Politics April 25, 2008

I'm with Malcolm

How many of the other cricket boards have financial skeletons in their bookkeeping cupboards?
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As Malcolm Speed departs the stage I finally find myself agreeing with him. Financial irregularities are a cardinal sign of corruption, and while corruption has many tentacles each poisonous limb has to be amputated at every opportunity. The affairs of Zimbabwe and the poverty of its people are dismal enough without the international cricket community tacitly endorsing financial irregularities in Zimbabwe's cricket board.

The case for playing cricket against Zimbabwe is tenuous enough, it becomes almost unsustainable if there is no financial probity.

It should, however, come as no surprise that the world's cricket boards have not supported Speed's principled stand--and if early reports are to be believed it is indeed that. How many of the other cricket boards have financial skeletons in their bookkeeping cupboards?

I can name one. Guess who? Only this week Pakistani newspapers have been running pieces on how the Pakistan Cricket Board failed to disclose salary payments to its Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Marketing Director, and Director of Human Resources on its payroll. The financial officer and another finance department worker have resigned.

In my role as chief executive of a company, I find it incredible that the salaries of any staff, let alone such senior directors, have not appeared on the organization's payroll. You would not excuse this practice from a small business, coming from a major national and international organization it is an absolute disgrace from which the chief executive and chief operating officer cannot be extricated.

With money sloshing about international cricket as never before this is a time for the ICC and the Pakistani government respectively to take a firm stand. The ICC looks to be failing its test on Zimbabwe. The Pakistani government must ensure that the PCB is not allowed to wriggle out of this one either. I have no problem with cricket officials being well paid as long as they execute their roles in a deserving manner and their payments are transparent. At present, it would be hard to argue that Zimbabwe and Pakistan cricket officials are succeeding in either way. The other cricket boards should be ashamed too.

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

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  • Lotta on November 10, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    This site is like a classroom, eecpxt I don't hate it. lol

  • Ashok Miller on May 1, 2008, 21:53 GMT

    Kamran, are you with Malcolm due to his inconsistency or hypocrisy. The only reason Malcolm was so steadfast in going after ZCU’s financial and other irregularities was due the political climate and the subsequent status of Zimbabwe as an egregious evil regime in the eyes of the Anglo-Saxon nations. Had he been so genuine and objective in his stance, he would have gone after the mini dictator and swindler of the highest order, Nasim Ashraf of PCB. If white farmer weren’t being oppressed in Zimbabwe, ZCU could have gotten away with murder for all ICC to have cared about. Nasim Ashraf and his patron Mush, who himself is a point men and client of the Western Anglo-Saxon world order, haven’t done anything to incur the ire of the powers that be, therefore, kosher in the eyes mini-enforcers of Western will and order, like Malcolm…

  • Arshad Jamal on April 29, 2008, 19:51 GMT

    I fully endorse Khansaheb that JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA is the most entertaining writer in this forum. I am not a regular. Last I've written something was a year ago, but I've never stopped reading. And in every new thread the first thing I look for is the post of JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA. That doesn’t mean that I agree with everything he says but I do with the most. It is his own style of writing and instead of being jealous just enjoy it. There was a time when people from all corners of the world were criticizing him just because they couldn't write like him and couldn't match his intellect. And they have pressurized KA to impose 1000 letters limit. And for those who think that its JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA praising his own tail like our own Malaak Sialkotia, I am not him. I live in FL, USA.

  • Arshad Jamal on April 29, 2008, 19:50 GMT

    Kamran 1000 letters rule sucks...

    He was the one who tried to sweep the matter of Aussie player's match fixing under the carpet but when it leaked out by media then he has just given them a slap on the wrist, much for the benefit of the rest of the world, and let them go. Who knows how many more similar incidents there were that have not come into limelight. Ausies have not been reprimanded for illegal bowling actions or misconduct. Speedo was very vindictive toward Pakistan after Hairgate and did not let go any opportunity to punish them. For instance Shahid Afridi's incident in SA which was not such a big deal and match referee did not consider it worthy of any action taken but Speedo, who was in WI has ordered the punishment.

    To Martin Hook, Jan Markai Zoorlagakai Khan, Zakir Khan Saheb with the dum challa of Chaudhary and other JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA bashers, get real guys and be rational. Its a grownup's forum. If you are too sissy then go watch Sesame Street. Cont....

  • Ali Kuli Khan on April 29, 2008, 4:10 GMT

    I fully agree with comments made by Jaanmaar pertaining to Malcolm Speed. What speed did was the right thing to do. Zimbabwe can not be a responsible member of international community, if it keeps opressing its citizenary. As per Javed Khan less said is better. I am glad few guys are taking his clock to cleaners. His nonsense comments have gone unreplied for long. He attacks anyone who disagrees with him with bullshit personal nonsense that includes twisting names, religious inneundos and 70's english. It seems unemployed Khan in Canada is just waiting for a blog to appear to pounce and write psychotic posts. Word limit is not going to do for him, some will have to censor him sooner or later.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 29, 2008, 3:29 GMT

    One Malcolm supporting the other Malcolm. Former ICC Chairman Malcolm Gray, who recruited fellow Australian Malcolm Speed into the ICC job, said yesterday that: "Speed's dismissal two months before his retirement showed there was something wrong at the administration's highest level." He further added that, "as a CEO of the ICC his premature departure from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in a row over Zimbabwe was a sign that power, money and race are interfering with the sport's administration. In this case I'd have thought it would be completely avoidable, and I suspect parts of the problems have been brought about by the use of power, with the money flowing in, underlying a lot of decisions in international bodies. Regrettably, there are racial connotations." All this happened at a cricket body, a corporation of the highest level in cricket world where one is not supposed to wash his dirty laundry in public. But, it happened, it happened as if nothing happened. If such a thing had happened in Pakistan, I am sure the same Australians who are supporting Malcolm Speed or the ICC would have immediately raised their fingers against Pakistan for being so unprofessional and uncivilized. Our Chaudhary Saheb da pyjama writes a few lines in Punjabish, Multanish and Saraikish and makes a fool out of himself with his pathetic blabbing and textual diarrhea, he cannot spell Malcolm's name correctly and yet he considers himself a constipated authority on everything. Ignorance is bliss but, in his case its a blister on the wrong spot.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 28, 2008, 23:14 GMT

