Shoaib Akthar’s transformation

Shoaib’s performance in this series against Pak was very impressive. I saw him bat with unbelievable determination. He was also bowling at his best. All the criticism had put a lot of pressure on him and he knew that it was do or die attempt for him. But nothing beats his recent comments, “praise for Inzy, talk of prayer! etc.”. I find this completely shallow, opportunistic and plain and simple “towing the party-line!” First we had Youhana embracing Islam. Then we have Shoaib Akthar (by far the most liberated individual in the Pak team with bikes, chicks, smoking, partying defining his off field image) praising Inzy, talking of team unity and joint prayers by the team! Inzy has transformed this team into a religious bunch (barring a few) and Shoaib has realized that its in his best interest not to fight the powers that be.

What next, Shoaib Akthar with a Saeed Anwar like beard?

Author: Pran Kurup

Pran Kurup is founder and CEO of Vitalect, Inc.

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