Twenty20 World Cup 2009 May 22, 2009

Whoa Shoaib! 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
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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.

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

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  • Ival on September 6, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Thank God! Somoene with brains speaks!

  • 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?

  • 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 .

  • 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??

  • 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......

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ival on September 6, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Thank God! Somoene with brains speaks!

  • 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?

  • 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 .

  • 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??

  • 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......

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • quest on May 28, 2009, 3:45 GMT

    Yesterday i was watching an old video of Shoaib when he bowled Dravid and Tendulkar on successive balls. At what height he was at that point and at what depths he is now. It brings tears in my eyes when i think that a very rare amazing talent has been destroyed who could be a great great bowler in Cricket. One think is for sure and that's the lesson every one must learn that whether one has talent or not is important but the most most important thing is that one must have CHARACTER.

  • waterbuffalo on May 28, 2009, 1:33 GMT

    The PCB and Shoaib deserve each other. The people of Pakistan deserve neither. The Cricket people of Pakistan, that is.

  • Imran Chandio on May 27, 2009, 16:18 GMT

    Asslamu Alikum all, I am totally bemused at the PCB what sort of organisation gives out specific information to the media, and especially information like genital warts, the PCB is ovioulsy run by people who have no idea on cricket, they wanted Shaoib out and they have got thier wish, the rawalpindi express may have been a little lackluster in the past few months and but in the past he has played well for Pakistan and did make some batsmen afraid of pak fast bowlers and helped continue the long line of pakistani fast bowlers for us in the UK he did make us proud like in the 05 home tests and ODI's against England he destoryed them in the 1st and 3rd test and also in the one days, does anyone remember that?????well done for the past Shoaib but you must agree in the past 2 yaers things for you have been awful you missed the inagural 20/20 for hitting Asif( where is he now???) and now you have genital warts, I am a huge fan of your skill, you played well but wasted your talent, good luck

  • quest on May 27, 2009, 10:10 GMT

    Its so embarrassing, also for the readers as well, not to mention Shoaib. Shoaib has destroyed himself so completely. At the same time PCB did a very very wrong thing. It was too personal to be revealed and for his life Shoaib will feel embarrassed for that. PCB Chairman should be sacked for his decision to go public about Shoaib disease. He has destroyed his whole life. Every thing went wrong.

  • sa on May 26, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    @Hassan - in that case, it would be probably be haemorrhoids. That is however widespread in PCB (courtesy BCCI) anyway and is probably not considered a medical condition. LOL.

  • Satinder on May 26, 2009, 8:48 GMT

    It is totally ridiculous on the part of the cricket governing body to openly mention about the medical condition of a superstar bowler. In any case no one should have a right to disclose any medical information. It is a such a personal matter.

  • Moin on May 26, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    This is the height of things. I cannot understand want PCB wants to achieve. There was no need for making an official statement on this.

  • Samir, India on May 26, 2009, 7:42 GMT

    I solemnly swear that BCCI and the Indian Foreign affairs ministry played no role in Shoaib's acquiring this condition....

    Furthermore, we had nothing to do with the PCB's foot and Mouth ( where both have an unhealthy attraction for each other) disease.

    Anyway, Chill guys .... just have a chuckle and move on. the more its discussed, the more it'll stay in the news.

  • Azfar Shahzad on May 26, 2009, 7:15 GMT

    What PCB has done is called "TRUTH" and no one can hold PCB responsible for either Shoaib getting the disgraceful wart or publicizing the truth which people of this great country deserve. One must remember that Shoaib is now a public figure and people would surely like to know as to why a player is withdrawn from their country's team.

  • Raja on May 26, 2009, 6:06 GMT

    I am from India and am a huge fan of Shoib (not when playing against India)...He's been such a wasted talent...of course, he himself has to be blamed for most of that...

    But this is unbelievable stuff from PCB. I hope and urge Shoaib to sue PCB...have them apologize publicly and pay him millions of $s in damages...

  • mash on May 25, 2009, 21:30 GMT

    I share Jamie's experience on coming across the news..Dont worry every 1 this all makes sense..now u know why bowlers shine the bowl as they are going back to their marks :0 Perhaps this is all a ploy buy Shoaib to get a big endorsment for Condom commercials :) Jokes aside ..PCB should not have done this.

