17 January, 2021

Fixing The Blame

Will the PCB be able to keep Akram down? And will the BCCI take a leaf out of its book?

Fixing The Blame

WASIM Akram is back in Pakistan and lobbying. And if precedents are anything to go by and one keeps in mind the rather malleable Pakistani political structure, he might just make another of those inexplicable comebacks, suspension by the Pakistani Cricket Board (PCB) notwithstanding. There is a saying in the Pakistan cricket team—Wasim ka dasa paani nahin mangta (anybody who has been bitten by Wasim doesn’t ask for water). It has to do with his ruthlessness when he’s on top and his long memory. One of the biggest regrets, for instance, that two former captains of Pakistan, Aamir Sohail and Rashid Latif, have is that they summoned Akram midway into the Pakistani cricket team’s ’98 South African tour. Akram had been kept out of the team by Majid Khan on match-fixing charges. Majid relied on Latif, who was captain on the tour, and Sohail to set the team straight. But Akram’s arrival again split the team into pro- and anti-Akram factions and provided him the space and time to stage a comeback. Says a Pakistani player:...



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