Politics February 4, 2007

A cricket board with much to answer


Now is the time for anguish, pain, inquisition. When cricketers underperform we see their sins laid before us, especially if we've managed to acquire ourselves a high-definition widescreen television. Yet it's the men who scurry around in the shadows that worry me. Most Pakistan supporters had hoped for a regime that would stabilise the international team. Events have conspired against the current cricket board, of course, but the last few months have produced more questions than answers. Here are some issues that are troubling me:

1 Dr Nasim Ashraf promised: "By the start of the new year, I want the board to turn a new leaf and work under the new constitution." Where is it?

2 He also said: "We intend to plan for it [the World Cup] in detail. I am fully intent on making the selection process foolproof." Hmm, perhaps "approved by fools" would have been more accurate? The handling of Shoaib Akhtar, Shabbir Ahmed, Azhar Mahmood, and Shahid Afridi, for example, could hardly be interpreted as foolproof.

3 Waqar Younis. An enlightening exchange between Salim Altaf, director of PCB operations, and Waqar on GEO television was a public relations triumph for Waqar. Altaf, who revealed himself to be a man mired in bureaucracy and unwilling to address Waqar's complaints directly or in detail, implied that Waqar had been employed by the board for just under a year without any appraisal or review of his performance. Shameful management, I'd say. No wonder then that Waqar's role drifted so far from his original job description to render it irrelevant. Yet Altaf clung to that original job description as if variation from it was impossible and used it to justify the board's final treatment of Waqar.

My view is that the board handled Waqar's ouster in a crass and insulting manner. By Waqar's own admission, Bob Woolmer and Inzamam-ul Haq both preferred to have Mushtaq Ahmed as assistant coach. But on the evidence of the first two crash-wallop games in South Africa, Pakistan's fast bowlers are going backwards rather than forwards.

Indeed, to say that Waqar would not be useful for one-day games is mindboggling for Pakistan supporters who saw him become one of the greatest one-day bowlers ever, particularly in pressure situations. Not just that, he was a pioneer.

4 Mushtaq Ahmed. I want to understand how one minute Justice Qayyum's inquiry can be used as one of the reasons to keep Mushtaq out of the coaching set up but is then conveniently forgotten a few months later? Where's the intergity in that about turn?

5 Appointments by acquaintance. It's not always wise to protest too much. The PCB has got into a peculiar habit of refuting criticism by penning rebuttals in newspapers. One such rebuttal denied a charge of nepotism in appointments at the board and refuted an earlier piece published in Dawn, Pakistan's most highly-respected newspaper.

I made some inquiries of my own and discovered that senior Pakistani journalists are convinced Ahsan Malik, the new head of media at the PCB, is closely related to Nasim Ashraf. Malik was one of the first appointments by Ashraf's regime. Now my view is that it is fine to appoint a relative provided they happen to be the best person for the job. Unfortunately, the jury is out on Malik. And now that the board has publicly denied this relationship--in a piece curiously penned by Malik himself--it has got itself into a potentially disastrous situation. The disaster would be this: If the two are indeed related, which senior journalists insist that they are, then I do not see how either of them can remain in post having denied that they are related to each other?

To add to the sequence of doubtful recruitments, the PCB appointed PJ Mir, a friend of both Ashraf and President Musharraf, as its media manager for the World Cup.

Where's the independence in these appointments? Not much if critics are to be believed.

6 One of the latest media brainwaves is for the PCB to help newspapers send journalists on foreign tours by introducing a "cost-sharing" scheme. Excuse me, in case I've forgotten how journalism works, but anything that compromises the independence of those journalists is unacceptable. In a poor country like Pakistan, he who pays the piper really does call the tune. Most journalists in Pakistan do not enjoy the power, freedom, or the pay of their colleagues in richer countries, and the PCB's initiative is not one of liberation but of media management.

7 With each new PCB regime we are promised merit, ethics, and transparency. Nasim Ashraf's is no different. He also said he wanted to be judged by performances and not mere words. Well, I'm afraid that both the words and performances are causing concern.

Pakistan fans, who care passionately about their favourite game, want some answers. This is not just about the World Cup--although it partly is--but it is about something far deeper in Pakistani society: Whether or not we can trust our major institutions?

If the PCB were to address these concerns I would be delighted to share its responses here. Don't hold your breath though, this is a cricket board already with much to answer.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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    Yaar, what should I say. Its a struggle. Someone earlier said it being a reflection of our country---I couldn't have said it better. Today I would like to say things that most people wont like, but think about it and then come to your own conclusioins: 1) Pakistani cricketers do as good as they are. I have come to this conclusion after great many painful years of analysis. Especially our batsmen. And I dont have to say much just look at the averages of our team. Please remember 1 important fact: "A team doen't comprise of 1 good player with good average, but whole 12 players, Yes including the 12th man".

    2) The level of hard work they put in, I think its a blessing they get some results.

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  • syed sibte hassan shah on February 11, 2007, 16:21 GMT

    Shoaib Akhter, match winning bowler, injured? yes it is true but not 100%. The fact of the matter is, He wants to be recognized as a dictator or the part of it. that is the reason we hear most the time about his anger and disputes . Why not , he deserves it, give him some authority and see the result. Do not take it personal, play for the country otherwise you will see no unity in the team as it is obvious and keep loosing the games.

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    Ha! Ha! Ha! funny very funny, the guy who is himself discriminator , racist, telling others that he is the victim of racism. He is the most racist person not only in the game, also in his personal life. His past disputed decisions based on racism against India, Srilanka . go home for the rest of your life. You are good for nothing. Or come to senses. today the world has been changed . Amend yourself, there is no room for discrimination for anybody, (black or white, yellow or brown).

  • Wajahat Rehman on February 10, 2007, 8:38 GMT

    Every new board is worse than the previous one. Admittedly the last management had not handled the oval test well. But what about the crisis Pakistan is facing due to the dope test results. In today's Dawn Newspaper, there is a report that if Shoaib & Asif are tested positive again (as tests are planned by PCB) then THEY RISK BEING BANNED FOR LIFE. The alternative for them is to refuse to go to the world cup.

    Now whose mistake is this? It will be interesting to see how long Dr. Nasim can survive.

  • Aftab Qureshi on February 8, 2007, 21:13 GMT

    I share all the frustrations aired in Kamran's article. And I am sure that PCB is not about to accept responsibility for any of the fiascos, because it is simply not used to being held accountable. Take the case of the spate of selection boo boos, rejections, re-selections and injuries afflicting the ever changing bunch of cricketers that we call the Pakistan team currently competing in South Africa. All PCB has to say about the puzzling injury sequence is that "we will appoint an inquiry committee to look into this". Mr. Salim Altaf, we dont need another report that would be consigned to dust bin.We need a team of independent doctors investigating why PCB medical team cleared players whose fitness was suspect. We also need to question selectors on selecting half fit players, even if there was an SOS from team management in South Africa, and make the persons responsible to pay if it is established that any one glossed over known fitness issues.

    This kind of behavior by PCB Bosses derives directly from the way the Patron-in-Chief (PIC) patronizes the cricket board. I hate to bring the political angle here but I cannot help it. The PIC himself is above accountability of any sort, and he makes no bones about it. (In a recent TV talk show, he was asked why so and so would not be allowed to participate in national elections, he retorted shamelessly: "because I say so".) I cannot be more specific because it will take the attention away from the issue we are debating. More importantly, Cricinfo pages are not the right forum for that kind of discussion. But the point I am trying to make by quoting that quote here is that when the PIC hand-picks a personal favorite as PCB President, never mind his cricketing credentials, he is actually extending his own "I-know-better" and "because-I-say-so" attitudes into cricket management in Pakistan.

    An ending remark. Media people like Kamran should keep saying what they have to. If we cant resolve the issues, then at least let's keep them alive.

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    Athletics Federation of Pakistan Lt. Gen Safdar Hussain Khalid Mahmood.

    Pakistan Badminton Federation Lt. Gen Mohammad Akram Aamer Hayat Khan Rokhri.

    Pakistan Baseball Federation Shaukat Javed Khawar Shah

    Pakistan bodybuilding Federation Lt. Col Mohammad Yayha Sheikh Farooq Iqbal.

    Pakistan Boxing Federation Zafar Zuberi Shakeel Durrani.

    Pakistan Cycling Federation Nauraiz Shakoor Idrees Haider Khawaja.

    Equestrian Federation of Pakistan Maj. Gen Bilal Umar Khan Lt. Col Farhat Abbas Khan.

    Pakistan Football Federation Faisal Saleh Hayat Mohammad Arshad Khan Lodhi.

    Pakistan Golf Federation Lt. Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani Taimur Hassan.

    Pakistan Gymnastics Federation Khawaja Farooq Saeed Prof. Painda A. Malik.

    Pakistan Handball Federation Syed Mohammad Abid Qadri Mohammad Saleem Akhtar.

    Pakistan Hockey Federation Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali Akhtarul Islam.

    Pakistan Judo Feseration Azhar Majeed Khalid Mahmood Naveed.

    Pakistan Kabaddi Federation Chaudhry Pervez Elahi Mohammad Sarwar.

    Pakistan Karate Federation Munir Ahmed Dar Mohammad Jahangir.

    Netball Federation of Pakistan Capt Zafar Iqbal Awan Mudassar Arain.

    Pakistan Rowing Federation Iftikhar Ali Malik Rizwanul Haq.

    Pakistan Sailing Federation Vice Admiral S. V. Naqvi Cdr Navaid Usmani.

    National Rifle Association of Pakistan Admiral Mohammad Afzal Tahir Khalid Javed.

    Ski Federation of Pakistan Air Marshal Raashid Kalim Grp. Capt. Zulfiqar H. Khan.

    Pakistan Squash Federation Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed Sqn Ldr. M. Zahid Qureshi.

    Pakistan Swimming Federation Kamran Lashari Maj. Majid Waseem.

    Pakistan Table Tennis Federation S. M. Sibtain Miftah Ismail.

    Pakistan Tae kwondo Federation Iftikhar Ahmad Tabassum Maj. Waseem Ahmad.

    Pakistan Tennis Federation Syed Dilawar Abbas Maj. Abdul Rashid Khan.

    Pakistan Tug of War Federation Barrister M. Nawaz Kasuri Jamil Ahmad Rana.

    Pakistan Volleyball Federation Chaudhry Mohammad Yaqoob Maj Mohammad Afzal.

    Pakistan Weightlifting Federation Mian Aamer Mehmood Hafiz Imran Butt.

    Pakistan Wrestling Federation Syed Aqil Shah Chaudhry Mohammad Asghar.

    Pakistan Wushu Federation Sheikh Abdul Jabbar Malik Iftikhar Ahmad.

  • Hassan Mahmood on February 8, 2007, 15:20 GMT

    A fantastic point from Salman above. I was just suggesting to my uncle that Inzamam should come in as opener with Imran Nazir.

    A lot of the time when Pakistan struggle up top, it's like he faces the new ball anyway, so there's a real need for Inzi to go up top and keep Nazir's feet on the ground plus Inzi can get Pakistan off to a good start. At least he can do what Tendulkar's done for India for many years: get the team off to a good start. If we do this and it works, the rest can play like they did yesterday.

  • khansahab on February 8, 2007, 12:21 GMT

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    I believe the Board will keep on making the same mistakes by not employing a judicious approach. Player politics, favouritism and bias will prevail. Something tells me we might see Imran Farhat again opening in a few matches in the WC and that we may not see Fawad Alam/Asim Kamal in the team for a long, long time. A right balance has to be struck between playing specialists and all rounders. That is why Fawad alam is such a gem- he plays like a specialist bowler and batsman. Malik in my eyes has to be a specialist batsman, whether as a replacement, emergency opener or solid middle order player or even merely as a pinch hitter. He has the experience and the talent. Mahmood is the only person currently in my team who is playing because he can do a bit of both, bowling and batting. And then we have three specialist pacers. As for Afridi, in my opinion he is not an automatic selection- he has to perform in this series and the first few matches of the WC if he is to be considered in later, more important, matches. Otherwise a pinch hitter should take his position- I am sure Imran Nazir as a middle order player, being sent as a pinch hitter will more than live up to the task. Finally I urge people to concentrate less on Board corruption or the (apparent) villainy of the President and concentrate more on player selection. If you want to voice out your opinions, do it on something which seems a little more practicable to resolve than corruption in Pakistani administration! The Board and Inzi are mates, enough said. Arguments about the exclusion of Inzi in the immediate future are becoming more and more persuasive, but the team needs an influential leader in the WC. The team will go in disarray if Inzi is sacked/resigns before WC, because players will spend more time feuding/ arguing rather than concentrating on their training and performing. Afridi and Razzaq, perhaps more inconsistent than ever in their careers, can still make a good permanent comeback in the team if they are given a break- I am certain Afridi/Razzaq/Younis/Yousuf/Akhtar , all who have been playing for at least 8/9 years, will have countless irresolvable disagreements about strategy once Inzi isn’t there. Someone please make our comments accessible to people high up in the PCB!!! Mr Abbasi, you must have reasonably high contacts, please help us!

  • Imran on February 8, 2007, 11:41 GMT

    The state of affairs at the PCB, it has to be sorrowfully said, is no different from the general state of affairs in every department in the Pakistani machinery. I agree with you Kamran, "he who pays the piper really does call the tune". I've seen poor people standing outside offices waiting for hours, just to get a glimpse of the 'saab' in the hope that he would listen to them. And its the same hope that drives us on that maybe some day, some day during our lifetime, somebody would finally listen to us!

  • Daniel Murray on February 8, 2007, 10:33 GMT

    what is the possible justification for reinstating asif and shoaib other than expediency and improving the chances of winning the world cup

  • Robert on February 8, 2007, 10:11 GMT

    As with every side when losing... the coach... the players... the board... blame everyone. But sometimes it is just a tough tour.

    Well now that Pakistan have thumped South Africa by trully beating them, in the same fashion that South Africa beat them in the first ODI. Is the board to be congratulated on playing the team that they did? Or did they simply get lucky when Afridi went nuts with the bat... and then do yet another great job with the ball.

    Makes you wonder... how fickle are the fans?

  • Kaz on February 8, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    I guess they finally did prove it.. the three players most of u kept on punchin did eventually come good for the team.. This is the nature of players like Afridi, razzaq, and Nazir.. They can win matches for you!!! Guess they shut u guyz up.. be proud of the fact they proved u wrong cos its country first and not wat we had said...

  • MFK on February 8, 2007, 9:22 GMT

    TO all the Afridi bashers...eat your hearts out! Afridi added one more memorable inning...Boom Boom is back...I wish he had come out instead of Inzi, he would have done a lot more then. All of the old guard was back...Razzak and even Azhar bowled well. I would like to reiterate the point that Afridi should always be in the team. The rival team will always be under pressure with Afridi on the crease and he proved that yet again yesterday. There was no loose shots at all...I wish he would play like that more often. Whatever any one says...Afridi gives me the thrills when he is at the crease. When he gets out, that is the end for many cricket fans... And please do away with the Raos and bring in Fawad Alam into the OD team. Along with Afridi he is one of the best all rounders.

  • shahid on February 8, 2007, 9:21 GMT

    First of all Congratulations Everyone on a fine victory yesterday.....

    plus I would like to post some views

    mushtaq is a v.good assistance coach in my view... bcos when he came in dec vs england we figth 2-0 in test series and also we won vs India in testseries.......and also here in SA atleast the team is fighting back after each match...which we didnt do in England....when mushy was not there....even when we are without shoaib,shabbir and gul.....we shouldnt forget SouthAfricans are strong in their backyard bcos of high bounce and their form at their backyard is also good they defeated India 4-0 and also Australia 3-2........ideally we would have wanted waqar as well to assist (rana,sami and asif) but mushy is doing a good job no doubt......but I want to see mushy play as a bowler then being an assistant coach....

    no doubt kaneria is a good trier but kaneria is not someone who run through the sides .....on a last day on a wearing pitch in centurian as well as in newland capetown where the conditions were ideal for kaneria.....but he failed on both occassions and that resulted in pakistan's loss..... and also before that in 2006 he did'nt do any match wining performance ... ......mushtaq is a sort of a bowler who can take 5-6-7 wickets regularly in an innings.....atleast when the conditions are supporting you.... sussexx didnt won the championship in a fluke ..I saw so many times mushy figures of 5-6-7-8-9 wickets in an innings......yeah i agree he mushy must have picked up some useful coaching skills from sussex and bobwoolmer as well during his stay in nov2005 to jan 2006 and also now and also yousuf when he broke viv record also mentioned that mushtaq also helped him alot to play the bouncing delieveries by making him practise it....

    but I don't know why Inzy is not playing mushtaq play as a leg spinner instead of kaneria... in a test match when mushy deserve to play as a legspinner....

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui on February 8, 2007, 8:55 GMT

    Pakistan has finally managed to win and comprehensively as well. The performances of Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi and Azhar Mahmood are note worthy and formed the base of our victory. These players were originally not included in the team which speaks a lot for the sellection process, and I personally feel that the sellection committee comprises of a bunch of Idiots headed by Mr. Bari. They have absolutely no knowledge of who is who in Pakistan Cricket, theyare hardly there to see and assess the players at domestic level and sellection is made on the basis of post match news reports of the domestic cricket. Wasim Bari is now heading to South Africa to personally assess the fitness problems of our players there, hillarious indeed for he never has time to be at the venues to see these players himself in the domestic matches, for if he had done it, he would certainly have not sellected them. Mr. Zaheer Abbas in an interview to GEO TV's programme of yesterday stated that the Chairman of the sellectors should have more powers so that he can play his cards right, he also gave an impression that the poor sellection commitee is tied down and at times helpless. Well if Mr. Bari and his goons are so helpless than why dont they just resign and go home, why then stick to the job that they feel they cannot justify because of being so powerless. I have a lot of respect for Zaheer and he truly was a great batsman but as a man he has a big question mark, a weak and gutless person. If we were to take his observation seriously then can he justify the fact that even without such powers the Chairman of sellectors has become a "NOT ANSWERABLE TO ANY ONE" guy. Zaheer Sahib it is a common knowledge and a fact as well that Mr. Bari and his band is left scott free to do all they want to do, now imagine what they would do if he had such powers.

    Now coming to the 2nd ODI, even though we have won the match and that too very convincingly, I have some observations about the composition of the team and would like to put forward for the readers to see and judge them selves. I feel that playing Naveed after the drubbing he recieved in the tests and the last one day was foolish, Sami would have been a better choice. Secondly Inzamam's decession to come in after the fall of Younis was wrong, he should have sent Shahid instead for Inzamam's is too much out of sorts with his batting infact he shouldnt have played we could have included Hafeez to partner Imran nazir and Kamran Akmal should have been brought in teh lower middle order. Thirdly Naveed was again over bowled, he should have been changed after the second over. Winning or loosing is not the question, what we need is to see our follies and rectify it, and that to me is most important, this why I have penned down my observations.

  • Zaheer Gorsi on February 8, 2007, 6:26 GMT

    Isaac, we know things are pretty bad in Pakistan interms of running our cricket here. May be it is run lot better in India, but do you recall the Dalmia issue which is not even weeks old. How could you find people in India any different than in Pakistan when it comes to greed and what not. No we are not as bad as Zimbabwe and India is not much better than us judging by the quality of temas and their performances. And keep your change and stick it in your appropriate place.

  • Hassan Mahmood on February 8, 2007, 0:36 GMT

    It was a great performance. World Cup hopes are alive, no doubt. Rana will be replaced by Gul, Akhtar will replace Azhar most likely. Who to partner Nazir? I reckon that Nazir will make use of the powerplays and will do well come the World Cup: if Pak use the powerplays well, then the fabulous middle-lower order can be lethal as today.

    Akhtar and Gul will spice up the attack and no doubt Pakistan should do well.

    However, Pakistan have to prove to be that we can do it when it counts- that includes the rest of this series too.

  • salman on February 8, 2007, 0:26 GMT

    Kamran I want to suggest something and need comments on that from you and the readers "Should Inzamam Open the innings in ODI especially world cup" considering pakistans long batting line up and get good ooportunity at the top of the order and get rid of the useless operners that are simply played as openers but actually are good for nothing.

    Pls comment.


  • Andrew G on February 8, 2007, 0:02 GMT

    Hi All,

    My previuous wasnt included by Kamran for whatever reason.

    But I did say that Pakistan if they made the business end of the WC were a good chance of winning. Why? Because of the unpredictability of the group. I would like to see where there ever has been a 300 run turnaround in a result in just a few days!!

    Judging by how "disgraceful" the boys were a few days ago - they must now be the greatest of all time!

    Anyway I like Pakistans volatility - it adds to the mix of World Cricket. I can imagine though - the lows would be hard to stomach - but the highs....

  • Arsie Shahid on February 7, 2007, 22:56 GMT

    Excellent comments Osman Ali Khairi!! i agree with u Mr.kamran but we are helpless! we cant do anything about it. Its been happening for a long time. You didnt mentioned about Shoaib Akhtar's fitness or chances of inclusion in the worldcup side. Is he really unfit? Can u write about this? What made him the villan of our team? People really want to know! Just a msg for inzi: Imran khan was a modern personality who used to party alot,who had many scandals at the peak of his career but in the end he brought us the worldcup and noone gave a damn about his personal n social life. If shoaib akhtar is performing well and adds a great value to our team then you bieng a captain and a senior must support n motivate him for the sake of cricket/country. In the end, your 5 prayers a day and shoaib's scandals wont make a difference to our cricket.Its gud that you are so much attached to the religion and we really respect that! but what really matters to us is your performance on the field.We support you untill you are performing. we really don give a damn abt yours or shoaib's personal life. Whatever you do off the field doesnt make any difference to our cricket.Dont worry about the unislamic things shoaib does off-the-field,leave it to Allah! Just think positive about our cricket. We need shoaib badly and that cant be possible untill you support him!!

  • Ulysses on February 7, 2007, 21:53 GMT

    This is what I had posted as the first comment on Kamaran's blog (see top of this page):

    However, the strangest part is the in spite of all the shambles in the last ODI game, Pakistan will still win a game or two in South Africa in spectacular fashion. But then only to go down hopelessly again. That is the enigma. What do you do with a team full of mavericks? I once captained a club team here in England in which we had 5 Pakistanis and it was simply impossible to keep them under control or make them agree to any plan though they were still individually good players and when in mood could win you a match singlehandedly. Wild horses all running in different directions, sometimes with luck that direction turn out to be the right direction but it is matter of chance.


  • Mawali on February 7, 2007, 21:16 GMT

    Kamran Sahib, This may be short lived but, it was fun while it lasted. What a thumping as a reply for a thumping. Afridi at his best, the moment I would cherish most was when the game got delayed becuse Afridi hit it out of the park. Great game, I hope the Bowyz can continue this. This minus Inzi Bhai(MBBS) looks a much better team. Now, it is quite possible that on a typical S. Africa pitch they will revert to old habits, but the encouragement comes because in the Carribean we are likely to find similar pitches. Great work guys; Still dump the bums at the PCB. AMF!

  • S siddiqui on February 7, 2007, 21:05 GMT

    Ok how many of you in this blog are now bitting your words after todays pak's performance (2nd oneday) . Its the players who perform in the field not the board.

    It was sheer joy to see Imran Nazir and Afridi firing up in the same match.

    Special Kudos to Imran nazir as his innings changed the mind set of the pak batsmen and no wonder Greg Chappel said he is a very special batting talent. Lets hope Pak carry on their batting form from here. I see only one change in the pak team for the next matches: Anjum should replace Rana Naveed, atleast he can bowl line and length as compared to rubbish bowling by Rana.

  • Sajjadullah Baig on February 7, 2007, 12:45 GMT

    We should be gratefull to General Musharaf that he hasn't appointed another of his trusted General to head the PCB.

  • Isaac on February 7, 2007, 12:39 GMT

    Azam, Keep the pakistani shambles with in its walls. Everything around pakistan is confusing. Leaders, country, politics, cricket board, cricketers all have a mind of their own. Why are you comparing anything from cricket India to what is happening with the pakistan cricket? Indian team of the late 80's was not bad (please don't forget India was in the semifinal in WC 87). The guys who run cricket pakistan are greedy, craving for power, and don't care about the situation of cricket or its affairs in the country. Next to Zimbabwe I guess its the worst in terms of running it. Compare the nature of your cricketing board with anything else but not with cricket India which is a roaring success. I'm sure the people in pakistan will come like lap dogs to India to play a series cause they know their pockets will be jingling with the change India has thrown at them. Leave India out of any comparison with cricket pakistan please.

  • Arif Siddiqui on February 7, 2007, 12:31 GMT

    It is shame for Pakistan Cricket that despite we have a strong team we are facing dilemma at the point of no return, probably. We do not have enough time to think or decide which combination or structure is best for us because we have sweetly eaten time of 4 years from the previous World Cup. We are perhaps the nation as whole of not learning from the past. I think we should bring in shoiab and Gul immediately in the team and tell Razzak to think about his future plans also Inzi needs to sit down with all the members of the team and say we have a common goal to achieve and we should work hard to achieve that and all the difference should be put behind. We still can do wonders as we did in 1992 but only if we are united.

  • Shahid Faruqui, Detroit on February 7, 2007, 12:14 GMT

    ood job Kamaran. Keep up the good work. Inzamam has his party within Pakistani team and Pakistani board is hostage to it. INZY, the most stylish and best ever batsman produced by Pakistan, is no good for this job and board simply succumbed to player power. It is the fault of of both board and Inzy. Everybody knows Mushi is a friend of INZI (not via TABLIGHI connection....way before). I think the house cleaning will be done after the WC...too late now. It is really a shame how waqar was treated by board. Waqar did the right thing by resigning.

  • Ahmad Nawaz Haris on February 7, 2007, 11:03 GMT

    I think the present performance in moving rightly towards the ultimate destiny, to which our beloved military rulers want. You see the plight of other games of the world. In hocky, foot ball, or any other sporting events, Asian games, Olympics, saf games etc, our performaces had largely been aimed at earning shame for the country and pain for the people of the country, which I think could have averted by just dealing the all sporting events with justice and marit. But this is improbable, specially when u see "HAR SHAKH PE ULLO BAITHA HAI" (an owl sitting on each leaf) It is not astonding to see brigadier/majors/generals are sitting in almost all the institutions as heads of the institution. I m sure that Dr. Nasim and Salim Altaf may be the relatives of GENERALS if not themselves generals. I foresee this appalling state may not end till the time, these so called patriots(patriot for self) do not set this country free from their occupation. I think the concerned people can individually fend for themselves, to save the cricket from the ultimate desoster. The PCB management can well captivate the media by bribing, but cant deliver the desired results, as their aim is not winning but earning shame. But if people of the country as a whole clamour for the right persons in PCB then one can hope, the retention of some respect in only one game that is cricket.

  • Akram on February 7, 2007, 10:52 GMT

    I think we (as individuals, our media/press, all PCB officials, ex-players) should take a lesson from England. Can you imagine what kind of criticism, anger, sarcasm, you name it, would have erupted had a Pakistani side been white-washed in an all important face-saving series (especially against India, as England is viewed against Australia)??!! I hardly see the press and officials in England being negative in the face of persistent failures of English side. Instead, it's always taken a very positive line. Reason, English players and their board strategists read/hear the media on their performance. Being positive, it has certainly helped the team and the officials to overcome failures. Why do we always have to be outrageously critical of our boys. Media/press and public, please help your team to hear something positive about them - like the English do.

    Pakistan team has the most feared batsmen and bowlers, which the other teams are aware of. Highlight that! ... and they will not let you down!!!

  • asim pervez on February 7, 2007, 10:18 GMT

    Mate pakistan are like that they got talent dont get me wrong there i live in england but go pakistan alot and always see a 10 year old there batting or bowling like a man here. pakistan have won the last 2 under 19 world cups but what i dont know is why they have not used any of this hidden tallent tried nurturing it. anwar ali, jamshed ahmed and even the wicket keeper who is quite good should be nurtured. the one i thouht would do serious damage is anwar ali if you have seen him play people might call him a 1 trick pony but at that time he was 17. for a 17 yr old to get swing like he does is unbelivable he would have been the next waqar or even better but pcb seem to have dashed him in the bin. some current players in the team are absolultley crap as much as i like younis khan that much he fails to deliver for a number 3 batsmen to have scored 2 centuries in 150 matches is rubbish come on get real akmal scored you 2 in 3 matches. younis khan replaced by hameed (who might be crap at the moment but give him a run and let him get stress free he will deliver), mohammad sami i will right now kick him out for anwar ali any day any time, shahid afridi love him and hate him id rather have yasir arafat or mansoor amjad in the team. rana naved i dont know who we could replace with him i will be patient now with him till after the world cup bit too late for the wc planning now something like marriage you have to plan 6 months or a year earlier. so much talent in the galis and youth teams potentiol but no one there to give them the kick start or even offer em a hand

  • Assad Hasanain on February 7, 2007, 9:41 GMT

    Excellent article.I urge you to forward this article and get it printed in dawn and other newspapers in pakistan so that the common people can get a clearer vision of everything that´s wrong in pakistan cricket.

  • Umair Muzaffar on February 7, 2007, 9:19 GMT

    As they say it in drunk, it is “Fobody’s nault”.

    The reality is that Cricket is a team game and it is increasingly getting competitive by the introduction of money. The ever competitive game is becoming a tougher place to be for a people that inherently lack discipline to keep their body in shape to take the pressures of modern day game.