    I am in complete agreement with Mr.srivathsan's views about Malcolm, his biases against the sub-continent teams and his Zim affair is a cover up. Jaanmaar Khan good to see your small "a" is back on your soft spot now. Still, the double ss is missing to complete your chameleon like personality. And I am glad to see the similarities in styles of your other Butt Saheb Chaudhary di and with a silent g. Also, pleased to know that you are a graduate in pimpology and doing good in introducing and offering your topaz and the little gem to every Sayeen, Chaudhary and Wadehra. By swearing at Kamran and all those who agree with his views you seem like a misfit here.Why don't you keep yourself busy in the gem trade? When you act like Mr. Bean, you look good in that hole where you truly belong.

  • Faiz Hanif on April 28, 2008, 22:13 GMT

    Before the sub continent namely India took charge of cricketing affairs we used to say and believe how these European descent folks are ruling us by controlling our favorite sport. We claimed that their decision is classic favortism for namely England and Australia and they are racist. Now that the balance has shifted the accusations have flipped from the other side. I think now is the time to find the middle ground. Show that we are better than them. Zimbabwe is a mess and needs to have their test cricket status suspended. Any team Bangladesh can beat needs to be suspended anyways. Review books of Pakistan cricket board and if there is any cause put them on notice. Look into why Australia can postpone tours without any consequence. Be fair.

  • Shahid Pathan on April 28, 2008, 13:58 GMT

    Greatest commentator? what r u smoking Khansahab? Javed Khan is a greatest case of nonsense vitriol. Since initially you self declared yourself as 'regular' (democracy be damned)and tried to make this blog autocratic by demanding/ asking/pleading special priviledges (by the way both declined by the blog), it is not surprising that you are supporting fellow regular--what ever that means. By the way by calling nonsense khan 'the greatest commentator' you have shown to be 'greatest nicompoop' in the world. By the way we all know that you are another identity for Javed A Khan but I thought I will give you some regardless.

  • Jaanmaar Khan on April 28, 2008, 13:50 GMT

    Too bad Malcome Speed is not being given full support in the light of developments in Zimbabwe. Khansaheb and Awas are the pseudo-identiites created by egomaniac Javed Khan to pimp himself. Keep supporting yourself, comdition is called mania.

  • Lotta on November 10, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    This site is like a classroom, eecpxt I don't hate it. lol

  • Ashok Miller on May 1, 2008, 21:53 GMT

    Kamran, are you with Malcolm due to his inconsistency or hypocrisy. The only reason Malcolm was so steadfast in going after ZCU’s financial and other irregularities was due the political climate and the subsequent status of Zimbabwe as an egregious evil regime in the eyes of the Anglo-Saxon nations. Had he been so genuine and objective in his stance, he would have gone after the mini dictator and swindler of the highest order, Nasim Ashraf of PCB. If white farmer weren’t being oppressed in Zimbabwe, ZCU could have gotten away with murder for all ICC to have cared about. Nasim Ashraf and his patron Mush, who himself is a point men and client of the Western Anglo-Saxon world order, haven’t done anything to incur the ire of the powers that be, therefore, kosher in the eyes mini-enforcers of Western will and order, like Malcolm…

  • Arshad Jamal on April 29, 2008, 19:51 GMT

    I fully endorse Khansaheb that JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA is the most entertaining writer in this forum. I am not a regular. Last I've written something was a year ago, but I've never stopped reading. And in every new thread the first thing I look for is the post of JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA. That doesn’t mean that I agree with everything he says but I do with the most. It is his own style of writing and instead of being jealous just enjoy it. There was a time when people from all corners of the world were criticizing him just because they couldn't write like him and couldn't match his intellect. And they have pressurized KA to impose 1000 letters limit. And for those who think that its JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA praising his own tail like our own Malaak Sialkotia, I am not him. I live in FL, USA.

  • Arshad Jamal on April 29, 2008, 19:50 GMT

    Kamran 1000 letters rule sucks...

    He was the one who tried to sweep the matter of Aussie player's match fixing under the carpet but when it leaked out by media then he has just given them a slap on the wrist, much for the benefit of the rest of the world, and let them go. Who knows how many more similar incidents there were that have not come into limelight. Ausies have not been reprimanded for illegal bowling actions or misconduct. Speedo was very vindictive toward Pakistan after Hairgate and did not let go any opportunity to punish them. For instance Shahid Afridi's incident in SA which was not such a big deal and match referee did not consider it worthy of any action taken but Speedo, who was in WI has ordered the punishment.

    To Martin Hook, Jan Markai Zoorlagakai Khan, Zakir Khan Saheb with the dum challa of Chaudhary and other JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA bashers, get real guys and be rational. Its a grownup's forum. If you are too sissy then go watch Sesame Street. Cont....

