World Cup 2007 May 18, 2007

Inzy takes the rap

The Pakistan cricket board of inquiry has delivered its verdict: It was all Inzy’s fault
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The Pakistan cricket board of inquiry has delivered its verdict: It was all Inzy’s fault. Yes there were a few nuances like the board itself messed up preparations for the World Cup, an amusing conclusion since sitting judge Salim Altaf was one of those who presided over the campaign. And, as is traditional of Pakistani inquiries of this nature, there was no evidence of match fixing or spot fixing or fixing anything in particular.

It was thoroughly decent of the inquiry to get the sordid business of the World Cup out of the way before Pakistan toss off against Sri Lanka. Now Shoaib Malik’s team can think about the job of resurrecting Pakistan as a competitive cricket team—which is exactly what they were a year ago.

The rot set in during the tour of England when Inzy’s troublesome ways were being openly discussed by people close to the team. The cricket board, of course, should have managed Inzamam to maximise the chances of Pakistan winning the World Cup, instead Dr Ashraf spent his time maximising his own chances of remaining chairman of the board.

Hence, while Inzy must take a fair share of the blame for the disaster, the strength of the inquiry’s damnation is somewhat out of proportion with Inzy’s sin. An employee only persists in destructive behaviour if an employer allows him to. The World Cup failure was as much down to Dr Ashraf as it was dictated by Mr ul Haq.

Which leaves us wondering where Inzy goes next? How much of this can a man take? This winter has to be his last in Pakistan colours. Whether he plays one Test, one series, or one full domestic season of international cricket, Inzamam ul-Haq must name his date to go—and stick to it. A time limit will help the succession and let’s hope it helps restore his dignity.

Careers are marked with successes and failures, rights and wrongs, blame and absolution, heroes become villains, and villains become scapegoats. The end should be a moment to celebrate, but to celebrate properly we have to know when the end will come.

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

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  • ali admani on May 22, 2007, 21:12 GMT

    inzamam was never at fault ...he tried his level best but unfortunately was incapable of handeling this task...he might have been a talented batsman but definately not a good leader or captain.He was not a quick learner and did everything 2 overs late ..in a one day match 2 balls can cost you a match 2 overs can get you out of a match...his dictatorship is the failiure of the board and they should share the responsibility for this debacle..i felt that we needed a change after the oval fiasco ...well it dint happen...inzamams biggest problem was that besides being a very slow learner he was very negative and his negativity could have been a major cause for this debacle as well...a leader has to lead from the front ...not in inzys case..i mean it would be fair to say that he could not play the new ball that was one of the reaons that inspite of so much criticism he never moved up the order..because he knew that he dint have what it took to face the new ball...i personally think that the game that we lost against the wi was a disaster they did not judge the pitches properly and kept on thinking that west indiees was pakistan which wasnt the case 240-250 was quite a chase and they under estimated it....well when u have captains who have the balls to play a junk player like rana who desnt even deserve to be in the leagues again and again ...a player who fullfilled the batsmans dreams by making 24-25 runs in an over a norm...well dint u guys see the beard that rana was growing during the w.c that was the base of his selection...as far as the match against ireland is concerned....i dont think that any pakistani team would have made beyond 150 against any opposition on that pitch ...we cant play on these pitches period...if we want to play on these pitched we will have to make pitches like that from the grass root levels....well as far as the bowling in concerned it was definately under par ...i thought on a pitch which moved for the entire 80-90 overs pakistan should have managed to get rid of ireland on half the score..they dint pitch it on the right areas ..they pitched shorter and instead of allowing the pitch to do the damage they over tried and made survival easier for the opponent....not choosing kaneria was another disater from inzamam knowing that ireland is a minnow they would not have been able to deal with spin on a bouncy track....well inzamam is a genius like i said...he definately deserves the full blame but the selectors whoudl be equally blamed for appointing him captain...... he event threw away waqar who was responsible for improving our bowling in his short tenure..as gul and co were bowling well...good yorkers etc...but he replaced him with a spin genius ..with a beard you know what the criteria of selection was

  • srivathsan on May 22, 2007, 6:31 GMT

    KAMRAN, for once i felt sad reading your column.Iam not disputing your points but it was a bit harsh on inzy.I agree with JAVED A KHAN that whose fault was it that board people were taking orders from inzy ? Now he is down that board is distancing themselves from him . When did they notice that he was a dictator ? after WC ? Why did they not consel/instrut/warn him earlier ?The only fault i find in him is spreding the tableeghi culture. The board & the people around him made him dictotorial by boosting his ego & playing to his tunes.Not withstanding all this see his contribution to pakistan cricket.He has singlehandely won many many matches for pakistan.No other subcontinental player has achieved this feat with very few exceptions like zaheer abbas,javed miandad,GR visvanath,Desilva & dravid.He deserves an honourable exit.It would have been nice had the board called him in person & explained the reasons as why he cannot continue in the interet of pakistan cricket & offered him an honourable exit rather than making it public.See how cric. australia offered steave waugh the exit.At least now such a thing can be planned.WHATEVER MAY BE HIS PERSONAL WEAKNESS,HE REMAINS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS ,THE WORLD HAS PRODUCED.

  • Muhammad on May 21, 2007, 11:45 GMT

    At the end of the day, Inzimam-ul-Haq was a big fat nonsense guy who never knew what was going on in the middle when it came to bowling changes and field placements. Even after playing with Imran Khan and Wasim Akram for so long...he didn't learn the art of captaincy. Shame on him. Only saying bismillah all the time doesn't make the cricketer a good captain also.

  • Sajjad on May 21, 2007, 5:48 GMT

    well Inzy iz a great player. . . there'z NO doubt abt dat but dis nt da way which our PCB did. we 've alot respect 4 INZY and if our team collapsed in WC it doesnt mean u forgit all the prevoius things but our NATION. . . (Nation n Nation could nt ever ne evre n never b CHANGED) Thay r still sick. Really dtas ture! we shud b face ashemed b4 . . . . . and i want 2 add one thing dat I think our team management should changed. They are nt da well cricketerz altough they doesnt know abt da A,B,C Cricket. and they sitin on Top Mangement. WHEN n WHEN our policy'z changed and da gud Crickter'z personalities come? "GOD BLESS OUR MANAGEMENT"

  • Umar Khan on May 20, 2007, 20:51 GMT

    Not very long ago Inzi was praised for being the Ambassador of Pakistan when the his team visited India and was hailed as the true leader ... why do we forget all the good that he has given to Pakistan cricket, shame on the committee who blames Inzi for the WC failure. Inzi is a great player and it will ages for Pakistan to produce another great like him, the team makes a leader and a leader makes a team ... here probably the equation didnt go well either side, but has anyone thought of the World Cup format?? This was the most stupid format I have ever seen, how can a team be out from a World Cup by just playing 2 matches?? Now for Inzi, if he would have lost two matches in a row in any ODI series and would have won the remaining matches, people would have never noticed and Inzi would have still been the great captain as he always was and will always be!! it is the politics and the likes of team manager etc who are to be blamed for the WC failure not Inzi.... NEVER!!!

  • Danish Khan on May 20, 2007, 18:48 GMT

    Unfair to Inzamam! Yes, I agree in his flaws as a leader, but that was his style. A style, that has also won Pakistan many series! It is unfortunate the way it all turned out for us at the Cup, and the events that preceded that do not come down solely on Inzamam.

  • javed khan on May 20, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    very funny indeed/ pakistan is a country run by a dictator not a democratic country. how else do you expect the cricket team to run? as inzi says the way it is meant to be,, all previous captains were the same. imran khan, wasim akram waqar younuis, they were all sort of dictators in a way. do you not all agree?

  • Bilal Shah on May 20, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    People (most notably PCB officials) who are saying that, Inzamam´s dictatorship cost them the world cup, are nothing more then a bunch of hypocrates. If inzamam was the type of person they are describing him, they had the oppertunity to give captaincy to somebody else who could lead the team the way PCB wanted. the fact is that whole team under performed in the World Cup, and inzamam is being held responsible for that. which is not fair. but again waht is fair in Pakistan cricket? every ex captain had to take the trash and were held responisble of mistakes made by the PCB officials. instead of changing the team, we should get rid of those bunch of hypocrates. PCB needs some sincere, cricket loving, passionate heads.

  • Salman on May 20, 2007, 11:44 GMT

    What inzamam did for the team is excellent he stood up against darrel hair, he took the blame for shoaib and asif drug scandal and well we didnt have our two main bowlers playing we didnt have abdur razaq, shahid afridi, shaoib akhtar or muhammad asif. Thanks Inzamam for the service

  • Salman on May 20, 2007, 11:40 GMT

    First of all this PCB needs a change it needs someone who actually knows about cricket e.g Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram etc... Naseem Ashraf should be fired. Inzamam deserves our support rather than blame for the world cup. This PCB is making a mince meat out of the countries image and the former players. They are blaming Inzamam but what about Younis Khan he is the one down and needs to support the team if the openers fall and Kamran Akmal needs to loose some weight and needs to do better keeping. Its just a sport and Inzamam should not be blamed for all this. Why is this that when India were out nothing was said about the players. because of all this the country is getting embarased. The main reason for loosing this world cup was not inzamam but it was some others who are not in the picture here. Inzamam is a classic player and still pakistan has not found someone like him in 16 years so he should be encouraged to play on in both odi's and tests and players like younis khan, imran farhat, salman butt, kamran akmal should only be kept for sub continent because thats the only place they can perform in. you need to send them to places like england and australia where they can play on seeming pitches.

  • ali admani on May 22, 2007, 21:12 GMT

    inzamam was never at fault ...he tried his level best but unfortunately was incapable of handeling this task...he might have been a talented batsman but definately not a good leader or captain.He was not a quick learner and did everything 2 overs late ..in a one day match 2 balls can cost you a match 2 overs can get you out of a match...his dictatorship is the failiure of the board and they should share the responsibility for this debacle..i felt that we needed a change after the oval fiasco ...well it dint happen...inzamams biggest problem was that besides being a very slow learner he was very negative and his negativity could have been a major cause for this debacle as well...a leader has to lead from the front ...not in inzys case..i mean it would be fair to say that he could not play the new ball that was one of the reaons that inspite of so much criticism he never moved up the order..because he knew that he dint have what it took to face the new ball...i personally think that the game that we lost against the wi was a disaster they did not judge the pitches properly and kept on thinking that west indiees was pakistan which wasnt the case 240-250 was quite a chase and they under estimated it....well when u have captains who have the balls to play a junk player like rana who desnt even deserve to be in the leagues again and again ...a player who fullfilled the batsmans dreams by making 24-25 runs in an over a norm...well dint u guys see the beard that rana was growing during the w.c that was the base of his selection...as far as the match against ireland is concerned....i dont think that any pakistani team would have made beyond 150 against any opposition on that pitch ...we cant play on these pitches period...if we want to play on these pitched we will have to make pitches like that from the grass root levels....well as far as the bowling in concerned it was definately under par ...i thought on a pitch which moved for the entire 80-90 overs pakistan should have managed to get rid of ireland on half the score..they dint pitch it on the right areas ..they pitched shorter and instead of allowing the pitch to do the damage they over tried and made survival easier for the opponent....not choosing kaneria was another disater from inzamam knowing that ireland is a minnow they would not have been able to deal with spin on a bouncy track....well inzamam is a genius like i said...he definately deserves the full blame but the selectors whoudl be equally blamed for appointing him captain...... he event threw away waqar who was responsible for improving our bowling in his short tenure..as gul and co were bowling well...good yorkers etc...but he replaced him with a spin genius ..with a beard you know what the criteria of selection was

  • srivathsan on May 22, 2007, 6:31 GMT

    KAMRAN, for once i felt sad reading your column.Iam not disputing your points but it was a bit harsh on inzy.I agree with JAVED A KHAN that whose fault was it that board people were taking orders from inzy ? Now he is down that board is distancing themselves from him . When did they notice that he was a dictator ? after WC ? Why did they not consel/instrut/warn him earlier ?The only fault i find in him is spreding the tableeghi culture. The board & the people around him made him dictotorial by boosting his ego & playing to his tunes.Not withstanding all this see his contribution to pakistan cricket.He has singlehandely won many many matches for pakistan.No other subcontinental player has achieved this feat with very few exceptions like zaheer abbas,javed miandad,GR visvanath,Desilva & dravid.He deserves an honourable exit.It would have been nice had the board called him in person & explained the reasons as why he cannot continue in the interet of pakistan cricket & offered him an honourable exit rather than making it public.See how cric. australia offered steave waugh the exit.At least now such a thing can be planned.WHATEVER MAY BE HIS PERSONAL WEAKNESS,HE REMAINS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS ,THE WORLD HAS PRODUCED.

  • Muhammad on May 21, 2007, 11:45 GMT

    At the end of the day, Inzimam-ul-Haq was a big fat nonsense guy who never knew what was going on in the middle when it came to bowling changes and field placements. Even after playing with Imran Khan and Wasim Akram for so long...he didn't learn the art of captaincy. Shame on him. Only saying bismillah all the time doesn't make the cricketer a good captain also.

  • Sajjad on May 21, 2007, 5:48 GMT

    well Inzy iz a great player. . . there'z NO doubt abt dat but dis nt da way which our PCB did. we 've alot respect 4 INZY and if our team collapsed in WC it doesnt mean u forgit all the prevoius things but our NATION. . . (Nation n Nation could nt ever ne evre n never b CHANGED) Thay r still sick. Really dtas ture! we shud b face ashemed b4 . . . . . and i want 2 add one thing dat I think our team management should changed. They are nt da well cricketerz altough they doesnt know abt da A,B,C Cricket. and they sitin on Top Mangement. WHEN n WHEN our policy'z changed and da gud Crickter'z personalities come? "GOD BLESS OUR MANAGEMENT"

  • Umar Khan on May 20, 2007, 20:51 GMT

    Not very long ago Inzi was praised for being the Ambassador of Pakistan when the his team visited India and was hailed as the true leader ... why do we forget all the good that he has given to Pakistan cricket, shame on the committee who blames Inzi for the WC failure. Inzi is a great player and it will ages for Pakistan to produce another great like him, the team makes a leader and a leader makes a team ... here probably the equation didnt go well either side, but has anyone thought of the World Cup format?? This was the most stupid format I have ever seen, how can a team be out from a World Cup by just playing 2 matches?? Now for Inzi, if he would have lost two matches in a row in any ODI series and would have won the remaining matches, people would have never noticed and Inzi would have still been the great captain as he always was and will always be!! it is the politics and the likes of team manager etc who are to be blamed for the WC failure not Inzi.... NEVER!!!

  • Danish Khan on May 20, 2007, 18:48 GMT

    Unfair to Inzamam! Yes, I agree in his flaws as a leader, but that was his style. A style, that has also won Pakistan many series! It is unfortunate the way it all turned out for us at the Cup, and the events that preceded that do not come down solely on Inzamam.

  • javed khan on May 20, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    very funny indeed/ pakistan is a country run by a dictator not a democratic country. how else do you expect the cricket team to run? as inzi says the way it is meant to be,, all previous captains were the same. imran khan, wasim akram waqar younuis, they were all sort of dictators in a way. do you not all agree?

  • Bilal Shah on May 20, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    People (most notably PCB officials) who are saying that, Inzamam´s dictatorship cost them the world cup, are nothing more then a bunch of hypocrates. If inzamam was the type of person they are describing him, they had the oppertunity to give captaincy to somebody else who could lead the team the way PCB wanted. the fact is that whole team under performed in the World Cup, and inzamam is being held responsible for that. which is not fair. but again waht is fair in Pakistan cricket? every ex captain had to take the trash and were held responisble of mistakes made by the PCB officials. instead of changing the team, we should get rid of those bunch of hypocrates. PCB needs some sincere, cricket loving, passionate heads.

  • Salman on May 20, 2007, 11:44 GMT

    What inzamam did for the team is excellent he stood up against darrel hair, he took the blame for shoaib and asif drug scandal and well we didnt have our two main bowlers playing we didnt have abdur razaq, shahid afridi, shaoib akhtar or muhammad asif. Thanks Inzamam for the service

  • Salman on May 20, 2007, 11:40 GMT

    First of all this PCB needs a change it needs someone who actually knows about cricket e.g Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram etc... Naseem Ashraf should be fired. Inzamam deserves our support rather than blame for the world cup. This PCB is making a mince meat out of the countries image and the former players. They are blaming Inzamam but what about Younis Khan he is the one down and needs to support the team if the openers fall and Kamran Akmal needs to loose some weight and needs to do better keeping. Its just a sport and Inzamam should not be blamed for all this. Why is this that when India were out nothing was said about the players. because of all this the country is getting embarased. The main reason for loosing this world cup was not inzamam but it was some others who are not in the picture here. Inzamam is a classic player and still pakistan has not found someone like him in 16 years so he should be encouraged to play on in both odi's and tests and players like younis khan, imran farhat, salman butt, kamran akmal should only be kept for sub continent because thats the only place they can perform in. you need to send them to places like england and australia where they can play on seeming pitches.

