Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Return of Shoaib Akhtar & The ICL Rebels!

The PCB selectors dished out two shockers in one day today.

A shock from the PCB is normal routine really, but two in the same day is a bit much!

The first shock came when they announced the 15 man squad for the series against Australia in the UAE.

Shoaib Akhtar made it to the team!


So was I. Well not really after hearing Abdul Qadir over the last few days, but even then it was shocking.

After his pathetic performance against Sri Lanka, after being dropped for the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka, after missing the test and a half against Sri Lanka due to a knee injury, after claiming to have floating bones in his knees that require surgery, after being turned down by a doctor for conducting surgery on him, after claiming that the floaters have been removed without surgery, asfter appearing in 2 domestic ODI games and looking half fit, and after going through 3 days of fitness tests, in which Qadir claimed he looked fit, Shoaib Akhtar is back!

For how long though?

1 game? Maybe 2?

Maybe half a game!

The other shocker from the PCB was the inclusion of Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzak, and Rana Naveed ul Hasan in the 30 probables for the 20-20 World Cup.

Yes sir the ICL rebels are back!

With a small footnote however, which says "Inclusion in final team subject to ICC approval ".

Now now!

What sort of approval are they looking at I wonder.

Allowing ICL players to play international cricket?

Or allowing ICL players with cancelled contracts to return to international cricket?

Or making the ICL official?

The PCB has stepped into dangerous territory with this announcement.

The ICC reaction and more so the BCCI reaction are going to be interesting in the coming days.

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5 Pitched:

  1. life_in_binary said...

    Time somebody stood up to the goons at BCCI. Cant wait for the drama to unfold!

    This step shud've been taken a longtime ago, but as they say dair aaye durust aaye!

  2. life_in_binary said...

    I spoke too soon!! should've known better!!

    PCB - A Wussy!!

  3. Q said...

    I swear man.. wat wussies!! Trust them to back off like that. If this is wat they were gonna do
    they shud have not named them in the first place.


  4. Amy said...

    Hey, Akhtar's so fit he could outrun a donkey. That's pretty fast, I'll have you know.

  5. Q said...

    I dont think he can outrun a donkey Amy.

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