Pakistan news March 6, 2010

Shoaib to appeal against massive fine

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Shoaib Akhtar has hit out at the Pakistan board's decision to deduct Rs 7 million ($82,353) from his annual earnings as punishment for a contested misdemeanor under the previous PCB regime.

Shoaib was banned for five years by Nasim Ashraf's administration in April 2008 for what it claimed were several violations of the players' disciplinary code of conduct. After an appeal, the ban was reduced in June to 18 months and the fine remained.

But Shoaib went to the Lahore High Court to appeal against that and the court immediately suspended the ban, but deferred judgment on the fine. Since then the current PCB administration said it sent reminders to Shoaib about the fine; having not received a reply, they deducted the entire amount last month from his annual earnings, which included his central contract payments, match fees and win bonuses (from January 2009 to November 2009).

Shoaib was due to earn Rs 7,044, 971 ($82,882) in that period but was instead sent a cheque for just Rs 44,971 ($529). He will contest the decision to deduct the fine. "I didn't even speak badly about a chairman, I just spoke about how wickets were poor in Nasim Ashraf's time [he had actually criticised the administration for demoting him in the central contracts category], so why has my money been deducted?" Shoaib said at the National Stadium in Karachi. "That is a lifetime earning for most people. I am just saying why has my money been deducted, on what basis? If they wanted to cut it, don't give me a central contract.

"The court did not give any such verdict that the board is saying that he can play but cut his money. The case I did was not just on playing but on the fine as well. All of that was suspended. I am appealing it now. I will take it further and I will not let it finish like this."

Shoaib recently returned to action after another lengthy lay-off due to major knee surgery. He led the Islamabad Leopards side in what was a virtual quarter-final against the Faisalabad Wolves in the RBS Twenty20 cup. His side was comprehensively beaten but Shoaib bowled his four overs on the trot, an impressive spell in which he picked up one wicket as well.

Though he hasn't represented Pakistan for almost a year and hasn't played a Test since December 2007, he refused to rule out a comeback to any of the formats. He will not, he insisted, go the route of an increasing number of fast bowlers, who have chosen to step away from five-day cricket to prolong their career in the limited-overs format.

"There is nothing on my mind about retiring from any formats," Shoaib said. "I will play Test cricket, ODI and Twenty20 as well. You have seen my pace today. This is my first match in five months and I had a big operation on my knee. No fast bowler makes a recovery so quickly but I have done and you can see it. Brett Lee has been unfit for seven months, Shaun Tait plays T20s, or the Champions Trophy or the World Cup. All the fastest bowlers in the world, Flintoff, Tait, Lee, we cannot play all year constantly."

Though Shoaib was not named in the 30 probables for the World Twenty20 in April, he retained hope that he could make his way in as a "wildcard" option. The arrival of a former fast bowler, Waqar Younis, as coach, he believes, might prove a boon.

"Pakistan should have a wildcard with them. Even Abdul Razzaq went last time like that. I don't know what the board wants or wants to see. I am bowling, I am fit. Playing me is up to the board, coach and selectors. Hopefully the PCB will realise this and bring me back in the 30 probables. For the first time there is a fast bowler coming in as coach who will understand fast bowlers. He can deal with fast bowlers properly, save them and help them excel."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • BUTT_093 on March 10, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    It is Shoaib's very own antics that have subjected him to this kind of treatment from the board. Maybe it was a legally flawed decision to withdraw the fine from his earnings, but I think we are already past the possibility of Shoaib being able to make a significant comeback in to the team. Its his reputation of indiscipline that is keeping him out of the team, not his talent, and in my opinion rightly so. There should be no compromise on hard work and discipline.

  • Truthhurt on March 10, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    I am baffled, the people who were responsible to prepare Pakistani cricket players against Australia (Manager & Coach) get away with murder but unfortunately all the players are facing the music. Why not impose heavy penalties against Intekhab & Aaqib who totally failed to adopt strategies in all the games and everybody has seen the results. PCB officials make me sick as it is not a fair outcome of this inquiry. Pathetic!!!!!!!

