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Akhtar disoriented, guide him says Moin

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Posted: Apr 04, 2008 at 1840 hrs IST
      

Chandigarh, April 4: : Not amused by banned pacer Shoaib Akhtar's claims of getting match-fixing offers, former Pakistan cricketer Moin Khan feels the fast bowler was disoriented and needed the right guidance in his moment of distress.

"Shoaib is under great stress at this moment. It happens sometimes that when you are going through a tough time, you don't know what to do," Moin, who is currently associated with the Indian Cricket League (ICL), told reporters.

Moin said instead of venting his anger in front of media Akhtar should have approached the team management.

"We all know that these things had been happening (fixing and being approached by bookies). These are old stories. Players also got punished for that and that thing is over now. "But I would still say if he has some names and knows players who were involved in match-fixing in recent times, he should come out with evidence," he said.

Moin said Akhtar had been behaving in a way that trouble was bound to follow him. "He should have silenced his critics with his performance. Even I remained out of the team for quite a long period, but then on the dent of my hard work I made a comeback.

"Likewise, there are megastars in Pakistani cricket, much bigger than Shoaib, who also found themselves out of the national team at one stage, they never made any allegations against anyone, but worked hard to stage a comeback," he said.

"Shoaib, too, should make his own assessment and introspect within and see if he has made some mistakes," Moin said. Asked if he had ever been approached by a bookie, the 36-year-old former wicketkeeper-batsman said "probably the bookies did not find me that worth". Moin also criticised those in his country who were allegedly trying to derive political mileage out of the whole controversy.

"They should see in what circumstances Shoaib is making these allegations and should be more careful before making any statement in his favour or against him," he said. Moin, however, felt the Indian Premier League should have no problem in playing him.

Former Pakistan leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, who is also playing in the ICL, indicated that controversy surrounding Akhtar would definitely have a negative effect on the morale of the country's national team.

"If one person falls sick in a family, it definitely has an effect on others as well," he said. He, however, was more diplomatic in handling questions thrown at him by mediapersons here, saying he had respect both for the PCB and Shoaib Akhtar.

"That will be good news," Mushtaq said when asked if there could be a possibility of patch-up between PCB and Shoaib in future.

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