Shoaib Akhtar reveals how Asif Zardari forced PCB to allow him to play cricket

The 44-year-old said that Zardari told the PCB Chairman to either lift the ban or he will be replaced.

In a recent interview with Waseem Badami, Pakistan’s legendary fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, surprisingly, revealed that it was Former President Asif Ali Zardari who helped him get back to the cricket field after a 5-year-ban imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

On the 1st of April 2008, Shoaib was banned on account of violating the player’s code of conduct as he criticized the PCB. The ban was imposed right before the inaugural of the Indian Premier League, which started on the 18th of April 2008. The Rawalpindi Express was then allowed to play the league following efforts made by Asif Ali Zardari.

In October 2008, the Lahore High Court declared The PCB’s decision null and void as Akhtar was declared eligible to play international cricket for his country.

Before Zardari was about to become the new President, he called PCB’s then-chairman, Naseem Ashraf, through the late Salman Taseer to reinstate Shoaib Akhtar. The 44-year-old said that Zardari told the PCB Chairman to either lift the ban or be replaced.

He further shared that Naseem Ashraf was asked to hold a press conference regarding the matter at a late hour. Zardari told Naseem Ashraf that the fast bowler was going to New Delhi to play the IPL for The Kolkata Knight Riders right away. In fact everyone , including the President, Parvez Musharaf, had been informed about the matter.

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  • Zardari interfered with everything. It’s shameful to have President of Pakistan influencing Cricket Board in order to get favours for some cricketers.

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