Politics March 30, 2007

Power without responsibility: the story of Pakistan

Ashraf has presided over the most disastrous period in the history of Pakistan cricket and it's shocking that he has been asked to continue with his job, writes Kamran Abbasi
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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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  • Incenceparl on September 4, 2008, 1:07 GMT

    i don`t understand, but TY .

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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 ?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 .

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Incenceparl on September 4, 2008, 1:07 GMT

    i don`t understand, but TY .

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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 ?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 .

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • KS on April 3, 2007, 19:07 GMT

    Dear Kamran... Just as you would'nt go to a cobbler to get your tonsils taken out, you should'nt have a doctor running cricket affairs...Kya Doctor saheb balla pakarna jaante hain, and I dont mean Musharraf's balla...the problem is that when you have the Army running the country then anything goes...Here is what the common man can do.... Hit where it hurts, financially... stop going to matches, dont waste your hard earned money on tickets, cricket packages, etc unless you see real change... if the crowds keep showing up, the ads keep coming, then what will be the motivation for change?? And for nasim Ashraf, if he had a spine, he would have walked away...besides his Musharraf connections, what qualifications does he have for this job.... I have noticed some people writing that you dont have to be a cricketer to do Ashraf's job...dont you need ANY qualifications?? I ask the same people, what qualifications does he have?? I for one, will not be spending my haq, halaal ki kamaaee on Musharraf and his cronies...

  • A concerned Pakistani on April 3, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    Is this the place where you voices are heard? If musharraf does read this post then i would ask him to freaking stop interfering in our cricket decisions. He should be worrying about running the country that is still too far out from the west. Please mr musharraf stop ruining our cricket team more than it already has been. Do something politically that shows the whole world that you are the right leader for this country because you haven't done it yet. I hate our leaders, they are all corrupt

  • Omar on April 3, 2007, 2:19 GMT

    Why are we making such a big issue about this?

    First of all, why should we blame Naseem Ashraf for the world cup debacle. He has just been there for 6 months (max) and kept insisting that he will go with continuity for now, and start implementing his own things after the world cup. So based on this I think he should be given a chance to prove himself.

    Secondly, why do people keep crying that the chairman shuold be an ex-international cricketer. The chairman is an administrator and not a player. The selection committee should be comprised of ex-cricketers but I dont think it is necessary for the chairman. I do believe that the chairman should have some understanding of cricket, and being a ex-first class cricketer, I think Naseem Ashraf has the understanding.

    Moreover, many other boards in the world do not have cricketers at the head of their boards. Australia, one of the most successful and dominanat teams in the world have Mr. Creagh O'Connor as the chairman of the board of directors. South Africa have Garald Majola as their CEO and he has never played any top level cricket.

    Why dont we Pakistani's keep faith and support the board for a change. Remember, teams are not built over a month or series, good, strong teams are built over several years. Sri Lanka were the punching bags of cricket for years before they became world champions, Bangladesh are also starting to turn things around. If you look back, both have persisted with the same players and officials for a long time and have reaped the benefits.

    Dr. Naseem Ashfar, qualified or not, effeciant or not, you like it or not, he is the chairman of the board, and he will stay as the chairman, whether you like it or not, so why not be patient and support him, rather than anticipating his failure. After all, his success means Pakistan cricket's success, now isnt that what we all want.

  • ali a on April 3, 2007, 1:47 GMT

    It looks like everyone has posted something here, but just to add my 2 cents...

    1. Its a really bad decision to re-appoint Nasim Ashraf as Chairman. I guess the patron did this once he came to know that Imran Khan and other former cricketers were offering their services. The patron cannot allow Imran to gain any support especially with the election being in October.

    2. What a pathetic and clever display from Inzi on his press conference? Before the media said anything he attacked them (just like Bush) so he could easily dodge all the questions.

    3. I thought Salim Altaf mentioned in Fakhar-e-Alam's show that the decision to remove Waqar came from Inzi. While Inzi denies appointing Mushy and lay it to Sharayar Khan. But I believe Sharayar was gone before the SA trip. So Inzi what a lie.

    4. True the wicket was green and difficult to play, but Ireland also played on it to beat us. But a person with 370+ ODI is expected to do well every surface.

    5. It is was quite ridiculous for Inzi to say that if the media kept on criticsizing the team, they would never win any big ones. Hello Inzi, when was the last time Pakistan won a big one since 1999 WC final?

    It looks like we were frozen in time from 2003 to 2007, only the faces changed but the results were the same.

    I don't see much hope for Pakistan cricket in the future seeing this trend. It looks like the same inconsistency will be haunting the team. I would suggest people not to buy any packages for the 20-20 WC. I think these cricketers and officials have taken our nation for granted. They will continue to make these dead wickets at home to get some wins and get people interested. But keep on faltering on big ones.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 3, 2007, 1:43 GMT

    Tahir Hashmi April 2, 2007 6:13 PM

    "And what is Ashraf's new idea: to hire a baseball coach from the US to improve our team's fielding...WTF??? " -------------------

    Thats one of Naseem Banu's revamping plans and he wants to return a favour to the Americans and to give them a message that Pakistan is not only promoting the American Fast Food Culture but, also introducing the game of baseball by hiring a fielding coach.

    The standard of fielding in Pakistan will not improve unless PCB is will make good playgrounds with a lot of green carpet on it. Players will not be risking to dive on the hard outfield during practice sessions only to injure themselves and for the fear of sitting out for a few weeks or months. Besides, there is so much competition there, if a new player sits out and another one fills in the slot and if he performs well, the injured one is forgotten. Even a well recognized player like Abdul Razzaq has gone into oblivion due to an injury, and with the revamping campaign under process the chances are that Abdul Razzaq may not be selected in any form of the game due to his recent pathetic performance. So, he must be stitting at the Data Darbar Shrine with a chaddar and a blanket.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 2, 2007, 20:38 GMT

    Mr Munir of Al-Sharqa! April 2, 2007 8:48 AM

    Thanks for your back handed "Sir-Kazem," don't worry its well taken once again like a half volley and pulled it over the mid-wicket for a SIX. You should certainly count your blessings that you are not one of my employees otherwise I wouldn't have had so much time at my disposal. :-) Some people are born lucky right? I am one of them so don't be so envious and jealous.

    All said and done, your post script confirms that you are a mullah who never looks into his own "giray-baan" and ends up his sermon with a "doodh may menghni"

  • Tahir Hashmi on April 2, 2007, 18:13 GMT

    Kamran,

    Once again I completely agree with you. After the world cup disaster I was telling myself 'at least some good will come out of this, as the cricket system in our country will be scrutinized, some fresh blood will be introduced at top levels and who knows may be we will be able to run with the best of them after a few years'. I was willing to wait for that, for the glory years of Pakistan cricket to return. I was hopeful, b/c I thought even a power grabbing dictator would not be stupid and stubborn enough to not see through all the issues that incompetent Ashraf brought with him as the PCB chief. But I was wrong. Sadly, the only way Pakistan cricket will improve is if the whole regime of Pakistan changes. PCB truly is a microcosm of the country. What surprises me is that Musharraf could have appeased a lot of angry people of Pakistan by accepting Ashraf's resignation, hence improving his image in the midst of current controversies that surround him, but he chose not to do it. That only spells arrogance. And what is Ashraf's new idea: to hire a baseball coach from the US to improve our team's fielding...WTF???

    May Allah put Pakistan and PCB in the right path by somehow letting us get rid of this self proclaimed president who has destroyed the country and is now determined to destroy our passion too.

  • Mubasher Ali on April 2, 2007, 16:25 GMT

    I agree Kamran. How can he say that a foreign coach will not be considered? Bob Woolmer's reign of the Pakistan team represented one of the most successful in the history of Pakistan Cricket, so to rule out the possibility of a foreign coach at this early stage is further demonstration of his lack of credentials for the post of chief executive. After Bob, there is only one other foreign coach that has the credentials to get the best out of the talent within Pakistan. And that is...Dav Whatmore. Having worked to great success with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he has experience of the South Asian teams and the personality to deal with the power struggle within the PCB set up. What do you think?

    Bob Woolmer RIP.

  • Gulab Khan on April 2, 2007, 16:14 GMT

    Salim Altaf should be removed. He is the problem.

    He sees talent only in PUNJAB.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Taha on April 2, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    Mr. H.Malik, did you even the read the topic under discussion. Perhaps given the article a read? This discussion is about the PCB Board, not about Wasim Akram. I believe you came into the wrong post, 'Hail McGrath but dont forget Akram' would have been appropraite.

    It all comes down simply to this. Keep polictics away from sports, keep the President of Pakistan and Mr. Ashraf away from this sport too. This timeline of cricketing disaster didnt start in Pakistan untill Pervaz Musharaf started showing interest out loud in Pakistani Cricket.

    Really, its as simple as it gets. Keep the Generals, the freinds of the President and non-cricketers away from this sports. If these so called people are really good at managing, then just appoint them responsible for the finance or marketing of Pakistani Cricket.

    Mr. Nasim Ashraf. You should either quit or try harder. The F- effort you put into your job has really shown its results.

  • Waleed R on April 2, 2007, 11:48 GMT

    Kamran, if you think there is pakistani cricket than go get some treatment, we freaken dont have a team!! You call your self a writer than write about your country, not your country's sport( or former sport). If you want the sport back than get Imran Khan and ask him if he can help!!!!

  • Inzamam's enemy on April 2, 2007, 11:39 GMT

    Pakistans effort in this WOrld Cup is just useless, Wicket Keeping, FIELDING, BOWLING etc. Get the point now go and practice like you've never practiced before.

  • H.Malik on April 2, 2007, 10:37 GMT

    Dear Kamran , Agree with you to some extent as far as the Natural Talent was concerned , Like Geoof Boycot said when the whole english press was pointing fingers towards 2 Ws " as cheats " , Quote " The Two Ws can even take the wickets with an orange " BUT that is where it ends WASIM was a disaster as a Captain and it was he who set the ball of Players mutiny rolling against another great pakistani palyer , Javed Miandad. I think the successes went into his head and that in itself is enough reason being a Pakistani Player of any repute . he in my humble opinion If I may quote it here , WAS a " ZA BHUTTO " of the sort in Pakistani cricket , whose egoestic urges destroyed not only the area of his doamin but himself too . The calamity we see in Pakistan cricket today was the result of WASIM AKRAM's instigated munity against Javed Miandad and either the team or the game of Pakistani cricket had always been a YOYO at its downward travel . In My humble opinion , it is the moment of Glen ( a perfect team man and an obedient server of the Australian Cricket to whome Australian cricket came first always !) so your showering of praise to WASIM AKRAM in that respect is uncalled for and a cruel joke on the game of cricket in general but Geln in partiular

  • H Bhabra on April 2, 2007, 10:19 GMT

    Akram was overrated

  • Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. on April 2, 2007, 8:48 GMT

    For the ‘King’ of this blog: JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA at April 1, 2007 2:17 PM.

    At least now I am sure that non of the messages on this blog, or most of other blogs for that matter, escapes your “Kind Attention”.

    Thanks for the clarifications in response to my earlier comments. Your explanations are very well taken and also agreed upon. (Purely for your satisfaction).

    You really put so much efforts, energy and time into your replies at this blog, which is absolutely commendable, and it also proves why you are so 'successful' in life. Nevertheless, at times I feel empathetic toward your employees/ subordinates for having such a stickler and doctrinaire boss ;)

    Peace !!

    PS: efforts, energy and time spent on ‘computers and blogs’ can surely be put to some better and more important things in life, i.e. family, religion, business, social, friends, education, environmental, etc. etc.

  • nwak on April 2, 2007, 7:48 GMT

    pretty predictable stuff kamran. i couldnt have expected anything else from our patron...i guess anyone who wants to catch a living proof of the urdu proverb "jis ki laaathi uski bhains" is welcome to step into the land of the pure...examples galore. and yes, brace yourself for yet another round of "aqraba parwari", the doc doesnt even need a license. on pak cricket - the admin has always been in shambles so lets not even bother abt it, as for the team im a little perturbed abt who would be the next captain. younis' performances on the field certainly dont warrant a call for captaincy, at least in ODIs. yousuf's leadership abilities are there for all to see, he lacks a cricketing brain...so who do we have?? any thoughts on this kamran? would love to have ur views on this in the next blog. Rezpek!

    @ A Kamran....you had me in stitches..your comments were hilarious, loved your imagination!

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on April 2, 2007, 4:26 GMT

    Dear Kamran Sb.

    Amazing articles, absolutely to the core and it is a fantastic piece of "journalism of courage". No comments, fully agree and God bless you.

    To sum up - Cricket Body should Be " For the cricketers, by the cricketers and of the cricketers" and there is no room for outsider who does not ABC of cricket.

  • TK on April 2, 2007, 4:20 GMT

    “To error and not to reform, this is indeed an error.” Confucius

  • zaheer boss on April 2, 2007, 2:18 GMT

    Absolutely disgraceful. His smug photograph makes my blood curl !!! This bay-ghairat and shameless man who run as fast as he could to umar kot after the ireland defeat will surely succeed in destroying what is left of the glory.

  • Iqbal on April 2, 2007, 0:39 GMT

    Kamran, if you know the Pakistan cricket Mazar to say fatiha, plz let me know. I and others wil make Dua. Becuase this is the only thing we need to do resurrect the Pakistan cricket.

  • m abedi on April 1, 2007, 23:50 GMT

    Everyone should stop criticizing the govt for the loss in a sport. Cricket is the last issue on the table.We need to select talented players simple as that,I have seen better players on the streets of Karachi.Wipe out the corruption first then select people who have a clean record and knowledge on cricket.Make league cricket strong and have an organization that would promote tournaments.From such events we will find young players.A good player should be recognized at the high school level then groom him for international cricket in the future.

  • Shahab on April 1, 2007, 23:30 GMT

    exactly the problem in paki cricket...the preident wields so mcuh power.....its time we made an independent board fresh from any politcs

  • Noor on April 1, 2007, 23:04 GMT

    It sickens me to see how low Pakistan has gone. Not only in cricket but in general. The country had so much hope after it became independent.

    The corrupted leaders and cricketers have sold Pakistan to shame. In a country where women can not walk freely without the leering and "badnazar" of a Pakistani male. A country where cricketers cheats, dopes and disrespects umpires. Internationally Pakistani crickets are known as uncivilized babarians.

    If I had my I would ban players who disrepects umpires and it would be a life ban on any players quilty of drugs abuse. To me it better Pakistan lose gracefully than make a big deal and go down in disgrace. I rememember in 1972, our hockey players holding out their boots to the award medal officials such a disgraceful behavious from our players who were representing our country.

    Pakistan, what a country? god bless Pakistan from the evil doer who have put Pakistan in the gutter lane for the sake of personal gain.

  • A Kamran on April 1, 2007, 21:52 GMT

    Sir,

    Currently there is hardly anything even remotely amusing in the world of Pakistan cricket. But, hey never say never. Dr. Dunce of PCB infame, broke me into a big (welcome) chuckle after I read the news that he is going to bring in a fielding coach for cricket from the baseball league in the USA-"not for two weeks or months but for a year"! I really do not know how he got his degree, if he indeed has one. He must suffer from some form of dyslexia where he has right and left confusion.

    In baseball there are only 3 outfielders, one short stop, three basemen, and a pitcher to go along with a catcher. Baseball fielders has a leather glove or "mitt" on their LEFT hand which they use for catching or stopping the ball, then transfer the ball to their right hand to throw it.

    I am doubling over with laughter (Thank you Dr. Dunce) imagining Shoaib Malik or for that matter any fielder in the world of cricket changing their dominant hand (from right to left in case of right handed fielders and vice versa for the left handed ones). But then we will have an unassailable advantage over the rest of the cricketing world, and THAT is how we SHALL get to the top, by having a team entirely made up of ambidexterous players.

    Imagine our new ball fast bowler bowling an inswinger with his right hand and switching the next ball to a left handed away line ball cutting back into the pads of the hapless opponent ( Sehwag or Ponting etc) ala Wasim Akram and getting a wicket with the second ball. Opportunities would be endless. Same goes for batting, if the opponent bowler is bowling inswingers that one of our batsman is having difficulty negotiating, all he will have to do would be to change the bottom hand on his bat and presto-can cut the NOW outswingers.

    Only a genius of Dr. Dunces' level could have come up with such an OBVIOUS and long OVERLOOKED strategy by all the cricket playing countries for centuries.

    RESPECT the mans' ( it is not a malicious rumor, he has facial hair to prove it ) genius and stop complaining everyone. This is just a start for a glorious cricketing legacy that awaits Cricket Pakistan.

    A Kamran

  • warsi on April 1, 2007, 21:51 GMT

    Pakistan team should concentrate more on 'Tableeg' and religious showdown than to play cricket. When a doctor depends more on his belief than to his skills, the condition of patients may become horrible.

  • calgary highlander on April 1, 2007, 21:49 GMT

    SriLanka will win the world cup, you are more harsh on the Pakistani team then the Pakistani fans. It's hilarious that your blaming The Windies, and Ireland's poor playing on us. The fact is Ireland isn't a cricketing powerhouse. Yeah Windies are one of ten top 8 teams, but guess what, they are number 8. And SA are not playing bad. They have demolished every team that they have gone up against except Australia, who in everyone's opinion are the best team in the world regardless of where they stand in the rankings. And only one of the players on your list is actually a crappy player. *coughs* It's Rana. The rest are all really good cricketers. How many times did Akmal screw up. I think Younis played as well if not better then the rest of the Pak team. Ditto for Hafeez. And Inzi has obviously been deteriorating with age. Oh, and bout' his weight. Babe Ruth was the fattest player to have ever played in the MLB, but everyone would agree he was one of the best. Inzi was also never selfish, he was just stubborn. All i that is left to say is that ppl like you who luv to just have a spaz, I recommend the closest mental asylum.

  • wasim saqib on April 1, 2007, 21:37 GMT

    After having read the postscript of the news conference done by Nasim Ashraf I have no doubt in my mind that nothing will be changed in future. The promotion of Saleem Altaf is like adding insult to injury,its the same old story,after every crisis we hear about inquiries,shake ups, Revolutionary steps but in the end we get old wine in new bottle,except for a few change of faces the system remains the same.

    What every Pakistani should be asking Nasim Ashraf is, when he is going to give us the constitution of PCB? They fear the constitution because once the constitution is there most of their powers will be taken away, the constitution will enforce a system of checks and balances,and the absolute power enjoyed by the chairman will be limited,and hence most of the freedom he enjoys over financial decicions will be taken away and his job will become strictly administrative.

    We should also ask PCB to make their financial statements Public on the websites along with their budget,so that people of pakistan should know what percentage of the revenue is spent on the development of cricket and how much goes towards administration,how many grounds were developed all over Pakistan,how many coaching camps and scouting camps were carried out,how many coaches were hired at the district levels,how many grants were given to different schools and colleges to develop their teams,how much was paid to leading clubs to imrove their grounds and equipment,in the recent past I dont know if PCB has ever spent anything in the above categories,they did built an academy of cricket,they improved some of the stadiums,most of the stadiums are in shambles,their focus is not on the grass root,its on mega expenditures, sponsorship deals and kickbacks,millions of dollars are at their disposal and yet the money is not being used for the development of the game at grass root level,only a few Ex-Cricketers are contributing on their own,I would like to quote the late wasim Raja he used to run a coaching camp and he helped the careers of so many young cricketers,imagine if Wasim Akram,WaQar younis or Saeed Anwar run a coaching camp once in a while how many young people they will be able to help and how many young talented cricketers will be identified. The current Administrators want to develop Pakistan cricket by sitting in their airconditioned offices and by holding promising news conferences,no game has ever developed like that,if kids will continue to play with tennis ball or tape roll on cement wickets they will never know how to play with hard ball and on a cricket turf, its entirely different. General Musharaf didnt accepted the Resignation of Nasim Ashraf,he gave him another chance now lets see if the kidney Doctor sells the kidney of Pakistan cricket and leave, or he will actually rebuild pakistans cricket structure.

    p

  • umran on April 1, 2007, 21:22 GMT

    BISMILLAH HIRAMAAN NIRAHEEM,asalaam aleikum wa rehatmatulaa wa barakatu, our beloved prophet Muhammed sallalaho alayhi wasallam taught us to be at peace with one another and not cause fitnah on the earth. maybe if politicians stay out of the sport we could do well but most importantly is the media has to stop trying to sell paper and article at the cost of these cricketers. pakistan need a good pakistani coach with fight, maybe sohail rameez and aqib javed, but they also need support to rise above it. we need shoaib in the team coz he possesses fight and the knack to turn games. we need a fighter to captain like the under 19 keeper whose loud mouth won the final, but they don't need players efigy being burnt that is a sin. give the players room and give the press less room as they always ignite the fights against the team and players. pakistan beat england at home, beat india sri lanka and sa at home, inshallah we can beat sa and aussies at home, remember the aussies cried off and were frightened to play in pakistan with an excuse for terrorism, but when london was attacked carried on playing in england, this alone proves that every country is scared of playing pak in pak, this alone shows how good the team can be. pray for the team they will prevail inshallah and do you're duty to allah subhan wa ta'aala by following the pillars of islam

    asalaam aleikum wa rehatmatulaa wa barakatu

  • rayban on April 1, 2007, 19:42 GMT

    Dear Kamran- pls start a petition, for removal of all the incompetant people of PCB, especially Dr. Ashraf. I know it will be a very brave one, especially since the petition will be directed towards President Musharraf. Hope you take the brave step.

    rgds

  • SRILANKA WILL WIN THE WORLD CUP. on April 1, 2007, 17:45 GMT

    ALL I CAN SAY IS WHO EVER HAVE PALYED AGAINST PAKISTAN IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS ARE THE BOTTOM TEAMS OF WORLD CUP SUPER 8. SEE WHERE IRELAND AND W.INDIES ARE. HOW BAD S.A IS PLAYING. EVEN STILL INZI THINKS IT WAS NOT THEIR DAY. ALL I CAN SAY IS EVEN IF YOU WERE IN SUPER 8. YOU WILL BE THE BOTTOM TEAM. IF I WAS S.A BOARD I WILL NEVER SCHEDULE A SINGLE GAME WITH PAKISTAN. BECAUSE PAKISTAN IS A TEAM WHICH WILL NOT ONLY SPOIL THEIR OWN GAME AS WELL MESS UP OTHER TEAMS TO PERFORM. THE FAILURE OF S.A, W.I AND IRELAND IS BECAUSE THEY PLAYED AGINST THE WORST CRICKETING NATION IN ENTIRE WHOLE WORLD, LEAD BY THE MOST OVER WEIGHT AND BALMING OTHERS CAPT OF THE WORLD inzam, THE "FAT AALLO" PAKISTAN'S ONLY PROBLEM IS INZAM.YOUNIS,NAVEED,AKMAL,HAFFEZ. GET THIS CRAP OUT. WHENEVER A TEAM HAS 8 OUT 11 PLAYERS ON CAPT'S SAFARISH. WHAT WILL U EXCEPT. INZI THOUGHT ITS MY LAST WORLD CUP, LET ME MESS UP THIS COUNTRY TEAMS SO MUCH THAT THEY WILL REMEMBER ME FOR EVER AND WE WILL. "WE WILL REMEMBER YOU MORE THEN IMRAN KHAN INZI, BUT AS A LOSER. INZI IS NO HERO, ALL THE GAMES HE PERFORMED ARE VENISHED FROM MY RECORD BOOKS. HE WAS JUST A SELFISH HUNGRY FOR PAWER PAKISTAN CAPT.

  • Ghulam M. Bajwa on April 1, 2007, 15:59 GMT

    I am following cricket since I was 10 year old.I sincerely believe that Mushharaf should appoint PCB chairman someone, who has knowledge of cricket as well as good administrative.Since he siezed power from the democracticlly elected Prime Minister, he is determined to bring his own handpicked croonies at the helm. Dr. Nasim Ashraf should be sent back to USA and continue his practice as a kidney doctor. I guess his pre-emptive resignation was arranged by the President himself, so that he can shatter Pak cricket team.

  • Khalid Khan on April 1, 2007, 15:33 GMT

    This fiasco at world cup defines why Pakistan as a nation is unable to achieve economic, social/cultural, political and religious prosperity. Pakistan has been taken hostage by dictators and self-centered politicians. There is no shortage of talent in Pakistan. The system is corrupt and remain that way till we have independent judiciary and high literacy rate.

  • Ahmad on April 1, 2007, 14:37 GMT

    PCB should be re-organized along the same lines as Australian CB, who are running the show for Australians very very successfully for last 20 years.