  • on March 9, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    PAKISTANI TEAM NEED HIM NOW HE SHOULD BE THE CAPTIAN OF TEAM

  • SIREN6800 on March 9, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Here we go we are talking about Shoaib and PCB is ready to slaughter another five.At least four out of five are permanant members of Pakistani team,and world cup t 20 is almost six weeks away. This is sufficent to expose the far sightedness of PCB administration. TO satisfy their ego and to demonstrate their toughness they are willing to go to any extent. Have these players made enough money to pay these hefty fines or whats the scale to determin such fines. Who is going to take the accountibily of this incompetent administration, as this hand picked inquiry committee is vulnerable to any external pressure. If you really want a fair and just trial than please form a committe under the supervision of a retired high court or supreme court judge and let them conduct a fair trial.Of course every one would admire and support such step.

  • Asharbhai on March 8, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    It's so stupid, all these corrupt politicians or board members, they should look in the mirror before punish any player. These sanators or parliment members who recommend fines on the players, are soooo corrupt that they don't even deserve to punish any players. Shoaib did wrong but it's wrong every where,

  • Suleman1 on March 8, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    PCB should really give him a chance ... this ijaz butt need to go imidieltly, he is ruining pakistan cricket ... what about inzi he could take over ijaz butt place. Pakistan should look forward to 20Twenty Wolrd Cup in West Indies. We want to win again!!!

  • lightkhan on March 8, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    PCB should give a chance to shoib akhter in short of all these

  • SIREN6800 on March 8, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    This dude certainly deserves second chance, though in recent past his physical fitness has been doubtful, his attitude has been nothing but negative but his past services for the Pakistan cricket can not be ignored . Fast bowlers playing life span is much shorter than other crickters and this chap has hardly left couple of years to prove himself infront of his fans that he has still some current left in his arms.There were several occassions in the past when he excelled, and used to be source of excitment for Pakistani fans. At THIS STAGE when foreign teams are reluctant to visit Pakistan , Pakistani team is divided in groups, dispute of capitancy is not hidden, some of our stars has tarnished the image of our country through their childish tricks, we really do need to reconsider our options and move towards the direction of harmony and reconciliation. I am sure if we failed to take such steps our cricket would be in disarray like our hockey.

  • AleemLatif on March 8, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    We badly need Shoab back ... I damn care about his attitude... look at the politics involved in the current Pak squad even without Shoab so what is the point of winging about it. I want him back with full fitness and sharing the ball with Amir and Asif. We need a bowler with a Charisma like Imran and Shoab is the guy whom all the OZs know very well at least other than Imran.

  • osee_bhai on March 7, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    oh please, be done with shoaib once and for all, i'm glad selectors didn't put him in the the list of 30 probables.

  • BUTT_093 on March 10, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    It is Shoaib's very own antics that have subjected him to this kind of treatment from the board. Maybe it was a legally flawed decision to withdraw the fine from his earnings, but I think we are already past the possibility of Shoaib being able to make a significant comeback in to the team. Its his reputation of indiscipline that is keeping him out of the team, not his talent, and in my opinion rightly so. There should be no compromise on hard work and discipline.

  • Truthhurt on March 10, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    I am baffled, the people who were responsible to prepare Pakistani cricket players against Australia (Manager & Coach) get away with murder but unfortunately all the players are facing the music. Why not impose heavy penalties against Intekhab & Aaqib who totally failed to adopt strategies in all the games and everybody has seen the results. PCB officials make me sick as it is not a fair outcome of this inquiry. Pathetic!!!!!!!

