PCB submits strong charge sheet against Akhtar

Published: Monday, March 10, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Karchi: Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar landed in yet another trouble as Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) disciplinary committee received a strong chargesheet from the Board against the controversial fast bowler while, coach Geoff Lawson has asked PCB not to consider the speedster for Test matches.

In a chargesheet submitted to the disciplinary committee hearing the case against Shoaib, the PCB has described the bowler as a lawbreaker in the game.

PCB questioned Shoaib's attitude in the report citing the issues of breaching central contract terms and making news for wrong reasons, say sources close to PCB.

Coach's Lawson's observations also has made matters worse for Shoaib. "His future may lie in just being an ODI bowler as his lack of reliability is not good for Test match cricket," Lawson wrote.

The disciplinary committee met on Friday to go through the chargesheet submitted against the fast bowler, who is under a one year probation after being banned for 13 matches and fined Rs 3.4 million for having a brawl with team-mate Muhammad Asif in South Africa last year.

Now, the board has charged Shoaib with giving media statements against the policies of the PCB after he was dropped from the new central contracts list in January.

Shoaib accused the board of having double standards while dealing with the players and accused it of conducting 'B' grade matches at domestic level.

Shoaib, in his response to the PCB notice, stated that it was not his intention to be critical of the PCB and he regrets any inconvenience caused by him.

Chanses of PCB becoming leanient with the paceman seems to be bleak as the Board has told the disciplinary committee that his off-field activities have tarnished the county's image and the game.

"His outbursts in the media, brawls with his colleagues and team officials, disinclination to accept PCB policies on sponsorships and other issues, snubbing establishment procedures on fitness, paint him as a lawbreaker in cricket," the chargesheet says.

"PCB in the past faced the brunt of ignoring his acts. The Board has been labeled as helpless when it comes to taking action against Shoaib," it adds.

The PCB has also informed the disciplinary committee that based on his recent performances and behavior, the governing body decided to downgrade Shoaib's central contract from 'A' category to special retainership.

Sources in the board have also pointed out that even former coach Bob Woolmer was never happy with Shoaib's behaviour and commitment to the team.

Woolmer had even informed the board that during the second Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in early 2007 as Shoaib refused to take the field saying he had a hamstring problem. But team physiotherapist Darryn Lifsun found no clinical signs of any injury, a source said.

"When I confronted him questioning his commitment, his response was to create a scene and swearing at me," Woolmer wrote in his report.


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