Shoaib's outburst draws flak from cricketers

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Lahore, Sep 9 (UNI) Controversial speedster Shoaib Akhtar's comments over the functioning of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has received strong criticism from former players who have described his recent outburst as ''irresponsible''.

''I am surprised at the statement he has made about the Pakistan Cricket Board because he was supposed to go to England and play in county cricket, not land up in Mumbai in a dance show and also give irresponsible statements,'' former Test captain and coach Intikhab Alam said.

Alam, who is on the board's governing body, has thrown a stern warning at Shoaib and said the Board would definitely take action against the pacer.

Shoaib, who is in India for a reality show, had said the Board members have flexing their muscles over the national players which is detrimental for the game. The pacer, who has been out of action for quite some time now, also claimed that he is all set to make a comeback for Pakistan.

Last week, the speedster was allowed to play for English county side Surrey by the PCB which claimed that Shoaib's fitness will also be tested during his short stint there.

However, Shoaib failed to show his complete work permit documents and was sent back home from Heathrow Airport.

The pacer again left for Surrey after stopping in India on the way to participate in a reality show.

Meanwhile, former captain and Pakistan's legendary figure Javed Miandad said Shoaib's comments reflect that the PCB has failed to have any hold on its players as violating the code of conduct has become a general practice these days.

''I have been saying this all along that it is the duty of the board to ensure players remain disciplined. But when the board is handled by undeserving people, then problems will arise,'' Miandad said.

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