  • on March 9, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    PAKISTANI TEAM NEED HIM NOW HE SHOULD BE THE CAPTIAN OF TEAM

  • SIREN6800 on March 9, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Here we go we are talking about Shoaib and PCB is ready to slaughter another five.At least four out of five are permanant members of Pakistani team,and world cup t 20 is almost six weeks away. This is sufficent to expose the far sightedness of PCB administration. TO satisfy their ego and to demonstrate their toughness they are willing to go to any extent. Have these players made enough money to pay these hefty fines or whats the scale to determin such fines. Who is going to take the accountibily of this incompetent administration, as this hand picked inquiry committee is vulnerable to any external pressure. If you really want a fair and just trial than please form a committe under the supervision of a retired high court or supreme court judge and let them conduct a fair trial.Of course every one would admire and support such step.

  • Asharbhai on March 8, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    It's so stupid, all these corrupt politicians or board members, they should look in the mirror before punish any player. These sanators or parliment members who recommend fines on the players, are soooo corrupt that they don't even deserve to punish any players. Shoaib did wrong but it's wrong every where,

  • Suleman1 on March 8, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    PCB should really give him a chance ... this ijaz butt need to go imidieltly, he is ruining pakistan cricket ... what about inzi he could take over ijaz butt place. Pakistan should look forward to 20Twenty Wolrd Cup in West Indies. We want to win again!!!

  • lightkhan on March 8, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    PCB should give a chance to shoib akhter in short of all these

  • SIREN6800 on March 8, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    This dude certainly deserves second chance, though in recent past his physical fitness has been doubtful, his attitude has been nothing but negative but his past services for the Pakistan cricket can not be ignored . Fast bowlers playing life span is much shorter than other crickters and this chap has hardly left couple of years to prove himself infront of his fans that he has still some current left in his arms.There were several occassions in the past when he excelled, and used to be source of excitment for Pakistani fans. At THIS STAGE when foreign teams are reluctant to visit Pakistan , Pakistani team is divided in groups, dispute of capitancy is not hidden, some of our stars has tarnished the image of our country through their childish tricks, we really do need to reconsider our options and move towards the direction of harmony and reconciliation. I am sure if we failed to take such steps our cricket would be in disarray like our hockey.

  • AleemLatif on March 8, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    We badly need Shoab back ... I damn care about his attitude... look at the politics involved in the current Pak squad even without Shoab so what is the point of winging about it. I want him back with full fitness and sharing the ball with Amir and Asif. We need a bowler with a Charisma like Imran and Shoab is the guy whom all the OZs know very well at least other than Imran.

  • osee_bhai on March 7, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    oh please, be done with shoaib once and for all, i'm glad selectors didn't put him in the the list of 30 probables.

  • Rezaul on March 7, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Well guys, I agree with the fact that Pakistan have Ameer, Asif, Gul, Arafat, Rana, Razzaq at present. So need to add Soaib. Yes Pak needs him. Just think, how many matches Pakistan won in last 2 years. The continuous loss in Australia hurts everyone though Asif and Ameer played good at some period. But Pakistan needs someone with charismatic influence and who can flow scared wave in opposite batting order. Thats where they need Shoaib. Anyone of the list mentioned above can play good innings but that sort of magical performance is what Pakistan required to win consistently. This is the point of Shoaib's case to be considered. But Shoaib himself needs to realize that he wasted his chances and caused his downfall by himself at some extent. So, he must learn from the past otherwise he will be forgotten within few days in the emergence of new faces like Ameer! Good luck Shoaib and Pak cricket.

  • on March 7, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Personally Shoaib must be given one chance purely on the basis of his cricket. Pakistan must forget older days and look towards future and this guy from past can really groom future of Pakistan (hiding in likes of Aamir) Yeh but only if he has learnt from his mistakes. And dats wht selectors must be takin in account rather than their ongoing tussle wid him.

  • wisamsh on March 7, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    The team needs Shoaib Akhtar. Pakistan, in the last three years have won only one test without him. That is how badly they need him. Pakistan's bowling line up is incapable of bowling a team out on a flat track, while shoaib can do that for them. If used properly, he is very lethal.

