Politics August 18, 2008

He came, he saw, he floundered

Dr Ashraf has divided opinion in Pakistan
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You may find this hard to believe but Dr Ashraf has divided opinion in Pakistan. His numerous critics have encountered a plentiful supply of advocates. The central argument of the advocates of Ashraf is that he talks much sense. Nurtured in medical and human development environments, Ashraf has a soothing tone that pulls together jargon and management rhetoric to create an aura of competence.

Yet talking a good strategy is only one element of the role of the head of an organisation. The ultimate benchmark is the quality of decision making, and this is where Ashraf's record is lamentable.

Although Ashraf and his colleagues may blame their predecessors for destroying the foundations of Pakistan cricket, the rapid decline of the past two years is at complete odds with Ashraf's rhetoric. We have seen a downturn in results, administration, and spectacle. The worst sin has been that the excitement that fans traditionally associate with Pakistan cricket has almost disappeared.

Readers of this blog will be familiar with criticisms of Ashraf and his PCB. They ripple through every aspect of the administration of Pakistan cricket, and draw me to the conclusion that Ashraf's whimsical tenure is the worst period in Pakistan's modern history.

When selecting candidates for the hall of shame, Tauqir Zia's rule would rival Ashraf's but the General's fortune was that he caught the tail end of the careers of some of Pakistan's greatest cricketers and the beginning of a new era of some optimism.

It is hard to find that optimism now. Pakistan's captain is weak and troubled. The bowling resources are ravaged by drugs and scandal. The batsmen are incomplete and unreliable. The coach is unproved and under pressure. The administration is divided and unpopular. Even the future of cricket in Pakistan seems to hang in the balance on a daily basis.

Yet out of this mess Pakistan fans will find hope, as they always do. The greatest hope will be that the new chairman of the board will have the capabilities to resurrect the team's performance and the stature of his country on the international stage.

Dr Nasim Ashraf came, saw, and floundered. How long will it take to conquer?

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

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  • blogs.espncricinfo.com on May 10, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    He_came_he_saw_he_floundered.. Ho-o-o-o-t :)

  • bhushan jain on September 24, 2008, 5:56 GMT

    it is always there in pak cricket tht everyone blames each other.so,if players r consuming drugs or making other offenses then y shud we blame him for these reasons .he wasnt a cricketer before,he did rite wht his administrative perception allowed him 2 do.But now he is gone,if cricketer can become new pcb chairman,then he can act as a good mediator between players & admistrators,he can understand both sides in a better manner.

  • Martin Hook on August 26, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    Dear Eminem or is it M&M? Funny name regardless. I thought one from me was overdue. And please go back and check my comments.I have hardly ever bashed anyone inspite of taking many hits below the belt. A swallow does not make a summer.

  • M & M on August 24, 2008, 10:32 GMT

    Martin Hook ...

    Your comments make some sense and it is good to see some preaching, however, if you read your own message again, you will realize that you have yourself started bashing one and the same person for too long.

    It’s a shame that being on this blog for long enough have contaminated your thinking ;)

  • DadhiBaba on August 23, 2008, 23:50 GMT

    Nothing will change for good in Pak. Look at post Musharraf infighting, same thing will happen in PCB. Pak cricket has still to reach the bottom of the barrel before it can come up, however, the country is in freefall to the bottom of the barrel(pitless barrel). If Aus,SAF,Eng & New Zealand not coming, no problem, replace them with Taliban teams from 4 states of Pak. I can assure you Pak will definitely win Champions tropy as the rest of the teams will be dead in bomb blasts.. PS Kamran please don't ignore this post...

  • Dr. Nauman Niaz on August 22, 2008, 20:14 GMT

    Dr. Nasim Ashraf's resignation is the best thing that has happened to Pakistan cricket. A nephrologist, overambitious he first flirted by co-producing the movie called Jinnah, then moved onto human development, and ambitiously concerned about his own presence in the media he could go to any extent to get his achievements and and highlighted. His rehtoric was contradictory to his thinking and claims. I personally feel his two years were worse than two months in power of Mr. Mujib Ur Rehman. It's not only that Pakistan cricket suffered but the soul of this amazing game was knifed in broad daylight. Incompetent people had gathered around him, people withdrawn and court martialled from the Pakistan Military Academy were inducted as top directors. Cricket under Dr. Nasim saw its lowest ebb. running the game with intellectual honesty was beyond his skills. Pakistan cricket at the moment is asking for a funeral. it is dead. Lets hope now the democratic government manages to appoint an expert.