  • Jamie Dowling on April 1, 2007, 14:19 GMT

    Kamran's spot on here. What the hell is a politician doing in charge of a national cricket board anyway? It's like Tony Blair being in charge of the ECB - completely laughable.

    By allowing Nasim Ashraf to continue in charge of the PCB the president has ensured that whatever good intentions there may be in the post-Woolmer/Inzamam era, they will be completely butchered by ineptitude and incompetence.

    This was an ideal opportunity (however awful the originating circumstances) for Pakistan to put in place the people and a structure which would get Pakistan consistently performing at their best.

    Politicians have no place in sport administration and it's only right for people who report on the game to say so loudly and clearly.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 1, 2007, 14:17 GMT

    Mes amis ......... Mohammed Munir Sharjah. April 1, 2007 6:38 AM Matloob Abbasi April 1, 2007 11:55 AM Avais April 1, 2007 12:20 PM

    Messieurs Matloob Abbassi & Avais - Sir(s); are you quoting these rules from the constitution of cricinfo that makes you or us free to comment or ridicule Mushy & Bushy and prevent Kamran Abbassi from doing that? Don't challenge Kamran Abbassi, first please enlighten us further by quoting the rule number, paragraph number, page number etc., along with a copy of the constitution that restricts Kamran to write about cricket and only cricket and nothing but cricket. I hope they have a constitution, unlike PCB where it is more like Columbo's wife.

    Mr. Munir, I prefer criticism over 'Praising Bridges' (tareefon kay pull) so thank you for your criticism and, lemme assure you that I don't take it personally, 'coz this is a virtual world and I don't know you, neither you know me that well (personally), still you made a sweeping comment about me and my personal life, that I 've earned the petro-dollars in the M.E. and used it as a springboard to be accepted in the great land of Canada.....LOL.

    First of all there is something called "ability" and some people are accepted here on the basis of their ability and professionalism and financial well being is not the only criteria. I hope you understand what I mean? :-)

    Secondly, if the people in the M.E. are so kind and so generous to give petro-dollars to everyone on a platter then, this whole world would have been a different place.

    Thirdly, what amuses me is you are tattling as if you are my banker and my accountant. My dear Mr. Munir, I wasn't a "phakkar" (broke) before that, so I never used any springboard to jump on a "Dhow" to land here. I am here by my choice and on the basis of merits. And 411, my stay in the M.E. was not by choice, but due to the job posting and I didn't want to ruin my career by rejecting it for the choice of country / posting. Anyways, sorry, if my comments were against your newfound homeland Sharjah, the home of Bukhatir Tawazoh.

    Finally, whatever I wrote about kingdom, shaikhdom or freedom, its true. Try saying something to make fun of them and see where you'll end up. And that chak, teshsil, zilla, etc., is a mere exchange of personal pleasantries between Mr. Euceph Ahmad and myself and that is done in a very light hearted way. I don't think neither of us ever really and seriously mean it to look down upon each other. So, there is no mockery about Pakistan unless one is a real pay & do and have no sense of humour. I hope I am able clarify your doubts and concerns. Also, you've got this simple message loud and clear in to the frontal lobe without disturbing the left parietal lobe or the higher cognitive functions to keep your emotions on patriotism under control. :-)

  • 2045RadicalMan on April 1, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    How about this logical suggestion...

    How about kids playing cricket from an early age, joining local cricket clubs, proceeding to district clubs then graduating to state clubs followed by the national team. I mean i dont know why PCB (and not in its current form im talking for over 40 years) has to think up soo much ideas when all they have to do is buy a slab of VB and head off to the MCG and watch a Pura Cup match and see how the number 1 team in the world Australia run things. I am so proud to be living in a country where anyone regardless of religion, background, wealth and race can put their talents on the cricketing field and make it to the national team based on merit. If your a Relative of Osama Bin Laden or if your a George Bush supporter, if you have israeli background or if your a Jehovahs....everyone has an equal chance in Australia, and its because of their setup...theres no religious distractions, no weird conversions to islam, no factions withing the teams. The problem is if Michael Bevan was playing for Pakistan he would still be in the current pakistani team despite lack of form, in Australia if a player does not perfome he is dropped back to domestic level...if the PCB adopted this then you wouldnt see the likes of Farhat and Afridi to name a few taking their places for granted.

    On Dr Nasim. I believe he needs to be given an opportunity to lay out his plan, i thought his press conference was good, he shouldnt be blamed 100% as he was only in the job for a few months...he should be given time.

    Also another thing. If Australia loose cricket matches the media and fans will talk about it but its like get over it its only cricket i didnt see Ricky Pontings house get burned down after loosing the ashes in england i didnt see Glen McGraths house stoned when Australia lost to Bangladesh ...so i blame the Pakistani Media and Fans for the problems in Pakistani cricket as the players are under enormous pressure to perform and as Inzi said the team wont win with all this pressure and also the fact that one of their team members has been murdered.

    So to all Pakistani cricket fans who burned effigies of inzi, bob and others please grow up its only a cricket game, there is a time to be passionate about your team but dont take it too far.

    We didnt stand a chance to begin with, no Asif no Shoaib...no Razzaq....recall of Nazir and Mahmood who cannot be expected to be put in the team and to just perform david copperfield miracles. To expect Danish Kaneria to bowl well when he hasnt even been considered for no ODIs in the last 2 years.

    Please we were doomed from the begining of this world cup.

    And its also pretty pathetic that a country like Pakistan with the many millions and India with over 1 billion people cannot field a team of 11 where Australia with 20 million can field a squad of superstars who have won the last 2 cups and look set to win this one as well.

  • S Zaffar on April 1, 2007, 13:06 GMT

    No Comment to Abdul Hassan! All we wanted was some joy from this World Cup. I never expected them to lift the Cup anyway. BUT I expceted some return of performance for all the tax-payers money spent on this team. My feeling from NA conference is that he wants to start a revolution on his own!! He talks of getting 25 under-13's to "live" in Lahore and be the future pool of reserves. This is more like a schizophrenic mind at work!! I can just envisage these robots coming out of this factory. He talks of employing a Baseball coach. Well I presume by that time NA would have completely changed the playing surface of all the grounds to a softer one for our players to train. He has introduced lots of Buisness Mangers- Is he forgetting that for buisness profits he has to have a product first which can sell!! No body wants to see or talk about Pak Team-it is bad for any buisness as Pepsi can tell you. In short- NA is day dreaming! What was missing from his war planning was the definations of objectives at 6-months, one year etc. The man is all talk and nothing else! He has no vision. At this time we need to have people like Rashid Latif in the management. We need to build on paleyers like Asim Kamal & Zulqarnain, who have been neglected and may have been our saviors.

    YOUNIS KHAN HAS BEEN ONE MAJOR WEEK LINK THROUGHOUT THE LAST YEAR-STAY AWAY FROM HIM-GIVE SOMEONE ELSE A CHaNCE.

    Pakistan has lost due to a combination of poor planning,application of its talent,poor motivation, poor leadership and imagination.

    We need to re-discover all of the above qualities and much more before we can move forward.

  • ejaz khan Geneva switzerland on April 1, 2007, 12:47 GMT

    Hi Kamran, it is disgusting to see this Naseem Ashraf so blatantly addressing a press conference. Actually we as a nation are getting dead as these people with no moral and no conscience are at the helm of affairs. Look at the changes in the board. the same old faces. saleem Altaf/zakir Khan seems to be the favourites in PCB as no matter what they do get positions there. I know we dont and wont have democracy in the country but will prsident Butchereff let teh favorite sport of the people be spared from his dictatorial grip.

  • Avais on April 1, 2007, 12:20 GMT

    Dear Javed, I tend to agre with Matloob. President Musharaf is not a hugely popular man in Pakistan lately but Kamran Abbasi, being a sub-editor of Cricinfo should find an other media to espress his disliking for the president of Pakistan. I also agree that all the people responding on this forum should be free to call whatever they like to Musharaf with, but not the editor. I'm sure Cricinfo editorial board will take notice of this.

  • Mustafa on April 1, 2007, 11:56 GMT

    The most interesting,contravercial and illogical comment of NA was regarding his holding of two positions at the same time,working for PCB and some of his other ventures as well ( NCHD projects or whatever)when he was questioned about it in the press conference,he simply answered "yes,thats not a big deal,there are chairman of other cricket boards who are performing 2 or more jobs at the same time.But when he was questioned that Mr Imran Khan has shown his interest to do something for the betterment of Pakistan's cricket and it would be an honour for him"...NA's reply was "ehhh..well..humm..I've never heard that from Imran and anyhow..Imran seems to be toooo busy in his personal matters..he cant do so many things at the same time.."

    I would ask NA...ok there are chairmen of other cricket boards who are proving theselves to be jack of all trades...just dont forget to bring out their sooper dooper performances to the lime light as well. Their condition is not much different from Pakistan Cricket Board and it is going to be worst day by day and night by night if NA stays at the crease.

  • Matloob Abbasi on April 1, 2007, 11:55 GMT

    Mr. Javed Khan I thought living in Canada, you would have learnt some basic principles of freedom of expression on the media but it seems it is not the case. First of all, I live in USA and 2nd I'm dead against Musharaf, politically. So, I don't care what the media call Mushraf with and I also don't care what the people responding to Kamran Abbasi's post call Musharaf. But Cricinfo is not Jey Leno show or any other newspaper with political goals, its a forum to discuss cricket and talk cricket only and not to criticise the politicak system in Pakistan. Kamran Abbasi is an official writer of Cricinfo and he has no right what so ever to redicule the president of any cricket playing country. I challenge him dare calling Indian president with any name other than his official name and see the response. I hope you intelligent enough to understan my point.

  • Saadia Anwar on April 1, 2007, 11:03 GMT

    Watched Inzi's and NA's (not applicable) press conferences yesterday. Was most impressed by Inzi's dialogue delivery. Since Inzi blames the media for not supporting the "team", I just want to let him know that first of all thanks to Allah, all credit goes to boys. Boys have really worked hard.

  • Abul Hassan on April 1, 2007, 10:44 GMT

    I do not agree to you Kamran. You are one of them who do not do anything BUT critisize and critisize. Perhaps you do it because you are paid for it, but many can get carried away reading your article. Naseem Ashraf is a true gentleman and a strategist. I heard his press conference and I feel he has amazing plans to improve pakistan cricket from the grass roots, which obviously will take time. The action plan that he devised looks very good on paper. He will need support from others who he has employed. Pakistan is a nation that DOES not understand the language of ethics and morals. This is EXACTLY the reason why a person like MUSHY (President Musharraf)is successful to run this country. The same is with Pak Cricket too. We have seen many crooks in the past, including the formers cricekets. Very few are honest and care to develop the game in our country. Others just want to either CRITISIZE or be assoicated with PCB so that their income is sound. I suggest that you (Kamran) too start thinking on lines to benefit the country by DOING something and NOT just talking. What have you ever done to support Pakistan during the worldcup during bad times. All get thier big mouth open they do well. Patriotism is to support them when they need is the most. Listen to Inzi's press conference and learn something.

  • mdvirani on April 1, 2007, 10:19 GMT

    It seems that all the Oldies are back with some new ones,and the biggest of them is the President himself. Naseems Ashraf, Saleem Altaf and list goes on. Mr.President, these men can never serve anyone let alone cricket.The new constituion will never come, one more thing,why we have the President as the Patron? we should be getting rid of him and make Cricket as a professional sport. Nowhere in the world that the President is the Patron of the Sports body except our beloved land. I would like to congratulate the stupid man Naseem Ashraf to further ruin the game of cricket in Pakistan.

  • Usman on April 1, 2007, 8:05 GMT

    Here is my list of (politically and culturally) highly advanced (test) cricket playing countries: England. New Zealand.

    Moderately advanced: Australia. Sri Lanka.

    Moderately backward: India. West Indies* (not really one country). Bangladesh. South Africa.

    Highly backward: Pakistan. Zimbabwe.

    So the moral of this story is that moderation is best. Being highly advanced doesn't pay. Unless New Zealand, or God forbid England win this world cup.

  • SHEHRYAR on April 1, 2007, 7:37 GMT

    The ICC should ban the Pakistan Team from international cricket until the PCB cleans up the mess and gets it's house in order. In the last decade and a half cricket has brought nothing but shame to Pakistan. There is a long list of shameful acts - Match fixing in the mid 90's, Ball tampering, Match forfeiture, Doping,Drug test failures. You can be sure that whenever there was any shameless act which brought disrepute to Cricket's image the Pakistan team was involved. The ICC is therefore well justified to ban our team until the PCB is able to instill some discipline in our players and set-up!

  • Wasf M. Khan on April 1, 2007, 6:50 GMT

    Apalling but hardly surprising! In a country where a proven embezzler heads the Earthquake reconstruction involving hundreds of millions of dollars, and a 12th grade pass crook heads the Education Ministry, hey, Ash is just par for the course, where the course is in thuggery and incompetence. If all Mush does is read these posts and still doesn't get rid of the joker urologist, we should all recite Inna Lillah. But give Ash some credit; the cricket debacle has made everyone forget about his first grand scam..The National Human Development Commission; what they developed other than more incompetent and corrupt structures at PCB is anyone's guess.

  • Dr. Syed Erfan Asif on April 1, 2007, 6:44 GMT

    Yes, you are absolutely right Kamran, Nasim Ashraf has been given the job of utter destruction of Pakistan cricket. As for Inzi, he is talking complete non-sense and bull s**t now. Total insane and unacceptable. I am wondering that he hits out to the media yesterday and media could not answer his question about supporting the team? He seems to be completely out of his mind. He should have been asked as to what type of support he was hoping for the team from media? Were they not encouraging the team to win the world cup or to at least performing respectably in the tournament? Were they lashing out the team before playing even the first game in the WC? Were they causing disrepute to the team with any type of propaganda against them? What type of support he was asking for after being criticized on this debacle. The last support remains to play with them on the ground. Unfortunately Inzimam has lost all respect and grace now.

    Number two; speaking of the green top wicket, I am sick of it. They all should be ashamed of giving such a lame excuse. Were they the only team playing on that wicket or there was always a second team against them to play with? Non-sense and rubbish. If it’s a green top wicket, they will loose cheaply even against a non-rated team? Have they sworn in never to be able to play on green wickets? Shouldn’t he or the team management (or let’s say the PCB) send a detailed description of the wicket’s type to the ICC and the other cricket boards, that they could play on, before the start of any future series and tournaments? How could he have spoken of all these stupidity and media people kept hearing silently? Yes, he did a lot of services to Pakistani cricket and as a reward he should have been given a green signal to destroy the name, reputation and dignity of Pakistan in the cricket ground in front of the whole world. Inzi, you put up your questions in front of media yesterday, now I am asking you to answer these questions?

  • Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. on April 1, 2007, 6:38 GMT

    Its amusing to see Mr. Javed A. Khan speaking so profoundly of his newfound homeland in Canada, and at the same time its equally disappointing seeing him ridiculing the ‘kingdoms’ and ‘sheikhdoms’ of the Middle East, where he spent most of his life earning ‘petro-dollars’, and the places which he used as springboards to be ‘accepted’ in the great land of Canada.

    However, more perturbing is his making a mockery of the Chuks, Districts and Tehseels of Pakistan.

    I respect Mr. Khan for his witty and frank write-ups and also taking sides with the Pakistan and writing long replies to any Westerns who dare criticise Muslims and Pakistanis, but it hurts when the same person himself looks down upon his birthplace or the country of his origin (Pakistan).

    Hope the criticism is taken in good spirit, and not personally.

  • Murad Khan on April 1, 2007, 2:21 GMT

    There was only one 'baa-ghairat' (honorable) man in the Pakistan cricket set-up. And he is dead now.

  • Rob on April 1, 2007, 2:19 GMT

    It is not coincidental that the countries whose Governments interfere with the administration of sport and use it for there own ends , struggle . Zimbabwe , Pakistan and to a lesser extent India , have all suffered from political meddling and cronyism .Being an Australian ,thankfully we think cricket is far too important to be entrusted to politicions .

  • Zeyd on April 1, 2007, 2:11 GMT

    Abandon hope? Never.

  • i am a doc to. on April 1, 2007, 0:48 GMT

    Guys, i think Mr.Bush asked Mr.musthy, that go and mess up Pakistan cricket,so people in pakistan will go back to work. this country will do something productive. "including me, because i took off days from my work for super 8. for #1 spot matches. and now i just read this blog" on my days off............... what you have done to us Mr.inzam MR.ashraf and younis, rana, akmal, hafeez, sami, and all current 11 will not be forgiven. i am sad and very sad. i dont hve words, but i do have a plan. even one the above of my list will ever play. i will not watch pakistan cricket. i am done with current team except. shiab malik,shahid khan, umar gul. M.Asif and may be imran Nazir. good luck Pakistan. this is my last msg to this blog until team is changed.

  • khansahab on April 1, 2007, 0:11 GMT

    Mr Javed A Khan from Montreal, Canada-

    I know not why you chose to describe your beloved Montreal. The prudent observer would have perceived that you are the most active poster on this blog. The prudent observer would also have noticed that after your venture of detailing your residency after your name, many people have followed with the same. But not Khansahab from Manchester, UK.

    Neither do I know why you chose to detail your educational background. I have mentioned to you before that I respect your deep knowledge and writing style even though I don’t always agree with you. If memory serves me right you used the wonderful term “Pay&Do” for the first time on this blog and in my books that made you a superstar. You also have the acumen to assert that tableeghism in cricket has no merit unless that corresponds with learning from your mistakes and using common sense. If you are interested to know, I am a Law person. Just letting you know since you informed us of your medical/banking background.

    So I confess you are a learned man but why do you criticise my inclusion of Mr Euceph Ahmed in my list of the wise and enlightened on this blog? I could do worse by including Mr Mohsin Malik and “AshAq” who is an “ashIq” of the term “ofF course”.

    I have said this before and will say it again. Call it a truce with Euceph Ahmed and Ashaq. Let us use a sober and sophisticated approach on this blog and not resort to child’s play.

    Calgary Highlander, I have no hard feelings for you. Peace. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Now coming to the issue of PCB, I do not perceive the need to hold a three man committee to look into the reasons why Pakistan suffered from the early exit. We already know the reasons: poor player selection, openers and general captaincy errors. I was disgusted how Inzi blamed the pitch again. Let us face it: good captains don’t blame the pitch. Good players do not suffer from elaborate inconsistent form on occasions (which is why I do not put Inzi in the same league as Ponting, Kallis, Tendulkar, Lara or Dravid). Good teams are not so dependant on the type of track that has been prepared. The decision to suspend central contacts is unwelcome. What would that achieve? I admit that Pakistan do not engage in any international assignment for six months but that time will fly quickly. Stability needs to be restored swiftly. The situation is very complex and requires detailed analysis. Of course this will become the feature of another impending article by Mr Abbasi. We need to look at competing interests, short-term losses for long term gains, amongst other things. When stability is restored or instilled, there is a certainty. When there is certainly there is a gameplan. When there is a gameplan there is forseeability. When there is forseeability there is insight. When there is insight there is success. When there is success the players, the team management, the board, the country, the sponsors and the international fans are pleased and money rolls in. I welcome the decision to require the services of a domestic coach. The danger of course with such a measure is that players will take the individual lightly, which was the problem with having Miandad as coach. However, I would rather have a coach players take lightly than have one whom the players have difficulty understanding and thus approaching. Let us face another fact- Woolmer was the best international coach PCB could find and yet under Woolmer Pakistan lost the majority of overseas Test series, Pakistan did not improve their game against Australia and South Africa, Pakistan did not remedy the problem of inconsistent openers, Pakistan did not realise how to deal with the fitness and attitude of Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan did not improve their fielding and apart from Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf and arguably Umar Gul, players did not improve. In fact, Shahid Afridi became more inconsistent although his bowling improved, Mohammad Sami worsened and not much change was apparent in Younis Khan’s technique. I do not mean to state in any way that it was only because of Woolmer that this happened. But as far as coaching for all these problems is concerned, surely Woolmer was culpable to some degree or the other. I read somewhere that Younis Khan has stated that he is uninterested in captaining Pakistan now. Imran Khan called Younis the most selfless player in Pakistan but this suggests otherwise. Younis needs to do whatever he can do assist the team is this dire time. This is not the time to sulk and play mind games. Yousuf on the other hand has expressed his willingness to captain the team. We don’t want another pro-Tableegh to lead the team I don’t think! Inzi has proved that leaving everything to God and getting complacent will not do anyone any good.

  • Spursdon on March 31, 2007, 22:50 GMT

    What is a Kidney specialist doing in the world of cricket, only in pathetic pakistan. And then Inzi has the nerve to come out and have a go at the media, how dare he. Any reaction the media the good people of pakistan have is justified after a performance to forget against Ireland. Is Inzi really going to blame the pitch, fine it had grass have the team who have over 1000 ODI's under their belts never played on a green pitch. The next captain is going to be Younis Khan, I think we should make a bold move like Sout Africa did in appointing Graem Smith and appoint someone young. And as for coach you know it will be Miandad, there is no one with the cricketing brain, well there is 1 name but he is likely to ruffel too many feathers Imran Khan. If pakistan cricket is to rise from the ashes then we have take the help of the 1 man that has experience and a way to unite the whole team. It will be hard to replace Inzi and I have been saying Asim Kamals name for some time but if he is to come in to the side then it has to be in both forms of the game so that would mean that Inzi would have to retire from Tests aswell and I think it is the right time to build a team with a core youth. Lets wait and see what the up coming month will bring!!

  • Zubair on March 31, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    The President Mushy has almost destroyed all the intitutions like paarliment,judicary,election commision and the latest of the lot is Cricket by not accepting the resignation of Mr Ashraf. I request Mr Musharaf ..Plz give us a break......Stop destroying Pakistan

  • Bilal Ahmad on March 31, 2007, 22:22 GMT

    Good work Kamran, I totally agree. We were hoping the madness of Naseem Ashraf would be burried before Woolmer's funeral but it wasn't to be. Naseem Ashraf had been indicating ever since he resigned that he would be happy to work again if the President turns down his resignation, which obviously meant that he would lick the President's feet to let him keep the job. In all these years that I have followed cricket the 6 months under Ashraf were by far the worst for Pakistan cricket. He doesn't know anything about cricket and takes no responsibility. His sole agenda in all this time has been to hog the lime light and have as many pictures taken with the team as he could. He is a sad excuse for a chairman. To make things worse in his second chance he has started hiring even more of his stupid friends on highly paid positions in the board. I really cant understand why Saleem Altaf has been made an OSD ?? I think firing him was the only logical choice. Who are we kidding ??

  • Rafi on March 31, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    I accept that Pakistan cricket is in a mess from our board to selectors, captain and team management. I understand that green top is not an excuse for Pakistan's dismal performance. But, I am curious to find out why it's only Pakistan that are asked to play on such bowler friendly pitches. In his pre-match pitch analysis Holding was visibly shocked to see so much grass on the pitch. Of the 29 matches played so far, that was the worst pitch. Was it just a coincidence or there is more to it??? Kamran -- any comments???

  • Hamid on March 31, 2007, 21:47 GMT

    Just to add to my previous post: Green tops, brown tops, good opposition, umpiring errors etc are all parts of the game. If you are going to play at international level, you should know how to tackle fast bowlers on green tops. Whoever told Inzamam that he'll be guaranteed slow pitches, easy opposition and freindly environment. May be Pakistan should refuse to play overseas. To be honest, people should've just looked at this team's performance outside the subcontinent before setting their expectations. Outside the subcontinent, this team has brought nothing but humiliation. One of the things we can do for future is to strip the captain's right to dictate the type of pitches for home sereis. Let them work hard in home sereis, too, so that they stop expecting freindly wickets everywhere.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 31, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    Matloob Abbassi - are you living in a Kingdom or a Shaikhdom, or in Alice's Wonderland? I know in the Middle Eastern countries you cannot say anything against the Shaikhs or the Kings, you will be jailed and deported after the sentence. And what makes you think that Kamran Abbassi or anyone else will not address the President of those countries "in that way" as you've mentioned. First of all he did not used the word "musy" but Mushy, short for Musharaf. A lot of people address him like that, perhaps you are new in the world of 'soul browsing.'

