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Whoa Shoaib! Too much information

Kamran Abbasi
Shoaib Akhtar arrives to face the tribunal at the Pakistan Cricket Academy. Akhtar was cleared to resume his career outside the country, while an appeal tribunal considered his challenge to a five-year ban, Lahore, May 4, 2008
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You might argue that transparency is King, and that the PCB has a tradition of being unnecessarily secretive. Unfortunately, Pakistan cricket also has a long history of damaging leaks and official gaffes.

Now, it isn't a great surprise that Shoaib Akhtar is once more unfit to play in a tournament that he has been selected for. It may not be a great surprise to some who have tut-tutted over Shoaib's lifestyle that he has picked up a dose of genital warts. Nonetheless, like every patient, Shoaib deserves his privacy and today's public announcement is way too much information.

It is hard not to draw the conclusion that the PCB's press release is clearly designed to cause Shoaib the maximum embarrassment. It is wrong to divulge personal medical information in this way and, unless it was done with Shoaib's consent, it is a breach of medical ethics. This is an embarrassing illness that should embarrass the PCB about its behaviour.

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Posted by Ival on (September 6, 2011, 17:35 GMT)

Thank God! Somoene with brains speaks!

Posted by Shaz on (June 12, 2009, 16:30 GMT)

The guy is an embarrassment to himself, and has never failed to show this in his behaviour. Sorry but I cannot feel sorry for this loser.

Not a very good role model for the youth is he?

Posted by Noor on (June 8, 2009, 19:42 GMT)

Kamran Bhai Please please do post my lines. If you want to edit any thing please feel free to do so .

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

the fast bowler playing and hundereds of matches inside Pakistan & outside Pakistan & so many others.I have never

seen any thing like Mr Shoaib Actor ,I think he is the most insane ,loose temper,unspeakble,disgusting and

direspectful person to his team mates ,board & what was left the nation.He has disrespected lot of great crickters

of this era & as well as last era.Starting from Intikhab Alam,Miandad,Inzi,Jawardenay in Sharjah I was there,Saurav

Ganguly,and many more .The beauty of his personality is that he does not even regret .

All these players have great names no scratches on their careers but look at him what a disgraced career to him as

troubles are invited by him .He wants to be in the lime light all the time .

Posted by Navaneetha on (June 7, 2009, 0:36 GMT)

As the article says it is a subject which needs to be private but releasing it in press release shows how stupid the PCB is !! Why a player has to be embarrassed so much in the public??

Posted by BILLI on (June 6, 2009, 16:30 GMT)

Shoaib is now a huff and puff speed merchant who will struggle to bowl a single over at a stretch. A potential legend quickie with a very near throw action, he has wasted his talent due to his own stupidity. He can now take over the role of a FITNBSS CONSULTANT......

Posted by Ian McGill on (June 5, 2009, 23:54 GMT)

Once the dust (and the sniggering) settles the PCB should hang its head in shame! Even Shoaib deserves privacy, confidentiality and fair play. By exposing his medical condition to all and sundry the PCB has displayed utmost arrogance or extreme stupidity perhaps both. If Shoaib has any sense he should sue the PCB and the so-called medical board consisting of a surgeon, dermatologist and a sports doctor no less. This is outrageous!

Posted by Eric on (May 31, 2009, 17:38 GMT)

Perhaps the PCB is jealous, they don't like Shoaib, but his skills (when they work) are instrumental to Pakistan. They want to kill his chances (on the cricket field and the night clubs) by releasing private information and are using it to justify giving him the boot. This makes the PCB look very malicious or extremely stupid; either way they need an overhaul in their management and media representatives.

Posted by Richard on (May 31, 2009, 9:53 GMT)

People are talking about Shoaib being an exceptional telent and made a scapegoat. If you look at the records you would notice that a number of matches Pakistan lost was only due to his erratic bowling (giving away 40-50 runs in his first spell and the team could not recover from that position)and lack of committment and fitness. In fact he has been the blue eyed boy of PCB and they have wasted huge sum of money on him.

He and PCB (who are still persisting with him)should realise that his career as a bowler is over and PCB should give chance to younger bowlers. There was a plycard in IPL, shoaib fit for 20/20 (only 4 overs) but he is not fit for that as well because there are 16 overs to field and he will not be able to do that.

CALL IT A DAY SHOAIB.

Posted by Richard on (May 31, 2009, 9:53 GMT)

People are talking about Shoaib being an exceptional telent and made a scapegoat. If you look at the records you would notice that a number of matches Pakistan lost was only due to his erratic bowling (giving away 40-50 runs in his first spell and the team could not recover from that position)and lack of committment and fitness. In fact he has been the blue eyed boy of PCB and they have wasted huge sum of money on him.

He and PCB (who are still persisting with him)should realise that his career as a bowler is over and PCB should give chance to younger bowlers. There was a plycard in IPL, shoaib fit for 20/20 (only 4 overs) but he is not fit for that as well because there are 16 overs to field and he will not be able to do that.

CALL IT A DAY SHOAIB.

Posted by Mohamed Z. Rahaman on (May 29, 2009, 16:19 GMT)

No question that Shoaib did not play up to his full potential. He was however, the one guy that you actually came to see bowl. And when he was on it was all fury. His personal lifestyle is his own business. This is obviously a case where the board or someone on teh board wanted to and willfully embarrased Shoaib. If you don't want him on teh team, say so and drop him from consideration. No one deserves this sort of treatment. It's unprofessional to say the least.

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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