  • Ali Kuli Khan on April 29, 2008, 4:10 GMT

    I fully agree with comments made by Jaanmaar pertaining to Malcolm Speed. What speed did was the right thing to do. Zimbabwe can not be a responsible member of international community, if it keeps opressing its citizenary. As per Javed Khan less said is better. I am glad few guys are taking his clock to cleaners. His nonsense comments have gone unreplied for long. He attacks anyone who disagrees with him with bullshit personal nonsense that includes twisting names, religious inneundos and 70's english. It seems unemployed Khan in Canada is just waiting for a blog to appear to pounce and write psychotic posts. Word limit is not going to do for him, some will have to censor him sooner or later.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 29, 2008, 3:29 GMT

    One Malcolm supporting the other Malcolm. Former ICC Chairman Malcolm Gray, who recruited fellow Australian Malcolm Speed into the ICC job, said yesterday that: "Speed's dismissal two months before his retirement showed there was something wrong at the administration's highest level." He further added that, "as a CEO of the ICC his premature departure from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in a row over Zimbabwe was a sign that power, money and race are interfering with the sport's administration. In this case I'd have thought it would be completely avoidable, and I suspect parts of the problems have been brought about by the use of power, with the money flowing in, underlying a lot of decisions in international bodies. Regrettably, there are racial connotations." All this happened at a cricket body, a corporation of the highest level in cricket world where one is not supposed to wash his dirty laundry in public. But, it happened, it happened as if nothing happened. If such a thing had happened in Pakistan, I am sure the same Australians who are supporting Malcolm Speed or the ICC would have immediately raised their fingers against Pakistan for being so unprofessional and uncivilized. Our Chaudhary Saheb da pyjama writes a few lines in Punjabish, Multanish and Saraikish and makes a fool out of himself with his pathetic blabbing and textual diarrhea, he cannot spell Malcolm's name correctly and yet he considers himself a constipated authority on everything. Ignorance is bliss but, in his case its a blister on the wrong spot.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 28, 2008, 23:14 GMT

    I am in complete agreement with Mr.srivathsan's views about Malcolm, his biases against the sub-continent teams and his Zim affair is a cover up. Jaanmaar Khan good to see your small "a" is back on your soft spot now. Still, the double ss is missing to complete your chameleon like personality. And I am glad to see the similarities in styles of your other Butt Saheb Chaudhary di and with a silent g. Also, pleased to know that you are a graduate in pimpology and doing good in introducing and offering your topaz and the little gem to every Sayeen, Chaudhary and Wadehra. By swearing at Kamran and all those who agree with his views you seem like a misfit here.Why don't you keep yourself busy in the gem trade? When you act like Mr. Bean, you look good in that hole where you truly belong.

  • Faiz Hanif on April 28, 2008, 22:13 GMT

    Before the sub continent namely India took charge of cricketing affairs we used to say and believe how these European descent folks are ruling us by controlling our favorite sport. We claimed that their decision is classic favortism for namely England and Australia and they are racist. Now that the balance has shifted the accusations have flipped from the other side. I think now is the time to find the middle ground. Show that we are better than them. Zimbabwe is a mess and needs to have their test cricket status suspended. Any team Bangladesh can beat needs to be suspended anyways. Review books of Pakistan cricket board and if there is any cause put them on notice. Look into why Australia can postpone tours without any consequence. Be fair.

  • Shahid Pathan on April 28, 2008, 13:58 GMT

    Greatest commentator? what r u smoking Khansahab? Javed Khan is a greatest case of nonsense vitriol. Since initially you self declared yourself as 'regular' (democracy be damned)and tried to make this blog autocratic by demanding/ asking/pleading special priviledges (by the way both declined by the blog), it is not surprising that you are supporting fellow regular--what ever that means. By the way by calling nonsense khan 'the greatest commentator' you have shown to be 'greatest nicompoop' in the world. By the way we all know that you are another identity for Javed A Khan but I thought I will give you some regardless.

  • Jaanmaar Khan on April 28, 2008, 13:50 GMT

    Too bad Malcome Speed is not being given full support in the light of developments in Zimbabwe. Khansaheb and Awas are the pseudo-identiites created by egomaniac Javed Khan to pimp himself. Keep supporting yourself, comdition is called mania.

  • srivathsan on April 28, 2008, 11:44 GMT

    Is it KAMRAN or somebody else written this blog ?I really wonder how you can support a biased & racist person like malcom speed.His so called principle stand on financial irregularities in ZC is just a cover .The moment he feels that subcontinent team is winning a match against whites,he calls for pitch report & expresses concern about quality of pitch.Kanpur is the recent example. Has he called for such a report even once when our teams are out played in their fast & deadly pitches ?How he handled daryl hair issue is known to everybody.Even the tour itinerary approved by ICC is heavily biased against subcontinent teams despite the fact that ICC is surviving because of sub continent boards.Even bowling actions are questioned only for us & speeds contribution in this is total.He does not wastes a minute to question our boards if he has some thing to do so whether it is right or wrong.YOU FEEL SAD ABOUT THIS ? I AM REALLY HAPPY THAT HE IS REMOVED MAY BE FOR DIFFERENT REASON.

  • zain on April 27, 2008, 20:36 GMT

    The worst thatyou can be brought to task for is for Bai, a woman dancer who dances for money. The other words that I know do not have any insulting meanings. Bhai, brother of course. Then there is Bahai, a religious sect in Iran. None of these can seriously be called Gali.

  • Awas2007@hotmail.co.uk on April 27, 2008, 19:23 GMT

    Zakir Khan Saheb Chaudhary (urf Girgit)

    I wonder which one is of 'kwality' here but there is a definite paindoo somewhere. Before you teach others how to spell, just look in the mirror first and look at yours: Malcom moraaly Kamraan 100 word (e)specially

  • Faridoon on April 27, 2008, 12:06 GMT

    Malcolm Speed has been forced to be on vacation until his term is up! Thats what you get for wanting to be right. But, why didn't he do more about the Zim issue all this time that he was in charge?

    Poor Bhajji has gone and put the reputation of BCCI on the line. The Aussies will be hardly able to contain their "told you so" comments. If you can publicly slap around your own teammate, then you can easily pass racist comments to your opponents.

    Its sad, very sad. BCCI needs to be very stern with him if they want to regain any shred of credibility that they've lost due of him. I'd hate to be in Modi's shoes right now.

    Senior players may sometimes need to discipline the youngsters but not by assaulting them! Scold them, igonore them, send them around for a few extra laps. Don't b*&#$slap them in full view of tv cameras!! Bhaji's head should roll for this; not for the slapping but for disproving all the effort the board put in defending him, in proving his innocence so recently.

