. ban the loser for life! he does this everytime, crushes the hopes of the nation on the eve of a tournament. he has insulted the country enough and is just not worth it!

  • Harris Mustafa on September 7, 2007, 9:55 GMT

    As the old adage goes: This is the straw that broke the camels back. This incident is a very sad and embarassing day for Pakistan cricket and the nation. Shoaib was a great talent and could have been one of the best bowlers of all time but we cant keep letting him off the hook. The board has to send a strong message. Mr. Nasim Ashraf, please revoke his contract and end this saga of unfulfilled promise and talent once and for all.

    He has to go. Sad end but this guy deserves nothing better.

  • Hussain on September 7, 2007, 9:55 GMT

    Lack of education I must say. He cannot handle his fame. Even high profile players like Warne and Pietersen mess about but don't cross limits like he has. I wanted to see him back even after the doping scandal but this is just too much. Even though I am all for ICL, I hope they don't offer him a place

  • Adil on September 7, 2007, 9:54 GMT

    Well said. In his selfishness, Shoaib fails to realise that his immaturity doesn't just reflect on himself but the Pakistan administration as a whole. I work with English and South African colleagues who just laugh at every twist and turn that his career goes through. I don't blame them.

    However, I believe that only half of the credit for his farcical career lies with Shoaib. The other half lies with the PCB who have repeatedly failed to lay down the law with him.

    As a Pakistan cricket fan, I am sick and tired of watching Shoaib make countless comebacks only to be injured/disciplined within a couple of games.

    As a Pakistani citizen, I am sick and tired of watching someone who is effectively an ambassador for the nation show no respect for authority and constantly make a fool of himself.

    I don't care how great his bowling skills are or how many matches he wins for Pakistan. A man without any grace or class has no place in international cricket.

  • Abdul Rehman Talat on September 7, 2007, 9:54 GMT

    before this i was all up for shoaib. but theres a limit for everything. ban the loser for life! he does this everytime, crushes the hopes of the nation on the eve of a tournament. he has insulted the country enough and is just not worth it!

  • Ali on September 7, 2007, 9:54 GMT

    I dont know why was PCB very kind to him.He should have been kicked from the team for dopping.Whatever, You are right Mr. Abbasi he has shot himself in the foot by hitting Asif.I think after this drama no one will support him now.I my opinion Shoiab is finished for Pakistan now.He happily can join ICL now.

  • Assad on September 7, 2007, 9:52 GMT

    Enough is enough...I admire Shoaib's speed and match winning skills but his arrogant and carefree attitude has antagonized even his most staunch supporters.The time has come to dump this guy and try and groom some other fast bowlers. It won't matter anyway, he is unfit 99% of the time,perhaps the total absence of his domineering personality from the dressing room will give a little more room to the youngsters. The world has seen many great fast bowlers, bowlers with greater speed and skill than Shoaib but never have we seen a person so astonishingly insolent, and so predictably violent. Let him take his temper and his unethical practices still is a gentleman's game....

  • Salman Butt on September 7, 2007, 9:52 GMT

    Uncharacteristically, this time Shoiab's bat has done the talking for him. PCB's reply should be clear - There is no place for such behavior in International cricket. If Shoaib goes crying to ICL - so be it.

    I can't remember any major tournament or series where he did not create an embarrassing moment for the team and the Pakistani nation.

    Shoaib - Good night and good luck.

  • Iqbal Hanif on September 7, 2007, 9:52 GMT

    I couldn't agree with you more Mr. Kamran Abbasi. You're absolutely right. Due to Shoaib, Pakistan is in the spot-light again due to all the wrong reasons. Apparently he has not learnt from his past mistakes and his unruly behaviour continues to be a problem not only for our cricket team but also for our entire nation. The PCB management is equally guilty in handling in all the disciplinary matters involving Shoaib Akhtar. When would they realize that no one is bigger than the game. Hope Pakistan cricket will come out of its troubles for once.

  • Pradeep Kumar on September 7, 2007, 9:52 GMT

    Might be he has got an offer from ICL and wants PCB to remove him from the team :)

  • dolphy baretto on September 7, 2007, 9:51 GMT

    Shoaib should be banned for life with heavy penalty.

  • Winfred on September 7, 2007, 9:50 GMT

    It looks like that the Pakistan board has no better bowler other than Shoaib. He should not have been brought back into the team; no doubt he is a good bowler but he doesn't have character which is basic of a personality of a person. Cricket is a game of discipline.