    The American media calls President Bush 'a twit' and when he speaks, they say, its all 'Bushlit'. The English media at times refer their PM as, "Tony B-liar". And Australian Prime Minister John Howard is referred as "Bully Boy" and in one of the studies published in a medical journal (Lancet) John Howard was reported to be suffering from "a grossly inflated sense of self" for his big mouthing and blindly supporting the Big Brother in the name of war against terror. Apart from his political bloopers the Bully Boy called Sri Lanka's Murali "a chucker" and he cannot see that his big boy called Shuan Tait also jerks when he bowls. Has anyone noticed Shuan Tait's action? IMO, he is a chucker.

    The comedians in Canadian TV shows such as "Air Farce" and "This hour has 22 minutes" constantly ridicule and mimic the Prime Ministers and make fun of them. So, who is Mushy or Naseem Ashraf? And in which world are you living Mr. Matloob Abbassi? If you wish to do ablution and wear a "topi" before taking Musharaf's name, please go ahead and do it, its a free world.

  • calgary highlander on March 31, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    To khansahab, I didn't mean any of that personally. I sorta meant it to be a general response that putting ppl down and flattery have become the norm on this blog. I just happened to read your post and I singled you out. I apologize for that. Another thing, don’t think that age determines what and how people write. That is just stereotyping young people. You would be surprised to learn how young I am.

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/288151.html

    O.K, ya you did do 1.5 decades of service to Pakistan but u blaming the loss on a green pitch is ludicrous. Ireland hadn't played on a pitch like that either. Besides u were the better team, with better bowlers and batters. Why did they win? I think I just lost all my respect for INZI and i had quite a bit of it prior to that statement.

  • Reza on March 31, 2007, 20:33 GMT

    "Sure, we sucked in the World Cup, but that doesn't change the fact that in the last couple of years, Pakistan has become one of the most feared teams in the world, second probably only to Australia." - Pakistan Fan

    Hahahahahaa! what dimension are you living in?

  • Aftab Qureshi on March 31, 2007, 20:27 GMT

    Dr. Nasim Ashraf: you should go regardless of Musharraf's refusal to accept your resignation, that is if you are the honorable man that a PCB Chairman ought to be.

    Mr. President: as PCB's patrion-in-Chief, with you "because I say so" attitude, you are a part of PCB's problems, you cannot be expected to solve them. So, please leave PCB alone....you have a lot else to worry about.

  • Ahmed on March 31, 2007, 19:40 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket should be suspended for 2 years time, should rebuild from scratch better structure in the provincial teams...we need athletes in the team not ppl who are there to do LAHNGAR from the countrys money...

    DEAR MR,Javed Khan Bonjour,LOL Mr.Javed Khan(Montreal) you have great knowledge of cricket...I think cricinfo should allow you to get your own blog here...I live in the Montreal area too...may b you can come by for some French Vanilla heheh...for now Aurvoir.Keep reppin for da MTL ppl!

  • Ahmed Qaisar on March 31, 2007, 19:32 GMT

    First of all i would like to respond to Abid Khan who mentioned that the President Busharraf should "pick any monkey from the zoo" I think it is extremely unfair to ridicule monkeys who are a far more intelligent species than the PCB high ups. Secondly lifting balls is a fine art confined strictly to Busharraf and his cronies its the only thing they seem to have gotten right in recent times and are also fairly consistent about it. About cricket and the lessons not learnt by Nasim Ashraf i think its fair to say there is "NO HOPE" . I am still a die hard supporter of pakistan cricket but not with the current lot of thick skinned, shallow, brainless, and corrupt PCB administration and bunch of no good cricketers protected by a blind and idiotic Commando / Patron in chief there is really no light at the end of the tunnel. Only a miracle can save us now and im really praying for one.

    Last but not least well written Kamran.

  • Ralph on March 31, 2007, 19:30 GMT

    Thank you Javed for your response. I appreciate your point, but I still maintain that your frustration with past events is colouring your views slightly! It's entirely natural of course, and we shall agree to disagree!

    I do maintain that cancelling the contracts on a temporary basis is a good idea - I think from his comments that he feels that the Pakistani players have been coasting, and that he wants a change in mental attitude. To achieve this, I suspect that he feels he needs to stamp his authority. Furthermore, if it suggests a clearing out of players living off their reputation/Inzamam's whim - Razzaq, and Sami for a start - then again it's a good thing. To me, the players get a lot of carrot nowadays - maybe a bit of stick won't do any harm.

  • Saima Kamal, USA on March 31, 2007, 18:39 GMT

    Cricket is alive because of us supporters. We dont have to take this lying down. I suggest we call for and organise a complete boycott of the Pakistan cricket team until PCB cleans house! And that means a complete clearout, not an eyewash! Musharraf take note!

    Saima Kamal, New Jersey

  • REHAN on March 31, 2007, 18:37 GMT

    AAMIR SOHAIL SHOULD BE A SELECTOR, JAVED MIANDAD BATING COACH, AAQIB A BOWLING COACH. YOUNIS KHAN???NO PLACE IN THE TEAM. BUT MIANDAD & AAQIB SHOULD BE COACHES WITH ALL STRENGHT, SHOAIB MALIK MUST BE A CAPTAIN. SALIM ALTAF SHOULD BE A CHAIRMAN CRICKET BOARD. NO BARI,NO ASHRAF.GO MUSHARRF GO ASHRAF!!! THESE ARE JUST PIRATES.

  • M Anas Irfan Wakhani on March 31, 2007, 18:32 GMT

    I love the way u started this blog. I am quite astonished to hear Ashraf thank cricket fans for supporting him when I have not seen any person in the media or in the streets support him.Yet he has the nerve to thank us!

  • Shibili Ahammed on March 31, 2007, 18:30 GMT

    Appoint Imran Khan as the Team-in-charge. Aquib Javed as coach and Younis Khan as captain. Fire sloppy players who does not have any international standard like Rana Naveed, umar gul (none of these bowlers were able to bowl a pinpointed yorker at the Ireland tailenders)and all out of the team. THEN ONLY PAKISTAN TEAM WILL IMPROVE.

  • Farrukh on March 31, 2007, 18:28 GMT

    I think only a cricketer can understand what and where to apply not a NGO runner

  • armaan on March 31, 2007, 18:07 GMT

    Everyone is saying about Younis khan as a Pakistan teams future Captain. But i think he doesnt deserve to be in the team. in my point of view"Hasan raza should have given another chance, he can be a good captain,a successful Captain. Or Shoaib malik Because when ever a Challenge is given to him He accepted and showed his great class. If PCB really want to quit Younis Khan from pakistan team so make him captain,i bet he willnot find place even in the pakistani team. By the way i gonna hate Cricket...and i wont watch eva. bye

  • saaniya on March 31, 2007, 18:04 GMT

    I THINK TODAY WAS THE BRIGHTEST DAWN AFTER SO MUCH OF DARKNESS IN PAKISTANS CRICKET.I THINK MR.NASEEM ASHRAF HAS TAKEN SOME GOOD STEPS TODAY AND SPECIALLY THE FIELDING COACH WAS THE BRILLIANT ONE.I HOPE EVERYTHING GOES RIGHT FROM NOW ON.I THINK THIS IS THE DARKEST PERIOD AFTER WHICH A NEW BRIGHT DAWN WILL TAKE PLACE PROBABLY A DAWM WHICH WE HAVE NEVER EVER SEEN BEFORE.AMEEN.

  • Matloob Abbasi on March 31, 2007, 17:58 GMT

    Also, give the guy(ashraf) a chance. He just came in,I heard he is a very smart guy and very good sense of running a corporate business. Above all he is the only 2nd PCB chairman in the history who had played first class cricket. What other credential one needs to be the Chairman. We had the chairmen of PCB in the recent pass without any experinece of club level cricket behind them. Our most recent ones were an Army General and a diplomate, now we have a Chairman with some know how of cricket. I'm still hopeful, will give Ashraf a year or two and will keep my finger crossed.

  • Matloob Abbasi on March 31, 2007, 17:50 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, just like you(it seems from your post)I'm also not a big fan of President Musharraf, but wont call him "musy" or some thing like this in an international forum which supposed to be free of all politics and should talk about cricket and only cricket. Will you dare calling president of India or PM of England or Australia in the same tone, I'm sure not, then why calling president of Pakistan with such somewhat less dignified way.Being a Pakistani and a politcal opponent of Mushrraf, I don't care much about him as a person but always have some respect for the post of the President of my country. I hope you'll be careful in future.

    Matllob

  • Dhoosra on March 31, 2007, 17:49 GMT

    Pakistan cricket/politics without a dictator at the healm - is this possible? we can blog until the buffaloes come home, but some things will never change. Kabhi Musharaf Kabhi Ashraf........driving the Pakistan cricket bus off the cliff

  • Zubair on March 31, 2007, 17:41 GMT

    This guy doesnt know anything about cricket.Learn from Bengladesh. Politics and cricket are seperated there now and they are getting the results. We on the other hand are simply repeating our mistakes. Not learning from them. Musharaf is now letting the whole nation down from the front.

  • faisal on March 31, 2007, 17:40 GMT

    stop posting things on pakistan, i've had jus about enough i try not to come on this site but jus cant help it, and i think we should start to fing a different team i'm gona put my hopes on the boys from bangladesh man they have some team spirit and fight something that we dont, so mr kamran start following them and write some articles about them, oh and the mattter of the board you know it doesnt matter what you or i say they all dont care about cricket they just want to make some money and get out doesnt matter how the public feels and mr ashraf has not filled his pockets yet.......

  • Fareed Nasir on March 31, 2007, 17:34 GMT

    To say that PCB is corrupted is stating the obvious. How can such a lucrative organisation like PCB be not corrupt in a country like Pakistan. I am sure a lot of money would be found embezzled if someone honest looks into the accounts. Who knows who is taking kickbacks and share of the loot. It is possible that this is the sole reason for keeping Naseem in reign. And anyways Musharraf is one person who will know all abput incompetent and illegal occupying powerful postions. For an example he can look in a mirror. PCBs lack of constitution again is no big deal, we dont follow any in Pakistan as a whole. I propose that Naseem Ashraf should be given a WARDI and made BA WARDI president of PCB for ten years. We can have a refrendum among players who can ratify the whole process. Then Naseem ashraf will be legal and more importantly all powerful to give more kickbacks to his Friend, the Ba wardi President of Pakistan.

    To look at the postive side of things maybe people and media will leave poor Inzimam and Players( Yes they made mistakes, but they have had more than their due) alone for a while and concentrate at Naseem Ashraf and Musharraf. Both of them are not polticians and not professionals and will be thick skinned and ghairat mand enough to never contemplate leaving their posts seriously (dummy resignations aside)despite whatever is said.

  • asifchoughtai@hotmail.com on March 31, 2007, 17:23 GMT

    well Kami you know what??i dont wanna see cricket anymore..Mushy & Ashii and just doing jack with the country & the cricket. Such a disaster of pakistan Cricket my interst has been shifted to watch & support Footbal. Why we wast our precious time by sitting eight hours?and even 5 days in a test? If i see in this prospect, then Mushy did very well by appointing Ashy as a Chairman Cricket Board>lol. But kami tell me any gamein which pakistan is excelling? PAkistan Team not dishurt only the fans in home but through out all over the world. they just demorolaised the whole Nation. And Cricket should be End now in Pakistan. Well Kami why not Footbal? Write about manchester United oR Barcelona??

  • Feroz Karmally on March 31, 2007, 17:11 GMT

    Inzy and Mushtaq, the captain and asst. coach were both fined for match fixing in 2000 yet they unashamedly are holding these positions. These culprits should be the first to go

  • Yassar on March 31, 2007, 17:03 GMT

    Disappointment after disappointment…that is all we seem to get from Pakistani cricket recently.

    The decision to reject Nasim Ashrafs resignation as the head of the PCB spells no let up on the disappointments front. Nasim Ashraf has no idea of how to run cricket within the country, his announcement to cancel central contracts for all players is a massive step backwards for Pakistani cricket.

    All major test playing nations have central contracts in place and the purpose of that is to help the players financially so they do not seek lucrative playing contracts either abroad or local to make sure they are financially secure. This in turn helps protect players from playing too much and avoiding injury and burn out and makes sure players are fresh enough for international duty…and in a day and age where players & coaches all over the world are complaining of too much cricket such an announcement becomes even more baffling

    What the PCB really needs to do is tackle cricket in Pakistan at grass roots level and put in place a domestic structure that is fit enough to produce players who can serve Pakistan at the international level successfully.

    The current members of the PCB have proved that they are incapable and unqualified to run the national cricketing body at the same time the patron of the cricket board Mr Pervez Musharaff needs to let go of the board and let it be run independently through an elected body. With all due respect to President Musharaff he seems to know f?*k all about cricket and hence should concentrate on doing his day job which is to run the country.

    Something along the following lines may help…

    Domestic Structure: • 6 Domestic teams (organised via a grade system similar to the Australian set up) • Pitches need to provide a balance between bat and ball in order to establish technically correct players. i.e we need a mixture of seaming and spin orientated wickets to help develop our batsman.

    PCB Set Up • Constitution needs to be put in place immediately • An independently elected body needs to appoint members of the board who in turn will be accountable for Pakistani cricket. • Selection committee members to change every 4 years unlike previous committees where we had selectors for 15 odd years (naming no names Mr Bari) • Re-introduce Central Contract to secure players financially

    Team Set Up • Head coach needed who is responsible for coaching the Pakistani national team • Bowling coach needed to work with head coach • Fielding coach needed to work with head coach • Younis Khan to be appointed Captain of both ODI and Test teams • Shoaib Malik / Shahid Afridi as vice-captain

    Selection Process • Selection committee, Head Coach & Captain to decide final squad selections • Coach with liaison with Bowling coach and Captain to select playing IX • Head Coach has final say on playing IX

  • Zarak Khan on March 31, 2007, 16:54 GMT

    Naseem Ashraf should be deported back to the USA. Time will show that his Human Development Foundation and now the PCB mess will be one of the biggest financial and moral scandals of the Musharaff dictatorship

  • Morgan on March 31, 2007, 16:25 GMT

    I hate commercialisation as much as anyone. It cannot help but corrupt people. However, we the masses are the reason it is such a powerful force...

    comment @ haepreet bhinder ladi...

    You say you are off to watch another sport because cricket is all about money. Name one global or even continental sport that is not run by the almighty dollar and commercial producers...Soccer (foorball), basketball, rugby union or league. American football, Australian football, even grass hockey, the list can go on and on and on. Every sport that is significant is so because of the big fan base and the money that flows in to attract the young talent into the game.

    I leave you with one, simple thought: Why would a young and talented sportsman play something he loves for next to nothing when he can play something he likes for a hell of a lot due to commercial input from (usually irresponsible and the devils advocate, haha) multi-national companies?

  • Saif on March 31, 2007, 16:06 GMT

    Neither the chairman of PCB or the President of Pakistan are the disease. They are just symptoms.

    The disease is our inability/unwillingness to hold them accountable..

  • Ahmed on March 31, 2007, 15:51 GMT

    I am really not sure why the Doc is being blamed for what happend to pakistan in the WC07, was he in the field did he tell them not to take minnows seriosly... did he tell them to drop catches.. did he tell them to swing at everthing... Not sure about that. How ever he might of handled the things prioer to the wc07 in not such an accurate manner(drug scandal, Oval)etc...People have to stop blasting the man for what wasnt his fault..If anyone here can explain to me with FACTS..how it was Doc Ashrafs fault for pakistan's early exit out of the Cup, please do let me know.Thank you.

  • Muhammad Asif on March 31, 2007, 15:49 GMT

    If you are really sincere with cicket as a game, talk about system not about people (because people can't be there forever but system do). At the end of the day, its all about 22 yards (pitch). Why don't we have a mix of pitches (green-top, hard & dry, flat...etc.). I might be wrong but thats what I think..........

  • Khurrum on March 31, 2007, 15:28 GMT

    Just heard about "A three-man performance evaluation committee of former Test players Ijaz Ahmed, Salim Altaf and Salahuddin Ahmed has been set up and will report to the board within 30 days. " From my recollection, wasn't Ijaz tainted with the match-fixing bug of his brother-in-law Salim Malik, and Salim Altaf was the guy who went to SA to investigate match-fixing, and didn't find anything untowards - yet the Qayyuum report stated matches were fixed in SA!!

    A fine couple of people to set the example for evaluating performance!!!

    Me thinks PCB is corrupt to the core!

  • Naseem Should Stay on March 31, 2007, 15:22 GMT

    he is one guy who is trying to root out the cult like atmosphere in our locker room, with inzimam out .. only youhana is left.

  • EAMIRAN on March 31, 2007, 14:46 GMT

    Nothing I can add to what has already been said.

    To the defenders of our existing cricket set up, of which there are only a few:

    The Asylum awaits.

    To the person who suggested Aamir Sohail as Chief Selector, please remember that during Sohails last stint with the PCB, he was responsible for selecting, and then defending the selection, of the fabulously talented Junaid Zia, son of then PCB Chairman Tauqeer Zia. So much for integrity!

    Integrity or lack of it - sums it all up.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 31, 2007, 14:43 GMT

    This is for Ralph "March 31, 2007 11:56 AM"

    Ralph, thanks for your honest opinion and to some extent I agree with your views that Pakistani's are viewing the whole issue from a different perspective and are emotional about it. Whereas, you being neutral, you look at it from a different perspective and you have expressed your views according to that. But, there is something historical in Pakistan and it keeps on repeating after every defeat and you must know that. Talking about oval debacle, the doping problem, yes he couldn't have prevented it from happening, but it was his dealings and his handling in the manner in which he did as a CEO is not so professional and it proves that he is not competent for the job.

    The way Shoaib & Asif's visits to London were covered and sugar coated by the PCB is ridiculous, it is an open secret that why these two went to London.

    Earlier, his hiring the British lawyer and paying £30,000 for one day only defend PCB against Shoaib and Asif's appeal. Isn't it stupid and foolish? Do you think he would have ever done this if he had to pay from his personal pocket only to defend himself from one of his employees appeal case? NEVER.

    And, why the HELLO he didn't send any lawyer to the Caribbean when Inzi and Mushy were interrogated by the police twice?

    Had the team gone any further into the super 8 or semi final, he would have made an official luxury liner cruise trip with his family to the Caribbean, but it never occur to him how painful and stressful it must have been for the players to deal with the police without any legal help or even a translator. It was Ashraf's job to think about that, rather than sitting back and deploring the team for not playing well. And the first thing he did now is to terminate the central contracts of the players. What a stupid decision! How can he ever think of such a thing?

    And you applaud his decision to terminate the central contracts of the players? I think it is a disgrace and a shame to the nation. Perhaps he will get a triple bonus for throwing tantrums and by putting up a show that he is resigning from the post. What have the players done? Yes, they have lost a couple of matches and are out of the WC. But you don't cancel their central contracts, you cannot take away their livelihood or deprive them from their earnings. As it is they have suffered a lot, first by losing those two games, and then losing Bob in a sudden and tragic way, and then going through the ordeal of police investigation and interrogation and then facing the ugly media and the unruly fans, then he terminates the central contracts? How can you not honour your own commitment?

    If you cannot honour your commitment then who is gonna trust you? No wonder every single country in the world is reluctant to invest in any project in Pakistan, even with a sovereign guarantee because, the new government will not honour it in case of a government change, its nothing new, it happened quite a few times. So, thats why I was saying there is a historical background and you ought to know that before you give your impartial and neutral opinion.

  • Hassan on March 31, 2007, 14:31 GMT

    I agree with you, dictatorship like situation in cricket is prevailing which is not good sign.Decision making should be wise and not be athoritative one in cricket infact in every where.I always wonder and still, if you know that Muhhamad Hafeez as an opener is not working well and never did in the past too then why again and again you rely on him, specially when players like Yasir Hamed and salman Butt are available. I hardly remember the match won by the sole effort of Hafeez but the same job is done much better by Saman Butt and yasir hameed and also both have good oneday record, who will explain us this opening partnership dilema to us?we know that Yunis Khan at one down position is not as reliable as Shoib malik, then why to select Yunis at this important position. There are lot of questions in my mind and i cannot write these at this moment, but i wish good future for Pakistan cricket with good management having sincere cricketing sense.

  • asif memon on March 31, 2007, 14:11 GMT

    what the hell does he know about cricket that we dont know, oh i know he can count 1,2,9,6,9, so wrong Nasim Ashraf you are the weakest link GOOD BYE

  • nasir on March 31, 2007, 14:05 GMT

    i guess mushy and ashy feel tha the job is not done. Let's see, we have disappeared from the world squash scene, our hockey team recently lost to China and our cricket team was dumped out of the World Cup by Ireland.

    Squash is run by a military personnel, hockey is presided by a former prime minister and cricket by a good for nothing medical doctor.

    It is only going to ge worse from here on.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 31, 2007, 13:54 GMT

    khansahab March 31, 2007 9:32 AM

    Your response to Calyhigh's comments: "You supported me when I complained about Mr Javed A Khan including his residency details with his name. Now I am disappointed with your statement that I suck up to Mr Abbasi."

    LOL at your shikayati daftar, rona dhona, naak surakna aur complaint kerna, come-on khansahab, don't be like your coveted, desired, able and the most sought after wise man Mr. Euceph Ahmad, and start brooding on Caly's comment. Cheer up, its a beautiful sunny Saturday morning, enjoy it. Btw, my so-called "residency details" do they still bother you? By now there are way too many of them who post their 'residency' details. A word about "Ville de ma vie Montreal", it is indeed a very beautiful city, rated among the top 4 beautiful cities of North America, apart from the landscape and natural beauty, it is such a multicultural, diverse, peaceful yet a very dynamic and vibrant city that you fall in love at first sight and proud to say you are a Montrealer. I am not surprised if Mr. Euceph Ahmed is shy to write his Chak number Panch Winjay and Tehsil khotiyan etc. in the blog. :-) ,

    Your mentioning of the word 'residency' took me a trip down memory lane when half way through the med. school, I decided to change my career path from medicine to banking i.e., after seeing how busy all my family members are in the medical profession and how difficult it was for them to cope with pre-operative and post surgery stress. It was indeed a good decision for me not to pursue my career in medicine after experiencing the initial rounds at the hospitals. But due to my background and interest in science and medicine, also because of the in-house culture - a family full of doctors - its like, keeping up with the joneses and I still read BMJ, Nature, Lancet and a few other magazines. It was in BMJ (on-line) that I came across the interesting article of Kamran Abbassi & Khalid Khan on cricket and I couldn't resist responding to it. Like Osman Samiuddin's I have read Kamran's other articles on cricinfo prior to this BMJ wala which stood out head and shoulders above the rest and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the responses especially from Indian supporters and doctors.

    Those of you who have NOT read Kamran's article in BMJ: "India versus Pakistan and the power of a six" must click on the link below and read it. I suggest that you must also read the responses from the Indian fans, the way they expressed their anger and frustration is hilarious.

    For full text: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/328/7443/800

    For Rapid responses from readers: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/328/7443/800#55824

  • Syed Muti-ul-Hasnain Rizvi on March 31, 2007, 13:34 GMT

    what a shame for the chairman who by his intentions never looked to be going out of the PCB affairs. I would only say that with out professional approach we are making another disaster recipe for 2011 world cup and mind you that the world cup would be in subcontinent and no one would be spared by the people coming into the stadiam only to see another disaster.

  • hasan Ali on March 31, 2007, 13:07 GMT

    well said Kamran.I think the best solution would be to fire Ashraf and bring Imran Khan back.

  • MOhammad Masood on March 31, 2007, 12:54 GMT

    Baighairat people don't give up. Both Musharraf and Ashraf are of the same lot. They won't leave unless they are kicked out. Musharraf has tuined the country and together with tauqeer Zia and now with Ashraf they are bent at ruining of what ever there may be left of Cricket. Shame on both of them.

  • M. Nawaz Janjua, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. on March 31, 2007, 12:19 GMT

    ASSALAMO ALAIKUM, Kamran your worries are very genuine. It's not about PCB only, the whole country is on stake. Rightly said by Imran Khan many times that he is least worried for Pakistan cricket rather his worries are for the system of Pakistan. The only good change can come from the top for what nothing is visible even at remote ends.

    Now, everything is very much clear but if you want to take a real start. Otherwise, it's like a sinking ship I suppose. We are only on the receving end and would have to bear the worst. So, just pray and thats all.

    We may see some reshufflings of nears & dears and things will go on not to improve anyway.

    The only solution is now to privatize PCB but even here I doubt if the privatization process would be fair or like Steel Mill ......... ALLAH HAFIZ & WASSALAM.

