Pacer has been made scapegoat


Shoaib Akhtar is dejected at being snubbed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and believes he has been made a scapegoat following Pakistan’s disappointing tour of India last year, sources close to the controversial pacer said on Friday.

According to the sources, Shoaib is also surprised at being treated shabbily by the PCB which decided to drop him from the elite central contracts list and instead offered him a special category, with a monthly retainer of Rs 75,000. He has to prove his form and fitness to make a return to the list when it is refreshed next year.

“What else does he (Shoaib) have to prove?” asked a family member. “He has given everything for the team’s cause, for Pakistan’s cause. He even bowled his heart out while suffering a terrible fever,” he added referring to Shoaib’s decision to play in the second Test in Bangalore despite suffering from a bout of severe flu.

According to Shoaib’s close confidants, the player is just being victimised. “The PCB officials say that Shoaib should either play cricket or work in movies. I want to ask then why the PCB chairman himself is working in four different capacities,” said one of them, referring to PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf who also heads the National Commission for Human Development. However, Shoaib himself didn’t react to the news of his omission from the list. His cell phones were turned off and all efforts to trace him down for a comment yielded no result.

Source:Cricket News

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