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Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar banned

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for fiver years for repeated disciplinary violations on Tuesday. Board chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf. Said, “He can not play for Pakistan or anywhere in Pakistan. But he can play in the Indian Premier League, which is not in our jurisdiction,” He was talking to the press conference. He told that suspension was imposed on the recommendation of the PCB disciplinary committee and the paceman had the right to lodge an appeal.

shoaib.jpg Akhtar was dropped from Pakistan’s list of 15 contracted players in January after the paceman had another disappointing year, plagued by injuries and discipline problems. Leg spinner Danish Kaneria, who like Akhtar criticized board policies when the new central contracts were announced in January, was warned and reprimanded. Tuesday’s announcement came after the two players appeared before the disciplinary committee in Rawalpindi. Akhtar was dropped from the list of contracts while Kaneria was demoted.

“He (Akhtar) was already under a two-year probation period from last year,” said Mr Ashraf. “He committed repeated offences of indiscipline from 2004 to 2008, around 15 in total. He provided with a list of the disciplinary actions taken against Shoaib Akhtar. He told media persons that he hit his fellow pacer Muhammad Asif last year in 20/20 World Cup. Reminding the mediamen of PCB’s had to impose a fine of Rs 3.4 million and a 13-matches ban. Mr. Naseem Ahraf was of the point that he was given several chances in the past to mend his behavior but he reached a stage where he had become damaging for himself and Pakistan cricket and a habitual offender. It seems that the board has lost confidence in Shoaib Akhtar. The PCB chief said that Shoaib was informed at the time that any act of indiscipline future may result in a life ban but even that didn’t stop him from being erratic.

Shoaib Akhtar is 32 years old fast bowler and has played for Pakistan Cricket Team in 46 International test Matches and 174 one day matches. He took 178 in Test Matches and 219 wickets in one days. However through out his career he has been in news for several controversies including his bowling style, doping and tempering with ball. He has also suffered fitness problems.

Akhtar had criticised the PCB for dual standards on awarding central contracts in January this year while commenting on the ban. He said he has been victimized deliberately. He said he will make an appeal in the court against this ban and also contact higher courts of Pakistan in this regard. He was of the point that he has not committed such big crime he was punished for.

A serious reaction was noticed by the people of Pakistan and lovers of cricket in this connection, thay have demanded ban on Shoaib to be lifted by PCB. Former Cricket players have seconded the demand and attributed this announcement hard and they have shown their concerns over the results of this decision.

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Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times

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