  • rizwan on May 20, 2007, 5:52 GMT

    we did not deserve to win..not at all

  • Aurangzeb Khan on May 20, 2007, 4:04 GMT

    Inzimam has long been hated by certain circles in PCB, mainly for expression of religion. While he was captain with no challenger in sight, no one could even touch him. Needless to say that he was also an imposing personality, credited to his in the field achievements. Such an imposing figure is very likely to have strong opinions about the 10 others that will join him in the field. Imran Khan did exactly the same. When he did not get a team of his choice, he offered to step down as captain and agreed to play as a member. The difference is that Imran had not rubbed the powers the wrong way. Moreover, the powers those days were the ones who laid the very foundation of cricket in Pakistan. Now, just take a look at PCB. The chairman is an unknown doctor who spent most of his time in America, and now heads a questionable NGO. His only claim to this position is his closeness to Mush. And who are the members of this so-called selection committee? It is a joke that someone who played 5 matches for Pakistan and that too without any mentionable achievement, is the chairman of Selection Committee. And then he comes in ans starts Lahore / Karachi issue with other members. And what are the rest of the members? of the three, two have played only 5 matches each, and one has played 14. And there are the ones who will choose who plays for Pakistan? My goodness.

    As for blaming Inzimam, well, this is not new. Who was the dictator when Waqar was captain? When has Pakistan ever performed well besides when they lost in the final under Waseem akram? Even when Pakistan won the World Cup, we all know that one of the matches was washed out, giving Pakistan a point, and another team lost. Otherwise Pakistan would not have even made it to semi-finals. This time, the whole team performed poorly. Each and every player. Especially agianst Irland. What does that have to do with Inzimam being a dictator or not? Nothing at all.

  • hanan khalid on May 20, 2007, 3:47 GMT

    a player like inzamam should not b blamed like that.everythimg is possible in cricket,wining or loosing is a part of a game.we should always go positive.i m playing cric for indonesia so a cricketer can only understands a cricketer.why only inzy is being blamed for the loss?was this because he was a captain?he is a player which pak may not get in future so respect him.he shouldnot b blamed 4 anything.what ever happend was just a part of a game.the board should b positive nd plz allow him to play 4 the test match,thnx.

  • Zaheer Gorsi on May 20, 2007, 1:57 GMT

    If dictatorship is considered as a factor making team perform poorly then the team under Imran Khan should have been the least successful as he was a dictator of much higher league.

  • Laloo on May 20, 2007, 1:13 GMT

    What a surprise, only in Pakistan can the judge be part to the crime. Two paid PCB members are clean their own hands by passing judgement on one of the few legends of the country, isn't that convenient. At least Inzi was man enough to take responsibility and resign, we can only wish that someday PCB will start taking blame for it infinitely poor job in managing the team and the country's talent.

  • faisal on May 19, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    this is our (pakistan's) nature that when we lose we criticise every thing and we try to put every thing on others shoulder. Actually it was the PK board who messed up every thing

  • mahmood on May 19, 2007, 21:47 GMT

    someone once said: power without responsibily is the prerogative of the prostitutes. we pakistanis have a problem;we pass the buck. we dont want to take the responsibilty but always want power. that has precisely happened here. the cricket board should have taken the responsibilty for the majority of the disaster. instead they are blaming a guy who contributed so much to pakistan as a player. inzi took some of the blame as he immedicately resigned after losing the world cup. perhaps some in the board should have made similar decision. I think Inzi stands tall as far as my opinion is concerned. the people at the board have acted as prostitutes.

  • Omer Admani on May 19, 2007, 21:44 GMT

    Common people, Inzamam was always over-inflated in Pakistan. His approach in captaincy was to omit others that made him feel insecure. He was a dictator if ever there is one. Lets just take the findings of the commission on merit, Inzamam has to take most of the blame. Whoever else in his right mind would play players like Rana while omitting good players like Kamal?

  • Bismillah Khan on May 19, 2007, 18:35 GMT

    Politics, politics, and politics, nothing but politics. Blunders of PCB should be least of the worries for Pakistanis, just look around, every single institution is corrupt and ladden with opportunists like Nasim Ashraf, who do not possess any qualification to be there. The country's president is Musharaf, sums it all. To my die-hard Pak cricket fan brotherns, there is no use of losing your sleep over incompetence and blunders of PCB, nothing is going to change as long as these jokers are running the country.

  • MSR (BOSTON, MA) on May 19, 2007, 18:02 GMT

    As usual Paki style (I’m referring to cricket administrators) blame game, holding the guys responsible who are giving their blood and sweat for the country………………and protecting the a** of the big mouth guys sitting in the air conditioned room!………………These are the same guys sitting on their butt when every Paki players were treated like criminals in the Jamaica………………and (PCB) did not even bother to send/hire a lawyer……………!

    If loosing couple games in the WC was bad…………… letting police handle the players like murderer was a crime……………why no one is punished for the crime? Do you forget that spineless broad compelled grieving players to play a meaningless game against Zimbabwe in WC? How in the earth the Mr. Crime-in Chief is still holding the Chairmanship of PCB??

    Inzi was dictator? might be……………so was Imran………….what a big deal?? Both of them hugely contributed to the greatest cricket success the country has ever achieved! Don’t blame to a wrong person…………you need a dictator to blame……………look up (if you’ve the courage)……………the biggest dictator sitting on the top……………and patronizing cricket!

  • Shahzad khan " calgary Canada " on May 19, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    its totally ridiculous to play on an individual, Inzy has been a humble and man of words since he debuted, a God gifted player to Team Pakistan but its as usual that our Board humiliates the greatest players " waqar, wasim, miandad, Aqib, Saqlian and now Inzy" I think whole team should have responsible for the bad performance in the world Cup not an individual. " our sympathizes are with ya, God bless ya INZY "

  • Muhammad Islam on May 19, 2007, 15:57 GMT

    I agreed with Mr. Akbar (1st post on the paga). But I want to add that Inzi is the one of the BEST ever batsman. It was PCB's fault not his. Inzi should be treated and respected as a Hero. If PCB and Nation don't do this, there would be no attraction for any body to become like his calibre. WE RESPECT OUR HEROES, WE RESPECT INZI and WE CONDEMN THE SYSTEM/ PCB, We still have ADHOCISM, We still don't have any CONSTITUTION (as claimed by the board that they'll soon have).

    For Kamran Abbasi "We like your work" wish you best of luck.

  • AZFAR on May 19, 2007, 15:32 GMT

    Crap! This panel was a buncj of losers who have never shone in their career and only understand modern day cricket as the newborns. This is very insulting to a player who provided so much. The selction was great, the batsmen did not perform. That was it. Who else was there to be selcted? Making a single person a scapegoat is the jist of this. I will make a call for this panel to be firedand banned from all forms of cricket activities. Idiots!

  • naveed h kahoot on May 19, 2007, 14:13 GMT

    inzi is a our great hero..we shd treat him as a hero..he gave his life to cricket; its an insult to even ask him about to get retired..he has got plenty of cricket left in him..if some one is really interested in pakistan cricket, he shd talk about re-structuring the pakistan cricket board. Inzi's retirement is not an issue, he should be allowed to play as long as he wants to... Pakistan will become strong only when we start realising the importance of institutions.

  • Atif - Florida on May 19, 2007, 13:41 GMT

    Inzi...people have short memory and forgot the greatness of him...As they blame him for the fall of our team, the facts are that he was made powerful by the same board and group. I have got a chance to meet some of the Pakistani players during the Westindies game in Nov prior to the world cup, lot of attiudes and other agenda's. Worldcup is history, these meetings and press is not going to help, rather create a unnecessary war of blame games. We as fan are tired of this, rather like to see a good game of cricket whether we win or loose, a team cannot win all the times. Lets respect the great Inzi for his contributions, it is shame to see him explaining the lost cause to the people who have played a different cricket 100 years back, when they use to play 10 ODI's in one year. Its not easy to give 100% all the time. Lets move on and enjoy our new team.....

  • Ali on May 19, 2007, 13:40 GMT

    This is as tragic as it is unfortunate. Wasim Akram,Saeed Anwar and Inzamam ul Haque are best players ever produced by Pakistan, and towards the end of their career they have been treated very shabbily. If a nation refuses to acknowledge and duely honor its heroes, quite soon the heroes stop surfacing. I admit that Inz was a average captain yet he gave results and as captain batted and performed responsibly remember for example his 60 not out in chasing 319 against India in India, same are number of instances The whole pakistan negative media,Half baked ex cricketers who have their own vested interests and the over excited fans who dont know to accept the defeat rather they just have negative criticism are only responsible as their -ve criticism dented players nerves and concentration. The persons who are backing salman butt can see in 1st odi against srilanka yesterday that butt is as average as imran and yasir.again imran nazir gave the start which was thrown away until afridi came.Inz was right in team selection Fault on Inz's part was that he could not make a fault proof strategy with Bob woolmer. I agree with Inz that -ve criticism made by those specially who have their own vested interests demolished team psychologically.

  • shuda on May 19, 2007, 13:40 GMT

    Yet another example of the PCB management of blaming outstanding cricketers. It was expected that Inzi will be blamed for everything. In the past, Hanif Mahammed, Asif Iqbal, Miandad,Wasim Akram, Waqar Yunis, Mushtaq Mophammed, Zaheer Abbas and many others were thrownout the same way. Where was PCB when Pakistan was winning games? During that time Inzi was a dictator. If yes, why he was not told. The inquiry comittee members are puppets. Look at their performaces during their prime time and their cricket records. All three of them were occasional members of the team. All three of them had no contribution to Pakistan cricket although they are so samrt to tarnish the outstanding cricketers of Pakistan. They should be kicked out and the selection committe should include only those who played and knows cricket.

  • Mustafa on May 19, 2007, 12:29 GMT

    Kamran, It is deeply painful for me to see the way Inzi is being blamed for all the problems in Pakistan cricket. Why is one man being fully feld reposnsible for the team's failure? If you look at the performances, the real culprit is the top order whch always failed, and a bowling line up that was too weak and shallow. That is the real reason our team performed poorly, not because of just Inzi. I don't see anyone blaming Shoaib and Afridi for missing out because of their stupidity, or the openers for their despicable performance. If the players on the team do not perform, what the hell can the captain do? Lets try and be rational about this.

    For those of us that forget and forget too soon, Inzi has been the only Pakistani player ovwer the last 3 years that has single handedly kept Pakistan a respectable competitor in international cricket. As a staunch follower of Pakistan cricket, I have seen Inzamam bail this team out time and time again. We forget and we forget too soon.

  • Aurangzeb on May 19, 2007, 12:03 GMT

    If I was to roughly translate a proverb from my language to english, it would be "you cannot clap with one hand." Similerly one cannot single out a person to blame for losing the WC. Our cricket board has absolutely absolved itself from any resposibility. Everyone seems to think that simply by dumping the blame or otherwise on any one individual will solve the problem, well thats just not the way thing work. Along with raw talant you have to have planning, professionalism and a gutsy desire to win.The way I see it there have been and still are various issues that need to be addressed for eg: 1. For the last 25 years we have produced the world's best fast bowlers, yet have been disinclined to give them fast, grassy and bouncy pitches on which they can do maximum damage. 2. Similerly when ever we go on tour we face fast grassy pitches every where except our own sub-continent, yet we fail to prepare such pitched to prepare our batsmen. 3. To prepare the best national pool of cricketers from which to select the national team members, we need to have a competitive national cricket setup such as that of the Australians. Unfourtunatly we don't have that either. 4. Last but not the least games of any kind are no places for politics and politicians... these chumps should keep there filthy hands to themselves, and stop medling with a national pastime. To sum it up, for all people concerned with Pakistan cricket, "grow up... Agreed that you guys are nincumpoofs, and cannot be inovative but you can atleast copy. Copy the winning ways of the teams who are world leaders in the game and give the cricket crazzy nation something to smile about.

  • Owais on May 19, 2007, 10:51 GMT

    Common guys, why is every one being so emotional. If there is a loss, someone has to shoulder the blame and I believe if he has to should some or most of the blame, there is no disrespect to the greatest batsmen in our history. Batting wise no one can say a word against him, even though his last one year was pretty dry. His feats before that were good enough to make him an automatic selection to the squad for next two years. However, if Inzi was not to be blamed for world cup debacle than who is ? I accept PCB shoud take atleast same amount of blame but amongst all the people involved Inzi takes biggest share and I think he has already accepted that during one of his interviews earlier on.

  • Mohsin Naqi on May 19, 2007, 10:39 GMT

    Even a child can see Inzi is being used as a scapegoat, but honesty, or lack thereof, doesn't matter to PCB officials as long as they are certain they'll keep occupying their seats.

    They could blame the coach, the selectors, the management and so on. The team's captain would be the last person to take the rap for what we are calling a 'fiasco'. Sure, he didn't lead the team well in the matches, but it isn't that big of a crime considering he didn't simply take over the team as a 'dictator' would, rather he was chosen by the very same board, did whatever bad things he did under the eyes of very same folks who are now all too eager to present him as a criminal. So, other than calling him a 'bad captain' they can not justify putting every bit of blame on him, that could easily go elsewhere,

  • ramzan on May 19, 2007, 10:19 GMT

    I say that Pakistan is the only nation in the world where heroes retire with much humiliation. no doubt that Inzi was one of the greatest in Pakistan Cricket...but look what we have done to him...I wonder if Inzi was having an army...etc to make him a dictator and that PCB couldn't trhow him out in case he acted so...simply they could throw him away and assign a new captain..it is PCB's mistake that they never acted against Inzi, if he acted like a dictator. Now PCB is looking fow anyone to put the blame...which difinetly PCB deserves more than any other.

    Inzi...be patient....may be PCB and some pakistani's are not appreciating your great cricket history...Me, behalf of Pakistan fans in Sri Lanka and all other cricket lovers in world, say that you are among the best in world...let the PCB go to hell.....enjoy your cricket life and dignity

  • Raza Zaidi on May 19, 2007, 10:11 GMT

    The report is interesting and even more interesting is the way it has been handeled by the board. Yes, I agree that there were some issues with the way Inzi handeled the cricketing affairs (I think he wants to copy Imran Khan, which he cannot because Imran leads from the front whereas Inzi always comes into action when the damage has done) but balming just Inzi is not the right thing. The Director Operations is also as much to blame as Inzi was because of one simple reason, Cricket operations is his job and way Mr. Salim Altaf has done that (Openers issue, inconsistency with selection criteria, Waqar Younis being sacked just before SA tour, etc.) is by no mean professional. Being the member of the evaluation committee, he (Salim Altaf) diverts the blame to Inzi, where I think he also has to accept some of the blame as well.

    Lastly, I think the Cricket Board is so worried about the word "fixing", that they don't even want to fix the administration affairs in PCB which is by far the biggest reason for our dissmal performance in World Cup.

    Raza

  • Mohammed Najiulla on May 19, 2007, 9:51 GMT

    this is nonsense to blame inzi, we from other part from pakistan have great respect for inzi bhai. he is world class batsman. remember world cup 1992. the man who scripts the victory against new zealand. no one remember those now. pak board has to cleanup from politics.

    FREE SPORTS FROM POLITICS....

  • Nadeem on May 19, 2007, 7:07 GMT

    Hinny is he! at least we can love him for his lashings of contributions to pakistan cricket splendid he was We could be ashamed of blaming him that the second best match winning player after Bradman. juss love his contributions which are more than javed miandad than any pakistani batsman.

  • Nauman on May 19, 2007, 6:39 GMT

    This is ridiculous...the PCB is to blame for our debacle in the WC....you do not groom constant failures like Faisal Iqbal and the likes and then at the last minute include your best players, who are your senior most players...we did the same thing in the 2003 WC by including Anwar at the end....

    Inzi has been a great player, captain and ambassador of our cricket team and our nation. He did have a little fault in this whole thing, but most of the blame is with the PCB and selectors....and then some of the blame has to be on players like Younis and Rana who had bad tournaments.

  • usman khan on May 19, 2007, 6:38 GMT

    Inzamam-ul-haq has been a great support to our nation when it comes to victories, though this had been the greatest loss to us in the world cup. Inzamam is not the one who should be blamed. He had brought glory in uncountable battles to our nation. This was not the way to treat a hero like him. Big Inzi was the only retaleant when Pak used to chase heavy totals. Whole team is involved in the loss. I have seen this happend to Waqar younis, Aaqib Javed, Javed Miandad, Aamir Sohail, Saeed Anwar and so many. Pcb should be changed and bring on professional ppl who really knows how to deal through such situations. To me honor and respect not comes from victories but how one responds well in the pressure and embiguities. Let us support our heroes in best of manners.

  • siraj on May 19, 2007, 5:23 GMT

    The elite panal is not so elite as they were paid to do so with an agenda by the board to find the scapegoat; a naive, decent, respecful, highly talented(proven and highly ranked in the world cricket), a religious and God fearing( which is not acceptable to the board, pj mir, and many of the secular minded in our nation as if they are already forgiven for not practicing Islam, I am even surprised that they are critical of Salah as if they have exemptions granted by the president and yet claim being a muslim? A real mockery of Islam ). Inzi is a man of high morale who has also built a great character among other teammates and developed values WHICH NEVER EXISTED BEFORE! He really lived as a great cricket legendary and a humble practicing Muslim------ which is hard for our nation to swallow. Without these great values and Muslim characters no matter how great world cup champ u may be in reality they are worthless-------is that what the PCB and others are looking for. Now after the findings of the panel report our president should not have any problem in picking Inzi as a "suspected Terrorist" and hand over to his masters as thousands of innocent muslims have been handed over to please them.(which we really donot care at all). It is a gross shame that we Pakistanis donot take a lesson from our non muslim neighbour INDIA, inspite of losing shamefully in the world cup they didnot dump/demoralize their captain Dravid, instead he is picked up again as a captain! VOW!

    I hear some voices that out of their gurdge and hate asking Inzi not to play even in the Test matches, let me suggest u that Pakistan cannot survive without such talented and experienced batsman in the test as well as ODI series. Let me put it this way that Pakistan needs him not that Inzi need to play for money. Those worried about his living should't do this as he is a true MUSLIM who has full trust in Allah not in PCB.