  • Adeel on May 25, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    Unbelievable. PCB never fails to amuse everyone.. but this one was unique in its own way. I dont know why shoaib has'nt sued the PCB yet... i hope he realizes his life is going to change in more ways that one after the public announcement of his medical condition! Im very curious to know what the PCB has to say about this blunder.

  • Hassan on May 25, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    @Saptarshi,we dont blame the BCCI for this..but genital warts..there has to be an indian involved

  • AH on May 25, 2009, 19:51 GMT

    I think if he had torn a calf ligament, no one including Kamran would have objected if the precise location of the damaged ligament and the extent of its damage had been published. The issue is not the reporting of a sportman's injury but the reporting of this particular injury, which is particularly sensitive. Was anything achieved with all the detail provided? No, so it would have been sensible if the PCB had been discrete. But being sensible and PCB don't go hand in hand.

  • Azfar Alam on May 25, 2009, 18:57 GMT

    Sure the PCB has revealed too much...it seems to be malicious...and surprisingly Shoaib hasn't reacted till now...This again shows how unprofessional people in the PCB are. Whatever antics Shoaib Akhtar has been up to all these years...he is a Pak Test player and deserves basic respect.It seems someone wanted revenge and has hit Shoaib below the belt !!

  • Wasim on May 25, 2009, 17:44 GMT

    Shoaib should consult his lawers and take pcb to court.....Hopefully this would teahch them a lesson.... or two or may be not since they are after all pcb

  • Jonathan on May 25, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    This is a perfect example of unprofessional-ism that PCB portray. It is due to this unprofessionalism and uncivil demeanor that PCB doesn't get the respect they might at ICC & other places.

  • Jonathan on May 25, 2009, 17:06 GMT

    First I want to reply Fairguy above: you might have missed the atuall headline that appeared on first day on the web & then it was changed.

  • CRICKET EXPERT on May 25, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    I agree, it is a shameful act by the PCB. Now Shoaib Akhtar should sue them in order to teach them a lesson instead of being afraid that they might drop him from the team in return. If he doesn't do anything then these kinds of incidents will keep on happening in future as well.

  • MK on May 25, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    Wart are the PCB upto? They should have been more genital with him.

  • Pir Ali Raza on May 25, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    Shoaib doesnt deserve any privacy. He has done nothing for tehe country. He is the Salman Khan of cricket

  • Bilal on May 25, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    i dont know where to put this across but i want kamran abbasi to write something about what happened at the closing ceremony of IPL. the way IPL management insulted Mr. Jacob Zuma. he was made to stand for 40 minutes there..some players dint event shake hid hand..and those who did were not even looking at him, instead they were busy greeting lalit modi while shaking hand with the President. what an insult!!! later lalit modi forgot to call on jacob zuma to deliver the cheque and he was then sheepishly invited to place his hand alongside the cheque that was already delivered. im surprised that no one has brought this issue up...especially the indians who made a big issue when sharad pawar was pushed aside by ricky ponting a few years back at the world cup closing ceremony. what a shame money and business has brought to cricket.

  • Daniyal on May 25, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    Let me ask you this Mr. Abbassi how is it not infringing a player's privacy when revealed that he will be out of cricket due to a knee/ankle or perhaps a groin injury? By your logic every injury a player suffers is part of his private medical records and thus should not be made public. Shoaib is an embarrassment and has for long exploited his position to the embarrassment of Pakistan and its people alike I for one am happy he gets to taste a bit of his own medicine.. even though I'm sure he didn't need to go under a knife to have them removed a simple shot would've sufficed had they been STDs so wouldn't you say you're over reacting without full knowledge of the facts? perhaps its just a nasty skin infection.

  • Moe on May 25, 2009, 12:56 GMT

    I think PCB is trying to hard to make a name for itself. I believe that PCB needs to sit down and review the changes and news it is spreading or else Pakistan soon would be in the same level of management as of those unseccessful ones. I'm still shocked that with the unconsistency the Pakistan team has shown, PCB is not fighting hard to get players like Mohammad Yusuf, Abdul Razzak and Imran Nazir. I think PCB is not considering the present state of the team. It is too looking too ahead and missing out on getting the basics right. And the strtegy of humialting player seems to be the approach they seem to be adopting which may result in more unwanted grudges and politic between officials and players.

  • rookie4u on May 25, 2009, 12:41 GMT

    This time PCB has gone beyond limit to hurt a reputation of a player. I'm sure they are not very happy with Shoaib but I still don't agree it was right thing for the board to disclose these details about a player. If you are not happy about a player simply don't select him but this is no way to treat someone. I personally think Shoaib should sue the board for embarassing him in front of world media and making a joke out of him.

