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Akhtar lacks responsibility to match his talent: Lawson

Lahore, Apr 2 (UNI) Dissappointed over fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's ban by the PCB disciplinary committee, coach Geoff Lawson believes the speedster has always been an unpredictable character and would remain an unfulfilled talent.

''Whether he got banned today or not, there was always going to be some problem with Shoaib,'' Lawson told the Daily Telegraph.

''He has so much ability but he lacks the responsibility that's needed to become a great fast bowler,'' he said.

The Australian further added that the ban was a little harsh on the 'Rawalpindi Express' and thought the board could have made the pacer earn his place in the national team.

''At times he tried really hard for us, but you just never knew what to expect when you turned up to the ground.

''Personally, I wouldn't have banned him; I'd have made him earn his international place back by playing domestic cricket.

It's always sad when you see a guy who doesn't fulfill his talent,'' he added.

During the recent tour of Pakistan, it was Lawson, who suggested Akhtar's exclusion from the team indicating that he had lost confidence in his abilities.

But Lawson still believes that the speedster could be a big boost to Kolakata Knight Riders' team in the inaugural Indian Premier League.

''I reckon he'll go pretty well. We timed him in the nets last week and he was bowling over 93mph,'' Lawson informed.


Story first published: Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 16:12 [IST]
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