  • Asif Sarfraz on August 21, 2008, 19:10 GMT

    I am from England and I have always supported Pakistan! But since KPs appointment I have started to take a liking to England! It is embarrassing the news coming out from Pakistan! Political situations, sporting situations. Can we ever pull ourselves together show a united front! These people that are living in some (may I say the minority) extremist world what are they trying to proove! Do they want us to be loners in this world! And why the hell have we got the government involved in our sporting events! Asif is dumb, he should of learnt from his mistakes! Shoaib just cares about himself, and probably of his celebrity status on India! We have no shame! Just can't believe it to be honest! Forget Imran khan! Where has misbah been all these years! Misbah for captain! Afridi should learn from him about when to go at the ball and when not! Don't know what else to say! Next time I hope to be commenting on something positive, but can't see that happening anytime soon! God help Pakistan!

  • Jabran on August 21, 2008, 12:34 GMT

    I totally agree with the point about the lack of excitment Pakistan team has now, I never ever use to miss a match when they played, I couldnt care less anymore, Poor captain Poor team, no standout players bad selection policy everything, most the players I have seen come through to the side dont even look international standard. The only opener who averaged 40+ for Pakistan in a long time was Taufeeq Umar and he cant get in the test side? i hate it and hate to say the team I loved so much I hate everything about them!

  • Martin Hook on August 20, 2008, 20:22 GMT

    Again I think too much attention and focus is on individuals like Akhtar, Ashraf and Asif. And that IS the problem of Pakistan cricket and society in general. The focus should be on processes and infrastructure but instead people are content with bashing one person at a time. Yesterday, it was Woolmer now it is Lawson. Ignorant cricket fans like Javed Khan thrives on writing bad things about everyone but I don't remember him writing any thing in his thousand word long verbose 'comments' about the real problem. One incompetent cricket administrator would replace another and this would go on (just like in ur politics) as long as the society's attitude does not change.

  • Imran Ali on August 20, 2008, 17:02 GMT

    Who appointed Malik as the captain and stubbornly continued with him? Who appointed Lawson as coach ?who increased the PCB staff from 300 to 750? who pardoned Shoaib and Asif repeatedly and made Pakistan cricket a laughing stock? Who was responsible for not making a constitution of PCB for more than three years? Who failed to provide funding to the regional associations? Who spent millions on development expenses and yet most of the stadiums in Pakistan are in deplorable condition? Who gave extended run to players like Akmal and Hafeez? Who fired Waqar?Who failed to take any action against the Aussies for not touring Pakistan? What happened to the Insurance claim? Who is responsible for bending on its knees infront of BCCI and banning all the players who played for ICL?Who is responsible for neglecting the advice of Pak cricket think tank? Who is responsible for ruining Pakistan's T20 tournament?In whose tenure we lost to Ireland and our ICC ranking dropped to 5 from 2? ONLY DNA.

  • blogs.espncricinfo.com on May 10, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    He_came_he_saw_he_floundered.. Ho-o-o-o-t :)

  • bhushan jain on September 24, 2008, 5:56 GMT

    it is always there in pak cricket tht everyone blames each other.so,if players r consuming drugs or making other offenses then y shud we blame him for these reasons .he wasnt a cricketer before,he did rite wht his administrative perception allowed him 2 do.But now he is gone,if cricketer can become new pcb chairman,then he can act as a good mediator between players & admistrators,he can understand both sides in a better manner.

  • Martin Hook on August 26, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    Dear Eminem or is it M&M? Funny name regardless. I thought one from me was overdue. And please go back and check my comments.I have hardly ever bashed anyone inspite of taking many hits below the belt. A swallow does not make a summer.

  • M & M on August 24, 2008, 10:32 GMT

    Martin Hook ...

    Your comments make some sense and it is good to see some preaching, however, if you read your own message again, you will realize that you have yourself started bashing one and the same person for too long.

    It’s a shame that being on this blog for long enough have contaminated your thinking ;)

  • DadhiBaba on August 23, 2008, 23:50 GMT

    Nothing will change for good in Pak. Look at post Musharraf infighting, same thing will happen in PCB. Pak cricket has still to reach the bottom of the barrel before it can come up, however, the country is in freefall to the bottom of the barrel(pitless barrel). If Aus,SAF,Eng & New Zealand not coming, no problem, replace them with Taliban teams from 4 states of Pak. I can assure you Pak will definitely win Champions tropy as the rest of the teams will be dead in bomb blasts.. PS Kamran please don't ignore this post...