    I have yet to see a Pakistani, India, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi player (apart from Imran Khan) professional enough to perform daily regiments of weight training, cardio exercises and even performance improvements techniques. Thus they perform as long as their natural talent takes them --- they falter when real personal application is required.

    On the contrary, Australians and South Africans, all senior players, they all keep on getting better and better in their techniques, their physical ability and their teamwork. In other words --- what comes into the national side is great but what becomes of him is legendary.

    This game not only requires talent and hard work from an individual but it requires the ability to transform ones game as needed by the team. The team can always use a single handed heroic effort but when it is hard to come by, the team requires all 11 players plus the substitutes to give their 100% to the team --- to take that beaming catch, to stop that boundary, to take that quick single to keep the ball on the off-stump, to throw your body to that bullet of shot to stop the single, to bowl that extra over, to bat at position where team needs you to bat and many more.

    Until the individual player takes it onto himself to take his game beyond natural talent, no PCB chairman or selection committee or coach or assistant coach or the media manager and yes the president himself cannot prevent the team from spectacular failure and cannot claim credit for the spectacular individual heroics.

    My 2-cents with reference to the state of Pakistan cricket.

  • Zulfiqar Ali on February 7, 2007, 9:03 GMT

    Only a goof of highest order can send Shahid Afridi at number 4 position while chasing a target of 392. Furthermore, while playing a 20-20 game, Afridi is the first choice for all the captains but not for Younis Khan. I wonder why?? Are they want to end the Afridi's career prematurely? Furthemore, if Azhar Mehmood is as good as the selectors think, then why he was not selected for 30 probables??

  • Mohd Saleem on February 7, 2007, 6:05 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran.

    This is by far the best post by you. You have rightly pointed out the problems. I would say the basic of Pak-team selection itself is wrong. Inzi: the captain of Pak-team will not be selected to any team including Bangladesh on the basis of his fielding and fitness and it happens only in Pakistan that he made the captain of the team. Same goes for Younis & Abdul Razzak; they are not One-day stuff. Infact Abdul Razzak is not an international stuff at all.

    Get rid of this white-elephants, purge the team with lazy, laid-back and good for nothing players. Take drastic steps, make a young cricket captain just like SA make Smith and let's develop a competitive team from here.

  • Waheed on February 7, 2007, 5:09 GMT

    Enough has been said of Mr. Naseem Ashraf and I am in total agreement with it. However, can someone comment on Inzi's behavior of favoring his pals in the team? Can any one justify the selection of Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq on their recent past performance? Perhaps best criteria for someone to play for Pakistan these days, is that he be a favorite of Inzi. And what is the role of Mr. Bari in selection committee? Shouldn’t we need some younger person who knows the modern game, as a selection head?

  • Usman on February 7, 2007, 5:03 GMT

    well how do u think that in PCB the appointments will not be by acquaintance when the PCB chairman himself got the seat not because of any cricket knowledge and management skills but because of being Pakistan's president's friend???

  • mb on February 7, 2007, 4:08 GMT

    Rana Naveds comeback was a perfect example of Waqars influence on the bowlers, it seems to be going backwards now. There was no planning for the World Cup, Mohammed Asif is being over worked risking him injury or fatigue when domestic performers like Mohammad khalil and Anwar Ali could ve been tried. Though it was nice to see Azhar Mahmmod get a break. Mushy needs to be in the team not the sidelines, even Kanerias omission is puzzling. Akmal was given a break way too late

  • Hasan Mahmood on February 7, 2007, 3:07 GMT

    PCB operates like rest of the country--Ad Hoc. A country's leaders and its institution are a refection of its people. Pakistan is an undisciplined country. We can not organize ourselves as we do not trust one another and we really do not have faith in the system(assuming you belive a system exists). Pakistan is a chaotic country---how can the team be differrent?

  • syed on February 7, 2007, 3:03 GMT

    Guys!Get ready for another bashing of our bowlers by SouthAfrica.Let see if they could cross a score of 400.I must say these tidly bowler,except for Asif, who unfortunately happens to be our opening bowlers got their worst nightmare.One should have seen in the 1st one day how our Paki great bowlers or how the selectors say the "best attack after Australia"were hiding behind paki fielders,avoiding to bowl to South Afrikan batsmen. Atleast now Sami should have enough guts n say that I am done with this international cricket business,also same goes for Rana and Abdul Razzak.These good time support bowlers are good when other greats are getting break throughs and in between their rest these tidly bowlers would just come in n throw as many overs to contain the runs till our fiery attack gets ready for another break throughs. As i said common sense should prevail in the selection committe and they should think about previous tours where greats like Waseem Akram and Waqar Younus found it hard to win against South Afrika at their backyard so how was it possible for these meeky and tidly bowlers to take ten wickets. Last till they don't get class bowlers or I should say 90mph+ bowlers these South Afrikan batsmen will not be tamed.They understand and respect bowlers of that speed or of immaculate length. Till then, Paki bowlers! get ready for another sixers and fours.Don't get surprised because tomorrow these paki bowlers will not uprise to surprise you.charios!

  • ahsan khan on February 7, 2007, 2:36 GMT

    All this talk of professionalism and credibility and fairness... If I was not pakistani I might have fallen for this but since I am pakistani and I do know what is goin on in Pakistan. First PCB is a money making institution, with worth more then 350 carores rupees. That is why the president is the supremo. Second: If the country is running by a army guy who do you think the cricket team should be run by? Yes ofcourse a Doctor!!! LOL. I pity the fool in us to be passionate about our beloved country and its cricket, just because we dont have anything else to call "ours". Its a sad scene for all of us. We are 15carores in pop but yet we are all alone and nothing to call ours in this world. regards, khan

  • Sundhar Ram Srinivasan on February 7, 2007, 0:17 GMT

    Well, never make the mistake of writing the Pakis off. I love India, but I love cricket more and so, Pakistan is a team I like, sometimes, more than India. Look at the 1992 and 1999 world cups. Did, we even imagine, during the early rounds, Pakistan would be the winners and runners-up, respectively. Pakistan still have a lot of quality Asif, Inzamam, Yousuf, Kamran Akmal and Gul (if he plays).

    However, there is a important difference between the teams then and now. Pakistan, in 2007, simply have too many bits and pieces players---Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Afridi, Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood(if included). Pakistan are going the English way. Fill your team with people who can, technically, bat and bowl, but who do neither properly.

  • Amir Faridi on February 6, 2007, 23:18 GMT

    I agree with all of them above. Forget about world cup,{ It's too late} think about after world cup.We need to change the system not people.until there is no accountability things will not get better.

  • top teams on February 6, 2007, 23:08 GMT

    I bet there are none in the sub continent for sure . Some sub continet teams call their spinners medium pacers ..can someone explain ??

  • Ahsan Raja on February 6, 2007, 22:30 GMT

    I think that Waqar should be the bowling coach as our fast bowlers can learn a lot from him. Why Mushtaq Ahmed is in his place is mind boggling. He is only there because of his friendship with Inzi. He certainly cannot help our fast bowlers. Another reason behind waqar's sacking could be because he was becoming a threat to Bob Woolmer as our bowlers were doing well when waqar was there.

  • Syed Mohsin on February 6, 2007, 21:57 GMT

    Did you guys see how Salmim Altaf shamlessly admittted that the Pakistan Cricket Acedemy has been closed for 1.5 years because they are working on a LT plan...And what master plam is it which took 1 and a half years of curropted self procalimed DR's backed by a "democratically" elected dictator owrking on?? Its not only Nasim Ashraf, look at Shuakat Aziz, Ch Shujat etc etc..all the kings men, have major curroption cases...cant wait for musharaf to go and see how many castles would he have in europe when he is done??

  • Rodzilla101 on February 6, 2007, 21:43 GMT

    Posted by: Hashaam at February 6, 2007 1:01 PM

    What is all this nonsense about. you are all going on about the current situation of pakistani cricket as if it is new. the board has always been corrupt and made questionable decisions ----------------------------------------------- This is the attitude i hate, yeah the board is curropt, let them get away with it. Do you realise if they put all the money they make from cricket back to it, Pak would never have these on field problems.

    Look at the way things are being run, If waqar hadn't said on TV that he doesnt want the job anymore, he would have been re-assigned by now.

    Thats how things are working in the country, fill those mouths who speak the most. Why was Akhtar sent if he was found unfit? why wasnt he sent in the first place if he was fit? Same thing for Shabbir? Why is Azhar not included in the 30 probable for the WC? if he is not good to make the top 30 why is he in the top 15? The thing is that there is no process for appointment and for selection and these revolving doors will continue to revlove...

    I am amzaed to see the response on this Blog and it makes me happy that atleast we havnt got immuned to the mass corruption our country had to go through for 50 years now. Its time for this speech to come out in public. We can see that meida is being bought by the govt, people like PJ Mir and shahid masood are offered big roles in organizations to take it easy on Mr "line of fire's" actions and thier re-action.

  • Imran Quraishi on February 6, 2007, 21:30 GMT

    For God sake get Waqar back as the bowling coach or we should not even go to take part in the World cup. For what??

  • Zed Fazel on February 6, 2007, 21:00 GMT

    Let us face one fact clearly. There is no talent in Pakistan cricketers. They are lazy, dont like fielding, dont use their brains - otherwise how can they keep on bowling wrong line and length and Sami has vowed to bowl outside the leg stump come what may. Because they are lazy, they pick up injuries. They lack 100% commitment. Add to this the 'musical chair' being played by the PCB - they enjoy a wonderful life answerable to no one and only please their boss!! Musharaf. If Mushtaq Ahmed had a bit of self-respect, he would have told the management that he is a spinner and cannot be a bowling coach to a team full of fast medium bowlers. And the quality of interviews captains give at a post match presentation are a 'treat to watch' no need to see any comedy films!!. Pakistan should start preparing for 2011 World Cup and go as spectactors to see the 2007 and learn few basics from top teams.

  • rodzilla1010 on February 6, 2007, 19:48 GMT

    Shazad, your post is an eye opener, I know that culprit in the core of these things is Parvez Musharaf. But i was confused if he is a necessary evil, given the options we have. But now he is not getting my valuable vote come election 2007.

    thanks,shazad, we need info and people like you. I hope one day NAB nabs Ashraf for all the money he has to account for.

  • AQC, from the "Land of Free" on February 6, 2007, 19:00 GMT

    Here how to fix problem: 1- Dr. Naseim Ashraf has practiced medicine for about 30 years in America (ccording to what I have gathered from different events here in the USA). I go nuts to see him head of cricket board, he needs to be on some board trying to improve health conditions in Pakistan ... Some one please ... On principles he should have refused to take this appointment ... He will serve Pakistan a lot better in some medical board ... 2- We need a system to bring young blood to international level ... How do we do that ... follow the best example you have, The Aussies ... They have a special academy dedicated to this task, it picks the top performers in domestic system, take them in as part of the institute and have them play games at international level and train with the Nationl Aussie Team ... A player is usually with that institute for about 2-3 years, before he becomes part of the National Team on Full Time basis ... When a seniro player is rested, they get to play intenational games... 3- We need a better coach , yes we do, I want to know what the coach has done to improve Imarn Fahrat's 80% dismissal rate in the slips, he gets out in the slips about 80+% percent of the time, what was done from a coaching stand point to correct this? Not getting into the debate weather Imran should be in team or not, but my point is, where is the coaching staff.... 4- Again on coaching ... After the 20/20 loss, did coaching staff reviewed Smith's innings, did they talk to bowleres on how their approach was different then their counterparts in SA team, If I am not wrong, the SA bowlers deliberately bowled out of off stamp, I wonder why? Did the coaching staff have a stratergy agasint Smith after 20/20 match? Those are the key questions to ask... 5- who is Mustahq Ahmed traning as a bowling coach? ... Please some one .... Ok, I have another solution, have two bowling coaches, Waqar and Mustaq, maybe everyone will be happy ... 6- What has the physical trainner/fitness coaches doing, Coaching Staff once again, It is all Head Coach role/responsibility to make sure all the coaching staff is doing their job, so many injuries, why? Listen to be learned from Indian Team, They to physical training, Yoga, mental/spirtual training, etc, etc, etc ... what do the pakistani players do ... ? How old is Tendulkar, he had mutltiple career ending injuries, recovered each and everytime, and was performing great as always ... why, can someone check and publish his training schedule .... I can go on and on, but what's the use, Pakitani culture, If I am the president, it's my family and friends turn to enjoy all posts/money/power ... who gives a ..... abt the homeland ...

  • faheem on February 6, 2007, 18:52 GMT

    one point i dont particularly mind the appointment of mushy, as long as he is training the spinners, what about picking a retired eleven of our best players and setting them all as coaches to an individual, its better to pay tried and tested players who have been at the top and back, than hiring a bunch of politicians who have yet to experience international cricket against anyone! i think professionalism is impossible in pakistani cricket, we are a volatile and passionate people and we should play as such, planning inhibits that fire inside the core of our players, when hardest of tasks becomes nothing before them, like imran khan once said to his charges fight like cornered tigers, youve got nothing to lose, thats it, play your best dont worry about no balls wides, etc just give me all you got, you got nothing to lose...and what happened?, we won the world cup, i feel it shud be met half way, play how you wish to ,but this is what we want by the end of the day, just give me everything, thats what it was like in 99 world cup too until the final itself, the way we played against new zealand, swept them aside like machar! this is missing lately, and it saddens me, pakistan has never lacked talent, but some of our players have lacked heart and guts, the pcb isnt the main problem but it is a big one, you do your jobs, and let the cricketers/ex cricketers do theirs,

    Allah be pleased with you all

    Aslam Alaykum

  • JAN KHAN on February 6, 2007, 18:48 GMT

    After reading most of these comments, I agree with Kamran as most of us do. The only thing we can do is hope...nothing else. Firstly the government was overthrown by that donkey Mushraffy and all the people that are appointed in a ranked postion is beacuse of him..simple as that. Nothing can be right if the basics are not. We need to support Imran Khan with his fight agianst this joker gov. He truly loved his country you could see this on and off the field. Where others are just after one thing - THEM JINNAH NOTES

  • Shahzad on February 6, 2007, 18:15 GMT

    I feel very sad when I see that the people are more into B'cratic Bu-- Sh-- than focusing on their jobs. Unfortunately, people like Dr Naseem does not give a damn about how pakistan performs in the world cup or any other tour as he continues to show favouritism towards his "pets". These people do not realize that the whole world is looking at them making an a-- out of themselves and in turn, the country. I do not understand why our president is looking at this and not stepping in and resolving the issue. I strongly agree with one of the writer that PCB should be handled by professionals probably ex-cricketers. Ad hocism should be thrown out of the window if we have to succeed in the future. I am just one of the cricket lovers who hates to see our game that we all love go down the drains due to some mond boggling decisions made by PCB. It does not take a genius to realize what kind of a mess these people (PCB members) have made which continues to make a mockery of Pakistani cricket. If this continues, alot of people who love this game and who want our nation to do well, will lose interest in this game. I do not have words to put them in writing as I feel very angry about this whole ordeal. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to "vent" out my frustration. Keep up your good work, Mr. Kamran.

  • faisal alam on February 6, 2007, 17:37 GMT

    Same depressing story. There is only one legacy in Paki cricket, and that is absolute destruction of your heroes by gangsterism. Just think about this for a second: Asif, Gul and Shoaib are coached by Mushy.....Mushy..hmmm.. Did Waqar die. Apparently Mushy has a beard..thats the only explanation I could come up with...and its not logical.. Well when all is said and done...we were humiliated several times in the past by bookies and people who were being paid to lose, this time its gonna be the mullas who will humiliate us. Nothing has changed... nothing will change. I guess after the world cup we are going to fire a thousand more people and hire a thousand more friends of the big guys... to plan for another four years and then f... everything up at the end..the cycle will continue. Depressing....yes...Real...hell yeah.....Solution...none

  • Hasan on February 6, 2007, 17:35 GMT

    im sorry but i dont know why all us pakistanis just love to bitch about the team, its not the players fault, but the corrupt people running what we call a cricket board. where has the determination of Pakistani Cricket gone?!

  • Romaze Akram on February 6, 2007, 17:28 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi, After looking at all these problems, I think the most major one, this is just my opinion, is the selection process. I mean after all the disappointing performances Rana Naveed gave before the first ODI, they still picked him. He gives a lot of runs, every once in a while he will perform, but that’s not what we need. We need players who can perform on a regular basis such as Asif. Before the Asif era, I was starting to lose interest in Pakistan's cricket team. After repeatedly being disappointed at losses in games that should have been won. But when he came in it all changed he made the games exciting. I think the board should find some bowlers like asif before the world cup, otherwise i think they will get only as far as the second round, they lucked out that there in a easy group. Well thats just my two cents.


  • Shahriar Hoque on February 6, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    Chaos in the PCB.... tell me something new. Why can't we force PCB to give straight forward answers to:

    Why, how and by whom Mushtaq was hired? Why, how and by whom Waqar was fired? Why, how and by whom Akhtar wasn't selected and then send again? Why, how and by whom Azhar wasn't included in the WC probable list? Come on, it's easy to point out PCB's deficiency but what we should do is, take a step so that PCB just can't ignore the ppl. of Pakistan. If transparency is not there then it's the duty of the citizens of the country to force it out of the stomach. What PCB is doing is outrageous. Another thing I want to say is, I know Akhtar have apersonal fast life, however he give 1000% in the field. Woolmer shouldn't have questioned his integrity. Akhtar was injured for real. There seems to be no respect in the organization. Look at ECB, ENG team doing so badly but they are acting everything with honesty, respect and transparency. I thought last WC was PAK's worst, but I think the coming will overtake the last.

    I am very optimistic too about PAK cricket, but I am also practical, AUST, SA, NZ, IND, SRI will do better than PAK, the way things stand now.

  • KK on February 6, 2007, 16:33 GMT

    At business school... and am considering writng a case study on the PCB management stlye. "All the talent in the world cannot counter incompetence"

  • Rauf on February 6, 2007, 15:15 GMT

    My wish...

    Dump everyone in the PCB and anyone associated with the current Pakistani cricket team squad. IMMEDIATELY!

    Forget about this WC, it's a lost cause. Judging by the spanking Pak got in the 20/20 and 1st ODI in SA, I am surprised that the players and PCB will show up at the WC to get more of the same. Tell the ICC that the players are too ashamed to show up for this WC, they will understand our dilemma. Far too long we have been "a good team on paper". I don't give a damn how good you are on paper. Win me a tough match or an away series or atleast show that you put in your 110% but still lost. I can live with that. What I cannot live with is finger pointing, injury prone, squabbling, larger then life egos so called current Pak team getting spanked day in and day out without any remorse. Let them all go so that they can bitch and moan in the public as long as they want.

    Let's build the team for next WC.

    Take one year off and build the entire team with fresh faces from first class cricket. Dump everyone except the good hard working players like Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Yousuf, Younis and maybe Shabbir from the current lot. Dump everyone else including Woolmer and the entire PCB. Give Inzi a gold watch for his fine services and move on. Tell all the players that ONLY your performance on the pitch counts. Any other distraction and you are back on the FC circuit. Forever if need be.

    Then get people to run things in PCB who are serious in beating the likes of Aussies and SA on their turfs rather then getting their relative a cushy job in PCB or a place in the team. We will loose matches until the new team gels togather. I can live with that as long as there is a forward progress.

    Until we do this, it will be more of the same manure that we have witnessed for past few years.

    But, this is just my wish...

  • Mustafa Moiz on February 6, 2007, 13:50 GMT

    I would like to say something unrelated to this. It's about Kamran Akmal. I think that he should be dropped. Besides keeping and batting, even in the Twenty20, he dropped a catch at the boundary! let Younis Khan keep wickets, that will leave room for another player.

  • Haider Ali on February 6, 2007, 13:43 GMT

    I totally agree with Mr. Abbassi. We all need answers from PCB. All the users here have pointed out almost all the problems.

    I want to emphasize on one problem "Lack of Strategy". What I saw in last ODI; there was no proper strategy, selecting Kamran Akmal again after extremely poor performance and on top of that sending him as an opener, wow !!!!. I agree with Imran Khan, best bastmen in your team should come first to bat; Yousuf and Inzimam, they need to bat higher positions.

    I think, they shoudl stick to the specialists, Hafeez and Imran Nazir should open then younis, yousuf then Inzimam.

    I think, Zulqarnain should be given a chance; and Sami and Afridi should be dropped after given very bad performances in last couple of months. Why Afridi? who has not performed in ages.

    I would love to see, Mahmood in Afridi's position; if Kaneria was in the team, I would drop Sami and give Kaneria chance.

    I agree with everyone, Waqar is definitly needed in the team, bowlers bowled without any plan and did not look threatening at all. What the heck is Mushy doing there? Inzi should not bring his friendship at his work!!!1

  • Hamid Raja on February 6, 2007, 13:16 GMT

    Are you crazy, in Pakistan it does not metter if you are qualified or not. If you know someone is high places you are qualified for any job. you can be a cricker coach even you have not hold a cricket bat in your life.

  • Hashaam on February 6, 2007, 13:01 GMT

    What is all this nonsense about. you are all going on about the current situation of pakistani cricket as if it is new. the board has always been corrupt and made questionable decisions. Come on lets all get behind our team and believe we can win the world cup, with a bowling attack like our's we should be considering ourselves favourites. Now come on lets not bicker about the politics involved in our team just focus on what we have. Lets get behind our team as on paper we probably have the best 11 after austrailia.

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • ASIM on February 6, 2007, 12:36 GMT

    There are too many problems at all levels of cricket in Pakistan - from board to players. Do players not watch how they get out in their innings..obviously not with farhat,Afridi, etc. Then about allrounders..if you look at other teams they all have one or two allrounders even then some are better at one discipline than the other (with exceptions - flintoff etc), we have 3-4 wannabees depending on if you call afridi a tail-ender(many others prob. have better average) promoted to slog or allrounder. That leaves only inzy,younis and yousuf as batsmen and Asif, Rana and Sami as bowlers - if you can the latter two that and now another allrounder is brought in Azhar. Do Pakistan have no other batsmen or bowlers or are they happy with these muppets. Two solid openers are required - not someone who is a keeper promoted or an allrounde who cant get out of the twenties. They are supposed to lay basis for the whole innings - all they lay are ducks and single figures. Then yr opening bowlers are there to be economical and get breakthroughs- they are as economical as an american car and breakthroughs - what breakthroughs? We need at least four main out and out bowlers and prob four batsmen then one or two allrounders or extra bat or bowler. Where are the likes of Asim Kamal, Bazid, Misbah, Hassan raza, Dare i say Butt?, Khalil, Arafat, maybe Kaneria (will be more econonmical at least). Razaq should give up bowling all together as cant get any worse, if only he gave it as much attention as his hair gets these days. Coach Younis or Mushy? erm Younis all the way. Everything at board level is politics and who you know and why not make use of Akram like the indians are - (sreesanth and pathan). I bet Miandad is licking his licking his lips as Bobs time is coming to an end.

  • veeru on February 6, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    I think Mr. Abbassi have raised very pertinent questions. I like Pakistani players for their fighting abilities as individuals. Unfortunately, most of them may be having their Godfather some where in the system. While one can work hard of the diciplined players to become more competent, it is hard to make a competent player a disciplined player. With all his fire and talent, I think Shoeb Akhtar has been a liability with the Pakistani team. He probably is the nightmare of a Captain and spoils the atmosphere in the dressing room. He also has a bad influence on the upcoming youngsters. The first and probably the greatest service Pakistan Board can do to their World Cup Campaign is to ensure that Mr. Akhtar rides his bikes at home or wherever rather than be part of the team.

  • ali on February 6, 2007, 12:29 GMT

    There are just a few players the South Africans respect right now namely, Mohd Asif, Mohd Yousaf, Inzi and Younas to some extent. Incidently these four are the only players brimming with some confidence cause they have not let themselves be over-awed by the south africans.

    Rest of the players are all devoid of confidence due to mostly a lack of a cricketing brain and the South African's know it and make full use of it.

    The Razzaqs, the Afridis, the Kamran Akmals the rana naveeds are all great players but sadly all of them lack a cricketing brain. They are just not street smart!!

    Noone needs to tell Rana Naveed and Razzaq where to pitch their deliveries if the facing batsman is showing aggressive intent by coming out of his crease and no one needs to tell Kamran Akmal that once a batsman starts coming out of the crease to Razaq the best weapon he has is to wear a helmet and stand upto the wicket etc etc.

    We need coaching in making these cricketers aggressive with a brain like the South Africans are.

    Can this lack of cricketing acumen amply possessed by Javed Miandad and Imran Khan be instilled in the team by the current coach is the big question +++++

  • Tariq Ehtesham, Kuwait on February 6, 2007, 12:25 GMT

    I read the analysis of Mr. Abbasi and went through some not all of the comments as well. The points raised in both of these are agreeable to me. Since we know our culture, which is highly dominated by favoritism, so we expect any kind of illogical and cruel decisions. The most shameful matter is that often the decision took place under the influence of personal relations, whether it good or bad.

    However, apart from the issues highlighted by the columnist and the people registered their point of view, there is a very important point which was not raised at this forum.

    At this stage many arose in your mind; such as, why Pakistani team, which did not perform bad in the near past, completely collapsed in South Africa ? Why Shoaib and Asif both were tested voluntarily by PCB on the recommendation of someone? Why Shoaib who is keen to play has been ousted ? Why Shabbir who has been cleared for bowling is not being included in the playing side, which put all the load on poor Asif who is capable to perform, providedbeing given an equal support? Why Waqar was infuriated up to the extent that he was not left with any other option but to resign as bowling coach, at the point when he was delivering the optimum ? And much much more.

    If we analyze all these questions in depth, then we can easily conclude with a single word of Conspiracy. I am very much positive that this Conspiracy which we have not only opted but paid for it in the shape of Mr. Bob Woolmer. He is the man who slowly and gradually penetrated in the roots of the team and succeeded in disintegrating it just before the commencement of most prestigious Cricket contest, the World Cup. I could not understand that we have changed many of the PCB heads and they failed to perform but nobody considered this point.

    As I said earlier that favoritism is part of our culture and it influenced the decisions of the decision makers in past and present, but why no one thought on this level? I think everyone should be able to recall that PCB love insulting our national heroes by sacking them from the similar kind of assignments, I mean Javed Miandad, Waqar Younus etc.

    This is my message fro the authorities that they should open their eyes and mind to see the right direction rather than executing the innocent players.

  • Donovan on February 6, 2007, 12:00 GMT

    Has matchfixing disappeared? Did it die together with Hansie Cronje? Or is it just an Asian sub-continent problem? So the ICC must only be wary of games where one of the sub-continent teams are participating especially India and Pakistan. I do not concur! The victory of England over Australia (in the CB series round-robin match) is very suspicious! Where is the questioning and pontificating about Australia. Where are the mealy-mouthed comments about how could Australia become that bad so quickly and England that good. Where is the analysis of how much an Australia versus England three-match final would be more valuable (read TV revenue) than an Australia/New Zealand final? Or that the latter outcome would have been so boring especially since Australia was going to meet New Zealand after the CB Series anyway. It is this deafening silence that makes many of us wonder if cricket, sport in general, would ever be able to strip itself of its jaundiced and prejudiced views. Remember, everybody was quick to point out the 'suspicious nature' of Pakistan's loss to Bangladesh. Was England any better than Bangladesh in their tour to Australia, I doubt it! Cricket please retain your dignity by ensuring that your values are universal and not only applicable for those of a paler hue!

  • Syed Khizar Ali Shah on February 6, 2007, 11:59 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi has hit the nail on the head by saying that the mistrust of the institutions runs deep in the Pakistani society and the contractions in the policies and actions of the present board have made the people even more suspicious. Pakistan cricket, I believe, have not recovered from the tumultous decade of nineties and it is even more tragic that the main culprits of that decade in Pakistan cricket are still being adored as heroes. Wasim Akram for one has to be ranked as the gang leader as by conspiring against Miandad to get captaincy, by smoking pot on the beaches of West Indies and by colluding with Match fixers he destroyed the ethos and soul of Pakistan cricket. Evidence you ask? TO refresh every one's memory Justice Qayyum had fined Wasim Akram after his enquiry into match fixing and to my utter astonishment, today people talk about Mushtaq's punishment in that enquiry and have completely forgotten about the boss of match fixing along with Salim Malik. Pakistan cricket can never achieve a respectable staus until we hold all the culprits accountalbe for their follies. The team is a reflection of the nation in many ways. Our nations ignorance, stubborness, misguided priorities are some of the poignant traits of our cricket board. For the last four years every one who is some one in Pakistan's cricket is harping about the preparations for the next world cup. People I say, damn the world cup. Why? Because! people I am feeling that I may die before watching my team win a test series nay a test match in Australia and it is so frustrating to see that very few of my countrymen have any idea of the significance of this fact.