  • Hamid Shah on May 25, 2009, 10:14 GMT

    What the PCB has done is beyond shameful. Shoaib's character may have its lapses but as the article suggests, the man deserves his basic privacy. Its very sad to see our cricket player humiliate a match winner like this.

  • aurangzeb toor on May 25, 2009, 5:45 GMT

    It is a shameful act on the part of PCB. They have no ethical grounds to defame such a great bowler. Shoaib has never been a role model in his conduct and he even never posed to be one.

  • Jamie Dowling on May 24, 2009, 8:21 GMT

    The PCB doesn't usually leave me laughing in my corn flakes but on this occasion they managed to give me one of the best laughs I've had in ages. Laughing and joking aside, it's another demonstration that the PCB is unfit for purpose.

  • aman on May 24, 2009, 7:33 GMT

    what a shameless act done by pcb.

  • Fairguy on May 23, 2009, 22:08 GMT

    Mr Abbassi, while agree with your post, may I ask you why you have spelt out his medical condition. You could have just mentioned 'Shoib's illness' instead of detailing this. Infact, I came to know about this only from your post and not from PCB. So, how's your behaviour different from that of PCB. Please enlighten.

  • Moody on May 23, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    Next we'll be hearing about someone else being diagnosed with herpes =/ Since when did the PCB decide to play the role of the Ministry of Health and start issuing medical advisories ?

  • anser azim on May 23, 2009, 13:57 GMT

    This is a new low and believe that Shoeb's privacy has been compromised. In USA he can claim million's in damages. I wish we all learn a lesson.

  • Foggy on May 23, 2009, 11:14 GMT

    Aside from the ethical dilemas at play here, and from my basic research on the subject, it's not the sort of thing that I would have thought would stop you from playing. Players have played with much more painful injury and illnesses.

  • Shayne Forster on May 23, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    The release of his medical condition is obviously been done to embarass Shoaib and is shamefull by the board.If they no longer require him as a player just say so.We all know he has been difficult as a player but he has also done Pakistan a great srvice.He may not be an Imran,Wasim or Waqar in status but he had a god given talent and on his day he was breathtaking to watch.When he toured NZ he always performed and i remember him signing kids autograph books and talking to them unlike some of the prima donas we have had playing in our team.Comparisons with Brett Lee have been interesting.In terms of pace there is nothing in it but in terms of the fear factor Shoaib frightened more batsman with his lift and aggression.The only other bowler like that was Jeff Thomson who legend has was even quicker.These type of bowlers dont always make the record books for the right reason but there entertainment value cant be denide.If i was him i would sue the board and them all to get stuffed

  • MA Tanha on May 23, 2009, 4:32 GMT

    There is to much gap between the professionals and non professionals atitude in our countary and irony is that professionals work under non-professionals. Merit and Equal Opporntunities are practical non-existent in our society, sports and corporate sector. Thats why we end being embarrassed, humilated and under acheivers in every spehere and domain of life. I hope sanity merit and professionalism comes to our society.

  • Waseem on May 22, 2009, 22:40 GMT

    This just speaks of whats wrong with our society. Every person considers her|himself as a moral policeman. Whatever Shoaib is in his personal life, he is a good cricketer on the ground. Herein lies the moral, society should stop asking celebrities/sportsmen to be role models. Its the parents responsibility to be role models for their kids and they should not point their figures on others for their own failures.

  • S N Hyder on May 22, 2009, 21:12 GMT

    Shoaib has every right to sue the PCB if his medical condition has been made public without his consent.The doctors involved have behaved against the oath of medical ethics and should be accounted for.

  • Wasim on May 22, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    This is totally disgraceful, from a so called professional body. It’s a cheap jab by the PCB, and it’s not on, somebody must be held accountable. Nobody has a right to no a players personal medical condition, let alone the entire cricketing world.

  • Osman on May 22, 2009, 15:17 GMT

    Shameful story for all of us.

  • Dr. Usman Khan on May 22, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    I am a doctor and I can say with full authority that shoaib can sue the PCB in the court, and can get damages worth millions of rupees. And,in fact he should, because its a very straight forward case of professional missconduct on the part of PCB and they should pay for it, especially to the person with whom they have done several injustices and never left any opportunity go by to take him to the court or to so called "disciplinary Commeties" on one pretext or the other.