  • Khairu on September 7, 2007, 9:50 GMT

    It was quick move from the Board to send him back and rightly so. He should be banned and forced to retire in a with only himself to blame. The board can set an example with further punishment to make sure no one dares repeat the act.It has become a routine of the Pakistani cricketers when ever abroad to make the headlines for similar acts, the board must put a stop to this and fine the players involved to have discipline enforced.

  • Ayaz F. Farooqi on September 7, 2007, 9:50 GMT

    I just wish that Shoaib is thrown out for good. We can certainly do without a maverick uncontrollable and highly snobbish cricketer like him. Pakistan has won matches without him on numerous occasions in the not so distant past and I am certain no skies will fall with his permanent axing from the team. I wish that Pakistan does well in the Twenty20 World Cup to prove that there is enough arsenal in Pakistan's armoury and for us there is life beyond Shoaib Akhtar.

  • Dani on September 7, 2007, 9:50 GMT

    The most stupid, idiotic , nonsense , NO-Behaviour and WILD cricketer this game has ever seen. Cricketers like him only play for THEM-SELVES not for the country. BAn him like they r doing to the ICL joiners..... Ahhhh it hurtss !!!!!

  • Iqbal Hanif on September 7, 2007, 9:50 GMT

    I couldn't agree with you more Mr. Kamran Abbasi. You're absolutely right. Due to Shoaib, Pakistan is in the spot light again due to all the wrong reasons. Apparently he has not learnt from his past mistakes and his unruly behaviour continues to be a problem not only for our cricket team but also for our entire nation. The PCB management is equally guilty in handling in all the desciplinary matters involving Shoaib Akhtar. When would they realize that no one is bigger than the game. When Mr. Nasim Ashraf took over as a PCB Chairman, he made huge promises about brining about change in Pakistani cricket. But since his takeover, all Pakistan has seen is scandal after a scandal.

    Hope Pakistan wil

  • dharani on September 7, 2007, 9:50 GMT

    it doesnt matter whether you kick him out or not, shoaib is good enough to kick himself out! i dont know if any other cricketer was given as many chances as he's got. Take Vinod Kambli of India for instance...he hasn't played in a test match after the personal issues he had in the team with respect to his temparament... when will the PCB realise there is so much talent in pakistan and shoaib wont do any good to pakistan cricket in particular or the international cricket in general

  • Sanjay on September 7, 2007, 9:49 GMT

    One would never know what the truth is, but the fact remains, he hit a colleague with a bat and that's inexcusable. one has to understand that they are not just sportsmen but ambassoders of their country . At a time when pakistan cricket is trying to recover from the world-cup debacle and controversy sorrounding bob woolmer's death, this is the last thing that it needs. I suspect this is the last nail in shoaib's coffin.

  • Master on September 7, 2007, 9:49 GMT

    yes, he is 100% correct, there should be a end for excuses

  • Shakeel Ahmad on September 7, 2007, 9:49 GMT

    shoaib akhtar is not able to play from pakistsni side.He is very badcondact man.Everyday problum with any boy.

  • Jawad Husain on September 7, 2007, 9:48 GMT

    Absolutely right, in my view the board should impose some fine on Shoaib Akhtar. He always gets away without being fined, but this is too much...hurting your own team mate. If you people please pass this message to Shoaib from my side " Hey Shoaib...please try to control your temper or you'll suffer...don't take me wrong but you are one of the best bowlers in the world...and if you do such kinda things with your own team-mates...all the people around the world will say that there is no discipline in this team and they'll get beaten easily by even the weakest team in the world "

  • Deepak, India on September 7, 2007, 9:48 GMT

    It is a shame that such an exciting cricketer's life is always mired in controversies and Shoaib has only himself to blame for these. Cricket lovers all over the world have been deprived of opportunities to witness his skill. Still, at some point, PCB has to say - enough is enough and close the curtain on Shoaib's career to show that they will not tolerate indisciple and roguish behavior. Shoaib is not setting the right examples to young kids. A few years ago, Vinod Kambli who was considered to have more talent than Sachin, was booted out of the Indian team for repeated breaches of disciplines. Does PCB have the spine to do the right thing here?

  • Pandit Basdeo Maharaj on September 7, 2007, 9:48 GMT

    I make apersonal plea to all. Get Shaoib some medical help right now; this is what the effects of long usage of performance drugs can do. ICC must take its head out of the sand, there will be many Shoaib. Thank You.