  • Shahid on February 6, 2007, 10:40 GMT

    DREAM TEAM dont forget the team will play the world cup in west indies, they wickets will spin,, so you need shoib malik,hafeez,afridi even kaneria the only bowlers who will do well is shoib akhter and asif,,as only speed and movement can save them the keeper can be kamran/zulqarnain people like razzaq/azher mehmood one of them whoever is in a bit of form the only batsmen to succeed there can be yousaf,younis,inzimam so the other selection doesnt make much difference but you can do with yasir hameed,, its pretty much a dream team for the pitches that you play on no need for shabir,umar gul can also be included as back up for fast bowling see if some body can complie a better combination

  • Shahid on February 6, 2007, 10:33 GMT

    soultions to the problems 1) sack mushtaq 2) sack woolmer 3) sack PCB ADHOC comitee 4) yasir hameed as opener 5) hafeez as opener 6) younis,yousaf,inzi,shoaib,kamran,afridi/razaq (depending on the pitch)to follow and then sami or rana ,asif 8) azher mehmood etc as back up appoint myself as coach/manager of the Team and also cheif selector of the team 9)sack wasim bari ofcourse the plan above will work,, if not then get your money back,,

  • MaulaBuksh on February 6, 2007, 10:07 GMT

    Winning is not everything in sports(except in Pakistani politics ie elections, reap the benefits of power later). After the 1992 WC win, Pakistan were the team to beat and surely everybody beat them, come March 1993 (12 months later)we had achieved our lowet ODI score. Past past past, yeah not learnt anything. PCB official is right save some precious energy and dont stay up late after midnight to watch cricket, need to go to work the next day.

  • RR on February 6, 2007, 10:07 GMT

    I totally agree with Kamran, Pak cricket needs some drastic overhauling, it is indeed full of mavericks as one guy said, they could be heros to zeros in minutes. What I suggest is that the future players be picked by a standard criteria which is reflected in the Aus. and SA teams like physically strongly built and mentally robust and willing to learn (with good educational backgrounds), unlike most of the present national cricketrs who are either weak and apparently unathletic, e.g. likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram (tall well built), after all it's a game of strength and stamina!

  • RASHID on February 6, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    Which Board? PCB? The worst place for Pak Cricket. AND what about combination of BOB & Inzi? Both are unfair to their jobs. Can you remember Last World Cup. Inzi destroyed that World Cup and now is settig to destroy the coming world cup. Inzi must quit from cricket immeditely and bless Pak Cricket. ODI is all about fitness which Inzi lacks. Inzi has no brain to decide in ODI critical situations. Look at Pakistan's last match in which SA managed to score 392. I have some questions about decisions of Inzi. 1. When Rana was punished in his early overs why after two or three overs Inzi did not change him with Sami or Razzaq (preferably Razzaq bcoz he can bowl well to left handers).

    2. Why Inzi not opted for any delay in Power Plays? (Perhaps he is unaware of the use of these Power Plays and other tactics of ODIs)

    3. Why Razzaq is not utilized well? (Razzaq must be asked to bowl and perform at first change)

    4. Why Inzi is in ODI teamas without him Pak Team is much better in ODIs? (At end I will mention Pak Team for ODIs)

    Pak Team for ODIs now in SA: Imran Nazir, Salman Butt, Hafiz, Afridi, Yunus, Yousaf, Malik, Kamran, Razzaq, Rana (In absence of Akhtar and Gul), and Asif.

    Remaining Later.

  • PCB official on February 6, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    When was the last time a Pak batsman scored a century in an ODI(?Younis), the strategy for winning WC is simple, bat first,batsmen need to score and give the bowlers a chance to defend the score, why not Younis keeps wicket, Younis will have to play a role like Dravid, how about dropping Inzi - ?unthinkable, why doesn't he really get injured instead of being merely tired to feign injury. That would give somebody with young legs and more motivation to perform

  • suleman on February 6, 2007, 8:59 GMT

    The current condition of Pakistani cricket is worrying on two counts. First, the number of players with injuries. Bowlers are sent to replace injured bowlers and they return back after bowling 10 - 15 overs? Whats happening? Second, perhaps more worrying is the bench strength of pakistani team. Are there no young players coming through to challenge the dominance of old players? If the bench strength is palyers like Faisal Iqbal, then Pakistani cricket is in serious trouble, not only now but for years to come. this lack of bench strength is reflected in recalling of Azhar Mehmood who in the past was seen wanting.

  • Naser on February 6, 2007, 8:44 GMT

    What does this fella Naseem Ashraf thinks he is? Treating Waqar and our National team like some thrid rate cricket club? I want this disgrace of a man out. He thinks by eloquently speaking a foriegn langauge and rubbing shoulders with the a self professed state of the head he can do what he likes?. Well he is wrong and we can all see how wrong he is..wrong wrong wrong...

  • gojjo on February 6, 2007, 8:40 GMT

    would Umar and shoaib be match fit, just rest in peace Pak cricket - chill out u fans, leave it as always in the hands of the Almighty, and may the best team on the day win. Even if Pak win do we deserve to?, so u guys in Pakistan, a country with limited resources dont burn thec midnight oil ( or electricity), because of the time difference and dont lose sleep because u guys would have to go to work the next day (PCB board officials ofcourse would be doing overtime and get double paid by the hour for doing their job ie watching cricket), hence u people of Pakistan go to bed early, save some energy (yours and electicity) and contibute to the economic well being, mind u I am in UK and hence no problem for me, TA RA

  • Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. on February 6, 2007, 8:34 GMT

    Its Hard being a Pakistani Fan !!

    I feel sorry for the Pakistani fans, yes I really do, and more so for the fans who are living outside Pakistani. Because, the ones living within Pakistan are all in same situations and they can vent their frustrations amongst their own country-men, but the Pakistani fans like us, who are living abroad and have to face the music from the nationals of other cricket playing countries, specially the Indians. Imagine loosing so disgracefully to South Africa in first ODI, and then next day facing your South African and Indian colleagues at work, man, it feels like .....HELL.

    At the start of this South African tour, some said that this is not a good idea and we should have learned our lesson from the previous similarly-miserable pre-World Cup tour of South Africa, which brought our morale to sub-zero levels and we could not even qualify for the ‘Super Six’ stage of that World Cup. Seeing the current tour so far, I say, those men were right and we should have better toured Bangladesh, Kenya and Zimbabwe to boost, what’s left of, our self esteem.

    The suffering for the Paki fans are many-folded, on one hand not only is the Pakistani team loosing and getting humiliated but to add salt to the wounds our board is in a mess, our players are unsure, insecure, and vulnerable, our probable-players are injured, mistreated, and tattered, our officials inexperienced, immature, and naïve, our management, as usual, corrupt, disloyal, and shady, but most importantly and quite regrettably we do not see any ray of light at the end of this dark tunnel, and this desperate and hopeless situation may, unfortunately, continue for longer, much longer. Whereas, in contrast to us, other countries like New Zealand, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and off course Australia have shown great improvements and high morals for preparations to their World Cup campaigns.

    Going through the articles of Mr. Kamran Abbasi and the aforementioned heartbreaking responses from diehard Paki fans, we can understand that all Pakistanis, weather inside Pakistan or abroad, have to suffer so much pain, anguish and ignominy, thanks to Dr. Naseem Ashrif and his henchmen. I can not imagine, being a doctor of philosophy, how Mr. Naseem is facing the mirror in mornings. The guy should have some self-respect and if he is too petrified to commit suicide, atleast he should have guts to resign and save himself and the nation from further embarrassment.

  • haroon (south africa) on February 6, 2007, 8:23 GMT

    well politics in administration will always be there ........

    injuries to keyplayers will also always happen .....

    losing is one thing being humiliated is another,

    i was at the pro 20 match and it was embarrasing to be a pakistani supporter, it seemd as though the pakistani team werent really bothered to compete.....

    didnt play golf to watch them play on sunday, and really, i cant understand the players mentality, you dont have to bowl a team out in an odi, bowl one side of the stump and set good fields, that will restrict an ORDINARY south african team to below 300, and that is gettable by this vastly talented pakistani team.

    the batsmen went out trying and that was okay but the bowlers showed no intelligence at all.

    once again a subcontinent team has made this south african team look like world beaters when in fact they are not.

    graeme smith, and de villiers have been allowed to get form back through poor bowling efforts, pakistanis let them out of jail, and now all hell is gonna break loose.

    sorry i drifted from the topic,

    but pakistanis will bounce back,,,, that much i do know, just hope its on wednesday in durban

  • Shahbaz Faheem on February 6, 2007, 7:38 GMT

    Asif Iqbal in his article in "The News" says it all, what every Pakistani cricket fan wants to say: "No openers, no fit fast bowlers, an out-of-sorts keeper, too many allrounders, not enough in form, two crushing defeats; with the World Cup just over a month away does anyone in Pakistan know what their ideal XI will be".

    "The worst aspect of Pakistan’s almost humiliating defeats has been that barely a month away from the World Cup, the team does not have what anyone would described as a settled look to it. It seems that all the questions that were raised four years ago during the last World Cup and to which the management has been struggling to find answers, today remain as unanswered as they ever were".

    I dont think I need to add anything to that.

  • nwak on February 6, 2007, 7:38 GMT

    Feels like we're back to square one. i'm having trouble finding the difference between now and 2003. i totally agree with everything you said, Kamran, and i really feel your question no. 1 about constitution is the most important one. As Imran Khan likes to say, the board is being run just like the country: with no semblance of organization whatsoever. as for the pakistani team, i wonder where their new-found unity under inzi is gone? arent they religious anymore (since that was supposed to be the binding factor anyway)? i mean as far as i know, we have another "religious" buddy of inzi in MUSHI as our coach now...i cant see any revolution in our bowling department as yet. the absence of waqar showed its effects in this series right away...wides and no balls galore!!i doubt if we have a sane head in the PCB Management right now. As for World Cup hopes for Pakistan, dare i say, making it to the second round seems like a distant dream right now.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui on February 6, 2007, 7:32 GMT

    Now it is the turn of Azhar Mahmood to join the team and Zulqi's time to go back home. The tour management in South Africa and the sellectors in Pakistan have at least proved to be consistant in this area and really keeping the bulletin board ticking. I wonder who is going to be next, we will know it tomorrow maybe. It seems like this constant shuttling of players in between Pakistan and South Africa is also a part of the new leaf that Dr. Nasim Ashraf promised at the time of taking over the charge of PCB an organization of Politically Corrupted Bureaucrats.

  • Farrukh Khan on February 6, 2007, 6:44 GMT

    We cannot hope to have pockets of excellence (i.e., world class institutions that we would like to see PCB to become) in a country which is literally going to the dogs. It is wrong to assume that by putting someone with impeccable moral and professional credentials in the top slot of rotten organizations can turn it around in a failed culture such as ours. Only beacons of efficiency (and that too on a relative scale) that I have seen in Pakistan are multi-national companies and privatized banks. Everything else has become, as the Persian saying goes, salt within the salt mine of nepotism, favouritism and corruption, which seems to be the order of the day everywhere. How many of us can claim that they have not felt proud for not having to stand in a queue to get his driving license, for instance? I got mine in a single day, without any test or medical checkup.

    The problem is of the rank & file, not of people in the top slot, who as we have seen in the case of Dr. Nasim Ashraf and many others, can be imported from abroad. Forgetting very conveniently that the standards of excellence that they achieved were done in a totally different work ethic and social culture. Not taking away anything from what they might have achieved, but these successful expatriates stood out as excellent only because they could be pointed out as being of Pakistani origin. Otherwise the societies in which they have earned their names, churn out likes of them in thousands if not millions every year. Unless Pakistan is able to address the problem at the level of rank & file, putting imported CEOs at the top is only going look like cosmetic surgery, the effects of which start peeling off as soon as there is pressure.

    Thus, Pakistani cricket team is a mirror image of what we stand for as a society today: talented individuals, with no sense of collective welfare, looking for short cuts and quick fixes to solve our problems in the short run, and simultaneously expecting absolution for our moral shortcomings by saying prayers five times a day.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on February 6, 2007, 6:26 GMT

    Hats off for this great article and it is pathetic that nobody is ready to fact the challange ahead. First of all, it is a tragedy that the Cricket Board is not run by the Cricketer but the others who I am afraid to say that are expert in the field of sports. It is the reason that combination of team is affecting and hence, performance. There are various questions to be raised but the way you have highlighted the issues is very encouraging and it is time for the administrator to look at the issues raised by you which are genunine in nature. Nepotism and Regionalism are bad and if we follow the same, it is not cricket but politics where there is a miscarriage of justice and talent is ignored. The whole world knows what Waqar Younis is... and what kind of contribution he can offer to the cricketers. It is irony of fate that we have Mustaqu Ahmad as Assistant Coach, who is well known leg spinner and when we see the combination of the team, we have only Afridi and rest the ballers are Fast/Medium. Where is the role of Mustaq??

    We lost the 1st ODI not because we played bad cricket but it was worst ever performance... The reason for the defeat was EXTRAS. We leaked 25 NB & WD. If we calculate honestly it was the extras which caused defeat. NB & WD = 25 runs On last 64 Balls = 140 + runs Then 25 extras = 70 + runs Total Extras = 70+25 = 95 runs.

    If we have to get success, we have to control extras otherwise, we will loose all the ODIs in SA.

    Team can only win if we can control EXTRAS which is a cancer.

    Hope the Team Management as well as the PCB set it right before it is too late. Cleaning is very essential in every sphere including EXTRAS... Come on TEAM do not LEAK EXTRAS.......in the next game.

  • Atif (Toronto) on February 6, 2007, 6:08 GMT

    Man I wish we were like Bangladesh. we would lose but we are expected to..This up and down in the Pak team is killing me. They are soo unpredictable...and worse is the fact that its not due to lack of talent and skill..but due to what transpires behind closed doors in the management office...

    We outsourced the coaching job (Bob instead of Miandad (thank God)..

    Why don't we outsource the whole management..

    The head of PCB and all coaches and so on...

    That will help I tell you.

  • Iqbal E. Maladwala on February 6, 2007, 6:06 GMT

    Pakistan cricket today makes even less sense and our high expectations of Dr Ashraf's no-nonsense approach are dashed. I wonder whether it is Inzy who is calling the shots? Did Mushtaque get a preference over Waqar due to Inzy's insisitence?If he is calling the shots ALLAH help us. I seriously wander what Inzy is doing in a One Day squad? He cant field or bowl, his thinking and tactical abilities are very poor, which means his captainship abilities are poor. Now his batting has gone to the dogs due to his weight problems and slow reactions. Why is he there?? Are we to just carry him because he "was" a great batsman? Then we should get back Wasim, Waqar, Imran, Zaheer and the lot. As one of the commentators in the last one day rightly said "Pakistani team lacks intensity". How can we expect intensity when the captain is so slow & laid back?

  • Arsalan on February 6, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    PCB is full of idiots. I have lost interest in Cricket for the past 8-9 years. I don't believe we can get anything better with these morons who are playing cricket and the imbeciles who think they are managing them. In SA, we will go down 5-0 and in worldcup, very lucky to make the second round. That is about it.

  • Mohyuddin A Khan on February 6, 2007, 5:03 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Thank you for enlighting. I am frustrated and feel sorry for those people with painted faces & waving flags having endless arguments in support of Pak team not knowing that a bucnh of beurocrates are having fun of their lives and looking down on them as idiots. What we know today is the testemony to the fact that we are reading the last pages of Pak cricket glory and the book will end with World Cup.,Today I am having a meeting with my friends to decide which team should we support from now on instead of Pakistan. Sri Lanka is the one I hope. Their players never seen misbehaving, We never heard any scandel on their board's handling. Not a very telent bunch but extremely hard working and this is what we always wanted to see in Pak team. Let's summarize what we know now: We have an embessidor of embarresement for all Pakistanis called Mr. S Akhter. Some buerocrats and their networking friends to run the board, Three great batsmen but non of them ready to bat at #3, A bunch of "young" cricketers keep comming in to team failure after failure knowing that their is no system to produce any new players to replace them, a leg spinner to couch the bowlers, a board who still thinks that it will servive if team wins instead of building an infrastructure.

  • ALI on February 6, 2007, 4:37 GMT

    I thiink it's better to consult the people who have been in this game for years rather then having a handful Mr.Knowalls in the board.Power destroys more and creates less.If we are hoping things will change in one night:that is wishful thinking.Teams are made in decades:you cannot find great players everyday.You can find good adminitrators everyday.

  • AZFAR on February 6, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    Well said and all that! But is it something new? The PCB has always been a below par oragnization and nothing has changed like most of the administration back home! What we need is a true and courageous leader on the field and in the locker room! That captain may end up bullying a little (I did not say Imran!) but who cares! Inzi is a great player and a decent soul but he does lack leading from the front. He is not a good starategist! He does keep the team bounded and which is so GREAT but we need team to perform CONSISTENTLY. We need to groom each player to be a leader and have a vision. I think there is a dire need for educating teh players on staragies, keeping focus and keep thinking. They need to develop their cricket/game by just not practicing but also by mind. They must keep focus and concentrate to convert 20s to 50s and 50s to 100s. On bowling, boy, do we need someone like Wasim or Waqar (since Imran is out of equation). Mushi is a great player, I may still play him in a playing 11, BUT he is not a BOWLING COACH material for god sake! Get a life PCB!! I will start from Bottom Up approach and have players perform to their full potential..but the key word is "CONSISTENTLY". Off course the administration must be taken care off and people making decison should be penalized for lousy and biased opinion, but I sincerely believe who ever plays for Pakistan Eleven is not a DUD and should perform as they are International Player and at times with pretty decent performance. I am also against all political assignment but what is new in PCB that is not happening elsewhere. Anyone including Mr Abbasi can tell of any Govt. controlled Institution that has merit appoitments at all levels? That will be a surprise for me, pardon my pessimism. Lets hope we enjoy good games in cming days and I wish Pakistan makes it all good in World Cup. AMEN!

  • The Observer on February 6, 2007, 3:09 GMT

    An overall observation from various posts would be a sense of dismay among the majority of fans. Most people have a valid few specific points to vent off. However , there is this one individual who writes a page of commentary with no substance.He/she/it is trying to propagate venom via deceit of reason. Instead of cricket somehow aims at Pakistani roots , culture and the government. He/She/It fails to realize that it is the thoughts that depict the true identity,not a concocted pseudonym.

    The Observer

  • Freddie on February 6, 2007, 3:01 GMT

    I doubt anyone will care about my comment, 173 comments down. Thanks again Doc A. I agree with you and all entirely all of the 172 previous comments. Here's my 2 pence

    I fear we invented the 'England Ashes 2005' syndrome, with our own 'Pakistan Cornered Tigers 1992 WC Victory'. The sense of, it will be alright on the night.

    As you all will recall, we did everything wrong in '92, yet still came goood at the end and won the Tourni (maybe England might similarly win the lesser VB/CB series in Aussie land later this week?). Pakistani's have been living the '92 dream since that famous victory, in '96, '99, '03 and now likely in '07.

    The sad reason '92 cannot be repeated, is as we do not have Imran Khan, players like this do not grow on trees. Aamer, Anwar, Inzi, Malik, Miandad, Akram, Mushy, Moin - man, I'm salivating!!

  • Kiran Muzammil on February 6, 2007, 2:18 GMT

    All the above comments carry some weight - especially related to the pathetic management of Nasim Ashraf and Wasim Bari. However, you know what Kamran - the saddest part of all this is that all of the people posting above will conveniently forget about all of this if Pakistan wins a couple of games - all of a sudden we become the 'envy' of the world with our 'world class fast bowlers' - who rarely cease to amaze us with their fragility on and off the field - have you seen Brett Lee get 'injured' the amount of times Shoaib Akhtar claims to be injured? Never. Oh and our 'world-class leg spinner' - who can only take top order wickets against Bangladesh, and never come up with the goods when required. All of these things will conveniently be forgotten if Pakistan win a handful of games, and thats why things will never change in Pakistan cricket, because the administrators know that the cricketing public, fans, media people etc are all fickle, and would immediately be quiet as soon as the team wins a couple of games - it doesent matter if it gets thrashed each time it plays a top team like Australia or South Africa, all that matters is that we win some games against everyone else and the majority og games against India. Thats all. If the people writing comments above are serious about change, then they shouldnt be so fickle and should stick to their guns, and criticize the likes of Nasim Ashraf,Bari and co - even when the team is winning against the likes of say..West Indies. I for one remember how everyone here, including you Kamran, were quite happy when we beat the Windies and there were huge claims going on about how we would be a World Cup force - well that turned out to be inaccurate didnt it? We have to change our own line of thinking as fans first - then we can go after the PCB Management. Till then, theres no point in even hoping for a change.

  • Rauf on February 6, 2007, 2:17 GMT

    My hurt finds no relief. The shame of it all......... Your article must have hit the bosses like a ton of rock - right on! Change is past due. Get the people who have been in cricket biz to run the cricket biz. The rest can forget the upcoming Carribean holiday! Besides the bosses - Bob Woolmer must depart. Mushtaq has no coaching qualifications. Guys we are talking World Cup and not a game in the alleys back home. Too much mismanagement has created this mess. I dont see why the giants of pace - Waseem/Waqar cant coach our team. The likes of Javed Miandad. Rameez sees the way its played.He can have tremendous input. My honest suggestion is that we keep our circus performers at home for the world cup. Simply not prepared!

  • SYED.....USA on February 6, 2007, 1:28 GMT

    All my good friends, Be patient and have some expectations close to reality,"Pakistan's chances in WC' even before the SA series.Remember they could'nt win the one day series in England,Champion's Trophy.The biggest concern I have is the alarming decline in Razzaks performances in both forms of the game.I believe u do need a genuine spinner in the game, be it's rehman or kaneria. Thank You, Syed ..........USA.

  • A Kamran on February 6, 2007, 1:01 GMT

    We have heard from a lot of well meaning folks who love Cricket Pakistan. Crying, sobbing, blaming, vengeful, angry, upset, and yes disturbed. Two bad losses. One in a meaningless 20/Twenty, and the other in a more serious (still not Test Cricket) ODI. It is very easy to be critical without offering anything constructive. "Yes I agree with you Kamran........" has been the extent of most comments. Berating players, and assuming and implying that "we the fans" are more concerned about winning. Most of these "experts commentators" probably have not stepped on to a cricket ground. Players do get injured. Players do go through bad patches of form ( including the "shinning" Australians). Players are under real pressure, not the type-verbal diarrhea- that fans "suffer". Players are I believe more motivated to perform and on and on. Leave the players alone please, and get a life.

    As far as the Board is concerned, why all this hoopla? Have we not been hearing this for most part of our adult lives? In a country that ranks with the likes of sub-Saharan Africa in the Transparency Index why should the Board be an exception? Move on. Get on with it and enjoy the rest of the games. It is after all just a game. And "the more things change the more........"

  • Rehan on February 6, 2007, 0:58 GMT

    Dear Sir: I have a simple question. I have been trying to search some email address on the PCB website which allows members of the public to contact any senior official. However I have found none. I find it highly abnormal and infact "fishy". Are we not entitled to any views regarding our team? Is this a way to keep the public out so that they can do whatever they want? Who gave them this right? The general? No sir, not in my name he didnt. SHAMELESS leaders. For goodness sake's leave us and get lost to your acre houses in Islamabad or abroad.

    Rehan Ahmad.

  • Shahyan Khan Shinwari on February 6, 2007, 0:48 GMT

    Kamran sb, asslam-o-alakum. Each one of your observation is as painful as a bullet. This nepotism is unfortunately being bred into every field of our country. I just pray that we can get rid of this dictatorship as soon as possible. This is not to say that the likes of Sharifs or Bhuttos are any better, but atleast sir, one can demand some sort of justification for their actions in one way or the other. What can one demand from a dictator who has changed everything of this country except its name? And one thing which leaves me infuriated is that why does every damn official of PCB attaches the title Dr with their name? We dont need doctors as managers of our board, after all we are not the power-SICK people that deserve to be poisioned, but infact ordinary citizens of Pakistan that want their cricket team to perform well. We need people who know the game and are honestly committed to making cricket grow in the country (imran khan, wasim akram, waqar younis, moin khan etc). This management of PCB--President's Cricket Board is abysmal. Someone commented on this board by referring to Saleem Altaf as Boby, I would say "Pintu" suits him better. If only he can grow a pony tail, start wearing a bandana with a duff in hand and sing encouragement songs for the team while they are playing. It would complete his useless CHARACTER ALONG WITH NASEEM ASHRAF.

    Allah Hafiz, Shahyan

  • Euceph Ahmed on February 6, 2007, 0:03 GMT

    Hum ko un say wafa ki hay umeed Jo nahi jantay wafa kiya hai...

    PCB must be privatized with majority shares (at least 51%) sold to general public.

    Of the remaining shares, the local cricket associations should get an equal percentage plus a seat on the board of directors.

    The population represented by each local association must be roughly the same. This can be achieved by restricting the purview of each association to a fixed number of electoral districts since electoral districts are based on population.

    Each local association should also be converted into a private entity able to raise its own funds in addition to the share received from PCB.

    Each local association must field its own team.

  • immy786 on February 5, 2007, 23:28 GMT

    Kamran - Cant agree with you more. Before the England series we had every thing - a quiet. respectful and passionate captain supported by all except the jealous ones. We had bowling of Asif, Gul, Rana and Shoaib (when fit) and Kaneira (not Warne but effective) and a middle order batting that was envy of the world. We have a foreign coach that has instilled discipline and consistency. We had one of the all time great fast bowlers helping with the bowling. YES I DREAMT OF REPEATING THE GLORIOUS NIGHT ON 25TH MARCH 1992 BUT THIS TIME INZY SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS OF HIS TEAM. Now its just despair. We have board full of nepotism and self indulgence. I had the mis-fortune of watching Saleem altaf with Waqar on Geo. The man had no integrity, no straight or honest answers. No wonder its shambolic. Our best players are either injured, over worked or out of form. Our pride & fab fast bowlers dont know how to bowl on fast bouncy pitches. Our captain is busy scratching his beard in the slips than talking to the young bowlers. We have a bowling coach is a spinner by has only taken Danish backward in his deveopment - Mushy is someone who plays well in english county season because he is paid per wicket taken !! We have openers who can open (Is Farhat related to someone - why is he in the team ?) and a middle order with containing Faisal Iqbal - no more to say.

    We have a board that has prob ruined all the planning Bob / Inzy had for the world cup (Remember what Bob said about 12 months ago - His top 11/12 players for the world cup are already pencilled in !!). I have stop dreaming now - the shame of 2003 will be repeated soon. Instead of challenging the Aussies for the biggest prize we will do well to pas Round 2. Doesnt get much more depressing - where is Musharaf when you need him ?

  • Arif Rashid on February 5, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    There is only one response to this: ::sigh::

  • mat on February 5, 2007, 23:05 GMT

    Good stuff Kamran. wonder what, us poor pakistanis done to deserve all this.. Arn't there any pakistanis good enough to manageme anything in Pakistan (i don't mean team manager, feel sorry for bob woolmer)? Our country's pm is expat, our board chief is expat. Shame these expats leave all their fairness, good practices and morals abroad. Even Sri Lankan board cant match us the way Pakistan board works. Does anyone knows if Dr Naseem has any sons to play for pakistan (as tauqeer zia's son). After following pakistani team for 40 years, i dont have any blood left to burn. I think as a nation we are where we deserve to be. Forget political situation, think about Afridi's bat swing at an spectator (shame he couldn't do that in the middle), Younis Khan's resigning from the captaincy and accepting it, Mushy'sacking and reselection, Shoab's finger pointing at the manager infront of the Tv cameras, Kaneria's (so called world's best) outburst for not being selected. Yasir Hameed's blaming manager for not helping him(during the tour of india), Shoab Akhtar's nightouts during foreign tours (ppl in th uk would confirm tht). Chairman's embarrasement with bearded low class players.( witnessed dr. naseem's petty advice to Mohammad Yousif when he took a bit longer talking to someone during the prize ceromeny after westindies series), Salim Altaf's answers to Waqar on Geo Tv. Treatment of Azhar and so many other U turns. Salim Malik's story (compare it with the Azharuddin in India),i can mention alot more.

    Still have any hope my dear countrymen?

  • Mawali on February 5, 2007, 22:44 GMT

    Kamran Sahib, don’t hold back on us now. Excellent article, very well written with great passion. At yhe risk of sounding patronizing you are among the best writers on Cricinfo. What can I say; there is not much to argue about what you have written. I have said before that the PCB (Prized collection of buffoons) is being run in a helter skelter fashion with no clear cut strategy or thought process. The organization has lacked consistency in its policies or lack thereof across the board.

    The number of U-turns alone by the PCB in its decision making is quite indicative of the lack of sincerity and resolve. The most glaring of which was the decision to hire Mushtaq over Waqar as the Assistant manager/bowling coach. The price of which was paid in not just the shellacking our bowlers got but the number of extra’s conceded. BTW, I would not be surprised the least bit if Uncle Bob and Inzi bhai (MBBS) were in cahoots on this one. The reason for which I would not delve into now.

    The team selection process has turned into more a reactionary approach rather than a proactive approach. Look injuries are a part of every sport. Heck they part of life. They cannot be used as an excuse for failure. If that was the case nothing in the world would ever get done. With a proactive approach you account for injuries from the outset and have able backups available on a moments notice. This also calls for building a team culture inculcating resiliency into the team members to pick up the slack for the injured player. Dr. Nasim Ashraf is a schmuck surrounded by a bunch of morons, including the selectors, coach and the now famous capitaan.

    I have always refrained from “name dropping” and suggesting my playing eleven just for the fact that, reputations aside I just don’t know their level of form, fitness and dedication. It’s, fine for poster’s to play fantasy cricket. It’s another to put out a team on the field. The selection process should not just be based on reputation alone. The approach should be very business like based on recent/current form and fitness. It would behoove the selectors to consider before the SA tour and the impending WC (the holy grail of cricket) to pick their 30 from a pool of players across the nation and pick the best by position, form, fitness and desire. Then put them all through a rigorous training camp and fitness routine. It would also not hurt to once and for all make faster, seaming, turning wickets to account for the worst conditions they could encounter. When planning you have to account for the worst possible situation and prepare for it. Standing around during the game and scratching your head, beard and the belly isn’t going to cut it!

