See a psychiatrist: PCB chief tells Shoaib

Lahore, Oct 13 (UNI) Apparently fed up of dealing with Shoaib Akhtar's numerous run-ins with fellow players and officials, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Nasim Ashraf has hit out at the controversial paceman, saying he needed psychiatric counselling.

Shoaib was banned for 13 international matches and fined 3.4 million Pakistani rupees (56,000 dollar) by the PCB disciplinary committee mainly for hitting his team-mate Mohammad Asif with a bat in South Africa just ahead of Twenty20 World Cup last month.

''Shoaib hurt Pakistan's image and got the maximum punishment.

Some form of counselling from a psychiatrist is compulsory for him,'' Ashraf told reporters.

He said the ban and fine, the biggest ever imposed on a cricketer at international level other than in match- fixing, should set an example for all players.

''We have set an example as Shoaib (Akhtar) has got the maximum possible punishment and he has accepted them. Shoaib has accepted his mistake and we hope that such a sad incident will not happen again,'' he added.

The 32-year-old pacer has apologised for his offence but he will be under probation of two years during which if he is found guilty of violating the code of conduct he could be banned for life.


Story first published: Saturday, October 13, 2007, 14:03 [IST]
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