By Raza Ruman
(Pakdestiny.com) The gang of four – Shaoib Malik, Umer Akmal, Ahmed Shahzad and Muhammad Hafeez – ganged up against Shahid Afridi, reveals PCB sources.
According to a preliminary report submitted to the PCB by the officials associated with the team in India, said that Shaoib Malik, Umer Akmal, Ahmed Shahzad and Muhammad Hafeez ganged up against Afridi to let him down in the all crucial match.
It said Shoaib Malik led the other three and performed poorly at the stage where they could have easily won the match. Shoiab is already accused of under performing in the past after joining hands with bookies.
Hafeez too opted to sit on the bench thus indirectly helping the dissident leader to let Afridi down.
PCB has launched a thorough probe into the matter and constituted a team headed by Shakil Shiekh.
Earlier, a Pakistani minister today claimed that “groupism and politics” were rife in the national cricket team even as he alleged that some players had “ganged up” against captain Shahid Afridi and let him down in the World T20 match against New Zealand which Pakistan lost.
“There is a grouping in the team and this was quite visible in Pak-New Zealand match. Some Pakistani players clearly ganged up against the other (Shahid Afridi) to let him down. They performed shamelessly to play their dirty politics,” said state minister for water and power Abid Sher Ali who is a close relative of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Quoting the minister the Press Trust of India said “groupism and politics” are at its best in the Pakistan cricket team and it is high time to send home all those involved.
“Shahid Afridi is also a spent force and he deserves no place in the team,” Ali said and demanded that the players who performed shamefully for their “cheap” politics should be banned for life adding that “a new team should be formed after the T20 World Cup” currently underway in India,” Sher Ali said.
The181-run challenge thrown by the New Zealanders proved insurmountable for Pakistan who could only manage 158 runs for five wickets in a must-win game in Mohali last night. — Pak Destiny