    Kamran Bhai I know that u will not agree to this writting but I would tell u this is a trust in your hand and u must not hold back.

    Last but not the least, when the team was departing for WC 2007 a grand party was arranged to bless them by the President and PCB with a variety program of dances and music from pakistan and india......what a shame for a Muslim Nation and thus has become, beleve it or not THE big C U R S E from Allah and is the MAIN REASON for big failure, humiliation, digrace, pain and shame along with the hanging sword of being Woolmer's murders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE DONOT BLAME OTHERS FOR OUR SINS.

    An advice for those who want to realize and correct it.

  • Abdur Razzak on May 19, 2007, 5:00 GMT

    not surprising. always the captains at the receiving end.now i can justify younis's decision to step back from the captaincy. everything has got to do with the culture. i personally feel ever since the dr. took the reins in the board pak cricket is in turmoil. may be he's a curse for the PCB

  • Ali Sibtain on May 19, 2007, 4:29 GMT

    The Blame Game: The commander on the field shares as much blame as generals and planners. No doubt one of the greatest players Inzamam was a very poor captain.

    Fleming may not have been the most successful captain, but he was a good captain as he was a shrewd tactician & everybody acknowledges that. Inzamam’s captaincy intellect only extended to having a wicket keeper behind the stumps!!

    Then he was a poor spokesperson after Shane Warne retired Inzamam’s statement that Australia would be a mellower competitor captured the headlines, and Ponting replied we shall see and so they did. Also remember the time Inzamam actually wanted to be the captain of a star studded World 11.

    Lets get one thing in perspective that Pakistan won so much under Inzamams captaincy was the miracle of God Almighty, that was indeed the will of God.

    That Pakistan abysmally disappointed and humiliated the nation wasn’t will of the Almighty but Almighty’s wrath on Inzamam’s complacency, dictator like attitude, poor captaincy and the teams lack of professionalism,

    God has given them so much talent, but asks good believers to be good professionals in their sphere of work. That the Pakistani team with all its talent, well wishers prayers and Almighty’s help still loses so abjectly is a reflection on their poor professionalism with hardly any literate intellectual to lead them, lack of commitment and training. They behave like a bunch of stars with constant drama surrounding them.

    The nation on the other hand should get one thing straight too, this is not the best team in the world, not by a long shot. Pakistani team has time and again had debacles and humiliated themselves and the Nation. This is reality because Pakistanis are not good professionals. Don’t put wrong excuses on the team like in terms of betting or criticizing their faith or prayers. What the Nation fails to see is that those sort of wrong blames give Inzamam the biggest excuse master of all other points to play on, amongst blaming the pitch for the Ireland match and shunning his poor captaincy, teams awful performance with scant mention and putting it all down to will of God.

  • Luqman on May 19, 2007, 4:29 GMT

    Rather than honor one of the most spectacular cricketers Pakistan has ever produced, we give him this disrespect. People who complain about his captaincy forget his record as a captain. Why would anyone ever want to serve Pakistan considering this and past scenarios? My heart goes out to Inzamam. And I for one would rather save myself the humiliation and not offer any of my (wanted or unwanted) services to Pakistan.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on May 19, 2007, 4:23 GMT

    The findings of the commission is a mockery. Everybody is aware what happened in the World Cup and who is to be blamed. If Inzi was a dictator why PCB was acting on his behalf. We do not need dummy PCB (administrator). It was on the card that somebody will be made scapegoat unfortunately, Inzi was the best candidate as he was the captain. It is our culture to play blame game and do not learn from mistake. It is our nature to blame our heroes and disgrace them. It is not Inzi, PCB is to be blamed for all this mess.

  • Imtiaz on May 19, 2007, 4:04 GMT

    I wonder!!! Didn't Pakistan beat South Africa in the WC Warmup match? But then the PCB chairman showed up in the team's dressing room, started to make unreasonable demands of the players. Could this sudden interference have rattled the nerves of the players, leading to loss of morale??? Something to think about. Sometimes the answer is hidden in less publicized places.

  • Mohsin Iqbal, Islamabad on May 19, 2007, 2:23 GMT

    Its a shame that yet again, PCB has found a way to disgrace one of the best players ever to come out of Pakistan. It's not inzy, its not PCB alone; it's the big boss who despite being a dictatorial army general, happens to be the boss of Pakistan cricket. Cricket is yet another instituition of Pakistan taken over by Mush and unless the overall Pakistan system changes for the good, we can't even dream of reaching levels Australia or even South Africa has. (M)uck (F)ush!!

  • Arun Visvanathan, India on May 19, 2007, 1:42 GMT

    A team consists of many persons plus a large support staff. While the Captain has to shoulder a large portion of the blame when things go wrong, to say that it was all Inzy's fault is a disgrace. How can interested parties be part of any inuiry. Inzy couldn't have become a dictator overnight. If he was showing disturbing trends, why wasn't he stopped in his tracks. Yes - it is difficult to control a powerful personality, but to keep silent when things are going fine and then find fault when they don't is sheer cowardice.

    If the PCB is serious about setting things right, they need to do some introspection and get rid of all the politicians (cricketing ones that is) from their set up.

    A sad end to the career of one of the finest, most entertaining and gentlemanly cricketers from Pakistan.

  • usman on May 19, 2007, 1:14 GMT

    Inzammam is one of the great batsmen Pakistan has produced. Hies record as Pakistan's captain is good. Early on in his captaincy he was blamed for not being aggressive enough . Now he is being blamed for being a dictator. Pakistan historically has had dictators as heads of Government and successful cricket captain have also bee dictators. Hafeez Kardar and Imran Khan were bot dictators and successful captains.

    I think this enquiry commission is an eyewash. A real impartial inquiry should have out side people conducting the inquiry . This is an acceptable international practice and we should follow it. Inzamam has had the guts to acknowledge that he is responsible for the disaster at the world cup. Rememeber Inzamam' innings in South Africa were he single handedly won a Test by batting judiciously with the taienders. People like Saleem Altaf, Dr Ashraf and the previous Chairman and Selectors must share in the blame. Failure to find a consistent opening pair is not Inzamam's fault. A botched up attempt by Dr Ashraf to penalize Shoib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif .

  • Subramanian on May 19, 2007, 0:21 GMT

    Its is sad that so many of the countries confuse playing ability with leadership ability. Inzamam is mercurial as a player, but not a leader. Making him cap was wrong- Yousuf would have been better, and the mistake is being made again. I hope we will be kinder to Malik when he is up for review.

  • EAMIRAN on May 19, 2007, 0:06 GMT

    To call the PCB's latest announcement disgraceful is an understatement.

    Despite his obvious shortcomings, Inzi was, and still is, one of the greatest batsmen, along side Javed Miandad, that Pakistan has ever produced. To blame him entirely for the WC debacle borders on the ludicrous. Without 2 of their top strike bowlers, no openers to speak of, a plethora of bits and pieces players, and the odd green top thrown in for good measure, Pakistan's chances of progressing far, let alone winning the cup were virtually nil!

    From day one it was generally feared that Inzi was never going to be a great captain. Yet he was first appointed and then retained as one by successive PCB administrations. This was not Inzi's fault. For him, as is the case for every cricketer, it is an honour to lead ones country (Younis Khan being an exception!). Over a period of time, the PCB must have observed the changes in Inzi's attitude (the public certainly did!), and instead of nipping the problem in the bud, opted for the "Ostrich approach". Inspite of all this, he was apportioned greater selectorial powers, while PCB's spineless selectors sat like overweight Buddhas awaiting their orders.

    The slime that is the PCB continues to ooze along unfetterred. Its odouriferous decision and execution of this whole sordid affair providing further damning proof of their ineptitude.

    Instead of targeting PJ Mir could someone call for a Fatwa on the fungi thriving in the dark, dank corridors of the PCB.

  • Muhammad Osman Yousuf on May 18, 2007, 23:33 GMT

    (Written on the day of Inzi played his last ODI)

    Today, I can confidently say, marks the end of one the greatest eras of Pakistan cricket; we have lost the ‘last man standing’ from the 1992 world cup squad. Today, we lost the calm of our batting and arguably the greatest batsmen produced by our country. I was little less than 10 years old when Inzi played the innings of his life time, however, the towering six over long off has been etched in my memory.

    The calmness on his face I will never forget, and his prowess with the bat, I know will never be replicated. I know for generations to come we will talk about him, as the man that lived in the hearts of us Pakistanis. Many might resort to burning effigies of this great captain, many might look back at him as the captain whose reign saw the most dramatic incidents of Pakistan cricket and many others will look at him as the captain who was never to be. However, I look at him as the survivor and the flag bearer Pakistan cricket. His shoulders have carried the weight of our hopes and dreams for the last decade. For me, he will always be the man who stood like a rock between our opposition and their victory, and for that my countrymen, you should feel indebted. I know some people have resorted to calling him the power hungry dictator. But I ask you, has our team ever been this united? Have we ever experienced such a reign where the authority is unquestioned and where the captain is respected by all his peers? Even the reign of the great Imran Khan experienced disunity, captaincy changes and player issues. However when it comes to my captain, we saw none. There was not a player who stood against my captain, and there was not a man who questioned his ability. It was the reign of my captain that saw the backing of the nation. True, he didn’t have the charisma of Imran, Wasim or Waqar but instead, he was gifted with the utmost respect of his peers.

    Today after showing us glimpses of the great batsmen he was, Inzi has decided to retire from one day international cricket. When I saw him walk off the field today, all I said was “Inzi-KONG”. So long skipper…you will be missed!

  • Khan on May 18, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    How dare Ijaz Butt speaks something like this in his stupid report... that Inzamam acted like a Dictator. Does he has guts to say things like this against Imran Khan who was Hero as well as the Leader and kept all BCCP Jokers, at a distance when he ruled cricket. Cricket Captain should have Full authority to decide his match and team strategy. Compare Ijaz Butts service to Pakistan Cricket (8 Matches, 16 Innings - 279 Runs) as compared to Inzimams service (119 Mathes, 198 Innings - 8813 Runs.)...There is non comparison between the two. Inzimam's name will always be considered alongwith other greats of Pakistan like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim, Waqar and many others. Who cares for Ijaz and Saleem Altaf... the under performers in cricket.

  • Jon on May 18, 2007, 22:36 GMT

    Once again Inzaman has proved that great players do not nessesarily make good Captains.

    Unfortunately my opinion of Inzaman ( and Darrel Hair ) as a player and a person was severely reduced by his sulky petulant attitude at the Oval last year over the alledged ball tampering incident.

    A cricket team needs an energetic captain who will lead by example in the field, not someone who just ambles about seemingly not taking any intrest in the game.

    Pakistan lost in the World Cup because they were badly lead and a lot of their best players were out of form or missing.

    Pakistan will not be a great side unless they have good leadership and the PCB becomes non political. The PCB make our ECB look wonderful in comparison. Every time I read a cricket magazine there seems to be some new problem or crisis concerning Pakistan cricket which is a great shame as Pakistan do have the potential to be an excellent side.

  • WASIM SAQIB on May 18, 2007, 21:41 GMT

    In my opinion the blame has to be shared equally between Inzimam and the PCB management as they were Partners in all the disastrous decision making preceding the WC, I came to this conclusion after I watched the Interview of Salim Altaf and Waqar Younis by Fakhar-e-Alam I know a lot of people on this blog must have already seen the Program but those who missed it here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=saleem+altaf+and+waqar+younis&search=Search

    After watching the whole interview it was quite clear that Inzimam was close to both Shahryar Khan and Naseem Ashraf as both the chiefs granted all of his requests without giving a second thought.When Inzimam refused to select Shoaib Akhtar for the SA tour,he was granted his wish, and Shoaib was declared match unfit which he proved wrong later on, if PCB officials were acting Independently why didn't they sent Shoaib to SA in the first place, Shoaib was only sent to SA after Umar gul became unfit and there was a huge backlash in the media. Saleem Altaf in his Interview blamed the whole thing on Inzimam.

    When Waqar was told he was not required to go with the team to Srilanka on the ODI tour he was given the reason that his services were not required for ODIS as there was no need for it, whereas in reality Inzimam and the management wanted Mushtaq Ahmed to be the new coach and later on he went with the team to WI for the WC, if PCB never needed a bowling coach for ODIs why did they sent Mushtaq to WI?.Clearly again PCB and Inzimam made the decision together, the way PCB made room to accommodate Mushtaq is highly suspicious as Waqar was being paid up till WC 07, according to his contract, so why all of a sudden they needed a leg spinner to coach four fast bowlers. Interestingly Waqar was hired by Shahryar Khan and hence was not trust worthy for Naseem Ashraf, whereas Mushtaq since he was hired by Naseem Ashraf was more trust worthy to him. Also the way Waqar refused to work as a bowling coach after he was stopped to tour with the team on ODI tours, which was clearly permissible according to his contract, also raises the suspicion that the role of the bowling coach was something other than coaching.

    And subsequently the way events took place which lead to Pakistans exit from the WC after the first round and the death of Bob Woolmer clearly shows that PCB Officials were directing the whole drama behind the scenes, every body criticized the selection of the team but PCB remained stubborn they deliberaltely sent too many bowlers and kept the batting department weak. The subsequent selections of the final eleven in the first two matches were also questionable but the touring selection committee gave approval of them. Now it is natural that everybody is for himself all the parties have accomplished their goals,so this current report has no meaning, it is a complete eyewash. After the WC the way our President refused to accept the resignation of Nasim Ashraf clearly shows how our rulers shamelessly protect their corrupt friends and give them a licence to do what ever they want without any accountability, it also shows how corruption trickles down from top to bottom.

  • kaiser mukhtar on May 18, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    i love cricket and cricketers as much as i hate pakistani cricket officials esp Saleem Altaf others like him who would find ways to stick to their offical positions to keep earning biggest chunks of the corporate pie and hide behind the falling stars' dust in the chaotic scenario as is pakistan's. Nobody likes to take blame for his own actions. One of the black spots ofthe cricketing history would have not taken place if someone in position of responsibility had taken a wise step to avoid The Oval fiasco from happening if inzimam wasn't wise enough to keep the rules of the book in mind while fighting off the ball tampering blame. Forefeiting the test match would have already happened dacades ago if Indian official had not been wise enough to keep his cool while cooling off Gavaskar and ultimately winning the test match but Pakistan officials and management let that happen. Inzi may take some blame being steward of the ship but incompetent officials cannot go unscathed.

  • owais on May 18, 2007, 21:24 GMT

    THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE MUST READ DIS

    hey ....PCB is making fool to everyone ......hey my question is dat ...now they are saying Inzi was a dictator ryt ..... shehriyar khan first told dat inzi was a dictator n now saleem altaf.......Now inzi has quit the Captaincy y they r blaming him ...WHere were they when inzi was dictating the cricket board n shehariyar khan was a chairmain n he didn't say a word against him in his era .......y he is saying now .....Similarly salim altaf where were he he is a director so y didn't he told the media at that tym .....Now inzi is not a captain n they didn't say coz they loved their jobs not country :O....It looks like it.......okz now suppose we agree on them ....but y any of the pakistani player didn't complain against him ...??? this is all fake n they r just trying to play with our hero ....SO support him Plz

  • a pakistani cricket fan on May 18, 2007, 21:13 GMT

    I myself blamed inzi for our WC debacle but enough is enough, what's done is done and leave the poor guy alone. We shall not forget, he is a legend and no country disrespects their legends like this. PCB needs to shut up and stop humiliating inzi cuz they screwed up too by not controlling the board. They have people who are in the top positions and have no cricket sense ala nasim ashraf, what do you expect from a company when your board of directors have no idea what to do. It's the same situation with our pak team and management. We need to hire ex cricketers from top to bottom and not just ex cricketers but legends who have proved themselves in the world of cricket. Pleaes please leave inzi alone. Pakistan finished their WC in the same way as they did in 2003 so why go after one guy and not the whole organization. No matter what PCB says but inzi was a legend, is a legend and will be a legend in pakistan.

  • Nadeem on May 18, 2007, 21:10 GMT

    Perhaps, the PCB morons should b made to read the post and comments here; It gives me hope to note that for once we refuse to let the powers that be heap blame on our heroes.

    Inzi is a HERO, and he will rule the hearts of Pakistanis long after the PCB and its bunch of bureaucratic crap have faded into oblivion.

    Let it be known: Inzamam ul Haque is legend, and we LOVE him.

  • aftab on May 18, 2007, 20:55 GMT

    I completely missed the point in labeling Inzi as 'dictator'. Does that mean:

    1. PCB is against Musharraf's regime. 2. PCB is against Mr. Ashraf's chairmanship. 3. Ricky Ponting asks for a vote from team/ACB before making a bowling change. 4. Ireland and WIndies are not worthy teams.

    May be more details are there in the full report. We have to wait before jumping the gun on the PEC (yes, PEC). Under Inzi, Pakistan team was at #3 in world ranking and that describes his leadership a lot more than the World Cup, in which he lost two of the three matches.

  • Nadeem Salik, toronto, Canada on May 18, 2007, 20:51 GMT

    Incompetant people, appointing incompetant people to get exonirated and deflecting the blame of poor management. That is PCB.

    Can someone bring back A.H.Kardar from heavens? For last ten years this board is being run by idiots who build a teams of bafoons and self serving fringe cricketers like Ijaz butt to disgrace great cricketers. Look what we did with Wasim Akram, waqar Yunus and Inzimam Ul Haq.

    Shame on PCB.