    BTW, I could not believe my eyes when I read one of the posts suggesting “nepotism is not a bad thing”. Not to introduce political overtones to a cricket blog. Yet, I have to say that Mr. Musharraf is directly responsible for this mess. I have always been a huge supporter of the president, but it seems he is a chip of the same ugly block. So to sum it up and to close this never ending manuscript, I say throw the bums out and clean house, that includes the Capitaan. AMF!

  • Imran Zia on February 5, 2007, 22:14 GMT

    The PCB seems to work with the philosophy better late than never. The have proved it with the (timely!) selections of Shoaib , Shabbir and Azhar Mehmood. Pakistan preparations for the World Cup are way off track and there are onle 4 matches to sort it out. Here are the problem we are facing? 1.Abdul Razzak (bowling, batting fielding) 2.Kamran Akmal (the man with 9 lives) 3.Rana Naved (too much variety, too little control, wannabe Shoaib Akhtar) 4.Mohd Sami (lands the ball in perfect areas only for the batsman to hit it) It is hard for me to understand how can Abdul Razzak return to the team without proving his fitness and form in domestic cricket which is the yardstick for selection for all other players including Shoaib Akhtar. If Pakistan expect Abdul Razzak to bowl in this form, and field the way he did in both outings, I am afraid he should be left out of the World Cup squad. It seems that he takes playing for Pakistan for granted and he can simply walk into the team. The only hope for Pakistan is that history shows that non favorite teams usually win the World Cup provided they peak at the right time. The bowler who will go to the Carribian are not with the team and for those who are it is an oppurtunity to decide who will play in the world cup alongside shoaib, asif and gul.

  • NOMAN YOUSUF on February 5, 2007, 21:52 GMT

    I totally agree with Mr. Abbasi on this article and thank him for articulating the mess in the PCB. Nasim Ashraf has made us think that Shariyar Khan was a much better chief, what a Shame! I would like to address one particular issue over here: the sacking of Waqar Younis. It irks me like hell that we let go a man of Waqar's calibre before the all important World Cup just to satisfy few egos. Look at the work that he had done with our bowlers; they were toying with the Windies and thrashed them with disdain on not very helpful Pakistani tracks. And now they are being thrashed by South Africans in helpful conditions. They all looked fit then and conceeded few extras, and now they look awful and conceed so many extras. The most stupid management of PCB, which I do not how thought that he would not be helpful in onedayers, should be hanged till death. Just listen to Rana Naveed's comments after winning some prize at the end of a ODI against West Indies; he says that he has improved a lot after a bad English series because Waqar helped him a lot. Umar Gul admits that Waqar helped him a lot; and that was there for all of us to see when he reverse swung the ball like his teacher against the Windies. Waqar could have won us the World Cup; he is such a nice gentleman and a wonderful wonderful bowler (and on recent evidence a great bowling coach as well), shoot the PCB!

  • Danish Khan on February 5, 2007, 21:37 GMT

    Corporate Hospitality; the word that best signifies the point number six you make regarding journalists. Corporate Hospitality is applied to gain one's own objectives, and since the PCB is bent on making it a corporation, fasten your seat-belts for further such applications beyond journalists. The thing is, I would be the sole advocate of this, even in the eye of a storm, IF it was done to make the cricket of this country prosper. Not! to have further scams rubbed under the carpet or mold the thinking of the public reading related stories. Then again, quite few journalists stand up for that duty, and ones that do are nailed down. This though is a worldwide scenario, a human's mind disintegration at play. Cricket though! PCB should focus more on fronts such as building a conducive selection, medical support, improving domestic cricket further (NOT just one or two cricket grounds, I'm talking about the politics). Anyways, I could go on and on regarding this current state of affairs surrounding PCB and the chief, lets leave it on the note that; PLEASE! Fine make it a corporation, but don't let that influence the spirit of the game.

  • Humayun on February 5, 2007, 21:19 GMT

    I agree completely with your article and most of the comments posted here. This is part of history that has been following the Paki cricket. A difference face, yet the same results from the administrators. Inzi continue to disappoint with his captaincy. The think tank if full of dirt as they continue to make blunders in team selection. Plus what is Inzi doing playing #6 in the ODI game. Shouldnt the best batsmen bat higher than that? Akmal is a mistake as opener, maybe on asian flat tracks he can score but on bouncy wickets he can screw the team. Horrible team selection, just full of all rounders. What happened to specialist openers and bowlers. In the first ODI Pak played 4 all rounders and one over worked keeper and 2 bowlers in Rana & Sami who have been struggling throughout in SA and most of their careers. Shoaib Malik continue to take long to get started in ODI and talented youngsters keep getting ignored. This is the history of Pakistan cricket. Politics first, Rishtadari (family ties) second, friendship third, then everything else.

    We need a captain like Imran, a true hero in the sense of mastering the game and handling the administrators and grooming the talent. Inzi is just killing the talent by letting them rot on tours. Instead of bringing 17 players on tours, let them stay home and play domestic cricket at least they will continue to practise. Now is the turn of Imran Nazir, Zulqarnain Haider and perhaps even Azhar Mahmood to sit and watch the match from the pavilion and never take part in the game, except perhaps as 12th or 13th man on the field. Shame on PCB, a complete failure of an institution, history has repeated itself time and again yet there have been no lessons learnt. Welcome to Pakistani cricket.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on February 5, 2007, 21:09 GMT

    KAMRAN ABBASSI please do me a favour. Please remove that picture of Peter Ashraf from this thread. I wanna read the comments, but when I had to see that ugly mug shot of Peter, I feel like puking. So, please remove it.... feel free to put your own picture, but not his. Thank you.

  • Amir on February 5, 2007, 21:08 GMT

    Dr Akbar S Ahmad Vs Dr Nasim Ashraf: Ex-Musharraf ambassador at loggerheads with current minister

    Lahore: On the eve of General Pervez Musharraf’s arrival in America, the wife of former Pakistan ambassador to London Dr Akbar S Ahmad (appointed by General Musharraf in 1999 but fired later), has written a letter to Daily Times alleging wrong doing by a serving minister of state handpicked by General Musharraf himself. Mrs Zeenat Ahmed, wife of Dr Akbar S Ahmed who became Pakistan’s ambassador to London in 1999 and is currently teaching Islamic Studies at a university in Washington, has accused Dr Nasim Ashraf, chairman of the National Commission for Human Development (with the rank of a minister), of “conniving to take over the Jinnah film project, ensuring the collapse of the Quaid Project Lt company run by her and other family members, maneuvering to hand over the film to the Indian nationality receiver in London and illegally bringing out the film in DVD format”. Much more objectionable from Mrs Ahmed point of view: “The film has an addition in which Nasim Ashraf makes a comment praising General Pervez Musharraf.” But Mrs Ahmed noted that General Pervez Musharraf had nothing to do with the making of the Jinnah film and its use as a political platform by Dr Nasim Ashraf was “highly objectionable”. According to sources, Dr Ahmad and Dr Ashraf were partners but fell apart many years ago and have since been making allegations and counter-allegations against each other regarding the Jinnah Film Project. Thus there is nothing new in Mrs Ahmed’s charge that Dr Ashraf connived in the undoing of her company etc. Equally, Dr Ashraf has denied such allegations and countered by accusing Dr Ahmed and his family of nepotism and fiddling accounts. What is new, however, is the charge of sycophancy leveled against Dr Nasim Ashraf in Mrs Ahmed’s letter. If this is true, said sources, it would reflect poorly on Dr Ashraf. “We will have to wait and see the DVD and compare it to the original version to find if groveling praise of General Musharraf has indeed been added to it and to what purpose”, said one journalist. staff report

  • Shazad on February 5, 2007, 21:05 GMT

    What a Leader: Dr. Nasim Ashraf 1. That the respondent was deeply involved in Rs two Billion of taxpayer's money of PAKISTANI NATION in the name of Nation Commission on Human Development (NCHD). as reported in South Asian Tribune by Shaheen Sehbi.

    2. That an amount of Rs two Billion of taxpayers' money was handed over to the respondent by the president of Pakistan, which has not accounted for and has been kept out of reach of Auditor General of Pakistan.

    3. That On 15th September 2005 General Pervez Mushraf attended the Pakistan Human Development Fund Qawali in New York ( PriceTag $ 275 per seat) and stamping the seal of his approval confirming to be an active partner in what would eventually emerge as the biggest financial scam of his future. Mrs Zeenat Ashraf publicly accused that Dr Nasim Ashraf brought out the film in DVD format with addition in which he praised Gen Pervez Mushraf who had nothing to do with the film but Dr Nasim Ashraf get closer and closer to General Pervez Mushraf who was the approval authority of Rs Two Billion.

    4. That the scan is brewing in the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) a body created cleverly under law and smartly weaved into a privately owned Pakistan Human Development fund (PHDF) registered under the 1984 Companies ordinance. in addition, the amount was transferred in the account of Pakistan Human Development fund (PHDF).

    5. That the respondent never allowed the Auditor General Pakistan to touch his accounts books despite growing resentment in. the ministry of Finance and ministries of Education & Health. The resentment grew so much in last June 2005 that the SENATE of Pakistan unanimously recommended to the lower house to get the accounts of the Commission audited by the Auditor General of Pakistan but the respondent foiled the entire Upper House by using General Mushraf Powers who ordered the Young Junior Minister, Omer Ayub Khan, to ignore this recommendation of the Senate.

    6. That as Member National Assembly from Sindh asked the Chief Minister of Sindh about the great work of the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) in his province. The Chief Minister Sindh scoffed at the Member National Assembly and said he had never heard of the human development commission, or any work it may have done. It has been reported in South Asian Tribune.

    7. That an analysis of the financial report of the commission for July 2004 to June 2005 reveals a lot of pork barrel expenditure. It shows a total expenditure of Rs 757.3 million details of which are given below:-

    a).Rs 127.6 million went to staff cost.

    b) Rs 62.6 million to program support and head office Administration,

    c) Rs 45.9 million to global resource moblization.

    d) Rs 15.8 million to communication.

    Click to view report at NCHD web site. Like wise an other Rs 30 million went to Capital expenditure & Rs 11.3 million for an unexplained head of Illiteracy in NWFP while an other NCHD litiracy project claimed 55.5 million.

    8. That an amount of Rs 1 billion was parked in the private Pakistani bank.. Kindly click for report in PDF format 9 size 25 MB).

    9. That the global Resource mobilization for which Rs 46 million were spent included a grand gala dinner for General Pervez Mushraf in New Yark in 2004 in which a stolen drama production II AnarkaliJJ was shown click view SAT Report in NCHD web site. But these resource mobilization efforts have produced hardly the figures that were promised to General Mushraf who have himself announced that whilethe government would grant Rs 2 billion to the fund. it would raise Rs 4 billion from other doners .

    10. That the audit reports. and income statement of the auditors shows as against the promise of Rs 4 billion, the fund has not been able to raise even rs 100 million in the last three years but has been living lavishly on the tax payers money.

    11. That all the assurance and explanations of General Mushraf before he gave away the billions to this crony, have now come to a point where they are falling flat and will soon com back to haunt him.

    12. That there is voice of the people, that as long as General Musharraf is in power the respondent and his associates who are benefited from this scandal will not be touched. However this is not true, NAB may initiate action against the respondent.

    The above facts have been taken from following References:

    1. South Asia Tribune

    2. NCHD Web Site

  • Razi Ahmed on February 5, 2007, 20:52 GMT

    great article... we need to see the role of Bob Woolmer in this whole drama. He has not been able to establish an unit. All the players including captian dont have self belief. They play for money and good future but not for country and passion.We hired state of the art coach and trainer and we have seen the poor methods applied by bowlers, batsmen and fielder. Captain, coach and player have various excuse provided by Naseem Ashraf for various occassion. Dr Nasim Ashrif has practised medicine for 30 years in USA and was cofounder of APNA, who is famous for organizing Modern Mujra to promote our culture and kids ask thier parents , This is our culture? Dr Nasim Ashraf has a degree in medincine and he is working on human development by opening computer schools in remote areas of pakistan. Please do something which is useful for vast majority of people of pakistan like Dr. Yonis did for poor people in Bangladesh by opening a Gramin Bank and recieed a nobel prize for his serices

  • zeeshan on February 5, 2007, 20:45 GMT

    after reading most of these comments i came to a conclusion that all of us who are far away from there country and loved ones see and pick the right problem, absence or failure of a proper system to run any institute in pakistan.if all of us see it and feel it then why dont we do something about it , lets take some steps and try towards solving them, if we dont do it nobody else will do it for us. this is very crucial and important for our coming generations. PCB is no different then any other instiute in the country, we have highly talented and skilled players but they all are waisted, some of them could make it through and look where are they now, JAVED, WASIM, WAQAR, INZMAM,ASIF.we need and clean and transparent system so that the individual gets what he deserved, thats what is gonna make us successful in the modern and this paced world.

  • saad on February 5, 2007, 20:38 GMT

    can't we just admit one single fact yaar. we have lost to a team that is miles ahead of us in disciplne, professionalism and i dare say.... talent. We've all heard that how 'talented' pakistani cricketers are because they are world beaters on a given day. Well...sorry to say...but that is not a definition of talent. The first step in solving any problem is the realisation of the fact that a problem indeed exists. The first thing we have to admit is that WE LACK TALENT...specially when it comes to batting. The day we realise this....we would start our journey in solving this problem. How?? we'll thats for the cricket board to work out......oh yeah...the cricket board!! .... the center of all the controversy....... The cricket board is nothing...but Pakistan in a nuttshell!! A Massacre of merit .... and a nourishing ground for incompetance. Sorry guyz..if i sound a little too negative.... but that is the way it is. Like i said.....the first step in solving a problem...is the realisation of the fact..that a problem indeed exists....

  • Imran on February 5, 2007, 19:59 GMT

    Kamran, you have opened an absolute can of worms here. I think you have tried your best to sum all the crap in 7 points. Still i'd like to add a few points which may not pertain to the current management but still leave me baffled. 8. The handling/response to the last year's forfeiting saga. 9. The handling of Danish Kaneria. A player doing very good being told on the eve of the most important day in the tour that he will not be in the ODI Squad. 10. Shoaib's spat with Woolmer and his subsequent comments, while no or sporadic comments were forthcoming from PCB. 11. The feeling that PCB is a company run by 'Seths' and there is no sense of accountability in its officials.

    This list is endless. Whats deeply saddening is that the sport most widely watched and followed in Pakistan is being run by a bunch of goons!

  • K.Z on February 5, 2007, 19:45 GMT

    Saleem Altaf!! A failure and disgrace in all walks of his life. I am sure he is a kind of fellow if asked about Quaid e Azam M.A.Jinnah, Saleem Altaf would surely blame him for any thing, let alone a person like Waqar Younis. I have been living abroad for almost 25 years and in places where cricket is not common and known, but people know Pakistan only for names like Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Imran Khan, Javed, Jahangir Khan.. And than you hear Waqar Younis is fired! He does not need to coach pakistan and I am sure he wouldnt even bother to come to television and sit with people like N.A and S.A (and even calling him "Sir"..its only due to his personality, dignity and himself, i.e. being Waqar that he came to the screen. He already carries an offer from New South Wales Cricket and even if he is called back, and if he comes back, all I could say is that we could only salute a dignified person like him. I have been a great fan of his bowling but he proved to be great as a bowling coach as well, look how had rana, umar, asif and co changed dramatically during the last home series? Even sami got better then..but than..shooooooott...why is Pullock still playing even after having a very bad WC in 2003? i m sure if mistakenly Pullock was in pakistan team, he would have been forced to retire immediately after WC 2003, just like we loose our greatest players after each world cup..imran, javed, wasim, waqar...rashid latif..moin..all...now..it will be inzi, younus, shoaib,razzak, afridi..all will go..its a trend kamran..

  • Ebrahim - South Africa on February 5, 2007, 19:37 GMT

    Lots of things have been said and loads of blame directed to the officials but the pak players continue thier embarassing performances when touring. One wonders whether they have once again come for a joy ride or to play cricket in SA. It is eident in almost every players body language that cricket is the secondary reason they are here in SA. Abdul Razaak seems as someone has coerced him to bat & bowl, his body language would encourage Kenya to challenge and beat Pak. Younis Khan is overrated and seems to get fun out of losing too. The remainder behave as though it is thier right more than an honur to play for Pak. Please guys more application and maybe you be atleast a challenge.

  • Shiraz from Houston, USA on February 5, 2007, 19:29 GMT

    Cricket should be banned in Pakistan!!!.

    Pakistan cricket team sucks...they will get butchered by SA 5-0 and then lose to teams like Kenya and ZIM in the World Cup. The team should just go home today and stop disgracing Pakistan and its people.

  • A.R.Zaidi on February 5, 2007, 19:14 GMT

    Kamran, my suggestion is to change the selection committee immediately. Wasim Bari was not a good captain so how can he be a good chief selector. PCB should immediately appoint javed Miandad as chief selector and consult Imran Khan in team selection for the WC. Other selectors should be Waseem Akram and Abdul Qadir. Bring back Waqar Younis as bowling coach and drop Mushtaq Ahmed. A fair team selected should be regularly lectured by Imran Khan and Javed Miandad on tactics, techniques to perform well and feel strong. Yawar Saeed should be requested to manage the team in World Cup. Inzimam should be given last chance to lead the team and Bob Woolmer should be advised to remain away from petty politics. Writing seems to be pretty clear on the wall in the last 4 ODI's to be played in South Africa. Inzimam has proved to be a poor leader in both tests and ODI's. I cant find Talaat Ali, can anybody tell where he is? PCB should take bold decision of removing current selection committee. Do we expect Iqbal Qasim to pick up a quality batting line up or a good fast bowling attack. For God's sake bring in new selection committee before the world cup comprising of Miandad, Qadir and wasemm. Sarfraz Nawaz can also be considered for membership. Board should not let petty politics kill Shoeb Akhter. Well, we have to live with his abnormalities. Inzi should forget his grudges and enemities and let Shoeb come in the side. Chairman PCB must must must MUST intervene before its too late.

  • ammar sheikh on February 5, 2007, 19:09 GMT

    Only one person to blame for all this debacle; Gen. Musharraf; the most powerful man in the country and perhaps in the PCB. He has put incompetent PCB chiefs to run the affairs. It is too late for Pakistani team to get their act together for the World cup. Let's talk what we need to do for the next world cup 2011'.

  • qaisar sheikh- pakistan on February 5, 2007, 18:41 GMT

    i would like to mention fewer players in domestic in light of oue experts opinions which they gave in receent 20/20 domestic season and during several international matches by ramiz hassan raja. once sitting in commentry box with sanjay manjrekar ramiz raja answered his question about speedsters in domestic. he(ramiz)pointed out irshad by saying that he is next shoaib akhtar similar kind of action and speed and aggression and second name he uttered was yasar arafat(at that time he had not played for pakistan) as a good all rounder with handy speed.najaf shah the left hand seemer with affective speed and swing. in 20/20 we all experinced to watch most impressive anwar ali whos in dipper was looking extremly sharp and was man of the match in under 19 final(if i am not wrong) and his speed was looking good too. aaqib javaid said about akhtar ayoub an other under19 playera bowler who has good control, variety and round about 90m/h speed.fawad alam as we all know was man of the series. shahid yousaf who could not do anything good in 20/20 but was being announced as another m. yousaf.sarfraz ahmad under19 captain and wicket keeper was delight to watch and all praised him alongside salman of faisal abad. now come to the biggest question. if i am not wrong sami ullah khan niazi toured whole year with pak team in 2006 and was being announced a quality left hand seemer who showed his guts in domestic circuit. though for whole year he was with the team but could not get a chance and being with the team was his reward for good domestic season and thats end . a good domestic player should not get a chance to play atleast in pak team. but now when we are running short of strike bowlers he is not being even named. they did not even pick him with the tean only bacoz his rewarding period is ended. common people , common board what are you supposed to do? i cant understand what the hell you people want to do or want to prove. when will we see timly replacements. i personnaly browsed above mentioned players domestic careeres on internet.. they are not that much bad that you cant even try them. irshad took four against england in their practice match he should have been called immediatly to the team. they used to say that kamran akmal has a batting advantage over zulqarnain but what i found on net is kamran has average of 30 in domestic and zulqarnain 33. all these happening are really depressing.

  • ammar ahmad on February 5, 2007, 18:30 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has taken a plunge since 99'. First it was Mujeeb-ur-Rehman; brother of Ehtasab Bureau chief Saif-ur-Rehman as President of PCB. Then you had a man in uniform; Gen. Tauqir Zia, then a diplomat; Sheryar Khan and now a Doctor, and a close friend of Gen. Musharraf; Dr. Naseem Ashraf. As long as we have political based appointments throwing merit out of window, we are in no position to improve our national cricket team. Waqar's outer was politically motivated and the result of this harsh decision is obvious. Our bowling went for 392 runs! Our chances to win the Word cup are not better then of Bangladesh or English team.

  • Fareed Nasir on February 5, 2007, 18:14 GMT

    Just playing a bit of devils advocate. A lot of people have recommended akhtar and gul in their playing 11, however unfortunately they are unfit and un available. So who else to play well natural choice would be sami and rana. The fact that they are both failing miserably does not help. Add to that Shabbirs and razzaqs fitness woes and shahid nazirs lacklustre display and you have a huge selection problem. Managements desperation is shown by the decision to fly Azhar Mahmood in. There was no doubt a huge blunder committed when Waqar was replaced by Mushtaq and I think the fast bowlers have suffered a lot due to that. They lack a senior fast bowling presence like Sarfraz, Imran, Wasim or Waqar on the field. This role should have been taken up by Shoaib. But we all know he cant do that anymore owing to a combination of self destruction and bad Management (Going on for years not limited to current set up). So the bottom line with our pace attack is we have Asif. Playing well hope he stays fit and avoids fatigue, however he is not a good bowller for death overs Shoaib. Unfit so lets exclude him until he is fit GUl. Unfit again. Sami, Need I say anything about him Rana, A sad story, he is an honest player i wonder whats happened to his confidence, this is where Waqar would have helped. Shabbir, Unfit, out of form and dare i say still chucking. Shahid Nazir. Past his sell by date. Razzaq, Has lost all pace, he should be given chance in all one dayers, he has to get his touch back, Need I say Waqar again. Azhar. I doubt he will be sucessful after such a long layoff, Its unfair to him, however I hpe he suceeds. Rao Iftikhar. Lacks pace however good control can be useful to plug one end while asif attacks from other.

    However as we see selectors job is not easy too. I dont see any faces in domestic cricket who can replace the above, I think Yasir Arafat and Samiullah Niazi are the only 2 left. So question if you were a selector who will you choose for the next few one dayers.

  • Omer Admani on February 5, 2007, 18:10 GMT

    If I were the PCB chairman, I would know that one smart and incosistent--rather than stupid and incosistent-- move would be to bring Waqar back now. Unfortunately, Pakistani fans, too, are a bit late in deciphering what move is better, as apparaent in their indifference immediately after Waqar was sacked. We don't have to wait for the results, we could have predicted what would happen with Waqar's exclusion and Mushtaq's appointment. One thing that Mushtaq could do to better the team is to stop "promising" to everyone. The whole problem with the PCB, the Pakistan team, and the captain is that they go along with the motions and find out whether their decision was right or wrong after they have been righted or wronged. After they are wronged, then only they show willingness to make changes.They need to think a bit more, and try to pre-empt wrongs rather than making Pakistan the laughing stock of world cricket. I don't care whether Inzamam is proactive or laid-back in the field, but you have to question his decision-making, as he usually is two overs late rather than early (That, too, because the only thing that affects his senses are runs, and it takes someone like Rana to get 26 runs in an over for Inzamam to change).

  • Imran Manzoor on February 5, 2007, 18:05 GMT

    After going through all different phases of Pakistan cricket in last 10 years, many faces came and went, only one remains there in PCB and that is Saleem Altaf. Take him out and PCB will be more transparent and logical. After studying all those years going ons, you can see a schemer and vindictive person. Take any matter and his name will turn up. How can any commercial setup accomodate a person like him for so long is beyond reasoning.

  • Jack Murphy on February 5, 2007, 18:04 GMT

    Somehow I had a notion this is the way Pakistan would perform in the one days. Their prior successes have been against weaker one day squads. There are problems all around. Biggest is the batting inconsistency. You can't count on thjis team to score 200 plus runs on regualr basis.Please one more thing that Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik are not even fit for fisrt class cricket...they don't belong here ..send them home.Shoaib's fifty don't mean crap ...

  • Shahid on February 5, 2007, 18:03 GMT

    Pakistan was in a strife when they finished with the world cup in 2003. A major cull was then done on our team and it was rebuilt almost from scratch. I see the same thing happening after this world cup. Everything has come full circle in four years. Time for us now to bow graciously to Inzimam for years of sterling service as a batsman to Pakistan, say Thanks to him, listen to him talk a little about "his boys" for a bit... and then give him a big foot in the ass and kick him the hell out of the team.

  • Athar Sherwani on February 5, 2007, 17:49 GMT

    Sadly, the 1st 1 day match against S. Africa is perhaps the most inept performance by a Pakistani Team. The entire match showed total lack of preparation, strategy and adjusting bowling line and lengh to suit a flat wicket. Once again, Inzi showed total disdain and inability to motivate, encourage and advise the bowlers to alter the line of attack. We all know that when a bowler comes under pressure, he needs to be guided by other experienced players, and in particular by the Captain. By standing around with hands on his hips and then marching off the ground for a breather now and then does not bode well for the team morale. Inzi has to be more proactive or else he should pass the baton on to some one who is more effective leader when the going gets tough. Once again our batsmen showed their technical shortcomings with almost everyone of them with their feets stuck in imaginary quagmire in the crease. We will never be a regular winning side at the highest level till we learn to move our feet. How much longer are we going to persist with Afridi with his head in the air 'tullas'. He should never again be selected. Enough is enough! Finally, get rid of Nasim Ashraf, he cannot even organise a piss up in a brewery!

  • Muhammad Haris on February 5, 2007, 17:33 GMT

    If I was there at that position in place of Mr. Nasim Ashraf, I would have identified who are the best players available for Pakistan to make them win the World Cup.. The first name would have been "SHOAIB AKHTAR".. & I than would have tried my best to somehow settle the issues between Shoaib, Woolmer & Inzamam, if there are any.. I would have listened to all of them.. Because somewhere in the corner of my mind I have this feeling that Shoaib Akhtar still loves to play for Pakistan.. He is our potential matchwinner and we should not take him like the way PCB is taking.. I am not sure why Mushtaq is the bowling coach of Pakistan since there's only one Leg spinner in the side and in ODI that one spinner is Afridi.. Fast bowlers are the one who needs real training since they are the one who gonna take us to the World Cup triumph.. If we have fit and in form Asif, Shoaib, Sami, A.Razzaq, Umar Gul, Rana Naveed than I dont see there's any team who can beat us.. But if we have in form Afridi as a leg break bowler, I dont see Pakistan could win the game and the World Cup through him single handedly..

    I have worked in different firms back in Pakistan and I know how the upper level managers call their friends and relatives whenever there is an opportunity in the organization.. That's the mentality of most or all of the people back in Pakistan..

    I wish Pakistan a very good luck for their World Cup and I wish Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should learn how to give respect to those players who have served Pakistan in tough conditions and immense pressure.. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, they all are greats and PCB disrespect all of them..

    Good Luck Pakistan!! My Prayers are with my team for the World Cup and the Future!!


  • Sbaig on February 5, 2007, 17:30 GMT

    What a result of so competent administration. Naseem Ashraf a doctor who spent 30 years in America was first given the charge of human development of Pakistan's "inhumanes". He performed "magnificiently" there and then made the boss of Pakistan Cricket board. No where in the world can a doctor do these two jobs but in Pakistan, you can do anything to be in lime light if you know some one in higher ranks of Army. Good Job Musharraf of bringing your "punters" all over the place and asking them to make money as much as the predessors (Benazir and Nawazsharif administrations) have made. After all, Pakistan is a Golden Goose.

  • Muhammad Haris on February 5, 2007, 17:24 GMT

    I hate the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) but I love the Pakistan Cricket Team...

    I can bet Mr. Nasim Ashraf dont know much about Cricket & he's trying to rule... Shame for Pakistan!

  • Amyn Habib on February 5, 2007, 17:21 GMT

    Sadly, your long winded analysis completely misses the main issue. The key issue is that the cricket team is mediocre and injury prone and likely to do poorly in the World Cup. Nasim Ashraf is hardly responsible for that. He just got here. Of course, the inconsistent actions of the PCB justly make it the object of ridicule. Clearly, it has a lot of work to do. Unfortunately, the quality of the analysis by Pakistani pundits of cricket is hysterical and remarkably lacking in insight. This adds to the misery of Pakistan cricket.

    It is interesting that you don’t mention the main architect of this wreck, the nepotistic Wasim Bari, who over the years, has done a massive damage to the team, building up and maintaining and even rewarding mediocrity. Consider the outrage of his favorite Afridi’s selection to the team, after 20 plus consecutive batting failures. Can you imagine Yasir Hameed or Farhat or Nazir or any other player failing for 20 consecutive innings without scoring a fifty and still be around? They would be banished to the ends of the earth and never be heard from again. I agree with you that Afridi has been mishandled. He should have been permanently removed from the team years ago.