  • Khalil on May 22, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    Frankly speaking as much as this cricket crazy nation loves Shoaib,he has teased/disappionted his fans & lovers that much by becoming unfit at crucial times.Irrespective of his illness,anybody can be ill but to become non - available before an important event has become something of a routine.Apart from this ,he has staged so many a come backs from injuries/contrversies in a not too impressive way,even demoralising for the team at times. He should have preserved his fitness in a disciplined way in the best interest of the nation & cricket,being a national asset.Anyways its his life & style but he should think of his carrier now because he is not at his effective best. wish him best of health.

  • SALIL on May 22, 2009, 14:34 GMT

    The latest comedy show from pakistani cricket takes another twist, how proud Roland Dahl would be to pen this for "Tales from the unexpected". Such information overload coupled with mirth last occurred at Clintons court with Monica lewinsky! What is the PCB doing? It shoots itself in the foot every few months

  • TK on May 22, 2009, 14:21 GMT

    The PCB are a bunch of uneducated thugs. The board and unfortunately the players are getting their comeuppance in the form of loss of cricket and associated revenues.

  • Noman Aziz on May 22, 2009, 14:17 GMT

    On the hind side, Shoaib could become Jade Goody of Pakistan raising awareness of GENITAL WARTS!!!

  • Rana Moon on May 22, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    he deserves this !, long over due Shoaib, live alone and away from lime light for some time now, for sure....

  • Ali on May 22, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    PCB should not have disclosed the illness because they have no moral authority. At the same time I am happy Shoaib was embarrassed because one day he will learn that being a star doesn't condone excess. Even though I am conservative I'm not going to judge his lifestyle. But its fair to say Shoaib's career and life is an example of why living that lifestyle causes more sadness than laughter.

  • irfan on May 22, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    King of controversy! A fitting mantle! It's Shoaib turn to decide whether he wants to sue PCB for what it is worth or would keep quite keeping a low profile. If history is a teacher it tells me that Shoaib is about to go on a rampage, unless as you mentioned his consent is in place for this one. It could be that some nincompoop in PCBs communication department without knowing what he was doing drafter this statement that was supposed to have been signed off by some departt head who barley glanced at it and gave it the nod. Now this departt head, staring at the barrel of the gun pointed at him and the possible load of shit about to hit the fan, is quacking in his shoes to come up with possible excuses. Perhaps ready to toss one or two of his subordinates in to the fire if necessary. PCB wronged Shoaib is what I say, and predict that it will be the mother of all circuses (Shoaib Vs. PCB) under the sun!

  • Fraz on May 22, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    Really funny from the PCB - but yes, probably a slightly 'below the belt' statement

  • S.M. on May 22, 2009, 13:46 GMT

    Well spoken, former editor of BMJ!

  • Hassan Farooqi on May 22, 2009, 13:34 GMT

    No doubt it was a cheap shot from the board officials. Shoaib always played bad boy and got away. Everytime the board wanted to fire him based on his form and fitness, he lobbied his way back in. How else could board get rid of him except make him a demon in the eyes of the public?

  • Fouad on May 22, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    Well, clearly Shoaib didnt follow the "Green Chabi" message.

    (This will most likely make sense to those that grew up in Pak during the 90s)

  • Noman Aziz on May 22, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    I feel sorry for shoaib! No body wanted to know the nature of his illness. PCB has purposely done it. Why can't it just tell shoaib that he is not needed anymore? why using dirty tactics? I am sure Shoaib has a thing or two to say about the PCB and their histoy of embarassing illnesses...

  • raj on May 22, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    Shoaib has encountered some bumps and rough patches in his career again... damn

  • Obaid on May 22, 2009, 13:05 GMT

    This indeed is shocking on part of PCB to issue such careless statements. This is the dilemma here in Pakistan; even organizations/boards will not let an opportunity to embarrass someone pass by....Pathetic.

    I agree with the author on his views on privacy ethics.

  • Swami on May 22, 2009, 12:55 GMT

    Illness is illness .. whats so embarassing about it ? Thats not to say that the patient doesnt deserve his privacy.

  • mudasser on May 22, 2009, 12:46 GMT

    Ya that surely is too much information. Anyways I feel shoaib akhtar is a burden on pcb now as he is never fit for a series or if he is fit he gets injured during the series. Not to mention his off the field blunders. I think it's time for him to retire.