  • khansahab786@gmail.com on April 27, 2008, 9:40 GMT

    Corruption and general financial mismanagement I can understand occurring within the PCB. We all know this, because if it was otherwise our grass roots talent would have produced more able international cricketers amongst other things. But when the rest of the world's cricket boards don't support "Speed's principled stand", it is a greater cause for concern. Although this thread is about corruption mainly and not about Hairgate or Speed's problems with PCB and BCCI etc, I am still reasonably satisfied to see the back of Speed. God "Speed!" Hoping that the new Pakistani government will remedy the current problems with PCB corruption is "fishful thinking" as the learned Javed A Khan would say. This thread is not about politics either, but the new government seems keener to adopt the "look how many problems the past government has left for us" stance, as opposed to the "we will sort out these problems for the people" stance. Martin Hook, to put matters simply, Javed A Khan is the greatest and most enthusiastic commentator on this platform. You don't appear to know much about "civility" yourself, may I add.

  • Zakir Khan Saheb Chaudhary on April 27, 2008, 2:49 GMT

    Malcom Speed took the moraaly right position on Zim but was shown the door. Kamraan you are right on this, he may have committed past sin but this time he was spot on. Javed Khan, I have only one thing to say to you man; you have the worst case of verbal gastroenteritis. You make no sense at all. Just to stop you from infecting other bloggers 100 word limitation was specially applied by the blog owner but it seems you don't take hint. You don't come across as ' kwality' person as you often spell it.

  • Sufi on April 27, 2008, 0:21 GMT

    Never mind this about administrators - Bhaji has showed the world that the accusations against his behaviour was not wrong - to assault a fellow countryman (seems like and old grudge)after losing shows that he should be put away for life - Akthar is a saint and all Pakistani players in the IPL are behaving like real gentlemen so Kamran it is better for you to write about the players and leave the administrators to look after themselves.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 26, 2008, 22:48 GMT

    Kamran says: " I am with Malcolm." Some kids wanna see; "Malcolm in the middle." The reality is the way Malcolm has been flushed out of the ICC's sewerage system in a very "Speedy" manner one can say he is a real Speedy Gonzales who has been handed with a one way ticket from Dubai to the Moon or Melbourne. But look at the new kid on the block David Morgan, the ICC president-elect, he has now confirmed that the decision to put Speed on gardening leave for the last two months of his contract as CEO was as a result of a "fundamental breakdown" in the relationship between him, Ray Mali, the president, and some of the executive board and not, as widely suggested, Speed's handling of issues relating to the ICL. So, the cat is out of the bag now and Morgan confirms that the ICC has achieved a huge amount during Malcolm's time and now the new body is set to "govern it in the optimum way, but govern we certainly do." And, Zimbabwe still remains an issue where the president and the chief executive have disagreed, and Morgan agrees that there is no doubt about that. But, (smaller than Salman's) he emphasizes that the image of the ICC was "not good" and it was "something we (Morgan - Mali & Associates) need to address it". And by saying this "teep ka bandh" in the end, it's a very unfortunate ending to what has been a very successful term of office," Morgan is negating his own statement. Jaanmaar kay zore laga kay Khan, you dropped one small "A" from your nick. Seemoo, this is what happens when you use phony nicks. Try to be original, have some guts and write with your own real name the one that your dear parents gave you on your janam-din.

  • Philip John Joseph on April 26, 2008, 21:03 GMT

    Heh, heh, Mr. Abbasi, it would appear that you have a monopoly on all the best topics. Good on you mate. Keep up the good work.

    Apropos Malcolm Speed leaving the building, all I can say is good riddance to bad rubbish. The world has seen enough of that smelly Aussie trash to last ten life-times at least. While I understand your frustration with the Pakistan Cricket Board, Mr. Abbasi, I would point out that the Pakistan Cricket Board is not hurting anyone outside Pakistan, except of course Pakistan fans outside Pakistan. On the other hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, is a clear and present danger/threat, to the continued existence of cricket, and the chief reason why corruption and incompetence have become so pervasive and endemic within and around the sport of cricket. The BCCI's dirty money is the problem, and the solution lies in breaking the legs of the BCCI by supporting the ICL. As for Zimbabwe, I would prefer to see Mugabe overthrown militarily or left alone.

  • Awas2007@hotmail.co.uk on April 26, 2008, 20:22 GMT

    Martin Hook A little left hook of yours on Javed A Khan may be but don’t forget many bloggers like what he says as it’s often quite funny. You only have to look in the last thread where at least a couple of bloggers have liked how he writes and have encouraged him. So, no need to be so dam critical. Everyone is different and has a right of say.

    By the way, I have never heard a Bai term being used as a derogatory term for Asian maids in the UK. The only Bai I am aware of are the enthnic minority in China. For your info, the chmaar that used the word Bhai actually means brother in Urdu.

  • Rajesh NJ on April 26, 2008, 18:43 GMT

    Malcolm Speed may be no saint, but it seems that in the ICC there is always a stiff competition among its executives for the post of "The Worst ICC Employee"

    All in all Cricket only seems to be becoming poorer because of the ICC when it actually should be getting richer

  • cricketexpert on April 26, 2008, 15:19 GMT

    Everyone should abandon the ICC and set up a new body

  • shezy ali on April 26, 2008, 13:08 GMT

    I totaly agree with your oppinoin. Because we know what he does in Hair case.

  • zain on April 26, 2008, 12:30 GMT

    I will not be celebrating yet. I will only do that when ICC would act in the best interest of cricket and not to satisfy their personal tiffs. The news of Mr Speed's impending departure comes in the wake of some noise about the activities of Mr Gavaskar who seems to have his talents of batsmanship working everywhere. There are people who have been accused of financial wrong doings but who seem to have got away with it. I have said it before and say it again. Despite their deslike for each other, they run a close shop when they feel threatened. We have seen it before, they have ruined the career of some talented bowlers to satisfy their misplaced sense of being the God All mighty. No sir I will only celebrate when they are dragged tdhrough the streets of Dubai. You might ask, who are they? Some of them have gone with fat bank balances and some are still there ruining the great sport of crcket. Is there anybody who could stop them before it is too late.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on April 26, 2008, 10:43 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh's latest achievement of slapping Sreesanth has confirmed Hayden's remark that Harbhajan is indeed "Little Obnoxious Weed".