    Azhar Mahmood averages 18 runs from 139 ODIs and has taken 122 wickets—a perfectly mediocre record. He was dropped after 139 opportunities. How was he mishandled?

  • Mythsmoke on February 5, 2007, 17:21 GMT

    What is an all-rounder? In theory it’s a player who can be selected a team on the basis of his batting or bowling only. Imran Khan was an all-rounder, botham i suppose, freddy in 2005...wasim akram not really, kallis....the opposite of wasim...the former being a very good bowler who could occasionally show brilliance with the bat, the latter being a brilliant batsmen who can occasionally show brilliance with the ball. That brings us to Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Hafeez...(and now Azhar Mahmood)...do we really think these guys are good enough to play in the same team at one time? Heck, if the idea is that these guys, should pack a powerful punch in the lower order, then at least lets be principled about it..dont sent afridi to open when chasing a 300+ target…go with solid bats up front….but for that you need specialists….which means you cant play 4 bits and pieces players who will be good enough vs. sri lanka, India, new Zealand etc…but against south Africa, and Australia, they will stall. Question is can bob-inzi be brave and make those calls? Since everyone’s got their two bits on team combos, here’s mine…open with Younis Khan.

  • Rodzilla1010 on February 5, 2007, 17:10 GMT

    Talking about the show on Geo, Waqar just laid it straight out "Woolmer wants Mushtaq so he can put the cones for him". Waqar's work was visible the way Akhtar, Gul, Rana etc were bowling yorkers by using the double whammies.

    As far as the transperancy in appointment goes, its not a problem with PCB, its the biggest problem in the country right now. I wont be surprised if a few retired genral's are playing for Pakistan in a few months

  • Kamer on February 5, 2007, 17:04 GMT

    This is typical childish whining. Most of the players that are in South Africa are there because there are no others who have succeded in convincing the selectors to pick them. Of course,any selection will be criticized by those who are not in favour of it. I think we are forgetting the real issue. The real issue is we are struggling on the field,be it injuries or what not. But to blame the PCB board for a bad a innings where Pakistan leaked almost 400 runs , is wrong. It's the players who didn't perform. The question again arises,do we have our best players? Well,I have to believe we have, taken into consideration that two of are best bowlers,Gul and Akthar,are injured helps us into the right direction. It wasent a bad batting performance yesterday, it was just humiliating bowling. To let someone like Asif bowl all yorkers and full tosses in the 47th over is all Inzy's fault.It was very evident that he was following orders,since I personally know Asif wouldn't bowl the same length after getting hit all over the place. It was poor fielding. Want to blame something or someone. Go after the boundaries that were leaked, when Rana is hit for 5 consecutive boundaries, almost identical shots,who is to blame? The fact of the matter is, if Pakistan had won the game yesterday, nobody would by talking trash about Dr. Ashraf today. Khuda Hafiz

  • Taufiq Yiusuf on February 5, 2007, 17:04 GMT

    Mr Abbasi I could not disagree with you. It is very unfortunate with our country that from 10 years afer its birth from countless sacrifice and hardwork by our parents, sincere delegated honest leader, The country was in the hand of selfish,self centered leaders who ruled the country as if Pakistan was there personal property and kingdom,theyruled it with law of the jungle rather than based on laws promised by the Quaid -e- Azam. Therefore I believe unless the entire system and thinking of the leaders is changed, through constant struggle from the grass roots by the sincere people, I am afraid that present status Quo will never end. The writing and participation from people like you across the entire nation might bring a change in the country system , including PCB and the cricket, which is the passion of every pakistani whether living inside or outside of the country.

  • Sheraz .M. A. Khan from Washington DC, USA on February 5, 2007, 17:01 GMT

    A team with 3 bowlers was able to win the World cup in 1992 because there was leadership. This team lacks leadership! Its not an individual sport but a Team sport and the role of the captainin cricket is paramount. Shoaib Akthar and Umar Gul will most probably make it to the World cup squad and there injuries will heal till March, but the question is that our team needs Batsmen not just all rounders. We don't need jack of all trades and master of none! What we need is proper batsmen. Faisal Iqbal and Asim Kamal should be recalled. Faisal Iqbal should play in place of Inzamam as he has a back problem and should retire plus Inzi's leadership and common sense is pathetic! Asim kamal a left hander should open up with Imran Nazir. A natural right and left combination, with one pinch hitter and one solid left hand batsman. Shahid Afridi should come at # 6 or 7. My argument is that if likes of Shahid Afridi can be given over 300 one day international matches and are still playing as now he has bettered his game then the likes of Imran Nazir, Asim Kamal and Faisal Iqbal should also be given atleast this World Cup so that they can give us some pride. If this is not done then no matter how strong Pakistan's bowling attack might be, Pakistan will always struggle againsts big Guns like Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, England and also India when batting second. As the bare fact is that you can not rely on your bowling to deliver all the time, and if you do then this will what will happen they will over work and get injured! Please some body take this word to the selectors and the PCB we need proper batsmen (the ones that I have named) and please get rid of Inzamam he is no more in his 1992 form. If Players like Glenn Mccgrath and Shane Warne can retire who can still demolish any world 11 then Inzamam should also depart, as Glenn and Shane are smart, as a player should retire when he is at his best/peak form and not when he is finished and no good (Like the departure of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis) as then every one the whole nation thinks of them as Zero not as a Hero and they are cursed for ever, even if they contributed in their good times.

  • M Muneer,Birmingham, uk on February 5, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    who sent an unfit (shabbir) player to SA.Selection committee or team management.He has not played any type of cricket (domestic or international) for more the a year.On one hand the chief selector said that Azhar Mahmood has not played enough domestic cricket and on ther hand sending an unfit player with out playing a single match.What is the criteria for selection?

  • Tanveer Imam, M.D. on February 5, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    I don't foresee a PCB constitution in the near future as there is an obvious conflict of interest. Wouldn't the ad hoc chief and their cabinet give way to an elected board? Dr. Nasim Ashraf left his medical practice in U.S.A. to work for Human Development in Pakistan amidst applauds from his fans for showing patriotism. What happened to the NCHD? Is it not a focus of another scandal of mismanagement and misappropriation of money? Who is looking over Nasim Ashraf when large sums of money is involved? Is he answerable to our parliament? Why would an individual establish constitution and rule of law when he himself is a benefiacary of this chaos?

    The key to good functioning of PCB and it's committees is establishment of a democratic process of electing officials who are answerable to the board.

  • MANSOOR HAZIR on February 5, 2007, 16:36 GMT

    What a shock to see Kamran back. Well to his credit he did not do so badly in the one dayer. He actually held a catch or did it get stuck. I think one day is the only game which suits him. As to why we have Naveed ul Hassan playing I cannot understand. He has been cause for the largest number of runs in tests as well as one dayers in the last year or so. In the last moments when he has given about 100 runs in his allotted overs, he manages to get a wicket or two with the slower ones. Give us a break Naveed. One talked of bowling in the block hold in one dayers. Waqar, Waseem all the rest use to do it. That is the ball to stop run flow. I dont think I saw a single ball bowled in the block hold. Will Woolmer answer for it or Mushtaq? Neither were fast bowlers anyway.

    Also would it not be nice to see Inzi encouraging or reprimanding the players once in a while? One is just left seething in the chair while watching.

  • Ali Majid on February 5, 2007, 16:28 GMT

    Mr. Abassi, I am a regular reader of you columns. I may not agree with all the points in your various pieces but I still find them to be most interesting, thought provoking and at times controversial. I have to say that this is one piece that I can truly say that I agree with you on completely. The conduct of the PCB in the last few months has surprisingly reached a new low (which quite frankly I did not think was possible since the operations of this particular institution has left me gobsmacked in the past). Nasim Ashraf as the head of perhaps the most sensitive and emotionally charged (in the sense that the actions have an impact on the feelings of millions of fans) institute is clearly not the answer. Some of his comments (especially the one about not mixing religon with sports)have shown that he is a man who is not entirely confident in his own abilities and will make lots of noises to try and justify his position and appointment. I agree with your point about Mr Malik but I would like to ask again - what kind of recruitment process did Mr. Ashraf have to go through before being appointed as the chairman of the board that (supposedly) runs the single issue that unites a country of 150 million? Nowadays an average guy applying for an average job has to go through the most rigourous recruitment process and it is absolutely appalling that this should not be the case when it comes to the PCB. This board does indeed have a lot to answer for. The slot on Geo television was a minor victory for Waqar. As far as the issue of PJ Mir is concerned...don't even get me started....

  • ahsan Tarique on February 5, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    Pakistan World Cup hope-"Mission Impossible" The team needs a captain or leader like Indiana Jones.

  • Farheen on February 5, 2007, 15:58 GMT

    Dear Sir, Can you PLEASE send Mr Nasim Ashraf a print-out of 'Osman Ali Khairi's' comment, with a small message saying: from ordinary citizens of Pakistan who are pained to see the state of affairs of their team, "not thanks to Allah" as inzamam says, but "THANKS TO PCB(you)". Maybe the next time he is watching some match live, he can spare a few minutes or take it as his bed-time reading.

    Osman, your comment says it all. Thank you, regards


  • Hassan on February 5, 2007, 15:29 GMT

    Only Pakistan could do so miserably with a bunch of cricketers that Geoff Boycott and Michael Atherton said were the only real challengers to Australia for the World Cup.

    Razzaq's time is up. He started as a technically competent batsmen who batted at no.3 to protect our middle order. Now he's just a glorified slogger who is scared of the bouncer. His bowling too is now utterly useless.

    Afridi is unpredictable but worth the punt.

    I agree with the man who had Butt and Hameed as openers- remember Aamir/Ramiz in 1992 and Anwar/Wasti in 1999? PROPER batsmen. Two left/right combinations and where did Pakistan reach on both occasions? The final. Enough said.

    Mahmood is past it- what a silly decision by the PCB.

    Rana was my favourite bowler but he's lost his swing and his zip. Time's up I'm afraid, so too Sami.

    What about Akhtar Ayub who bowled so well in the U19 World Cup and Jamshed Ahmed?? Both were fantastic and were not overrawed one bit.

  • Maulabuksh on February 5, 2007, 15:22 GMT

    state of pak cricket reflects the state of the nation, at least the team leaving these shores for the caribbean can be rest assured that their houses wont be stoned, their fathers not kidnapped, their flights not diverted(on the way back) ( again shows the state of the nation! - nobody expects them to win, just like nobody expected the Indians to reach the finals in SA, but please please for the first time beat the Indians in a WC match - that would be very satisfying,

  • niazi on February 5, 2007, 15:22 GMT

    Let's forget everything else. The only way out is for us to persuade Dr Nasim Ashraf to do his duck-imitation, immortalised on 'Aik din Geo ke saath', before every match-toss. If you saw it, I'm sure you'd agree he is better at imitating ducks than at charing boards or developing humans. We might be able to iflict injuries on other team's key players, from rolling about laughing in their dressing-rooms.

  • Jibran Ilyas on February 5, 2007, 15:07 GMT

    All i can say is Thank You Kamran bhai for bringing all these issues to the spotlight. I hope your write up gets all the attention it deserves and we finally get answers from PCB. Our heroes will never want to have anything to do with PCB if they keep acting like jerks; the Waqar Younis incident was such a shame. He improved our bowling tremendously but all he got in return was a betrayal. I don't know what results he should have produced to live up to PCB's standards. Our future looks very bleaky if the current regime lives on. Our only hope is that the current players and coaches just focus on cricket and not thing about anything else... easier said than done, i am not sure if there is one person reading this post who would consistently do his job cheerfully if he gets treated like crap by his boss/management. This sad state of affairs with the nation's favorite sport need to be dealt with. What you compiled in this blog is a great start and if anyone can push this forward or do anything to help the cause, that will be great. I am hesitant to cheer the team for World Cup now, cuz if we win, then this nepotism and injustice will stay, but if we lose there will be more finger pointing and it may just bring positive changes in PCB. As an ardent fan, I am not sure what to even wish for anymore.

  • kwj on February 5, 2007, 14:59 GMT

    we should all start betting on pakistan getting knocked out of the first round of the world cup. Anything more will be a miracle...but hey..its pakistan..you never know

  • Osman Ali Khairi on February 5, 2007, 14:28 GMT

    Nasim Ashraf: (Oval ; Proving his credentials to the nation) 1- Emerged at the player’s balcony, amidst the chaos during the Oval fiasco (aka “Oh my god! We play for pride! Ball tampering, drugs, match fixing!? No! We are all for principles and fair play *angels*”) giving the goras the thumbs up (Interpretation: I am your loyal sycophant and though, I have no jurisdiction here, I will ensure the team is back onto the field so that we end up with eggs on our faces and get humiliated to the fullest extent. Um….Anything else Mr. ECB chairman?). The truth is back then I mistook him for Ehsan Mani and as a corollary, hurled abuses at the wrong person. Back then I thought, even by Pakistan’s standards, things couldn’t possibly get worse. Maybe I was naïve. Maybe I couldn’t fathom the capricious nature of Pakistan cricket and the lows it could stoop down to. Or maybe I couldn’t envision the unearthing of a new gem. Whatever it was, Ehsan Mani had arrived and it was the dawn of a new era.

    (Musical Chairs; First stint with controversy) 2- Younis resigns a few days before the team is scheduled to leave for India (Champions Trophy). “I will not be a dummy captain! I have been made to wait outside! Damit!” Shaharyar resigns. “And I thought Shoaib was a prick!” Nasim Ashraf is appointed the new chairman. “Hmm. I know jack about cricket but..this could be interesting?” Yousuf made captain. “Allah ka shukar hay. It was always a dream of mine to captain Pakistan on the international stage”. Razzaq made vice captain. Apparently, Razzaq is thrilled to have been bestowed with this honor. “ I am ecstatic that the board has entrusted me with this responsibility”… 24 hours later. Younis reinstated as captain. Yousuf no longer captain. Razzaq um no longer vice captain? The whole issue reeked of consistency and cautious planning. What a fine administrator and disciplinarian, Nasim had shown himself to be (Interpretation: Nasim’s in-competency was reminiscent and consistent with the performance of the previous fools that had been in this position. But hey..to be fair he was entitled to ONE Screw up?)

    (Drugs Scandal: Nandrowhatever? “I have no idea what this is and how it got here!”) 3- Jokes aside, this issue could not have been handled in a worse manner. We needed a person like Nasim Ashraf, at the helm of affairs, to ensure that things got messed up. And we did:) No punishments meted out to the players. Forget about bans, there weren’t even financial penalties. None whatsoever. What a message we sent to the world. “We play to win! And we don’t care how we do it”. What an inspiration to all the young cricketers, knocking on the fringes of international selection. “Take drugs if you want to. And if you’re good enough, we shall save your ass? The country’s reputation? Who gives a flying concern about that?”. So much for the country’s honor and pride. What a pity.

    In between, we have had the ‘I have told Inzi not to pressure anyone to keep a beard’ deal coupled with his annoying presence in every match shown on television (why the hell is he always with the team. As if we don’t have enough interference in matters pertaining to team selection and other issues) .And ofcourse, how can I condone the “The constitution will be finalized and endorsed on the 1st of January..um…the 31st of January….um soon” situation. What a man. What a patriot. What an administrator. Nasim Ashraf, I hail you. The savior of Pakistan cricket.

  • Uzzy on February 5, 2007, 14:26 GMT

    Good article written there.. Why sack Mustaq.. caz he is not needed.. afridi was most ecnomical well they can do it without him.. we have to have FAST bowling attach not a spinner attack in our line up, we need someone to teach these new kids, asif still new, rana too old to bowl should be taken out and sami useless. Where are new bowlers, there are so many good players in pakistan where are they. where is the under19 world cup team, india used their U19 batsman, srilanka got batsman from them .....we will bring them when we have no one experniced to teach them.. this is wut sux about pakistan. look at south africa, australia, newzeland, india, srilanka, they always have a youngster playing with them, so when they retire they can replace them, and when one person doesn't perfom they seat them and tell them to regain their performance. With pakistan, if you are in you are in, only few players are taken in and out like hafeez and farhat, or if shoaib is injured which he always is.. (caz somehow he gets hurt when he run, mean while these soccer player, basketball player and football player don't get hurt) they bring back sami or rana. WE DON'T NEED THEM. anyhow. who am ito say.. the board sux. pakistan team sux.. i've to pick another team to support for world cup

  • Saima Rahim on February 5, 2007, 14:23 GMT

    Hi there, Great article, really well written. Dr. Nasim Ashraf was at the forefront of organising the Prez's book launch in the US and the PCB job is his thank you present. Also I can confirm that Dr. Ashraf's brother-in-law is indeed the close relative you mention in your article who was one of the first apointees. A close relative of theirs is in uni with me.

  • Asad on February 5, 2007, 14:20 GMT

    Salaams Kamran bhai. The performance of Pakistan yesterday calls for a lot of answers from the PCB, as well as from Inzamam. I am not going to repeat the issue of Waqar's dismissal as bowling coach, as a lot of people in this forum have questioned that and RIGHTLY so. Instead, I want to highlight Inzamam's general demanour and attitude as the skipper and the fact that he seriously lacks the mental acumen to take strategic match-turning decisions. For instance, yesterday he didnot introduce the spinners till the 18th over, which I fail to understand. To me it seems a natural course to follow if your fast bowlers in the first ten overs have gone for runs. Bring in change, mostly it has been seen that it always help. Also one bowler which is reasonably good with his line and length, Abdul Razzaq was not introduced till the 45th over, yes 45th! In the death overs, you are giving him the old ball what do you expect? Obviously he will be thrashed. Inzamam lacks innovation, he lacks spirit and enthusiasm. His presence on the field is lifeless for his team mates. In addition, I fail to understand his field placements. It is logical to "attack" when a new bastmen comes on the crease and to place a number of fielders around him to make him play a silly shot. However, in times like this, Inzamam fails to attack and prefers to play defensive, bleeding singles instead. In either case sir, until and unless our top-order batsmen understand that it is on them that the onus of a win rests, we should not be hopeful about the World Cup. Ricky Ponting of a side whose batsmen are consistently delivering and if one has a bad day, the next one in fills his shoes by more than a couple of sizes, has recently said that, to go for a consecutive third win, the top three bastmen(himself included) must perform. Where does this leave us sir. The haphazard way with which the Pakistani side came to bat yesterday was painful to say the least. They should have forgot abt chasing the huge score but rather have gone with a systematic approach. They should have used those innings as a "practice" session for their batting for further matches. After all, practicing in from or Ntini and Pollack accounts for good pratice. Forget for one minute that they should not have kept the huge target in mind, even then where was the methodical approach in chasing? In an over if you have a loose ball, by all means try your hand at a four or six, but for goodness sake, donot sway your bat like a monkey in all directions on every ball. When will our batsmen realize that first one needs to get the feel of the crease and accustom the eyes to see the ball effectively before batting wildly. I hope our batsmen realize that bowlers who bowl to them are seasoned international players and not Tom Dick and Harry. I sincerely play that we are not humiliated in this World Cup. May ALLAH guide our players to have some sense of responsibility.

    Thank you very much, Asad, Lahore

  • Mian Gul Muhammed on February 5, 2007, 14:03 GMT

    I am a very keen supporter of Pakistan Cricket and whenever Pakistan looses it hurts, really it does. We all know that PCB or even other organisations are all run in the same way. Its our culture, thats the way we are. No check , no balance, no commitment, selfish thinking, mis-use of power, all bad things you can expect. Nothing is going to change unless some sincere indvidual takes charge and clear all in urdu "Gund". This will take time beacuse we as a nation dont want to do any thing about it. We just worry about ourselve and that is it. Only a miracle and some one who has fear of God in his heart can change. Anyway, lets stick to Cricket. I am realy disapointed and devestated to see Pakistan loosing in such a way against South Africa. But remember one thing, world cup is approaching very fast, its a matter of days now, so no drastics change in PCB or team will help to improve situation. All we can do is pray and hope these indviduals click and play as a unit. All these players have brought joy on our faces in the past and they are very capable of doing that again. Lets not be very crtical about the situation. Lets join together and give the playes, team, coach, pcb our baking and support they need. After the world cup regardless of result, lets get together and talk about what can be done and hopefully some one likes of General or any other authoority listen to our suggestions. God luck guys i wish you all the best and hopefully allah will also stand by us.

  • Talal Hasan on February 5, 2007, 13:59 GMT

    Nepotism and favourtism has been apart of the pakistani cricket fraternity since the beginning. For example abdul qadir was picked because of imran khan's persistance and that was the case with all the players in imran khan's team.

    I agree that waqar Younis has been treated very badly by the PCB and this has had a detrimental impact on our fast bolwers.

    However I believe we shouldn't be over reacting to the result at supersport park. Rana and Sami will be expensive but they didn't do the basics very well. Pakistan's death bowling has been poor and this needs to improve expotentially if we are to remain world cup contenders.

    The team need to think a lot more about shot selection and their lines and lenghts. It was an amateurish performance by the quick bowlers.

    Even though conditions will vary greatly in the Windies, it is imperative pakistan do the basics the right in the next 4 games. I will be content if pakistan perform well and not win. Performances are perhaps more valuable than the result

  • Nash on February 5, 2007, 13:54 GMT

    The problem with whole country is that we do not know the meanings of nationalism. We neec sensable management to run whole infrastructure. There are whole bunch of issues which one to point but pakistani cricket team needs another Imran Khan becuase board has nothing in pocket to boost up the team spirit as woolmer doesn't either.

  • Imran Shah on February 5, 2007, 13:53 GMT

    I think what is more abhorrent than anything else is our administrators trying to project themselves as democraticand fair. Just like Mr Musharraf hangs out with King's party to project our country as a democracy, whereas everyone knows who rules, Mr. Ashraf also tries to show the selection and management is open to discussion when it is not. I think it would be better for both Mr. Ahraf and Musharraf to kick out their respective bootlicking associates and openly proclaim that they take the decisions and are free to do so. That way atleast we can praise their honesty in projecting things as they actually stand. All the fuss about nepotism charges are becuase many people falsely think opinions matter. What we need is for the two repected gentlemen to proclaim openly that they don't and so we can get on with our lives and bury the coffin of Pakistan Cricket once and for all

  • nasir on February 5, 2007, 13:52 GMT

    When was the last time Pakistan's cricket was properly managed? I can't remember!

    It's an absolutely normal state of affairs for Pakistan cricket to be in a cycle of chaos every two or three years. Every time it seems things are turning around and the team seems to have turned a corner, that another era of crisis begins.

    All this will inevitably lead to a Wrold CUp failure, mass changes, captaincy change, coach change, the tem will win a few, lose a few, things will look good and then this mess will start all over again. Time and time again.

    Nasem Ashraf has no credibility. His term has been marked by controversy after controversy and frankly things could not be any worse. The tema resembles a wounded army than any sporting outfit. Ironic since the PCB chairman is supposed to be a medical doctor himself.

  • W. Rehman on February 5, 2007, 13:37 GMT

    There is definite merit to Kamran's argument but I think he is basically attacking the wrong person. The current shambles has very lttle to do with Nasim Ashraf and a lot more to do with the corrupt nature of many of the PCB staff. In fact Ashraf removed Mushtaq as soon as he arrived and made Younis Captain for the CT in India. This however put Inzy's nose out of joint and he used the teams exit as a means of discrediting Ashraf's approach. Hence the removal of Waqar to allow Mushtaq back in but much more curiously Inzy was given a fielding award by Ashraf. Those that can read between the lines will know that this was a case of pinning the tail on the donkey as no doubt Ashraf's hand was being forced. Inzy is a great player but he needs to take a step back and realise he is being played like a pawn by the likes of Altaf to get their own ends.

    The entire PCB staff should be sacked if Pak team flops in the WC and professional ex pats should be brought in if needs be. This cannot go on.

  • Maulabuksh on February 5, 2007, 13:12 GMT

    why sack Mushtaq? Shahid Afridi was the most economical bowler at Centurion from either side, give the credit to Mushtaq for Afridi's performance. Why have Waqar? - guy was plagued with injuries throughout his career, fell out with his team mates, Wasim marginalised him in 1999 WC and he repayed in thanks in 2003 WC, got convicted and banned for drunk driving in UK, if he gets a chance do you think he has the charisma and the respect of other PCB people. Why are our playes getting injured - because of commercial pressures these fast bowlers just like our politicians want to get rich quick, and hide and ignore their injuries at their earliest signs, carry on playing in meaningless competitions. It is a revolving door selection. India, Pakistan, SL and Bangladesh should form a breakaway ICC and play their own World (Asia) Cup,. that will generate lot of money, and thats what everybody in the PCB are in for

  • Shayaan Matin on February 5, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    Get rid Rana Naved! Why is he still in there. For the past 1 1/2 year he has been very inconsistent and he should not be there. The PCB and the selectors should have realised that. There are so many young,talented,consistent and effective bowlers waiting on the sidelines while an Ineffective Rana Nave still stays in the squad. He should not have a chance in the world cup and should play domestic cricket until he is worthy of a position anywhere near the Pakistani Squad.Same For Kamran Akmal

  • Kakir Khan on February 5, 2007, 13:01 GMT

    Kamran Sahib Q dil jalanay ki batain kartay ho. this is how it works in Pakistan.Nepotism & favouritism is now the culture of this country.why on earth we expect that people like Nasim Ashraf,whose only qualification for this job is friendhsip with our dicatator ruler,will bring order to our cricket board. fortunately, or unfortunatly i also manage to see that interivew in which Mr Salim Altaf was treating Waqar Younis with contempt every now and than and praises to Waqar that he maintained his cool through out the interview.why we are treating our ex-cricketing heros like this is beyond my understanding. I don't think this team can even reach the second round of the world cup let alone winning it. for wining world cup you will have to beat a side like Australia and i don't think there is any cricketing side who can challenge australian side in its current form.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui on February 5, 2007, 12:59 GMT

    The news item appearing today is that Shabbir is returning back to Pakistan due to injury. This is becoming like a shuttle of players to an from Pakistan and South Africa and must be a great burdon on the staff looking after the travel arrangements of the joy riders of the Pakistan team. Dr. Nasim is in South Africa is in south africa picnicking with the team and their family members including that of the assistant coach Mushtaq so i guess Salim Altaf must be looking after the PCB affairs from Pakistan. I would therefore like suggest to him to have a block seat arangement with any airline operating in between Pakistan & South Africa so as to facilitate the travel arrangements of these joy riders and avoid un necessary hassles towards their travel plans. Salim Altaf has worked for PIA and so has talat Ali and both of thenm can understand the "Block Seat Arrangements" terminology.

  • Shahbaz Faheem on February 5, 2007, 12:47 GMT

    It seems your voice is heard at the top, Kamran. There is a news that Azhar Mahmood got selected for SA. I wish Yasar Arafat would have also been selected. Becoz I feel Pak team need fresh legs, Looking at Razzak one feels that he has lost the passion for game his bowling is simply pedestrian, fielding is awful and lets not talk about his batting. There are too many Inzi-favorite players in the team who don't deserve to be their at first place. I will not be surprised if this WC for Pak turns out into same disaster as WC-2003. Finally, I couldn't have agreed more with Mr. Ulysses comments. He is 100% right.

  • Mohammad Qasim on February 5, 2007, 12:24 GMT

    Now a days South Africa tour is not too good for us but who cares !!! Every body has his own opinion by stating that for all these bad performances cricket board is responsible. May be it is right. We as a nation crazy for cricket and our cricketer's after become an star icone not pay attention to be the best because they think they are the best and our cricket board has only concern with the money they are getting by sponsors and spending these money in building luxurious offices but not spending a single peny to prepare a proper format for long life of cricket. Now the most shameful act is this that cricket grounds are now becoming as marriage gardens OR shopping malls OR deserts where drug addicted peoples are taking drugs and feel as home. In the end if these conditions are continued in future then i think we might not able to win with the team like Kenya, Bangladesh because Practice makes the man perfect and for practice, grounds are required in good conditions which is only possible when cricket board pay attention to prepare a format and also work according to that format for a WIN WIN SITUATION.

  • Maulabuksh on February 5, 2007, 12:18 GMT

    Kamran, tell me one thing do you really believe in promises about transparency, merit, ethics. The players job is to perform, the politicians are performing well(sic), let the games begin - by the way when is Bob's autobiography coming out after the WC? guess the title ' In the Line of Fire' perhaps!. Cant help laughing when I see Jonty Rhodes clapping at SA'a catching - how much did we pay him. PCB is a cash cow - everybody is milking it. Why does every important PCB board official (non former cricketer) calls himself Dr?

  • M.Javed Naseem, Journalist on February 5, 2007, 12:18 GMT

    Kamran, you are a journalist and so was I for 20 years. PCB and many other Pak institutions are run by dishonest, incompetent & corrupt officials. They dont know the meanings of honour, integrity or national pride. Its all about money. They all want piece of the pie no matter what. They are like vultures. Nepotism is a very soft term to use. Its so common that these crooks consider it a norm. Of course they are the product of a corrupt economic and political setup. Sheikh Saadi (Iranian scholar) said: You can't produce a quality sword from sub-standard metal. Even the players (not all though) play for personal records and not for the nation. And for the journalists, they are (like in America and elsewhere) a purchaseable commodity. They join the bandwagon for self-interest and free tours. The administrators have to be honest, competent and men of integrity to guide the players. They must think national first and personal last. The Australians and the S/Africans are good at it and they merit success. Nobody can change things in Pakistan camp because we dont have the mindset for that. We leave everything to God and you know how Almighty work. Just hope.