  • Mohammed Nasir on March 31, 2007, 12:07 GMT

    Totally agree with you that all of paki fans are hoping against hope but let be frank pakistan had & will produce talented cricketer what we can hope for is an eye like Imran o find them. If pakistan want to become uno in cricket what it needs to do is build good TEST team that will fight in any condition, once that is done it won't take even a year o pakistan to start winning ODI any where. So with all of the paki fan i too am hoping for best.

  • Ralph on March 31, 2007, 11:56 GMT

    Though certainly Pakistani cricket is in chaos, I do think that the other side of the argument for retaining Ashraf should be given. As Osman Saimuddin and others pointed out, Ashraf was appointed at a very difficult time, and I personally don't think it's fair to simply point all the problems to his door.

    As a neutral, it is ridiculous to blame Ashraf for the doping issue, and also unfair to suggest that he could have minimised Inzamam's power.

    Finally, the fact that he has strong ideas about the way in which he wants Pakistani cricket to be run is not necessarily a bad thing. Someone needs to sort out the mess, and the plans he outlined for today - professional selectors, cutting the central contracts temporarily, are both applaudable.

  • Ahmed Khan on March 31, 2007, 11:53 GMT

    Mr Kamran !! ... A bit of repect will be nice, he is President and considering this is an international forum ... Calling Musharaf would be better.

    That said ... Pakistan Cricket is an eye opener to the way the Country is being run, same path .. hopefuly the situation won't become as bad.

    One question !! ... How long does it take to form a Constituation for Cricket ? ... 1973 constitution for country I think took less time than this.

  • Saqib on March 31, 2007, 11:46 GMT

    "Wonderful" news! Just the icing on the cake we Pakistani supporters needed after the debacle of the WC. Guess, we must learn to accept these injustices as part of the pungent state of our society, if politics, culture, performing arts can be run so shambolically, why not sport?!

    I have a suggestion for the forward thinking President and his ally, the Doctor. As they're now looking to reshuffle the team, I have some suggestions of suitable names, in which other friends of the President can be given apt positions and lead to further demoralising defeats and intrigue.....

    1. Chairman: Dr. Ashraf 2. Coach: President Bush (Field Coach from the US) 3. Team Physio: Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto

    Team: 1. Mohammad Ali Durrani 2. Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed 3. Nawaz Sharif 4. Ishrat-ul-Ibaad 5. Akram Khan Durrani 6. Qazi Hussain Ahmed 7. Altaf Hussain 8. Imran Khan 9. Shujaat Hussain 10. Parvez Ilahi 11. Khurshid Kasuri 12th Man: Tariq Azeem

  • Admirer Doctor on March 31, 2007, 11:15 GMT

    It is useless to knock at the door of a deaf man.

  • qaisar sheikh on March 31, 2007, 10:43 GMT

    i am feeling really terible guys. how can a person like president of a country can force a man to do job who has resigned. i cant accept it. my mind does not allow me to accept it. in my opinion a person resigns only when he feels no willingness to do the job, and what positive can be achieved by appointing such person who has failed once and feels no motivation to do the job.it is a real disaster. i am going through hell.

  • qaisar sheikh on March 31, 2007, 10:38 GMT

    well guys its more then a bomb on head. a man with so much attitude and ignorance is back. i just cant forget the waqar issue and i really followed all the issue and in the end it was quite clear that all was done by the attitude of this man. now he is back again just to complete the job of destruction. and what he did immidiately after coming back, announcement of long terms that means there is no chance of constitution being applied. GOD bless pakistan GOD bless pakistan cricket.

  • farhan on March 31, 2007, 9:44 GMT

    All the responsibilty goes to The Chairman and selectors. Why Ashraf is still there, He is so stupid and ugly person i have ever heard in pak history. By staying as chairman, he shows he have no respect for cricket and himself. Busharraf have no idea what he is doing, he just want to see his pals on every department of gevernment. Imran khan is right, he knows cricket thats why he dont want to be in cricket board, because he knows he will be dummy there same as Ugly Nasim Ashraf. Shame on you ASHRAF.

  • HP on March 31, 2007, 9:41 GMT

    Responsible journalism requires that you remain balanced in your comments and withold judgement till such time you are certain that cricket in Pakistan is not going to improve despite the elaborate action plan unvelied by Nasim Ashraf. I think many of us have become uncurable cynics and can find nothing right in Pakistan..politics, sports, society etc. All I ask is that you give PCB time to prove that their elaborate plan has actually been put into place and has been implemented with sincerity. It would have been nice if your column had also focussed on the merits/demerits of the steps that PCB intend to take to revamp cricket in Pakistan.

  • ZZ on March 31, 2007, 9:40 GMT

    After my motherland,Sri Lanaka used to be staunch supporter of Pakistan but not any more...Pakistan has lost one more fan!May be come another IMRAN KHAN to get my Vote back!!!

  • khansahab on March 31, 2007, 9:32 GMT

    Calgary Highlander, we share a history together. I included you in my exclusive list of the top posters on this blog and your name was amongst the coveted names like Javed A Khan, Mawali and Euceph Ahmed. You supported me when I complained about Mr Javed A Khan including his residency details with his name. Now I am disappointed with your statement that I suck up to Mr Abbasi. I am probably much younger than most of you so I don’t have any reservations when it comes to respecting elders or people who have achieved much. Mr Abbasi has achieved a lot and I think he deserves respect. When I started posting on this blog I did not think much of his articles but gradually I have noticed that he has a tremendous acumen for cricket and you need discover that his arguments often have reason and sense in them. A lot of the times we don’t look for the “right answer” on this blog; we look for justifiable and defensible strategies so there may more than one right answer. Hence my continued support. I have, on rare occasions, disagreed with him as well but you probably did not read those comments.

    What I find absolutely revolting is that YOU seem to be sucking up to the Chairman of PCB.

  • MLH on March 31, 2007, 9:28 GMT

    You've summed it up well once again! Anyhow, not entirely unrelated but I thought I should post it here anyways - when are you doing a post on potential future captain(s)? I have a feeling, that if Shoaib Akhtar is given the job then his performance as a player is bound to sky-rocket!

  • Raheel on March 31, 2007, 9:25 GMT

    well the current situation is something that is prevalent in almost every race of life in our country. Have we seen anybody held accountable for any negligence in performing their duties. I doubt about that. well atleast nasim ashraf offered his resignation which is a rare thing to happen. I simply cannot understand why the cricketing matters are headed by our President Musharraf, a guy who seems to have completely messed up the matters. I start watching football after 1999 world cup as I thought that there is no point in watching a bunch of players who cannot give their 100% on the ground, irrespective of the result, and after this disasterous world cup I really feel sorry for those people who still hold their breath and watch the pakistani cricket players playing the game without any fitness and mind (abundance of talent with no direction).

  • Imran A Javed on March 31, 2007, 9:00 GMT

    Kamran, I think you are also amongst the 21 crore. After reading the statement of Naseem Ashraf in which he has thanked the people of pakistan for supporting him, I carried out a statistical survey of the entire 21 crore population of Pakistan. I found five people by name to whom Naseem Ashraf has actually thanked and those five are, One himself, Second the President of Pakistan, Third is Inzi, Forth is the chief selector and fifth is myself. Why myself…. Well I have learned how one can mess with things and still thank others for the support….isn’t it an art which you can learn from such great people like Dr sb.

    The 21 crore minus 5 still think that as usual the dust will settle and norm will be the same wrong doings again and again as we do not believe in learning from our mistakes. I asked those remaining i.e those who are not in the five to give reasons as to why Dr Naseem should not continue, I got answer which I could not defend despite being in the five.

    1. He promised to revamp PCB and bring in elected member which he did not. 2. The way he handled the Lords umpiring issue despite being there at lords. 3. Doping issue. (from start to end) 4. South African Tour and his personal role in the way Players were coming and going. 5. Sacrifice of Waqar Younis by replacing him with Mushtaq on pressure of Inzi 6. Being too polite in implementing discipline in team (Shoaib /Asif affair)

    One of the 21 crore got angered when he came to knew that I am amongst the five. He got up and caught me by my collar as if he will kill me. I asked him…Suppose you are in Dr Sb’s shoes, with this much of mistakes and foolishness if you are asked to continue your office then are you a successful person or a dump person. He just kept quite for a moment, his grip on my collar went on getting loose and then he said count 6 and not five……..and then left.

  • Rash on March 31, 2007, 8:41 GMT

    Why the hell cricket is being controlled by this mushy arse... let him be away from these matters and by the way unless u dont punish the responsible palyers this pakis team never going to come on a merit and recognized as a professional team.. and why the hell this DR. nasim is chewing his arse in cricket instead of sorrounding in hospital.. why dont public oppose this decision. After this WC debacle pakis pple should protest against mushy dictatorship...

  • Daaniyal Masum on March 31, 2007, 7:38 GMT

    wow...were really screwed huh? excuse me while I burn.....

  • mansoor on March 31, 2007, 7:31 GMT

    ha ha ha ha. this is called playing safe. ashraf knows that musharaf will never accept his resignation so he just try to polish off some dust from his face by giving his resignation. Actualy naseem ashraf is not the problem, problem is the system. if he goes, some other hank with no knowledge whatsoever about cricket will come and sit on top. the misery will continue any way. i think Pervaiz Musharaf should himself become the chairman of cricket board. i bet he knows more about cricket than naseem ashraf. Mr. ashraf has a curse in his eyes. if he remains the chairman, the miseries will follow. ha ha

  • Basharat on March 31, 2007, 7:22 GMT

    Dr Ahmad Arham asks : "I am a doctor too... do u think I'll be the next chairman of PCB?."

    I would say no, since you are nota crony of Musharraf. Also for those who think that Nasim Ashraf did not have enough time for planning; Let us not forget that he has been member of Pakistan Cricket Board for last three years. (Though one still wonders, what a US-based doctor was doing in Cricket Board??) So he is responsible for all this. One cannot argue that he cannot be blamed for player's failures; Ccome on guys, what is his job?? to run the cricket better and bring quality palyers, and supportt hem. Did he do that? You have already read the comment of Woolmer, who was the best coach Pakistan had but no one was listening to him. How is it possible that you hire a foreign qualified coach and then just dump him and not use his experience. Why this? Does this happen in other good cricket playing coutries e.g SA, AUS, ENG. AUS lost 5 matches in the wor before the world cup, but no one accused the board. Why? Because everyone can SEE that it was player's fault (or they were unlucky). No one ever blamed cricket administration for that fall out, because they can see the things clearly. In pakistan's case it is so obvious for every one to see where is the ROOT cause. How can you say that board has no players available except Hafeez and Co. Then is it not the responsibility of cricket board to groom and bring better players. WHyy board is sticking to Hafeez and Co. Why not play asim Kamal? Why not play another wicketkeeper? Why not choose from the U-19 guys who won the world cup?

    The basic point is that: can we appoint a doctor in Pakistan Army to head its officers; certainly not. Same applies everywhere since these days every field/sports has matured enough to need specialists; being a friend of some top person is no qualification in today's world, but sadly that is what happens in Pakistan. So friends forget about any thought of something constructive in Pakistan cricket for the time being. It is too painful to see that MERIT is not the qualification in Pakistan; all you need is someone in elite ruling echelon.

  • Nadeem Raza on March 31, 2007, 7:08 GMT

    Dear Kamran, absulutly agree with you, some of the things happen for the first time in the cricketing history in pakistan team. like Oval controversy. then the handling of shoib and asif case is absulutly disgasting. the poor selection of players, lack of passion to win, and many more.

    This board is not eligible to handle Pakistani Cricket. I think Imran Khan or Wasim Akram or anyone else who know cricket deeply will appoint as chairman of Pakistan Cricket.

  • ahad on March 31, 2007, 6:39 GMT

    Its the worst blunder done by our president. our country is first country in which cricket is run by president...... has tony blair ever run english cricket body????.Our cricket is at mess.Musharraf should concentrate on his job and stop governing the cricket body.Only people on merit deserve to run the PCB not a doctor who has no knowledge how to run the cricket. I would also like to say tht resignation by Ashraf was a mere formality cause he knew Musharraf would never accept his resignation since he is one of his favourites.Now only miracle can revive our hopes.

  • Tariq on March 31, 2007, 6:33 GMT

    The reason for not accepting his resignation is quite obvious. Cricket in Pakistan is still breathing. He wants to damn sure that it dies. Good luck President, Chairman and their pals.

  • Cas on March 31, 2007, 6:16 GMT

    This gives us a good idea what the team is all about these days! www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEhblFiZI4w

  • Rizwan Ahmed on March 31, 2007, 6:13 GMT

    The problems with the Pakistani people is that they dont personally accept responsibility rather they push the blame to the next man.What inevitably happens is that all the blame goes to the President of the country,this is inevitable in Pakistan.Even though he is the patron and the Dr is in charge.Did he tell the guys how to bat against Ireland.Its the teams personal performances which led to this.This is the plain truth there is no point blaming others for your shot selection.On a normal day the current pakistan team is good enough to score heavily against Ireland.But the shots played my Azhar,Yousaf and Akmal who was responsible for them?Inzi did nothing when it mattered most.And Afridi can only blame himself for not being able to control his anger in the SA match.I personally think getting rid of the Doctor will not achieve anything unless alongside him you punish all the players whom are responsible.I dont think thats going to happen so why should Dr Naseem pay the price of some of these useless players like Hafeez and Co. Whatever befalls you its is becz of what your own hands have earned-this is the bottom line

  • Imad Brohi on March 31, 2007, 5:46 GMT

    The key virus in ruining the state of the pakistan cricket is PCB. The pakistani public are in a shock after this action of the self-appointed president of the country. The countrys cricket is ruined and Musharraf should accept his share of responsibility in this.

    Whats the point in talking about country's cricket when the country seems destroyed anyway.

  • saad on March 31, 2007, 5:37 GMT

    can you please try to publish this blog in any urdu news paper so all the nation can read may this had a little impact . keep trying kamran its late but never too late inshallah

  • Rashid. on March 31, 2007, 5:25 GMT

    I did not know Musharof would be that i...t, after a result like that in World Cup.Fill out the blank please.

  • calgary highlander on March 31, 2007, 5:13 GMT

    Khansahab, ur such a suck-up to Kamran, although i must admit it's quite amusing you telling everybody to stop critisizing him and how u are one of the few people on this blog who supports him. Not saying I'm anti-Kamran Abbasi but I'm not exactly pro-Kamran either.

    Anyways, as much as i hate Naseem Ashraf I think that some consistency would be good. Every great team in every sport has consistent management, coaching etc. When you change something it takes a while getting used to. The guys plummet from one system to another. Very rare is it that evrything clicks right away. Sometimes it never clicks at all.

    I guess changing the chairman again wouldn't matter much because we're gonna have a new coach and captain too, but he's only been here for 6 months. Even though those 6 months were crappy 6 months, he should stay.

    I'm still slightly optimistic that everything will turn out O.K in the end.

  • Taimur Shaikh on March 31, 2007, 4:41 GMT

    Not again!!!!!!!!! Does Pakistan only have Nasim Ashraf left to run the cricket affairs. Where are all the so called cricketing greats gone? Secondly cricket is a sport not a National Assembly where politics are bring run. Appointing a person as the Chairman of PCB who on his record have played just 2 first-class matches, makes me wonder what the future holds for pakistan cricket. The constitution which he promised to make in January is yet being awaited by the people of Pakistan. Instead of going forward in developing a cricket structure, our chairman is busy touring & partying with the Pakistan cricket team. No chairman of any cricketing country was seen in the dressing room with his players but our chairman was busy giving out tips to our players in the opening game of the World Cup 2007 to out players. If he was there to coach the players, what was the (Late) Bob Woolmer doing??????? Its time to get rid of the junks running the cricketing affairs and appoint someone who knows the know how of what cricket erally is. Imran Khan has been continuously talking about having regional cricket. It may sound a bit odd as our country's domestic structure is based on comapanies hiring players but hey no harm in giving it a shot & see if can be fruitful. Things definitely need to change. The President of the country should concentrate on politics not sports. Sports are run by people who have got international exposure and the same goes for cricket. Politics & sports should not be mixed together, instead they should run parallel to each other.

  • Ahmad Zubairi on March 31, 2007, 4:39 GMT

    Wanted to say a lot but kamran summed it up well throw this idiot out I thought with three decades in USA he must have learned some professionalism but not what an utter shameless idiot.GO Nasim Go please give us a break.

  • Irfan B shaikh on March 31, 2007, 4:34 GMT

    Couldnt agree more - as for those still supporting MUSHI AND NASIM,just looki at the timing of NAsim's resignation, it seemed as if he was reluctant from the outset, he gave it only after all others gave it and as I expecxted our dear MUSHY didnt accepot it...Maybe hes too busy to think abt Pak Cricket, hes happy to blame the players!!

  • Adnan on March 31, 2007, 4:20 GMT

    First of all, as long as Pakistan cricket team are run by Mushy's puppets we can not progress. Mushy's needs to relax, calm down and focus on only one issue and not cricket. He does not know jack about cricket yet he is sending his frigging puppets and Mushy's himself is a puppet. Our country needs a true leader like Imran Khan, our country needs proper people running the board and the team. The Pakistani team has alot of talent but unfortunately they also have alot of safarshi people. Why is Rana still in the team? Why do we not try out an opening pair for a long time. Even the consistent openers in the Pakistan team had problems in the past. The bottom line is that the Pakistani team is being run by a bunch of old farts and they need to leave so the Pakistani team could get better. We need true talent, not safarashi people like Faisal Iqbal (who cares if he is Javed's nephew???) or Rana or Sami. And why were the under 19 opening bowling pair not tried out. Anyways the whole Pakistani is full of corruption and no one do a thing about it, we are known for this yet i still love supporting the Pakistani team.

  • subbu iyer on March 31, 2007, 3:32 GMT

    The current state of affairs of sub-continental cricket is a tragedy of epic proportions. Having learnt the game from their colonizers both Pakistan and India produced generations of outstanding cricketers to push their way to the top of the cricketing world.

    Hence it is utterly shameful that cricket in both countries has gone to the dogs due to despotic managerial styles at all levels. Strange, isn't it, that among all the people associated with cricket, just these mandarins (the BCCI and the PCB) are immune to accountability?!!

    One shudders to think that the rise and fall of subcontinental cricket will be treated as a textbook historical example of how unbridled avarice and administrative caprice can plunge even the most cherished aspect of a region's culture into the abyss of extinction!

    Unpleasant as the thought is, one feels that both these cricket boards need to become real paupers before they can start from scratch. Right now, it just isn't cricket!!

  • AAA on March 31, 2007, 3:31 GMT

    Kamran Bhai, Why only talk about the pcb, the chairman and the president. Why not talk about the nature of domestic competition and if it is conducive to creating a ponting or a hussey (well, ponting may be a stretch here). I think India has a very good domestic structure (the key word being structure), even though they have their own problems. They will probably not be able to produce a waqar ever, on the kind of fast bowlers graveyard they play on because of their dollar grubbing nature. It will always be the chetan sharmas and the roger binnys and the prabhakars (I will leave kapil out of this, he was more the exception)tossing 'laddoos' to a hungry beggar. Well that's another story. As for Pakistan cricket, how do you expect the batsman to perform at international level, where there is hardly any in the current squad that has a first class average in the 40s? Is it because there are no good players in the country or is it because mediocre players are rewarded with a place in the national team for reasons other than cricketing ability? Hasn't batting been the area of concern traditionally (again i have to leave out javed, inzy, saeed and yusuf. 4 batsmen in 25 years, hardly an achievement)? We did see some sparks every now and then from aamir (sohail, not malik, god no), basit, ijaz and recently younis, without the consistency. And how long will it take to find a pair of openers? From what I have seen, I don't think the likes of farhat, butt, hafeez not to mention taufiq have any business in international cricket (very well suited for taped tennis 'galli' cricket). I may not be an expert, but isn't the solution quite simple? Get a professional administration in place, a good motivator as coach, an embargo on javed miandad running his foul mouth, and high quality domestic 4/5 day cricket, and the cream is bound to rise to the top (if any). I say go one step further and start making some investment in age group cricket so that you can tap the talent when they are young and truly nurture them (doesn't mean pushing to the national team at 14!)to get them ready for the next level. By all means, one needs to go forward and build for future, not look back and keep talking about a glorious past over a cup of afternoon tea.

  • M.TAHIR FROM SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS on March 31, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    I know this may sound absurd but I just can't stop thinking of yousuf's latest "decision" to offer his services for captaincy...It sounds like the wheels of motion for change will take a back seat if that offer of yousuf's is seconded by the board.It seems like Inzamam's "ghost" will always linger on as far as captaincy and power is concerned because Yousuf will only be a yes man to Inzi and will be a dummy captain in reality.So guys stop bickering about the president of the country and ashraf but make sure we dont take our eyes off the real threat and that is the power of Inzi which would prove ten times more harmful than all the crap I've been reading.Yonus is the only one to lead pakistan as the saying goes "ANDHO MAY KARHA RAJA" (ONE EYED IS THE KING AMONG THE BLIND).There is absolutely NO ONE in the entire Pakistan team who can match his exuberance and agressiveness in a fielding situation.We need to all accept him as the next captain and support him instead of creating factions among the team by picking up players like malik and afridi for the captaincy.Afridi along with akhter are my most favorite cricketers and I get really dissapointed when these two players are absent from the pakistani team in a game.But captaincy is different ball game.Yes I know that people call Younus a"cheerleader"but for ateam that looks demorilized everytime they take the field,maybe we do need a cheerleader like Younus and not the RIP VAN WINKLE OF CRICKET ALA INZAMAM.Turning over the reign to yousuf would be going back instead of moving forward,because I have a feeling Big Brother Inzi would have a big influence on yousuf and thereby the same idiotic selections and procedures would prevail.In my view this is the actual big picture .I think Inzi held or maybe still holds more power than anyone...He needs to go.I would be surprised if he is still retained in the test side.I have always been a staunch supporter of senior players staying in the team for some length of time to "nurture" the youngsters,which the should have done with likes of

    saeed anwar,but Inzi is way past his prime;furthermore his continued presence in the team would create a negative effect and the team would feel the same tensions they have encountered but could never express for fear of bein sacked. And a word to the KIng of pakistan cricket... I always thought of u to be A social worker first...please ... take the reigns of pakistan cricket and do the biggest service to millions of pakistanis not only in pakistan but all over the world.I am your biggest supporter and well wisher and thats why I'm saying please leave the country's politics because politics is dirty game all over the world ;You are an honest man and an extremely dedicated one in anything you do.Unfortunately those traits are not a sure success in politics,so please do the thing that u were born for and that is RULING THE CRICKET WORLD,and saving Pakistan Cricket before you save PAKISTAN. Khuda Hafiz.

  • Hasan Mahmood on March 31, 2007, 3:10 GMT

    Another passion ruined by religion! Pakistanis need to learn to keep religion out of public life. Religion is not something that can be allowed to permeate all aspect of human life--I hop my countrymen learn to take it in moderation and steer our society away form absolutism. Absolute will gurantee only absolute destruction. Keep religion completely out of sports.

  • Faraz on March 31, 2007, 3:10 GMT

    Well, well, well!!!

    Why are we not surprised ?

    Same ol' bureaucrats, and more than likely the same ol' players too.

    Why are we not surprised ?

    I am absolutely sure that the next Pakistan cricket series, we will go right back to the punjab XI ... the likes of Rana, Hafeez, Akmal and so on ... while the all the talent from other places just sit and languish because of their domicile.

    Oh Well ...

  • DR SUHAIL SAFDAR on March 31, 2007, 2:11 GMT

    DEAR PRESIDENT MUSHARRAF, PLEASE CONSIDER ME FOR THE POST OF PCB CHAIRMAN,I AM DOCTOR ALSO AND HAVE PLAYED CRICKET AT COLLEGE LEVEL,REST ASSURE I WILL COMPLETE YOUR MISSION OF COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF PAKISTAN CRICKET.

  • Muhammed Mobeen on March 31, 2007, 1:51 GMT

    Three things pakistani cricket needs to achieve before even thinking about set a foot towards cricket: One, remove political interference from cricket. Two; Only people who are QUALIFIED should be appointed for their posts( and this goes from the chairman to the 12th man on the team ). Three,and this is my personal opinion, pakistan lacks experience when it comes to playing tournaments. I personally believe that pakistani cricketers rely too much on only 3 wins outta 5 will be enough. IF the above is achieved only THEN will the fans of pakistan be justified for all the time they miss in school, work, and etc.

  • jadogar-spin on March 31, 2007, 1:30 GMT

    We need an army officer with cricketering experience to captain the Pakistani team. Anyone knows about the whereabouts of Major Shujauddin recently?