  • Imran Iqbal on May 18, 2007, 20:46 GMT

    These committees and their findings prove nothing but "PCB management & selectors are full of shit" and will never learn the right lesson. They like to play committee committee instead of cricket.... Don't be surprised if you hear about another ruling in Inzamam's favour (Had they needed him...). That's what PCB is good at.

    My suggestion to all the fans is not to pin any hope with team's future until PCB is patroned by President (himself a dictator). Shame on these so called executives with or without cricketing background. How on earth could they tell people that they were being dictated and black mailed? Who brought Inzi to captaincy? Why? Who considered him the best choice? Who transformed him into what they blame him now for (if it is true)? Shame shame shame on PCB management who cannot judge in four years what they have planted and what they are nurturing? Clearly they themselves have no vision and management skills. They are just bunch of ass kissers and that is it. Untill WC they themselves must be praying and kissing Inzamam's ass; "Please please do something, pray to God, koi chilla willa bhi kato Inzamam bhai/beta; if we don't win, HAMARI TAU WAAT LUG JAEY GI).

    Note:

    If PCB does not get free from politics (Dict Patron), I can see one day western cricketing nations are going to boycott Pakistan cricket just like they did to Zimbabwe.

    Do something Pakistan!

  • Fahad on May 18, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    it's really sad to see inzi, one of pakistan's great, having to face such farce.

    the board itself is a joke. the Pakistani team's performance was itself pathetic. inzi gave his heart out.

    this wc failure seems to have overshadowed iniz's great performances in the past(remember WC'92).

  • Obaid Qureshi on May 18, 2007, 20:33 GMT

    It was Allah's will that Inziman would be blamed. Inzi should now pray harder.

  • aditya on May 18, 2007, 20:23 GMT

    The findings are nothing less than ludicrous. Do they mean thet the "Dictator" Injamam asked everyone to perform like jokers and everyone followed his orders because nobody had courage of not obeying the "Dictator". Its really a big joke. They could've gone for a contest for the worst joke instead of this top class investigation and could've acheived better result. For those who still care to think: if Board officials could do nothing or can do nothing then what they are needed for. Just Dump them to the nearest trash.

  • SN on May 18, 2007, 20:21 GMT

    We all talked about the Captain and PCB official. I think senior players should take the blame for not performing including Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Shahid Afridi. I think it's time to drop Younis Khan from one day squad and play some one more deserving, Mohammad Yousuf should have played with more responsibility as he was the most inform player in the squad, and "Shahid Afridi" should not even be considered for selection, He has played more ODI's than Mohammad Yousuf and is still considered as if he has only palyed 10-15 ODI's, acts like a 2 year old kid, always lying about his age, bats like he is palying his first international game and don't tell me that Pakistan can't find a better one day bowler than Afridi. PCB needs to improve there selection criterion.

  • Irfan on May 18, 2007, 20:20 GMT

    Shame Shame for PCB to Blame Inzi The Great, I don't think it is hid fault. Failure was because of the unavailability of Shoaib and Asif

  • Tarique on May 18, 2007, 20:19 GMT

    I 100% agree with Moadhia! This really shows why Pakistan is considered the most failed state in the world!

  • Mustafa on May 18, 2007, 20:16 GMT

    although its difficult to blame someone after their demise, the true fault lies with bob woolmer, its unfortunate but its also true that bob was the highest paid coach in the history of pakistan cricket, and yet he needed a bowling coach, a fielding coach and a stint from some batsmen to coach the team as well. It was Woolmer who could never develop a proper relationship with shoaib akhtar (and now it appears with inzi either). Also it was under his appointed trainers reign that our two best bowlers tested positive for steroids. That might be harsh but its true, while it is the duty of the individual for knowing what they are inputting in to their bodies, it is also the responsiblity of the trainers to make the players aware of the dangers of taking certain supplements. Also it was under Woolmer that we could never pick a proper opening pair, we overly relied on inzi and moyo and once they failed the whole team failed. People should also remember the fact that woolmer did not get along with yasir hameed, yasir might not be a great batsmen but he was dropped while he was scoring runs, something that cannot be said about imran farhat I agree that its hard to critize Bob now that he is no longer there to defend himself but we can not and should not shy away from these facts. The next coach should have clear goals set for them that need to be achieved every year and if they fail they should be sacked regardless of their reputation

  • Nauman on May 18, 2007, 20:14 GMT

    ...And what if Pakistan had made great advances in this World Cup, say made it to semis against all odds. Then this hand-picked team of Inzamam would have been honored as tigers that fought to the last drop of blood they had, Inzi would have been seen as a GENIUS with immense ability to recognize the best talent and come up with the best composition. Important thing to note is that we have failed comprehensively as a nation on cricket field, its not the team and captain responsible for the demise; administration and infrastructure needs to share the blame as well. What went wrong, went wrong not b/c Inzi was captain, but b/c very little was done to prevent it from all corners. Our opening dilemma is there for years, it really didn't matter who was favored by Inzamam, bottom line is the ones who were left out didn't have anything better to offer (Yasir Hameed may be an exception). Yousuf & Younis were to be the backbone of the batting lineup, they simply didn't fire, I dont see any manipulation that Inzi would have caused for their selection, they held automatic places. Shoaib Akhtar & Asif were not doped or injured by Inzi or any of his friends, it was a mix of sheer negligence and misfortune for them both. One can blame Inzi for being lazy on the field, but I really can't believe if he would have asked(dictated) his fielders to be lethargic like him. When your batting revolves around just a couple of guys in form, when your wicket keeper is Kamran Akmal (I bet retired Taibu of Zimbabwe would deserve a place over Kamran Akmal in anybody's lineup), when your fielding is mocked upon from all corners, when you have a bowling attack so mediocre that Sami,Shahid Nazir & Danish Kaneria are spearheads (each of whom have been dumped in past just b/c they couldn't impress), I dont see how you challenge the rest of the world. We didnt have the quality (neither in the playing unit nor in the ones that were left home) to field a proper team, we played with 11 men, just b/c the sport demands 11-men a side, to be honest we didnt have even 5 quality players (Quality defined as a technical ability plus form shown by consistent application of that ability) The pitches in this world cup were not 300+ wickets, they were responsive enough where good quality attacks had the ability to restrict good oppositions in 200-240 range...even if the mishap against Ireland had not happened, I dont see how we could have avoided embarassment in Super Eights. Our bowling was not strong enough to destroy, our fielding was not strong enough to restrict, and our batting was not strong enough to score. We lost b/c we didnt have what it takes to win at International level. PERIOD.

  • Rizwan Shah on May 18, 2007, 20:03 GMT

    Hey Guys,

    Who says Inzi should take the blame. As far as I know, he's already done that. OK. Secondly, the outcome of the enquiry, I knew what was coming. As I said last time, it was the whole team to blame. Don't forget, Andrew Hall saved SA from Ireland in the warm up match. Such a good example should have been followed by the guys who came after Inzi. Anyway, I'm sick of all this. It's a shame that the enquiry results are blaming Inzi thus indicating that they themselves are fools and idiots. Thanks.

  • Farhat Jahangir on May 18, 2007, 20:03 GMT

    In reply to this crappy biased and brainless WC report all I have to say is: PCB-- Its time to stop acting like kidds..Grow-up PCB-- Its time for you to stop blaming your faults to others.. PCB-- Its time to stop humiliating your HEROS PCB-- If you want your team to be as strong as Australia then start acting like the Australian board acts. PCB-- Accept the responsability and resign. Don't just play resign games... PCB-- People of Pakistan are not dumb. Thnaks to media... PCB-- Don't play with the emptions of cricket lovers of Pak and other countries. PCB-- Its very shameful and very sad that brillient cricket players of Pakistan have board and system like PCB.

    With the hope that one day Pakistan will get a board & members with "some" leftover pride in them... With the hope that one day players in Pakistan will get the respect they deserve.

    Take care! FJ San Jose, CA

  • Arfan on May 18, 2007, 20:00 GMT

    I think to put all the blame on Inzy is not right. After all that was whole team who didnt perform well than why Inzy is given all blame? What was the attitude of younis Khan. This is only one example, whole team didnt play well. No one is talking abt that. I think some of findings of report are very unfair as why Sami didnt play in first match and why Kaneria didnt paly in 2nd match. Afer the defeat all these things are ridiculous. Again why Inzy picked Imran Nazir. If he was picked by Inzi then why he is picked now by selector who is in the commette. there wasnt good any thing in commette.

  • Ibrahim on May 18, 2007, 19:46 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, you have hit the nail on the head (and I would like to take the opportunity to take back all the insulting remarks I ever directed at you, including that of your being an intellectual lightweight the other day). Inzamam was a great cricketer and a great man. Admittedly not the greatest thinker in the game, he nonetheless captained Pakistan with general success, even in difficult times such as the VB Series and in the Natwest Series, commanding the respect of all the players, and three months of poor performance have turned a deserved hero into a PCB scapegoat. May the remnants of his Test career flourish and may he leave the game with dignity. My own brother has revealed himself a biased traitor. Sigh

  • saad on May 18, 2007, 19:21 GMT

    i just cannot beleive this report,who the hell is ijaz butt never heard of him before.this is literley crazy stuff may god save pakistan and its cricket from these dectators

  • Nadeem Shafee on May 18, 2007, 19:17 GMT

    Impaech Inzamam for his wrong doings.

    On one hand his always appears as a good religious man but on other hand he always did IQRIBA PERWERI and discrimnate against players from Karachi. He forget that JUTICE is the main pillar of Islam.

    PCB should not consdier him for test cricket or any other cricket activities. Inzi, STAY AWAY FROM THE CURRENT PLAYER. Your shadow is not good for them.

    Now our same team is winning against Sri Lanka. You are the cause of our all defeats in the world cup.

    Nadeem UK

  • Sean on May 18, 2007, 18:58 GMT

    Paki cricket is in this mess mainly because of its islamisation! Inzi blabbing religious stuff every time he opened his mouth was ridiculous. Is he a cricketer or a mullah? Stop the mullah culture in Paki cricket and things will automatically improve.

  • Dorpuk on May 18, 2007, 18:57 GMT

    What do you expect from Pakis, A failed, screwed from all sides! Blaming the captain who went and executed in the field! You know what pakis should do they should get a Bamboo and push it through the back of Altaf for being a joker!!

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on May 18, 2007, 18:07 GMT

    Whatever I wrote in my previous post in defending Inzamam's stance, in his interview to the Urdu newspaper Jang today, he has said exactly the same thing in defending the accusations laid on him for acting like a dictator. He is right, and why should Inzamam alone be blamed for this? Why didn't the PCB Ch2So4's object then instead of shifting the entire blame on him now? This is so typical of bureaucratic systems that those who are in power are never wrong.

    Anyways, back to the ODI in Abu Dhabi, it seems like prediction is gonna be right, at least so far I am right. Sri Lanka made a wrong decision to bat first and Pakistan as I said should restrict them below 240 and they did. They are 80 for one and if they play sensibly they should win comfortably as there is plenty of batting left in Pakistan's side and they should not try to win this match in haste. Pakistan has a record of collapsing like a house of cards, in any case lets see how the match proceeds and progresses from here.

    Ps. Aashaq I think you ought to get my drift bro 'coz those comments were meant for you and not for me and pls. leave this virtual chaskay baazi as it doesn't suit guys like you who are thirty plus. Besides, you are in the UK and not in the UAE which is a dry land and even a virtual tharrak is a gr8 "plaiyer" (pleasure) for them. :-)

  • D.J. Fernandez on May 18, 2007, 17:41 GMT

    It would appear to be ludicrous to blame Inzamam for Pakistans poor showing at the world cup. Cricket is a team game and to point a finger at one individual would appear to be passing the buck at a collective failure for strategy and resource planning for a campaign of that magnitude. A captain is only as powerful or dictatorial as the board allows him to be.

  • sandeep on May 18, 2007, 17:30 GMT

    It is sad to see such a great player go down in this fashion. I hope he plays some more international cricket

  • Sadeem on May 18, 2007, 16:57 GMT

    Inzamam served his country for 17 years, one world cup (which was hopeless since the beginning) shudnt be able to define such a person, btw why is nasim ashraf still chairman?

  • Amjad on May 18, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    I think we should remember that every one was asking Inzi to take stand both on and off the field. I think one can remember Wasim Akram a dictator and in fact lip readers can read his words spoken to his team mates when he was captain. We need Inzi for a year in test cricket atleast to have a settled replacement, otherwise Yousuf will be over burdened with a fragile top order. The underperformers of PEC should feel ashamed to blame so much on a top performer. Where is the blame on kaneria on being so loose to Samuels and Younus Khan's horrendous dismissal in WI match and where is the blame on Kamran and Azhar for stupid hook and pull shots? Learn to respect the great... otherwise forget to produce the great. Inzi accepted his role as a captain but come on lay the eggs where they should be!!

  • moadhia on May 18, 2007, 16:45 GMT

    This is so disgraceful. A true hero of Pakistan cricket is being blamed for everything that went wrong. What about the PCB ? Based on this biased finding, Naseem Ashraf should be fired. Who would blame Younis Khan for not taking up captaincy. Who knows Shoaib Malik might step down after going through the inquiry findings himself. No wonder Pakistan has always fallen short of creating powerful leaders.

  • Nasir on May 18, 2007, 16:41 GMT

    I don't agree with findings.

  • Jazzuberi on May 18, 2007, 16:40 GMT

    I 100% agree with the report that Inzamam was responsible for the world cup fiasco alongwith our Doctor.Commenting on the report Inzamam said" I am now a dictator, that could only be accepted if players had complained that I acted like one". Imzamam should know that no one speaks in front of the dictators, if they had not opened their mouth this confirms he was a dictator.

  • Faisal on May 18, 2007, 16:33 GMT

    Its funny that the people who were part of PCB and contributed equally in the disaster that Pakistan went through are now judges to pin point that disaster. go figure. untill we have some culture of accountability in PCB nothing will work. i still believe that Inzi did what the committee allowed him ot do. if the driving seat is empty, some one will take it and thats the case in PCB. no one in PCB has any talent to steer the ship in bad times hence Inzi took the responsibility. he should be blamed for wrong decisions but rest of resposibility lies on PCB. Salim Altaf should resign after the findings of his own.

  • Asif Mehmood Khan on May 18, 2007, 16:27 GMT

    This is rediculious. I think Mr. Altaf, Mr. Ashraf are equally responsible as well. Why were they when Inzi was so called dictating the terms. Ethically, i believe Mr. altaf should have resigned by now, but unfortunately he didnt. We all know the way Mr. Ashraf and Mr. Altaf treated Waqar Younis. For sure, both of them are not competent enough for there jobs.

  • Farooq on May 18, 2007, 16:25 GMT

    Inzimam's name is too big of a name to be overshadowed by a stupid committee and its members such a Saleem Altaf. Inzimam has been an excellent servent to Pakistan cricket. He should not be made an escapegoat for the world cup disaster. I agree with Kamran that Inzi should get a fare portion of the blame but not all of it. Instead, idiots such as Wasim Bari and Saleem Altaf, who have been in the system for way too long, should be the one answering the bulk of the questions.

  • Amir Khan on May 18, 2007, 16:24 GMT

    Flat track bully ala Javed Miandad!!

  • Aziz Nouman on May 18, 2007, 16:22 GMT

    It has worked this way from the very begining. "Vicarious Liability" may be the right word. The only reason for blaming him for eveything, what i figured, could be as he has already retired; so no harm in accusing one and leaving others, so they could continue their spree horrendous performances. It is time that we should realize that, like hockey, cricket Pakistan is starting its slide into oblivion. We will move on from this as well, no body cares.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on May 18, 2007, 16:18 GMT

    The findings of the committee is precise and to the point. It is a well-known fact Inzi did act like a dictator and why he failed because he himself never proved to be a true leader thru his performance. Imran was another class. He was perhaps the most powerful captain and always proved his point thru his brilliant performance.

    Sacking of Inzi is the first step towards de-talibanization of the team. It is also a well-known fact that it is Inzi who brought Islam phobia in the team. The whole country is inching towards disaster thru sheer extremism and so is happening to Pak team.

    Lets hope the new team under Shoaib will work hard and would believe in playing ability rather than prayers.

  • Saima Rahim on May 18, 2007, 16:14 GMT

    The findings of the committee are a complete farce. How can you have an impartial inquiry when the ex - Director Cricket Operations - an individual that should shoulder much of the blame for the World Cup debacle - is sitting on the committee! No wonder there is no mention of the over intrusiveness of PCB high ups with the players, the low morale as a result of poor communication with Salim Altaf, the firing of Waqar Younis etc. Salim Altaf deserved to be on trial rather than the one dishing out the blame. Inzi - haughty and dictatorial? Heard the same about Altaf.

  • faisal on May 18, 2007, 16:11 GMT

    Thats all rubbish.They just make INZI the scapegoat

  • Shahzad on May 18, 2007, 16:08 GMT

    This is the way of Pakistan cricket administration to blame just the captain for failure and that is all. As former PCB chairman has already mentioned "how director cricket operation of that time when disaster occured" could be the member of investigation commitee rather than being questioned for accountibility. This example is sufficeint to expalin the legitimacy of investigation process. Wasim Akram, also mentioned Inzi as dictator, same person was ranking the dictator equivalent to ponting a year back after Pakistn had won two consecutive test series. Imran khan has been the example for any pakistan captain who used to be only decision making authority that time, he won the world cup with his dictatorship. Why we blame inzi being like Imran Khan for failure. PCB does not want to pin down actual problem that is why they adopted the easiest way. I am proud of inzi, if God wants him to play for Pakistan, no butt, Altaf can stop him playing. This was the time to get rid of these beaurocrates, like Salim Altaf from PCB to clean the process, but unfortunately it could not happen.

