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Shoaib Akhtar may face more trouble


akhterPakistan’s enigmatic fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has compounded his problems by giving yet another media interview in which he has criticised the policies of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Already facing a life ban over misconduct charges, Shoaib told a private television channel that the PCB has been unfair towards leading national players. He also threw his weight behind teammates Abdul Razzaq, Danish Kaneria and Shahid Afridi, saying that the Board has been mistreating these players.

Razzaq, a seasoned all-rounder has been banned by the PCB for joining the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) while Kaneria and Afridi were demoted in the central contracts list announced by the Board in January this year.

Shoaib himself was dropped from the list for lack of form and fitness after falling out of the favour with the PCB top brass. A case of misconduct has been filed against him by the PCB management and the Board’s disciplinary committee is to decide the player’s fate later this month. The PCB is likely to announce the verdict on the bowler’s case after the meeting of its Executive Board scheduled for March 22 in Islamabad.

According to sources, the PCB disciplinary committee is expected to obtain the tape of Shoaib’s recent media outburst against the PCB. Shoaib was charged with criticising the policies of the Board in spite of being under a 12-month probation after being banned for 13 matches and fined Rs 3.4 million last year over several charges of misconduct.

Source:Cricket News

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