  • arif on March 31, 2007, 0:22 GMT

    come-on guys... no need of hope.. Mushy is working on mission to destroy the institutions of pakistan.. and PCB is only one of those institutions.

  • Dr Ahmad Arham on March 31, 2007, 0:06 GMT

    I am a doctor too... do u think I'll be the next chairman of PCB?

  • Adeel on March 30, 2007, 23:56 GMT

    A NOTE TO SUPPORT sitara anjum-London. I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. YOUNUS KHAN KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE CAPTAINCY. DESPITE OF BEING A GOOD PLAYER HE THROWN HIS WICKETS IN MATCHES AGAINS IRELAND AND WI JUST TO GET RID OF INZI. I AGREE WITH SITARA THAT HES WORSE THEN INZI. AFRIDI.. PROBABLY PPL HAVEN'T SEEN HIM CAPTAINING THE LOCAL KARACHI SIDE , AND HES THE ONLY ONE WHO TOOK THE TEAM TO THE FINALS WITH HIS GOOD FIELD PLACINGS. I DONT KNOW WHAT THE HELL ALL THESE OLD CRICKET GIANTS ARE DOING. THEY CANNT RECOGNISE THE QUALITIES IN PLAYERS.

  • Adeel on March 30, 2007, 23:46 GMT

    dictator in cricket as well..! they have already ruined the country and they are about to ruin the remainings of our cricket... I hate generals and i hate musharaf for his nonsense decisions. you've messed everything man and you are not far away to be messed up mr Musharaf.

  • Qasim Hussain on March 30, 2007, 23:12 GMT

    Don't care... I've stopped watching cricket!!

  • NAVEED AKHTAR on March 30, 2007, 22:57 GMT

    MAN, IF ANYONE OF US TRIED TO HAND IN OUR RESIGNATIONS AT WORK, WED BE PUSHED OUT THE DOOR, BUT IN PAKISTAN IF YOUR ARE FRIEDS WUTH THE GENERAL AND YOU HAND IN YOUR RESIGNATION, YOU GET A PAYRISE AND A SEAT IN THE BOARD FOR YOUR UNCLES AND AUNTIES

  • NAVEED AKHTAR on March 30, 2007, 22:51 GMT

    I dont understand why pakistan are not thrown out from international cricket with government interferance and meddling going on. Isnt it against icc policy? corruption is so rife in the country and even the sports arent safe from it.

  • basharat on March 30, 2007, 22:27 GMT

    well said, Kamran Abbasi and ashaq the story of pakistan and pak cricket goes like this: ..... har shaakh pe aik ulloo betha hay, injaam-e-gulistaan kya ho ga...

  • anees on March 30, 2007, 22:10 GMT

    i really hope ashraf sorts out the mess he has created, if not then i hope we see something being done about musharraf very soon and this isnt just from a cricketing point of view, he may not be as evil and asmuch of a monster but he is just as bad as saddam hussin and other dictators when it comes to how he has power over the country and is using it

  • Saeed on March 30, 2007, 22:07 GMT

    Why are u complaining after all Pakistan is a colony of the Army. Its there right to do whatever they want and however they want to screw the nation.

  • Haider on March 30, 2007, 21:45 GMT

    Mushi has no more buddies that want to be PCB chairman as he has tried everyone. So he has to keep nasim.

  • Zalim Sahib on March 30, 2007, 21:45 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is a hub of betting. Inzi and Mushtaq are the leaders. Why was Mushtaq even an assitant coach when a report by Justice Qayyum specifically said that this man (Mushtaq Ahmed) should NOT be given a high post in Pakistan Cricket. Who approved his appointment? It was our beloved Dr. Sahib. Mushtaq and Inzi have been associated with Gambling since 1996. They should be kicked out with Disgrace and dishonorment

  • Bosco Martyres - Canada on March 30, 2007, 21:39 GMT

    As a Pak expatriate and cricket lover, I weep for the future of Pakistan cricket. So much talent and so much idiocy and nepotism at the top. What can you do when old Mushy is also culpable in this respect?

  • Wasim Saqib on March 30, 2007, 21:39 GMT

    Its all about money,General Musharaf knows his time is up so he is grabbing money with both hands Prime minister is working as his personal finance manager,all the money making institutions are running on adhoc basis so it is nothing new,even under the democratic governments,the same policy was being adopted,when I was a student of chartered accountancy I had the opportunity to conduct the audit of many Public sector organizations and the problem with all those companies was adhocism people having no experience being posted at top positions to make money for their masters,there is no accountability and we should expect none from a dictator. I was surprised to learn that PCb has a monthly payroll of 6.5 million there are no grounds there is no coaching at school or even at district level how do we expect to be at the top of the world,I seriously now believe that the government itself is involved in match fixing. The general has no mandate from the people so he thinks he is not answerable to them,he is increasingly becoming shameless in his policies if the Cheif justice is at his mercy,who can hold him accountable,but as Moen Akhtar once said "samaan so baras ka aur pull ki khabar nahin" Lets all pray that the general crosses that "pull" soon and go straight to his final destination which most definitley will be "Hell".

  • khansahab on March 30, 2007, 21:32 GMT

    It is a great shock for me to read comments of some individuals on this blog who don’t get some things through their thick skulls. People just want to be known, they want to be heard, they want one shot at fame. They think criticising Kamran Abbasi for the fun of it will give them that moment of fame. Take “Amyn Habib” for instance. I want to clarify one thing to everyone. Mr Abbasi thought Pakistan could take on Australia (and I was one of the very few that supported that argument) because of the team’s potential and because he did not think Inzi would drop so low and constantly make the same captaincy errors. Gul, Sami and Rao at their best can be lethal and that is what we saw in the Ireland match. So please stop criticising Mr Abbasi because he spoke as regards the team’s potential and he can be forgiven for trusting Inzi for the World Cup. It was reasonable for all optimists to assume that Inzi, having been instructed and advised by his seniors and so many people, would not pursue the same loser strategy. I just did not realise Inzi would be so non conformist and thick.

  • M Kashif on March 30, 2007, 21:27 GMT

    This decision proves the fact that President Musharraf does not care about the sentiments of the entire nation. Not only has he become a joke in the muslim world by becoming a slave general of the USA, he has become a sort of a cancer for the Pakistan nation. Please Mr. President, we beg you to go back to what you do best, control the largest and the strongest muslim army in the world, not what your soul craves. wake up!!!!!!

  • Ateeq on March 30, 2007, 21:26 GMT

    man what the hell. Naseem Ashraf is the biggest pain in the ass. He's totally crap. He's a hippie and he's always on weed. We need sober people now. Enough is enough.

  • Abdullah on March 30, 2007, 21:05 GMT

    Agree completely to it. "Doc's" arrival was one of the main reasons for this downfall, if not the main reason. Needless to say that before him, this same Pakistan team with the same players (barring the openers) did not lose a test series for 2 years. How come they became so shambolic so as to lose to Ireland. You rightly pointed out the fact that the doc caused a lot of problems by sitting in team meetings and hovering in the dressing room. If anyone should have gone out, it should have been him

  • kz abbasi on March 30, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    i would be glad if mushy can shut one man's mouth guess who??????? not chief juistice iftikhar choudhary ?????? den who ...... many of you wont be surprised if i would say sarfraz nawaz. he is never optimistic and positive ... keep him away from future players, team and especially from media.... hey wasee zafar could do that i guess if mushy can't...

  • PROPOSAL on March 30, 2007, 20:53 GMT

    LETS ALL MAKE A PACT AND STOP THE HATE AGAINST PLAYERS AS WE KNOW THEY ARE NOT THE ONES AT FAULT...

    JUST HAVE NICE COMMENTS FOR THE HIGH AND MIGHTY HAZRATS AND MOLANAS AND SAINS AND PIRS OF THE HIGHEST LORD HAZRAT MOLANA ALISHAN MARTABAT SARKAR BUSHARAF

  • WE DEMAND INZI BACK - REJECT RESIGNATION on March 30, 2007, 20:47 GMT

    INZI COME BACK ---- ATLEAST WE HAVE THE THANKS TO ALLAH FUN....

  • Ali on March 30, 2007, 20:46 GMT

    JUST IMAGINE MIGHT BE POSSIBLE THAT TO DIVERT ATTENTION MR ASHRAFI, MR BUSHARAFI CRONY TOOK A MESS TO WI TO MAKE THE TEAM LOOSE INTENTIONALLY TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM THE MESS AT HOME.

    AFTERALL IT HAPPENED IN 1996 WC WITH PAKISTAN LOSING TO INDIA....

    U ALL ARE WISE GENTLEMEN AND WOMEN...

  • Ali on March 30, 2007, 20:44 GMT

    aND DID ANY BODY HEAR ONE OF OUR MOST STUPIDS SPEAK IN FAVOR OF ASHRAFI.

    WELL MR SARFRAZ NAWAZI HAS SUPPORTED ASHRAFI SO HE CAN GET A POST WITH PCB. JUST WAIT TILL HE STARTS SPEAKING AGAINST HIM....

  • Danish Khan on March 30, 2007, 20:44 GMT

    Well, well, well...I bet the Doc went up to have a meeting or a telephone conference with the President; in which he probably gave a nice, long and flowery suck up about his ideas and what he thinks now can be done. Musharraf probably due to lack in time quickly agreed to his lousy assurances. The thing is, no matter whose on the slot on chairman PCB, the funda-"£$%"£-mentals of cricket need to be addressed and that is; Constitution of Pakistan Cricket, domestic cricket, no ad hocism and proper guidelines of managing the whole affair to sum it up.

    I don't even think the Doc has any integrity, he should've resigned and persuaded the President to accept it, which only leaves me to believe that he himself sucked up to secure the position.

  • desi_cric_fan on March 30, 2007, 20:40 GMT

    The only place where the government is more involved in affairs of cricket than India is Pakistan. And being an Indian, I know how badly it sucks for you guys...since we ourselves are doing too good with administration (plus we have zonal quarrels too, as an added bonus of being a big country!! ).

  • Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajiun on March 30, 2007, 20:40 GMT

    Posted by: Saadia Anwar at March 30, 2007 2:39 PM

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajiun - We are from Allah and to Him are we returning (ch 2 vs 156)

    THATS THE BEST WAY OF EXPRESSING THE SENTIMENTS OF THE CRICKET FRATERNITY...

  • HardTalk on March 30, 2007, 20:39 GMT

    HA HA HA! What a mess; no one ever expected that the Big Boot would accept the resignation of his crony! Well, Pakistan is being run by the most arrogant dictator in the history of Pakistan. What about a reference against Mush-Ruff Ruff!

  • Ali on March 30, 2007, 20:34 GMT

    I KNEW THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN! AFTERALL PAK IS A HAVEN FOR ALL CRONIES TO COME AND ENJOY THIER CUP.

    WE HAVE BECOME NAIVE THAT THINGS CAN CHANGE BUT ALAS THEY NEVER WILL.

    THE MEN ARE WEAK, HELD CAPTIVE BY THE POWERS OF THEIR POSTS. AND FAR TOO LOW IN STATURE TO LEAVE WHEN THEY KNOW THEY PLAYED THE BIGGEST ROLE IN DESTROYING A GAME FOLLOWED PASSIONATELY BY MILLIONS OF PAKISTAN. WHO UNFORTUNATELY NEVER LOOSE HOPE.

    AND JUST SEE MR b...dy ASHRAFI HAS THE HEART TO SAY HE WILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF CRICKET...MY FOOT

    I JUST HAVE THE f AND s WORDS AS ALL MY PATIENCE HAS RUN OUT.

  • youchewmine on March 30, 2007, 20:26 GMT

    We all collectively wasted so much time on the circus called WC'07, only to see our teams coming home early. Not even our neighbours losing was consoling this time. Cricket adminstrators as well as players have duped us shamelessly. These are the same guys that ask for support again. Let us be aware and not fall for false ICC batting ranks and media hype.

  • Sajjad on March 30, 2007, 20:22 GMT

    What has Musharraf got to do with cricket? I don't know how he could have any time left over after playing the roles of the president, the army chief, the sole policy-maker while he is not busy interfering with the judiciary etc etc.

    I am also amazed by the people calling for the return of Sharyar Khan. In my opinion, Sharyar bears a bigger responsibility for the current state of PCB affairs. Much more than Naseem Ashraf who has been there for only a few months.

  • Ali on March 30, 2007, 20:19 GMT

    Hey I really like this PCB Nasim Ashraf. Mr. Ashraf I have a question....How can i treat my hemeroids? ( i might as well ask him something he went to school for)

  • CricketFan on March 30, 2007, 20:15 GMT

    How can someone 'not accept' a resignation?

    Sigh...when will our people change, this is humiliating, Pakistan has like broken a record on the number of U turns in the past year. Before you know it, we would be hearing Inzimam wants to become captain again...

  • Rizwan on March 30, 2007, 20:15 GMT

    its a shame for us that we have people like naseem ashraf who only resigned as a stunt while not accepting what he is responsible for.thats what pakistan stands for BEUROCRACY in the time of musharaf, its a pity we have leaders like that who think that the common people are fools who dont know anything about anything and its easy to play wid them...well to make it clear to people like Naseem and musharraf its time for u 2 to resign and get lost and let us be in the position we were as in champions of four sporting events...

  • Rizwan Shah on March 30, 2007, 20:15 GMT

    First of all Kami, never mess with Islamic names. And pay due respect to your own men atleast. We are not illiterates. We guys should not forget that those 11 people are not controlled by remote controls. They all have a mind of their own. They were responsible people. I don't care who the Patron is, who the Chairmen is, who the selector is. Those eleven were damn good enough to beat West Indies and Ireland. Didn't they beat Zimbabwe when there was no coach, and when they were completely broken by the events before the match. They all had the ingredients for making a strong team. The bowling did well without Shoaib and Asif. It was the batting. Someone should've taken responsibility during the Ireland match when wickets were tumbling. But they all were looking for runs and not keeping their wickets. In short there was no back-up plan. Hence their is no point blaming Musharraf or Naseem. Even they had a negative impact but don't forget Muhammed Yousaf had been in prime touch when it he was making history. Imran Nazir played well when he thouhgt it could be his last ODI. Younis khan didn't bother as he thought he's gonna be the captain regardless of the results. It's down to these people. It's their fault. It was their job to win the matches. Had they failed in the Super Eights while playing the top teams, then Yes, we can blame the Top people. It doesn't matter is their is one wrong person in the team de to selection. Atleast the other 10 are the ones we are expecting anyway. The wrong person is either the opener or a bowler. But that's always been the case. We always lose the 1st wicket pretty soon. But our team has match winners. From one down to 6 down, all are good batsmen. So please, get to the point. The blame should go more to the players than anyone else. They should not be so fragile to be disturbed by Patrons, Chairman, selectors etc. We all work under a boss, who could be unbearable. But then we deliver to feed ourselves.

    Do you think we need selectors? I think we should have a strong Pakistan A team. Just pick players from that team in case of injuries. That's it. Waqar should come back. That's all folks. I've said too much. Thanks.

  • Morpeus on March 30, 2007, 20:07 GMT

    Something Is rotten in the state of Pakistan.... and that has seeped into the Cricket...No constitution...No accountability...for selection....injuries....doping and .....Billions worth of sponsorship deals.....

    The question shud not be whether Dr. NAseem should go or not...but why did he get the job in the first place. Will we ever know the criteria as to how positions like that get filled.....Why criketing Greats like Hanif Mohamed IntiKhab Alam Asif Iqbal Majid Khan are not at the helm of affairs....instead.

  • Dr Shahzad from USA on March 30, 2007, 20:03 GMT

    For my point of view, though Ashi did not spend enough time presiding PCB yet ethical and moral aspect of situation urges his sincere resignation.I believe Imran Khan is the onyly personality who can take the challange of bringing up cricket from the well. But in a country who is under the hostage of a dictator (Bu-mushy), how can we expect any thing on merit there and how can that stupid dictator see Imran khan on that post challenging his nation's presidency. PCB should be an independent institution run democratically, having pannel of ex-cricketers as think-tank for the policies in the domestic circut of cricket. Why there is an Army general, a dictator, patron of PCB. I do not see any positive future for cricket in Pakistan till the supid dictators are around

  • Sam B on March 30, 2007, 20:02 GMT

    A lot has happened in Pak cricket in a short duration of time. To blame it one person or individual would a short-sightedness that has plagued the set-up for a long time. The team has been called mercurial and exciting which basically belie the fact that it is hugely unpredictable and at times simply suicidal. Inzy has left the scene which is many ways is beneficial in the long run simply for the power center that has dis-appeared. Having another Pakistan coach could be detrimental because of the regional bias and the politics associated with the move. That is one reason that Bob Woolmer was a move in the right direction. Pakistan need to follow that initiative and try and get an impartial authority with the correct credentials. Although this task has been made incredibly tough by the murder of the currentl coach. I would believe that the right candidates would be wary of applying for this position. In the same vien, just like the coach, Pakistan also need to have a qualified person with an impartial view managing their cricket. The suggestion is to hire an administrator (ex-Australian cricket management folks) to run the cricket as a professional entity. It is a novel idea that has not been tried before. Mainly because no country has hired foriegn management to run their cricket. If we can have coaches come in from other nations to coach our teams when the current set of coaches from our own country are not up to the mark, then by the same token, why cannot we have outside management come in to administer our cricket when the current management is so unprofessional and incompetent. With the amount of money available there would be no dearth of candidates willing to apply for the position. To be a good administrator, you don't need to be Paki, English or Irish.

  • Haroon on March 30, 2007, 20:01 GMT

    This was a cheap stunt by this failed doctor.Raja thinks that we should give the guy a BREAK,because he hasnt been on the post long enough.Well i think 6 months are enough to see if someone has a brain.Doping might not be his doing,but they handled the matter worse than my four year old sister.You being doctor should ask Nasim Ashraf about his skills,how can a doctor ignore the fact that drugs PERSIST.You would have to be an idiot.We exonerate the two,and now we will be in trouble with WADA,the player didnt get to play anyway,and we exited in the first round.If that isn't enough,he should explain why the selection committe was on cocaine!

  • Suraya Asghar, Florida on March 30, 2007, 20:01 GMT

    I love the sentiments expressed by everyone. Good cross section of how people feel. Look at the way these PCB fools and Mushy have taken over Woolmer's cause and how pained the Pakistan Cricket Team is. Rubbish They couldn't give a .... as long as they are okay jack. Before the team departed for the West Indies Nasim Ashraf was already counting the days to Woolmer's contract expiry. He made comments to the effect that they were looking for a new coach. Woolmer's death has given them an alibi to survive another day. I fervently hope that Ch. Iftikhar will come back to pass a judgement of treason on all these people so that similar to Appian Way in Roman times we see Mushy, Shaukat Aziz, Tariq Kirmani, Nasim Asfraf, and the top 20,000 military and civilians aiding and abetting a dictator strung up all over Constitution Ave and major throughfares of Islamabad as a lesson to another Mushy type take over. Not only PCB, but WAPDA, KESC, PIA and the bureaucracy will work like clockwork and we will surely win.

  • Mumtaz Baig on March 30, 2007, 19:58 GMT

    Kammi: Looks like you have lately been impressed with Indians very much. It is absolutely not right to call the President as Mushy. Pathetic Indians call him Mushy. You are nothing but a writer and just by not getting biased write the substance that will convince people that Musharraf should implement the PCB constitution and that is how the appointment process will be legalized.

  • A Aleem on March 30, 2007, 19:50 GMT

    It was only a couple of weeks ago that Mr Abbasi was labelling Pakistan team as second only to Australia in this WC. Now he is laying all the blame for this disaster on the Doc. Truth be told lot of blame also lies on the feet of incompetent sports writers like Mr. Abbasi who lavish undue praise on team when undeserved. Pakistan team was not very good to begin with and the results speak for themselves. It is time Mr Abbasi also share some of the blame for falsely raising the hopes of Pakistani Cricket fans so high. While at it maybe he can propose a few solutions to improve Pak Cricket instead of just being negative. Regarding Dr Ashraf he is not the only one to blame for this debacle. The main reason is the cronyism and nepotism practised by the Captain Inzi who continued to play players like Rana, Hafeez, Rao Iftikhar to name a few. He also favoured Mushtaq being appointed as Assistant Coach. I think we need to give Dr. Ashraf a chance for another 12 to 18 months to see what he does to clean up Pakistan cricket.

  • babar jaan on March 30, 2007, 19:47 GMT

    Am not at all surprised to see Musharraf rejecting ashraf's resignation, perhaps its about time for him to resign as well! But THAT would never happen, he is afterall the self proclaimed saviour of pakistan! And the saviour of pakistan cricket...well Mr ashraf is really thinking long term..he is first going to destroy pak cricket alltogether and after that will try to rebuild it! ..Lets just turn to footbll..where we may fare well..under the briliant leadership of faisal saleh hayat?? Ok ..Ok Lets just invade one of out not beloved neighbour!! Or maybe we should just celebrate our mediocrity!!

  • Behram on March 30, 2007, 19:47 GMT

    If Naseem Ashraf had any self-respect he would never have come back after this farce of a resignation, maybe he should learn a little about dignity and professionalism from Waqar. Naseem Ashraf is the reason why Pakistan no longer has Waqar as coach(and that guy will now probably never want to associate with PCB again). I'm sure he is also the "master-mind" behind the embarassing drug-duo cover-up, this man can put his talents to better use by writing Saas-bahu serials. Such a decadent and STUPID man has no business managing Pakistan cricket.

  • rehan on March 30, 2007, 19:34 GMT

    May be the president doesnt consider the present state of our cricket a disaster yet and wants to continue with his doc buddy to help get there. Good choice- perfect candidate.

  • Anwer Alvi on March 30, 2007, 19:26 GMT

    Pathetic.... Well, what we can say more about it?? I feel sorry for Pakistan Cricket.

  • Omar Ansari on March 30, 2007, 19:25 GMT

    This MUSH regime has done nothing but to mess up things in a routine fashion. Nasim is not even qualified to be a water boy yet he is the chairman of the PCB. God help us all !!

  • Ali Ahad on March 30, 2007, 19:08 GMT

    Pakistan cricket need a proper and a stable leader who have the skills of man management and knows how to run an organization. Maybe Mushy the president thinks that the current chaiman has those skills but to be honest with you he no where close. No chariman sits with the players in the dressing room and giving advice what strategy they should adopt. Wait for couple of series and probably by the mid of next year Mushy the president will accept the resignation. PCB chairman's has a tendency to make wrong decision's but Dr. Sahab make it more frequently.

  • Ifzal on March 30, 2007, 18:57 GMT

    I dont understand why our corrupt politicians are running cricket, they have no business in cricket & sport & politics should not mix. I mean can you imagine Tony Blair being patron of the FA or ECB & can you imagine the outcry if he was putting his buddies such as Lord Levi or Prescott in charge of these associations & milking all the money.

    It is thanks to these corrupt people & there predessors such as Tauqir Zia & Sharyar that Pakistan cricket finds itself in the mire it is now. They run Pakistan cricket as they run the country, with corruption, bribes, self interest & decodence. The nation of Pakistan is heading towards a black hole & now we thank them for putting our cricket team in the same path.

    The ICC should ban Pakistan from international cricket until it sorts itself out. It wouldn't surprise me if Doc is playing his own little clever game, making people think he is sincere & honest by resigning but doing a deal with Pressie behind closed doors to make him decline his resignation, thus gaining sympathy for himself.

  • Armughan on March 30, 2007, 18:53 GMT

    i wouldnt say much about the matter. Just one thing, Shadab Kabir was a very good batsman, still is at domestic level. He played a few one day innings for Pakistan and never got any runs(and factually no runs). He was clearly not a oenday batsman and the team managment learnt it quite quickly. Unfortunately for him, he was dropped from what he was good at, the test game. Nasim Ashraf was not dropped, but if he cant pull the act together, he may face a similar axe to that of Shadab Kabir.

  • kz abbasi on March 30, 2007, 18:48 GMT

    i guess he would be leaving very soon but if he thinks he is strong enough to handle players after inzi will be gone he should. inzi has been great in controlling and managing decent atmostphere and unity but couldnt deliver results. you just cant discount big players like inzi on poor performance of the whole team. what i dont want to see is bureaucracy and favouritism in the management. what i want to see is imran khan be giving authority and responsibility to manage team without being asked to report to mushy.

  • Zainab on March 30, 2007, 18:48 GMT

    "In short, I hold him responsible for orchestrating this disaster"

    I've searched and pointed here and there because it's emotionally convenient to have a resting place for all the blame. But it's irrational. Fact is the PCB has been in shambles since the 99 Cup...yes, since then. Doc Sahib was just the cherry to top of that disaster.