  • Mustansir Mukhi on September 7, 2007, 9:47 GMT

    I agree with Kamran Abbasi, I has become increasingly frustrating to see Shoaib let us down each time only to stand up again with a promise of a U-turn in his attitude and let us down again. We need to accept the fact that Shoaib is a spent force and we have to deal with the situation and groom some budding youngsters. Food for thought....Why can't we have a Pace Academy like the MRF Pace Foundation in India? We have Geoff Lawson, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed and occasionally Imran Khan to nuture this idea and re-kindle Pakistan's diminishing pace bowling supremacy!

  • Rajan Chakravarty on September 7, 2007, 9:46 GMT

    I have followed international cricket since 1974, when I was a ten-year-old. I can't remember a single cricketer, the colourful Sarfraz Nawaz included, who has played fast and loose with the game's laws and spirit as much as Shoaib Akhtar has. And as Mr Abbasi rightly points out Shoaib's ability to get out of jail might have convinced him of his own immortality. But the dressing room fracas might, and should, mean the end of his international career. I still remember those two deliveries with which he got rid of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in Calcutta. I would be sorry to see him go, as would many others who have been enthralled by his liquid pace. But go he must now,for the sake of Pakistan cricket and for the greater good of the game.

  • majid butt on September 7, 2007, 9:46 GMT

    How long Shoaib would keep on repeating these kind of things and causing disgrace for the country? Who says, he is a match winner? How many times, he won matches for Pakistan in his 10 years long career? Even an average player can do handful of matches in 10 years. The thing to see is that his behaviour is having bad effects on juniors as well. It is the time to get rid of him and impose a life ban to tell others that there is no star in the playing 11.

  • Muhammad Asim on September 7, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    That’s enough, we should criticize Shoaib’s attitude this time any single Pakistani can not compromise on shoaib’s behavior. PCB needs to take away from the team He is really harm full for our national side

  • syed on September 7, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    I think we have had enough of shoaib...No doubts about his talent but most of the time he is bringing a bad name to the country...He should be punished severly becasuse if a man at his age cannot control what kind of message he giving to his younger team mates.

  • Bashir Mirza on September 7, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    I could not agree more. We have had enough of Shoaib's antics, and this prima donna must be brought down to earth by banning him for two years from all forms of cricket. Let him play in the ICL.

  • Navin on September 7, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    I think it's time Pakistan cricket authorities announce a suitable punishment and much more importantly do not revoke it under the guise of an appeal committee. This has happened too many times in recent past that PCB announces some action only to revoke it after some time. It's making PCB butt of a joke and the current mis-adventure of Shoaib was bound to happen sooner or later in this or some other form. Cricket lovers all over the world get astonished by the talent available in Pakistan cricket, but more often than not meet with disappointment when they expect a group of individuals to perform as a team and justify their enormous talent. Acts of gross indiscipline like this, which often go unpunished, are a major reason for that. I hope this time at least PCB will not budge under star power and will think about long term welfare of Pakistan cricket and wouldn't sweep the matter under carpet in search of non-existent short-term gains.

  • syed on September 7, 2007, 9:44 GMT

    I think we have had enough of shoaib...No doubts about his talent but most of the time he is bringing a bad name to the country...He should be punished severly becasuse a man at his age cannot control what kind of message he giving to his younger team mates.

  • FUO on September 7, 2007, 9:44 GMT

    Shoaib has dragged Pakistan's name through the mud...yet again. He needs to be stopped. He needs to be forced to retire, not selected..whatever...just get him away from cricket.

  • Ahmed Qaisar on September 7, 2007, 9:42 GMT

    As you said he is "delusional about his own importance". Kick him out once and for all please. I don't care how quick he bowls cause he hasn't bowled anything since early 2006.

  • Theena on September 7, 2007, 9:41 GMT

    Throw him out. He is a clown and makes Pakistan cricket look more farcial than it is.

  • Asif Sarfraz on September 7, 2007, 9:40 GMT

    Another tournament, another drama!

    Shoaib Akhtar is an idiot, obviously there was something said by Asif as well, but he should of controlled himself, and to hit someone with a bat come on!

    I am sick and tired of watching the news (like today) that he has been sent home from the team. And to be honest I am sick and tired of him as well, arguing with everybody and expecting special treatment all the time!

