Cricket is a curious sport. The selection of cricketers for their national squads are an even more curious thing – for both fans and pundits. A player’s form doesn’t always determine whether he would make the cut for the national team. The selectors look at a variety of criteria, before selecting a certain player. Recently, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket Andrew Strauss stirred-up some controversy in England when he said that in-form batsman Kevin Pietersen is not in contention for selection in this summer’s Ashes series, against Australia. Pietersen, who is fondly called KP, is not the only cricketer to have faced the problem of being not selected, on criteria other than his form on the pitch. Let’s take a look at five cricketers who were dropped from their respective national squads for reasons such as their misconduct .
Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan:
The Rawalpindi Express, as he is fondly, called has had a roller-coaster of a career, in international cricket, filled with fitness and disciplinary issues. The Pakistani fast bowler was also called out several times for chucking, but his action was later cleared by the University Of West Australia. Akhtar had even allegedly faked an injury, in order to be rested, during a Test series.
Other than this, the Rawalpindi express also had his spats with the then coach and captain Bob Woolmer and Inzamam-ul-Haq. He famously had a spat with the duo, and was left out of the Pakistan squad for the 2007 World Cup. Later on, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) declared that Akhtar was nursing an injury, and was not fit to play in the World Cup.