Once the 2 Ws left in 2003, Shoaib Akhtar's career went down the drain and into the gutters of Pakistan.
Mohammad Asif emerged a couple of years ago and a Shoaib-Asif-Gul trio seemed like a dream pace attack for Pakistan but even his career has joined Shoaib's in the gutters even before it could take off properly.
Then about a year ago there emerged an unorthodox left arm pacer - Sohail Tanvir.
He joined Pakistan in the World T20 as Shoaib's replacement on Wasim Akram's recommendation.
Sohail impressed one and all in his first few outings with his windmill roller coaster action bemusing all batsmen.
No one expected him to have the same success at the test level but against India he produced the goods troubling the likes of Dravid, Laxman, Sachin, and Ganguly in his debut test series.
Sohail continued to impress in all forms of the game and soon became Pakistan's spearhead in the absence of Shoaib and Asif.
Along came the Indian Premier League and under Shane Warne, Sohail Tanvir produced outstanding bowling displays and ended the tournament with more wickets than anyone else and the best bowler award. Sohail's dominance made opposing teams look as lost as someone who just lost his life's savings.
Sohail's rise to Pakistan's no.1 pacer was rapid and impressive.
He was considered a good talent and in terms of character he was very different to the Wasims, Waqars, Shoaibs, and Asifs lacking the flamboyancy and appearing modest in his approach.
Good signs were being seen as finally Pakistan had a fast bowler who was less prone to injuries one that would also stay clear of controversies.
Why am I not surprised?
How can Pakistan create a star and not make the stardom get to his head?
No matter what the case or issue here. Whether its late night drinking or gambling or partying or anything else, it needs to be corrected now.
If the PCB or the team management takes a soft approach now, they will regret it forever as they have done with Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.
I pray for Pakistan's sake that Sohail Tanvir does not go down the same gutter that Shoaib & Asif lie in currently.
For that to be ensured though, the PCB needs to take action. The team management needs to take action. And Sohail Tanvir needs to respond and realise!