    Now we all will see BCCI will do their best to mitigate the issue in such a way so that no one gets any punishment and this is the difference between BCCI and PCB!!!

  • Saptarshi on April 26, 2008, 8:48 GMT

    I fail to understand why people are dragging Modi into it. He is just the organiser of IPL and has virtually no role in ICC. Tell me one thing guys is it Modi and BCCI'S responsibility for what Mugabe is doing in Zimbabwe? I will not be surprised if the anglo saxons in this forum even point out that. The zimbabweans themselves have to sort out the mess they are into besides banning zimbabwe also is not helpful as it would lead to dormancy of cricket in that country. Nothing is ideal in this world as in science they say that ideal gas laws are never applicable in real life industrial practices. We have to make the best with what we have got. Besides where was everybody when mc grath spit on the batsmen and was let off with a slap on the wrist and we all know who was at the helm of icc then.

  • Stone on April 26, 2008, 8:20 GMT

    Kamran, why you always look at the dark side of the things. Dont act as critic, just look at the positive things that will/ might happen by this change. Cricket is developing and will further improve under the current establishment. BCCI is the actual authority for Indian cricket (the true super power of cricketing world)and ICC must act according to their instructions no matter how righteous and strict their officials are. A record is record no matter how strong or weak the opponents were. Dont you remember how a team managed to level the home series by making minefield like pitches for their spinner so that the oppnents quicks and batters can be trapped. So if Pakistan team manged to won against weaker opponents it is not a big deal. A winning skipper is a winner and the records will prove that Shoaib is the best captin that Pakistan ever had.

  • Jaanmar Khan on April 26, 2008, 7:09 GMT

    Javed bhai, I read your post and LOL. Man, you are full of bile and perhaps paranoid. You are like a dof chasing its tail. Keep writing; if nothing else as a comedian you would be taken seriously :)

  • Ric on April 26, 2008, 4:01 GMT

    I agree with Tony Greig. The ICC should be dismantled.

    However, this leaves us with three problems. How do we dismantle the ICC? Who or what do we replace them with? And how do we guarantee that the replacement body will not be riddled by corruption and reasonably sensible in governing world cricket?

  • Martin Hook on April 26, 2008, 1:15 GMT

    Javed Bai,

    As your compatriots address you ( I usually dont, because it is a derogatory term in UK, used for asian maids); may be you will understand that writing post after posts only makes you ineffective. You have opinion on anything but know next to nothing about civility. Grow up and engage in meaningful debate. Thanks.

  • Dave on April 26, 2008, 0:25 GMT

    I agree that the ICC's continued support of a clearly corrupt organization in ZC is a complete disgrace. I find just as disgraceful some of the comments here. It is irrelevant whether you like Speed, Australians or whatever, the issue here is the lack of transparency and corruption in cricket boards, particularly ZC and the PCB. How is the ICC's current position going to help cricket and cricketers in Zimbabwe? If anything, it is going to encourage the administrators to continue to put money in their own pockets rather than investing in training facilities, equipment and the players themselves. Zimbabwe cricket at the international level has fallen to a very poor standard over recent years, but given their administrators don't use the money to improve cricket, or even pay their cricketers in some cases, why should we be surprised? The situation will only continue to deteriorate until someone finally does what is correct ethically rather than bowing to special interests and prejudice.

  • Dominic on April 26, 2008, 0:25 GMT

    For years we have seen players from Australia, South Africa and England getting away with their unacceptable on-field manners and off-field remarks on sub-continental players. ICC stayed quiet then. Now its happening again, only India's favor. Point is, the corruption started long time ago. Its just open book now. ICL or IPL are guaranteed to bring more corruption as private investors will come into play with floods of money. Hammad S., you have a genuine point about Zimbabwe situation.

  • Stu on April 25, 2008, 23:56 GMT

    When I saw this headline 12 hours ago I realised that it was the end of cricket as we know it. It's all about power, and it's not even former cricketers who are wielding it.

    Hammad, 20 years ago the whole world condemned South Africa and refused to play cricket with them. (Just to give an example of white countries getting their panties in a bunch when white people oppressed black.)The key word in your explanation of what happened in Zimbabwe was "ostensibly." In reality it was about Mugabe maintaining power.

    Tony Grieg: Speed had indicated that he was prepared to consider accreditation for the ICL (which was one of the reasons the BCCI sacked him. It's obvious now who employs the CEO of the ICC, and it aint the ICC.) Also, perhaps a good reason why Shoab and Asif would have been targeted with drug tests was because they had already just failed drug tests, and it's not a good idea for athletes to use performance enhancing drugs?

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 25, 2008, 23:47 GMT

    Jaanmaar Khan aka Zakir Khan Saheb Chaudharay aka Junaid Shah aka Valiyah Barbie & avenger etc. etc., this thread is not on me, it is on Malcolm Speed the ICC chief of the CEO who has been ousted. Like I have mentioned above this thread is also not meant for pseudo constipated intellectuals like you, I was right. Because, you cannot write, express or share your views with others especially on a subject like this. Your forte is blabbing, tattling, oozing hatred, spreading jingoism and regionalism. Actually, you simply do not have the ability to write, your natural instinct and your innate ability or "kwalty" is only to ape or spill venom just for the pleasure and you are doing it now, like you did in the previous thread as Junaid Shah. You wrote that Kamran Abbassi criticizes for the sake of criticism and there is no substance in his writing. Just look at you and your pathetic verbosity and textual diarrhea "wo bhee Jaanmaar kay aur ZoreLagakay" LOL. The end result is a missed fart. Perhaps you believe in Dr. iMaamDeena's "Doctry nusqa" and hold your farts, which results in the gases traveling upwards through your spine into your empty upper chamber and thats where you get those shitty ideas from! Now, lemme add something on the subject of this thread by quoting Andrew Miller, who said this about Malcolm and the ICC: " It is an open admission of the hypocrisy, factionalism and naked politicking that has paralyzed the game's governing body, at precisely the moment when the global game is most desperately in need of leadership and unity. This is exactly what the Pakistan team needs, leadership and unity. Unfortunately the leader is a spineless nincompoop and he is creating factionalism and jingoism and there is no unity in the team and that is why they lose against good opposition and win against the minnows which inflates the ego pf this Malak Tutankhamen like a hot air balloon. Btw, we never saw this Jaanmaar kay and ZoorLagay kay before so where you? You may go back into the hole that you call it as absentee and try hard to concentrate on what I have just said.