  • Aamir Akhund on May 22, 2009, 12:42 GMT

    Can someone please tell me who the hell is responsible to make the decision of going public with the current medical condition of Shoib Akhtar. Often People tell a lot about their family backgrounds by the way they behave/handle issues in their professional lives ( Director HR, PCB i hope you will know what i am talking about). This sort of information can be made public with only one thing in mind and that is to tarnish the image of Shoib and a pretty successful one i might add. i want to add that by doing so the responsible person has once again brought a bad name to a pakistani superstar and also Pakistan i even could see the reaction in my office the moment i had entered. Each and every person in my office has now got his/her own joke about Shoib's condition. Zardari Sahib please bring the culprit to justice

  • kashif on May 22, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    i totally agee with kami,its not good for shoaib and also for pakistan,pcb should respect players privacy,i think now if shoaib legal notice to pcb and want demages is good leson for board.

  • Hammad Siddiqi on May 22, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    Making Shoaib's condition pubic- oops I meant public, is no doubt an infringement of medical ethics. Shoaib's run of bad luck continues in more ways than one.

  • Rehan on May 22, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    Once again the PCB find new ways of embarassing themselves, their players and their countryfolk. Shoiab may be an over the hill flash show-boater but Kamran is right, like everyone else, he deserves his privacy. Let's hope he doesn't sue...

  • Fritz on May 22, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    The man has been an embarrassment ON and OFF the field. Let us all say Good Riddance in unison.

  • GK on May 22, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    I am not sure whether I should laugh at PCB or just be ashamed that the level of illiteracy has reached to this level in my home country (not anymore, so maybe I am overreacting). This should be adding insult to injury (literally) for Shoaib, who we all know is a one-trick pony lately. Even then, he did not deserve this leak of news. This should destroy his chances of ever getting lucky, and I do not mean in cricket. We all know he does not deserve a place anymore there already. Well, hopefully its a problem he can overcome for his own sake.

  • Saptarshi on May 22, 2009, 11:46 GMT

    Atleast do not blame BCCI for this.

  • AK on May 22, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    To bad for shoaib he was itching to play.

  • Aslam on May 22, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    That was really a stupid and shocking announcement by PCB. I hope they will realize and apologize for this nonsense behavior.

  • sumaiya on May 22, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    totally agree with u.but PCB always make shoaib akthar scapegoat.

  • Imran Zia on May 22, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    Agree. everything Shoaib does is news. Even when the guy goes for social work it is called a publicity stunt.

  • Rohan_India on May 22, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    Career of this guy is all but over. It's a shame that Pakistan had one of the amazing fast bowler of its time and he was still wasted...

  • Chacha on May 22, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    I know I know but its funny!

    Its all good humour Mr Abbasi!

    Hee hee Hee

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  • Chacha on May 22, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    I know I know but its funny!

    Its all good humour Mr Abbasi!

    Hee hee Hee

  • Rohan_India on May 22, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    Career of this guy is all but over. It's a shame that Pakistan had one of the amazing fast bowler of its time and he was still wasted...

  • Imran Zia on May 22, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    Agree. everything Shoaib does is news. Even when the guy goes for social work it is called a publicity stunt.

  • sumaiya on May 22, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    totally agree with u.but PCB always make shoaib akthar scapegoat.

  • Aslam on May 22, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    That was really a stupid and shocking announcement by PCB. I hope they will realize and apologize for this nonsense behavior.

  • AK on May 22, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    To bad for shoaib he was itching to play.

  • Saptarshi on May 22, 2009, 11:46 GMT

    Atleast do not blame BCCI for this.

  • GK on May 22, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    I am not sure whether I should laugh at PCB or just be ashamed that the level of illiteracy has reached to this level in my home country (not anymore, so maybe I am overreacting). This should be adding insult to injury (literally) for Shoaib, who we all know is a one-trick pony lately. Even then, he did not deserve this leak of news. This should destroy his chances of ever getting lucky, and I do not mean in cricket. We all know he does not deserve a place anymore there already. Well, hopefully its a problem he can overcome for his own sake.

  • Fritz on May 22, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    The man has been an embarrassment ON and OFF the field. Let us all say Good Riddance in unison.

  • Rehan on May 22, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    Once again the PCB find new ways of embarassing themselves, their players and their countryfolk. Shoiab may be an over the hill flash show-boater but Kamran is right, like everyone else, he deserves his privacy. Let's hope he doesn't sue...