Politics April 25, 2008

I'm with Malcolm

How many of the other cricket boards have financial skeletons in their bookkeeping cupboards?

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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  • testli5504537 on November 10, 2012, 9:41 GMT

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

  • testli5504537 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…

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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....

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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.

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