  • on March 7, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar - the rawalpindi express ... aah for me this Guy dis nothing more then an egoistic overlooked players who has been in news for one reason or other. His career speaks about him , he has never been consistent axcept in his early days.. he always has issues with captain , other players , board , grounds etc , I mean he himself behaves as an adminitration , common sweetheart grow up and stop using this media for ur sympathy. Just stop using ur mouth much and concentration on domestic cricket and just hope that may be i say May be you will get a last chance in nearby future but for that u have to show changes practically not by words but with ur performances. His recent comebacks have just been a waste and dissappointment, so just hope that he comes with something good now and keeps his legs running more than his mouth ..!

  • on March 7, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    shoaib is d best bowler i hv evr seen,if he is in form he is unstoppabl,he wid his raw pace can destroy any team in d whole world,he is a kind of guy who is alwayz been misunderstood n his comments r lwayz misconstructd,i hvnt seen any bowler upto shoaib`s caliber,whethr its lee,bond,gul,steyn,roach,edwards,tait,flintoff... i dnt wan 2 compare him wid wasim coz both d bowlers r of diff class,1 can destroy wid pace n other wid his swing.I PRAY 2 GOD 4 HIM 2 BACK IN ACTION,I M V XCITD 2 WATCH HIM BOWLIN,ONLY MEN WAN HIM BACK N ALL D HALF-MAN DO NT

  • Junaid-farhan on March 7, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    @ omarkc & waqas haider,firstly i apologise if my words have been harsh about Shoaib but guys truth is truth and u cant deny it,who says hes still the fastest bowle.Guys like tait,bond,nannes,bollinger etc are far more pacy than him.OMARKC,bro u are saying hes best bowler frm last 10 years,just temme were his ranking has been from last couple of years,n wat bout his behavior with Inzi , bob , Asif ... has every body treated him so bad , naa i dnt think so,the truth is that he himself his Bad.N Guys rem the incident in Aus wen he was flocking with chicks in clubs rather than being with team.@ WAQAS HAIDER, dude even i av been seein him frm those days wen he used to carry drinks to the ground, he was the Best in his early days and no one can regret that but nw those days are gone and hes no were near to that nw. and bout his selection PCB must think first - will he be fit n if hes fit wil he bowl all his overs n if he does so will he do it without cretn scenes.so its betta nt to play him

  • Rahul_78 on March 7, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    All the guys supporting shoaib, u have amer, asif, sami, rana, razzaq, arafat. Do u realy need this guy in the team. Have u forgoten wht infuence carying this sort of guy had on young asif whom you almost lost. This is the same guy who has a history of puling out of massive events wth undue resons. Hasnt proved his fitness for long time. Has bowled just 4 overs on trot and again started making statements. Pls u dont need shoaib. U need a good captain and support staff to make a world class team out of the impresive talent u have got.

  • BoomBoomAdnan on March 6, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    come on rawalpindi expresss i wanna c u in t20 world cup we need u there!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Test-Cricket on March 6, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    The game needs fast bowlers like shoaib... But unless and until he proves that he has learnt frm his mistakes, it is impossible to make a comeback... i just hope better sense prevails and he comes back to international cricket.. And i can understand the ban, but taking so much money frm a player is ridiculous !!!

  • RajNo1 on March 6, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    I think he has been terribly mishandled by PCB all these years. Any fast bowler of shoaib's caliber is an asset to any team in the world. Look how Australian board has taken care of Shaun Tait inspite of several onfield breakdowns. They have now groomed him as a T20 specialist bowler. I think this guy Shoaib deserves better treatment after all. Why not experiment him as captain of Pakistan team and may be he will be more committed to his game than ever before. Personally I think Afridi is under qualified for a captain's job. Shoaib has achieved more than any other cricket in present team apart from Yousuf and Younis Khan. Take an example of Ricky Ponting, he was a crooked guy in his earlier days before becoming the captain. Captaincy for sure changes the player's responsibities for his team and country............. Just a thought