  • M. Pasha on February 5, 2007, 12:17 GMT

    Its sad that your team's abject performances can have such a great effect on your devotion to them. I have been a fan of cricket since 1992, when I was 8, but the constant turmoil, intrigue and disappointment has left me disheartened. Every time we are promised so much yet receive so little. The most talented team in the world, a great thing to be known for but not if its accompanied by such adjectives as mercurial and self destructive. I have watched over the past 14 years as player after player, coach after coach, came and went. Each time brought great hope but it was as fleeting as the reality of a Pakistani Test victory over Australia. The board has much to answer for, the selectors must explain their actions and the players need to be honest and decide where their loyalties lie. How can a player as integral as Shoaib Akhtar constantly be plagued by injury? What is the board doing about it? How can a player like Shoaib Akhtar push and shove his coach? I think he's forgotten that everything he has is due to cricket and he needs to respect that. Players and administrators alike are at fault and both parties need to remember that whatever compromise they make, they musn't compromise the integrity of Pakistani cricket.

  • Aman Khan on February 5, 2007, 12:15 GMT

    I completely agree with Mr. Abbasi. I have lost all my expectation about Pakistan even remotely coming close to doing anything in the World cup... These are times for the pre-world cup excitement but yesteday performance has proved once again Pakistan has done nothing to avoid the catastrophe suffered in 2003. Inzi's so called Favourite "JounSSay" boys keep getting chance after chance while people in first class structure are wondering what they have to do to get a call. For the next ODI please try Shoaib Malik as an opener... everything else has failed why not try something new!!! we cannot get any worst then where we are!!!

  • Numaan on February 5, 2007, 11:51 GMT

    Well the simple matter of the fact is this board has no clue about cricket at all I mean they have mushi as bowling/assistant coach, as good a player as he is/was he is no fast bowler and clearly has does not have the skills to help our current bowlers. For the good of Pakistan cricket I hope the board realises the mistake it has made and hires Waqar and Wasim as bowling coaches as they have much to pass on to the current players

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui on February 5, 2007, 11:47 GMT

    Well done Kamran Sahib, you have really played a master stroke, but tell me honestly "will it matter". It has been almost 2 nad a half week since Waqar and Salim Altaf appeared on TV and the whole Pakistani nation watched the programme yet nothing happened. Ours is a society where corruption is rampant of which every one knows yet nothing can be done instead we as a nation have become believers of the fact that such high handedeness have become a part of life and the painful scenario is that no body cares. This results in lending a free hand to wrong doers in each and every aspect of our lives and PCB is also a part of that society. strange though it may sound but it is a fact that despite the regular scrutiny and public knowledge such wrong doings are becoming a normal practice in almost all big organizations.

    Coming to Dr. Ashraf Nasim's pledge that he will turn a new leaf at PCB, well I have noticed him doing that by way of ignoring the Justice Qayyum's decession in appointing Mushtaq, not only that he is also sen picknicing with the team in South Africa and that too with all the family members of the players as well as the assistant coach, it really looked more like a Vacationing Group instead of a Cricket team on a tour. These boys alongwith are sent to South Africa for a job for which PCB pays them a very enormous salaries and they are there to perform duty. Cricket is not a game anymore, it has also become a profession and the cricketers get paid for the job that they are supposed to do, and should be accounted for. They are not supposed to carry their families when on a job...I know that I cant bring my wife and children to my office while I am at work....so how on earth can the whole bunch of the Pakistani team take their families with them....mind you it not a matter for who pays the expanses of the families, but mare ethics of whether u can have yr family and kids with you while on job. I certainly fell that you cannot and most prefessionals would agree with me. How then this was allowed by the PCB bosses.....may this is a part of the new leaf that Dr. Nasim Ashraf pledged for.

    Now coming to the sellection and the team composition...One feels that there is a lack of coordination and planning between the tour management and te sellection committe and every now and then we see both harping different tunes, for which I will not blame Bob Woolmer for he is now becoming another John Wright (the former Indian Coach) who was caught in the middle of the Indian Cricket board and players. Bob is not atuned to politics that is there in PCB and seems at sea and struggling most of the times, he is too soft and does not have any solutions to the not cricketing conspiracies going around him. For it is Inzy who is calling all the shots and the gutless PCB bosses who are them selves weak and back door entries have to give in to his demands in order to stay at the top. There are many other issues like the handling of Waqar, Shoaib, the injury problems on the players, all these are key issues and no one in PCB seems to be taking any interest to redress such issues. The problem is that when the performs well then we all tend to get distracted from the core issues and ignore it. PCB and its Politically Corrupted Bureaucrats bank heavily on this for it helps tehm in continuing the wrong doings.

    As regards the promises made by Dr. Nasim Ashraf well it is just another stereo type statement that we hear at the change of Guards at every Pakistani Organization and not only PCB. I am now 52 years old and must have heard such flowery statements many a thousand times and upto the level as high as the office of the Presidents of the republic. Such routine statements are made at the the changing of Guards only for the consumptions of the press gallaries and not really meant to be a guiding principal to move ahead, I certainly am not a fool to really take it seriously and I am sure the whole nation knows why such statements are made. So Kamran Sahib i feel that you are knocking the wrong doors, my suggestion is that we should not really bother for I know that things wouldnt change, now what sould we do then. Well I do have an answer and would like to suggest all the readres of this column to do the same " Pray to Allah that our team oerforms well in the World Cuo for we are all Pakistanis and if they do perform well then Pakistan's flag will fly high and I as a Pakistani will feel proud", This prayer certainly is not because of any Love of Cricket in Pakistan and/or the PCB but for the Love of my motherland teh PAK SUR ZAMIN only (AMIN).

  • Gugu on February 5, 2007, 11:44 GMT

    Thanks Dr. Sahb. That's exactly I was asking you last time, can I speak to someone in PCB. We all need answers. Though, I did not understand what we need to know about Afridi's handling. He is out of form and is still playing, perhaps! Forget that, ask Dr. Ashraf to have some guts and face the public.

  • Ahsan Kaleem on February 5, 2007, 11:31 GMT

    Why can't a professional cricketer like our great's Asif Iqbal or Majid Khan be appointed as the head of PCB im sure they are able to do the job better than the current one.

    It's not just the head of PCB causing problems its our selection board which should be fired for even saying an experienced and rated allrounder like Azhar Mahmood does not fit into Pakistan's 30 man squad!

  • Atif Yousuf on February 5, 2007, 11:27 GMT

    Hi Kamran, I totally agree with every view u have expressed in ur recent article and I personally believe with utmost regret that the way this PCB management is handling the star players and the highly questionable attitude of both the PCB and Coach Bob Whoolmer, not to forget the important role off the field that Inzimam is having nowadays towards the management and the preparation of the world cup squad is highly pathetic and unforgiving in every way. They are not ready to rectify there past mistakes and I, along with so many Pakistanis around the world are in utter dismay and just pondering the situation of how long can such an unprofessional team can last in the most prestigious tournament of world cricket just now weeks away. The selectors and the coach especially have decimated the spirits and team squad composition and just toying with the players just as they wish. As far as I am concerened, I am not questioning wheather they can now reach the finals of the world cup but my view has seriously changed and just wondering how soon will this Pakistan team under this PCB management and coach Bob Whoolmer be thrown out from the world cup 2007.

    Regards, Atif Yousuf.

  • faryal on February 5, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    The institutional flaws and the mediocity shown pakistan cricket management are nothing new. It has always been this way..yet the teams performance has been world class at times. PJ mir being the media manager has very little to do with navid giving 27 runs in an over!!

  • Naveed on February 5, 2007, 11:22 GMT

    The 164 run loss that Pakistan suffered against SA surely hurt the pakistani fans deeply, myself included. I feel that its not only the men on the pitch but rather those off it that have alot to answer for. The change room seems filled with laptops but it doesnt seem the info being gathered is being used to Pakistan's advantage especially regarding the bowlers and how they should bowl to specific batsmen. Secondly when faced with a low or high total the body language and expressions of most of the players looks like they have no confidence they look beaten mentally before the first run is scored or ball is bowled. The players have enough pressure on them with the work load and the fear of being dropped, I think the coaching department needs to pull their weight and concentrate on issues such as no balls, fielding, specific weaknesses, field positions for specific bowlers and batsmen etc. Again these are the basics without which the team can surely not perform competitively at the world cup or any other stage.

  • Ovais Khan on February 5, 2007, 11:17 GMT

    Having watched Part 1 of the stoush between Salim Altaf and Waqar, I am convinced that the PCB set up has not and will not change. While Altaf may hang on to a contract (which Waqar rightly pointed out was read a couple of days prior to defending the Board's position).. what a bureaucratic sham! What irks me is that Waqar, an ex-captain of the Pak team and a world renowned bowler (perhaps one of the best the world has seen after WWII) had to refer to Nasim Ashraf as "SIR".. c'mon! The Chairman's position in this case was that of the servant of our major institution - the PCB. I can see where Waqar is coming from and have empathy on how he would have felt at firstly being told that he was not needed for the one-dayers and secondly as to why did he have to wait for tomorrow, he could resign now! What an absolute disgrace! To top that Salim Altaf was trying so hard to keep his position in tact by praising his chairman's magnanimity by using flowerly language.

    Pakistan will never reach its true potential if such a class system is tolerated. There will be favoritism, nepotism and you can add many negative isms to this list.

    This regime is hurting people and I have lost my faith in the current set-up to deliver the World Cup in such a backward and stifling environment.

  • Fahad on February 5, 2007, 11:16 GMT

    100% agreed. Dr. Naseem Ashraf used to appear in tv shows supporting vehemently both the decisions alternately about the doping scandals. Another case of Waqar where he didnt show up and could talk much. Where is he now? sitting in pavillion and getting praised by Mushtaq Ahmed? We definitely need answers! PCB has become itself a big Question Mark!

  • Saj Hussian on February 5, 2007, 11:15 GMT

    I really am mythed at the direction Pakistani Cricket is going, I tend not to comment on most matters as I feel my view is my own. But what exactley is going on, tit for tat wars between PCB/Players/Management. Disgraceful. All theses individuals should take into account Pakistanis are very Passionate about, instead of our national team winning game after game. We seem to bring arguments to the table on a constant basis.

  • Yassar on February 5, 2007, 11:11 GMT

    I think it is fairly safe to say we have the most incapable sporting association in the world. The Pakistan Cricket Board is an absolute shambles and a complete embarrassment to the sport and this applies to the people at the top right through to the team management. The current PCB setup has proved on a number of subjects to be incapable of running cricket in Pakistan

    1. Commercial opportunities: India & Pakistan can be categorised as the two most fanatical countries in the world in terms of cricketing support and fan base. Yet Pakistan fails to capitalise and even attract this enormous fan base to watch cricket. WHY? The PCB seems to be incapable of promoting the sport in order to gain commercial advantages for Pakistan Cricket and hence improve the structure and standards of cricket being played in the country. You only have to look across the border to see what India is achieving. Why we can’t even do half of that defies belief. 2. PCB staff / members: The other question I would like to have answered is what are the credentials of the people running the board? How qualified are these individuals to run their respective roles. Does the commercial manager have any experience of being involved in a commercial environment, do all of the selectors have extensive experience of international cricket. To date I am not convinced this is the case especially with the former. 3. Selection: What is the selection criteria that the PCB use and who exactly has a say in selection other than Wasim Bari a man who seems to have been selecting for the last 15 years…why he has not retired I have no idea. During his tenor we have seen players selected and dropped in the space of 1 match we have seen legends being forced into retirement when they have still much to offer and without any adequate replacement lined up. A classic case of this was the premature retirement of Saeed Anwar. Pakistan are still struggling to find a player to fill the role he played so well…so why was he forced to retire through consistent non-selection. Mushtaq Ahmed who continues to torment English cricketers can’t even get a sniff in…why? And before people say it’s because of his age, I never knew age was a selection criteria. If your good enough then your old / young enough. 4. Use of resources: Pakistan have 3 of the best fast bowler’s cricket has ever scene in the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan. So why are their services not utilised. Every other country seems to be wanting their advice except for the country that they all served so wonderfully well. 5. Treatment of players (former & present): This has been nothing more than a disgrace. The appointment of Waqar Younis as a bowling coach was seen as a step in the right direction. His work with all the bowlers is their to be seen. Yet he was discarded without hesitation …WHY? Shoaib Akhtar is no angel but very few are. Yet his treatment has been shocking. Public investigations into feigning injury, private life etc have all isolated this match winner and as a result Pakistan have failed thus far to maximise the benefits they could gain from him. Shane Warne can be argued to have been just as disruptive yet the ACB recognised how to handle him and hence gain the best from him for Australian cricket. Had he been Pakistani Mr Warne would have been lucky to play enough matches to get 50 wickets never mind 500+. 6. The Coach: The appointment of Bob Woolmer was an excellent idea and very few can argue with what he has done for the Pakistan cricket team. But recent events seem to suggest that Woolmer has maybe lost interest and given up on Pakistani cricket possibly due to the actions or lack of it from the board. He has openly declared interest in other positions. His relationship with players seems to be disintegrating so much so that he seems to have even used the old Pakistani mentality of accusation. His accusation of feigning injury towards Shoaib Akhtar was unjust and not in keeping with his reputation. Yet who did the board discipline as a result…yes you guessed it, good old Shoaib.

  • Dr. Nauman Niaz on February 5, 2007, 11:11 GMT

    Dear Kamran, I have always followed your writing. I personally feel this piece you have written from deep inside your heart. The expression, as usual is fascinating. However, I must say, I tend to agree with most of the things you have expressed in the article. Nevertheless, we must wonder, Dr. Nasim Ashraf needs time. I promise you, in case if the things, the way they have been shaping up, seems true for what you have written, remain the same, you'll find another friend writing as candidly and as abrasively you have done. Once again, yours have been keen observations and one just can't deny them a bit. What I know of Dr. Ahsan Hameed Malik from the days we were playing university cricket together,he is not related to Dr. Nasim Ashraf-however, he is known to him through one of NCHD's director. It was not clearly nepotism. Kindest Regards Dr. Nauman Niaz

  • Taha Sadaqat on February 5, 2007, 11:06 GMT

    Salam Kamran Sahab , This is my 2nd comment to your columns,first one was not shown ..dunno the reason , anyways i've ben the regular reader of ur blogs and a very frequent visitorof cricinfo. the topic today about the cricket board is perfect , Dr.Nasim Ashraf hasnt been doing things which he should do .. the day he joined the board he tried to show that h is very powerful ... but since the day he has confirmed that inzamam will be the captain for world cup..inzamam is back in power and this time supreme power..he is doing things on his will and we cant see any better results..Azhar Mehmood is sitting out despite of wonderful results while Abdul razzaq is playing despite of a very poor form .. he has lost his spark in both batting and bowling..Waqar younisis sitting out and mushtaq is in ... therez no way on earth we can compare waqar with Mushy .. waqar was simply world class .. Shoaib akhtar is no treated well ... hez an asset for pakistan cricket , i am meeting him for the last 3,4 days and hez getting better now mentally and physically .. and he'll come back firing ... he has changed his attitude,hez wearing proper clothes , hez shaving everyday ... and hez working very hard on his fitness ... and i m sure there wont be any discipline problems... constitution problem is not solved yet ... so what actually has mr.nasim done ?

  • saad kahlown on February 5, 2007, 11:01 GMT

    yeah i would go with your opinion,that there is no check and balance in PCB.i dont know much about the employess,but one thing i know is da appointment of mushtaq ahmed.problem is inzamam who wants a camp of his liking and i m afraid to say he is not going to help pakistan cause.the performance of pakistan attack in 1st odi n we saw what waqar was for pakistan team.n what to say of SALEEM ALTAF who even doesnt know the for which job AAQIB JAVED is appointed ....once he said he is coach for chukers and after 15 minutes he said he is HEAD COACH..who gona ask them..what r they doing

  • AhZen on February 5, 2007, 10:59 GMT

    a nice trivia for our board to answer kamran....ive been discussing these very issues with my friend and my father..and i am afraid this nasim ashraf is one of the worst to happen to pakistan cricket... i was so amused when this person announced how he plans to implement the code of corporate governance..they dont have the guts to keep things transparent..the way he fired and then reappointed mushtaq ahmed was a fine example of his way of implementation of the "CODE"...

  • Faisal Ali Khan on February 5, 2007, 10:58 GMT

    Salaam Kamran bhai. It gives me immense pain to answer your question on whether we can trust our major institutions. Im afraid Sir, the answer is NO, and Im sure you agree with me that I am stating the obvious.

    Unfortunately, we are stuck with leaders who want to reduce our nation to an arena for personal gains. They are so shameless that they dont even consider the fact that "cricket" is not only a rich man's game now in Pakistan. It is a sport played even in its crudest forms in most "gallis" and "muhallas" and the people of the nation and by this I mean the masses, love to watch their team do well. The management of PCB is being run by idiots, liars and crooks who know nothing about cricket. Dr Saleem Altaf has been a pain for us since so many years now and I was literally in awe to see how shamelessly he kept on repeating the contract factor on the programme with Waqar younis on GEO. Waqar Younis, our living legend is being treated as a clerk? I ask the Chairman, who gave him this right? What has the chairman done till now to show that he is "able" enough to take such actions and why should we trust him? Performances show that Waqar's work with the younger bowlers was helping them. In adidtion, Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth and other Indian bowlers openly admit that they have been meeting with either Wasim or Waqar at some or the other and are using their bowling tips. Why Sir, are our bowlers, our PAKISTANI bowlers being kept away from such good players who can improve their bowling ? On the other hand, Waqar younis has given cricket in Pakistan an international recognition. Even now whenever commentators or cricket analysts talk about quality bowlers, Waqar and Wasim's names are included. I therefore demand the PCB to justify their handling of the Waqar issue. I ask Saleem Altaf, how can Mushtaq Ahmed help our fast bowlers prepare themselves for the World Cup? Where is the logic in appointing a coach for ONE or maximum TWO spinners and letting your pace attack, which is the backbone of the bowling attack be without a coach? Why does Pakistan have to do everything different than others? Dr Nasim Ashraf is unfit to be the chairman, and as a citizen of Pakistan, it is my constitutional right to be told clearly and honestly how is the management related to either the president or to other bureucracy in the dictator government or to each other? I am extremely saddened by the way PCB is has turned into a "home" board by its officials. I beg to differ sir, NO ONE, NO ONE, whatever president come Army general that is, can give them that right. Please sir, we need answers to all your questions in the article. With best regards and thank you,


  • a. khan on February 5, 2007, 10:49 GMT

    im sick of the way akhtar is being treated. The PCB and who ever else makes decsions must realise that match winners are needed for a team to suceed. I dont care what shoaib is off the field, if hes taking wickets on the field, treat him with respect. The likes of rana and co are cannon fodder, its embarasing. With the world cup just around the corner and pakistan cricket in disaray, im getting flashbacks of 2003 and if that happens, then people has have got to answer!!!!

  • Arbab on February 5, 2007, 10:48 GMT

    Just one word.. Amen to that.

  • Ralph on February 5, 2007, 10:47 GMT

    "If the two are indeed related, which senior journalists insist that they are, then I do not see how either of them can remain in post having denied that they are related each other?"

    Sorry, I had to have a bit of a chuckle at this - only in Pakistan could such a story arise (I say this with fondness)!! How on earth can nobody know whether they are related?!

    On a more serious note, point four should come as no surprise after the drugs farce, and I have no idea why they keep picking Shabbir Ahmed, who is the most clear-cut chucker cricket has ever seen - I mean his arm must be bent about 45 degrees never mind 15!

  • Kman on February 5, 2007, 10:43 GMT

    the headline in The News screamed "South Africa embrasses Pakistan!"..thats how I (and I'm sure the rest of Pakistanis) feel..EMBRASSED! Electing to bowl on a belter of a pitch.. please read Inzammams logic of doing so in 'The Dawm..' and getting smashed all over the park...I'm sorry its not the board that has to answer but our Patron (Ahem) who has to some explaining to do..How long will this ad hoc system continue? who is really in charge? the chairman? the selectors? the Captain? the coach? We dont have a clue! Injured players being sent to SA, selectors sitting in the dressing room enjoying their time in SA with their families? or our captain or coach? The Captain has no expression while his team is being trashed, the Coach,reads the newspaper (or the classifieds). If anyone over here is under any illusion that pakistan is going to win the world cup or even come close, i have news for you.... Pakistan will win the world cup for the most pious team... need i say more...How we miss Imran, Javed, Wasim, Waqar, Rashid, Moin...Men who knew how put up a fight...Sad Sad Sad

  • Furqan on February 5, 2007, 10:38 GMT

    Now this is the time to say Kamran, sorry dear, but the joke's on you...you can talk about the best playing eleven and you will get 200 responses with at least 199 differant permutations and combinations. You compare Warne ot Abdul Qadir and every Tom, Dick and Harry is an expert....you talk sense about accountability, nepotism, favouritism and the lot, and what u get is.....silence...ppl are just not interested...tch..tch...tch...

  • aj on February 5, 2007, 10:26 GMT

    totally agree with you sir. a good thing out of pieces like this may be that we lower our expectations for the pakistan cricket team- and who knows, even after the centurion debacle- the players still have the potential to spring a surprise in the world cup. put it this way, if we don't expect much it won't hurt as much.

  • Qaiser Mustafa on February 5, 2007, 10:21 GMT

    I am really disturbed by the selection policy and the performance of the pakistani pace attack which was tipped as the real power of pakistan team. I wonder will pakistan be able to make it to the second round I seriously doubt that. I think the history is going to repeat itself again and this time just after three years.

  • Faisal Malik on February 5, 2007, 10:14 GMT

    you have asked exactly the same questions that were in my mind. although u didnt cover all the aspects in detail, still is a good article. almost similarly the way previous chairman handled things (doping on top apart from several others), the new admin is not delivering either. and he has been given due time. what have we seen? nothing.

    question marks on selection committee. wasim bari with all due respect was one if not the very best wicketkeepers of the world, is not a good selector. ditto for his comrades in the committee.

    a good player doesnt necessarily mean good leadership or other skills. what were the reasons zaheer abbas got sacked as manager? incompetent..unable to do a job(at oval). what has the other people in the pcb done?..thats incompetency as well.

    inzimam may be a legendary batsman, he is far from being a good captain. aggression on the field is not in his nature. off the field? i dont know. look at the top 2 teams or others in the world. how they operate. two words. Agressive Approach.

    what had imran nazir, shabbir, afridi, razzaq done in domestic level this year that they were sent overseas? what had azhar mahmood not done to be not sent? hear pcb has summoned him. well, atleast one thing they did rite.

    too many glitches here and there. and that too before the world cup. i wonder whats gonna happen to our team once they get there.

    i sure wish imran's spirit was in the team. wounded and cornered tigers. but i am sorry to say that wounded the present team are, tigers they are not. in fact, they are totally opposite to the tigers, tigers are not this dull, dont lack the nack of the kill.

    learn something from australia..."they hunt in packs" are the words lou vincent uttered after he joined his team recently. i wonder, has the spirit of the tigers shifted to the kangaroos rather than us?

  • Usman Tahir on February 5, 2007, 10:03 GMT

    Why is it that you always harp on about afridi? have u actually seen him bat recently? i have seen better technique in street cricket let alone first class arena. What was afridi's performance with the bat in the two matches ? so much for " shock & awe"

    do u actually understand cricket/coaching, waqar younis left a month ago , the "kids" who he was coaching have already "unlearnt" the wisdom that waqar was imparting ?

  • abdul khan on February 5, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    I totally agree with you Kamran I think there is too much poltic involved within not only the team but the whole country and I belive until a system of merit is created where players and officials are choosen based on their skills and not thier connections pakistan will not be consistent both on the pitch and off the pitch. Bob Woolmer is a excellent coach but I dont think he is given enough resources to improve the the team and the team is not strong enough mentally and they give up too easily having having seen them do so against South Africa on sunday in the 1st ODI when the africans attacked the pakistanis went in to their shells and were resigned to loosin the match after only 20 overs.pakistan will not win the world cup until they sort their fielding out and learn to do the basic things like line and length consistently which only M.Asif is doing at the moment.I really hope they sort themselves out before the world cup.

  • qaisar sheikh- pakistan on February 5, 2007, 9:53 GMT

    yes sir this was the talk which should have been started from the moment of departure of waqar but its never too late. Mr. ashraf seems to be the first half of ****proof as it is all protected under his roof. i cant understand this person. he seems to me an addict of popularity phobia. no chairman till date has boosted himself in media in comparison with this person who thinks himself a superstar like shah rukh khan. but has nothing except words. i will do this, i will do that?????????? what actually happened when they people get a man who showed himself thru his work they could not actually accept him bcoz it was against the rules there should not be a work. there should only be talks like Mr. ashraf. waqar immidietly after taking charge in series against siri lanka started showing his work a disciplened bowling attack and with in 9 months time frame our bowlers became the figures of providing success(it was visible atleast thru their performance) and it was not aceptable by the people sitting in board bcoz peoples appointd by board should not do work they should only talk. i will do this i will do that........! and Mr. inzi u were among the grates of pakistan but appointing Mushtaq in place of waqar is your biggest mistake and now be ready for after effects.

  • Faridoon on February 5, 2007, 9:53 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    I am really not much aware of the intricacies of running a cricket board but like every other organization worth its mustard, doesn't the PCB get audited by third parties? If so, aren't they questioned about their objective-setting process and objective achieving plans etc.? Can anyone enlighten me?

  • Javaid Abbasi on February 5, 2007, 9:51 GMT

    What sense does it make for Pakistan selectors to not select Shoaib Akhter in the first place on the grounds that he was not fit, and then to send him to Soth Africa a few days later to replace Umer Gul! C'mon Pakistan selectors, use some common sense.

  • gojjo on February 5, 2007, 9:49 GMT

    Kamran, are you aware that the country has been run for decades by people in uniform, the cricket board (previously called BCCP) has almost always been an ad hoc board ( recall the word 'ad hoc' used by saleem altaf time and time again in the Geo interview), every public institution is headed by a retired general; as Javed miandad in his twilight years mentioned sarcastically ' people in my hey days who could not get themselves selected into the team are now trying to judge my selection by becoming selectors! - ala Sikander Bakht, Haroon Rashid, Bari, Saleem Altaf'

    There is a TV drama currently running called ' Saas bhee Kabhi Bahu Thee' - ie the mother in law was a daughter in law sometimes ago!, these current so called coaches and selectors were treated similarly themselves and are now venting their pent up frustrations onto the next breed of players, as regards Waqar and Miandad et al , these guys were not coached, what experience or credentials do they possess as coaches, Waqar was destroyed by Ajay Jadeja in Bangalore WC 1996, Javed was there - he still harps on about that last day of his career in his autobiography that he should have been the captain blah blah!

    If Imran wants to play politics then he should try and play it in the cricket establishment, if he can win it once again for Pak, the public will vote in droves for him at the next election, but of course the generals wont let that happen (sorry about politicising this blog), Wasim is another guy who has some brains. Once Waqar lost his pace, he lost his place! - Unlike Kapil and Wasim. Unity , faith, discipline.

  • Nasser Siddiqui on February 5, 2007, 9:49 GMT

    Why is it that everyone seems to focus on these issues leading up to the worldcup. These issues were here before and will remain provided that the whole board is not cleaned out and actually taken over by "professionals" who have some knowledge about the game. Having said that I don't think a bowling coach makes that much of a difference. These guys - the bowlers should know where to bowl and not to over step the mark for a no-ball. Come on what is waqar going to teach them? How not to overstep the mark? They've been playing long enough for ODI's to know what it takes, if they dont then simple , just drop them. Also is it just me or is Inzy playing past his use-by-date. I think he should stay in tests and let younis captain the team in that way we can play the extra bowler/batter. Just a thought

  • Nadia Khan on February 5, 2007, 9:48 GMT

    Change your picture Kamran Abbasi. It's utterly revolting!!!!!

  • Alex on February 5, 2007, 9:47 GMT

    New regime but old habits remain and i'm afraid this is part and parcel of Pakistani society and runs deep in the administration and also the mind set of the players. There really is no hint of professionalism in the team. These are supposedly the best sportsmen in the country yet look at Afridi's antiques again, getting heated up with a spectator after his dismissal, Razzaq's poor fielding, the general lethargy in the field, the poor shot selection and lack of concentration and inability to learn from your mistakes. Yet the PCB persist with the same formula time and again showing that there really is no depth in the cricket structure in the country or that new guys are not given a chance. I'm afraid Pakistan are heading towards a disastrous world cup campaign unless they can muster together a half decent revival in players such as Azhar, Shoib, Umar Gul and drop a few of the all rounders who make up the bulk of the team but never really perform (particularly Abdul Razzaq who is ineffective with his bowling, fielding and only occasionally sparks with the bat!). Get in some batsmen and proper bowlers and forget the all rounder policy. U can't win matches with bits and pieces players all the time, just sit down and analyse the team performances of recent years ann add that to the hammering in the last two matches.

