Shoaib needs privacy: Younis

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan comes out in support of tainted fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. He is like a kid who needs extra care, Younis says.

updated: July 11, 2008 08:32 IST
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Projected a spoilt brat by the media, Shoaib Akhtar is actually a child in a man's body, says senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan who feels the maverick pacer is in desperate need of some privacy to get his career back on track.

"Shoaib is a match winner and I have spent a lot of time with him ... He is like a kid who needs attention all the time ... He needs extra care," Younis said.

Shoaib is battling to save his chequered career after being handed a five-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board for disciplinary violations, a punishment that was later reduced to 18 months after an appeal.

He has got temporary reprieve from that as well after the Lahore High Court suspended his ban until further hearing in September.

His every move is being tracked by a curious media and Younis feels this is exactly what Shoaib does not need. The veteran right-hander says Shoaib would be better off if his off-field life stops making national headlines.

"Fast bowlers are 'shouqeen' (fun loving) and passionate people ... more passionate than the normal players. But it would be better if the media gave them some room and they should not be given the coverage they get ... They need to be supported and encouraged," he observed.