Former Pakistan greats such as Imran khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Moin Khan and Rashid Latif all believe it would be worth a risk playing Shoaib as his replacement, Wahab Riaz, has not played in India before nor is bowling well in the tournament.
However, if a well-placed source in the Pakistan team is to be believed, the team management including skipper Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis, are not in favour of Shoaib playing in Mohali on Wednesday, as they are irked by the maverick pacer's behaviour after the defeat to New Zealand in the league phase.
"People don't know the situation within the team. After that match, Shoaib had behaved very badly with Kamran Akmal and other players, and the situation would have badly got out of hand if the manager and coach had not intervened," the source said....more
04:44 PM, Jan 08, 2008