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    Shoaib Akhtar: ‘If Afghanistan players’ ID cards are checked, the team might be banned’

    The Pakistan bowler also said that though BCCI has trained Afghanistan well, they have not been able to teach the players 'maturity'.

    New Delhi: The Pakistan team is battling it out against Afghanistan at Leeds to survive the knock-out round of the World Cup on June 29. Ahead of the do-or-die match, former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar has made a controversial remark, stating that Afghanistan’s team could be “banned” from the tournament.

    In Akhtar’s infamous prediction video blog on YouTube, he has made startling comments on the current Afghanistan team and claimed that their home ground used to be in Peshawar and Pindi in Pakistan, but now, after BCCI’s efforts, it has shifted to Dehradun.

    Firing shots at the Afghanistan cricket board, Akhtar claimed that if one checks the ID cards of Aghan players, they ‘will be from Peshawar and they might get banned for it’.

    “You will have to bear will me, but I will say something controversial. If you ask the Afghan players to show their original ID cards, they all will be from Peshawar and for this reason their entire team can get a ban from the ICC.”

    Akhtar also warned the CEO of Afghanistan cricket board “to think twice before launching some statement in the media against Pakistan.”

    The Pakistan bowler also said that though BCCI has trained Afghanistan well, they have not been able to teach the players ‘maturity’.

    While expressing his love-hate relationship with the Afghans, former Pakistan pacer said, “We love the people of Afghanistan, we love peace and wanted to help you out. We gave refuge to 3 million Afghanis, we still love you and we are still owning you. But tomorrow there will be no love when Pakistan will take on you guys.”

    Shoaib Akhtar is a pace bowling legend and holds the record of the fastest delivery ever bowled in international cricket, which metered at 161.3kmph against England in 2003 at the Newlands. Post this, Akhtar was referred as ‘Rawalpindi Express’. However, his comments have often landed him in controversy.

    Afghanistan have been ousted from the World Cup as they have not been able to win a single match, while Pakistan have 7 points in seven games and remain in fray to qualify for the semi-finals, provided they win their last two league matches with a big margin.

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