Overturning Shoaib Malik’s ban was the best decision

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We’re using ‘best’ to mean ‘funniest’ there. Of all the player punishments to have been reversed by the PCB in the last few weeks, the reasoning behind the Shoaib Malik decision was the best.

Lest we forget, Shoaib Malik was banned for a year for being a negative influence on the Pakistan team.

Apparently, since then:

“He has improved his behaviour and attitude.”

Shoaib Malik has proved that he is no longer a malign influence on his team mates and he’s somehow managed to achieve this while banned.


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  1. Surely an improvement of behaviour and attitude should be a reason for a lengthier ban from the PCB

  2. Why do I get the feeling that the ban was in place to ensure that NOTHING, not even that pesky game of CRICKET, gets in the way of his marriage 🙂
    Game, Set and Match. Ban over.

  3. Made all the funnier because he wasn’t sure if he’d been married before and denied it for ages until eventually agreeing that he had been. Obviously a man of great integrity there – just what Pakistan need back in their team….

  4. It’s funny how the Pakistan board is breaking its head over someone like Malik, when it actually has to worry about whether there’s any chance at all it can get Akhtar (and maybe even Asif?) ready for the world cup.

    And speaking of World Cups, Go Messi.

  5. At first I all I could think about was how could anyone marry a person who has been publicly outed for genital warts. Then I realised I was an idiot.

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