  • Dr. Nauman Niaz on August 22, 2008, 20:14 GMT

    Dr. Nasim Ashraf's resignation is the best thing that has happened to Pakistan cricket. A nephrologist, overambitious he first flirted by co-producing the movie called Jinnah, then moved onto human development, and ambitiously concerned about his own presence in the media he could go to any extent to get his achievements and and highlighted. His rehtoric was contradictory to his thinking and claims. I personally feel his two years were worse than two months in power of Mr. Mujib Ur Rehman. It's not only that Pakistan cricket suffered but the soul of this amazing game was knifed in broad daylight. Incompetent people had gathered around him, people withdrawn and court martialled from the Pakistan Military Academy were inducted as top directors. Cricket under Dr. Nasim saw its lowest ebb. running the game with intellectual honesty was beyond his skills. Pakistan cricket at the moment is asking for a funeral. it is dead. Lets hope now the democratic government manages to appoint an expert.

  • Asif Sarfraz on August 21, 2008, 19:10 GMT

    I am from England and I have always supported Pakistan! But since KPs appointment I have started to take a liking to England! It is embarrassing the news coming out from Pakistan! Political situations, sporting situations. Can we ever pull ourselves together show a united front! These people that are living in some (may I say the minority) extremist world what are they trying to proove! Do they want us to be loners in this world! And why the hell have we got the government involved in our sporting events! Asif is dumb, he should of learnt from his mistakes! Shoaib just cares about himself, and probably of his celebrity status on India! We have no shame! Just can't believe it to be honest! Forget Imran khan! Where has misbah been all these years! Misbah for captain! Afridi should learn from him about when to go at the ball and when not! Don't know what else to say! Next time I hope to be commenting on something positive, but can't see that happening anytime soon! God help Pakistan!

  • Jabran on August 21, 2008, 12:34 GMT

    I totally agree with the point about the lack of excitment Pakistan team has now, I never ever use to miss a match when they played, I couldnt care less anymore, Poor captain Poor team, no standout players bad selection policy everything, most the players I have seen come through to the side dont even look international standard. The only opener who averaged 40+ for Pakistan in a long time was Taufeeq Umar and he cant get in the test side? i hate it and hate to say the team I loved so much I hate everything about them!

  • Martin Hook on August 20, 2008, 20:22 GMT

    Again I think too much attention and focus is on individuals like Akhtar, Ashraf and Asif. And that IS the problem of Pakistan cricket and society in general. The focus should be on processes and infrastructure but instead people are content with bashing one person at a time. Yesterday, it was Woolmer now it is Lawson. Ignorant cricket fans like Javed Khan thrives on writing bad things about everyone but I don't remember him writing any thing in his thousand word long verbose 'comments' about the real problem. One incompetent cricket administrator would replace another and this would go on (just like in ur politics) as long as the society's attitude does not change.

  • Imran Ali on August 20, 2008, 17:02 GMT

    Who appointed Malik as the captain and stubbornly continued with him? Who appointed Lawson as coach ?who increased the PCB staff from 300 to 750? who pardoned Shoaib and Asif repeatedly and made Pakistan cricket a laughing stock? Who was responsible for not making a constitution of PCB for more than three years? Who failed to provide funding to the regional associations? Who spent millions on development expenses and yet most of the stadiums in Pakistan are in deplorable condition? Who gave extended run to players like Akmal and Hafeez? Who fired Waqar?Who failed to take any action against the Aussies for not touring Pakistan? What happened to the Insurance claim? Who is responsible for bending on its knees infront of BCCI and banning all the players who played for ICL?Who is responsible for neglecting the advice of Pak cricket think tank? Who is responsible for ruining Pakistan's T20 tournament?In whose tenure we lost to Ireland and our ICC ranking dropped to 5 from 2? ONLY DNA.

  • F Jurangpathy on August 20, 2008, 3:22 GMT

    Pakistan cricketers are most talented and gifted cricketers in the world. Unfortunately there is no unity among players. When there is no cohesion amoung players then entire team suffers. As a Sri Lankan I believe in competitive cricket games, I hope the Pakistan administration regroup and create a good team and show the world the talent of Pakistan cricketers.