  • safwan on April 25, 2008, 22:55 GMT

    I absolutely agree that pakistan cricket is perhaps going through its darkest period, i agree that perhaps our captain is not amongst the better ones in world cricket and eventually i also agree that winning 11 ODI's against zimbabwe and bangladesh deserves no medal of merit! YET I CANNOT agree with certain comments that were made by a particular gentelman based in Canada on your last BLOG, who appears to be very well educated and probably used a thesauras to add affect to his scathing personal remarks regarding Shoaib Malik's Appearence and English-speaking capabilities! With all due regards sir, you are based in an english-speaking where english as a language comes to you naturally, but unfortunately we are a third-world country where english-speaking capability is not an essential pre-requisite for survival or success! I guess the aim of commenting on Mr.Kamran's blogs should be 2 com up with constructive comments 2 improve our cricket and not launch insensitive/personal attacks!

  • Hammad Siddiqi, Cincinnati Ohio on April 25, 2008, 20:42 GMT

    I'm completely in compliance with your view regarding transparency. No brainer. As for Speed, I think his days were numbered after the farcical world cup and him trying to shift the blame. Also, he's always been a shady character given his involvement in the whole Warne/M.Waugh bribery fiasco. So, no violins for Mr. Speed emanating from Cincinnati Ohio. As for the whole Zimbabwe thing, I have views that might be seen as controversial by many. I don't condone Mugabe's corruptior or that of his henchmen but let's face the facts; This whole Zimbabwe thing happened after white settlers were removed from their land ostensibly to redistribute land among landless black farmers. Since then, every white country has been crying bloody murder. I respectfully ask this question; would they be getting their panties in a bunch if a white dictator displaced black farmers? Just a little devil's advocacy here I apologize for talking politics in a cricket forum but I feel these are points to ponder.

  • Raghuvir on April 25, 2008, 20:38 GMT

    Newsflash: ICC caught for driving (the cricket world) while drunk (with power)!

  • Raghuvir on April 25, 2008, 20:30 GMT

    I may not have sided with Malcolm Speed on many issues in the past, but I'm with Malcolm for what's happened here, what's being done to him. The ICC has done further to re-emphasize that it is the "Incompetent Clowns Council ruining Cricket". The ICC has been run with anything but the best interest of sport in mind. Something needs to be done to get rid of those responsible for the current state of affairs (I know - high hopes and dreams that won't be fulfilled). The ICC and every cricket body world-wide is only power and money hungry. SHAME on you all cricket administrators world-wide. It's only a question of when and not if the game will die out.

    Till date, no satisfactory answer has been given to why the ICL is bad for cricket. Does the ICC care/dare to venture an answer?

    Stupid ICC.

  • Tony Greig on April 25, 2008, 20:00 GMT

    ICC is the last example of colonialism that exists to date. It's interesting that this stuff is finally coming to lime light. In my opinion the whole ICC should be sacked let alone Speed. Speed himself has no priciples. He threatened to have random drug tests during the last world cup but once shoaib and asif were not allowed to participate in the WC then NO tests were conducted for any players. WHY? Why ICC doesn't like ICL simply because they challenge the dictatorship of ICC. I hope and pray that the whole ICC gets dismantled.

  • theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on April 25, 2008, 18:25 GMT

    I’ve been saying that for a while now, ICC is one of the lamest sports governing body in the world. Can I add “most corrupt” to it? I wonder what significant has the ICC done for cricket? Last three years have been the darkest days of cricket, Zimbabwe crisis, disastrous WC, Oval fiasco involving Hair, reinstatement of Hair, ICL & IPL issue, Indian tour of Australia, and now sacking of Speed. Ironically, this time Speed was on the high moral grounds regarding Zimbabwe issue. It’s amazing that Chingoka gets his strongest support from BCCI and weak boards like PCB taps the BCCI’s back to remain in the good book or for sharing the common of sheer corruption. Cricket is dying slowly but surely and blame goes to Chingoka, Mali, Modi, BCCI, PCB, and rest of the jack asses.

  • Jaanmaar Khan on April 25, 2008, 18:23 GMT

    Javed Bhai, Since I was absent I notice your condition has only worsened. Your psychotic senile psychobabbling is beyond cure. Do you just live to post comments on the blog?

  • Awas2007@hotmail.co.uk on April 25, 2008, 17:36 GMT

    This is a wonderful piece Kamran and difficult not to agree. It is a shame that the one who took a just stand is the one being kicked out. I will be really surprised at anyone not siding with Speed on this particular, principled and honourable, issue despite his stance on some earlier issues.

    I would be incensed if this matter is swept away under the carpet and crooks are allowed to get away. I myself as a professional from a financial background can also add that if the independent forensic audit has revealed irregularities then KPMG not only have ethical duty but legal responsibility too nowadays to notify the matter to the relevant law enforcement agencies. However, as ICC now resides effectively in no-mans land, Dubai, we may never find the whole truth.