  • Rezaul on March 6, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    I understand that Shoaib has been hitting the newsline more often than he should hit the wicket. But the truth is that he was being handled badly in past though he himself is responsible at some extent for his downfall. However, accepting this and considering his fitness and greater interest of cricket he deserve a chance which could be the last one if he fails to grab! The salary deduction from his annual earning was a kiddy game. We should not foerget that Shoaib on form and mood can destroy any batting order. We need that Shoaib back in cricket world. I still remember Shoaib's devastating fast bowling agaisnt Aussies in in Super Challenge II at Gabba. Aussie Commentators were also amused (shocked!) to see formidable Aussie middle order (Ponting, Lehman, Martyn, Bevan) being folded to Shoaib via his wonderful display of fast bowling(5/25). We want that Shoaib back who nailed Dravid, Tendulkar and Eden Garden. Waqar being a coach could a perfect time for re-born of that hunry lion!!

  • on March 6, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    @ juni cut the crap he is still the fastest bowler..and yeah ur rite you cant compare him with lee bond etc because he is far superior to tum ...he is a blunt kind of person and speaks the truth which is not pleasent for the board ..but talking abt his bowling i think you havnt seen his bowling much i hv been following him from bowl 1 of international cricket and i have seen lee bond etc too ..and they are nothing infront of him so stop talking rubbish and being biased

  • on March 6, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    penalize him further for giving statements like these. he does not deserves a single rupee as he hasn't played the whole year. aamir and new boys are much better than this show off

  • omarkc on March 6, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    @juni24

    dude your comments about shoaib are inaccurate.please check your informations shoaib's test bowling record is far better than lee and flintoff . bond has a better record but has only played 18 tests.

    no one criticise his performances you can only criticise his attitude. performance wise he is the BEST fast bowler of the last 10 years(steyn and asif havent been playing for 10 years)

  • wanderer1 on March 6, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    His International Career is over and he's just moaning as usual. If you ignore him I think he'll go away.

  • mautan on March 6, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    This is where Sboaib is now a days..lesson for all budding cricketers to take cricket seriously first and foremost, all things like glamor, acting, oversmartness, show off, etc comes later. Look at Kambli...and look at Tendulkar. Some how Asif got re habilitated, or else he would have been lost too. In 2 years time kids might ask who Shoaib Akhtar is or rather was..

  • softpeople on March 6, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Well, there are many people around who will not agree with me, but according to my opinion, he deserves atleast 1 chance given & should be in the final pakistan lineup (if not in T20 world cup then for England tour atleast), althought, having career full of controvercies, but still he is one of the best fast bowler who is still capable of giving strength to Pakistan bowling line up for the coming 2 years.

  • Junaid-farhan on March 6, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    AS usually another story of this man . well shoib has always been more in the new while being off the fields and throughout his career he has only achieved this thing . he keeps on giving examples of bowlers like [lee, flintoff, tait ] , but somebody tell him pls that non of these bowlers bowl 4 overs and go off the field and doesnt he look at the records of these bowlers. hes not even near to lee of flintoff or bond. he will just come for a series , do something really silly and then gets banned of fined , he has been givin more than enuf chances and his express pace has also gone , he can just go above 150 km couple of times in over , i think aamir is much pacy than him .I was his huge fan douing his early days but now i just have completely lost hopes on him .He shud not be let in the team now as he just comes and spoils the whole atmosphere.

  • Dr.Raza on March 6, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar Performance in the RBS t20 match was superb. He looks sharp and nimble. but the problem always has been consistency. he is the two extremes in one match he will bowl 100mph and next match he bowls and goes off the field injured. I hope he recovers soon. he is a big asset to the pakistan team. Pakistan team surely misses his pace. Muhammad Aamer has pace but he needs suport from the other end. and if shoaib and aamer will bowl together then it will surely remind us of the wasim waqar combination.