    Although I do not think we are going to miss him referring to his bowling figures in the four nation tournament in Kenya!

    The other thing as well is that there is a new coach in Geoff Lawson, what must he be thinking of this overgrown kid.

    Shoaib you have put shame on yourself, and more importantly your country that seems to be in the media for the wrong reasons anyway!

    God help Pakistan!

  • Syed Arshad Mushtaq on September 7, 2007, 9:40 GMT

    This man will never get sense. His contribution is more in bringing bad name to country is more than what he did in cricket.

  • Adil Saghir on September 7, 2007, 9:39 GMT

    All the Pakistan Team members are our representatives, its a big responsibility. They must realise this and someone dosn't he must pay the price. If joining ICL is such an offence that close door of PCB then I think its much bigger and severe than that. Hopefuly there would not be any second opinion and opposition against penalisation.

  • Harris Shahzad on September 7, 2007, 9:38 GMT

    I agree with Mr Abassi.

    Shoaib was good when it was on "his" terms. Theres no excuse for him hitting any other player let alone your own teammate; and that too with a bat.

    will he ever learn his lesson? probably not, hes way too wild to be a team player and Pakistan almost always suffer when hes in the team.

    Hes the "Fast and Furious", but his effect in the team is always detrimental.

    Leave him out I say, we are better off without him!!!

  • Sheraz on September 7, 2007, 9:38 GMT

    Seriously, Discard this guy from the team. He doesn't deserve 14th chance as 13 were more then anyone other person had. I mean please put him behind and look forward to Mohammad Yousuf playing in wc/20. Board have a chance to ratify them self too with this.

  • SAFDAR ABBAS on September 7, 2007, 9:38 GMT

    It's a criminal offense to hit someone, put him behind bars and let him rot for the good of Pakistan cricket. Enough is enough.

  • some x on September 7, 2007, 9:37 GMT

    looks like shoaib is in a hurry to join ICL

  • Khurram from Karachi on September 7, 2007, 9:37 GMT

    Yes Kamran i am in complete agreement with your views, till this morning i have always advocated Shoaib's presence in the Pakistna squad as he gives the team that extra edge. But Enough is Enough and the PCB should come harsh on him now. Guess he has done this purposely to have an excuse joining the lucrative ICL???

  • Ahmed Javed on September 7, 2007, 9:36 GMT

    I think the one thing that the PCB overlooked and was obviously an absolute necessity for Shoaib was a personal Psychiatrist. His attitude is an absolute embarassment. He was never indispensable. Nobody is. I hope that he gets kicked out of the team along with his 10,000 ton ego! For good!

  • Hindupur Rajagopalan on September 7, 2007, 9:36 GMT

    He should be banned for life for his behaviour on and off the field. He is arrogant, abusive and has big chip on his shoulder.

  • Daniyal on September 7, 2007, 9:36 GMT

    I have for long been questioning why Shoaib is in the team specially after the world cup. About time the world saw the real Shoaib Akhtars worlds fastest bowlers -- toss him out on his ass there are plenty of fast and furious men out there.

  • Asim Naeem on September 7, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    I think this was the last straw on the camels back. People who try to be larger than the game itself always end up regreting their fallacy.

    I'm not a pessimist at all and believe me that this could end up being a blessing is disguise for Pakistan in this 1st edition of Twenty20 WC.

    If anybody of you have been following the Twenty20 cups held in Pakistan, let me tell you it is won by spinners and mainly left arm spinners. Reducing the pace is the key. The Pakistan squad must utilize Fawad Alam and Abdul Rehman well. This will not only strengthen the bowling but also the batting and fielding. My first XI would be Nazir, Butt, Younis, Malik, Akmal, Alam, Rehman, Afridi, Asif, Rao, Gul

  • Usman on September 7, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    He should be ban for life .... and should not represent pakistan again .... thats all and enough for us .. and for pakistani cricket .. we should now accept the truth that he is not the man good for pakistan cricket ...

  • Kashif Siddiqui on September 7, 2007, 9:34 GMT

    Short but sweet article. This is definitely the end for him. How many chances can one man have? If I was to hit a work colleague I would be sacked on the spot, why should this be any different?

  • akhter on September 7, 2007, 9:34 GMT

    Bye Bye Shoaib.............its ur end!

  • arfan on September 7, 2007, 9:34 GMT

    this is yet another farce on the face of pakistan cricket. Surely this should be the final straw for the PCB and shoud be the perfect oppurtunity to wipe thire hands clean to get ref of this guy. Sure he is talented but Pakistan need to look at the future and give the likes of Anwar Ali a chance.

