Politics April 1, 2008

Another stupid end to Shoaib's career

Few careers could have finished more often than Shoaib Akhtar's

Few careers could have finished more often than Shoaib Akhtar's. Ironically, this end is probably the least deserved. A five-year ban for breaching the code of conduct of a cricket board that fails to demonstrate any high standards of its own is farcical. Pakistan's cricket board has lost all perspective if it believes this ban to be reasonable. A five-year ban will certainly end Shoaib's international career and, if it does that, the blame will rest as much with the cricket board's mismanagement as it does with Shoaib's unprofessionalism. This is another sad day for Pakistan cricket, which is now firmly establishing itself as an irrelevance on the international stage. Bravo Dr Ashraf and Co. Way to go.

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

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  • testli5504537 on June 15, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    wadonxrum981 You can't choose up sides on a round world.

  • testli5504537 on July 9, 2008, 8:47 GMT

    I like Shoaib Akhter

  • testli5504537 on April 3, 2008, 20:25 GMT

    It is Shoaib v PCB (or is it Nasim Ashraf?) Let us see. The ban has no legal justification, because Article 9 of the Constitution clearly gives Shoaib his rights of free expression. True, that right is subject to law, but then the law says that an employee cannot discuss an employer company's issues in public. Shoaib is not an employee of the PCB. The contracts offered to the cricketers are not employment contracts. No law can come to Dr Ashraf's help. So, PCB, you screwed up here quite bad. As for Shoaib, he is a brat. So let us go back in time and read about other such brats. DK Lillee's violently throwing his aluminum bat, his kicking Javed Miandad, his betting against his own team (and losing the match), his on-field quarreling with his captains, the list can just go on an on. We all loved DK for his fiery self. If aggression is a crime then fast bowling should be banned, not just Shoaib Akhtar.

  • testli5504537 on April 3, 2008, 13:14 GMT

    This is now turning into a noora kushti. Dr. Ashraf is now suing Shoaib for Rs 100 million for character assasination.

    I think it's time for some higher up in Pak govt to break this up and fire both Shoaib and Dr. Ashraf before it gets ugly. Get rid of the PCB chairman and reduce Shoaib's ban to 1 year. After that, elect (not select) the next PCB chairman and make sure that the person knows about cricket and running a successfull organization.

  • testli5504537 on April 3, 2008, 12:14 GMT

    Does Mr. Abbassi get paid to write 14 lines?

  • testli5504537 on April 3, 2008, 11:54 GMT

    The point to ponder over is: how far this game of ban and appeal would strectch? This is not the first time, we have heard about Shoaib. I'm very discipline-oriented, personally speaking. Whatever the credentials of PCB led by Musharraf-Buddy, Naseem Ashraf, may be; the matter of fact is that Shoaib Akhtar is an indisciplined person. Professionally speaking, he is no where near our heroes of yester years. A "just good" performance in one or two matches might make a cricketer superstar, but the real competence comes from the ability to maintain the performance and sustain the pressure. There are so many examples before us. I'm personally surprised over the the public support, he has managed to gather. His single stupid act of hitting Asif with a bat should have been enough to get a life-ban slap. Could this be a hint of a collective callous appraoch of us, being a nation, towards discipline?

  • testli5504537 on April 3, 2008, 11:19 GMT

    Storm in a teacup...

  • testli5504537 on April 3, 2008, 10:50 GMT

    While the PCB has come out smelling of s**t, I feel Shoaib is to blame for the harsh sentence passed on him. I read some of the comments, couldn't read all. Our hero is more of a spoilt brat with a swollen head. How many times has he really performed for the team and how many times has he walked off the field due to injuries/unfitness (feigned or otherwise, Allah alone knows). This guy is more interested in behaving like a movie idol rather than a sportsman dedicated to performing for his own sake, his team's sake and his country's sake. He has been spoilt by the previous boards who handled him like he was indispensable. Hasn't the Pakistan cricket team done well without him? I say again, he deserves the ban. Why are we politicing the whole damn issue with two-bit politicians taking up the cudgels on his behalf, probably earning mileage for themselves! May be Shoab will learn a lesson and take up another career, like acting in movies or just dancing away the whole night(s)!

  • testli5504537 on April 3, 2008, 10:26 GMT

    The very fact that most of the ppl in this blog r still cryin over a bad wolf like Shoaib reflects on why ur country remains in stone-age.Had he been an Aussie, we wud hav dropped him a decade ago. But i guess its more a reflection of the society. Under-achievers.

  • testli5504537 on April 3, 2008, 10:19 GMT

    dear All ! I think PCB took a bold though unpopular decision. He should hav been nbanned for life though d 5 yrs ban virtually does so. What's d use of talent whn it doesn't count. Agred there r less talented pacemen interms of speed than shoaib, but atleast they r humble, dedicated to their teams cause. Shoaib is himself to blame. Look at bret lee, steyn & co, all of thm supertalented yet disciplined. Shoaib thinks he is demigod pacemen. Man let ur talent count, not ur antics. No point in blaming PCB 4 MISMANAGEMENT. u can take ahorse 2 water, cant make it drink. Ofcouse in this case it was a stubborn [pigheaded] cricketer. All those criticsing r shoiab fans not pak cricket's. Grow up guys. Nobody is indispensable.

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