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October 16, 2006

The drugged cricketer

A bad board blames its players

Kamran Abbasi

A PCB official has told Cricinfo that the players are responsible for this situation and were given a booklet explaining what is legal and what is illegal. This game of passing the buck is deplorable and offers a wonderful insight into why the PCB stumbles from one disaster to another.

Even the most highly educated individuals fail to absorb the majority of information delivered to them in seminars and booklets. Few people could tell you every ingredient in what they have eaten. Few patients have a good idea of the drugs they are being administered.

Asif and Shoaib might be utterly to blame but then again they might not and Shoaib has already protested his innocence.

This premature damnation from the PCB is embarrassing and it contrasts sharply with the message that Younis Khan and Bob Woolmer are sending out that the players, management, and administration must accept collective responsibility. The PCB should hold its tongue until it has got to the bottom of this sorry affair, an affair that has done much more damage to Pakistan cricket and the team's chances of winning the World Cup than the previous two disasters.

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Posted by Faisal Sharafat on (October 17, 2006, 11:06 GMT)

Pakistan is full of talented players like our current team and at the same time, PCB is full of dumb managers. Giving a booklet on ICC's Anti-Doping Policy, written in English, to players who can barely speak English with their foreign coach is of no use because we are aware about the educational levels of our players. Proper coaching & guidance (like Australian Board) was necessary. May Allah be with Shoaib & Asif to come out of this trauma? Our team and Nation are in shock because of this ignorance.

Posted by ahsan shafqat on (October 17, 2006, 10:56 GMT)

Whats happening since the last month. Entir board is responsible for this because they have any check and balance. They people who are sitting at top managment they does not know any thing about to run this institution. PCB is earning more than any other organization. but i have no comments to tell. After this act i am very sad

Posted by nomad on (October 17, 2006, 10:50 GMT)

I think the problem lies in equal measure with the players as well as the board. Given the history of indiscipline and pressure tactics used by Pakistani players through the years, it is no surprise that some may feel that they can get away with anything.

The board too is to be blamed for encouraging 'stars' and the 'i am invincible' culture. Given the poltitics and political clout used, such chaos and incidents are only to be expected.

Posted by Syed Yusuf Mehdi on (October 17, 2006, 10:49 GMT)

Bravo! PCB has done it again. It is really fascinating how they keep coming up with fresh ideas to screw their own players ... and, therefore, the team. Why on earth did they need to make the results public when the tests were an internal affair? The players could have been recalled on any pretext. Remember what Cricket Australia did with Warne and Mark Waugh in 1995? Nothing. They kept the matter under wraps. Why must Pakistan shoot itself in the foot? Well only PCB can answer.

Posted by Aamir Islam on (October 17, 2006, 10:48 GMT)

Shoaib and Asif should be given the benefit of doubt until proven guilty. I donot think they are stupid enough to take such a step knowingly. There is a big chance that their doctor or hakim may have given that substance to them during their recovery last summer. Come on give them a break.

Posted by Seeko on (October 17, 2006, 10:46 GMT)

I rememeber listening to Asif's interview last month, which brought to be some surprises. He is from a Pakistani village, and we all understand how educated those lads are. In addition, this bloke has recently been exposed to International Cricket. Considering how much significance PCB has given to the drug policy ever, the chances that Asif knew what he was taking are extremely slim, to me atleast. I am not even sure if this lad can fully absorb the information in the anti-drug "booklet".

I agree. PCB has once again proved its disasterous administration to the entire world.

Posted by Irfan Jaffry on (October 17, 2006, 10:46 GMT)

Why the board is presenting the players at villian in this episode. It might turn out that they themselves or their heavily paid medical team is responsible for all that. Even if it is not, then they should atleast keep a step to go back to save their faces. Players are offcourse a bigger asset that the board. Who knows when the next set up is selected and who will remember these board officials. Players are with their performance and we love them.

Posted by ashok on (October 17, 2006, 10:43 GMT)

I think board should take responsibility of whatever happened with its players. Players do mistakes by taking medicines by chance or they want to improve their performance. All blame goes to the board committee,

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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