Wednesday, September 12, 2007, Shaaban 29, 1428 A.H.

I really don't understand why so much fuss is being made over Shoaib Akhter's swipe at Asif. After all Shoaib is just a boy (only 32) and one should not deprive him of these small pleasures. These things happen in the great game of cricket. One cannot be a good bowler if people get upset when you hit another cricketer with your bat. What are bats for if you can't use them for hitting people? I think we should let him loosen up whenever he wants to. And the best way to relax is to see one of your team mates double up in pain after you have struck him with a bat.

Shakir Lakhani