ICL: Indian Cricket League

Shoaib patches up with Zakir Khan


akhterA controversy threatening to disrupt Pakistan cricket subsided on Thursday when fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar met and had a patch-up with top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official Zakir Khan in Lahore.

Sources told this correspondent that Shoaib had a heated argument with Zakir, the Board’s Director of Cricket Operations, before the two ended the meeting on a ‘positive note’.

When contacted Zakir told ‘The News’ that Shoaib came to see him but refrained from giving any further details. “Shoaib came to meet me and we did have a chat,” Zakir said adding that as ‘far as he is concerned’ there are no problems between him and a few leading players including Shoaib.

There have been reports that several leading players recently ganged up against Zakir and asked the Board to sack him. Sources say that the players have alleged that Zakir doesn’t treat them with respect.

Shoaib has been at loggerheads with Zakir, a former Test cricketer, since he was fined by the Board for leaving a national training in Karachi earlier this month. He claims that Zakir misbehaved with his family members while trying to chase him (Shoaib).

It is believed that Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan have also had verbal quarrels with Zakir.

However, the PCB official denied all such reports as baseless. “How can I have a quarrel with the players at time when I’m on vacation with my family in Dubai,” he asked.

Source:Cricket News

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