  • Haroon on May 18, 2007, 16:07 GMT

    It doesn't matter what we read these days, it seems like PCB is making a mockery out of the country's image day in and day out. A negative view, humiliation, or is it the embarassing pictures that are created in ours' and others' minds about the Pakistani reputation. I wonder when a cessation will interject itself to this nonsensical farce.

    It has been a tradition to insult every cricketer of the Pakistani descent when they are approaching the end of their career. whether it was Wasim Akram, Moin Khan, Waqar Younis, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and many more. To sum it, you name it, everyone with the exception of Imran Khan experienced a deplorable exit. Cricket combined with an unforgiving subcontinent crowd and a puppet of a PCB demolishes every chance of a respectable retirement. A reasonable mind would definitely question PCB's attitude towards a person who has served their country as a cricketer. If they want respect, they have to offer that initially for they are at a much higher responsibility than the players. They are the management of an entity, and we all know that people at superior positions of any organization either pave a way to success or dig a hole to a disaster. With the PCB it is the latter.

    The same Inzi was a hero back in 1992, everyone was chanting his slogans from the cricket board to the public. Lets take a look at this man now, as a matter of fact I don't even see the need to because it is "crystal clear". Very sad, very sad indeed.

    Maybe its not more or so about cricket that hurts me, its really about the reputation of my country which is at stake and has been jolted to a point where it will find it hard to rejuvenate in the near or maybe the far future too. I hope one day this episode would end and the people actively involved in destroying the Pakistani reputation in the world cricket would wake up. People from a different country don't really consider what is happening internally, whatever the media presents to them is the image they will have formed their minds and the image that we give out through cricket is nothing but a laughingstock.

  • Taimoor on May 18, 2007, 16:01 GMT

    The inquiry is a shame. How can Salim Altaf acn sit on the inqury in frist place. he was the part of worldcup preparations . He should have been inqiured but due to some reasons he was put into the inquiry on other side. Now this shows how corrupt PCB has become. Dr.Naseem is not capable of running PCB and whith him as a chairmen pakistan will suffer more. It is totally unfair to put all the blame on Inzi. All the PCB management is responsible and Dr.Naseem and Salim Altaf are worst offenders. There is no justice in Pakistan. people like Salim Altaf are Moving freely after destroying pakistan cricket. Hopeless

  • Jibran Ilyas on May 18, 2007, 15:57 GMT

    If Inzi was "let" being a dictator than its a failure on PCB's part. Laying blame is one thing and ridiculing is another. Pakistan does very well in the latter. I am not sure if any sane person would want to give this much to cricket knowing that one world cup failure will result in such heartless results from PCB and the fans. No wonder YK doesn't want a piece of the cursed stardom. I think all captains aspire to be "dictators" i.e. wanting power so that they could operate their plan. Imran and Wasim were dictators, may be more so than Inzi. Its just that Inzi failed and now they just want him to take all the blame so the rest can live in peace. There is something called conscience, which some people lack, if they have any. Inzi was well respected by his team mates and that speaks highly of a captain. I have atleast seen in countless times in interviews and such where players go out of their way to mention Inzi, especially the way he comforts players when they are struggling. We achieved one of our highest one day and test ratings under Inzi, yet some people always look at the other end of the picture. Failure is bad enough, but when you don't know how to handle it , it only makes it worse. Come on ppl, there were 11 guys on the field and many more people working for PCB at the time. If Inzi did everything, then what the heck were the others getting paid for?

  • Masaood Yunus on May 18, 2007, 15:52 GMT

    Yes, agreed. Inzi should name a date of his retirement and should be given a chance in one test series as a goodwill gesture from the board. However, The power of Inzis dictatorship also translates into failure of PCB's management and that hasn't been acknowledged by this "fact finding committee". This guy Saleem Altaf makes me sick at my stomach for being rude and a pathetic fella at the helm of board affairs. The findings of the committee aren't 100% as they ahve laid all blame on Inzi. Is sad and bad but as you said - heroes become villains, and villains become scapegoats. Thats waht Inzi is rigth now. I strongly vote against finding Inzi solely responsible for the wordcup debacle while PCB management share no responsibility !

  • Majid on May 18, 2007, 15:40 GMT

    Terrible and Pathetic way of treating your legendary cricketer. Yes, Inzamam was responsible partly for the failure for Pakistan's WC debacle but blaming him completely for defeat is totally ridiculous. I'm sorry to say but if this is the way the subcontinent boards treat their circketers and that too legendary ones, then there wouldn't be any youngsters coming forward and taking this game. It would be a total loss for Pakistan cricket in particular and cricket as a whole. Shame on you spineless board members....SPINELESS !!!

  • Graeme Edgar on May 18, 2007, 15:36 GMT

    What a sad tale, Pakistan cricket seems to run in a state of perpetual confusion and crisis. Alongside the Windies, they are an embaressment to cricket in their current state.

  • Inzi Rules Laloo Khet on May 18, 2007, 15:29 GMT

    haha ive been saying this for years now.. it was because of inzi i stopped rooting for pakistan. his religious antics destroyed pakistan cricket.. we can tendulker selfish but inzi is also in that same boat.

    i just pray to allah that rest of the team doesnt become overly religious and grow 19 inch beards and gain 20 pounds like yousuf youhana and inzi did.. even afridi is fat now..

    this is the downfall of pakistan cricket.. and until religious preaching is rooted out of our game.. pakistan will not go anywhere..

    may allah be with them

    inshallah by year 2012 we will succeed.

  • Asif Ramzan on May 18, 2007, 15:20 GMT

    there is no doubt that inzamam was one of the best batsman pakistan ever produced but his captaincy skills were always questionable, the problem with pakistan cricket is that nobody takes the blame on himself , after the world cup it was very clear that it happened because of poor planning , preparation and bad selection but inzamam has never accepted that nor did PCB. i dont know when we will learn to speak truth, a very basic mistake like not picking Danish kaneria for Ireland match even Mr.inzamam now say i picked the team rite.we can all just pray for Pakistan cricket PCB will never change its attitude to loose professional people like Waqar Younis they dont even regret.pakistan cricket will go a long way if curruption and favourism will go out of the system.

  • Mandar Lagu on May 18, 2007, 15:14 GMT

    Well said Mr. Kamran! The saving grace of this sham inquiry affair is that the current Pakistani team can concentrate on their cricket rather than mulling over who would the committee blame for the loss. However they must be knowing in their hearts that they were also at fault. If they had a problem with Inzi or anybody, why didn't they discuss it with the higher-ups of PCB? If they did discuss this, then why didn't the PCB do anything to stem the rot! If normal cricket fans like us could see that things were very wrong even before the start of the WC, why couldn't these PCB guys who were much closer to the action (or are theoretically expected to be!!!!) see clearly what was going on? This brings us to the crux of the plight of PCB. Either the board officials didn't have the mental acumen to judge the situation and take necessary action or they simply ignored the rot, due to their "chalta hai" attitudes. Both are not good signs for officials of any organization. That is the bane of Indian and Pakistani cricket! And now these very same officials have conveniently absolved themselves of all blame and put the whole load of the loss on one man! So, the man naturally has to go and they are still there, congratulating themselves for saving their own a**es after the debacle! Well, now that I have let off some literary steam, my life can go back to normalcy but any hope that things will change in the future has been quashed by this farce! Regards, Mandar.

  • Ali on May 18, 2007, 15:05 GMT

    To me inquiry was a joke.

    If it is true that Inzy is a dictator then inzy is not at fault at all. I would blame Dr. Ashraf and Chairman selector for allowing him to be dictator.

    aaaah one can say inzy was too strong to handle. In that case Mr. Ashraf and Mr. Bari should have resigned.

    oooh pls dont say that they realised Inzy was dictator after the world cup.

    If the board is accepting the report of the committee then Pakistan board should apologize people of Pakistan for NOT DOING THIER JOB BY ALLOWING INZY DICTATORSHIP

    Thank you Inzy for serving the nation for so long we all respect you for what you have acheived for Pakistan.

  • imtiaz ahmed on May 18, 2007, 14:55 GMT

    that is wat happens to straight farward people in pakistan,i donot know why somebody donot ask from ijaz butt, the person who held this inqury,why inzamam was that much a powerful caption, was he a successful caption that is the resons for this powers or something else.we want to know the resons

  • Rizwan on May 18, 2007, 14:46 GMT

    Well I think the whole of PCB should take the blame, why is Inzi being targeted? Just cuz he is retiring so put it on him so that people later on forget it. What a shame this inquiry has been. As Afridi said openly on a tv interview that people who blame Inzi for this debacle should come up and stand up to him and compare thier achievements with him, Inzi has done so much for Pak cricket it cannot be repaid. The best batsman i believe Pakistan has ever produced. Please let him retire peacefully!!

  • menaz on May 18, 2007, 14:38 GMT

    Pakistan's cricket world cup planning was in shambles form the time they toured South Africa.In RSA they never played like a team that was hungry to win the World Cup. To blame all this on Inzimam is unfair although he should take 60% of the blame.I dont know what happens in the changing room but on field Pakistan is as disjointed as they come.This I feel points to captain and to a less extent the coach. Inzamam should immediately retire and not play any more tests.He has had his time and its time for a fresh new era in Pakistan cricket. I observed Inzimam in SA.Not once did he chase the ball to the rope.He set fields is such a way that there was always cover and he wouldnt have to run.He is a liability when he has failed with the bat and the team is guarding a low score where every run counts. ITS TIME TO GO INZI.Thanks for the memories.. Menaz,Harare,Zimbabwe

  • Tahir Rashid on May 18, 2007, 14:38 GMT

    I agree Inzamam was a colossus figure in the team but being labelled a 'dictator' is unfair. However, I am not his captaincy fan by any means. I feel he took the team backwards and did not lead from front. It's high time team moved forward to winning ways and anyone causing further problems should be flagellated.

  • Nitin Kulkarni on May 18, 2007, 14:31 GMT

    The article is very well written. It is a custom in Indian and Pakistan to find a scapegoat everytime the team loses. Inzamam may not be a good captain but I think he was excellent player. One thing may be he should have done was to give up captaincy before the worldcup. Sachin did the same for India when he realised that his captaincy is not working. People have very weird memories. All they remember is how Sachin or Inzamam got out but will not remember how they setup a win. There is a lot of money involved in this game especially in India and Pakistan which has led to politicising the game. These people who are in it just for money should be driven out and the money be used to build the real and better infrastructure.

  • Ali Sultan Khan on May 18, 2007, 14:27 GMT

    Who allowed Inzi to become so powerful? If it was the PCB, it automatically convicts them of being incompetent. If it was the players, more than half of them are still in the team. Although I am not a big fan of inzi as a captian, I am convinced that the PCB was just looking for a scapegoat and inzi by retiring provided them with a sitting duck.

    I have no faith in the new management and I will not be fooled by their superficial inquiries. Reminds me of a Bon Jovi song " Its all the same, only the names will change".

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  • Sameer A Malik, Michigan, USA on May 18, 2007, 14:11 GMT

    I am unable to understand how low this PCB management will go to save their dignity(which isn't there at all). They are trying to put all the blame on Inzi so that their Tenures dont get affected.

    Its the tradition of Pakistan cricket that Heroes never get the appreciation at the time of departure that they thoroughly deserve, there are dozens of examples that can be quoted except Imran Khan who was and is appreciated.

    No one is perfect in this world, everyone makes mistakes but putting all the blames on one person is shameful, i am not saying Inzi is a saint but i know for sure he is not the only one responsible for Pakistan's exit from world cup.

    Afridi is known for playing reckless shorts and throwing his wicket away, but i think the PCB management didn't see the way Younis Khan Played in world cup and still our PCB Chairman was begging him to become the captain, WHY? What has he done for Pakistan? except couple of good test innings, Inzi's performances are countless.

    Inzi was everyone's hero right since 1992 and how come all of sudden he becomes a criminal and recieves bashing from everyone? right now if i put myself in his place it makes me restless that i have done so much for Pakistan and when its time for me to go then i am getting blame after blame, ridiculous!!!!! I hope Inzi doesn't step away quietly. Only Inzi shouldn't be held accountable infact whole management should be scanned thoroughly.

  • Nirbhay Singh on May 18, 2007, 14:11 GMT

    Excellent: A well written article because it had just the right anount of poignancy and tongue in cheek jest to lighten the mood.

    The way the Greats of the Game are either voluntarily or Involuntarily shunting themselves out it's really sad.

    As you say, Inzy deserves a really grand farewell because he is truly a great of the game.

    Regards, Nirbhay Singh

  • Ranjeet on May 18, 2007, 14:08 GMT

    Well said!

  • Muhammad Asif on May 18, 2007, 14:07 GMT

    If we are not accountable to ourselves then just forget about accountability in general. Its all about culture. And when we look back at our own blog whatever is happening in Pakistan cricket is just a reflection of us. To all Proud Brown Saabs on this blog: Pakistan is one of the most liberal countries in the world, where you can do whatever you want, no one will stop you. Now its up to the people to make it good or bad. I live in Sialkot. In length & breadth Sialkot might even be smaller than Korangi. See the progress the people of Sialkot had made. If I am wrong do corrct me, Sialkot is the only city in Pakistan where its community is investing in all the major projects, namely, Airport, roads & highways, education, sports, health. So be carefull when you are cursing me & my homeland. I proud to be a Sialkoti, because as a community we are doing something good for ourselves & for our homeland. So think thousand times before cursing someone.

  • inzy4president on May 18, 2007, 13:58 GMT

    how can it be all inzys fault if the whole team played rubbish? i agree with inzy, the review commitee dont know what theyre talking about. how is it that before the world cup they all said inzy was to lenient and know that he is a dictator? that is just typical pcb rubbish! its time someone reviewd the pcb itself!

  • Kash on May 18, 2007, 13:51 GMT

    When has a modern day Pakistani cricketer departed the game respectfully, with the relative exception on Imran Khan. Javed, Wasim, waqar, all of them sticked with the team way after their prime. I have utmost repect for all these players and even Inzi for the great game they have played, but they should all leave when the moment is right. I mean look at McGrath... He retired after being named player of the series in the world cup and after shattering the most wickets record at the world cup. This is the way to go. Had he been in Pakistan team, he would've argued "I still have a few years of creicket left". Inzi... Step down with whatever dignity you've left, instead of being thrown out

  • S. Sheikh on May 18, 2007, 13:43 GMT

    Kamaran Bhai nothing new history is going to repeat itself and will keep on repeating in this corrupt organization called PCB why blame poor Inzy it is buck passing business when this buck passing business will stop only God knows, not in our liftime. Yes Inzy is to be blame to certain extent but 90 percent is PCB management fault were they sleeping for the last four years. I agree Inzy should get a decent farewell for services he did for the country. This President appointed PCB chairman so called Dr. Nasim Ashraf got the position 5 months before the world cup which according to him not enough time to get everthing straight believe me given the oppertunity in 5 weeks I would have done 100 times better job then him guranteed. May Allah bless Pakistan cricket. It is a sad saga.

  • K Prabhu on May 18, 2007, 13:11 GMT

    I have always admired Inzy as a cricketer. He surely has been one of the most feared batsmen of his generation. Whether Inzy retires from cricket or not, let us make every effort to remember him as what he most was - a batsman second to none; not for that fleeting moment of ignominy during the world cup

  • Hussain on May 18, 2007, 13:08 GMT

    Are we not forgetting where was this team when Inzi took over? Are we not forgetting what have been his contributions? (all the stats are there to see!)

    A dictator and Inzi? One day he was being blamed for being just the opposite, and the next....

    Inzi, being the captain of team, had the responsibility, and he has accepted it as well. But, lets give him a break!

    We all remember how Saeed Anwar, Waqar, and Waseem were treated. Lets not do this with Inzi, and not make it our tradition!

  • Haroon Hashmi on May 18, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    You cant expect any better from this Board whose chairman has no criterion to get selected other than the fact that he is a close friend of General Musharraf. If Inzy behaved as a dictator, his boss(Dr Ashraf) must resign & apologise to the public. Secondly, all those who sat at Inzy's place to get his orders for holidays etc should never get a post of responsibility in PCB(or elsewhere for that matter).

  • Kalyan on May 18, 2007, 12:58 GMT

    Subcontinent cricket administrators are a shame to their nations. Most of them atleast!

    80% of these cricket administrators have no experience in cricket and have made it to their posts based on political influence. What does Sharad Powar know of cricket? How about Pervez Musharaaf? I think Inzy deserves a rap on the knuckles for the team's performance but this is like executing him for all the team's mistakes. 1. How was he responsible for Afridi not being available for the first 2 ODIs 2. How is he responsible for the Shoaib Akthar-Asif debacle? 3. How is he responsible for Razzaq's injury? That's four of your core team missing. After this, if the mgmt thought they had a chance to lift the WC, they have proved the fact that they are not fit to manage the game.

    Indian and Pakistani cricket is doomed to mediocrity at best because of the irrational fans and unintelligent cricket officials.

  • Jai Patel on May 18, 2007, 12:46 GMT

    Inzy is not to blame, its the pakistani cricket board...if bob was alive, they would have blamed him, now his not here...second in line is Inzy..thats why he is getting the blame.

    PAKISITANI CRICKET BOARD STICKS OF SHIT

  • Yassar Altaf on May 18, 2007, 12:38 GMT

    What a load of rubbish and what a waste of time and money.