    Following on from previous thread:

    Saima khan A revealing and interesting insight into how Misbah is really like. Tell us what else goes on in this ‘High Society’ party culture? Its good to see regulars like yourself, JamJar, Ashaq, Ash Zed, Dawar, Omar Admani etc commenting as we have been urging them to do so.

    Khansahab Good last comment. Malik has obviously exposed his own insecurities by not giving youngsters any real chance whatsoever. That is my main gripe with him. It’s funny you mention about Mr Bean…he is my favourite character…a new Charlie Chaplin.

  • Duncan on April 25, 2008, 17:20 GMT

    It's simple - Zimbabwe will remain a huge embarrasement and a stain on the game. To be prepared to supress the information that shows how corrupt the Zimbabwe game has become and then to force out Speed shows that the ICC and Modi have no credibility and no moral authority left. They are supporting a lie and endorsing theft. Whatever you think of Speed on other issues he is clearly right on this. There is no other choice for anyone with any role in this other than to support him and fight to expose both Zimbabwe and the motives of those attempting to maintain the fiction that they are a legitimate international team.

  • safwan on April 25, 2008, 17:15 GMT

    ICC is a disgrace, so is the PCB, the BCCI and the zimbabwean cricket board.....on one end of the spectrum we have a ponitless, rubbish form of cricket in IPL being run by the BCCI , and on the other end of the spectrum we have PCB who takes apparent joy out of banning its own players and paying its executive officers sums of money it doesnt record! this is a laughable, pathetic situation that needs a complex solution to it!

  • James on April 25, 2008, 17:08 GMT

    Finally some morals and an attempt to protect the integrity of the game shown by one of the ICC's top brass. And he is thrown out.

    The Zimbabwe board situation is disgusting. Chingoka and Bvute have destroyed the game in that country and are not only being accepted, but SUPPORTED by a majority of world cricket's boards.

  • venkat on April 25, 2008, 17:02 GMT

    Good riddance. This has been a great week for cricket. The coming of IPL which is destined to be a great success unless the powers to be in the world of cricket and Indian politicians stop it and the ouster of arrogant Malcolm speed augurs well for the future of cricket. Malcom whose main goal during the tenure was to stop Asian members from occuping top post in ICC. His reinstatement of Hair despite evidence that he tried to blackmail ICC. The way ICC treated Pakistani cricketers during the death of Bob Woolmer and the fiasco called 2007 world cup speaks volumes of his incompetence. Speed instead of taking responsibility after the 2007 world cup blamed bcci that india's peformance is a reflction of its administrators

  • Ravi kumar on April 25, 2008, 16:44 GMT

    Name the first and foremost one India, Bangladesh are also there. So Mr.Abbasi you have my support and why would not an Indian cricket board not willing to accept ICL. Its also hiring foreign players and playing the sport in the right spirit. So what does commercial bureaucacy got to do with it. All people need to see is cricket being played no matter with Indian board or ICC or IPL or ICL. People are bold enough to make their own decisions and thats one of the priime reasons they didnt come to watch the IPL match being played between Deccan chargers and Rajasthan Royals. And am one of the first to say loudly in our city Hyderabad to stop going to such insane and arrogant matches called IPL. I would rather want the ICC should support ICL also. What wrong is it for any organisation to take the country's unknown players on the international stage? How often do we see players from Tamil nadu or Andhra or Kerala often play in national colours at international level. So condemn the ICC.

  • Ravi on April 25, 2008, 16:33 GMT

    I completely agree with Kamran. As someone who has lived for 7 years in Zimbabwe and have seen the enthusiasm for cricket in schools, it is an absolute disgrace that the ICC should have come out on the side of the officials and not players, and the several thousand talented school children who desperately need support. There can be no place for corruption in cricket, period.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on April 25, 2008, 16:32 GMT

    Although I do not like Stubborn Speed but in view of professional ethics I support Speed on this particular occasion. He stand against Zimbabwe is certainly a correct one and anyone having any ethics would support Speed.

    However, don’t you think Dr. Naseem Ashraf must be sacked for the criminal act of Pakistan Cricket Board that failed to disclose salary payments to its CEO & CFO, Marketing Director, and Director of Human Resources on its payroll. The financial officer and another finance department worker have resigned but who will kick out the real culprit?

    The real dilemma of the mater is that DNA still insists that he is not responsible for hiding this crucial info and he is investigating the matter. Can you believe that?

    On one hand Speed shows highest standard of ethics whereas DNA showing the world exactly the opposite!!

  • James Aldous on April 25, 2008, 16:32 GMT

    I cannot believe that Malcolm Speed has been effectively sacked from his position for taking adopt the sensible and moral position on the issue of Zimbabwe. I rarely agree with Malcolm Speed, but on this issue I am fully supportive. I cannot believe that the ICC is turning a blind eye to the blatant corruption and dodgy-dealings of ZC officials. In effect, the ICC are condoning the actions of the board, which I find disgusting and makes me wonder who is really controlling the ICC and for what reason.

    Any faith that I did have in the ICC before this revelation - and I must confess there was scant amount of that - has totally evaporated. I'm almost inclined to think we need to scrap the ICC and start over with a new governing body.

  • Mr Probity on April 25, 2008, 16:28 GMT

    So what is your salary Kamran over the last 2 years? Also why does your opinion matter?

  • Pratik on April 25, 2008, 16:28 GMT

    A disgusting move by ICC. Probably we should take a hiatus from cricket so that the ICC, BCCI and other corrupt bodies are forced close to bankruptcy and are forced to realize that principles do matter.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 25, 2008, 16:22 GMT

    Kamran - you may be on Malcolm's side but he is no Saint Justin Martyr. Being an Australian and former CEO of Australian Cricket Board and in his capacity as the ICC chief, he has a soft corner for the Australians. Even during that Hair raising crisis he did NO justice to Inzamam's cause, he allowed the Hairless monster to come back and stand in as an umpire of the elite panel despite the fact that he had attempted to blackmail the ICC and demanded half a million dollars. After the failure of the Caribbean World Cup, Malcolm should have resigned immediately, instead he cling and now he is ousted. In any case his tenure was coming to an end in July this year but, there is a coup d'état now and the way he is going out in disgrace is similar to what happens in Pakistan. However, I do agree with you on the subject of the PCB and their irregularities. Since I am in a rush, I have to cut it short and will more later. Btw, this thread may not be of much interest to some of the pseudo intellectuals like the paindoo Chaudhary's and Shah's, even the types of Valiyah Barbie. Au revoir, a bientot.

