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April 3, 2008

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No way back for Ashraf

Kamran Abbasi
Nasim Ashraf, chairman of the PCB, at a press conference after Australia cancelled their tour of Pakistan, Islamabad, March 11, 2008
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You might not have imagined it but it has happened. After finishing Shoaib Akhtar's career with a punishment that didn't fit the crime, Nasim Ashraf should really have expected a backlash from the cricketer himself, his fans, and most neutral observers.

Some of Shoaib's retaliatory comments might have hurt. They might have even crossed the line of what is fair, decent, and lawful but leading any organisation, especially a high profile one, requires a healthy dose of judgment and wisdom. By choosing to sue Shoaib for a multi-million dollar payout, Ashraf has confirmed that he has neither in sufficient supply to head a nationally important organisation.

Indeed, instead of him suing Shoaib, the many millions of people around the world who hold Pakistan cricket dear might feel justified in a legal action against Ashraf for damaging the reputation of Pakistan cricket. This farce has become an international joke. The patron of Pakistan cricket has to bring this stupidity to an end. Earlier this week, I said--with irony--way to go Dr Ashraf. I'll amend that to: Time to go.

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Posted by Emmly on (December 23, 2011, 4:54 GMT)

Time to face the music armed with this great inrfmoation.

Posted by cricketbyjaws on (April 11, 2008, 3:04 GMT)

The way issues are handled in the sub-continent are very unprofessional. The cricketing merits and demerits get lost in the personality issues, political one-upmanship, public pressure, endless media analysis and exposure, sensationalism, etc. etc. Such issues needs to be judged purely on cricketing merits which include performance (or under performance), discipline, interest or lack of it, team composition and stability, impact on upcoming cricketers, image of nation and seriousness of the action by that particular individual. I believe if this whole saga of Shoib Akhtar has been handled in a professional manner keeping in mind the issues discussed above, then the outcome would have been different. Shoaib Akhtar may still have qualified for reprimand, he may have reacted differently (rather than using media to defend himself) and the country would have saved the embarrasment it is going through. But will we in sub-continent ever learn? The answer is not encouraging.

Posted by Martin Hook on (April 11, 2008, 0:48 GMT)

I am humbled by support of cricket lovers at this blog. There would be few who like to troll but we should deviate from having meaningful, healthy discussion. I think Shoaib Akhtar was a bad influence on the team and his final act was too brazen for even superlax administrators. After introducing new players to steroids and then assaulting one of them in dressing room, the only logical course of action is the expulsion. We are somehow thinking that if Shiab is wrong, Mr. Ashraf is right and reverse but that may not be necessarily true. Both should be judged on the merit. But Meritocracy would be a paradox in a feudal society. For all the faults, except for Zimbabwe all countries have democratically elected board. That is what is at the root of the problem.

Posted by Bingo Haley on (April 10, 2008, 22:35 GMT)

NO NO NO, we who support Shoaib Akhtar are stupid NATIVE idiots

Posted by Imran on (April 10, 2008, 22:05 GMT)

I don't understand why Naseem Ashraf was selected to lead the cricket board when he was a medical professional with no link to cricket better than what I have with it. But letting Shoaib Akhter go after another disciplinary breach is also not a wise thing to do. He has created so many problems over the course of his career that I am sure Pakistan cricket can survive better without him. How many series he has really played? Is he a regular member? A single match is enough to make him unfit. I think the ban on Shoaib is a alot late but justified. Why can't Pakistani nation support the decision taken by the authorities? Why do we have to politicize every thing?

Posted by F KHAN on (April 10, 2008, 22:02 GMT)

Everyone agress that Shoaib is a bad fish so what is the problem. There is a guy who has the guts to get rid of him and now everyone is complaining. There is nothing higher than the prestige of the country. If you play for the country, you behave and if you do not know how to behave, you are out. This is what happens everywhere in the world. We Pakistanis have to learn to move forward and not backward.

Posted by cricketexpert on (April 10, 2008, 17:02 GMT)

All you people who support Shoaib Akhtar are stupid naive idiots

Posted by irfan on (April 10, 2008, 14:07 GMT)

Omar,

Why don't you realize that whether its one year, two or five its all the same as our hero never had and never will have a fitness level to justify his selection. Honestly I fail to understand that why don't WE as a nation conclude that OURs is a mediocre team! And has been for past few years. What is the harm in that? We keep on trumpeting our past glory and therefore expect from these mediocre players too much, to what avail? Whatever performance is left in them cannot be extracted because of this pressure.

The sooner we realize this the sooner will we be able to do something about it. Granted, though, there may have been flashes of brilliance, and there always are. But they are just that! Flashes of brilliance. Consistency in performance in the prevalent playing schedules and conditions demand a severe discipline, which is beyond the ability of current set of players.

Posted by Chaudary Imran Chandio on (April 10, 2008, 9:40 GMT)

Salaam to all, This is sad new for sure on Shoaib who in my mind and eyes has done some great things for Pakistan cricket and also some bad, which I think everyone is prone to as human beings we are not all perfect. There are however 2 sides to every story in Nasim Ashraf's defence I must say that Shoaib has made him look stupid and as he is in a position of such importance he has to do something,I mean this saga with Shoaib has been going on for some time now, he first allegedly took drugs and was banned the whole world was made very aware of this,then for the PCB to overturn the ban and expect the cricket world to accept this is wrong,that is the first thing Mr Ashraf should be ashamed of he and his trusted team have hurt Pakistan cricket and also riuned a players reputation. Although the Pcb have given Shoaib many chances they should have dealt with these issues a lot better. This whole thing of hitting Asif should have been kept under wraps and should have been sorted better.

Posted by Philip John Joseph on (April 10, 2008, 9:14 GMT)

saptarshi:

Are you some kind of BCCI lackey/apologist? I put in one sentence mentioning the BCCI, off-hand, in a maximum length post and you start whining about sticking to the topic. Did you even read my post? Besides that one sentence the entire post referred to the topic Kamran Abbasi penned. Grow up already saptarshi, and try to make a valid point next time, if that be possible .... Which board has ex-players you ask? That is irrelevant, unless you truly believe that it would be better to have pro-administrators running the boards and not ex-players; in which case you must be REALLY clueless. If you had a clue about what I was referring to, you would realize that I was referring to the fact that BCCI pro-administrators are corrupt nincompoops. Therefore you comparing the likes of Sharad Pawar with James Sutherland is nonsense. Cricket Australia may not be great, but their pro-administrators would school the trash that does the rounds in the BCCI like Sharad Pawar and Lalit Modi.

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

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