Akram ridicules Shoaib-PCB saga

May 6th, 2008 - 9:22 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Shoaib Akhtar

New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to ban Shoaib Akhtar for five years and then open a month-long window for the controversial quickie to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has amused Wasim Akram. The former Pakistan captain said the PCB’s decisions on Akhtar were “baffling” and would make a “good Bollywood comedy.”

“First you ban him and then you suspend it to facilitate something. After that, Naseemsaab (Naseem Ashraf, PCB chairman) and Shoaib are on TV, a politician mediates to sort out the matter and then, Naseemsaab drops his case. I think a good Bollywood director can make a hit comedy film,” Akram was quoted as saying by Mobile ESPN, Tuesday.

“And Shoaib should eventually join politics. He will really do well there,” he added.

Shoaib Akhtar is likely to play for the Kolkata team against Bangalore Royal Challengers Thursday, but subject to passing a fitness test.

But Akram says the publicity-hungry Akhtar will be all fired up. “Once Shoaib sees the crowd and, of course, the babes around, I think he’ll be able to perform. It will take him just a couple of games to get fit and since he has to bowl just four overs in a match, he doesn’t need much fitness,” he said.

Akram said the PCB’s ways and means were ridiculous, and slammed Akhtar for using political help to weave his way out of the mess he had landed himself in.

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