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  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 25, 2008, 16:22 GMT

    Kamran - you may be on Malcolm's side but he is no Saint Justin Martyr. Being an Australian and former CEO of Australian Cricket Board and in his capacity as the ICC chief, he has a soft corner for the Australians. Even during that Hair raising crisis he did NO justice to Inzamam's cause, he allowed the Hairless monster to come back and stand in as an umpire of the elite panel despite the fact that he had attempted to blackmail the ICC and demanded half a million dollars. After the failure of the Caribbean World Cup, Malcolm should have resigned immediately, instead he cling and now he is ousted. In any case his tenure was coming to an end in July this year but, there is a coup d'état now and the way he is going out in disgrace is similar to what happens in Pakistan. However, I do agree with you on the subject of the PCB and their irregularities. Since I am in a rush, I have to cut it short and will more later. Btw, this thread may not be of much interest to some of the pseudo intellectuals like the paindoo Chaudhary's and Shah's, even the types of Valiyah Barbie. Au revoir, a bientot.

  • Pratik on April 25, 2008, 16:28 GMT

    A disgusting move by ICC. Probably we should take a hiatus from cricket so that the ICC, BCCI and other corrupt bodies are forced close to bankruptcy and are forced to realize that principles do matter.

  • Mr Probity on April 25, 2008, 16:28 GMT

    So what is your salary Kamran over the last 2 years? Also why does your opinion matter?

  • James Aldous on April 25, 2008, 16:32 GMT

    I cannot believe that Malcolm Speed has been effectively sacked from his position for taking adopt the sensible and moral position on the issue of Zimbabwe. I rarely agree with Malcolm Speed, but on this issue I am fully supportive. I cannot believe that the ICC is turning a blind eye to the blatant corruption and dodgy-dealings of ZC officials. In effect, the ICC are condoning the actions of the board, which I find disgusting and makes me wonder who is really controlling the ICC and for what reason.

    Any faith that I did have in the ICC before this revelation - and I must confess there was scant amount of that - has totally evaporated. I'm almost inclined to think we need to scrap the ICC and start over with a new governing body.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on April 25, 2008, 16:32 GMT

    Although I do not like Stubborn Speed but in view of professional ethics I support Speed on this particular occasion. He stand against Zimbabwe is certainly a correct one and anyone having any ethics would support Speed.

    However, don’t you think Dr. Naseem Ashraf must be sacked for the criminal act of Pakistan Cricket Board that failed to disclose salary payments to its CEO & CFO, Marketing Director, and Director of Human Resources on its payroll. The financial officer and another finance department worker have resigned but who will kick out the real culprit?

    The real dilemma of the mater is that DNA still insists that he is not responsible for hiding this crucial info and he is investigating the matter. Can you believe that?

    On one hand Speed shows highest standard of ethics whereas DNA showing the world exactly the opposite!!

  • Ravi on April 25, 2008, 16:33 GMT

    I completely agree with Kamran. As someone who has lived for 7 years in Zimbabwe and have seen the enthusiasm for cricket in schools, it is an absolute disgrace that the ICC should have come out on the side of the officials and not players, and the several thousand talented school children who desperately need support. There can be no place for corruption in cricket, period.

  • Ravi kumar on April 25, 2008, 16:44 GMT

    Name the first and foremost one India, Bangladesh are also there. So Mr.Abbasi you have my support and why would not an Indian cricket board not willing to accept ICL. Its also hiring foreign players and playing the sport in the right spirit. So what does commercial bureaucacy got to do with it. All people need to see is cricket being played no matter with Indian board or ICC or IPL or ICL. People are bold enough to make their own decisions and thats one of the priime reasons they didnt come to watch the IPL match being played between Deccan chargers and Rajasthan Royals. And am one of the first to say loudly in our city Hyderabad to stop going to such insane and arrogant matches called IPL. I would rather want the ICC should support ICL also. What wrong is it for any organisation to take the country's unknown players on the international stage? How often do we see players from Tamil nadu or Andhra or Kerala often play in national colours at international level. So condemn the ICC.

  • venkat on April 25, 2008, 17:02 GMT

    Good riddance. This has been a great week for cricket. The coming of IPL which is destined to be a great success unless the powers to be in the world of cricket and Indian politicians stop it and the ouster of arrogant Malcolm speed augurs well for the future of cricket. Malcom whose main goal during the tenure was to stop Asian members from occuping top post in ICC. His reinstatement of Hair despite evidence that he tried to blackmail ICC. The way ICC treated Pakistani cricketers during the death of Bob Woolmer and the fiasco called 2007 world cup speaks volumes of his incompetence. Speed instead of taking responsibility after the 2007 world cup blamed bcci that india's peformance is a reflction of its administrators

  • James on April 25, 2008, 17:08 GMT

    Finally some morals and an attempt to protect the integrity of the game shown by one of the ICC's top brass. And he is thrown out.

    The Zimbabwe board situation is disgusting. Chingoka and Bvute have destroyed the game in that country and are not only being accepted, but SUPPORTED by a majority of world cricket's boards.

  • safwan on April 25, 2008, 17:15 GMT

    ICC is a disgrace, so is the PCB, the BCCI and the zimbabwean cricket board.....on one end of the spectrum we have a ponitless, rubbish form of cricket in IPL being run by the BCCI , and on the other end of the spectrum we have PCB who takes apparent joy out of banning its own players and paying its executive officers sums of money it doesnt record! this is a laughable, pathetic situation that needs a complex solution to it!