  • Amyn Habib on August 19, 2008, 23:42 GMT

    I would suggest that NA is only one character in the pantheon of cricket administrators unleashed by our military rulers on Pakistan Cricket. Sadly, the trend seems to be a progressive deterioration with each PCB administration doing worse than its predecessor and determined to take the team to an alarming new low. Pakistan Cricket was a disaster well before NA was appointed, so it is hardly fair to blame him alone. Who can sort out this mess? There is little hope that Pakistan cricket will become competitive in the near future.

  • Disgruntled pakistani cricket fan of old on August 19, 2008, 20:48 GMT

    Cannot judge his as a person but the buck did stop with him regardless of the complicated setup of PCB. The biggest (possibly the only)mistake he made in my books was his overturning of the drug bans and setting a dangerous precedent for future talents. Asif is a shmuck. He has ruined a gifted career. The most blindingly frustrating thing is that he didn't really need any kind of drug for what he did.. Not his speed but his awe inspiring control over the cricket ball made him unplayable in tests and increasingly in one dayers. He even read the batsmen brilliantly. I guess he didn't read much else.. cest la vie!!

  • Arshad A Momin on August 19, 2008, 19:23 GMT

    Cheer up folks.

    On the bright side, things cannot get any worse!

    But, ... then again, ... this is PCB we are talking about.

  • DNA on August 19, 2008, 18:32 GMT

    Maybe we can hire a Chairman from Aus. Who can hire Aussie players and then...only then...Pak team will start winning.

    Dude, I dont care who comes in next after DNA just like I dont care who comes in after Musharraf. Reason is...no matter who come and go...the things will remain the same.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on August 19, 2008, 18:01 GMT

    Another point that I did not highlight in my previous blog is related to English county cricket. Why PCB has the habit of not allowing cricketers to play county cricket in England? It is a well known fact cricket standard in Pakistan is far below average. In 70s and 80s, our players like Asif, Zaheer, Imran, Sarfraz, Mushtaq, Majid, Miandad, etc. got their skills polished at county circuit but now no one is allowed to go to county by PCB. Recently Tanveer got a chance thru Warn but disallowed by DNA.

    Not having departmental teams and not having access to county......is a perfect recipe for a sharp decline and total disaster.... the day is almost there when Pak is being compared only with Ban & Zim.

    Look at Hockey, Pakistan failed to clinch any of the top 6 position in Beijing and now out of Hockey Champions Trophy. Same is bound to happen to Cricket as well.

  • M. Akbar on August 19, 2008, 17:41 GMT

    In every case, ultimately, you are always judged by the results. History speaks for itself. The reign of Dr. Nasim Ashraf saw one of the most turbulent periods in Pakistan Cricket. And considering the craziness usually associated by the ill-managed cricket structure of Pakistan, that is some achievment; just not one to be proud of though.

    I am not going to repeat the failures and mishaps that took place during his time at the helm, for they have been elaborated very well even befor my comment. I'd just like to add that whether Dr. Nasim Ashraf was the right man or not, the ranking of the Pakistan Cricket Team before he took over, and after he left go totally against him. I blame him for this decline, thus "He came, he saw, he destroyed" it is for me too! The new Chairman has a huge task at hand, but if he shows improvement, we will get our answer on the credibility of Dr. Nasim Ashraf. :)

  • Mohajir on August 19, 2008, 17:38 GMT

    Asifs B sample tested positive. Still no ban will there on him as he is Pakistani . After all its Pakistan..Jab tak hum karngey sab chalta hai aur kissi aur ne kiya toh tauba tauba;). Anyways seem CT is also gonna move out of Pakistan soon. Only SL and India and Bang and Zimb ready to tour and that to for their own reasons ,not becos they want to visit but are forced to Visit.India will tour even Iraq if BCCI says so becos of money factor. SL will tour Pak becos they cant use reason of bomb threat or else PAkistn will also not visit or support SL in future issues for same reason. And Ban & Zimb will visit cos they have no choice. I guess Pakistan is now boycotted country list indirectly if not directly. As it is I went through statistics and 41 Wester countries consulates have travel advisory warning for Pakistan at their consulate websites.

