Shoaib Akhtar and Nasim Ashraf appeared before the Pakistan Senate Committee on Sports yesterday to answer questions regarding the 5-year ban imposed on Shoaib by the PCB.
The Senator Enver Baig concluded: "the ban was unjust and members of the PCB had settled their personal scores by banning Shoaib".
Even though that statement has no bearing on the ban, it might have an impact on the decision of the appellate tribunal set to hear Shoaib's appeal on Thursday.
Enver Baig also said that "the Government should revamp the PCB set up and sack the Chairman Nasim Ashraf because he and his staff members were not professionals and they had ruined Pakistan cricket".
Considering that Enver Baig is a member of the PPP, the political party that leads the coalition Government, this demand will not fall on deaf ears. Nasim Ahraf's days are numbered.
Shoaib Akhtar had a lot of interesting things to say during the meeting. He was being himself raising questions on Nasim Ahraf's presence in the dressing room despite the rules of the ACU, Javed Miandad raising a bat on Deniss Lillee and yet not being reprimanded, PCB officials and team members going to night clubs and drinking on foreign tours and a lot more.
Note to Shoaib: I am a fan. A true admirer, supporter, and fan but you need to realise that Miandad raised his bat on an opponent but didn't swing it, while you sir swung one at your own team mate. There IS a difference. As for other officials and team members going to night clubs and drinking - it is in all probability true but then Mr. Akhtar, they do not get caught breaking curfews nor do they get clicked by the media nor do their pictures with women in bars and night clubs do the rounds of the internet nor do they get into brawls with security guards or bar tenders.
Nasim Ashraf also had a lot to say during the meeting, but what intrigued me was what was it that the PCB Chairman was saying in the pic above that resulted in this reaction from Shoaib Akhtar?