    The report into Pakistan’s failure is released and guess what they blame it all on the captain and if the late Bob Woolmer was alive then make no mistake he would have been targeted too.

    Cricket is a team game…actually more of a squad game and winning and losing should be taken as such and not by blaming the leader or coach.

    Whatever people say about Inzamam’s captaincy there should be no doubt that he did his best for Pakistan. I am not a fan of his captaincy but even his harshest criticisers will have to agree that he brought stability and team spirit that has lacked since the days of Imran Khan.

    If we go by stats then we can see that Inzamam has been a successful captain compared to some of his predecessors. Most of the players enjoyed playing under him and appreciated his guidance, so to label him a dictator and one whose fault it was that Pakistan stumbled out of the world cup is complete rubbish.

    He is a champion batsman that often led from the front through his performances and won Pakistan many matches when others in his place would have folded. He is nearing the end of his great career and instead of being honoured for his services to Pakistan, he is being made a scapegoat.

    Inzamam has re-iterated his desire to continue playing for Pakistan in test cricket, I sincerely hope he does do that and the selectors have the brains and intelligence not to ignore him as he still has a lot to offer Pakistan. Other than Yousuf, Pakistan still do not have a consistent enough batsman to replace Inzamam, so even on a merit based selection Inzamam deserves a place.

    The PCB has strengthened its status as the worst national sporting body anywhere. It is no coincidence that every former or current player has nothing favourable to say of the PCB as it is run by Muppets!

  • vinod on May 18, 2007, 12:25 GMT

    bull**it kamran !!! as usual u seem to have written only half of the fact and half rot !!! the inquiry not only blamed inzy alone but it also blamed the management for bringing the players morale down by not handling the shoaib and asif issue well and also not sending delegations like the sri lankans and other teams in the west-indies to get a feel of the conditions and pitches before the World Cup. As far as the talk of inzamam's attitude, well it was the bloody rotten attitudes of akhtar, afridi and some other players who spoilt the dressing room atmosphere for their ego. check the facts completely and then post as it is brother. >:{

  • Saqib Ali on May 18, 2007, 12:22 GMT

    It’s quite shameful that probe committee put all the blame only on one individual. So they say Inzi is a dictator and that’s why Pakistan lost the world cup. If being a dictator is a bad thing the why Imran Khan won the 92 world cup, I can bet Imran was a big dictator than Inzi. Why the dictator Inzamam is the most successful ever odi captain? And why the team was winning every other odi series before the world cup?

    Was inzi directing batsmen not to make runs and asking rana naveed to throw no balls? Was he advicing kamran akmal to drop catches and get first balls duck? Did he advice Asif and Shoaib to take in steroids? Or he directed Naseem ashraf to fire Waqar younis and hire Mushy while having 5 fast bowlers in the squad? Or he broke the razzaq ankle?

    If he was a dictator why naseem asharaf , sheryaar khan , saleem altaf or wasim bari raises this before or resigned. The question raises here that why the probe committee didn’t point the finger on PCB predident Gen Pervez Musharaf who is also a dictator? Any other question comes into my mind that India,Eng, Ban and host Westindies had a horrible world cup too, is Lara, Vaughn and Dravid are also dictator? Did any of that nation disgraced their players or captain?

    Here are my open questions if any body from PCB can reply?

    1) Why probe committee didn’t ask from Wasim bari who selected the openers having averaging only 18 and 22? And opting out salman butt and yasir hameed whose averages and batting record is way better?

    2) Why Naseem Ashraf fired Waqar younis just before the world cup and South African tour and hired Mushtaq Ahmed while having 5 fast bowlers and only one spinner in team?

    3) Was probe committee asked to decide the Inzamam career or world cup loss?

    4) PCB president is also a “Dictator” why probe committee didn’t highlight his name along with inzamam?

    Shame on you PCB. You always make fun of us in cricket world.

    Thanks for reading my emotions Saqib airway75@yahoo.com

  • Mohsin on May 18, 2007, 12:18 GMT

    Absolutely rediculous findings... What Mr Ijaz Butt's committee did till 30 days was interviewing people & travelling from Islamabad to Lahore to Karachi..and this is what they have come up with!!!!..only to find Inzi dictator?? What about selection committee's failure to find a stable opening pair, spending more than 3 years in the office?? What about the adhocism at PCB for the last 7 years or so?? We, as a nation has a history of disgracing our heroes, & now its been done again. The only difference is that this time it is official & documented!!! They call Inzi dictator..but what do they call Wasim Bari who calls Azhar Mahmood & Imran Nazir out of the blues for the WC...who drops Kaneria for the ODIs in SA & then select him again for the WC? and the list of his blunders is never ending... What do you call Dr. Naseem Ashraf when he sends Shoiab Akhtar to SA only after seeing him bowl couple of overs in a domestic match & likes to live with the national team (even in the dressing room) wherever it goes?? What do you call Dr. Ashraf when he posed with team for the official photograph in the opening ceremony (please note that no other Cricket Board's head was there).. Even a novice can come up with better findings without interviewing anybody or travelling anywhere.. The reasons are all known to us, & all that is required to take corrective measures by the persons responsible, rather than playing the blame game & disgracing our heroes.. Inzi is not innocent & he has already accepted the responsibility for the dismal show at Carribean....for God's sake..enough is enough..but Wasim Bari & Naseem Ashraf are equally responsible & they should also be held accountable.. About Naseem Ashraf...all the adhoc chiefs of PCB did not resign unless they are made to bite the dust...I think that his case would be no different... And about Wasim Bari...we all respect him as a cricketer & one of the greatest wicket keepers Pakistan has produced..but that is it...he should not be let-off this easily...

  • Faisal Butt on May 18, 2007, 12:17 GMT

    Inzi wasn't a great captain but a decent one and he did lead from the front for the most part of his tenure. As for dictatorship, does anyone remember Imran Khan - by all accounts the greatest captain Pakistan has ever produced - ordering the then BCCP secretary out of the team dressing room, dropping Majid Khan, first resisting and then insisting on Shoaib Mohammed's inclusion, persisting with Mansoor Akhtar for longer than most believe he should have etc. etc. Ditatorship isn't the issue, it is the results that matter and this is where Inzi didn't deliver during the past year or so. He should probably go, especially in view of his back, but the committee had no business making that recommendation and the language it has used in its report is very disappointing. Inzi deserves better.

  • Ashaq on May 18, 2007, 12:04 GMT

    They say "success has many fathers and failure is always an orphan".The P.C.B. backed by the "Brown Sahibs" in the media has decided to find an easy scape goat.

    Strangely Saleem Altaf the chief architect of Pakistans demise is the one issueing this 'Fatwa' against Inzimam.

    As for the big guy himself full respect,he has taken reponsibility for his part in the world cup fiasco. He has also come back at his detractors with spirit.With all the vitriol and vilification directed against him over the last few months it would have been easy for him to have disappeared in to oblivion.The brother is gonna go down fighting big respect for that.

    The true character of a man is judged in adversity.Inzi has shown character whilst these punk ass Brown Sahibs in the p.c.b.have shown nothing but bufoonery,which is second only to their cowardice.Saleem Altaf, Nasim Ashraf, and all the rest can go jack themselves.

    To My 'Brudda' Javed in Montreal what can I say, Haraay Yaar aisay chakar mein nahin aana, Ashiqi aur Mashhoqi key kamm tumare bass mein nahin hain.Tum jo aapni Philosophy kitabein paro.Leave this sort of thing to the Brothers who have the "Rhythm and the Rhyme".I think you should be grateful for the respite you have received from The Warrior Queen, she just might return to wage her campaign against "Lunatic Ramblers from Montreal":-)

  • Jamil Ahmed on May 18, 2007, 12:02 GMT

    How Scandalous that a two bit "committee" who were part of the set up before and during the World Cup should place all blame at the door of arguably the best Pakistani batsman and one of the all time greats.

    This is nothing but a complete disgrace,if Inzi was to blame then why didn't they say anything or act at the time.

    This is the thanks Inzy gets for carrying the side for most of his playing career as a player and captian and explains why Younis turned the job down.

    Please get rid of these self presrvists and put people on charge who have actually played the game.We are the only country in the world no matter what the sport,where those in charge have never played the game but lead us to believe that they know best.The committee should go and never come within 100 miles of a cricket pitch as they are clueless,despite which they are paid thousands of rupees for their incompetence.

  • Asim on May 18, 2007, 11:59 GMT

    I think this is Ridiculous to put the blame on a person who serve the pakistan cricket in a way one can wish. Inzy is a kind of player who did a remarkable job for Pakistani cricket.

    yes there is a time for a player to quit from the international arena but I think Inzi still have lot and I request the board please let him play for the country.

    If you see the people who madde this decision they did not score the runs in his whole carrer what Inzi did usually in one match. Where were they when Pakistan was on winning track and every one was ready to take the pride as they are the people who did the Job for pakistan.

  • sam on May 18, 2007, 11:59 GMT

    He was gr8 and he will remain gr8, no one can snatch this title from him.

  • Saad Malik on May 18, 2007, 11:55 GMT

    Yes I completely agree with Kamran.These inquiries have turned out to be a farce whenever they have embarked on a 'fact-finding' mission as they are termed. Mr.Saleem Altaf should not have been on the enquiry commission, he should be removed if he does not have the decency to resign.

  • Javed Ahmed on May 18, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket has been a mess for a while now, thanks to the power that be. Amir Sohail, Ramiz Raja, Tauqir Zia, Sharyar Khan etc. Inzamam included as well but he was great player but never meant to be a Captain. His fault he was the captain during this period and did what he thought was right, however flawed it was, he was allowed to do it.

    Pakitan has been playing with negative tactics , since Woolmer became the coach and they won on basis on manipulating the conditions and not on the merit of performance.

    Woolmer Era -> no steady opening pair or new consistent batsman were indentified and groomed

    Miandad -> Not liked by all, he has his faults but was able to produce a couple of batsman.

    At this stage, Pakistan cricket needs a revamp, bold descions, even uppopular ones. Common sense has to be used making M.Asif vice would have ok if done down the line after six months based on performance, he has been rewarded thus negative for the team.

    We also need to have joint farewell matche for a couple of player Shoaib Akthar, Inzamam, Younis Khan & Abdul Razzaq. We have done poorly with them, so without them it will be it no different but atleast new players will have a chance and we might have team for the next World Cup

  • Sajid Hussain on May 18, 2007, 11:36 GMT

    Its a tradition here to play the blame game. Make one person scapegoat and solve the issue. Inzy was the culprit, but ignoring other factors like the adhoc doctor and his management is simply turning a blind eye on the other perspective of the side.

  • Yasir on May 18, 2007, 11:25 GMT

    committee kaee report saiy phaly haee wasim akram bahee ya word ke chaukay hi capt.inzamam ul haq kay baray maiy.aur player's kay rawaiay kao issue bana kar ahab khud bahee ais mamlaiy maiy aha gaiy.akhair ya din dekhana haee tha.

  • ahamed_sharif on May 18, 2007, 11:13 GMT

    The same Inzamam who was soft and the ex-cricketers were asking him to be tough is a dictator now. I laught at it

  • Owais on May 18, 2007, 11:04 GMT

    Ofcourse Inzi was the main culprit, you take the adulations when you win, you take the blame when you lose - as simple as that. Along with Inzi Nasim Ashraf was another villain in this debacle. Shehryar Khan should never have been replaced, his resignation should not have been accepted but I guess our President (Mushy) is equally bad in all spheres of his leadership. He made a jerk into PCB head. Finally blame should also go to senior players, not the least, Younis Khan, for not playing according to the conditions, I dont understand how can someone who cannot play good hook shot in good conditions can try to create a hook in seaming condition. Younis got out to that stroke on a number of occasions during crunch/pressure situations. Which reminds me Akmal and Azhar also got themselves dismissed against Ireland playing similar shots. Bloody Hookers !!!!

  • SID JAMES on May 18, 2007, 10:59 GMT

    The fact that Kamran has devoted his precious time in compiling this latest blog is an enigma in itself. Why o Why o Why are we not surprised in the least!!

    As a nation it has remained our 'noble' tradition in all facets of administration and governance , be it the country or running the cricket set up , that NO ONE is accountable for any wrong doing. It's quite easy. You see all we have to do is to OUT-SOURCE our reason and accountability to our CREATOR up there and not worry about it at all. It has worked in the past, is working rather well at present and shall remain a force in the future unless some future ruler (read Dictator) turns out to be a close mate of anyone connected with running Australian cricket and hands over the keys to running Pak cricket ( and rather a brilliant move it will be me thinks! )

    Poor Inzi, of late, has always maintained that the reasons for his and his team's abysmal performance is the WILL OF THE CREATOR which must compensate for switching off his own thought process and rationality. And in an equally arrogant fashion the Chairman of the board and his Lackeys continue to operate on a similar premise. The selector is also the judge and jury ( Mr Altaf) and the good Doctor must surely remain above such ‘distasteful matters’ in order to concentrate on his gallant efforts in bringing the ‘Institution’ down.

    So is it at all surprising that no one but Inzi must carry this shameful and blatantly corrupt administration’s carcass on his shoulders…surely not. We are basically a Jungle nation who has always ‘Feasted’ on the demise of national sports stars whilst never really appreciating their true worth when they are amongst us. Instead of remaining in our conscience as stars in the HALL OF FAME our great cricketers of past including Inzi are merely bricks in a WALL OF SHAME . Cast a look back to immediate history and you shall see the likes of Javed, Wasim ,Waqar, Saeed Anwar, Rashid Latif et al , sacrificed at the altar of this monstrous ‘deity’ that is the Pak Cricket Board..

    Our precocious, immensely gifted cricketers, brimming in confidence , full of hope and a sterling future arrive in front of this monster to be scythed down into a mediocre, self doubting, infirm of mind and without purpose bunch of men only to represent our country in front of the world.

    We need a revolt…of any sorts ..from the masses to get rid of this monster for as long as it remains IT SHALL KEEP DOING WHAT IT HAS ALWAYS DONE TO ENSURE THAT WE KEEP GETTING WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS GOT.

  • Junaid on May 18, 2007, 10:57 GMT

    What rubbish this so called "verdict" is... absolutely ridiculous. Just goes on to show what a joke PCB has become. I agree that as a leader Inzi needs to take the blame for WC debacle but it is ludicrous to say that he became a 'dictator'. He did what he was allowed to do by ppl like Shaharyar and Naseem Ashraf. Why didn't Saleem Altaf and Salahuddin Ahmed complain about this earlier? And can someone tell me why they were in this committee in the first place. These guys are equally responsible for the shambles that we call Pakistan Cricket and should have been the first ones to be fired. If Inzi became a dictator it was because of these goons who did not have the guts to confront him.... perhaps they were more concerned with keeping their jobs than doing a service to the country!

  • shahid Mahmood on May 18, 2007, 10:52 GMT

    You got to be out of your mind while asking Izi to announce his rtirement. Inzi as a player is still one of the best available in the lot. Pakistan dosn't enjoy the luxury of Australians with take overs waiting for their turn. He is still with the best pair of hands in slips (no talking of one days here). So dear Abbasi, I will beg him to stay a little longer. Cricket is a game of luck as much as anything else. In 1992, We were out of it if the luck didn,t help against England. Slection of a team is the matter Salim Altaf is pointing at but then non of disagreed when the team for WC was chosen. Inzi might not be a good captain but then, are you sure we were beaten due to a substandard skipper. If its to me I will actually keep Mr. Saleem Altaf to stay away from Pakistan Cricket.

  • Kashif.K on May 18, 2007, 10:52 GMT

    I totally agree! Pakistan Cricket will recover...how long will it take...that's the question. PCB is a money making organization and needs to be run professionally!! Till that happens...these extreme ups and downs in Pakistan Cricket will keep happening.

  • Abid Khan on May 18, 2007, 10:50 GMT

    No surprises with this report given the haste with which its been put out. Typical Pakistani mentality to pass the buck. Thank God, Woolmer was spared. Had he been alive, this fiasco would have been blamed on him.

    Of course, the board is never to be blamed for any of this. Given Inzamams personality I hardly see him as being dictatorial. Having spoken to a friend who lives in Jamaica, I found out that the team had broken up into small groups rather being a cohesive single unit. This can be blamed on the captain AND the team management. What was the point of all these officials if they couldn't manage the team ? Managing doesn't ensuring their hotels are booked and the meals are on time. In our chumcha culture, captains et al encourage cliques i.e. party bazi rather than focussing on their main task which is winning matches.

  • Aussie on May 18, 2007, 10:46 GMT

    The outcome of this inquiry comes as no surprise to me. Someone had to be made a scapegoat and it was obviously going to be Inzy - even though I believe that neither Inzy nor any other player in the team should cop an ounce of blame. The underlying issues are systemic in nature - and it is not like they have emerged over the last few months, rather they have been embedded in Pakistani cricket for many years now. In fact so many years that these issues have become the globally notorious charasterictics of Pakistani cricket. The issues are bleeding obvious to anyone who has followed Pakistani cricket for a number of years, although I acknowledge that the majory of Pakistani cricket fans are completely ignorant of these issues. The issues are (I will try to keep this as brief as possible): 1. Sport should ideally be kept independent of politics. How can this be the case if the president of the country is the chief patron of the cricket board. Fundamental structural issue! 2. The above point leads to the appointment of cricket board executives in a highly subjective fashion. The competency of these executives will naturally be doubtful. If the executives do prove to be incompetent in running the board and cricket in the country iin general there positions will not be reviwed objectively because they were never appointed objectively in the first place. The executives just need to ensure that they are in line with hidden agendas to keep their positions. In the context of the last few months, the incompetency of the PCB executives (and the chief patron!) has been bleedingly obvious. a) The entire Akhtar and Asif doping issue was poorly dealt with by the PCB - and bear in mind that the PCB was entirely responsible for managing this issue. First the PCB impose bans on the two players in mention to make the PCB look as though it is impartial and full of integrity. Then, according to plan, they grant an appeal and subsequently clear the players on the basis that they did not take the drugs knowingly. If this was the case then they should have not been banned in the first place! So without looking ahead to the World Cup the PCB clear the players just so that Asif could tour to South Africa. Then, come the World Cup, the PCB realises that the players can be randomly tested for drugs and that they should not let Asif and Akhtar play. So really Pakistani cricket was in turmoil even before the World Cup started because the team that was to play in the World Cup had not even played a game together prior to the World Cup - complete chaos! This was planning for the World Cup by the PCB at its best! (Sigh!).

