Pak team can never learn discipline: Shoaib

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2007, 22:35 [IST]
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Lahore:Pakistan's controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has claimed that he has often been made scapegoat by team officials and said when the whole nation is indisciplined, one can not expect the cricket team to be disciplined.

In an interview to a private TV channel, Shoaib said, ''I have been made scapegoat by calling me an 'indisciplined' player. Infact, there is no discipline in the whole nation. Look at our traffic that defies all rules and regulations, look at the way we rush for food in wedding ceremonies.

When there was no discipline in the whole nation, how could Pakistan cricket team be a disciplined bunch as it has never been a disciplined team.'' ''Pakistan team doesn't have to fight war at borders so why discipline is being talked about so much,'' he questioned.

The 'Rawalpindi Express' is also of the view that there is no need of a coach for the Pakistan team.

''Pakistan team does not need a coach at all, it needs a strong nerved and good captain. When Pakistan won 1992 World Cup, there was no concept of specialized coach. I don't know why so much emphasize is being placed on appointment of coach,'' Shoaib said.

''Coach in fact is a helpless person as he can not do any thing in the field except giving a motivational talk outside the field.

This is the captain and players who have to perform in the field.

Pakistan should have a strong captain, talented enough to be a hardliner as well as moderate when needed,'' he added.


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