Shoaib may Face Problems for Off-field Antics in India


Karachi, Dec 29: PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf on Thursday hinted that pacer Shoaib Akhtar could face disciplinary action when the governing body of the Board meets to review the performance of the Pakistan team on their tour of India.

The meeting will be held next month here.

"We are not happy with the antics and efforts of Shoaib at times during the tour, particularly in the final Test in Bangalore and this will be discussed by the governing body," Ashraf said.

"It would be premature to comment on what the governing body might decide but it is authorised to recommend any disciplinary action against any player or official if it feels he has not shown enough commitment to the national team."

Shoaib made a comeback to the team on the Indian tour after serving a 13-match ban and being fined Rs 3.4 million for four charges of misconduct.

He was also put on a one year probation during which any act of indiscipline could automatically lead to a life-time ban.

The speedster took nine wickets in the three Tests in India at an average of around 31.

The on-field show may not have fetched him many headlines but he made news for his off-field activities after being offered a role in a Bollywood film and appearing on a music show on an Indian channel as judge.

Ashraf said the board was not happy with some of the things seen in India and specially with the commitment shown by Shoaib in the final Test.
"Some of his behaviour was not right. We will be studying the reports of the manager and coach before the governing body decides to take any action against anyone," he said.

Ashraf reiterated that the Board had made it clear time and again that it would not compromise on discipline with anyone.

"No one is bigger than the game and there will be no compromise on discipline. No player should think he is bigger than the team or game."

Sources say Talat has in his report made some disparaging remarks about Shoaib's behaviour while report of coach Geoff Lawson's report was still awaited.

Since returning home from India, Shoaib has maintained a low profile.


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