  • Ateeq (Uganda) on February 5, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    It's a pity that Pakistan cricket is falling apart right before the world cup. I totally agree that the board needs to answer some valid questions and concerns. It is undoubtly the most unstable board in the world and the way Waqar Younis was treated just shows the lack of respect they have for those who served for Pakistan Cricket for so long. It's not just about the respect that Waqar deserved but the results of his appointment were showing in the field. In the absence of mainstream bowlers, he made sure that our bowling line-up remained a superb one. Rana was back in form and Umer Gul was a changed bowler under Waqar. Pakistan's first ODI performance under Mushtaq is a sorry one and I think the PCB needs to start sending an SOS to Waqar Younis. Naseem Ashraf is no different from his predecessors and the politics have more than increased since he took over. The madness in Pakistan Cricket has to stop, or is it too late? Can the Pakistan team already be counted out of contention for the world cup? I think the board's gotta turn things around in the remaining 6 weeks.

  • omar hussain on February 5, 2007, 9:04 GMT

    Thank you Mr.Abbasi for your opinion.This bureaucracy and corruption inside the PCB have been the bane of cricket devlopment in Pk.This was what Imran Khan battled all thro' his period as our captain.A man os similar status is reqiured to purge this woefull disease if Pakistan cricket is to realise its true potential: believe me Pakistan have great talent all over the land but here to feudal hierchay rules.

  • Fraz on February 5, 2007, 8:54 GMT

    I don't think Pakistan or Pakistanis in general are serious about wanting to address institution-building. It has become a celebrated disease which the best of education or professions cannot cure.

    Since Nasim Ashraf took over, there has been nothing by arbitrariness in the decision making process. It will remain like this.

    Of course Pakistanis should hold themselves responsible. If a General can commit treason by orchestrating a coup, decimating all institutions and get away with (7 years and counting), what Nasim Ashraf does pales in comparison. The rot starts from the top and Pakistanis accept this. Musharaf knows the protests are ineffective as does Nasim Ashraf. NA is only answerable to Musharaf - who himself is answerable to no one. And many Pakistanis support that - the majority are at best ambivalent. A failed state at its best.

  • MUHAMMAD ASHRAF KHAN on February 5, 2007, 8:50 GMT

    Hello i just read this all. I have one more question why the Umpire are so much againsr Pakistan? Is it any possibility to keep ceck on them?

  • Zahid on February 5, 2007, 8:43 GMT

    I totally agree with Mr. Kamran Abbasi, the point he made regarding Mushtaq as bowling coach is very valid as what is the point in placing a bowling coach that is a legspinner? knowing the fact that there are more fast bowlers in your side without a legspinner in it? I don't know why Mushtaq is good enough for Inzimam and Bob Woolmer as a coach and not as a player? and the way the Pakistani fast men where treated in 20-20 and first ODI its a shame that Waqar is not there when he is needed the most....

  • Azhar on February 5, 2007, 8:42 GMT

    It is indeed sad as a fan of Pakistan cricket to see the state of affairs of the Pakistan team and the Pakistan Cricket Board. The selection process and subsequent mishandling of current players is not right. Also, the way former lengends of the game, like Waqar Younis to quote a recent example, are treated is beyond comprehension and incredulous at best. Constant changes in the batting order, adding and dropping bowlers without apparent reason and the appointment of coaches leaves one amazed as to what is going on. And to top it all, the team appears directionless and devoid of any set strategy or well thought out tactics when on the field. Is it too much to expect a more disciplined and considered approach on the part of the team given the talent that is available. And will the team management and coaching staff ever get their act together? Given the present state of affairs, as much as I hate to say it, a world cup debacle looks very much on the cards.

  • Khurram Sultan on February 5, 2007, 8:41 GMT

    Well, I doubt about the audience that is scrutinized here. Transparency, merit, ethics and other such traits are considered in places where one is accountable for his deeds. Dr. Ashraf's "folly to be wise!" tactics and being a 'Yes Man' to his boss will lead us to the same pandemonium that we stumbled upon at the last world cup; with Richard Pybus backing off at the last minute and Tauquir Zia leading the ouster of all our star studded line-up and then following them by being kicked out himself. Are we about to witness the ouster of Bob Woolmer after the defeat in South Africa? Will Wasim Bari like he so-oft did...resign from his post, to be reappointed six months later! Inzi though being the backbone lately, is not in his prime form of late. There has not been enough exposure to international cricket that our benchstrength has had. The three main stay had hardly given any opportunity to the youngsters to earn a honest bread and butter to them. We should have gone to each ofthe last three to four series by resting one of the three main batsmen of the team and given more exposure to the youngsters. Cricket is not an art anymore. The science of cause and effect has affected it like any other discipline of this time. It's not just us..but England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and India have similar worries in terms to the new pace that cricket these days has taken. It's not a game of all-rounders but crickets who can adapt to the situation as soon as possible. There is barely anyone in the team who can be assigned the leadership role after Inzamam. Sorry to Younis but he needs to come a long way in order to come t terms with the modern day limited overs cricket. I sympathize with the ouster of Waqar as the bowling coach, and with such uncertainity prevailing, I hope we do much better than what we did at our last World Cup campaign.

  • Bilal Anjum on February 5, 2007, 8:34 GMT

    this is what I just don't understand, 3-4 months ago they sacked mushtaq ahmed and all of a sudden they've brought him back. until then our bowlers were doing well, and at the moment they're just getting smashed all over by the SA batsmen. they should think about getting waqar younis back.

  • Asif Noor on February 5, 2007, 8:34 GMT

    Dr. Naseem Ashraf has destroyed the morale of Pak pacers by exculding Waqar. In yesterday's game our pacers were hapless, clueless & whatever less. You can't expect from Mushtaq any benifit to Asif, Sami or Umar Gul.

  • ikram on February 5, 2007, 8:20 GMT

    The board is going down the drain. Being a medical docter doesnt qualify you for running a cricket board. the esteemed chairman is from usa and even there big hospitals and medical concerns usually have a management guy running the things. The treatment is left to the docters. The team is being run amok by inzy bhai. There is no place for merit or performance. As long as you are in the good graces of the powers to be. You shall play but if you happen to question the wisdom of all the tableeghi infusion and late night taleems. You are deemed not worthy of a place. Woolmer has been sidelined for a long time. He is just waiting to finish his contract. he could have done a lot of good but nobody wants to listen to him. they dont train or work out as per the coach and trainer. It was a sad sight to see on the england tour as every morning woolmer would setup cones on the field and drills, but no one would show up. nepotism and wanton disregard for any transparency in the board affairs is trickling down to the team. Where one man rules. Its not Imran style, where imran would take anybody who could help the team win didnt matter if they liked each other. today its different, no matter how good you are, whether you can help the team, if someone doesnt like you. that someone cannot make the team and/or will be kept as much as possible. we dont have to go far. for example: Waqar Yunis, azhar mahmood, shoaib akhtar, asim kamal, yasir arafat, the list goes on. there is the other side too. players like rana, sami, razzaq, akmal...no matter how many runs they give, how many catches they drop? matches lost there is no accountability. i hope the chairman naseem does what he had boasted. i hope for the sake of pakistan cricket and its fans.

  • Ammad on February 5, 2007, 8:13 GMT

    PCB: Incompetent and ridiculous

  • Shahzad Arif on February 5, 2007, 8:13 GMT

    Another very good and thoughtful blog Mr. Abbassi. I totally agree with you about the saga of sacking Waqar and bringing in Mushtaq. As we all can see so far in SA tour, our strenght (bowling department) has suffered really badly besides Asif in the test matches. In limited overs in one word it was SHAMEFUL. I think sacking Waqar is going to cost them the WC! Pakistan has been playing cricket for more or less 50 years now but even today their management is acting like newbies. We people don't learn from our past mistakes.

  • Saif Abbasi on February 5, 2007, 7:40 GMT

    Hi Kamran, you have the right to inquire about the state of affairs at PCB and without any shadow of doubt they are not satisfactory. PCB is in a state of absolute chaos. However, dont you think that PCB is just nothing but an extension of the society. Its just an another organization in the country, where its almost impossible to find an organization running professionaly even with an army of so called professionals.Friend ship with the president of Pakistan should not be an open sesame to become the chairman of PCB and if it happens this way then we should not expect any thing other then disaster. Cricket is more then a game in our country, its bigger then any thing in the country so we need some one who not only has required competencies to run the business but also values the aspirations of millions of people. Regards Saif Abbasi

  • Mohammad Umair on February 5, 2007, 7:28 GMT


    With such humiliating defeat in the first ODI has made the whole nation shameful , IS THERE ANY ONE TO ANSWER to the whole nation's die hard fans that on what basis they were calling pakis the best . It shame for PCB and the selectors responsible for dealing with star players foolishly . Now time is telling that the only victory pakistan got was because of the presence of SHOAIB AKHTER & if some one still denies it he is a big fool and the most stupid person and what to say about our batsman they dont need coaching they need miracle to advnce their skills of batting on harder and bouncier pitches , they look extremely miserable and all their agressiveness and dashing approach fly away while they were dealing with good seam pacers on bouncier tracks , against moving ball, their foot get jammed in fact no movement at all and at any ball you perciev they will give away . so obviously with such poor technique once they get beaten then can never recover and transfer the attack back on the bowlers and get in so much pressure which is hard bare.

  • Fawad on February 5, 2007, 7:26 GMT

    I completely agree with you. It seems like ever since Mr Ashraf has taken over PCB, everything seems to have gone wrong. One particular concern is absolute lack of communication between team management and players/coaches. The blame game have gone way too far and lets see who will be the escape goat this time since Shoaib Akthar is not in SA anymore. Team morale is at the lowest and doesn't seem to be getting any better after the 1st one day thrashing. It seems like Bob Woolmer is already shopping for a house in London and has given up on any hope of World Cup success. It's time for the whole team/management to sit down and do some serious soul searching.

  • TK on February 5, 2007, 7:20 GMT

    Dr. Nasim Ashraf (DNA) lacks basic credentials to head PCB. DNA does not possess the basic knowledge about the game of cricket. DNA even does not have any leadership traits. He got his present position because of his famous phone call from the oval to his boss.

    The Ad hoc setup of PCB is the root cause of the decline of Pakistan cricket. PCB needs a person of Nr Khan’s caliber to head PCB.

    Woolmer and Salim Altaf have failed to transform the talent of Pakistani cricketers into a winning combination. Salim Altaf has been acting as the CNC of PCB.

    Woolmer is a passive coach. Pakistan needs a dynamic coach, some one who is a risk taker by using young in-form players. Even the Pakistan team selectors’ performance has been really pathetic.

  • zain kazmi on February 5, 2007, 7:16 GMT

    cricket board , iam sure would have no answer of a single question u asked.they r a bunch of corrupt people they all r playing with this nation its a brutal joke with pakistan. really dont know who is running this show, dr naseem iam afraid is making a history of making blunders. lastly dont be hopefull about world cup its over now for us, lets plan for next wc from now.

  • Salman on February 5, 2007, 7:16 GMT

    This the worst PCB management and selection and medical team i have ever seen...they make contoversies after contoversies and there is no satisfactory reason given to the cricket fans of Pakistan...they thinks spectators and cricket lovers are fool in every abroad tour any of the PCB's official can be seen with the team...its that a joke they are hired person they dont have a right to use the PCB funds for their pleasure they are making things worst for cricketing future...if you give power to the fan we will certainly kick these officials out of PCB...what have they done for cricket? is there any new ground they made? in Karachi there is only one ground of international standards there must be atleast 3...they doing the same things as other sports association do to like hockey,squash and football...Actually associations and boards in Pakistan are made to destablised and destroy sport rather than making them steady.

  • Abdul-Rahim Ahmad on February 5, 2007, 7:16 GMT

    Isn't Nasim Ashraf himself got the position b/e he is a close friend of retd. Gen Musharraf?

    Isn't that his friend Musharraf himself running a country of 160 million people without a constitution (which is used only to silence critics with a distorted and illogical explanation of words)? Then why so much fuss about PCB that usually runs a cricket team of 16 players?

  • Abdul Basit on February 5, 2007, 7:13 GMT

    Kamran sb You have asked a question at end Wheather or not we can trust our major institutions? and answer is a big NO. A country in which a General can be the President only because having military on its backgroud and no popularity among the masses, and sorry to say the president killing his on people without any strong evidence,just to prolong his own rule and he is not answerable to any one then how can you think that other institutions can be trusted.

  • SAQIB on February 5, 2007, 7:11 GMT


    Yes you have asked all the right questions from PCB who will rather never come up with answers in this regard as what we have seen in the past suggest.

    For world cup preparations we are going in all opposite direction if we have to have any chance for the world cup we have to unite as a nation for get any differences between us.

    World cup is just few days away now we all know that our board is preparing for the WC for last four years since last WC and we are still there where we are in the last WC.

    The major flow is in our domestic structure from where our cricketers come as against Australians domestic setup which is so competitive that when cricketers come from there they all ready for test match cricket cricketers like mike Hussey and Mitchell Johnson.

    Imran khan is 100% right because when we pick our team they start to learn cricket after coming into national team for example how to leave the ball on seaming wickets the basics are not learned in our domestic set up. When they are playing in domestic seasons they are scoring many runs because our system is full of flaws pitches are dead and all that

    In the last we pray to ALLAH TALLAH that what ever we have prepared for WC that comes out well


  • Aamir Shah (In Karachi) on February 5, 2007, 7:04 GMT

    Kamran - All your points are valid and they should be addressed by the PCB. My biggest concern is that as cricket fans, you, myself, as well as the hundreds of people who post on this blog alone, can tell that Wasim Bari and the PCB have made a laughing stock out of Pakistan by first sending Umar Gul and Shoaib Malik to South Africa when BOTH apparently already had injuries, then sending Shoaib Akhtar less than a week after announcing that he was UNFIT, then similarly sending Shabbir Ahmed, only 4 days after announcing that he too was UNFIT. For God's sake. What kind of management is this? Wasim Bari and his team of selectors, and the PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf must have the decency to resign for their incompetence and inability to manage a game that is held in such high regard by the whole country. Even now, Pakistan has been forced to play sub-standard players like Rana Naveed,Mohammad Sami,Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Hafeez, even when they continue to fail and disappoint time and time again. Sitting in Pakistan are well-deserving players like Yasir Arafar,Azhar Mahmood,Salman Butt,Rao Iftikhar,Mohammad Irshad just to name a few but they cannot get into the team because of the politics than is part and parcel of the PCB management.

    Kamran, what I would suggest to you is to do a huge service to Pakistan cricket - ie - please print out some of the comments on this blog and send them to the PCB. Maybe we can shame them into paying attention to us, instead of ignoring the fans time and time again, and running the Pakistan team into the ground.

  • Asim Ghaffar on February 5, 2007, 7:03 GMT

    1) First, I don’t think PCB is solely responsible for the delay. I am sure president Musharaf’s office and other involved institutions have their share of delays as well.

    Second, I think PCB need to prioritize there task and then publicize their priorities. If world cup is their top priority, and for that matter if they have work load to share then they can simply say that we will visit the constitution issue as soon as Pakistan team returns from WC.

    However, PCB being a administrative authority should have minimum role to play with world cup team preparation and should emphasize more on constitution. Right now they have publicized more about constitution and have spent time more on Pakistan XI issues.

    2) PCB (the administration) must not have any role in selection. All they need to do is to choose selector. And let those selectors decide who should be in Pak XI. I think its plan stupid to ask PCB why azhar mehmood is not in the team or Imran Nazir is in the team. Selection committee is accountable for such decision. But how can you make selection committee accountable when Nasim by pass all the rule and send shoaib Akhter without the selection committee consent.

    3) Waqar younis is an idiot. He himself is responsible for the treatment he go. When he is employee of PCB who is being paid to do a certain job then he simply cannot have any sort of work attitude. If an employee come to me and sasy that I am not happy and I will “resign” in the morning. I will not even say that resign now I will say you are fired. Saleem Altaf probably hid many facts but whatever Waqar has revealed has made him look stupid as far as professional ethics is concerned. Pakistanies in general are supporting waqar, because 99% of us don’t know how to conduct themselves in an organization. I am not saying PCB staff is angel, they might have be doing manipulation but Waqar has showed that he is so naïve that he don’t know how to talk with an organization head.

    Conclusion: For all PCB assignment we need professionals who know how to conduct themselves within an organization.

    Waqar said on BKBH, that I was not working for money. Then WTF he was taking money. As long as he was being paid he was not Waqra younis the great bowler but Waqar younis as bowling coach employed by PCB.

    4) There are many WHYs like this? And I think best solution is to have a system in place as soon as this world cup is finished. For time being we need to bear with Inzy’s wishes. I have severe doubts about Inzy thinking capability but I have no doubts about it honesty.

    5) Nepotism is not bad but unfair nepotism is bad

    6) –

    7) -

  • Sajid Ahmed on February 5, 2007, 6:58 GMT

    In urdu we have an expression, its called " thook kay chataa" and thats what this board has done with Mushtaq and Shoaib Akthar. Both were first dropped from their respective positions and then recalled. Same will happen with Waqar Yunis, he will probably be recalled as well. He was thrown out purely to establish Doc Nasim's authority in the board. Seems to me that Doc is running the board more on this whims and ego rather than via any kind of "professional" approach.

  • Mohammad Ghazanfar on February 5, 2007, 6:46 GMT

    the way pakistan lost the match to south africa was a total failure....

    not a single pakistani batsmen could match or even come near to mark boucher or even kallis or smith.. eventhough all of them are capable of,

    some-1 tell afridi how to slog.. i mean there is a way to play even wildly.. he plays too wildly! coach can perhaphs teach him how to play slog, where to hit when the ball is coming outside the off and where to hit when on leg and stuff like that.. i think with the help of some advice he can even break his own record of fastest century..

    pakistan are capable of winning the world cup.. each loose strengthens not weakens|!!

    be optimistic....

  • Syed Ahsan Ali on February 5, 2007, 6:46 GMT

    Aboslutely spot on. Tired and exasperated with this junk politics of our cricket.Sometimes, it is hard to convince oneself to attach any more hopes not with our cricketers but with this shambolic psuedo-management.Hopefully, one day they will be accountable for their wrongdoings.

  • Naseer on February 5, 2007, 6:45 GMT

    I agree with your comments. But who will listen to all the rhetoric. No body will care about it... It looks that sincerity to the very cause of the country is an alien factor in the present set up of PCB. The PCB president, selectors, coach and the captain are behaving like sole owner of the property "Pakistan Cricket". The players who are in good books of these people will always remain in the team whether they perform or not. As for our foriegn coach is concerned, he has a clear mission to somewhat polish the donkeys and to make the tigers blunt. No need to explain the characteristic of the above these creatures.

  • AJ Piracha on February 5, 2007, 6:41 GMT

    I agree. Majority of the problems here are created by Board. I saw Waqar's program with Saleem Altaf. Fakhr should have asked him that board has duty to be answerable to the public. It is not a private corporation. As part of the accountability, names have to be named of people who were involved in the Waqar situation. Saleem Altaf did not name anyone. Then again, our whole country is run on the same basis...so who cares.

  • Asad Anwar on February 5, 2007, 6:39 GMT

    I have a request here to add for the PCB that Cricket is one of the few things that brings this nation together and make it proud, or may be the only thing. With the state of all the sports in our country, hockey, squash, our horrible performances in Asian Games and Olympics, please do not take cricket from us now. All you people are concerned with from the administrators to managers to players themselves is take the money and run approach, you are not accountable to anyone, you are not answerable to anyone, and all this will result only in the downfall of cricket like hockey, squash and other sports.

  • Azam on February 5, 2007, 6:38 GMT

    Oh yes this is Pakistan cricket, as it usually is. I wonder if any board has ever done anything to make anything foolproof. Bob Woolmer is the final glimmer of hope, which too is fading away fast. But what are we Kamran, the Pakistani supporters?

    When they drop Shoaib, we push for him, we push for Shabbir as well - both are back in Pakistan. We are now backing Imran Nazir and Azhar Mehmood? based on what.....domestic performances? Do they really count?

    Barring Asif and Yousuf who has performed consistently?

    Pakistan cricket will never change. There is no rule, no law just a senseless passion for the sport.

    Wasim Bari had pointed out that Shabbir is not fit, he was still sent.

    Where is Yasir Arafat? Where are the two guys who won us the U-19 cup? Where is the U-19 keeper? Where is thay boy - Fawad Alam (20-20 hero)?

    We play a politically balanced side and sometimes they perform, sometimes they don't.

    Lets listen to Imran Khan for once..........For heaven's sakes......play specialists...

    If the first 4 batsmen don't perform don't expect the rest of the team to bat!!

    We are becoming the Indian team of the late 1980s. Too many batsmen, too few specialists.

    On an ending note, if the allrounders start performing, the same team will start performing (like last year) and you will notice success.

    Write it somewhere and remember I said it...


  • Jawad Ahmed on February 5, 2007, 6:38 GMT

    You probably forgot to mention one name Kamran and that is Asim Kamal.

    Anyways, don't know what to say after that insulting defeat of our paper tigers. People may find reasons for this defeat but to me our team probably had a bet with South Africans that they would not let them cross 400 mark and they won the bet rather than the match. I still remember that match in which our paper tigers got out for 43 odd runs against Windies and our batsmen kept nodding their heads saying "well bowled". This time the difference was they didn't nod their heads saying it was a good pounding South Africa, we'll take it as a medal on our chests filled with wounds you've inflicted on it.

    A bunch of club cricketers. Please don't bother to take plane for the world cup otherwise you'll humiliate yourselves, your country and your fans too by loosing to minnows also.

  • Khurram Ahmed (Jamaica) on February 5, 2007, 6:38 GMT

    Dr. Ashraf has smelled like bacon since the day he showed up.

    Waqar has always managed himself with dignity, grace and integrity. More than any other cricketer, he ought to be considered the best ambassador for the sport we have. The treatment given was a travesty. But knowing the knowledge, skills and patriotism he possesses, I hope he returns as bowling coach.

    The PCB offers an international face to what the world knows about Pakistan's underneath. Superficial and soulless; bereft of class and a moral center.

    By the way, it's absolutely tragic that Imran Nazir and Zulqarnain Haider never got an opportunity in the ODI. Please don't tell me they were flown to prove the deserved a trip to the Caribbean based on the Twenty20.

  • Gohar Ayub on February 5, 2007, 6:36 GMT

    Kamran, i fully agree with you. There are foolish people running the board who don't have proper knack of the game of cricket. There was marked improvement in fast bowling department when Waqar was the coach, he made Omer Gul from an ordinary fast bowler to a genuine match winner. Moreover, every body could see how Rana and Gul reverse swung the ball in his tenure and they controlled the problem of "NO" balls. In addition, Waqar was hired till the world cup which obviously meant that he was given a task to improve fast bowlers for the mega event then why he was asked to restrict only to test cricket, this is just mind boggling.

    Inzi & wasim bari are not good in judging young talent . Why Asim kamal was not selected in the test team. Inzi was fully supporting Faisal Iqbal who i swear is not half a player as compared to Asim. Sadly, wrong people are occupying PCB. Imran Khan has been voicing for a long time now that domestic structure in Pakistan should be changed. I fully agree with him as our system failed to produce world class players, the players with whom we are still alive on world scene are those who have natural talent and our domestic competitions and coaching system have nothing to do with it. I am failed to understand that why the whole structure is not being overhauled when PCB can have the capacity to do so by having huge finances. For God sake don't destroy the prime sport of Pakistan. We are no longer recognized in Squash and hockey and Cricket is the only game which binds this nation together.

  • Muhammad Iqbal on February 5, 2007, 6:32 GMT

    The current situation with Pakistan cricket is no different than the country itself. No institutions but individuals, No constitution, No merit, No discipline....... Now see the PCB, I really don't know where to start? So many issues and problems. Ahaaaaaaaaaa... When will we see a transparent and constitutional PCB, not only showing respect to our legends but also managing things well.

  • Dr. Syed Erfan Asif on February 5, 2007, 6:24 GMT

    The yet another paltry performance by Pakistan cricket team has confirmed the lack of spirit, application and discipline with in the team. I liked the comment of Osman Samiuddin yesterday that Pakistan team should go home and skip the world cup. It is always said that this is most incredible team in the world. I always wondered does the pride lie in being most incredible team or being the most invincible one? I am not advocating ouster of any player after a few bad performances, however, Rana Naveed has been proving way too expensive, out of form, less penetrative since last year’s ODI series against India in Pakistan. In fact he is the one who on many occasions in the above-mentioned period, made the final task easier for the opponents. He continued this in England. Akmal had a disastrous trip of England and even before that his expertise behind the wicket was questioned quite oftenly. Mohammad Sami was already declining till last year and his temporary expulsion from the team did no good to him. Yet Inzi, Woolmer and may be the other selectors too have a different range of specifications for the players to be or not to be in form. Imran Farhat is another good (bad) example of “selection based on relationship”. Even on a dead wicket he would get out on the slips or before the wicket. This is the talent of the players and this is the outcome of our board’s beloved coach Bob Woolmer. This is very unfortunate that any regime in Pakistan that gains power in the country or in an organization, by hook or by crook, doesn’t feel shame for even a day before they start working with the same level of selfishness, greed, lust and dead conscience like others before them. Be it the political leaders of the country or chairman of the board of a famous game. We have forgotten hockey where we ruled the world for a quarter of century, only because of a handful of selfish people. Time is not far when people would forget this game as well.

  • Afzaal Khan on February 5, 2007, 6:22 GMT

    When the esteemed Prez of Pakistan is the patron of cricket how can one expect the PCB to be manage better then the country itself. I have to disagre with u on waqar i think he shouldnt have been invited in any position where he can be in contact with players, same goes with Wasim, rashid latif and miandad. Were these guys gr8 players ofcourse they were. But we all the know the turmoil thier egos caused.

  • Ali on February 5, 2007, 6:14 GMT

    An excellent observation by Kamran Abassi. The recent performances of the team are a testament that things are going downhill. Something fishy is making the players spineless and toothless. They seem so aimless and rudderless that too after a good fight in the tests. I just do not understand and neither give any justification for players like Mohamad Sami and Rana along with few others for their inclusion. I respect Imran Khan but his support for sami is totally wrong. How on earth these blokes still don't know where and how to bowl after such a long time in the team. I am a big fan of Woolmer but I am disappointed that in 3 years there has been no or I should say zero improvement in fitness, both mental and physical.

    Someone has to take a stand and come out in public to admit their failures and point out the people who are responsible for it.

    Just like in Hockey where the previous secretary has totally destroyed the game with his petty politics, Mr. so called righteous Saleem Altaf is doing to cricket. What special qualities has given him the God father status to take brainless decision and still remain in a powerful position. He should have been the man to go not Shahriyar Khan. Dr. Naseem even if he is sincere will not be allowed to bring the changes as it the hopeless and neverending system of our that stops any progress.

    There is no hope as people in Pakistan do not want to change no matter what happens and we have been witnessing this for so long without being able to bring any change. To bring a change and improvement, one needs to change the mindset and unfortunately we are still living in dark ages of noblemen and clergy where any change is rejected by the people themselves.

  • Mohammad Ashraf Ibrahim on February 5, 2007, 6:06 GMT

    Why not an open debate is carried out live on TV and Naseem Ashraf alongwith with his bunch of advisors is asked to answer. Live phone calls should also be taken.

  • Mohammd Zaidi on February 5, 2007, 5:50 GMT

    Mr kamran u r right. I blame PCB and slectors for the lose of 1st ODI.

    What were they thinking playing sami and rana together ???

  • Owais on February 5, 2007, 5:40 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Considering the results achieved by first ODI one must ponder on the fact that this team in terms of performance is any where near a match winning combination. For the past six months we have been lagging behind in our batting dept and this ODI was no exception either. Our bowling which was considered a strong point gave away 392 runs yesterday. I wonder who else could the management tried (considering injuries). If performance alone should be the lonely indicator of selection, then none of the bowlers deserve to be in the squad apart from Asif, who could be given the benefit of the doubt.

  • Mujtaba Khan on February 5, 2007, 5:39 GMT

    Kamran you are spot on. Being a Paki supporter its hard to digest whats going on the field and off the field.. Believe me Pak has always made a balance between off the field and on-field dramas. Watching yesterday's match was pathetic to say the least.Naved was battered and bruised,Sami is sami you cant expect anything from him,but he can be made an opener with his batting abilities.Its time for Pakistan to take some harsh decisions, Hafeez has to be sent back to domestic cricket, and Abdul Razzaq has to be dropped, seeing him bat and field brings a 'yawn' to the spectators.. Its big time Pakistan has to ressurect the team for they have only 4 matches and hardly a month to go before World cup .Inzamam has to come up the order and has to be proactive,in last match he could have tried Afridi or Hafeez much earlier when Rana was getting a pounding.Pakistan before the world cup have to 1.Set an opening partnership 2.learn to play short-pitch balls and not to bowl them 3.Bring on Danish Kaneria 4.Improve the fielding drastically.

    Barring England and Pakistan , I think all the 6 teams are all set for WC. The only postive Pak can get from the 1st ODI is Malik's batting practice, and Sami telling his friends ' hey mate iam a batsman, not that 90mph bowler'..... I would love to see Pakistan comeback with a bang..


  • arun on February 5, 2007, 5:29 GMT

    Pakistan from being second favorites for the World Cup along with S. Africa has gone down to the ranks of being least favorites among test playing nations along England with their performance in the 1st ODI. I get a sense that they feel they have accomplished their mission by competing with S.Africa in the test series and the 20/20 and ODIs are just an afterthought.

  • murtaza hussain on February 5, 2007, 5:18 GMT

    i also think in addition to my earlier comment that pakistan team it self should manage the PCB, since no regime is strong n honest enough.hahaha!

