So at last Shoaib Akhtar has got his last chance to play for Pakistan. After a short ban of some matches and fine of some pennies, he was seen in action in the last ODI against South Africa in Lahore. He took 4 not-so-crucial wickets except of Graeme Smith, and struggled a little. But it was obvious he was trying to come back.
After hitting Mohammad Asif with the bat, abusing Shahid Afridi, and doing a press conference against team players and the management, he suffered an unexpected strong reaction not only from the Pakistan Cricket Board, but also from the media and even from the Patron-in-chief General Musharraf. But in the last ODI he seemed to be a little different, and he was showing it off much, and his arrogance and stubbornness was reduced to a great degree.
It is reported that the newly appointed coach Geoff Lawson has a very influential role in the return of Shoaib Akhtar in the squad. Geoff made it crystal clear to PCB that without Shoaib the pace attack was a farce, and it wasn’t simply possible for the likes of Mohammad Asif, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, and Rao Iftikhar to curb the aggression and flair of the likes of Dhoni, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Sehwag, and others in the India, next month.
Geoff Lawson has also said that he believes very earnestly that though this would be the last chance for the speedster, who is also known by the title of ‘Rawalpindi Express’, but in the 5 ODIs and 3 Tests in India, Shoaib Akhtar would be at his climax and play a pivotal role for Pakistan. Geoff said, that right now the biggest threat to Indian team is Shoaib Akhtar and the most important thing is that his attitude is positive and his fitness is immaculate, which was never before.
It’s a fact that on paper and in the ground, there is no match between Pakistan and India in any department of the game. The only way through which Pakistan could win the series against India is through sheer effort and positive attitude.More on:Geoff Lawson, Mohammad Asif, Pakistan, PCB, Pervez Musharraf, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar
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