    Let's not fall into the trap of short-term fixes. It's too short term and unjustly convenient to blame just Doc Sahib.

    Plus, it derails discourse from accurately highlighting the many other problems that have plagued our cricket since the last World Cup. And without highlighting those, how we can we find a solution.

    Mr. Abbasi...Can't say I’ve read all your posts, I’m a new reader, but, I’d love to hear your "solutions" to the crisis at hand. Let's briefly (very briefly) point out the large scheme problems and focus more on solutions.

    As Imran Khan so wisely says "Every crisis is an opportunity" let's efficiently transform this rock bottom low to exactly that.

  • Abdul-Basit on March 30, 2007, 18:47 GMT

    Kamran, I don't agree with you. Its a bit unfair to make Dr. Ashraf responsible for every thing. We should be realistic and honest while pointing fingre to some one. The big reality is that he just took the office 5 months ago and that was not the time for any drastic changes as WC was looming around. there it was sensible of him to continue the process whatever he inheritaed. Indeed if you want to critisize then it should be Shaharyar Khan who was at the helm for about 4 years and who was given the task of re-grouping the team and world cup preparations. Presedent Musharaf shouldn't have accepted his resignation so that he could have made accountable. But he cleverly escaped despite quitting so close to the WC and the poor Naseem Ashraf is getting all the wrath which is very unfair. I am really disappointed from your article. You have shown the shrot-sightedness of an average writer who just see the results not the root causes. You didn't write a single point against Shaharyar Khan who "the mastermind" of all this saga. The constitution never came out of PCB despite several promises of Shaharyar Khan. Now atleast its with the Attorney General for review. If your HOPE was linked with ouster of Dr. Ashraf then I am not disapponted. He should be given fair enough time to implement his plans and then we have the right to critisize if things don't change for better.

  • Shehzad Khan on March 30, 2007, 18:45 GMT

    My Oh My, it did not take you long to get on the negative side of things...hmmm, let me see when was the last time you ever saw anything good about Pakistan Cricket?...Never..Its good to have positive criticism but just criticism just for the sake of criticism is only for individuals who dont have anything at stake but everything to gain out of someone else's misery...

    When was the last time you went to bat for the players who did well?...did you try to defuse matters when it came to Afridi who is getting maligned eventhough he just played 1 game!!...what about Umar Gul who did whatever he could in the role he was thrusted in?? thank GOD Shoaib was in WI and your like minded would have nailed the murder to his head by now...

    So President is bad, the chairman is bad, the coach is dead (or he would have been equally as bad), the captain was as bad as you have ever portrayed him, the selection committee has resigned BECAUSE THEY WERE BAD, there s no coach left and even the trainers might not come back...

    So in that case who runs the show, who chooses who, who leads, who follows? who directs? who takes care of the management

    Or maybe we should appoint our beloved Kamran Abbasi as he has the Ultimate knowledge base of whatever is wrong with Pakistan and has a cure for everything...

    Bud a word of advice, keep your insults and name calling restricted to Cricket...dont get excited and start ridiculing the President as this just makes you and your column a bad joke.

  • Ali Hasan on March 30, 2007, 18:44 GMT

    Enlightened moderation my fellow Pakistanis. What really makes me angry is how Ashraf made it all look so green.

    Cricinfo: "Ashraf also expressed deep gratitude to all cricket lovers, the general public and well-wishers for their continued support over the last week". Like the general public is so happy with the job he's done. What a moron!

  • eddy on March 30, 2007, 18:42 GMT

    pakistan may be the only country where the president (i like when you call him Mushy) interferes in Cricket, guess he doesn't have other important matters to attend. In any case, with Ashraf still as a PCB chairman, pakistan cricket will continue its spiral down the toilet. I also like idea of Mushy becoming the PCB chairman, as well as the president, don't take it seriously I have just given up on pakistan cricket

  • kamran on March 30, 2007, 18:38 GMT

    pakistan cricket is in trouble because mushy haven,t play cricket in career nd he always say some thing which is nonsence

  • Shahid Baig on March 30, 2007, 18:34 GMT

    You are right. Naseem Ashraf's resignation was a drama. It was all settled under the table. Why the hell is an ordinary doctor running PCB? It can only happen in Pakistan. Musharraf has appointed so many of his punters to make the money in different areas of society. Look at the outgoing chairman of PIA. He would have been fired in any other country. Musharraf is appointing these bastards just to have them money and give him comission. Pakistan Army is corrupt.

  • Awais on March 30, 2007, 18:34 GMT

    A great article Kamran and very true about the present state of affairs at Pakistan Cricket. This Nasim guy is the worst thing that has happened to Pakistan. And I couldn't agree with you more on how things have been shaping up under Nasim's chairmanship. Bring back Sheryar Khan!!

  • Qaiser Jafri on March 30, 2007, 18:27 GMT

    Well put I think the country needs a change all around....lets start with the PCB

  • Imran on March 30, 2007, 18:22 GMT

    If you are drowing in the raging ocean, does it matter if your shorts are a little wet .. ? Some perspective is always helpful.. Imran

  • Atif on March 30, 2007, 18:19 GMT

    '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.'

    Well of course. Like Mushy...Like Ashy. I really don't think the word 'Responsibility' holds enough ground in their courts.

    I still think that a bit of a common sense would do a LOT, but when the PCB is in tatters (It has been in, for quite sometime)...Our team's buildup is a mere cow's fart...and people involved have more stains on their records than numbers to show on any form of record...it comes to the same FACT;

    '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.'

  • Shabir on March 30, 2007, 18:13 GMT

    The perennial problem is that people deny the truth, fail to tell the whole truth, and test the common sense of ordinary public to such an extent that it becomes bewildering. Why cant they tell the truth that power was exclusively with Inzy in Pakistan cricket before, that there really was a rift between the coach and Inzy, that there had been verbal fracas between the late Woolmer and Shoaib, that the real reason for Asif and Shoaib not going to the World cup was that they still had nandrolone in their systems, etc etc. Refraining from being able to tell the truth is what is eating into Pakistan Cricket. You see, you lose accountability, for if any thing goes wrong, you know you dont have to account for it as you will be able to get away with it by not telling the truth (or the whole truth at least). All this from a people who are supposed to uphold the truth the most. Shocking, absolutely shameful and shocking.

  • MAI on March 30, 2007, 18:08 GMT

    there's nothing to say ... what is the point of saying anything ... a guy accepts he is not good enough for the job ... history backs his decision but :(( ... i fear cricket is following hockey's path ... destruction ... the depressing thing is it is not stopping there ... selection of PJ Mir makes no sense to me. today world cricket of going forward faster than ever ... improving day by day ... widening the gap between professionals and so called "raw material", but we are still stuck in our back-room politics today i feel pain in me, i feel powerless because i cant do anything for a thing i love so much, admire so much ... whats the point of writing blogs if nothing can be change through it. cricket is the only game alive in pakistan but for how long???

  • Jan on March 30, 2007, 18:04 GMT

    All well said but I think just a resignition is tooo easy an escape for the chairman. I think the trebd has to be set that what ever you do , you are accountable for it doesnt matter if you still hold any position or not. So just giving resignition is not enough and Mr Ashraf should stand up and categorically state all the problems and lay out a plan for how to undo it and open it for further criticism rather than keeping every one in the dark.But one thing is for sure an easy escape is NOT something that should be gifted.

  • talal javed on March 30, 2007, 18:04 GMT

    Allah please save us .. as he has been asked to continue the services. Inzmam took the responsibility of the failure and resigned from him captainship and retired from one dayers. woolmer also appologized the nation in his last interaction with the media.. the wy nost the PCB chairman..???? may be because he's the incharge of VIP enclosures who has promised free passes to pak army officials.. we need a person who has some cricket expertise to honour the job ... lets get united and thorow this garbage out of PCB... please some one ask him to face our media, public .. as chappell said to tendulkar.. please look yurself at the mirror and then decide yourself..can you perform this job? can you?

  • Masaood Yunus on March 30, 2007, 18:02 GMT

    News never stops from the Pakistani Cricket circle. The latest update on PCB is just another shocker for the cricket fans. To take a start with does Nasim Ashraf really have the credentials to run PCB ? How many ministries will he be the head of ? Can he do justice to PCB which needs a full time functional and responsible chairman ? I am sorry to say but the sorry state of PCB and cricket in Pakistan will continue to flourish after the golden era of Shaharyar Khan. Its puzzling to know that someone with no real interaction with high level cricket is going to preside PCB in a time when a mature and cricketing leadership is needed to lift cricket standards in Pakistan. Unfortunately, from a pool of hundreds of retired cricketers, we found someone in Texas to head one of the most prestigious organization in Pakistan who will be overhauling PCB the Texas way. Good luck Pakistan Cricket.

  • H.Malik on March 30, 2007, 18:01 GMT

    Dear KAMRAN , In my humble opinion , any body who has any trace of sensibility , WOULD WHOLE HEARTEDLY AGREE with your assesments ,WELL DONE AND WELL SAID. Musshy , the wrecker of the basic law of the nation , Talk about fully abiding by the rule of law and the constitution, WHAT A JOKE AND WHAT A JOKER HE IS . The silent Majority he is so famous of refering to ever time he opens his Mouth , has shown since March 9th , the have had enough of his So Called Enlighten Moderation. This time he has bitten a piece which is getting harder for him to chew and swallow and in this moment of his depair , he needs all his cronies and show ploishers around him , so no wonder THE MUSHY the pattron has asked the Crony the Chairman who fired and then hired the MUSHY the gambler as a assistance coach to complete the task of destrying the cricket , job has not yet finished . THE RESPECTOR OF RULE OF LAW DRUM BEATER THE MUSHY's days are numbered and he wants all his cronies to go down tigether so thatis why he did not accept the resignation . I AM PRAYING to God almighty , that the SJC sooner than later deliver a one line verdict , Charges againt the CJP are not only unsustainable but amounts to the Contempt of the SCP and hence call to attention the Trio of MUshhy the Traitor under article 6 , the intigator Mr Upright clean The PM , the Ghunda miniter of law who is still on his job ... I wish SJC invoke article 6 and take a decsion to get this nation out of the shackles of the infamous doctrine of necesity by announcing all the militry takeovers ILLigimate and put out a verdict that any such endurance of the slightest nature would mean the punishment under article 6 ....... perhpas than our nation , our country can hope to get rid of these brass heads

  • khansahab on March 30, 2007, 17:57 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, How many times have we seen resignations being REJECTED? People usually resign when either they are fed up themselves or others are fed up of them. Pity. I feel at times that the President has ulterior motives for almost everything he does. There is an air of trust and sense about the man which makes me want to have faith in his governance. However after today’s striking news I am having second doubts. My Politics teacher often stated that a powerful politician should not pull a string so much lest it breaks. That is when downfalls of people with responsibility occur. I find it difficult to adjudge the relationship Inzamam has/had with Dr Ashraf. I am aware the latter told the former to not force people to pray. I believe that instruction would have been ill received. Apart from that it seems they don’t mind each other. The reason I mention Inzi here is because of his supreme influence in the handling of Pakistani cricket. We are essentially discussing blame apportionment on this thread. I don’t want to believe for the sake of my beloved sanity that the system is in such shambles that Ashraf would have been powerless following the doping scandal and the increasing bearded brigade/tableeghism in the Pakistani team. Politics is a difficult game because you have to keep a lot of parties happy at the same time. I wish I knew the President’s ulterior motive for this decision. Maybe he feels the Chairman needs time to settle down and start afresh. Maybe, with Inzi out of the way, some common sense and intelligence can prevail over the system.

    The test now, of course, for the Chairman is how he deals with the situation of no captain and coach. Perhaps the President has continued with the Chairman because of the latter’s diplomacy skills? A huge reason why PCB can’t run intelligently and efficiently is because people don’t get along. It seems to me that the Chairman so far has concentrated on giving each party their share of the pie. He kept Inzi happy by keeping Mushtaq as assistant coach and facilitating the removal of Waqar. He kept the President and some players happy by asking Inzi not to force people to pray. Of course I don’t know much about this issue and I think not many individuals would, but it is food for thought.

  • Bob the Legend on March 30, 2007, 17:56 GMT

    Looks like the worst period of Pak cricket continues!! I can only pray that Musharraf gets assasinated soon and then Naseem will have nowhere to hide!!

    Pathetic. Go to hell PCB and Musharraf.

  • Ali on March 30, 2007, 17:53 GMT

    Well said, Kamran, even though you've been too polite. This man doesn't even deserve to come close to a cricket ground again, let alone continue serving as the head of the PCB. He's a scam artist of the first-degree -- his "resignation" was prefaced with the telling phrase "...but I'm willing to continue if the President wishes me to". The President, as you correctly pointed out, couldn't afford to have egg flying in his direction from yet another angle (given what goes on in the land of the pure these days) and he certainly didn't want blame -- for the series of fiascos you mentioned -- apportioned to him as well for THIS disaster. If Ashraf had any character, any sense of shame, any sense of responsibility, or any clue to the fact that his continued presence at the cricketing helm is going to shove this sport deeper into the quagmire currently confronting it, he would quit immediately. But, of course, in the true tradition of the wannabe culture that has flourished no end here, Dr. Ashraf is unaware of any of the above -- and, at present, probably lives for the sole purpose of seeing his ugly mug plastered all over the newspapers and the electronic media as he expounds on every new and ridiculous "decision" reached by the PCB (such as the decision to send three officials to Jamaica -- to join the fourth currently taking in the sights and sounds of that glorious Caribbean island -- three weeks after Woolmer's death). If we lived in a country where the law was still paramount, any number of us could have sued him for incompetence and bungling around with tax-payers' money. As it stands, we can only sit and seethe. I join you in your anger and frustration.

  • Pak Fan from Dallas on March 30, 2007, 17:53 GMT

    Kamran, Are you surprised??? This "non acceptance" of Ashraf's resignation was as close to a done deal as Ashraf's immediate thanks back at Mr. President. I couldn't have guessed that Mr. Ashraf wouldn't leave fans alone, and so he had to give his thanks to "the fans" also!!! for their support!!!...which fans...all of Mr. President, Mr. Assistant Coach, and Mr. Ashraf himself?

    What a disgrace.

  • Hasan Jafar on March 30, 2007, 17:52 GMT

    Kamran, I take a different view of your assessment of the new PCB Chief. First, I don't see a problem if you appoint someone you trust ("pals and acquaintances") to key positions in the PCB as long as the people you appoint are competent. If I recall correctly, Salim Altaf was already on board as the Chief Executive before Nasim Ashraf's appointment as the Chairman. So, I'm not so sure who are you referring to when you talk about appointing pals and acquaintances. I think a person who assumes the responsibility of a Chairman has the perogative to select his team of players to run the administration. The "dummy captain" scenario was one thing Nasim Ashraf inherited when he took over- he had nothing to do with it. The past Chairman, Shaharyar Khan evoked that expression from YK. When Nasim Ashraf spoke about too much emphasis on religion in the Pak cricket team, he was jumped on by the media for bad mouthing religion. If Nasim Ashraf had not required the players to be dope tested before the Champion's Trophy, last year, the future of two players, namely, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif would be over. Because of the proactive position adopted by the PCB regarding dope testing, we can at least hope that both may be able to play for Pakistan in the near future. Inzi had unfettered powers even under Shaharyar's reign - the Oval Test fiasco is a glaring example of the powers he wielded. I will, however, agree with you on one count. I feel removing Waqar Younis as the bowling coach was a mistake. What is so wrong with the Chairman getting to know the players a little better? Why do these players behave like some prima donnas? They are paid professionals who need to show a little professionalism in their interaction with people, specially, with the Chairman of the PCB. I think it is preposterous to suggest that Nasim Ashraf is in some way "responsible for orchestrating this disaster". The fact of the matter is that Pakistani batting failed on a sporting wicket for reasons not yet clear to me, at least. Whether it was the wrong technique, or a wrong frame of mind in their approach to batting, or just pure nerves, or a combination of all. Nasim Ashraf was dignified enough to assume responsibility and he resigned. Mush (the President) knows that it wasn't his fault that Pakistan are out of the World Cup. Supposedly, planning for this World Cup was taking place for the last 3-4 years. How can you put the blame on an individual who took over the reigns barely nine months ago?

  • Ilyas Chaudhry on March 30, 2007, 17:51 GMT

    I would say that it is "Palism" that is going on right now in pakistan cricket.But unfortunately this kind of mess is prevalent in every sphere of life in pakistan.When there is no civil society, no civil institution what can be expected in such a jungle

  • Rashid Jilani on March 30, 2007, 17:50 GMT

    He should quit ASAP, not just because of this world cup debacle, may be it is not all his fault; but because he is incompetent, ignorant and not capable of this kind of job. I plea with Mr. Musharaf, accept his resignation and appoint the right person with relevant profile for this important job.

  • Amyn Habib on March 30, 2007, 17:49 GMT

    Mirror Mirror on the wall Who is the guiltiest one of them all?

    Who is the chief architect of this disaster?

    1. Is it Naseem Ashraf? Or Shahryar Khan? Or Tauqeer Nasir? Bad leaders all of them?

    2. Or is it the man in charge for selecting the team over most of the last decade? His presence is like a slow growing cancer on Pakistan cricket. See the fine players he has recruited and who are now stuck like bits of poison ivy on the team.

    3. Or is it the great Oracle of Pakistan Cricket, Kamran Abbasi? What is his responsibility? A wonderful blogger to be sure, but through this forum he has voiced so many irrational, illogical and erroneous ideas (although some good ones too). The team that was selected was endorsed by him, indeed praised as rivaled only by Australia—even after being beaten by West Indies and Ireland (that part is of a stupidity not to be believed).

    4. Is it Inzi? How much power did he have? Did he select this team? Did he select the openers?

    Let the (blame) games begin.

  • nasir on March 30, 2007, 17:46 GMT

    I am disgusted by Musharraf's decision to not accept ashraf's resignation. After all the disaster of the last few months, how can this bozo conceivably continue to lead Pakistani cricket. He was even present at the Oval fiasco and that should also be counted in his legacy.

    This man has disgraced Pakistani cricket and is one of the key people to be blamed for our embarassment. The only bright side to our elimination was that we would see the end of this clown, but unfortunately there is perhaps more disgrace in our destiny.

    I will personally boycott the Pakistani team and refuse to watch any of their matches in person or television until he is removed from office. I urge people to boycott the team as well. Empty stadiums should greet the team when they play in Pakistan to send a clear signal to Ashraf.

  • Zia Haider on March 30, 2007, 17:41 GMT

    Dr. Naseem Ashraf demonstrated high morality by offering his resignation though he was not responsible at all for Pakistan team's disgusting performance in the world cup. Naseem Ashraf took over just 5 month ago and inherited the mess in PCB left by Sharyar Khan. He did a good job dealing with Oval and doping fiasco. President Musharaf did the right thing by not accepting his resignation. Officials (present and recent past) who need to be prosecuted from PCB for Pakistan cricekt team's recent disastrous performances are Sharyar Khan (who recently told BBC in an interview that there is no reason to push panic button!), Salim Altaf, Wasim Bari, Ramiz Raja, and Inzimam. Bob Woolmer did not live long enough to see the anger of Pakistani cricket fans. I hope Dr. Ashraf will take impartial and bold decisions by getting rid of Inzi from Test and OD cricket, appoint Shoaib Akhtar as Captain and Rashid Latif as Coach who can handle Shoab very well. Who knows Shoab may turn out to be another Imran Khan for the team! Miandad will be excellent Chief selector/Coach in my opinion. Dr. Nasim Ashraf, please get rid of Mulla culture from Pakistan team. Ps: Mr. Abbasi, I hope you include my comments in this blog (in past, you did not).

  • Ammar Wasif on March 30, 2007, 17:40 GMT

    Oh No, Not cricket at least. Pakistanis can accept their fluctuated political scenarios, the army being pampered, the judiciary being bombarded, BUT CRICKET!!! Well at least this should not have happened. the time has come that a complete set of administrators is to be changed. with new vision the Ex-Pakistan Greats of cricket should be involved who can plan and do something valuable for Pakistan Cricket. My whole prayers are with the team but the management and administrators are to be changed completely.

  • Asad Faizi on March 30, 2007, 17:38 GMT

    Kamran,

    I could not have agreed more with you.

    This is the second most disastrous decision by Musharraf after the Chief Justice's suspension orders. I think the General has lost his marbles and is making some very stupid decisions lately.

    Nasim Ashraf has proved himself to be the most inept and incompetent chair of PCB. Everything he has done so far has been a complete disaster. He is completely clueless about dealing with the team with absolutely no control. He has no strategy, no plans, and definitely no ideas. Just look at all the decisions he has made during his tenure, and you will only find madness, without any method in them.

    The best way for Pakistan cricket is dismantling of ad-hoc structure, restoration of the constitution and revival of the proper cricketing structure in Pakistan - the one that does not allow idiots like Naseem Ashraf to be in charge.

    I can only hope that is will result is massive public outcry and will force Musharraf to retract his decision, just the way he did in CJP situation.

    Asad Faizi

  • Osman Ali Khairi on March 30, 2007, 17:35 GMT

    Kamran. There was this blog I wrote on Naseem Ashraf a few weeks ago. It pretty much encapsulates everything I and now apparently, you think of the man.

    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.

  • Usman Zia on March 30, 2007, 17:35 GMT

    Yes Kamran.. Recipie for disaster i would say. How would someone get away with so much? And i have been saying this for a while that the President should start taking soe responsibilty for this. He should not be the chief patron anyway. He keeps on appointing irrelevant people on key position in the cricket board. We need people who are ex test cricketers, who have played enough cricket to know what the game is all about. To expect a doctor who has played a few first class games to run one of the most troubled Cricket boards in the world is asking too much. There are a lot of ex cricketers who will be willing to take over. It should be a paid position and a highly expectation position. It should be a position where the chairman takes responsibilty and do something about it rather than easily resigning!

  • Qasim Zaidi on March 30, 2007, 17:34 GMT

    u belong to MMA..dont u?

  • Tariq on March 30, 2007, 17:30 GMT

    I totally agree with you. One may argue that Nasim had the job for less than year. As a gentleman he considered what should be right but then we are only talking about Paksitan where pointing fingers are more easy than taking responsibility. Musharaf like Bush does not think that he is ever wrong. His cronies are the same way. God help Pakistan cricket future.

  • Mateen on March 30, 2007, 17:28 GMT

    A very disappointing decision by the General. I was hoping to see Imran running the affairs. He is one of the few politician who have integrity and passion for their work. However, big Khan would never accept a position under General's rule. Dr. Nasim knows best what he knows best, definitely cricket is not his specialty. Now we can except some radical changes lacking a critical analysis of the situation. When you ask a novice to fix something, normally he tries to reinvent the wheel. We can't expect democratic institutions as long as the country is being ruled by some dictators. Kamran thanks for moving the baton forward. I believe the journalists can make a big difference in shaping up the gross opinions.

  • Rauf on March 30, 2007, 17:27 GMT

    Pakistani cricket is doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over and over again unless the slate is cleaned with very harsh chemical to leave no traces of the current lot anywhere visible.

    Only then we have any hope for the future of cricket in Pakistan.

  • farhan on March 30, 2007, 17:21 GMT

    After reading so many responses, I don’t even know where to start. All that everyone is saying ‘’Pakistani team is corrupted, match fixing, President Mushraf’s fault’’ People don’t see the reason why Pakistani team performed badly. NO it’s not because they are corrupted, No there isn’t any match fixing scandal, and NO it is not President Mushraf’s fault either. You have to take this into consideration that Pakistan’s 5 main players, Shoaib Akhater, Mohammad Asif, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razaq and Yasir Hameed couldn’t play due to injuries or ban or even taking drugs or whatever reason there was. You take out 5 main players of any team, whether it is Australia or South Africa; they will have problems. Australia recently lost 4 or 5 matches in a row to England and tour to New Zealand when they got their behinds whipped by New Zealand, and they didn’t have their 3 top players playing for them (Ricky Pointing, Bret Lee and Andrew Symonds).

    Yes, I agree with everyone that Pakistan should have performed better, but past few months have been disastrous for Pakistan and it all started with England tour ball tempering scandal, which by the way was NOT Inzamam’s fault. He did what was right for the country. Then we had dopping scandal, than we had South African tour which made things worst, Afridi got banned, Razaq got injured, 5 main players out and then came the World Cup.

