Johannesburg:Ever since the Oval Test fiasco in August last year, it would seem that Pakistan cricket has lurched from one controversy to another.
The team's preparations for next week's Twenty20 World Cup have been overshadowed by Shoaib Akhtar's expulsion from the side.
The pacer has been suspended indefinitely starting with the five matches that Pakistan could play in South Africa.
"Hopefully, this year is gonna be good for me. Yes, there's been too much controversy for me, which has not been self-created. That is me, you see.
So, I think it is over now and it is done. I have got to have dealt with the problems that also may come in the future. It's important for me to know how to win games for Pakistan. My role is very key for Pakistan cricket, I think," said Shoaib.
How ironic that barely hours after those words, Shoaib's actions had once again spoken louder from wanting to play a key role in Pakistan cricket to being banished from the team.
It seems that the bowler's frequent acts of indiscipline are beginning to outweigh his usefulness with the ball.
"It was an act of an individual which has been dealt by the management in an appropriate manner and that matter is over and closed. The boys are just geared up for the Twenty20 World Cup.
"Any act of an individual will not disturb the attention and their quiet focus to the cricket and the event itself," said Ahsan Malik, Media Manager, Pakistan.
Controversies and Shoaib Akhtar seem to go hand in hand. He missed last year's Champions Trophy in India after a failed drugs test and was left out of Pakistan's world cup squad after failing a fitness test.
This latest antic of his could now just bring the curtains down on one of the most celebrated careers in international cricket, one, which has never really lived up to its potential.