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Power without responsibility: the story of Pakistan

Kamran Abbasi
Nasim Ashraf addresses a press conference in Karachi, October 18, 2006
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Today we hear that Mushy, the president not the assistant coach, has not accepted the resignation of his pal Nasim Ashraf. This is a diabolical decision. Ashraf has presided over the most disastrous period in the history of Pakistan cricket. Blessed by failure he is being asked to continue and finish the job. God help us. The job he gave the impression of performing was the destruction of Pakistan cricket.

Following the lead of his own boss, President Mushy, he appointed his own pals and acquaintances to key PCB positions. No wonder Pakistan cricket is in a mess.

Ashraf has presided over the dumb reign of Younis Khan as "dummy" captain, the doping fiasco, Waqar's dismissal and the horse-trading that lead to Mushy the coach being appointed, the injury and selection chaos, the unfettered power of Inzamam and the sidelining of Woolmer (on this I quote Bob: "Since the resignation of the last Chairman any views I have had have not been wanted! The new Chairman certainly has his own way"), and a failure to deliver the constitution that he solemnly promised.

What's more he has annoyed the team and management by hanging out with them on tour like some sort of star-struck groupie, worse still a groupie who has got involved with team matters. In short, I hold him responsible for orchestrating this disaster.

President Mushy's decision does make sense from one viewpoint, however. Pakistan has too long tolerated power without responsibility. If Ashraf were to be seen to be taking responsibility for his cock-ups then the president, in his position of patron of Pakistan cricket, might have to accept some responsibility too. Now we couldn't have that could we?

A while ago I said it wasn't time to abandon hope. I never abandon hope but when it comes to Pakistan cricket I've never felt closer to it.

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

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Posted by Incenceparl on (September 4, 2008, 1:07 GMT)

i don`t understand, but TY .

Posted by Prahlad on (April 5, 2007, 16:15 GMT)

Dear Kamran, We desperately need your fellow writers from both sides of Sir Stafford Crips' line and you to come out with something vital and important. In case, you folks have not noticed, it is not Robert Woolmer who died in West Indies. It is Pakistan and Indian cricket. Both countries have handed over their boards to eminently undeserving people. Could you guys really pen a wonderful obituary that I can read out aloud when I watch other countries play football? I would be grateful for a proper obituary instead of the piece meal BS that all of you are churning out. With Respect and Regards Prahlad

Posted by salil on (April 5, 2007, 11:51 GMT)

The sad woolmer tragedy and the subsequent investigation, is sooner or later going to be a made into an Agatha Christie film. Its better that paks make it now rather then complain about it when the West makes it!

Posted by S . N . Kazi on (April 5, 2007, 8:42 GMT)

Naseem Ashraf has appointed Ijaz Butt to Head the Committee to investigate the disasterous performance of the Pakistan cricket team against W.I. and Ireland in the current World Cup . I wonder whether he has read the Justice Qayyum Report on match fixing which is available on the website of the Pakistan Cricket Board .

Ijaz Butt is cited in the report repeatedly for his involvement in match fixing along with Saleem Malik and Waseem Akram . How could a person with such a bad record and reputation be appointed to investigate on the performamce of the Pakistan team in W. I . ? However , it is not surprising . Mushtaq Ahmed another Pakistani cricketer enjoying heavy negative references in the Qayyum report for match fixing was appointed the Assistant Coach . He also managed to arrange the removal of Waqar Younus as the Bowling Coach through his buddy Inzamam . Incidently , Inzamam was fined Rs. 100,000 by the Qayyum Commission .

Soon after taking over as Chairman PCB Naseem Ashraf had writtn to ICC regarding his wish to appoint Asif Iqbal ex Captain Pakistan cricket team ( and cited heavilly ion Qayyum report for his involvement in match fixing ) for a top Executive position in PCB . ICC wrote back to him citing references from the Qayyum repost .

Why is Naseem Ashraf so comfortable only with cricketers and others associated with cricket with shoddy repuations ?