  • Tab on September 7, 2007, 9:34 GMT

    well its the problem of our system. look at australians they retire Steve Waugh on his peak so to McGrath and Shane Warne. I think PCB is not going to let him go this time. Defeat is acceptable with fight but insult of Pakistan is not accepted. On the replacement issue, I would suggest M. Yousaf should be selected. Pakistan has already 4 more seamers in the squad, we need to make solid our batting with person who can handle pressure.

  • farrukh on September 7, 2007, 9:33 GMT

    i feel like crying. another big tournament, another big controversy. when will pakistan cricket get rif of this mess. personally am against any kind of ban for shoiab. as hes the strike bowler in this vulnerable looking pakistan bowling line up. if he is not there... the paki bowling side is less then mediocre!

  • Sevoprop on September 7, 2007, 9:33 GMT

    Shoaib's dismal behavioral record overshadows his potential to be a great bowler on the lines of the Pakistani greats. His record to date does not do him any favours, which is just mediocre. His fitness levels are so poor that he struggles to complete a series. Moreover hyperextension or not, the flexion before a delivery is noticeable to everyone in the world and I wonder if these tests are carried out with him bowling at his "100mph" speed, for its only then we get to see the "hyperextension" part of his action which is not visible otherwise at deliveries bowled in the mid 80's. I would rather not see such a figure who is a bad example to sport, with his unsporting behaviour, drug scandals etc even at the expense of missing out an entertaing and enthralling challenge between him and the top batsmen of the world.

  • Haris Anis on September 7, 2007, 9:32 GMT

    Shoaib should to go ICL...Thats best for him and Pakistan..

  • Asim Kayani on September 7, 2007, 9:30 GMT

    Good bye Mr Akhter go join the ICL. No one is bigger than the game. Please let there be sanity to Pakistan cricket now!! Enough said.

    Asim Kayani

  • Alex Carter on September 7, 2007, 9:30 GMT

    I do like watching Shoaib bowl, he is full of energy, he is injury prone and he has troubled some of the world's best batsman: Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting etc. with his immense pace. But in reality Shoaib is a man who acts like a young teenager, he doesn't act his age, he is nearly 30 years old and he acts 13 or 14. Using violence against your own colleges? thats just the end of the straw, the ice has melted. Sorry Shoaib but you have just crossed the line. Drugs is forgiveable, many people in sport have used them and have paid the price. His attitude is horrific and must be condemed. Sorry Shoaib but all bad deeds must be punished. no matter what Asif did, he shouldn't have hit him. He must now pay the price. He has left a gr8 memory in World Cricket of the once youthfilled man who destroyed even Australia and India. Farewell Shoaib but u should leave if u want to act like this.

  • Jabir Shah on September 7, 2007, 9:30 GMT

    Bravo Shoaib!!!

    We should keep supporting Shaoib for these things as...

    We have been doing this for the last 10 years.

    Hail Shoaib Hail Pakistan

  • saad on September 7, 2007, 9:29 GMT

    Get rid of him, i feel sorry for losing such talent, but he is in the team he wont let the other 10 perform better Let him go bring back yousuf and Abdul Razzak

  • NeiL on September 7, 2007, 9:28 GMT

    Get rid of him. It's a sad day but he needs to go. World cricket needs a reality check on these upstarts. Nobody can be bigger than the game.

    Does he have ADD? Why would somebody do this?

  • Amran Ali on September 7, 2007, 9:27 GMT

    I hope the PCB finally realise, that the Shoaib Akhtar is more bad then good for the team. As I am sure many would agree, the man is exciting a match winner, but a huge liability!!!

    Shoaib may claim, that he was a victim (maybe the bat was placed in his hand and maybe a gust of wind pushed the bat against Asif's thigh: word maybe must be used sparringly), and how in his career, he has always faced adversity (mainly caused by himself), but (somehow) has always managed to come-back.

    But is this come-back, a come-back to often!?

  • ramana on September 7, 2007, 9:27 GMT

    This fellow has to be banned for life and should be thrown out of Pakistan. Shame! Shame!!

  • Arfat Malik on September 7, 2007, 9:26 GMT

    Sallam, I think enough is enough, Shoaib should be ban for life time so that next time no one will repeat these types of acts again. MAY ALLAH BLESS PAKISTAN AND PAKISTANI TEAM. ALLAH HAFIZ.

