The Rawalpindi Express is a huge asset for Pakistan. Imran Khan says, that we shoudl cherish and nurture our assetts. The Rawalpindi Express should not be banned. This is ridiculous. Shoab Akhtar is a bit wild, but so was Imran Khan. The nation should cherish its assets and use them to build other bowlers.The PCB itself should be disbanded and all the officers fired for banning Shoad Akhtar for five years. Dr. Nasim Akhtar should be send back to Medical practice and Shoab Akhtar should be restored before Pakistan loses him for good.
Pakistan cricket board bans fast bowler Akhtar for five years
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's cricket board banned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar from international and domestic cricket for five years for repeated breaches of discipline.
Akhtar's comments and actions were harming the team and had even "affected the image of the country," board chairman Nasim Ashraf said after announcing the ban Tuesday.
"He was given lot of chances but he was involved repeatedly in habitual offences," Ashraf told a news conference. "We will never tolerate indiscipline."
Ashraf said Akhtar can appeal the decision and noted that the bowler would also be free to play in the Indian Premier League, where he can earn US$425,000 a season playing for Calcutta in the Twenty20 competition.
However, if the ban is upheld, it could spell the end of the 32-year-old Akhtar's international career.
Akhtar, who at his peak was the fastest bowler in cricket, appeared earlier Tuesday before a disciplinary committee after he criticized the PCB for omitting him from its roster of the top 15 contracted players. He refused to sign a lesser contract.
Akhtar was already on probation after the PCB fined him about S$52,000, ordered him to undergo psychiatric counselling and imposed a 13-match international ban last year for hitting fellow bowler Mohammad Asif with a bat before the Twenty20 world championship in South Africa.
Akhtar last played a test match against India in December before he was sidelined due to back problem.
He declared himself fit to play in a five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe in February but was left out. Selectors also overlooked him for the 16-member squad to play two one-day internationals against Bangladesh next week.
Dubbed the "Rawalpindi Express" for his express pace, Akhtar's career was restricted by injuries to 46 Tests after making his debut against the West Indies in 1997 and tarnished by a doping allegation.
Akhtar tested positive for steroids in 2006 in a PCB-conducted, out of competition test, but had his two-year ban overturned by a Pakistani appeals committee.
He has 178 test wickets at an average of 25.69 and 219 wickets at 23.2 in 138 limited-overs internationals.