PCB has lost confidence in Shoaib: Nasim Ashraf

February 10th, 2008 - 4:58 pm ICT by admin  

Lahore, Feb.10 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Dr Nasim Ashraf has said reacted strongly to fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s diatribe in public against the board by saying that the PCB has lost confidence in him and his ability to perform for Pakistan.

“I am sorry to say this, but Shoaib crossed all limits during the recent tour of India where he was unfit most of the time and, on top of that, his off the field activities badly tarnished the image and reputation of Pakistan.”

“Shoaib has lost the confidence of PCB and thus not been given the central contract.”

Shoaib had accused the PCB on Friday of double standards for not picking him against Zimbabwe and for asking him to prove his fitness in the Pentangular Cup.

Dr Ashraf said the board had in the past given many opportunities to Akhtar but some of his actions had embarrassed the board and the team.

“We consider him a valuable player which is why he has been given another opportunity in the Pentangular as captain of the Islamabad team to prove himself and win back the board’s confidence,” the Dawn quoted the PCB chief, as saying.

He also reiterated that if the Australian cricket team did not visit the country in March this year, Pakistan may well ponder cancellation of its tour to Australia in 2009.

“If they do decide to call off next month’s tour, we also reserve the right to decide about our tour Down Under next year,” he said.

Meanwhile, an Australian professor in intelligence and counter-terrorism has advised the Australian cricket squad not to tour Pakistan next month.

Clive Williams, a professor from Macquarie University’s Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, told the Sydney Morning Herald that he would not go if he was in Australia’s position.

“It’s a fairly volatile situation in Pakistan at the moment,” Williams, a specialist in national security and Pakistan affairs, opined.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) this week released four venues for the tour and is ready to provide head-of-state-style security for the visiting Australian squad.

However, Cricket Australia is not sure whether a pre-tour safety inspection can be made following the elections and before the beginning of the tour. (ANI)

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