PCB likely to show red signal to 'Rawalpindi Express'

Published: Friday, January 18, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will meet later this month to decide on the international future of controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

Shoaib Akhtar, the pace ace who is now better known as the bad boy of Pakistan cricket, was snubbed for the forthcoming one-day series against Zimbabwe.

The decision by the Pakistani selectors to overlook him while picking a preliminary 21-man squad for a conditioning camp came soon after the fiery pacer announced he was fully fit and looking forward to unleash his pace against the Zimbabweans.

Meanwhile,  Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf said that fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was himself responsible for his ouster from the national side.

“Shoaib is facing fitness as well as disciplinary problems that were even pointed out during the India tour last year. He has repeatedly violated discipline on a number of occasions. His case is referred to the PCB disciplinary committee" he added

The 32-year-old, who was dropped from Pakistan's squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup following a fracas with fellow pacer Mohammad Asif, has had a chequered disciplinary record.

Team and PCB officials were unhappy with his fitness problems and the bowler was singled out as one of the reasons for Pakistan"s disappointing show in India. Reports that Shoaib was planning to pursue a Bollywood career following the series defeat added fuel to fire and the PCB chairman announced that the player will have to choose between cricket and the film world.

After overcoming countless hurdles ranging from doping suspensions to career-threatening injuries, the Rawalpindi Express finally seems to have come to a grinding halt.


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