Shoaib Akhtar Unplugged: Of Song, Dope and Racism

Posted on February 17, 2007
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Shoaib Akhtar is in the news again.

There is the news about him failing to show up for the Pakistan team’s dope test. This, of course, coming so soon after Shoaib’s earlier dope debacle raises serious concerns. Even more serious are the allegations he has made on the team coach – and since denied by Woolmer – about racist remarks.

None of this is to be taken lightly. But right now I am just not in the mood for heavy writing. So I will leave discussions on this to our readers. Let me share with you instead this video clip I found on YouTube. It turns out its fairly old and has done the email and web rounds already. However, I had not seen it before and I assume there may be others like me out there.

So, enjoy. Here is Shoaib Akhtar unplugged. Singing Kishore songs, smoking, laughing his heart out, and taking friends on a tour of his ancestral village.

I have no idea about the context of this video; if anyone knows, please share.

30 Comments on “Shoaib Akhtar Unplugged: Of Song, Dope and Racism”

  1. February 17th, 2007 2:07 pm

    Well if we see this casual side of Shoaib Akhtar then he does not appear to be a bad person but they way he projects himself on the field its quite the opposite.

  2. Sharuk says:
    February 17th, 2007 3:57 pm

    I think we so badly want our Cricket players to win on or off the playground that its heart brokening for us to see them losing at anything. If Shoaib wants to use drugs or be a racist its his choice. Our country has lot of talent which is not yet discovered or got a chance to prove it. Our cricket players need to understand that they are playing professional cricket, its not a child’s play.

  3. king_faisal says:
    February 17th, 2007 4:24 pm

    this is how bad journalism standards are at dawn: the woolmer-shoaib phudda report neither has the name of the reporter, nor does the story contain any comments from the two protagonists. i think woolmer will do a huge favour to pakistanis if he sues the heck out of dawn. hitting the paper where it hurts is the most effective way of teaching the owners and editors a lesson. on the other hand, given our judicial system, i am not sure if judges even know the meaning of the word libel.

    i have also noticed that pakistanis tend to accept at face value stories reported by our english papers at. most people dont realize that:

    a. most journalists are incompetent fools who turn to the profession because they could not get admission into a professional shoba like medicine, engineering or business. reporting on technical subjects like economy is beyond the capability of pakistani journalists

    b. journalism is a very corrupt profession in pak and lots of journalists are on the take. print industry is not very profitable. people in the industry are very poorly paid and have to find means to supplement the income. banks in pakistan dont provide credit to journalists because journalists feel no shame in borrowing money and then not paying it back. other categories of people who are blacklisted by banks include lawyers, politicians and policemen:

    http://www.dawn.com/2006/06/18/top9.htm

    “…BANK LOANS: National Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Hussain referred to privileges committee the matter of non-issuance of car loans and credit cards by banks to politicians, journalists and lawyers…”

    rule of thumb i use when reading pakistani newspaper is that i tend to verify facts from multiple sources. if the story is only carried by one paper, i generally tend to disregard it.

    interestingly, govt passed a law yesterday which removes restrictions on cross media ownership. i believe this is a bad law because it can lead to cartelization of pakistani media along with creating conflict of interest issues.

  4. king_faisal says:
    February 17th, 2007 4:42 pm

    btw contradictory to whats being reported by this blog, shoaib has not accused woolmer of hurling racial abuse. we have yet to hear from shoaib on this. the dawn report quotes an unidentified source within the team. i would not be surprised if this story was planted a player who is bitter about not being selected for the world cup.

    story is at the following link:

    http://dawn.com/2007/02/16/spt3.htm

  5. Owais Mughal says:
    February 17th, 2007 5:04 pm

    He sang the song beautifully

  6. Eidee Man says:
    February 17th, 2007 6:07 pm

    [quote comment="34523"]He sang the song beautifully[/quote]

    Haha…best comment yet :)

    Anyway, wasn’t our very own Adil Najam a journalist in Pakistan for a while? I wonder what he has to say about the king_faisal’s comments…

  7. Eidee Man says:
    February 17th, 2007 6:09 pm

    oh btw, I think the very first and most-deserved casualty of this recent stranger-than-fiction saga of Pakistani cricket will be none other than Nasim Ashraf….but unlike others, he’ll probably get a nice cabinet job in tourism or something…

  8. bhitai says:
    February 17th, 2007 7:08 pm

    latest: Pakistan might use the fitness excuse for both Asif and Shoby to keep them from getting banned for life! (if they test positive again they will be banned, and they ain’t so sure they are clean again)

  9. Daktar says:
    February 17th, 2007 7:09 pm

    I do think he sings nice!

    By the way, does anyone know where his village is exactly?

  10. The Pakistanian says:
    February 17th, 2007 8:36 pm

    I don’t know how true this report is, but I think Shoaib had a much better case against Intakhab Alam for defamation when his sexual activities and alcoholism were discussed in a press conference after his positive dope test.

    He does sound like a great bathroom singer!