    I want everyone who is reading this article to be honest with themselves and think, would Australia or South Africa or any team in ANY sport perform at high level with 5 of their main players out? Basketball, American football, Soccer, or Cricket.

    Inzimam was the best player Pakistan every had and he will be missed dearly. He is a great human being and every international player/ coach has nothing but respect for him. I am not blaming anyone for Pakistan’s early exit from World Cup, even Imran Khan couldn’t have done anything better if he was the captain of Pakistan’s team now, given the players that Inzi had. What was everyone saying in 92 World cup when Pakistan had lost to West Indies, India, South Africa, and lucky break in England’s game? Pakistan’s world cup’s fate was depending on other teams losses. And don’t forget it was Inzimam who won that world cup for Pakistan. It was Inzimam’s batting Vs New Zealand in two games and in final Vs England that won Pakistan the world cup. I am disgusted by people and their comments against Pakistani team and players. People are quick to point fingers at others when things are going wrong, but they never say anything when team is performing well. In this difficult time people still don’t understand what Pakistani players are going through and still playing the blame game. Shame on people who think this way, they are the biggest HYPOCRITE and these are the people who are reason for Pakistan’s failure. Show some respect to our players and our country. True fan would support their team not only in good times but in times like these.

    PS. Bob Woolmer, We will all miss you, and I apologise on behalf of my country for treating you this way. May your soul rest in Peace. Ameen!

  • Ali on March 30, 2007, 17:21 GMT

    I am sick and tired of this slow agonizing death. Why don't we just hammer in the final nail. I recommend that Altaf Hussain (MQM) be made president of PCB.

  • Shaq Toronto on March 30, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    I had a feeling about this, he is getting away again. I guess the reason is that we still have the "Big Mushy" in the upper office. But the way above all is GOD, and he watching us. If Doctor Sahab is man enough, he should decline the rejection from Mr. Pervez Musharraf and step down for good. If Imran was not in the politics, he would be the best option, and last time i heard he was helping out Doctor Sahab to "select" the selectors and Captain. Imran Khan like Aqib Jawb as a coach and i don't think it would be good idea. Since we still have alot of senior players in the team ( you may remember what happen to Jawaid Miandad ). I would also like to see a proper investigation for lost of the world cup. Like always Sarfraz Nawaz said again that the first match was fixed, and if you look at all the sanerios of getting rid of Waqar Younus and getting Inzi's buddy Mushy as a coach ( you had only one leg spinner in the team)looks very fishy. Inzi is always our hero as a batsman but is new elligations might change our mind. "humaree team to dawa ke nahee dua ke zaroorat hay"

  • Billoo bhai on March 30, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    The general is a "Yesterday Man" totally out of loop with the feelings and sentiments of his countryman. His ISI -the rogue intelligence network - yesterday orchestrated fundamentalist thugs armed with batons and equally rabid fundamentalist burka clad women to attack a so called brothel owner in Islamabad, right under the nose of the ISI and military establishment in order to convince the West that they ought to support him otherwide the fundo's are going to take over the nuclear weapons. By the same token his police is attacking the secular lawyers protests, with batons, for supporting the ousted Chief Justice. Pakistani newspapers need to read article 6 of the constiution to the General Staff and the cabinet that overthrow of an elected Govt. is treason with a noose around their neck. All of them should be strung up so that we can get rid of Musarraf, the General Staff and the whole bloody cabinet with the incumbent Nasim Ashraf. Pakistanis are sick of being sodomised for half a century and now the ruling elite along with the fundamentalist should be placed in front of the firing squad to instil some commonsence in not so common people.

  • Shahzad on March 30, 2007, 17:07 GMT

    All I want to say is Gold Bless Pakistan and its cricket.

    Shahzad Houston, USA

  • Gugu on March 30, 2007, 17:01 GMT

    Dead right you got Dr.! President's quest to keep his friends intact in circle and his own insecurities of having his net protected is doing country a great harm.

  • shiraz on March 30, 2007, 16:59 GMT

    Unbelievable is the word. I have been a long time supporter of President Mushy, but this is the height. Mushy has gone mad and Nasim Ashraf should be fired forget the resignation. Pakistan cricket downfall started with the removal of waqar Yonus and Nasim Ashraf had a big hand on this issue. Bringing Mushtaq Ahmed was the next disaster . He needs to be kicked out. They all need to be kicked out. We all can just pray for pakistan. President Mushy should backoff from Pakistani cricket.

  • JAWED on March 30, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    It amazes me that a prseident of a country is more interested in affairs of the cricket board then he is i the affairs of the country. Musharraf, take care of the constitutional crisis in the country and let the proffessionals handle the PCB. As for Ashraf, he won't be retaining his post for too long. The Pakistan cricket fans have had ENOUGH.

  • Usman on March 30, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    Well Kamran what can I say, this is the story of Pakistan Cricket and politics. People get appointed with connections and have no clue about their jobs, here we have a leader like Imran Khan offering his help and here goes Mushy rejecting Mr Ashraf's resignation, can't you tell it's just pure politics and who is suffering we the people. In my eyes ICC should ban Pakistan from playing any sort of cricket untill we clean up all the mess our so called PCB has been in news for not cricket but for fiasco and controversy. I wonder why are people not out on streets protesting and asking some serious questions. If Ashraf stays I have no hope that the performance of this team will get any better. On a side note my sister-in-law's husband works for this Ashraf guy for his other job related to Helth dept or some thing and Ihave heard from him that this guy is one piece of work, you have to see his house it's more like mansion and most of the renovation has happen since he became PCB Chief so go figue what will happen to cricket. I would love to see Imran Khan as Stratigic advisor to the board and see Waqar as bowling coach and Zaheer Abas as Coach at least that way we have bating and bowling both covered and sorry to say this but make Shoaib a Capt and Younas a vice Capt and selection commettee chairman Imran Khan and others should be Javid Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Mudasar Nazar, Rashid Lateef.

  • Zaheer Gorsi on March 30, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    Rendering the Chief Justice of pakistan as non-functional and keeping Naseem Ashraf as Chairman of cricket board, these two should go down in history as two best decision Musharaf has ever made to prove the fact that running a country is not a job for millitary.

  • TAS on March 30, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    i agree with u kamran i think that its abt time that the PCB stopped conducting itself like a bunch of buddies who jus hang out and do watever they feel like. The PCB is an institution that is representing our nation..the entire nation..not jus representing a military leader and the opinnions of him and his buddies. I think its time for a major shake up from top to bottom and restore the pride of pakistan cricket and run this thing professionally with unbiased minds at the top

  • Zaheer Gorsi on March 30, 2007, 16:49 GMT

    Rendering the Chief Justice of pakistan as non-functional and keeping Naseem Ashraf as Chairman of cricket board, these two should go down in history as two best decision Musharaf has ever made to prove the fact that running a country is not a job for millitary.

  • Nuruddin Lakhani on March 30, 2007, 16:48 GMT

    I agree with you completely Kamran. I work outside Pakistan where I interact with many Indian friends. One of them told me that atleast officials in Pakistan have taken the accountability and have offerd their resignations as they have failed to deliver. Seems like it was all an act . . . a cruel political act.

  • Laloo on March 30, 2007, 16:48 GMT

    Why expect any better when you have a despot at the helm of the country. The message is loud and clear "More of the same".

  • Salman on March 30, 2007, 16:48 GMT

    Enough is enough! Where are we heading? On one side Indian media is trying every possible effort to blame Pakistani cricket team for Bob's murder whom we love most and they have been doing it since the morning of 18th March. An Indian doctor had done the autopsy, WHY? Our board officails when needed most were hunting birds in OmarKot.This is another Black day of Pakistan Cricket and one of the fruits of Dictatorship. How can a non cricketing person, living in the US, close friend of Mushy,can handle cricket which he doesnt know anything about? Ridiculous...I am deeply hurt and upset with Pakistan cricket board and President Musharraf. They have been playing with desire and hopes of Pakistani's and they should not be forgiven.

  • saad on March 30, 2007, 16:48 GMT

    WTF!?!!??

  • Mohammad Najib Zaman on March 30, 2007, 16:46 GMT

    i think kamran if a person dont know much about cricket and really goes only for his opinion, i am sure i will be like Nasim Ashraf. boy i am living in US and had a dream to play for pakistan cricket, but now i thank God i am not in this team if we have to listen to these stupid people, Mushy, yes the president Mushy, dont know how to handle this situation either. let me be honest, geeks and very smart nerds do not run cricket, but players with determination, ability to take control in sports and show pride for their country run cricket. Imran Khan, Miandad, Akram, Waqar, Hanif mohammad, saeed anwar, Inzi etc they were really working hard on their cricket but these other players like Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Naved ul hasan really dont know what pride for your country is.

    my best pick for Pak XI will be: salman butt, imran nazir, younis khan, mohammad yousuf, shoaib malik, shahid afridi, abdul razzaq, kamran akmal(or any other better wicket keeper batsman), mohammad asif, jamshed ahmad and anwar ali. the extras could be: azhar mahmood, faisal iqbal, yasir hameed, Umar gul. please start working with jamshed ahmad and anwar ali as soon as possible because they will be our key fast bowlers to bring us the world cup in 2011 inshallah.

  • KASHIF AHMED on March 30, 2007, 16:43 GMT

    Well to be honest Kamram, I never had any hopes from Pakistan in the world cup to start with. I had seen their terrible batting display in the seires against South Africa. No combination, no determination, no planning. I was very disappointed. Being a casual cricket watcher, thanks to our team, even I was able to see that the preparation for the world cup.....well was not atleast professional. I donot know why anyone of the responsible personnels were not able to see that. Anyways I donot beleive that pak cricket structure will ever be improved. We had been a great side in the past due to raw talent and raw talent alone. That raw talent as soon as he makes a name for himself becomes unprofessional, arrogant, unfit and what not. I hope that we find some raw talent and a captain like Imran Khan to tame that talent. Just want to address one more issue, I was kind of surprised to see many of our former players on TV stating that we had a very good chance of winning the WC.

  • Saqib on March 30, 2007, 16:42 GMT

    First and foremost got to say, loving the blogging. Back to the matter in hand, don't no what to make of this whole fiasco Mr. Abbasi, from one viewpoint it could be looked as ‘Mr. Ashraf- you got us in this bloody mess, now get us the hell out of it'. However, I’m sure I speak for a majority when I say that it is about time we started afresh, if the selection committee has decided it’s about time they went, then surely the leader of the pack should go too. Furthermore, as you quite rightly point out- Mr. Ashraf has presided over the worst period of Pakistani cricket, ever!!!!

    Nevertheless, I get the feeling that until Musharraf stops meddling in cricketing matters, whoever we get is just going to be his ‘chumpchaa’ (yes man).

    All in all it looks like gloomy times ahead with Mr. Ashraf at the helm, yes we may beat the odd team here and there and have the odd bit of brilliance here and there, but the same old story will emerge in 4 years time. Millions and millions of supporters will be given hope and then it will be a case of ‘flattering to deceive ’. However, I’m a glutton for punishment so I will carry on sporting my beloved Pakistani cricket team, regardless of their performances!!!!

  • S. Sheikh on March 30, 2007, 16:38 GMT

    The guy who does not know ABC of cricket got to go. How much more tragedy Mr. President wants to this gentleman's game called cricket. God helps this country.

  • Haseeb Ahmed on March 30, 2007, 16:38 GMT

    So Chief Jester shamlessly carries on, eh? Had the creature a semblance of dignity, he would have long fled Pakistan.

  • Imran Shah on March 30, 2007, 16:33 GMT

    What a farce....I guess nobody is saying it yet but I think 2008 might turn out to be for Musharraf what 1988 was for Zia

  • Jibran on March 30, 2007, 16:30 GMT

    Theres a distinct possibility now that I wouldn't want to watch Pakistan cricket anymore. It used to be a laughable and dust-it-under-the-carpet affair before the last 8 months. Not anymore.

  • assim on March 30, 2007, 16:27 GMT

    I would have to disagree with you on this one alittle kamran.

    i dont think we can blame ashraf for the world cup debacle because he has only been in charge for 6 months, if he changed the captian and coach when he was apopointed then we would have said he was a fool to change anything 5 months before the world cup.

    ideally we do want someone from a criketing background to be appointed chairman, but i think its wrong to blame a person who has held the position for 6 months, give him a year or 2 and then lets see what he's achived.

    more so i think the blame for the shambles at the world cup has to be pointed at the captain and the selectors.

  • sheri_ahmed2003 on March 30, 2007, 16:27 GMT

    I would like to ask the President if he believe that he can not do anything wrong He should have been more attentive to this issue other than continuing with Nasim as PCB chairman obviously Nasim must have some qualities which got him so close to the KING but one quality he lacks is how to run the PCB and soon we might be getting some help from Kenya, B'Desh or Ireland (plus point Gora) in running the PCB as foriegn Advisor.

  • Huzefa on March 30, 2007, 16:26 GMT

    It certainly is sad to see that Musharraf his style of ruling/leading the country to all other areas of the country's operations. Pakistan has never been short on producing 'great' players, it is the system that has always held back the collective spirit from achieving 'greatness'

  • karim s on March 30, 2007, 16:25 GMT

    kamran .. your last paragraph sums up the feelings of 160 million people. im lost for words ...

  • Babar Zia on March 30, 2007, 16:17 GMT

    for once Kamran no nonsense comment from you and i agree wholeheartedly....this nepostism in Pakistan is one major reason why a lot of Pakistanis are opting to live abroad....

    Shameful attitude of Nasim Ashraf, more so of Musharraf.

    I have no more word left, feel very disappointed......

  • Fraz on March 30, 2007, 16:15 GMT

    Well said Kamran Sahab! I would like to add couple of more points. Dont you think that Pakisani cricket was always mediocre at its best other than Imran Khan's era. In 90s and early 00s, all the success we had was all because of foundations laid by Imran Khan and with time nothing was done to enforce 'em. So now here we are back in the era of 60's and 70' when we had good players but never threatened top teams in the world. And i can bet my life that you wont see any improvement over next decades unless we are lucky enough to get services of someone like Khan (which again i dont see happening). Second thing which you probably missed is when you cant find merit in any department and all the positions are held not by the deserving people but by acquaintances then how do you expect the cricket board to be an exception.

    And talking about responsibility .... if you think Mr. Ashraf is responsible he would have never taken this position. After all what are the credentials of Tauqeer Zia or Nasim Ashraf. They might be good generals or doctors but how would they become cricket experts to take over cricket ?

  • John on March 30, 2007, 16:15 GMT

    It seems that that we in Pakistan do not know when to admit that I am wrong if you go thru the records of other sports we see that during his 7 years of forced government We have gone down in every sport . I personally think that we outsource this job to somebody who is more corrupt than Pakistani ( We have 50 odd countries to chose from)

  • Nadim Daudi on March 30, 2007, 16:11 GMT

    Unbelievable!!Ashraf staying back,cause "Uncle Mushy"wants him;What a joke!!They have completely destroyed Pak Cricket.Mushy should be kicked out as the Patron and so Ashraf.Bring Imran in along with Rameez,Wasim,Waqar as a committee.

  • Ammar Rizki on March 30, 2007, 16:10 GMT

    You hit the nail right on its head Kamran. The Doc needs to go.. we need people in the PCB who actually know something about cricket.

  • Haris - Chicago on March 30, 2007, 16:08 GMT

    Indeed it has been a painful experience. After the loss of 99 world cup i literally left cricket. This world cup was more like a comeback for me but it has been a disaster, even though my passion for cricket has grown but the desire to see our team succeed is now but a dream which is far from reality.

    I have read much of your articles in pre and post world cup and have found true wisdom in them. Articles such as above should not be taken as blame game, rather these should be considered as eye openers and humble suggestion. Pakistan cricket has been devastated since the emergence of politics within the PCB. It seems as though Pakistani team has never been able to overcome the loss of 99 cup. With enormous amount of talent in Pakistan, it comes as a surprise that we have not been able to bring to solid openers in the team. I don’t blame Inzi alone, more blame goes on PCB for they have dragged the team into a more political and national affairs (such as the Urdu press conference - or the literally Banning of Imran from the PC - the decision to take Waqar out). Instead of the team concentrating on the game, their concentration is diverted to other issues.

    The second and most important problem has been the way players have been manipulated. Ever time a player has not performed in a game or two, he has been shuffled and at time replaced with some one who ( who in most cases has not performed any better ). The decision to keep Imran nazir out of cricket for such a long time was ridiculous, with so much talent in him, he can/should be our next Saeed anwar. The only problem with him is his shot selection, other wise i have always considered him a very reasonable player.

    At the same time, i am yet to receive any reasonable explanation as to why Afridi has been kept out of the attack. Afridis average is not promising, but at the same time he has a amazing strike rate which at times has saved many games for us. On the other hand is some 200 matches he has taken 201 wickets. His bowling alone is a reason why he should be selected. If more time is to be spend on afridi, we can have a very sensible and at the same time aggressive player. (btw is my list of captains he comes to the top 3).

    Last but not least, just like lara has not been able to lift his team up, inzi has done the same. At the end of the day we can't blame these big cats because one can only win matches if the entire team succeeds. It is a rarity that one player has saved game for teams. He needs to hand pick our team once in for all, and then these players should be worked on as if there were no other to choose from. With so many top class retired cricketers in Pakistan, PCB should bring them all in for suggestions and coaching....Pakistan cricket will only prevail if the shackles of politics and bossism are broken, other wise history will repeat it self in 2011-2012.

  • alexbutt on March 30, 2007, 16:06 GMT

    Dear oh dear me! What a a shame! What a shame! The King of Pakistan, hazrat musharraf dismisses the resignation of his beloved employee and faithful. Why shouldn;t he do that. After all its the king musharraf who has appointed him. Why should he leave the job when King Kong doesnt want him to leave. Its his words, his order, his wish that matters, thas most important. why should he care about the millions of broken hearts? why should he care about a lost and disgruntled generation which once idealised the likes of imran or akram but now would only have abuses for their so called heroes? Why should he be bothered at all? If our king is not answerable for his senseless misuse of power why would he dislike the way mr naseem ashraf is performing. This arguably is the worst time in pakistan cricket. Pakistan losing to baes of cricket. Serioud issues like dopind, ball tempering and now once again match fixing surrounds their cricket. Amongst all this we have a chairman who failed to produce any goods in a 6 month period he was with us. He allowed inzi to take full control of the team which ultimately detroyed all the hard work done by bob woolmer and gave us the worst possible preparations for the world cup. He encouraged distrust and rebellion in the team by reappointing Younis as captain. He didnt interfere in the selection policy or Wc preparations by saying that interference at this point would disturb the preparations.!!what preparations??? If he as a chairman can't help our team before they were going to an elite tournament as WC, what is his job then? Touring with pak team, spending people's tax money on his luxurious visits or making pictures with players as if he is a celebrity. Considering all the sad aspects of pakistan cricket in last 12 months this is yet another sad event for pak cricket. They needed fresh leadership,fresh blood,innovation and someone with a new agenda. People like wasim bari, saleem altaf and naseem ashraf are the villians of pakistan cricket and have destroyed a natural sports of a cricket mad country. I wish our badshah-e-salamat had a little courtesy and desire to know what his people want and had a little courage and vision to change the hopeless state of affairs. Hope against hope my countrymen. Unfortunately there is no hope.

  • sheriar on March 30, 2007, 16:02 GMT

    AS Mushy would not like to accept that he made a mistake in getting his pal PCB job He would like the rest of the country to suffer more Humiliation I wish there is somebody in Pakistan who can stand up and say "The King is wearing no clothes"

  • Adeel Ahmed on March 30, 2007, 16:01 GMT

    Hats Off to Mr. Dictator. You gave us another chance to feel embarrassed, I don't know how many more black days this nation is going to see. I thought this was the right time to bring some positive change but it appears that 'not happening'.

  • Afnan on March 30, 2007, 15:59 GMT

    soo true.. mushy seems like ashrafs role model.. :/.. i was soo happy that this guy resigned... he messed up the entire world cup.. BURN IN HELL BITCH

  • Arshad Jamal on March 30, 2007, 15:53 GMT

    Kamran, just now when I have turned on my computer to do some important work, I just took a second in the begining to take a peek at cricinfo, as I always do, to have quick look for any latest news, and I'll be damned I saw what I was fearing to see since the time I heard the good news of the resignation of Dr. Nasim 'CLOWN' Ashraf. There is no second opinion about the charactor and calibre of Gen Mush, and his cronies are even worse. I can't tell you how disgusted, dismayed and anguised I am. We better say good bye to cricket just like we did to hockey and squash, as there is no hope now unless some miracle happen and these freakin clowns are thrown out on there sorry asses.

  • basit on March 30, 2007, 15:52 GMT

    Bang on!

    This guy doesnt deserve this seat provided he is a qualified doctor.I my view it will be better if he is more of a physio then a dummy chairman.He has come up with new and rare form of failures and i just hope that it will not be followed by something like the exclusion of Pakistan team from the world cricket.As a Pak cric fan it will be the worst night mare.

    Anyways best ov luck to whatever he does for the improvement and may be these comments take a turn over by a decent performances aginst india and in 20-20 world cup. Lets pray and hope because these r the only artillery left. Cheers

  • Shoaib Nursumar on March 30, 2007, 15:50 GMT

    Musharraf should have no say in this matter. Who has given him the right to appoint leaders in cricket. The whole nation is against him being the patron. Imran Khan should have the loyalty and be made responsible for appointing key positions in cricket with a proper check and balance. I absolutely can not comprehend how Musharraf can think he can get involved with cricket. I do not care about politics, but in Pakistan cricket the joke is over, he has no right to be a dictator in cricket. Everyone knew this joke, that president will not accept the resignation, even Nasim Ashraf. It was another attempt to make the public fools. If I had the power, my first task would had been to find out "Who The hell is Musharraf to decide issues with cricket?"

  • Sher Khan on March 30, 2007, 15:49 GMT

    I wuld like to know one thing about Mushy cronnie what credential one need to be PCB chairman other than that saying "You are right Sirji to the President and it you who would get the blame if you accept my resignation.He must be the top lackey in present day Pakistan

  • zeeshan on March 30, 2007, 15:46 GMT

    I do agree with the writer of this article. I am wondering what the President is thinking. I think he should have accepted the resignation and should have appointed Imran Khan as the PCB chairman. Because hes got the cricketing sense.But i think due to the ploitics or whatever the reasons,its not possible. But i suggest Mr.Nasim Ashraf to atleast appoint Imran Khan as the chairman of selectors because hes got the eye to pick a talent e.g look at Inzi, wasim, aqib javed, waqar, who has discovered them ????

  • Syed Ahsan Ali on March 30, 2007, 15:44 GMT

    The biggest stupid is President of Pakistan,here is one proof of that,so everything follows. What? Army of stupids.Half of them are in PCB. One sincere piece of advice to all die-hard Pakistani cricket fans, stop watching Pakistan cricket.

  • Unhappy on March 30, 2007, 15:41 GMT

    This is insane. Yes, Nasim Ashraf may have inhereted a PCB rife with problems, and not enough time to fix the issues six months prior to the world cup, but none of the actions he did implement warranted confidence. Not to forget the fact that there were plenty of factors that may even have contributed to world cup debacle.

    Gah. More of the same... Those in power get a free ride to do anything, no matter how frustratingly incompetent it is...

  • Hassan on March 30, 2007, 15:40 GMT

    This sucks, all that hope from fans that now Pakistani cricket may be rebuilt is gone. Musharraf sucks, he should resign first. He is the worst thing ever happened to Pakistan. I hate Musharraf the dictator

  • Yassir Ashraf on March 30, 2007, 15:40 GMT

    Each passing day plunges Pakistan cricket into new lows. I wonder when will this stop. Pakistan's loss to Ireland was heart breaking, Woolmer's death was tragic. But this decision today is mind blowing. If the last 5 months dont define failure, I am not sure what will. From handling of the steoid issue to the trip to Umarkot when the team had been knocked out and the coach was dead,I would like to ask Dr Nasim Ashraf, please name one instance when he meaningfully contributed to the cause of Pakistan cricket. I would also like to ask him that how does running Human Development Fund qualified him to run the most complex cricket setup in the world. I plead with you, Dr Ashraf, in the name of the game that millions of us love and worship, please quit. I am sure your friends in the governement will find you a spot somewhere when u can have ur place in the limelight. Please leave this game alone. Days like this, I feel nothing but disgust, mostly at myself, for loving this damn game so much.

