June 5, 2008

Pakistan cricket

A criminal waste?

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
Mohammad Asif watches Pakistan's first warm-up match from the sidelines, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, warm-up match, ICC World Twenty20, Centurion, September 8, 2007
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The latest scandal has little to do with the ones Mohammad Asif has been involved in before, but what's annoying is that it will still be stacked together with all the others, writes Anand Vasu in the Hindustan Times.

Asif, 25 by his own estimation, will know now that even his best-case scenario — being found not guilty on a technicality or for lack of conclusive evidence, and there’s nothing to suggest that so far — his life will never be the same again.

An editorial in the Pakistan-based Dawn terms the latest scandal as 'Yet another embarrassment'.

Another editorial, this time in the Daily Times, blames the establishment for the Asif scandal.

Because there is no proper first-class cricketing structure in Pakistan, highly talented boys get into the team without any mental or other strategic grooming.

Also read Osman Samiuddin's views on the same topic in Cricinfo.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is a former assistant editor at Cricinfo

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