  11. MQ says:
    February 17th, 2007 9:40 pm

    Daktar,

    I am not a great cricket fan (a blasphemy for a Pakistani to say that!) but I think he came from Morgah, a village on the outskirts of Rawalpindi.

  12. Eidee Man says:
    February 17th, 2007 10:09 pm

    [quote comment="34551"]Daktar,

    I am not a great cricket fan (a blasphemy for a Pakistani to say that!) but I think he came from Morgah, a village on the outskirts of Rawalpindi.[/quote]

    morgah…as in chicken? haha :)

  13. Poor Hungry Doc says:
    February 17th, 2007 11:29 pm

    [quote comment="34556"][quote comment="34551"]Daktar,

    I am not a great cricket fan (a blasphemy for a Pakistani to say that!) but I think he came from Morgah, a village on the outskirts of Rawalpindi.[/quote]

    morgah…as in chicken? haha :)[/quote]

    Mikee Pindiyay kee baistee na karo… :)

    But seriously More-Gah as in Peacock-Place

  14. MQ says:
    February 17th, 2007 11:59 pm

    Eidee Man,

    No, you got it wrong. It is Mor gah like Sair gah, Araam gah. Although it is hard imagine but, supposedly, at one time peacocks used to roam here.
    Today even a chicken cannot cross a street. He will immediately be run over.

  15. Eidee Man says:
    February 18th, 2007 12:31 am

    [quote comment="34566"]
    Today even a chicken cannot cross a street.[/quote]

    Aah, but why would the chicken cross the road… :)

  16. February 18th, 2007 2:03 am

    I heard this may be a month ago & yeah he sung the song beautifully. He should try for making his own album :D

  17. MQ says:
    February 18th, 2007 2:12 am

    [quote]

    “Aah, but why would the chicken cross the road… :)”[/quote]

    I guess, for the same reasons as humans do. For procuring food, for sightseeing —- for meeting his/her Valentine.

  18. February 18th, 2007 8:07 am

    <p>It is totally management’s fault who didn’t deal with Shoaib Akhtar wisely.<br />
    I agree that whenever Shoaib abandon his cricket career, he can ba a successful singer.</p>

  19. Aqil Sajjad says:
    February 18th, 2007 7:42 am
  20. February 18th, 2007 11:03 am

    [quote post="576"]to be a bad person but they way he projects himself on the field its quite the opposite.[/quote]

    He’s a fast bowler *nuff said*.

    Guys like Lilly,Mcgrath,Imran and Waseem were not polite either.

  21. February 18th, 2007 11:33 am

    i dont have much hopes for this 2008 world cup, but there i just one thing that i want from this world cup, for once we beat india in a world cup game, thats all i want, and if shoaib can some how help us achieve that he will be a hero in my books.

  22. Eidee Man says:
    February 19th, 2007 12:53 am

    [quote comment="34594"]i dont have much hopes for this 2008 world cup, but there i just one thing that i want from this world cup, for once we beat india in a world cup game, thats all i want, and if shoaib can some how help us achieve that he will be a hero in my books.[/quote]

    2008? you’re talking about the olympics? :)

  23. Ahmad Mushtaq says:
    February 19th, 2007 6:25 am

    oh yea, sorry 2007 !
    been watching too much of bbc and olympics prep on china tv

  24. reeaz dean says:
    August 29th, 2007 1:54 pm

    i think we should respect shoaib akhtar as the fastet blower for pakistan and without him thre would be no one for pakistan and if shoaib akhtar has done wht he did then he should aploigze .

  25. December 3rd, 2007 4:38 am

    wow realy nice song!

  26. December 3rd, 2007 4:48 am

    nice song!

  27. Zeeshan Ahmad mir says:
    April 29th, 2008 8:31 am

    shararte loog koun hain wo jo london say tashreef laya jo london main bathay shartain ker rahay hain jo be hay per saza ka tareeqa to waqay he bara maqool hay jis nay jitna barae sharait ke wo otnay he mazay main hay jasay zardari sahib aur hamaray pyaray qasai means bahi iltaf hussan sahib lakin saza to asal main mile hay shoiab akhtar sahib ko ya tareeqa kuch na maqool sa hay kuon kay aab to in ko kunwara he rehna paray ga jitney izat aap ke hoe hay akhtar sahib shaid shadi kay 10 saal baad be kise shoher ke nahe hote pher be hamare duain aap kay sath hain Allah he hafiz hay aap ka

  28. Sani Rajput says:
    May 9th, 2008 5:41 pm

    Awesome song man….. Shoaib really rocks…. A dear and close friend. Dun get involved in his personal life Mr.Wirter just get involve in his proffessional life in his game. See whenever he plays what he is doing? Playing good or not. Please why don’t we just do our work? Why don’t we live our lives? Why we are still interfering in others lives?

  29. Shaham says:
    March 27th, 2009 1:55 pm

    if u want urself to get up with patriotic emotions ,see it.

  30. shaham says:
    March 27th, 2009 1:57 pm

    HAAN beta ganne ee gaata reh , tu khelna chud de…

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