  • usmanrahim on March 6, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is in free fall and every happening is further exacerbating the affairs....As a fan of Pakistan Cricket I am embarrassed by the childish behavior of PCB as well as of cricketers.

    Are we going to get anything rational? From Oval to IPL its a story of bloopers at the end of PCB...If they cannot handle Pakistan Cricket please eradicate this Board and Cricket from Pakistan because Cricket fans in Pakistan are more than happy if they are not ashamed anymore.

  • Nakshatram on March 6, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    good .goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

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  • Nakshatram on March 6, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    good .goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

  • usmanrahim on March 6, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is in free fall and every happening is further exacerbating the affairs....As a fan of Pakistan Cricket I am embarrassed by the childish behavior of PCB as well as of cricketers.

    Are we going to get anything rational? From Oval to IPL its a story of bloopers at the end of PCB...If they cannot handle Pakistan Cricket please eradicate this Board and Cricket from Pakistan because Cricket fans in Pakistan are more than happy if they are not ashamed anymore.

  • Dr.Raza on March 6, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar Performance in the RBS t20 match was superb. He looks sharp and nimble. but the problem always has been consistency. he is the two extremes in one match he will bowl 100mph and next match he bowls and goes off the field injured. I hope he recovers soon. he is a big asset to the pakistan team. Pakistan team surely misses his pace. Muhammad Aamer has pace but he needs suport from the other end. and if shoaib and aamer will bowl together then it will surely remind us of the wasim waqar combination.

  • Junaid-farhan on March 6, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    AS usually another story of this man . well shoib has always been more in the new while being off the fields and throughout his career he has only achieved this thing . he keeps on giving examples of bowlers like [lee, flintoff, tait ] , but somebody tell him pls that non of these bowlers bowl 4 overs and go off the field and doesnt he look at the records of these bowlers. hes not even near to lee of flintoff or bond. he will just come for a series , do something really silly and then gets banned of fined , he has been givin more than enuf chances and his express pace has also gone , he can just go above 150 km couple of times in over , i think aamir is much pacy than him .I was his huge fan douing his early days but now i just have completely lost hopes on him .He shud not be let in the team now as he just comes and spoils the whole atmosphere.

  • softpeople on March 6, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Well, there are many people around who will not agree with me, but according to my opinion, he deserves atleast 1 chance given & should be in the final pakistan lineup (if not in T20 world cup then for England tour atleast), althought, having career full of controvercies, but still he is one of the best fast bowler who is still capable of giving strength to Pakistan bowling line up for the coming 2 years.

  • mautan on March 6, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    This is where Sboaib is now a days..lesson for all budding cricketers to take cricket seriously first and foremost, all things like glamor, acting, oversmartness, show off, etc comes later. Look at Kambli...and look at Tendulkar. Some how Asif got re habilitated, or else he would have been lost too. In 2 years time kids might ask who Shoaib Akhtar is or rather was..

  • wanderer1 on March 6, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    His International Career is over and he's just moaning as usual. If you ignore him I think he'll go away.

  • omarkc on March 6, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    @juni24

    dude your comments about shoaib are inaccurate.please check your informations shoaib's test bowling record is far better than lee and flintoff . bond has a better record but has only played 18 tests.

    no one criticise his performances you can only criticise his attitude. performance wise he is the BEST fast bowler of the last 10 years(steyn and asif havent been playing for 10 years)

  • on March 6, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    penalize him further for giving statements like these. he does not deserves a single rupee as he hasn't played the whole year. aamir and new boys are much better than this show off

  • on March 6, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    @ juni cut the crap he is still the fastest bowler..and yeah ur rite you cant compare him with lee bond etc because he is far superior to tum ...he is a blunt kind of person and speaks the truth which is not pleasent for the board ..but talking abt his bowling i think you havnt seen his bowling much i hv been following him from bowl 1 of international cricket and i have seen lee bond etc too ..and they are nothing infront of him so stop talking rubbish and being biased