    Although I have many more points to raise I will truncate it here for now. If the general public tried to see what has been really going 'behind the scenes' then the verbal abuse and harassment would be sujected not to the players but a different group of stakeholders. To those that were aware of these issues the early exit of Pakistan from the World Cup came as no surprise.

  • Mashraful on May 18, 2007, 10:44 GMT

    Inzi may have failed in the WC, but Pakistan won so many test matches under his supervision. Not many captains achieved that. Not only that, he led from the front scoring centuries after centuries in the last few years. Inzi is Big brother figure to the younger team members and his presence is a huge motivation to the team. Even after the Enland debacle Pakistan won a series against WI and a test against SA.

    What's his fault? Is he too religious? I see lots of Pakstani sports writer criticizing him for being religious. That's pure discrimination agaist a person who used to be adored by you folks for bringing harmony and disclipline to the team through five times namaz.

    I'm a B'deshi and well wisher of the Pakistan team, but this is my honest opinion.

  • Naveed Iqbal on May 18, 2007, 10:35 GMT

    What kind of committee is it? why neutral persons were not appointed in the committee? Why not persons like Munir Hussain, the senior journalist, Salim Yousuf or Sikandar Bakhth who have nothing to do with PCB or current players and mostly remain neutral and respected among the people? What do you expect from the committee comprises of Board's paid employees? If players wanted by Inzamam were not the choices of selection committee then why almost all of the UAE-bound touring party are the same as wanted by Inzamam, off course Inzamam, Younus Khan and Shoaib Akhtar are not available hence you are seeing two new faces in the squad, why the players accused of Inzamam's favourite are still in the squad if they were in the team because of Inzamam's favouritism and not because of the choice of selection committee? This is a trend in Pakistan to blame others and keep eyes shut on your own mistakes. Please close this drama of fact finding etc. and just focus on future.

  • Zuhair on May 18, 2007, 10:30 GMT

    What rubbish has PCB done again!!!! How on earth could they just put the blame on one player??? It was on the cards anyhow, as it has been our tradition!! We saw the same happening in 2003 when we went out the world cup in the earlier stage.

    How on earth could Salim Altaf afford to call inzi a ‘dictator’??? One must not forget that Altaf was the Director Operations even before the World cup. Why didn’t he then realize that Inzi is a dictator? Or Inzi just waited for the World Cup to dictate terms??

    And even if Inzi had a larger say in team selection, one must not find it that wrong either. Different nations have different temperaments and cultures. What’s workable in Australia is not necessarily workable here in Pakistan. Everybody knows how Imran and Wasim used to lead he team. Both of them had even greater control over selection than Inzi.

    And one must not forget that Inzi had been one of the most successful captains of Pakistan. His success rate is only behind that of Salim Malik and at par with Wasim and Waqar. Even Imran and Javed had lower success rates. And as it is said that comparisons with players of different eras is not a good thing to do than lets compare with the current captains!!! And as a matter of fact, only Ponting and Jayewardene manage to have better captaincy records than Inzi!!! No Fleming, No Smith and No Dravid!!!!

    So, when we blame our captains of defeats, we must credit them for all their successes too!!! And yet another point is that Inzi is the most successful ODI captain when it comes to captain’s batting performances!! He averages more than anybody, even more than RT. Ponting!!! True, that he had some lacking, being no exception as everybody doe shave a few in the bag!!! But being silent and less lee talkative doesn’t spoil the recipe of good captaincy!! Does it? We saw Younis Khan, how well (or how bad) his extra zealous attitude proved to be disastrous whenever he got the chance of leading th side.

    Inzi did make a few selection errors, for which he should be questioned, like that of playing Hafeez and Farhat over Butt and Hameed and insisting with Kamran Akmal!! But on the whole, he made our side more stable than it ever was!!!

    It would be a pity if he is dropped from the test side. Pakistan desperately need him in the middle order specially in the test match format of the game. Inzi should play 3 test series against Aussies, SA and India. Without Inzi we have lesser chances of creating an impact!!!

  • saqib on May 18, 2007, 10:24 GMT

    Inzi is a gr8 man in pakistan criciket and wot i know is tat he still has everything in him to be the #1 batsman in pakistan side. He should be to continue atleast upto 2007/2008 season. I dont blame 80% of pakistani people who are un-educated and have only emotional analysis about the situatons but I realy condemn the pigheaded professionals sitting in PCB offices after graduating cricket on basis of batting averages mostly not more than 25.00 and bowling averages not less than 40.00 and are notching star of all times of pakistani batting out from the game in such a disgusting manner. Hey, shame upon u all including salu bhai,ijaz butt and horse like salim altaf. I think all of them should take new birth to imagine any comparision with class of inzi. I dont care, if inzi is a dictator or wot ever, wot i know is tat he is a man who has been stabilizing the back bone of the #1 sport of this country since two decades. And I cant let crooks like altaf,ijaz butt and salahuddin salu sort of things to decide the future of our hero our inzi, whose big charge against the spinners of like murali,kuble,harbjhan etc doesn't result in many other possibilites than a towering six. In a gloomy way i quit here with a saying,"Inzi, Plz do play for sake of me n for sake of tens of millions of other supporters n for the sake of pakistani cricket which otherwise is looking to traverse in similar ways the hockey have gone!!!! Plz show us wid few more brilliant runchases and some of excellent match winning innings that had been a feature of you, tats y I and so many luv u to be still in team until a suitable replacement arises". N tae my words PCB officials,"You should think that after scoring 1700 runs in a calender year wud help yousuf to take all burden of batting on his shoulder, because everyone knows yosuf is gud becausse he is scoring gud but inzi is BEST although he is NOT in form, I think you understand wot i want to say n dont dream of knockingout inzi with a replacements by crackpots like faisal iqbal,misbah or asim. N if PCB official dont listen to it, then they would be written as the villians of the likes of yahya khan in history of Pakistan cricket". Long Live Inzi Batting, Long Live Pakistan Cricket, Long Live Pakistan!

  • kash on May 18, 2007, 10:23 GMT

    great column. i just wanted to say that pakistani people have got such a short memory.although we have had our fair share of problems over the last year but what about the great 3 years before that. for the first time watching cricket in my life i was happy with pakistan cricket. inzi should play on in test cricket for the next three series ( south africa, INDIA, AUSTRALIA )which are the most important. we need to give the man a break or he is going to break.

  • ASHFAQ SHAH on May 18, 2007, 10:22 GMT

    Defeat is orphan. Says who ? Seems like Inzi has been declared father after DNA test.

  • Abdul Azeem Khan on May 18, 2007, 10:22 GMT

    We in Pakistan have habit of insulting out heroes..We did with Wasim Waqar and Now inzi.So this is nothing new. Whatever happened Inzi will still be my hero....the greatest One day and one of the greatest test batsmen Pakistan has ever produced

  • syed mustafa muhammad ali on May 18, 2007, 10:17 GMT

    this is a silly finding as it could be. if inzamam was a dictator than this should have been complained by the team mates. what the board was doing then? was inzy powerfull than the board officials?

  • Haroon Rashid on May 18, 2007, 10:12 GMT

    Again I agree to Inzimam and disagree to Board and Kamran. He was captaining Pakistani Team not the board and not a single player has said anything bad about him. Even when he is not captain. Most of the people respect him.

    It seems it was ryhmed poetry.

  • Vikram Grg, Pkr, Nepal on May 18, 2007, 10:08 GMT

    Fisrt of al shame to inquiry board. The board should not forget that people are not fool. Peaple have enough access to assess the things happening around. How can only Inzi be blamed????? If he was a dictator then who gave him that power??????? People need answer. Pakistan have never learned to respects the cricketers who have given so much for their country and the word DICTATOR and all the blames to Inzi is the Prize for what he did for his country and for Cricket. God bless PCB.

    Inzi can be wrong not the only man to be blamed. Board had almost ruined Pakistan's WC campaign with the issues of Asif and Akhtar. Whatever the situation and whatever the condition Players have to perform not only captain. Either Inzi can bat in place of all 11 players. Anyway, I am a great supporter of Pak Cricket......God Bless Pakistan Cricket.

  • Usman on May 18, 2007, 10:06 GMT

    once again PCB has failed. Not Inzy, but the pathetic excuse we have for a board, the pcb. Quick to pass the blame, Quick to make mistakes. The whole idea of having pakistani people in the board is a mistake. How can 1 man be responsible for 11 players and the boards mistakes? DICTATOR?? the fault lies with the PCB for giving inzy so much power. Politics and our beloved cricket should never mix, but thanks to the PCB its all politics and no cricket.

  • Aizad Hussain on May 18, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    The World Cup was a failure because (a) Pakistani has no openers (b) Pakistani batsmen are generally weak to useless on a seaming pitch (c) Pakistan lost its 2 serious all-rounders, one through injury, the other because he remains immature (apart from the yielding of the bat at a fan, remember Afridi's diabolical dance down the wicket to rough it up when the gas cannister exploded in the test match with England only a year earlier, child) (d) the 2 top bowlers both declared themselves unfit (why take Asif to South Africa and bowl him for 10-15 over spells?, with a World Cup a month away?) (e) the middle order failed to bat at all.

    Inzamam is partly to blame, but he basically a lazy thinker. Doesn't like running between wickets and rarely runs on the field. He has been the wrong man for a long time because his still is unlikely to bring the best, or fighting spirit out of anyone. However, that's not the reason for the World Cup fiasco. We could chase a sub-250 score from the West Indies and made only 130-ish from Ireland. Look hard at the pathetic batting performances and you will find your answer. Also, note that, mashallah -- we got whacked in Round I, before the Super-8s. Having spent a month in Barbados I spent a lot of the time thanking Allah that we weren't witnessing Pakistan getting whacked by Australia, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand which based on the team's performance is exactly what would have happened.

    We are rubbish, and we know it. Need to turn it around.

  • MANSOOR HAZIR on May 18, 2007, 9:51 GMT

    Kamran,

    I quite agree with you that Salim Altaf and Nasim Ashraf should take the blame also. There is no blame on either obviously as they are still there. Dont worry time is not far when Nasims friend will be gone and so will he. About time though somebody brought Salim down to size. He has the nerve to sit on the committee, being a culprit himself.

    As to Inzy, what can one say. He should have retired from one day cricket one year ago so a new captain could have replaced him. A great player, time catches up with every body. Now he has to face the consequences. Power gets to the head in our country very easily. Cant you see whats happening now!!

  • H.Malik on May 18, 2007, 9:50 GMT

    dEAR kAMRAN In my humble opinion your write up is very mild in its nature of being critical of the player in question in general BUT the Emplyer in particular . London Test fiasco was done right under the eyes of the DR & Director , this shameless due have courage to indulge in mud sligging . INZI was if a problem , he should have been sorted out before London fiasco or soon after words but nothing was done . DR takes the cover behind being the Chairman only 6 months before WC but he was a permanent pemeber of the adhoc commitee and was physically seen on the TV screens during London fiasco . How can he or the shameless director Salim , point fingers now , You were expected to DIESECT them both in your write up but alas , you perhaps are also worried about MUSHY whoes cronnies are already depriving your DAWN Group where you serve ( If I am not mistaken ) and perhpas your employers do not want you to generate more heat thus face more pressure of MUSHY and his cronies ... Fair enough you are out to protect your own bread & butter too while help people to unravel the coruptness of the PCB , adhoc cometti , director and the selectors with mild write up . Salim Altaf may have english ascent but he is a yes man of another Yes man and crony of Mushy the chief Pat. What the report by so called Paid employee or the paid yes man cronies ( SA & Ejaz butt too because he too is the benficiary of the PCB chairman's stay in the board ) is saying is in-line with the National habit entrenched in its built up , IT IS the fault of others , I am Mr Clean . no wonder the fault lies with INZ or the Chief selector if the team did the worse in WC2007 , a sort of repeat of WC2003 , I do not expect mircles from this team or even this board now , in near future or even come the wc2007 , we have seen the INSHAULLAH WE WILL WIN FIASCO for the past 8 long years and can be spared another run now . I peronally have lost any interest in Pak Cricket team for others I do not know

  • Waq on May 18, 2007, 9:46 GMT

    I think Inzi has a good years of test cricket left in him. I mean in South Africa he looked a class apart from his colleagues. Next season we will see Inzi come back stronger than ever and answer all of his critics with the bat.

  • Fareed Nasir on May 18, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    Not unexpected, The easiest person to blame has been blamed for the world cup debacle. The chairman PCB, Saleem altaf and co will obviously not say that it was their fault as well. Its typical of Pakistani inquiries which are always a blame finding exercise. Has this entire show has helped Pakistan cricket? Answer will be a vehement NO. I am going to be devils advocate and try to look at things from Inzimam point of view. Reasons why Pakistan lost

    2 key bowlers were stupid enough to use nandrolone. Not Inzi's fault

    Razzaq broke down a day before world cup. Not Inzis Fault.

    Shahid Afridi was not able to control his temper and was banned. Again not Inzis Fault

    Pakistani Batsmen are brought up on slow low pitches and cant handle a moving ball on a green pitch. UMMM Inzi's fault NO.

    Ireland won the toss and groundsman made a horrible pitch . Again Inzi not to blame.

    I am not saying Inzimam is absolved of all responsibility, He has to take the blame ( He has said repeatedly he takes the blame) so should PCB and Management (No one has had the decency to accept blame there).

    So my suggestion to all these SIANAS of PCB is grow up, share the blame and make postive recommendations not just play the blame game.

  • Armughan on May 18, 2007, 9:43 GMT

    Not a surprising verdict, after all ASH wouldn't be taking blame. true that he sat in the dressing room as if he was a player, or declared Pakistani bowlers were drug cheats with out evidence and Inzamam was a fanatic, and also a pathetic attempt to bring Younas in for Inzamam. Apart from that, all the mess was Inzamam's, hmmmmmm, what else is left? Anyhow, Inzamam and the whole team could have done well and they didnt. I hope that Inzamam would not be a villian in history as the meia is portraying him, rather a celebrated hero.

  • Najam Butt on May 18, 2007, 9:42 GMT

    Inzi deserves better. He has served the nation for over 15 years, he won us the '92 world cup, he has made us all proud to be Pakistanis over the years. Forget this storm in a chaa da cup, history will remember Inzi for the great cricketer he was (and still is).

    Inzi... we love you.

  • Tariq Imtiaz on May 18, 2007, 9:41 GMT

    Well Inzi I think its a badluck factor for you and you have an equal share in landing to this situation. I understand that the only thing you will be hoping you now is to leave the arena in dignity and probably that is the reason you have not resigned from Test Cricket. You may be hoping that out of the blue you can have a good match and end your career on a happy note but Inzi what are you doing for that? Not electing to come up the order, not chosing to loose wait and get fit, not learning from your mistake (your blue eyed boy M Hafeez got 15 chances since south africa tour and he failed on all those fifteen time and you elected to pick him for WC and at the same opening slot). Inzi you have to answerable to all of us who are crazy about cricket. The only time in the last few years you perform was by batting with tail enders! reason... your lacking in fitness, as while playing with tailenders all the running you need to do is for your own runs and not for others runs so a 60 or 70 at that points requires the fitness of only 30 to 35 runs. Cmon inzi we are not blind and we follow the cricket very closely because we love this game.

  • Shahid Afzal on May 18, 2007, 9:34 GMT

    Kamran, you have gone and said it again: ceratinly, Inzamam does not bear entire responsibility for the WC debacle. It was the Pakistani way of doing things-ad hocism, et al that were thrashed by Ireland in the gloom of Jamaica. I only hope that the mindsets change after all this so that some professionalism and all that can be introduced here. And finally, where O where was Saleem Altaf during his incarnation as Chief of Operations when Inzy was busy turning himself into a "dictator". Musharraf, please take note.

  • I mran on May 18, 2007, 9:33 GMT

    That is bull. All i can say is that whole cricket group, which includes the captain, players, selectors, PCB, even the spectators. I am not going into detail, but one should come to there own conclusion as to why I blame them.

