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Iqbal demands life ban for Shoaib

The former captain demands a life ban for the erratic speedster following the brawl that tarnished the country's image.

cricket Updated: Sep 10, 2007 13:16 IST

Former captain Asif Iqbal demanded a life ban for the erratic speedster following the Johannesburg brawl that tarnished the country's image.

A furious Asif said Shoaib has done enough damage and should be permanently dumped with a life ban for hitting teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat in Johannesburg.

"The line has to be drawn somewhere and if it is not drawn here, the question has to be asked are we waiting till he commits mass murder?" a livid Asif wrote in his column for "The News".

Shoaib, part of Pakistan's Twenty20 World Cup squad, had a spat during the nets in Johannesburg during which he hit pace colleague Mohammad Asif with a bat that left the youngster with a bruised thigh.

The team management promptly sent Shoaib back and on his return, the temperamental pacer claimed he was provoked by Shahid Afridi and apologised for the episode. The PCB has formed a three-member panel to probe the issue.

Shoaib's word of apology, however, could not douse Asif's anger and the former captain advocated a "no mercy" policy while dealing the issue.

"This, of course, is not the first time that a Pakistani cricketer has disgraced himself, his team and his country by resorting to physical violence and unless very stern action is taken, it will not be the last either," he said.

Asif went on to add that this kind of incidents have ramifications that spill well over the boundary of cricket.

First Published: Sep 10, 2007 12:55 IST