Shariq and Afzal,
Afzal has said everything I wanted to say in his contribution to the
thread, and better than I could. I use google to post, and his post
has not yet appeared there, which is why my post will not appear in
I can't help but think that Shoaib is being made the scapegoat here. I
find it hard to believe that he did not bowl because he was unhappy
with the fields Inzy gave him. That seems too trite a reason for such
Talk about Umar Gul for a while here - the guy won Pakistan the second
test and then was gone for the third. In other words he hurt himself
in the nets at some point. His presence could have made a big
difference on the Pindi wicket. Have we really investigated if his
injury was serious enough? Have we done such investigations on Razzaq
Shoiab is an easy scapegoat - he is a showman and it is easier to get
away with such allegations against him. I have no doubt that he has
serious attitude problems. But to say that he faked injury on a
crucial day in the test series is a bit too much IMO.
If it is in bad taste for Shoaib to call up Latif and say what is
claimed, it is in bad taste for Inzy to single him out as the reason
for the defeat IMO. Inzy scored less runs in this test than Shoaib.
His captaincy was insipid and unimaginative. It is in bad taste for
Rameez to say that Youhana at 48 only cared about his half century. It
is in very poor taste for Latif to make public what he claims Shoaib
told him in the middle of a test. There are many culprits here, but
today I saw articles only bashing Shoaib. There was an article calling
Shoaib "the Salman Khan of Pakistan cricket" :-)
I am not trying to say Pakistan lost becauseof Inzy or anyone else in
particular. Pakistan lost because India were the better team. Instead
of just letting it go at that, this defeat has resulted in all sorts
of finger pointing. The fact of the matter is that professionalism is
very low in this Pakistan side as a whole, and it is not just Shoaib
who should be blamed IMO.
About the incident where he was sipping cola - we dont know what kind
of pain he was in. Maybe he had ha the initial treatment and was asked
to rest for a while. Initially I too thought that was bad, but really
till we know more details, we cannot judge here.
Shariq, my point is not that Shoaib is an angel - he is clearly not.
My point is that he has become the lone scapegoat for bashing, and I
think he does not deserve this.
About his photoshoot in India - all popular cricketers do photoshoots.
Has poor performance ever stopped any cricketer on this regard? His
injury may stop him from the strenuous business of fast bowling, but
if it does not prevent him from doing a photoshoot, I see no reason
why he should not do that.