Posted by JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on (April 5, 2007, 1:49 GMT)

Kamran Abbassi

Please keep this blog alive for a few more days i.e., till such time the report of the 3 musketeer's inquiry commission is out for public.

Senator Enver Baig claims that Hakeem Naseem Ashraf was already in the back seat of the PCB Chairman's khatara for the last 3 years. Thats an interesting revelation.

Please also start a new thread on Bob Woolmer's murder investigation which is taking a new twist and turn every day. According to Mark Shields, they have obtained the ID's of the two suspects through the CCTV footage, but they will not reveal their names till the world cup is over! Sounds like a mystery movie full of "saas ki pence" to me.........balkay aur bhee interesting.

Posted by Burhan on (April 4, 2007, 23:29 GMT)

I think this world cup was just a B S. We were unlucky to loss Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif, and the team they pick for the cup was ok. I think Imran Farhat and Salman Butt could have been in the team. Now we should not pick on inzi, he just had a very bad team with him. May be we could have won from Ireland but our player didn’t have the fire in them to go all the way. Inzi might say he was ready for the fight but from the day he found out his 3 main players are not going to play, he lost hope. I think Inzi is one of best in the world and he was one of the main men in the 1992 world cup and at that time we had a good team with a good leader and lots of luck

Posted by S.N. Kazi on (April 4, 2007, 11:42 GMT)

The Patron in Chief of cricket in Pakistan , in my opinion erred big in not accepting the resignation of Dr. Ashraf . The more time Dr. Ashraf spends with PCB the bigger damage he will do to Pakistan cricket .

My recommendation : The Pakistan " A " team sahould immediately be adopted as the official Pakistan cricket team . The current team , which represented Pakistan at the World Cup , should be retired immediately . The bearded members of the team should be sent to North and South Waziristan as Principals of Madarsa for three years .

Imrean Khan should be made the Patron in Chief of PCB .

Posted by Abid on (April 4, 2007, 10:32 GMT)

Power without responsibility: the story of Pakistan Isn't it the way our whole society is like. when a boji joins Pak barmy (dont think its typing error) his oath is to protect the soveregnity of the country and uphold its constitution. A man who challenges the structural integrity of the country who has ruined constitution. A watchman paid to protect the country removed elected PM,do we know as per service rules of our country no Govt servant could be in service if he is a day older than 60, any ideas about Chief of Army Staff's age,and yet has the courage of talking about law and constitution. Do we really think he gives a damn about people of Pakistan or their feelings. This may not be the right selection of word but the way I know BUSH-A-ROUGH you may need to check N.As backgroud he may have some cute daughter or wife thats the criteria to BUSH-A-ROUGH selection of key accomplices. As for cricket I dont have any hopes about cricket till the time we have some pros running the game, its not the power of pimps to make a succesful cricketing structure for Pakistan

Posted by shakir hasnain on (April 4, 2007, 0:03 GMT)

thanks for bringing these issues to light. pcb is the reason pak cricket never achieved what it deserved. Why do we always need some kind of a bureacratic mouthpiece who has to churn out meaningless comments on every thing our team sets out to do ? why do we need a pupeteer to call the shots , to politicalise everything from the pitch to the passion for the beautiful game ? everyone from the general to the so called bureaucrats is responsible for ruining our stature in the game. We need somebody who understands cricket and knows what its about. we do not need a revival of the cursed colonial times when self effacing obedience was our lot. we are a free nation and should value our freedom. it is such a beautiful night for digressions...

thank you again kamran

Posted by paki on (April 3, 2007, 19:12 GMT)

Just imagine what mushy has done for cricket in last couple of years and the whole nation can see this but what we cannot see are the other institutions of our country which are kept secret from public eye. Just imagine the damage he may done so far. Just imagine.....

Pakistan is becoming a living hell slowly and gradually and its not us but our children who will suffer and curse us for not taking any action.

So instead of blaming bushy, mushi or cheemi, i think we should just take responsibility for not stepping up and throwing them out.

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

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