Shoaib upset over criticism by Wasim, Waqar

Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Under-fire speedster Shoaib Akhtar has lashed out at former captains Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis for making him a scapegoat whenever things go wrong but being generous in their praise of Indian bowler Irfan Pathan.

"I respect Wasim very much, he was a great bowler but his comment that I am no longer a match-winner has really hurt me. I would say that he should keep his views to himself," Shoaib told reporters here yesterday while visiting a cricket coaching camp.

"If you pick up the records when Wasim was the captain, you would know who was taking most of the wickets," said the bowler who has been under attack recently for his frequent breakdowns and off-field conduct.

"I have been made the scapegoat whenever something goes wrong." Shoaib said he was surprised that while Wasim and Waqar were so generous in their praise of Irfan Pathan, they did not support and encourage their own countrymen.

The bowler was also optimistic about beating India in India on the upcoming tour.

"It is going to be tough but I think we can win there. Our team is inconsistent, a lot would depend on how the senior players fare. I don't think they'll make fast wickets in India." He dismissed as trash recent pictures showing him flanked by girls in a nightclub and termed it an attempt by that lobby to degrade him.

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