Irfan Pathan has been 'messed about': Sunny By: A Mid Day Correspondent December 30, 2006 There is more to Irfan Pathans downhill slide as an India player than just poor form. In fact, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar smells a rat.
Why and how a player rated as the most promising youngster in international cricket by the panel of experts in ICC has descended down to the level of being sent back to domestic cricket is a sad story and though the truth will never really come out, it is clear that the player is not the only one to be blamed, Gavaskar writes in his fortnightly column which will appear in Sunday Mid Day
Pathan returned from South Africa last night to continue playing cricket for Baroda which will help him wipe away the blues. He bowled poorly throughout the South African tour but scored a hundred against the Rest of South Africa in Potchefstroom before being sent back.Who did it?
According to Gavaskar, the Baroda man has been messed about.
He continues, and thats why he is such a confused player at the moment. Sending him back will also get him into a more amenable environment than is there for him in the dressing room at present.
Gavaskar also rues the fact that Irfan did not have a meeting with Wasim Akram who he could have easily caught up with considering the Pakistani stalwart was around as television commentator.
He wondered whether Irfan was stopped from having a chat with Akram or whether it was a matter of time and place.
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