  • Bosman on September 7, 2007, 9:25 GMT

    I think Asif made some comment about Shoaib looking like a nackered old goat and it got too much for Shoaib.

    It was clear before Bob Woolmer took charge of the team that Shoaib is no longer a reliable part of the teams future plans, the doping scandal was merely a chance of rhim to add a few extra matches to his career total.

    The team must move on, although at times like this they could use inzi back in the team for one last swan song while we play Australia, India and South Africa at the end of the year.

    Good bye Shoaib you foolish donkey.

  • saad on September 7, 2007, 9:25 GMT

    Forgive shoaib aktar for wat he has done,,,, but shouldn't forget that He is our Hero

  • Muddasir Lakhani on September 7, 2007, 9:24 GMT

    Once again, Shoaib has done what he does best - Make a spectacle of himself off the field. I think its about time Pakistan started looking at new options to lead their bowling attack as this Shoaib madness has gone on too long. Once again, he has left Pakistan in a muddle prior to a major series. I say, good riddance to bad luck. NEXT!!

  • Ejaz Khokhar on September 7, 2007, 9:23 GMT

    Well it is about time that PCB should look into future without shoaib as he is nearing his end as well 31 years of age and still living in self made illuisioin that he can get away with anything. Pakistan cricket need discipline more then anything else for team not a permanent trouble maker and someone who bring cricket and country in disrepute. I am sorry but he has not respect for anyone not even for himself.

  • Manish on September 7, 2007, 9:23 GMT

    Well done , he must be punished for the dignity of the game

  • aftab on September 7, 2007, 9:22 GMT

    i think shoib is bringing shame to the game and pak also he must be a history now and we have won lot of amtches and series without him and pak cricekt can run without him .....if still board consider him back it mean borad is the main culprit in this case.......they must kick him out of circekt and ban him for life without circket he a street boy and he will come to know what is his value in real..........aftab dubai

  • Absar on September 7, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    What else do we expect from Shoaib... idiot should've atleast signed up for ICL... that would've made him richer... Now i dont think Kapil would want him either..

  • Faizan on September 7, 2007, 9:16 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is like a very sad or a very happy American soap opera. Whichever you prefer, it is nonetheless highly entertaining. Who cares about missing an episode of Grey's Anatomy when you have A-list actors right at home? Such is the temerity and fickleness of Pakistan cricket that an article written by Mr. Samiuddin, possibly no longer than 24 hours ago, looks as dated as old man Methuselah himself.

  • Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. on September 7, 2007, 9:12 GMT

    Welcome to reality !!

    My thoughts go to Pakistani cricket fans, as well as to our new couch who pegged his hopes on just one player.

  • Syed Naqvi on September 7, 2007, 9:04 GMT

    No one individual is bigger than the game.

    The PCB has let Akhtar off the hook more times than any of us can remember. But why? Is he really that good of a player for the PCB to have to undermine their own professional structure and regulations? There are two answers to this question: (1) the PCB is not a professional organisation, it resembles a circus; (2) Akhtar is not bigger than the team as a whole and the team should not be sacrificed for someone who performs well once evry other blue moon (that's assuming he's fit and not banned).

    The PCB should first close the door on Akhtar for good and then steps should be taken to shake up the whole PCB organisation.

    Why does every competition start with a Pakistani soap opera??

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on September 7, 2007, 8:41 GMT

    Last night just before hitting the sack, I heard the news about this dressing-room spat and I wasn't shocked but, I was definitely upset and angry. The news coming from Pakistan or about the Pakistan cricket team or players is seldom a shocker for me. Because, I believe that anything can happen, everything is possible and one needs to be prepared for the worst news so you don't get shocked. I wrote my feelings in the previous thread and it didn't get through perhaps Mr. Abbassi may have been busy in writing a new thread on the subject. So, now I can re-express my feelings and get this post in the appropriate thread.

    "Wow, what a news! I must say this Pakistan team, especially Shoaib Akhtar has a knack of capturing the headlines all the time. No matter who is at fault, it is about time that Shoaib Akhtar should be sent back and banned for life from playing for Pakistan. He can very well go hell or join the ICL band wagon. He has brought enough disgrace to the nation and someone has to put his foot down and take a bold decision, enough is enough. I cannot believe that they would act like immature kids and get involved in a dressing-room spat? And, Shoaib Akhtar being the senior player must have shown some maturity, instead he swings a bat at Asif? What a shame! What a disgrace and what a beginning to this twenty20 World Cup? And what an impression on the new coach Lawson on his first international outing with the team?

