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Charm of Cricket in Danger?

Written by F Mirza on July 25th, 2007   (272 views)

Two Pakistani fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif’s alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs does not mean that both fast bowlers are free to do as they like anytime other than that WADA could not do so.

The reality is that because of the murder of Bob Woolmer, match-fixing scandals and drug use are those issue which are losing the charm of cricket.

Such cased should be handled with good sense. Although the PCB can now feel relieved, it has to be said that it should have been more careful before asking its players to take drug tests. The tests should have been conducted after months and months of knowledge-oriented programmes for the players who repeatedly showed their ham-fisted behavior to adapt to modern changes that were taking place in. Authority must accept their own lack of responsibility in the whole occurrence.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and all other fellow boards in the world are experts in finding ways to protect their cricketers to hide their own inefficiencies.

Shoaib Akhtar recently admitted in an interview that two Indian batsmen, Tendulkar and Sehwag who were called him “Chucker” during a contest, and now he has to prepare himself to be labeled a “druggie”. It could be the most displeasing experience for both of them. In its place of this kind of exoneration it would have been a lot better if they had served the ban that was put on them. Shane Warne was found guilty of using drugs in 2003.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has to mend it s ways if it wants to run cricket affairs with prudence. If the PCB does not learn its lessons quickly, things may get difficult.

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