  • Abid on March 30, 2007, 15:38 GMT

    Are you surprised that Mushy didnt accept his resignation? If you are then its mean you dont know anything about Pakistan. We all knew any rich institution in Pakistan will always be a target of corrupt mafia. Corruption could be many different kinds, such Ashraf traveling all over the world, and issuing statements after statements to stay in the media limelights. On top of that he will bring people for jobs like interpretor. Do we expect our players to go out and give statements or do we want them to perform? I am not surprise and will be keep seeing such selections as long as PCB is rich.

  • Rehan Qureshi on March 30, 2007, 15:37 GMT

    Why can't we have a PCB chairman who is a ex-player like other countires? If we can't have it then why cant we have Sheheryar Khan back? Why cant we have a cricket board like other countries have, that is independent and democratic?

    I guess the answer to these questions would be that ours is not a country like others, niether are its rulers like others.

    I never thought that I would become such a negative person but what other choice do I have? I will not be surprised if the promised PCB constitution never comes up. And I will not be surprised if Nasim Ashraf will perform one of his clown moves on pakistan cricket. Infact I might not feel a thing ... I am getting num.

    And Mushy .... Rejectig the resignation was the esiest way for him, he wont have to find another chairman (or another pal) and his friend will continue to be the head of the most financially strong organisation of the country. Well Done!

  • Asghar on March 30, 2007, 15:31 GMT

    Could'nt agree more - anyone with even an iota of dignity would have walked, head hung in shame. The arrogance of these men astounds me.

    So in summary, after this debacle - nothing needs changing!

    The Chairman sticks arounds - he can go hunting without access to e-mail or cellphone when his team gets knocked out of the world cup and the coach is murdered.

    Inzamam sticks around, till his entire beard is white and the entire nation is bearded.

    The stigma of Pakistan being a rouge nation of cheaters stays, with the added accolade of murderers.

    While we are at it, lets concern Ghaddafi Stadium to a mosque as well! Lets take Zohr and Asr instead of lunch and tea.

    What can I say. What a shameless bunch of losers. Checking out of cricket. Will re-assess in 5-6 years.

    Asghar

  • ToooTbaToooT on March 30, 2007, 15:31 GMT

    I beleive, I understand, who ever I talk to does the same. It is time that is the best judge. Dr Nasim Ashraf and his performance over a period of time, and the consequences of his perfromance, decisions and sequence of operations can not be termed successful. The nation would much rather appreciate an educated man like Dr Ashraf to step aside with honor. I always get frustrated with the people, us, we do not take the step, but then I ask the question what am I doing, how can I take the step. But I understand lots to do.

    We need administrators in PCB not nose pokers. And let the coach, and the captain do the job.

  • Baqar on March 30, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    Where else is the chairman / head of cricket or any other sport appointed by the head of state? Imran Khan would be my choice for the post but he has higher ambitions. Yes power should be with responsibility and repercussions but what credentials ( other than being Mushy's pal) does Ashraf bring? Now that his resignation not being accepted - he shoud be "fired" Yes power should be with responsibility but can not afford to continue with Ashraf. If only Imran Khan could forgo his political ambitions and take over the leading role in building Pakistan cricket, think the nation would be better served.

  • Pakistan fan on March 30, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    "The most disastrous period in this history of Pakistan cricket?" Get a grip. We lost to Ireland after being asked to bat first on a grassy pitch. Before the World Cup, we played extremely competitive Test cricket against South Africa in South Africa. Sure, we sucked in the World Cup, but that doesn't change the fact that in the last couple of years, Pakistan has become one of the most feared teams in the world, second probably only to Australia.

  • Sitarah Anjum-London (A dejected Pak supporter!) on March 30, 2007, 15:24 GMT

    Yes Kamran, it’s indeed diabolic and disastrous decision. The General is showing that he’s a true dictator and it’s not just the government that he controls but PCB too! Until we have involvement of politics, nepotism and mismanagement in PCB or any other department of Pakistan we should not expect anything better except chaos and more disaster. A man who does not even understand cricket is a chief of the board! I can run PCB better than Nasim Ashraf but I think I need to approach our honourable Mushy first and make acquaintance!! If the president of the country does not want to listen to the voices of millions of people and expertise then who will make him listen? Can you suggest any solution to me Kamran? I believe actions speak louder than words. While we all moan, grumble and show our anger and concerns through media but the point is what difference is this going to make to those who are running the puppet show? This is falling on deaf ears of those who are determined for the destruction of country including PCB! If people are powerful enough to elect the governments then they should be powerful enough to raise their concerns about PCB and force the authorities to show some common sense before the public start coming out in the streets and demand for an eligible PCB chief, coach, captain and selection committee.

    In my opinion Younas Khan can not be a good captain as I think he has not got the right ingredients. He does not play sensible cricket himself and every time I hear him saying something on TV he always shows that he does not care about anything what the hell is going on. He just gives a carefree smile that looks sillier to me to be honest. We need a man who can be responsible, sensible and strong with good strategy mind and consults with his team mates and leads from the front like Imran Khan. I know Imran has been backing him for captaincy and the reason could be that he’s a Pathan!! But again there should be right criteria for being a successful captain. A man like Imran Khan who talks about justice, change in the system and eradication of corruption is also biased to back Younas Khan who does not deserve to be a captain. We have all seen how he did in the champions Trophy in India!!! Do we need any more puppet shows before the higher authorities are convinced that he is not a right choice no matter what. Younas is short tempered, impatient and care free and I do not see a good captain in him. However I’d back up another Pathan that is Shahid Afridi. No matter how carefree he has been in his shot selection in the past but I think responsibility will take the best out of him and he will be more mature and sensible. He has been a captain of local Karachi team and he shows aggressiveness in the ground which is the only way to beat opposition in modern day’s cricket.

    In the end all I will say that despite all the horror episode and repeat performance of 1st stage elimination in a WC our Board does not want to listen to anybody. They give a damn to you, me, all the other millions of fans and experts across the country. Are you going to waste your energy on these dictators who do not understand any language of decency at all!!! To hell with Mushy and PCB, who the f***k cares?? They want us to be mere spectators and nothing else. Clap when they do well and moan, grumble and be quiet and calm after we have lost all our energies! Nothing is going to change……

  • irfan safdar on March 30, 2007, 15:19 GMT

    What can one say, Its the story of Pakistan. It breaks my heart because its not just cricket its the same for everything.I have been saying it in my previous posts too the Musharraf is the root of the problem. Why would a unelected dictator want an elected cricket system, who gives Musharraf the right to choose who should be the president of PCB.I see no hope , non what so ever. Its not just cricket but everything. May be its time that the whole nation join the brave lawers in a nationwide protest. ITS TIME TO WAKE UP PAKISTAN

  • Saj Shah on March 30, 2007, 15:15 GMT

    It just goes to show, the big wigs in Cricket would rather see Pak Cricket as a Bunch of Full Time Failers. If you ask me President Mushy should keep to what he know best!!! I'm assuming it politics. because what he has done is politically damage the team in the face of the ever hungry public media. I think we will all in the next 12-24 months see the demise of the Pak Cricket team. Well Done President Mushy.

  • HAMID on March 30, 2007, 15:10 GMT

    KAMRAN YOU AND WE ALL CAN ONLY WRITEAND READ BUT CANT DO ANYTHING IN THIS COUNTRYONLY IMPORTED PEOPLES LIKE THIS DOCTOR WHO ONLY KNOW JUST TO GO OUT IN NETS IN PRACTICE WITH PLAYERS AND AS LONG AS THIS MUSHY IS THERE I MEAN PRESIDENT MUSHY ITS GOING TO BE THE SAME YOU ,LL SEE WRITE IT DOWN NO CONSTITUION IN WHOLE COUNTRY HOW CAN IT BE IN PCB ALL

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on March 30, 2007, 15:08 GMT

    Join the darkside Kamran. After 35 years of following our cricket team, after today's decision I have officially abandoned hope. Even if by some miracle Ashraf acts on a business place I had given to him a while back and turns the game around, whats the use? Some new appointee will come along at some point in the future and we will be back at ground zero. As your title says, "Power Without Responsibility" its the law of the land in Pakistan and at least as far as our cricket is concerned I am not going to let it impact my life anymore. So while I have enjoyed your blogs and have posted comments often, I say goodbye to you and to all the other contributors at this forum. I have already wasted too much time and too many words on Pakistan cricket. I refuse to do so any more.

  • Baber Farooq on March 30, 2007, 15:04 GMT

    Who the hell is Mushy to decide this anyways. This idiotic dumbass probably failed as a medical practitioner just as failed as a cricketer and has used his connections to become the head of an institution that is so close to the hearts of most Pakistanis. It's not as if we have too many sports to look forward to, at least be responsible in administrating in the one you have. What makes this idiot more qualified than someone like me? What's next? Wasim Bari's resignation being refused also?

  • osman on March 30, 2007, 15:04 GMT

    I certainly think that its a mind bggling decison...i mean COME ON!!! naseem ashraf is a **** ...damn HE's BAD

    all i would like to say s that FOLKS....SAY GUD BYE to PAK CRICKET!!!!

  • Asim Hasan on March 30, 2007, 15:03 GMT

    Kamran have you read Atlas Shrugged or Fountainhead? You will find your answers there. This Nasim Ashraf won't go away before destroying everything (he knew that his resignation would not be accepted that is why he gave). Mediocrity prevails. But sorry this is not mediocrity even, stupidity prevails - should I say?

  • Euceph Ahmed on March 30, 2007, 15:02 GMT

    ... and what really makes my mind go ballistic is that Ashraf has been going around thanking people for "their continued support". Woof...I guess I'm existing in a different reality because it couldn't have been otherwise. Who are those people giving him that continued support? Where did they come from? Mars?

    Kamran, that is why I've been advocating realism throughout. Your optimism is just fine but welcome to reality my dear. Welcome to Pakistan. This really is the rock bottom. Where do we go from here?

  • Omer Ahmed on March 30, 2007, 15:01 GMT

    This is absolutely pathetic. Just when you think the situation cant get any worse the so called "THINK TANK" ,which is mostly TANK than THINK, comes up with another stupid decision. Naeem Ashraf is a doctor, his speciality is kidney treatment, if a man cannot do the job he studied for he certainly cant do any other job for which he is not trained. Why is our PATRON sleeping. This is a clear cut case of nepotism and situation will only get worse. Naeem Ashraf will do a Musharraf and stay another 8 years till Fiji Islands defeats Pakistan...only then he will believe his mission is accomplished.

  • Faizaan on March 30, 2007, 14:56 GMT

    With you on this one. I have never felt this close to the PAK team. The last 6 months has been harder for them than it has for us. A lot of sympathy but also a lot of frustration because the talent is all there. Hopefully we can rise from the ashes.

  • Umar on March 30, 2007, 14:55 GMT

    Kamran

    A few key point I like to raise as an irate fan and someone who is very passionate about the Pakistan cricket.

    What does Naseem Ashraf (NA) know about cricket or indeed general Parvez Musharaf (GPM). Even thoughj as administrators are required they have failed, what Pakistan needs is a corporate structure for the PCB, chairman who looks after the commercial side and all the other paperwork like booking the hotels and tours and general day to day running, however an independent director of cricket is required and it is he who needs to decide the coaching staff, captain and THE DEVELOPMENT of PAKISTAN CRICKET.

    The PCB should be independent of the government, NA needs to be kicked out and fast, the only way to do this is the fan to boycott the games and until he goes we do not spend our hard earned rupees, dollars, pounds or any currency that will benefit the PCB, yes this will have detriment effect for the short term but can it get any worse.

    NA & GPM have no broad vision for Pakistan cricket, this is where the likes of Imran Khan should be taken on a part time basis if his commitment allow to re structure cricket at first class, club and grassroots level. Non of this is cheap but to preserve Pakistan cricket it must be done. GPM and his cronies will never have this vision, as this vision can only be seen by a cricketer or the passionate fan like me and you.

    Please, please, please do not involve Miandad he has had his chance,

    Umar Rashid Pakistan fan Bham UK

  • Ch Das on March 30, 2007, 14:54 GMT

    We need some one like a Kerry Packer to rescue Indian and Pakistani Cricket from the farcical BCCI and PCB. Unless Cricket is managed by a Private and professional organization the future looks bleak. Politicians and their minions highjacking the game is the final straw and there seems to be no hope in sight.

  • Nasar Farooq, Leicester.UK on March 30, 2007, 14:53 GMT

    Although i agree with the overall comment, Naseem Ashraf has only had less than six months in the job and unfortunately presided over the worst chaos in the Pakistan cricket history.May be we should only judge him after,lets say, 18 months from now and see what he can achieve-mind you, from here the only way is up!For my money though, Imran Khan, having volunteered his services is the man for the job and the occasion. I sincerely hope the powers that be make use of his unquestionable ability, committment and the reqired authoritativeness to take Pakistan cricket out of the mire and right to the top-It would be criminal if all that 'talent'was not utilised to bring out the talent that only Pakistan truly possesses!Most importantly we must rebuild-in every sense of the word-an opportunity created by adversity but one not to be missed if Pakistan cricket is to excel at the highest level.

  • zain on March 30, 2007, 14:51 GMT

    surely cricket will distruct , no hopes remain now, feel sorry for pakistan cricket....!

  • Mutazalzaluzzaman Tarar on March 30, 2007, 14:51 GMT

    Outstanding post, Kamran. I completely share your sentiments.

    Naseem Ashraf has presided over some of the worst times Pakistan cricket has faced and still doesn't have the shame to walk away. It has been suggested that Naseem Ashraf was having second thoughts after tendering his resignation. And that he himself was orchestrating support from within the cadres of power so that the dictator would reject the good doctor's resignation.

    Naseem Ashraf, imo, is the second worst chief the PCB has ever had after the deranged, bipolar, borderline psychotic, hormonal mess that was the good general - Tauqeer Zia.

    I can't believe that they wasted a coach like Woolmer. Anywhere else in the world, they would have listened to him and his ideas. But we wasted our time with him and learnt nothing.

    And with men like Naseem Ashraf at the helm and Tauqeer Zia offering to come back "for the sake of the nation", we're in for some more turbulent times.

  • balesh on March 30, 2007, 14:46 GMT

    I think President Musharraff still thinks he is the sole proprietor of PCB and he can retain any individual he pleases as top person. PCB should be democratically governed otherwise in coming years we will see more disaster then we are seeing now. A business man from US is allowed to govern cricket is beyond my or anyone comprehension.

  • sarmadR on March 30, 2007, 14:46 GMT

    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" WHAT!!!! WHATT!! EVen Woolmer CONCEDED!! This Quote should be the Headlines tomorrow!! Someone contct Dawn and all the rest of 'em papers! I always had a feeling that Inzy's 'domineering' was more to do with ashraf tellin him how 2 do everything rather than Inzy himself..anyways thats my take on the issue... and this is a desperately sad sad sad news i think...unbeleivable....i'm out of words...

  • Kamran Khan on March 30, 2007, 14:44 GMT

    Why or why has the president got to do with cricket? I think he has better things to do like "sort the country out"

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 30, 2007, 14:44 GMT

    ...........AND Kamran, the news itself is very disgusting SO, why do you have to keep showing us ASH's UGLY MUG SHOT everytime on this blog? Please remove the picture and replace it with a Orangutan or a Chimpanzee.

  • Abid Khan on March 30, 2007, 14:41 GMT

    Get ready for Pakistan cricket getting into an even worse state than what it is currently. No captain, no coach, no selection committee and now an unchanged chairman. What does Mr. Nasim possibly know about cricket ? His knowledge is about par with mine, why not make me chairman of PCB? I will probably do a better job. Unfortunately, I am not in the habit of lifting up balls ( and I dont mean cricket balls). Better yet, our President should visit Lahore Zoo and select any monkey from there. It just could not possibly get any worse for PCB. I despair for Pakistan cricket but the malaise affecting it is the same affecting our whole country i.e. cronyism, nepotism and corruption.

  • Saadia Anwar on March 30, 2007, 14:39 GMT

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajiun - We are from Allah and to Him are we returning (ch 2 vs 156)

  • MIKE on March 30, 2007, 14:38 GMT

    TELL THIS DR TO GET OFF OF THIS COUNT RY AND LIVE IN US AND TELL THAT BLIND ASS PRESIDENT MUSHY TO GET OFF THIS COUNTRY AND GET OFF TO HIS REAL JOB I CANT EVEN THINK TO WATCH OR SUPPORT PAKISTAN OR PAKISTAN CRICKET ANY MORE BCZ OF THESE SUCKERS

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 30, 2007, 14:38 GMT

    I CANNOT BELIEVE this, however, in Pakistan nothing is permissible but, everything is possible. You've hit the nail on the wall Kamran, I wish it was not a wall but a coffin, but then its my 'fishful' thinking. This is all petty politics and it makes you think...... WHY??????

    By rejecting Ashraf's resignation the President has actually rejected the feelings of the entire nation. The nation was demanding his resignation and very rightly so. Now, that he has been reinstated he has announced his determination to revamp everything! Gosh, ab anjaam-e-gulistan kya hoga?

    Kamran, don't loose hope, na umeedi kufr hai.....I know you like Qawallis and Sufiana Kalam but here is a song for you:

    Dil na umeed toh nahee, na kaam hee toh hai Lambee hai gham ki shaam, magar shaam hee toh hai Yeh safar bahot hai kathin magar, na udaas ho meray "hum-chatter"!

  • Tahir Khan on March 30, 2007, 14:35 GMT

    Why can't the PCB run like a professional corporation? Why does it need a patron (St. Musharraf) as if we still had a colonial Governor-General? What qualifications does the good doctor possess to run a multimillion dollar sporting organization? These questions need to be seriously answered. Perhaps the solution is to import an executive -- someone dumb enough to work in Pakistan. Any takers?

  • Pratik on March 30, 2007, 14:35 GMT

    Somethings never change, do they? This is possibly the best chance Pakistan cricket had for a complete shake up and start its innings afresh. Too bad, that Prez Mush killed the chance

  • Faisal on March 30, 2007, 14:31 GMT

    Fantastic, President Mushy well it should be "Mush the Bushy" (may be bush has ordered the appointment of Cheemi(Ashraf). Well on serious not ,PCB needs a constituton for proper functioning,lets give cheemi three more months and see, if he can constitutionalize PCB that more then enough from him,as his predecessors failed to do so. "Hope is a good thing and no good thing ever dies" (Shawshank)

  • Raja on March 30, 2007, 14:29 GMT

    Give the guy a break. He had no control over Doping scandals, Ball tempering or World Cup disaster. He has only been in power for five months. The downfall of this team had started long before that. I think its time to let go of people like shoaib, Inzimam and Mushtaq. somebody like Aamir sohail needs to come back for a clean up job.

  • concerned citizen USA on March 30, 2007, 14:29 GMT

    In Army they quote" When rape is inevitable then enjoy it" , sorry for any offence. I think that we are running out of options, I think that PCB himself has been involved in everything. They have a vision of self-destruction. Patron has decided to ruin industry, institutuions, parliment, integrity, polictic and what not. We are lucky that Pakistan is not on sale right now but later on DNA, SA, Mushy, Inzy, Bari, Benazir, Nawaz will buy pakistan after a combined biding.

  • Rizwan Younus on March 30, 2007, 14:26 GMT

    Salam All. To be honest Kamran this was expected just when you think it can not get any worse it does. Why not be a man accept his resignation and resign yourself musharrif? you dont know jack. You have embarassed us enough so please get a grip and accept responsibility but.............. like your going to do that hey?

  • Zain on March 30, 2007, 14:25 GMT

    HEY Kamran i do remember sending a post on this blog ...... i was in response to the pak losing to ireland and Bob Woolmer subsquent death. I tried to see if that post was accepted. howev eri couldnt see it any where... but if it had i would have reffered to that when i said it should be people like the PCB chairman who should utlimatley take the blame.... guess after reading your article i should congratulate myself for some forward thinking...........

  • haepreet bhinder ladi on March 30, 2007, 14:22 GMT

    I don't why you wanna talk about cricket agian all money games adversting and just money...money i promised myself i am not gonna to watch cricket anymore thats it go and get other sports player will play cricket not dollers

  • Ashaq on March 30, 2007, 14:15 GMT

    The General, The Diplomat,and the Doctor have all graced the position of chairman.

    Perhaps it is time the President Busharraf considered appointing a Cricketer to be head off cricket.

    As for Nasim Ashraf if he had any Honour he would have resigned.Rather than engaging in a P.R. stunt.It is quite clear he had no intention off resigning. We had a similar situation with Tauqir Zia who tended his resignation and than had it rejected by the President Busharraf.

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  • Ashaq on March 30, 2007, 14:15 GMT

    The General, The Diplomat,and the Doctor have all graced the position of chairman.

    Perhaps it is time the President Busharraf considered appointing a Cricketer to be head off cricket.

    As for Nasim Ashraf if he had any Honour he would have resigned.Rather than engaging in a P.R. stunt.It is quite clear he had no intention off resigning. We had a similar situation with Tauqir Zia who tended his resignation and than had it rejected by the President Busharraf.

  • haepreet bhinder ladi on March 30, 2007, 14:22 GMT

    I don't why you wanna talk about cricket agian all money games adversting and just money...money i promised myself i am not gonna to watch cricket anymore thats it go and get other sports player will play cricket not dollers

  • Zain on March 30, 2007, 14:25 GMT

    HEY Kamran i do remember sending a post on this blog ...... i was in response to the pak losing to ireland and Bob Woolmer subsquent death. I tried to see if that post was accepted. howev eri couldnt see it any where... but if it had i would have reffered to that when i said it should be people like the PCB chairman who should utlimatley take the blame.... guess after reading your article i should congratulate myself for some forward thinking...........

  • Rizwan Younus on March 30, 2007, 14:26 GMT

    Salam All. To be honest Kamran this was expected just when you think it can not get any worse it does. Why not be a man accept his resignation and resign yourself musharrif? you dont know jack. You have embarassed us enough so please get a grip and accept responsibility but.............. like your going to do that hey?

  • concerned citizen USA on March 30, 2007, 14:29 GMT

    In Army they quote" When rape is inevitable then enjoy it" , sorry for any offence. I think that we are running out of options, I think that PCB himself has been involved in everything. They have a vision of self-destruction. Patron has decided to ruin industry, institutuions, parliment, integrity, polictic and what not. We are lucky that Pakistan is not on sale right now but later on DNA, SA, Mushy, Inzy, Bari, Benazir, Nawaz will buy pakistan after a combined biding.

  • Raja on March 30, 2007, 14:29 GMT

    Give the guy a break. He had no control over Doping scandals, Ball tempering or World Cup disaster. He has only been in power for five months. The downfall of this team had started long before that. I think its time to let go of people like shoaib, Inzimam and Mushtaq. somebody like Aamir sohail needs to come back for a clean up job.

  • Faisal on March 30, 2007, 14:31 GMT

    Fantastic, President Mushy well it should be "Mush the Bushy" (may be bush has ordered the appointment of Cheemi(Ashraf). Well on serious not ,PCB needs a constituton for proper functioning,lets give cheemi three more months and see, if he can constitutionalize PCB that more then enough from him,as his predecessors failed to do so. "Hope is a good thing and no good thing ever dies" (Shawshank)

  • Pratik on March 30, 2007, 14:35 GMT

    Somethings never change, do they? This is possibly the best chance Pakistan cricket had for a complete shake up and start its innings afresh. Too bad, that Prez Mush killed the chance

  • Tahir Khan on March 30, 2007, 14:35 GMT

    Why can't the PCB run like a professional corporation? Why does it need a patron (St. Musharraf) as if we still had a colonial Governor-General? What qualifications does the good doctor possess to run a multimillion dollar sporting organization? These questions need to be seriously answered. Perhaps the solution is to import an executive -- someone dumb enough to work in Pakistan. Any takers?

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 30, 2007, 14:38 GMT

    I CANNOT BELIEVE this, however, in Pakistan nothing is permissible but, everything is possible. You've hit the nail on the wall Kamran, I wish it was not a wall but a coffin, but then its my 'fishful' thinking. This is all petty politics and it makes you think...... WHY??????

    By rejecting Ashraf's resignation the President has actually rejected the feelings of the entire nation. The nation was demanding his resignation and very rightly so. Now, that he has been reinstated he has announced his determination to revamp everything! Gosh, ab anjaam-e-gulistan kya hoga?

    Kamran, don't loose hope, na umeedi kufr hai.....I know you like Qawallis and Sufiana Kalam but here is a song for you:

    Dil na umeed toh nahee, na kaam hee toh hai Lambee hai gham ki shaam, magar shaam hee toh hai Yeh safar bahot hai kathin magar, na udaas ho meray "hum-chatter"!