    Asif should also be sent back and he also needs to be penalized. Neither of them are indispensable and neither of them have performed well in the quadrangular tournament so their loss won't be any loss at all. If they stay they will ruin the dressing room atmosphere further and will also be a menace on the field, as one cannot put up an act and play with total concentration and devotion. If the PCB fails to take any disciplinary action against these two players now, they will once again be a laughing stock."

    Mr. Abbassi is right that "Shoaib will grovel, apologise, make some feeble excuses...." yes, he will and like I said, enough is enough and he should not get away this time. He has tarnished the image of Pakistan on several occasions and done more damage than doing anything good for the country. He is a rogue player and must be remembered that way. I regret having supported him during the doping scandal but, I was not alone in supporting him, to quote Mr. Abbassi again, "Shoaib has always mustered support." I agree that his continued bad behaviour both, "on and off" the field is getting out of control, he appears like an addict who is going through withdrawal symptoms and nothing has halted him or his arrogance. Only a life ban for representing Pakistan should serve him like a life sentence. Because, in his career there is no time left to rehabilitate him or cure his madness. For sure he is a goner this time!

  • Schuster Goveas on September 7, 2007, 8:40 GMT

    Washing dirty linen in public again. Mabrook to Pakistani cricket

  • sumit ghosh-India on September 7, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    The only countries where we are so tolerant of the arrogant malice perpetrated by cricketers are India and Pakistan. In any of the other test-playing nations, or associate countried for that matter, the person in question would have been thrown out summarily and unceremoniously. Here, we try to make excuses to keep them and justify their actions.

    The reason is simple - we are both desperate for heroes! And we can't bear to see our idols descent to the depths of the common man. Enough said...

    The PCB should ban Shoaib for life. Period! He has repeatedly tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket, and stands for all that has gone bad in cricket. The ICL should also not invite him over. That would be in very bad taste.

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on September 7, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    Shoaib strikes again !!! I was a big big fan of Shoaib Akthar, but he gives me more causes of shame for my admiration of his ability. I really feel that it is time for us to accept that Shoaib is a source of disgrace to Pakistani Cricket.

    You might say most geniuses are flawed, we constantly hear about Lara's unpopular status in his own team and Warne's scandals. Shoaib is not in the same league as them when it comes to cricket. And the misdeeds of those two look very forgivable compared to Shoaib.

    SHOAIB AKHTAR IS THE BRITNEY SPEARS OF PAKISTANI CRICKET. A lot of early promise, followed by unexplainable craziness... oh and they both have been inthe process of losing hair.

  • Usman Chaudhry on September 7, 2007, 8:00 GMT

    This needs a permanent solution now, perhaps some regular trips to a psychiatrist would do the tirck! He is as insane as one can be. I sincerely hope that he accepts the offer from ICL now.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • Usman Chaudhry on September 7, 2007, 8:00 GMT

    This needs a permanent solution now, perhaps some regular trips to a psychiatrist would do the tirck! He is as insane as one can be. I sincerely hope that he accepts the offer from ICL now.

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on September 7, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    Shoaib strikes again !!! I was a big big fan of Shoaib Akthar, but he gives me more causes of shame for my admiration of his ability. I really feel that it is time for us to accept that Shoaib is a source of disgrace to Pakistani Cricket.

    You might say most geniuses are flawed, we constantly hear about Lara's unpopular status in his own team and Warne's scandals. Shoaib is not in the same league as them when it comes to cricket. And the misdeeds of those two look very forgivable compared to Shoaib.

    SHOAIB AKHTAR IS THE BRITNEY SPEARS OF PAKISTANI CRICKET. A lot of early promise, followed by unexplainable craziness... oh and they both have been inthe process of losing hair.

  • sumit ghosh-India on September 7, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    The only countries where we are so tolerant of the arrogant malice perpetrated by cricketers are India and Pakistan. In any of the other test-playing nations, or associate countried for that matter, the person in question would have been thrown out summarily and unceremoniously. Here, we try to make excuses to keep them and justify their actions.

    The reason is simple - we are both desperate for heroes! And we can't bear to see our idols descent to the depths of the common man. Enough said...

