Never thought of be­ing dis­hon­est: Shoaib Akhtar

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar Mon­day said that though he had faced many ber 1997 as an open­ing fast bowler, said that his hard work was known to him and his mother only.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion, Shoaib said that play­ers who were play­ing to­day were much en­thu­si­as­tic but they lack the vi­sion.

Speak­ing about the Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL), he said PSL was a good event from which play­ers had earned money.

“The ex- play­ers are un­happy for no rea­son,” he said.

He also praised the new Pak­istan head coach Mickey Arthur.

Shoaib has been in­volved in sev­eral con­tro­ver­sies, he was sent home dur­ing a Test match se­ries in Aus­tralia in 2005 for al­leged poor at­ti­tude. A year later, he was em­broiled in a drug scan­dal af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for the per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stance.

How­ever, the ban im­posed on him was lifted on ap­peal. In Septem­ber 2007, he was banned for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod for his fight with fast bowler Mohammad Asif. On April 1, 2008, Shoaib was banned for five years for pub­licly crit­i­ciz­ing the Pak­istan Cricket Board.

In Oc­to­ber 2008, the Lahore High Court sus­pended the five-year ban and Shoaib was se­lected in the 15-man squad for the Twenty20 Quad­ran­gu­lar Tour­na­ment in Canada. Shoaib re­tired from in­ter­na­tional cricket af­ter the 2011 World Cup.—APP

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