  • atif on February 5, 2007, 5:18 GMT

    Nice Post Kamran- what a pathetic perfomace by pakistani bowlers- 1. sack mushtaq- whats his role in pak team? 2. sack naseem ashraf and salim altaf- we need proffesionals to run the board unlike these beurocrats who go in circle. 3. What is fat ass inzi doing? look at all the decisons he took? pathetic to say the least-

  • Dr.Zahid Akram on February 5, 2007, 5:17 GMT

    You have really talked on very critical issue.I am also of your view that the present status of our national cricket team is due to the bad policies,mismanagement and appointment of wrong people on important posts.Its pity that the noble game of cricket has now being run in a political way.Personel ego has become more important than performance and need of the hour.Thanks to the comptetence of our selectors that we suffered humiliating defeats in twenty20 and First one day in Sout Africa.If our selectors will keep on doing drawing room selction then we should be ready to see even more distasteful performances.Its only due to our board that we have lost legends like Imran Khan,Miandad,Wasim Akram,Waqar Younis and many others well before their retirement age.They could have played even more if there would have been some sort of respect for them in the board.Present board is no exception and is running cricket affairs in totally unprofessional way.My word the way they handled Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhter speaks their competency.Keep on watching there blunders, while they sent out of form Shabbir Ahmed who could not last for even twenty 20 game and are now sending him back.PCB Chairman Dr.Nasim Ashraf who promised to prepare constitution of the board has yet to do that because he mightr be having other important personel matters to solve than this,which ultimately can make board answerable.We can only pray that Pakistan cricket could get rid of this board and some one like Irman Khan could become its head then only we can hope some betterment.Till that time continue watching their "aaniyaan jaaniyan".

  • Atif Jamal on February 5, 2007, 5:15 GMT

    I'm very hopeless with this new PCB . All the worst things r happening during their regime. I'm amazed at PCB's stance over one of world's greatest Waqar Younis. Not even did he deserve the respect but also shud have been encouraged and applauded at the improvement he injected in the inexperienced bowlers. But all he received was otherwise.

    What role Mushtaq can play after this humiliating defeat in first ODI .. can he tell the fast bowlers where did they go terribly wrong ???

    I don't understand the sending of Shoaib Akhtar and Shabbir .. I believe PCB have some medical team attached with them who assess the fitness of the players .. but how dumb they were by sending those players to the tours who got unfit while playing their very first game .. Shabbir cudn't even survive a 20/20 game .. is there any accountability at all ???

    No wonder we'r never able to become consistent in performances inspite of always having some of the world's best players available .. and this new PCB sucks the most for sure .. Mr. President Musharraf , we don't care if u leave the Govt. or not , but plz leave the pakistan cricket alone ...

  • murtaza hussain on February 5, 2007, 5:12 GMT

    i think.. pakistan should skip the world cup, if they want to save themselves from any humiliation.

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on February 5, 2007, 5:05 GMT

    Kamran nice piece, and unfortunately spot on. 4 years ago following the debacle of the last world cup we had a cleaning of house and plans were being laid for the next world cup, here we are 5 weeks before the event and things are in complete pandamonium. The answer is simple, politics! Anything in Pakistan that is related to power, fame or wealth becomes hugely political. We have no independent board run by professionals, we have no accountability, no constitution, nothing. Unfortunately we cannot have former professional cricketers as administrators because very few former cricketers have the education and training to be effective administrators. Saleem Altaf and Wasim Bari are both cases in point. If you look at Pakistan's history there are only a handful of former players you could trust to such a position. Rameez and members of the Majid/Imran family. Otherwise you have to get a professional administrator and at best leave only the purely basic cricketing aspects to the cricketers and even those have to be monitored closely. Over the past few years I have repeatedly sent a business plan to the various PCB chiefs, this is a detailed plan and based on my years of experience and training in management and finance in global organizations. I am sure I am not the only one to present them with such plans, the point being it is relatively obvious to find the cures to our ills, the fact that we don't only strengthens the arguement that politics and not logic dictates the workings of the PCB!

  • Niaz Hussain on February 5, 2007, 5:03 GMT

    board should think about BOb's, he is sharing information / technique to south african, because we know that he is from south africa, how he see to loss his country!!.

  • Iqbal Hanif on February 5, 2007, 4:59 GMT

    I couldn't agree with you more, Mr. Abbasi. This board management is no different than the ones we had in the past. The irony of the matter is that the PCB Chairman and Saleem Altaf keep talking about bringing change and improving Pakistan cricket but I am afraid our team's graph is going downward. Given the recent performances by our team, it will be a miracle if we made it to the semi finals. I hope that players will keep our hopes alive as they have done in the past. We have completely lost faith in people who manage our cricket.

  • Alf on February 5, 2007, 4:51 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I find the following snippet from your blog quite amusing... "Pakistan fans, who care passionately about their favourite game, want some answers. This is not just about the World Cup--although it partly is--but it is about something far deeper in Pakistani society: Whether or not we can trust our major institutions?"

    Let me elaborate a bit on the amusing part. Late last year two of pakistan bowlers were caught for drug-abuse - a very serious charge in international sport. It was determined that the urine sample was not tampered wih and that the findings were accurate: after all the fast bowlers waived off the right to test the second sample (Sample B, or the reserve sample) in case they felt that the findings were not accurate. Now as per WADA, these cricketers should have been banned but we all saw what happened. In fact when the PCB gave the cricketers a clean chit based on the finding that the bowlers were not educated about drug abuse and thus were innocent! I find it absurd to see that Shoaib Akhtar, who has been playing intl cricket for the past 10 years and who participated in 2003 world cup when Shane Warne was caught for drug abuse, is not aware of drug-abuse.

    Anyways, PCB hushed up the matter and in fact claimed that WADA doesn't have any authority to take action against the players as it was an internal matter! And all the Pak fans, including you, were hailing the ruling. Isn't it amusing that PCB, and pak fans, are willing to do anything to save their players, apparently for the world cup, and integrity is just a word to be ignored, but when this very short-sighted attitude harms Pak cricket, you are yelling murder!

    It seems that the adage "you are ruled by the people you deserve" is indeed true.

  • irfan safdar on February 5, 2007, 4:46 GMT

    With a system like this im still surprised we keep on producing world class players.The general and their appointed MDs and CEOs have screwed up the entire sports set up in Pakistan. Hockey is a example in this regard and cricket is following up.

  • Dr. Syed Erfan Asif on February 5, 2007, 4:43 GMT

    The yet another paltry performance by Pakistan cricket team has confirmed the lack of spirit, application and discipline with in the team. I liked the comment of Osman Samiuddin yesterday that Pakistan team should go home and skip the world cup. It is always said that this is most incredible team in the world. I always wondered does the pride lie in being most incredible team or being the most invincible one? I am not advocating ouster of any player after a few bad performances, however, Rana Naveed has been proving way too expensive, out of form, less penetrative since last year’s ODI series against India in Pakistan. In fact he is the one who on many occasions in the above-mentioned period, made the final task easier for the opponents. He continued this in England. Akmal had a disastrous trip of England and even before that his expertise behind the wicket was questioned quite oftenly. Mohammad Sami was already declining till last year and his temporary expulsion from the team did no good to him. Yet Inzi, Woolmer and may be the other selectors too have a different range of specifications for the players to be or not to be in form. Imran Farhat is another good (bad) example of “selection based on relationship”. Even on a dead wicket he would get out on the slips or before the wicket. This is the talent of the players and this is the outcome of our board’s beloved coach Bob Woolmer. This is very unfortunate that any regime in Pakistan that gains power in the country or in an organization, by hook or by crook, doesn’t feel shame for even a day before they start working with the same level of selfishness, greed, lust and dead conscience like others before them. Be it the political leaders of the country or chairman of the board of a famous game. We have forgotten hockey where we ruled the world for a quarter of century, only because of a handful of selfish people. Time is not far when people would forget this game as well.

  • zam on February 5, 2007, 4:33 GMT

    Boby(saleem altaf) should be taken to the nations court on violating the nations interest .

  • Sikander Rashid on February 5, 2007, 4:09 GMT

    Yes, there's plenty to ask. I think the highlight of this article is the question raised about replacing Waqar Younis with Mushtaq Ahmed as the national bowling coach. It really is mindboddling and a ridiculous decision to stumble upon. I wonder how a leg spinner would put forward better advice for 6 fast bowlers esp while they play on bouncy South African tracks.

    I remember Shoaib Akhtar quoting before being withdrawn from ICC Champions Trophy,"President Musharaf has asked me not to speak on the matter, therefore, I am keeping my lips closed". Talk about "independence", mates. It's called politics, which are there to stay no matter who runs PBC.

  • raheel on February 5, 2007, 4:02 GMT

    I agree with you. This past match was an example of our selection process at its best, How can we leave out a talented all rounder (with experience in foreign conditions) like mahmood? Of course this is no surprise in Waqar's dismissal as he was only one of the BEST fast bowlers ever in both formats of the game, and the boards personal vandetta against Wasim. I mean we have such a great treasure of resources in the form of former players that we can utilize and the best our team can come up with is mushtaq ahmed? COME ON! This heierarchy in the PCB should not surprise us Pakistanis as it reflects the political base of the country and like everything else is being run by Musharaaf. Maybe by the end of this year musharaff will introduce grass root level democracy in the PCB by appointing someone who does not know his middle name. As far as the team goes, WAKE UP PEOPLE! we need shoib, i know hes a constant nuisance but he is our best threat with the new bowl (asif is better at tests due to his inexperience in the one day format).

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on February 5, 2007, 4:01 GMT

    Kamran Abbassi, its really good that you have done some excellent PI job to expose Nasim Ashraf's hypocrisy and his false promises rather, 'caveat emptor' must I say? And also unveiling his typical Pakistani style management by appointing the media chief on a "rishtay naatay" basis, and the way he is throwing a juicy bone towards the sports journalists by giving them hopes of accompanying the teams going abroad at PCB's expense. I am glad that you have highlighted these issues in this blog so that we can also air our views and express our concerns. I am sure that these discussions are definitely creating more awareness among people, and the voice of the people is louder than the leader 'who bangs the drums of war'.

    In one of my posts here, after reading this news in Dawn newspaper about sponsoring journalists and offering them "free lunch". I wrote that it is exactly like the US policy of sponsoring journalism to report the Iraq war. The difference between today's US journalism and the one during the Vietnam war is - the journalism during the '60s was independent, bold and professional and today's journalism is cheap, sponsored and unprofessional. And Nasim Ashraf is out here to bring the American journalism in Pakistan and that too in sports! And what a shame it is.

    Taking the liberty of using your line, "he who pays the piper really does call the tune" I would like to call him Dr. Peter Ashraf, and Peter not only wants to be the pipers paymaster, but he expects them to play the tune which he wants to hear. Since Peter is a doctor of philosophy, he wants to prove it to us that he is very philosophically minded person and his primary goal is to project himself using the logic of "I think therefore, I am." And his secondary goal is to gather the pipers (journalists and yes men) and categorize them as follows: A. Those that do not affect the playing. B. Those that inspire the playing. C. Those who distort the playing. And he wants to use and exploit the category C to get the best out of them only to project his vision. Mind you we are talking about playing pipe bands here and not cricket. He is doing everything to blow his own trumpet and nothing for cricket in Pakistan.

    I understand that managing PCB is a very sordid affair and its not easy for anyone to run it on a ad hoc basis without any legal, approved, democratic constitution. He is taking decisions that are not for the development of cricket but for the benefit of his relatives and friends and for the glory and grace of his inflated ego. This is something the people of Pakistan should NOT allow and accept it at any cost. Where is the accountability bureau here? How come he is allowed to spend the money from the PCB coffers at his whims and wishes e.g., hiring that expensive British lawyer for Inzamam's trial was fine, but hiring him for PCB as a defense lawyer against your own players i.e., against Shoaib and Asif's appeal and then paying the lawyer 30,000 pounds for a single visit, is absolutely not justifiable.

    PCB is making millions of dollars these days and that money should be spent in promoting cricket, in building more playing grounds and stadiums in the country for the promotion of domestic cricket and in structuring the academies and not just for players but, also for umpires and coaches from within the country. Also, to create a certain level of education and courses in English language so that the players can communicate decently when they are interviewed, so that they create a better image of the country, as they are the goodwill ambassadors of the country. Himself, (Peter) he has a pseudo accent and he talk with so much arrogance and you can smell the stench and the niff in the air when he speaks. And that is because he is not being fair and square.

  • ali on February 5, 2007, 3:57 GMT

    Kamran you are absolutely right. The pcb is a microcosm of everything that is wrong with pakistan. I never liked Salim Altaf and he made the PCB look as stupid as we all think it is. It was inevitable that the firing of waqar younis was going to rear its ugly head and it has at the worst possible times. Pakistan cricket once again is going through turbulent times the only constant is the captain who I adore but has made many questionable decisions of late. 1.Asim Kamal, god forbid we would play a grafter in test cricket and a player that had done nothing wrong to get booted in the first place anyways. A man who wouldn't throw his wicket away unlike our friend Farhat. This noninlcusion is a big reason we didn't score more runs. 2.For once can the team management stop making excuses for the youngsters. They have all played plenty of matches and they should put pressure on them and tell them that hundreds and matchwinning efforts are expected by players other than the big three and asif. 3.Bob woolmer? he has brought a sense of stability to pakistan cricket. but where is the identification of a pitch once failing in edgbaston and then here again. did they not learn anything from brian lara stupid decisions in india. its time that after the world cup hard decisions are made. 4.Yousuf should be captain to post world cup pakistan. the reason, he is calm and cool. once again in the 2020 younis looked totally lost. not knowing how many fielders in the outfield and making some hideous decisions. the only reason i think yousuf might not be given the captaincy is his beard something are president is wary of because the beard doesnt go on well with his friends on downing street and in washington. they need a guy that smiles like a fool and thinks hes smarter than he is. i saw yousuf captain in 2020 and i thought he was very good. pakistan dont need rara captains they need a cool hand when things get bad in the ever corrupt pcb.

  • Saqib Sarfraz, Perth Australia on February 5, 2007, 3:55 GMT

    Well as we know from our previous expereinces nothing would be done about wotever mess this new PCB management is creating ... the only thing that can be expected is that when things again will go horribly wrong ( which is bound to happen looking at the way this new management is progressing ) this management will either resign or will be forced to do so. These sort of things will keep on repeating if PCB is continued to be run on AD-HOC basis. If theres no law theres no accountability.

  • Mohamamd Tufail on February 5, 2007, 3:47 GMT

    Excellent points Kamran and I hope one day we can actually get some answers too from the PCB. When we get rid of the retired army men and politicians, we get someone like Dr. Nasim Ashraf to be in charge of PCB. The appointment of PCB chief has always been whoever can convince the President of Pakistan. The current team has no management and it looks like match practice is no longer a requirement to be in the team. I am just amazed by one thing. How come no one in the management (captain, coach, etc.) can figure it out that you do not 4-5 allrounders in the team. Abdul Razzaq and Afridi had no match practice but found their way in the playing eleven. Where did the common sense go in cricket. And it is not like we are trying this for the first time. We have Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Afridi, Razzaq in the same team. They are neither good bowlers nor batsmen. They have been tried again and again and if you look into their performance over the last two years, except for a game or two, none of them have been consistent. Of these, Shoaib Malik has the best technique and I can deal with him. I think it is time we stick to the basics, bring in specialist batsmen and bowlers and at the most two allrounders, one playing and the other back up. Yasir Hameed deserves a chance in the one-day eleven as a specialist opener. No other team would create a zoo of allrounders in their playing eleven. It is a disease in our management who thinks that anyone who can bowl occasionally and is an average batsman should be in the team. It is time to wake up and get things right. In my mind and honestly speaking, even Younis Khan (based on his record) does not deserve a place in the one-day team. Only two hundreds over a pretty long span and an ordinary average.

  • Omer Admani on February 5, 2007, 3:45 GMT

    Kamran, your first piece which was worth reading! Keep it up, and also write one on the inclusion of incompetent players consistently selected.

  • Adnan on February 5, 2007, 3:33 GMT

    It kind of funny most of out institution there in pakistan are like this. But cricket in think we are ourself to be blamed we gave them (bureaucrates) a chance to rule us. I think its high time that our former cricketer should unit and do some effective work , but i serious questions for Chairman of Selector he was a good crickter he is part of this who so called corporate plan

  • calgary highlander on February 5, 2007, 3:28 GMT

    No, Waqar. We need Waqar back. Pakistan is built around fast bowlers not Spinners. Whi is Mushtaq Ahmed gonna help. Afridi? Yep thats about it. N' i don't even think Afridi deserves to be in the Pakistani squad. Well, maybe Wasim. Maybe he can hep us (doubting it) We all say that we need politics out of Pak cricket, well anyone have a suggestion, cuz i don't. Just when i thought that Pakistan was gonna a threat to the Auzzies for the world cup n' all the politics will disappear and Kamran Akmal regains form n everything good. Man, i need to get my head back in the real world. Pakistan SUCK. :(

  • Faisal Munawar on February 5, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    well ...i agree with u sir....however the problem is the system it self...if the system it self is so distorted then how do u expect an orginization such as pcb to be clean of nepotism and favourtism...pcb is deeply affiliated and controlled by pak government and as long as the actual pakistani system is not rectified..the fruit of the wrong system will remain the same in pcb is just another example of it...look at the administrative system..look at the health care system ..look at the education ..why pcb would be any different...?

  • julian highfield on February 5, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi artile is enlightening but nothing new . Being an ex Pakistani residing in Australia I follow Pakistan cricket very closely . When Gen. Musharaff took over control of Pakistan cricket he promised a clean up . I am sure that the Pakistani public are still waiting . Further more Dr.Nasim Ashraf is a political appointee by Pres.Musharaff . What can be expected of such appointments ; but for them to do the orders of their masters . Honour / Integrity and Merit are things of a long forgotten past . No wonder South Africa whipped Pakistan in the last two games ( Por 20 and ODI ) we can expect more of the same under the present administration.

  • Azam Farooqui on February 5, 2007, 3:16 GMT

    Eversince his appointment as the PCB chair, Dr. Nasim Ashraf has managed to outnumber his mishandling of affairs than the number of days he's been the boss. If i remember correctly, Dr. Ashraf was one of the few expatriates who was invited by general Musharraf during his regime for the development program, and he was assigned the education sector (please correct me if i'm wrong). However, managing an education sector and being the boss of a sports board are two entirely job descriptions and require different credentials. I've always believed that running the board is the job of the professionals, just like playing cricket itself is a specialized field and only cricketers are supposed to take part, similarly running the board requires management professionals with experience and knowledge of the local culture. It dosent really requires a great deal of cricketing knowledge (My humble opinion). Treatment carried out to waqar was definetly uncalled for, south african tour would have been an ideal place for waqar to pass on his experience to the youngsters. I still believe a full strength pakistan can still be a serious challange in the world cup, admitedly today's performance is a disaster but there's still hope. Return of Gul and Akhtar can definitely boost to the bowling line up, and i say this again that the all important number 3 spot needs to be reassessed. Malik always takes time to get his innigs away and so he will not be of extreme importance in the lower order. Kamran Akmal in my opinion with his batting style should be persisted at the top of the order. Even today Pakistan could have done a little better if they had relied more on the batsman to deliver and use afridi and razzaq for the last 150 runs or so, the pitch looked an absolute belter and YKhan and MYousuf shud have been good enough to strike at 6 an over for 25-30 overs. No matter how huge a total is, chase always has to be methodical and not maniac like today. Pakistan's almost sucessfull effort at Karachi against India is a prime example. The biggest problem with pakistan is the lack of depth in the squad, even though an Akhtar, Asif & Gul attack will be handly in the WC, but Pakistan needs to look forward, in the last 1yr or so, they havent groomed any fast bowler other than Asif. Even though Rana has had his share of sucess (and on today's evidence misfortune too),i think it's about time we move from the stop gap arrangement and look at atleast another fast bowler for future. Both Akhtar and Shabbir will turn 32 this year and pakistan needs another two or three fast bowlers in the reserve to take over the spot. In the end i still feel that Inzamam has done more than a decent job at the helm, considering the crisis the team was in when he took over. He has provided stability to the side and for that i think he should be credited.

  • Ghalib Imtiyaz Ahmad on February 5, 2007, 3:04 GMT

    I was deeply indignant in watching Pakistan lose by such a big margin yesterday. I hope the board attempts to send a replacement very soon. Asif had too much workload of late and we need to have at least 2 fast bowlers except Sami and Rana Naveed. I still wonder why was Rana Naveed persisted with given his dismal display in the recently concluded twenty 20 match. Pakistan can ill afford to go to the world cup losing this ODI tournament. It speaks volumes about South Africa's meteoric rise in ODI ranks and trying to do the seemingly impossible which is winning this world cup.

  • Shahzaib Quraishi on February 5, 2007, 2:49 GMT

    Mr Abbasi talked about Waqar's ouster and PCB's transparency in the column. It is interesting to note that in the interview that Mr Abbasi has mentioned, not once did the public get a straightforward answer from Salim Altaf. Not only did he fail to answer questions about Waqar's ouster, he also failed to give any answers pertaining to Mushtaq's appointment as Assistant coach. Every one of his replies went something like this: "It is the collective decision of the management...The decision was taken after due process... Ad Hoc Committee is the management..." I fail to see any transparency in answers like that. Moreover I don't see the reasoning behind Mushtaq's appointment. He was a great legspinner with limited batting, fielding, or fast bowling ability. All he can do is coach Kaneria, the only legspinner in the team, who might not even go to the World Cup. How he is a better asset to the team than Waqar is beyond me. Inzi had a lot to do with Mushtaq's appointment, them being great buddies and all that, and Waqar had to take the fall to accomodate Mushtaq. The only thing transparent about this issue was PCB's culture of nepotism/favoritism, and their inability to come up with a straightforward answer. Someone should sit Salim Altaf and Dr Nasim Ashraf down, and ask them yes-or-no questions only.

  • Ulysses on February 5, 2007, 2:37 GMT

    In Pakistan players reflect and complement the shambolic board and vice versa. Don't lose sleep over it Kamran. It is a very normal state of affairs.

  • Ulysses on February 5, 2007, 2:35 GMT

    However, the strangest part is the in spite of all the shambles in the last ODI game, Pakistan will still win a game or two in South Africa in spectacular fashion. But then only to go down hopelessly again. That is the enigma. What do you do with a team full of mavericks? I once captained a club team here in England in which we had 5 Pakistanis and it was simply impossible to keep them under control or make them agree to any plan though they were still individually good players and when in mood could win you a match singlehandedly. Wild horses all running in different directions, sometimes with luck that direction turn out to be the right direction but it is matter of chance.

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  • Ulysses on February 5, 2007, 2:35 GMT

    However, the strangest part is the in spite of all the shambles in the last ODI game, Pakistan will still win a game or two in South Africa in spectacular fashion. But then only to go down hopelessly again. That is the enigma. What do you do with a team full of mavericks? I once captained a club team here in England in which we had 5 Pakistanis and it was simply impossible to keep them under control or make them agree to any plan though they were still individually good players and when in mood could win you a match singlehandedly. Wild horses all running in different directions, sometimes with luck that direction turn out to be the right direction but it is matter of chance.

  • Ulysses on February 5, 2007, 2:37 GMT

    In Pakistan players reflect and complement the shambolic board and vice versa. Don't lose sleep over it Kamran. It is a very normal state of affairs.

  • Shahzaib Quraishi on February 5, 2007, 2:49 GMT

    Mr Abbasi talked about Waqar's ouster and PCB's transparency in the column. It is interesting to note that in the interview that Mr Abbasi has mentioned, not once did the public get a straightforward answer from Salim Altaf. Not only did he fail to answer questions about Waqar's ouster, he also failed to give any answers pertaining to Mushtaq's appointment as Assistant coach. Every one of his replies went something like this: "It is the collective decision of the management...The decision was taken after due process... Ad Hoc Committee is the management..." I fail to see any transparency in answers like that. Moreover I don't see the reasoning behind Mushtaq's appointment. He was a great legspinner with limited batting, fielding, or fast bowling ability. All he can do is coach Kaneria, the only legspinner in the team, who might not even go to the World Cup. How he is a better asset to the team than Waqar is beyond me. Inzi had a lot to do with Mushtaq's appointment, them being great buddies and all that, and Waqar had to take the fall to accomodate Mushtaq. The only thing transparent about this issue was PCB's culture of nepotism/favoritism, and their inability to come up with a straightforward answer. Someone should sit Salim Altaf and Dr Nasim Ashraf down, and ask them yes-or-no questions only.

  • Ghalib Imtiyaz Ahmad on February 5, 2007, 3:04 GMT

    I was deeply indignant in watching Pakistan lose by such a big margin yesterday. I hope the board attempts to send a replacement very soon. Asif had too much workload of late and we need to have at least 2 fast bowlers except Sami and Rana Naveed. I still wonder why was Rana Naveed persisted with given his dismal display in the recently concluded twenty 20 match. Pakistan can ill afford to go to the world cup losing this ODI tournament. It speaks volumes about South Africa's meteoric rise in ODI ranks and trying to do the seemingly impossible which is winning this world cup.

  • Azam Farooqui on February 5, 2007, 3:16 GMT

    Eversince his appointment as the PCB chair, Dr. Nasim Ashraf has managed to outnumber his mishandling of affairs than the number of days he's been the boss. If i remember correctly, Dr. Ashraf was one of the few expatriates who was invited by general Musharraf during his regime for the development program, and he was assigned the education sector (please correct me if i'm wrong). However, managing an education sector and being the boss of a sports board are two entirely job descriptions and require different credentials. I've always believed that running the board is the job of the professionals, just like playing cricket itself is a specialized field and only cricketers are supposed to take part, similarly running the board requires management professionals with experience and knowledge of the local culture. It dosent really requires a great deal of cricketing knowledge (My humble opinion). Treatment carried out to waqar was definetly uncalled for, south african tour would have been an ideal place for waqar to pass on his experience to the youngsters. I still believe a full strength pakistan can still be a serious challange in the world cup, admitedly today's performance is a disaster but there's still hope. Return of Gul and Akhtar can definitely boost to the bowling line up, and i say this again that the all important number 3 spot needs to be reassessed. Malik always takes time to get his innigs away and so he will not be of extreme importance in the lower order. Kamran Akmal in my opinion with his batting style should be persisted at the top of the order. Even today Pakistan could have done a little better if they had relied more on the batsman to deliver and use afridi and razzaq for the last 150 runs or so, the pitch looked an absolute belter and YKhan and MYousuf shud have been good enough to strike at 6 an over for 25-30 overs. No matter how huge a total is, chase always has to be methodical and not maniac like today. Pakistan's almost sucessfull effort at Karachi against India is a prime example. The biggest problem with pakistan is the lack of depth in the squad, even though an Akhtar, Asif & Gul attack will be handly in the WC, but Pakistan needs to look forward, in the last 1yr or so, they havent groomed any fast bowler other than Asif. Even though Rana has had his share of sucess (and on today's evidence misfortune too),i think it's about time we move from the stop gap arrangement and look at atleast another fast bowler for future. Both Akhtar and Shabbir will turn 32 this year and pakistan needs another two or three fast bowlers in the reserve to take over the spot. In the end i still feel that Inzamam has done more than a decent job at the helm, considering the crisis the team was in when he took over. He has provided stability to the side and for that i think he should be credited.

  • julian highfield on February 5, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi artile is enlightening but nothing new . Being an ex Pakistani residing in Australia I follow Pakistan cricket very closely . When Gen. Musharaff took over control of Pakistan cricket he promised a clean up . I am sure that the Pakistani public are still waiting . Further more Dr.Nasim Ashraf is a political appointee by Pres.Musharaff . What can be expected of such appointments ; but for them to do the orders of their masters . Honour / Integrity and Merit are things of a long forgotten past . No wonder South Africa whipped Pakistan in the last two games ( Por 20 and ODI ) we can expect more of the same under the present administration.

  • Faisal Munawar on February 5, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    well ...i agree with u sir....however the problem is the system it self...if the system it self is so distorted then how do u expect an orginization such as pcb to be clean of nepotism and favourtism...pcb is deeply affiliated and controlled by pak government and as long as the actual pakistani system is not rectified..the fruit of the wrong system will remain the same in pcb is just another example of it...look at the administrative system..look at the health care system ..look at the education ..why pcb would be any different...?

  • calgary highlander on February 5, 2007, 3:28 GMT

    No, Waqar. We need Waqar back. Pakistan is built around fast bowlers not Spinners. Whi is Mushtaq Ahmed gonna help. Afridi? Yep thats about it. N' i don't even think Afridi deserves to be in the Pakistani squad. Well, maybe Wasim. Maybe he can hep us (doubting it) We all say that we need politics out of Pak cricket, well anyone have a suggestion, cuz i don't. Just when i thought that Pakistan was gonna a threat to the Auzzies for the world cup n' all the politics will disappear and Kamran Akmal regains form n everything good. Man, i need to get my head back in the real world. Pakistan SUCK. :(

  • Adnan on February 5, 2007, 3:33 GMT

    It kind of funny most of out institution there in pakistan are like this. But cricket in think we are ourself to be blamed we gave them (bureaucrates) a chance to rule us. I think its high time that our former cricketer should unit and do some effective work , but i serious questions for Chairman of Selector he was a good crickter he is part of this who so called corporate plan

  • Omer Admani on February 5, 2007, 3:45 GMT

    Kamran, your first piece which was worth reading! Keep it up, and also write one on the inclusion of incompetent players consistently selected.