  • pp on May 18, 2007, 9:32 GMT

    Sacking Inzi as Capt'n makes most sense. His dictatorial and despotic ways are what got the Pakistan team in the rut. For all his wonderful batting, he only superseded it with lacklutre unimaginative captaincy. Inzi was a HOPELESS Captain

    But the PCB would do better than to blame him alone. Perhaps a look into their own affairs would be more revealing

  • Haseeb Sadiq on May 18, 2007, 9:32 GMT

    Inzamam Ul Haq is taking the blame for all that has gone wrong in the world cup but that is extremely harsh.Is it right to treat such a great like this? Pakistan performed badly in the world cup because the three main batsmen Inzamam, Yousuf and Younis Khan didn't perform.Inzamam wasnt a great leader but results under him really weren't that bad.Sure he could of done better but circumstances were difficult.Inzamam has been the best talent Pakistan have ever produced.He has 25 Test match hundreds 17 out of 25 hundreds have helped Pakistan win or draw a game.Wow.That says everything.Under pressure he was the best batsmen in the world.WELL DONE INZI.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on May 18, 2007, 9:31 GMT

    The God Father (President Musharaf) failed and, the lesser of the two evils prevailed. I don't like either of the candidates, but when it comes to support the underdogs, I just try to choose the lesser of the two evils, hence I'd support Inzamam ul Haq. Kamran Abbassi, you are right about Nasim Ashraf spending time in maximizing his chances of remaining as the Chairman of the board. But, you did not elaborate how he managed to do that? Was it by licking the General's boots or what? Not so long ago you wrote an exclusive thread on him titled, "Peter Piper" and we all wrote so much about his serendipities and idiosyncracies but, nothing has happened, he is such a "dheet" that he would never go unless someone boots him out and that cannot be done as long as his big daddy is there.

    And Saleem Altaf is another big chamcha of the PCB and pain in the woteva, he always try to gain favour by cringing or flattering and kowtowing to his boss by defending him, perhaps thats his survival tactics. He's gone bonkers and needs to be in some kinda asylum to spend the rest of his pathetic life there. It was expected that the PCB will shift the blame on someone but, obviously not on Nasim Bano, 'coz he is being protected by his GF. Obviously the blame was to be shifted either on the captain or the coach. The coach is dead and as a mark of respect and also due to so many controversies they have deliberately avoided Woolmer's name.

    I don't mean to say that Inzi is totally innocent or a "pappoo" as he looks. But, what Inzi has done as a captain is nothing new (excluding his tableeghi missions and halaqas in the dressing room) he acted like any other dictator captain of the past in choosing his team. Right from the days of Kardar, Fazal Mahmood to Imran Khan, Wasim Akram et al have done the same. His only fault is his ODI career ended so miserably. Had he won the WC, he would have become Multan's Saint-Zamam-ul-Haq. magar yae ho na saka .... aur ab yae alam hai that he must be singing 'yae na thi hamari kismet'. Being a PPP, perpetually, pathetic, pay&do, he may not know this ghazal hence, he only remembers the word, 'kismet'.

    Already there is a lot of Inzi bashing going on since the WC debacle and now this last nail from the PCB, which imo is a bit too much for him. He should announce his retirement and take a break, go to Rai-wind, enjoy life in his usual "Eat, Gym & Sleep" style. I don't want to add anything more to increase his sorrows or his woes, au contraire, I would wish him A Happy Nihari.

  • Saj Shah on May 18, 2007, 9:27 GMT

    Well, it's a bit late now to pass blame. If Inzi had this much power, why was nothing done to to remove him from the frame and use him as a Batsman?? The PCB should of sought advice from Pressie Musharraf, he's an expert when it comes to coup's?

  • Mohammad Asad Saleem on May 18, 2007, 9:24 GMT

    No doubt Inzamam is a world class batsman- the greatest that Pakistan has produced, but definitely he is not captancy material as he lacks those inborn qualities which make great leaders. He was made captain as there was no other choice available at that time. However, to blame him solely for the fiasco is not justified. He's role is only one of many factors which led to this debacle. The prime responsibiility, I think, rests with the ones who run the game in this country and those include the "Patron" and his "chosen-one" administrators. When the patron has got the entire country hostage and there is corruption and deterioration in every sector of the society, how can sports in general and cricket in particular remain unaffected and make progress? As far as Inzamam's retirement is concerned, he should play the upcoming three test series against SA, IND and AUS and not only become the highest test run scorer for the country (surpassing Javed Miandad's record) but also try to become the first Pakistani to break the 10,000 runs barrier. I hope, the PCB shall give him this opportunity which will be an acknowledgement of his immense services to the country as a batsman.

  • Nadeem on May 18, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    This is as tragic as it is unfortunate. Wasim Akram and Inzamam ul Haque are two of the best players ever produced by Pakistan, and towards the end of their career both have been treated very shabbily. If a nation refuses to acknowledge and duely honor its heroes, quite soon the heroes stop surfacing. Look at the pattern: At the Imran left, there were a handful of legends in the team. There were two Ws, the two openers, and a middle order boasting of exciting new talent in the form of Inzi. By the time Waseem parted, there was just one real legend left in the team (Inzi again), and now that Inzi is going, there is no-one except perhaps Asif one can pin any hopes on; since Yousuf still has to go some way before he gets counted as one of the Legends, and Akhtar, the cocky loud mouth, never was and never will be a legend.

    Pak Cricket could benefit from not having these boards at all.

  • usman afridi on May 18, 2007, 9:16 GMT

    i think who ever came up with the conclusion of blaming inzamam for everything is a BIG joke and a typical paki reaction. blame the captain since he has moved on!!

    what about dr nasim ashraf, who dicided Imran Nazir should be sent to the world cup! and this same guy bck in march said shoiab and asif will be tested for drugs within a month!

    its been two months and theres been no sign of the two taking a drug test! and not only that, asif is actually made vice captain without proving he is drug free!

    some of the blame has to go on inzi but not all, it is also shoiabs, razzaq and asifs fault for letting the nation down! we could have finished WI off for less then 180 if we had our strike bowlers in the first game.

    and even if we got out for 132, shoiab and asif would have blown away the Irish for 60 odd runs! so why dnt htye cope the blame also!!!

    and most of all its nasim ashraf, the guys a complete idiot, he has said he wil change pakistan cricket around but has not done anything! he comes out with statments such as the consitution will be in place by january 31st. But its been 5 months since and so sign of the constiution coming into place! does that not count towards the WC failure?

    now he is saying that shoiab and asif will be tested for drugs but that has not happened!

    and on top he says he will hire an american fielding coach, but i dnt think that will happen!

    this guy is just simply a fat hungry man for money and he is eating into the Pakistan crickets profits and coming out with a load of CRAP!!!

    you guys who are journalists in pakistan should GRILL this man and make him look like a donkey who does not know what he is doing. he is just passing the BUCK and blaming others! if he wants to be the chairmen he needs to back his statements not retract from them! Dr nasim ashraf is a complete loser and he is taking pakistan cricket down with him!

    please please you guys in pakistan who report to the world, do something about this guy or our beloved country will be tarnished!

  • shahzad on May 18, 2007, 9:12 GMT

    hi every body first of all i must say that i 1000% agree with ur words that ----------------------------- "An employee only persists in destructive behaviour if an employer allows him to. The World Cup failure was as much down to Dr Ashraf as it was dictated by Mr ul Haq." -----------------------------

    the only difference between inzy and other officials is that inz admitted his fault and they don't have courage to admit it. Inzy we want u to come back as u did after 2003 world cup, when u make ur return a memorable event while playing test match again in multan.

  • Salman T.Ghani on May 18, 2007, 8:54 GMT

    AOA All, What a mess...if Inzamam is to blame for everything then it directly implies that our criciket board the whole management were impotent, since he was in control of everything...what a shame....shame shame shame...our whole cricket system is disorganised and undisciplined..ultimately these things will happen again and again....Inzy made lot of mistakes and he could have been v.strong, but those who are managing the affairs should have been string enough to put a tap on these things...but did not and now made inzamam the scapegoat....

  • Murtaza on May 18, 2007, 8:50 GMT

    how can it be inzys fault if his players were not producing runs hes not to blame

  • nabeel on May 18, 2007, 8:46 GMT

    Its is all about blaming others. I accept that Inzamam was a dictator. But who allowed him to be one? I think the top leadership of the Pakistan Cricket Board is equally responsible. Appointment of Parvaiz Mir is another blunder. He was only interested in raising the religious issue. If it was really becoming an issue, he should have talked to the top leadeship of the PCB confidentially instead of giving statements in the press. The board is being run by nincompoops who keep on getting the jobs because they know someone important. I think I can definately do a better job

  • Shahzad from Dallas on May 18, 2007, 8:45 GMT

    Absolutely pathetic. It's funny how the PCB is hiding behind Inzamam; so relaxed and so certain of their allegations while Inzy eats the dust. As usual, this report/conclusion is to brush off all the speculation on PCB for poor management, poor selection and poor judgement. Who has been the dictator of Pakistan Cricket for decades??? I think the answer is quite obvious. Now the PCB has an excuse of not making a major overhaul. The root cause is Inzy as he has now been removed from captaincy. So I guess that solves the problem? Gimme a DARN break!

  • Ali R, Jeddah on May 18, 2007, 8:40 GMT

    nicely said Kamran...A player like Inzy needs an amazing end...lets just hope it comes quick!..

  • Jayavelan on May 18, 2007, 8:39 GMT

    It is time to move forward, then looking for scapegoat for the wc failiures, the first step already taken by finding decently available leader Mr. Malik hope rest of the teams give full support to prop up the low morale,lastly it is high time indiciplined Mr. Akthar to be dropped from Pakistans team and nurture budding talents, well good luck to pakistan team to come out of challenging times to be competitive to enjoy the fruits of sports.

  • Sam Khan on May 18, 2007, 8:36 GMT

    I too had a lot of problems with Inzi's tenure as captain, but the manner in which they tore him apart, all the while entirely absolving themselves, was utterly disheartening. He was a good man, albeit too readily influenced.

  • R Sivasubramaniam on May 18, 2007, 8:35 GMT

    There is a saying that you don't beat a man when he is down - it is much easier to kick the b****d. Does Inzamam deserve this. A great cricketer, who single handedly won matches for Pakistan - remember the Test against Bangladesh - Pakistan would have lost but for Inzamam's brilliance. If as is said "Selectors waited for his blessings" whose fault was it? A great cricketer has been made the scapegoat for a number of errors by the PCB. Cricket teaches us to play the game fairly - I think Inzamam has been treated very unfairly. It's NOT cricket! (I live in Singapore - was born in Sri Lanka and am a Hindu, but have always been thrilled to see Inzamam bat.)

  • muwanga sebina on May 18, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    Now that the source of decline in Pakistani cricket has been found, its time to move on. The new captain has to be supported and young players have to be aided in a proffessional manner in order to get the best out of them.

  • kartheek on May 18, 2007, 8:27 GMT

    inzi is shameless but not only him, everyone responsible. Hopefully pak don;t improve as i go for india

  • Sajjad on May 18, 2007, 8:22 GMT

    It is really sad that Pakistan cricket boards committee is saying that it was all Inzy’s fault, but is is very much unfair with a great player. The main culprit are cricket board officials.

  • Hania on May 18, 2007, 8:19 GMT

    It's a shame the way we treat our national heroes when the going gets tough. First twas Wasim, then Waquar and now Inzi to take the wrath. When will we ever learn to appreciate our heroes.

  • Rana Munim on May 18, 2007, 8:10 GMT

    Inzi no doubt was a great batsman, a great player. Yet we, while sympathizing with him, keep forgetting that he was the captain of the ship. and it was his responsibility to steer the team to safety. Yet he failed!! If he had all the powers to get his voice 'n opinion heard by the PCB officials, as being alleged in the recent inquiry report, he should also have the power to think like an intellectual and guide the team with shrewd tactics. In corporate culture, no matter what mistake a laborer makes, no matter what mistake a manager makes, it's only the CEO who is liable at the end. If he can take credit for all the profits, he should also be able to take the blame of the loss, or any error by any of his subordinates. In such a culture even the board of directors is not held accountable, because the CEO literally has the veto power. It's time that Inzi takes the blame 'n moves on with his life. He has spent his peak 'n it's best he probably plays a series (he deserves the chance to retire gracefully as a great player), 'n then take up some thing else to earn his bread 'n butter.

  • Jaanasheenster on May 18, 2007, 7:50 GMT

    Unfortunately Inzy has been made the fall guy for the debacle which took years in the making. It was quite convenient to pin this on the big man since (1) there would be almost zero collateral damage as he is gone anyways and (2) the sorry bosses of PCB would survive to the next debacle. Its a shame with the way we treat our heroes. It was tasteless to put the findings publicly even if every one of the findings were dead right. A man who has given 15 of his best years for this country didn't deserve this kick from behind.

  • Ali Akbar on May 18, 2007, 7:45 GMT

    A person assigned by the department starts blackmailing the department and becomes bigger than the authorities. Who is to blame ? The department or the individual ? The irony is the temporary nature of things in our country. A new chairman is too scared to put his foot down and wants results. What choice does he have ? Fire the 300 ODI experienced captain or fall prey to his blackmailing. Everyone blames the lack of structure and lack of deapth in resources. Interest in sports is declining. Why ? is it the structures fault or the lack of success of our teams ? Imagine if we win the next hockey world cup what would that do to the popularity of the sport. On the other hand we invest heavily in the infrastructure and work on 'grass root' level. A typical chicken and egg situation. Talent, skill, technique, everything put aside we want teams who are consistent and bring home results. Are far less talented but have 11 professional athletes who give it thier best when on the field. Who still play for the team even though they are the best in the world and yet not the captain of the team. Lets stop preparing heroes, lets look for professionals who play for the country not for personal glories.

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  • Ali Akbar on May 18, 2007, 7:45 GMT

    A person assigned by the department starts blackmailing the department and becomes bigger than the authorities. Who is to blame ? The department or the individual ? The irony is the temporary nature of things in our country. A new chairman is too scared to put his foot down and wants results. What choice does he have ? Fire the 300 ODI experienced captain or fall prey to his blackmailing. Everyone blames the lack of structure and lack of deapth in resources. Interest in sports is declining. Why ? is it the structures fault or the lack of success of our teams ? Imagine if we win the next hockey world cup what would that do to the popularity of the sport. On the other hand we invest heavily in the infrastructure and work on 'grass root' level. A typical chicken and egg situation. Talent, skill, technique, everything put aside we want teams who are consistent and bring home results. Are far less talented but have 11 professional athletes who give it thier best when on the field. Who still play for the team even though they are the best in the world and yet not the captain of the team. Lets stop preparing heroes, lets look for professionals who play for the country not for personal glories.

  • Jaanasheenster on May 18, 2007, 7:50 GMT

    Unfortunately Inzy has been made the fall guy for the debacle which took years in the making. It was quite convenient to pin this on the big man since (1) there would be almost zero collateral damage as he is gone anyways and (2) the sorry bosses of PCB would survive to the next debacle. Its a shame with the way we treat our heroes. It was tasteless to put the findings publicly even if every one of the findings were dead right. A man who has given 15 of his best years for this country didn't deserve this kick from behind.

  • Rana Munim on May 18, 2007, 8:10 GMT

    Inzi no doubt was a great batsman, a great player. Yet we, while sympathizing with him, keep forgetting that he was the captain of the ship. and it was his responsibility to steer the team to safety. Yet he failed!! If he had all the powers to get his voice 'n opinion heard by the PCB officials, as being alleged in the recent inquiry report, he should also have the power to think like an intellectual and guide the team with shrewd tactics. In corporate culture, no matter what mistake a laborer makes, no matter what mistake a manager makes, it's only the CEO who is liable at the end. If he can take credit for all the profits, he should also be able to take the blame of the loss, or any error by any of his subordinates. In such a culture even the board of directors is not held accountable, because the CEO literally has the veto power. It's time that Inzi takes the blame 'n moves on with his life. He has spent his peak 'n it's best he probably plays a series (he deserves the chance to retire gracefully as a great player), 'n then take up some thing else to earn his bread 'n butter.

  • Hania on May 18, 2007, 8:19 GMT

    It's a shame the way we treat our national heroes when the going gets tough. First twas Wasim, then Waquar and now Inzi to take the wrath. When will we ever learn to appreciate our heroes.

  • Sajjad on May 18, 2007, 8:22 GMT

    It is really sad that Pakistan cricket boards committee is saying that it was all Inzy’s fault, but is is very much unfair with a great player. The main culprit are cricket board officials.

  • kartheek on May 18, 2007, 8:27 GMT

    inzi is shameless but not only him, everyone responsible. Hopefully pak don;t improve as i go for india

  • muwanga sebina on May 18, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    Now that the source of decline in Pakistani cricket has been found, its time to move on. The new captain has to be supported and young players have to be aided in a proffessional manner in order to get the best out of them.

  • R Sivasubramaniam on May 18, 2007, 8:35 GMT

    There is a saying that you don't beat a man when he is down - it is much easier to kick the b****d. Does Inzamam deserve this. A great cricketer, who single handedly won matches for Pakistan - remember the Test against Bangladesh - Pakistan would have lost but for Inzamam's brilliance. If as is said "Selectors waited for his blessings" whose fault was it? A great cricketer has been made the scapegoat for a number of errors by the PCB. Cricket teaches us to play the game fairly - I think Inzamam has been treated very unfairly. It's NOT cricket! (I live in Singapore - was born in Sri Lanka and am a Hindu, but have always been thrilled to see Inzamam bat.)

  • Sam Khan on May 18, 2007, 8:36 GMT

    I too had a lot of problems with Inzi's tenure as captain, but the manner in which they tore him apart, all the while entirely absolving themselves, was utterly disheartening. He was a good man, albeit too readily influenced.

  • Jayavelan on May 18, 2007, 8:39 GMT

    It is time to move forward, then looking for scapegoat for the wc failiures, the first step already taken by finding decently available leader Mr. Malik hope rest of the teams give full support to prop up the low morale,lastly it is high time indiciplined Mr. Akthar to be dropped from Pakistans team and nurture budding talents, well good luck to pakistan team to come out of challenging times to be competitive to enjoy the fruits of sports.