    The PCB should ban Shoaib for life. Period! He has repeatedly tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket, and stands for all that has gone bad in cricket. The ICL should also not invite him over. That would be in very bad taste.

  • Schuster Goveas on September 7, 2007, 8:40 GMT

    Washing dirty linen in public again. Mabrook to Pakistani cricket

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on September 7, 2007, 8:41 GMT

    Last night just before hitting the sack, I heard the news about this dressing-room spat and I wasn't shocked but, I was definitely upset and angry. The news coming from Pakistan or about the Pakistan cricket team or players is seldom a shocker for me. Because, I believe that anything can happen, everything is possible and one needs to be prepared for the worst news so you don't get shocked. I wrote my feelings in the previous thread and it didn't get through perhaps Mr. Abbassi may have been busy in writing a new thread on the subject. So, now I can re-express my feelings and get this post in the appropriate thread.

    "Wow, what a news! I must say this Pakistan team, especially Shoaib Akhtar has a knack of capturing the headlines all the time. No matter who is at fault, it is about time that Shoaib Akhtar should be sent back and banned for life from playing for Pakistan. He can very well go hell or join the ICL band wagon. He has brought enough disgrace to the nation and someone has to put his foot down and take a bold decision, enough is enough. I cannot believe that they would act like immature kids and get involved in a dressing-room spat? And, Shoaib Akhtar being the senior player must have shown some maturity, instead he swings a bat at Asif? What a shame! What a disgrace and what a beginning to this twenty20 World Cup? And what an impression on the new coach Lawson on his first international outing with the team?

    Asif should also be sent back and he also needs to be penalized. Neither of them are indispensable and neither of them have performed well in the quadrangular tournament so their loss won't be any loss at all. If they stay they will ruin the dressing room atmosphere further and will also be a menace on the field, as one cannot put up an act and play with total concentration and devotion. If the PCB fails to take any disciplinary action against these two players now, they will once again be a laughing stock."

    Mr. Abbassi is right that "Shoaib will grovel, apologise, make some feeble excuses...." yes, he will and like I said, enough is enough and he should not get away this time. He has tarnished the image of Pakistan on several occasions and done more damage than doing anything good for the country. He is a rogue player and must be remembered that way. I regret having supported him during the doping scandal but, I was not alone in supporting him, to quote Mr. Abbassi again, "Shoaib has always mustered support." I agree that his continued bad behaviour both, "on and off" the field is getting out of control, he appears like an addict who is going through withdrawal symptoms and nothing has halted him or his arrogance. Only a life ban for representing Pakistan should serve him like a life sentence. Because, in his career there is no time left to rehabilitate him or cure his madness. For sure he is a goner this time!

  • Syed Naqvi on September 7, 2007, 9:04 GMT

    No one individual is bigger than the game.

    The PCB has let Akhtar off the hook more times than any of us can remember. But why? Is he really that good of a player for the PCB to have to undermine their own professional structure and regulations? There are two answers to this question: (1) the PCB is not a professional organisation, it resembles a circus; (2) Akhtar is not bigger than the team as a whole and the team should not be sacrificed for someone who performs well once evry other blue moon (that's assuming he's fit and not banned).

    The PCB should first close the door on Akhtar for good and then steps should be taken to shake up the whole PCB organisation.

    Why does every competition start with a Pakistani soap opera??

  • Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. on September 7, 2007, 9:12 GMT

    Welcome to reality !!

    My thoughts go to Pakistani cricket fans, as well as to our new couch who pegged his hopes on just one player.

  • Faizan on September 7, 2007, 9:16 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is like a very sad or a very happy American soap opera. Whichever you prefer, it is nonetheless highly entertaining. Who cares about missing an episode of Grey's Anatomy when you have A-list actors right at home? Such is the temerity and fickleness of Pakistan cricket that an article written by Mr. Samiuddin, possibly no longer than 24 hours ago, looks as dated as old man Methuselah himself.

  • Absar on September 7, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    What else do we expect from Shoaib... idiot should've atleast signed up for ICL... that would've made him richer... Now i dont think Kapil would want him either..

  • aftab on September 7, 2007, 9:22 GMT

    i think shoib is bringing shame to the game and pak also he must be a history now and we have won lot of amtches and series without him and pak cricekt can run without him .....if still board consider him back it mean borad is the main culprit in this case.......they must kick him out of circekt and ban him for life without circket he a street boy and he will come to know what is his value in real..........aftab dubai