PCB submits chargesheet against Shoaib Akhtar
Controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar appears to be in deep trouble as the Pakistan Cricket Board has submitted a strong chargesheet against him, while coach Geoff Lawson has asked the PCB not to consider the maverick 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.
According to sources, the PCB has written that Shoaib has a record of breaching the terms of his central contract and he has remained in the spotlight for wrong reasons.
To make matters worse for Shoaib, Lawson has also suggested that the express bowler be selected only for the ODIs as he was not reliable for Test cricket. "His future may lie in just being a ODI bowler as his lack of reliability is not good for Test match cricket," Lawson wrote.
The disciplinary committee met on Saturday 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 teammate 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, has written rather passively to Board Chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf. "I have every respect for you as one would for an elder brother. More so, because you have been quite a helping hand throughout your tenure," he wrote.