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Return of Shoaib Akhtar

Written by Commoner on September 16th, 2007   (743 views)

Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to soften the tone regarding Shoaib Akhtar. It is learned that initial reaction of PCB’s patern General Pervez Musharraf has also gone pretty cold, and now PCB’s chairman is realizing that the matter has been blown out of proportions by the elements in the team management, who have always been known as anti-Shoaib.

Though it is confirmed that in the matter of beating Mohammad Asif, all the fault lies with Shoaib Akhtar, who also said sorry to Mohammad Asif, before leaving South Africa for Pakistan, Mohammad Asif is still not really angry with Shoaib and wants his return. Whereas there are two persons who dont want his return. From the team, that is Shahid Khan Afridi, and from the team management, that is Manager of the team Talat Ali. They have got this golden chance to ruin the Shoaib’s career out of the blue with Shoaib’s help and now they are exploiting it at full throttle.

Now the situation is that media is against speedstar, fans are angry with speedy star-studded Rawalpindi Express, PCB is not really happy and convinced with him, and even the chief patern, who really interfere in team’s matters is happy at all. Senior and former players have also severly criticized Shoaib Akhtar’s attitude, and have demanded stern and exemplary action against him.

But now, just after the recent match against India in the Twenty20 world cup match at Durban, the weakness of bowling has come out very alarmingly. Only Mohammad Asif was looking like a bowler of international standards. Umer Gul, was also not in the same league, while Yasir Arafat and Tanvir Sohail were just lame. Though soaking pitch, overcast condition helped the bowlers a lot, but one could see that on a dry day, against a top-notch batting side, Pakistan really doesn’t stand a serious chance.

So PCB should take the matter more professionally. It should now do a quick reconciliation between the players, and just for the interest of the country, send the Shoaib Akhtar back. Reports are that this time Shoaib Akhtar is really sorry over his conduct, and chances are that he won’t repeat the blooper again, so just for the country, let’s give him a chance.

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