  • Zakir Khan Saheb Chaudhary on August 19, 2008, 17:38 GMT

    Pakistan likes aristocracy but wants results similar to a great democracy like India. Pakistanis like the glitter so when when a Sharyar Khan or other Lt. General talks to western journalist in their 'sahib' english we all rejoice--especially compared to generally inarticulate indian counterparts--but when the chickens come home to roost we all become cry babies. Shame on us !!

  • Jibran Baig on August 19, 2008, 17:32 GMT

    Ashraf was another Pakistani so called leader who was just full of BS, a lot of talk no action. He resigned now that he knows that Musharaf isn't there to guard his back and he'll be kicked off the board in an embarrassing manner. It's time to involve some former cricketers and get rid of the crap.

  • Vijay Sharma on August 19, 2008, 17:06 GMT

    I am an Indian and the team I support most after India is Pakistan.But, during the last few years Pakistan has been steadily slipping down not only in cricket but even as a nation.I am sure there are many reasons for this.The social and cultural changes in Pakistan during the last decade has a hand in this.Increasingly Pakistani kids are being manipulated into hating the US and there are many reports that suggest that most kids want to become jihadis rather than build up their lives.Enrollment into madrassas is at an all time high.Basically this is robbing the country of pure cricketing talent..the kids who play on the streets at young ages.Most of these kids dont play cricket anymore and are more interested in attending madrassas.So, the talent pool itself has reduced in Pakistan.Couple that with the corruption and belief that you can get away without being punished (shoaib and asif), well you have the perfect conditions for system-breakdown.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on August 19, 2008, 15:46 GMT

    After DNA's departure KA says: "Yet out of this mess Pakistan fans will find hope." It translates Oscar Wilde's quote: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Once again the question arises, "who are the stars and where are they?" Is it Show-Actor or Asif? Or, is it that Senator Chaudhary who called Asif a superstar and a celebrity, will he replace DNA? Its true that you can't see stars in broad daylight and is it because of this reason its pitch dark and all gloom in Pakistan cricket and politics that they are looking for a star or a supernova to perform miracles? Miracles don't happen and people need to wait till the dust settles and people should also stop day dreaming about bringing back Imran Khan as the PCB chief. Its a fact that DNA did not flounder, its the system that is so clumsy and so messy that anyone would fumble and stumble in that mess. It is Pakistan's tradition to blame, censure, condemn and criticize the one who leaves and adore the one who arrives and shower him with praise and accolades. If one needs to judge DNA's short career one needs to be a little more realistic like, khansahab and Jamie Dowling said that all that bad happened during his time, others are as much responsible as he is. I would say even more because, others are not children but adults. All I can say is good luck Pakistan.

  • Abdur Razzak on August 19, 2008, 15:40 GMT

    No surprises, this was any way expected. Without any fear i can say he ruined pakistan cricket. Since his entry team started performing poorly largely due to his interference. Thank god a new era is about to dawn.

  • Aftab Qureshi on August 19, 2008, 15:04 GMT

    If smooth-talking was enough, PCB would have been the best cricket board. Alas, it is no! Dr. Nasim Ashraf was a misfit in the job. I am glad we are about to see the back of him.

  • Nash Sunny on August 19, 2008, 14:43 GMT

    I think the real demise of Pakistan Cricket lies in this heart breaking fact that new fresh talent in the leagues of Pontings, Smiths and Dhoni's is not coming up. That may not be Nasim Ashraf's fault in the short run. The blame may fall on him if they still dont make it into the national team in the next years to come. There were other worse managers of PCB but as you pointed out, they just got lucky to be managing when we had the Wasims the Waqars the Inzis and the emerging Shoaibs. Plus the doping scandal is something that was completely out of his control. It can be argued he was good at things.. and he was bad at things.. but its certain that lady luck was just not on his side...

  • Sibtain on August 19, 2008, 14:20 GMT

    I completely agree that Nasim Ashraf was a bad administrator. But why blame him for everything that’s wrong with Pakistan Cricket.What were you expecting out of him, he was hired because the PATRON was his buddy. I think there conversation must have gone something like this: Dr. Ashraf: Hey buddy I am tired of my medical practice…do you have something I can do? PATRON: Sure! Would you like to try and screw Pakistan Cricket while I work on screwing the country itself? All the former players have said that there is a whole bunch of politics going on in cricket. If that’s true then how do you expect a team to perform? I mean we have batsmen who get out as soon as they play on a pitch where the ball moves a bit. The way our cricket team is I think they should not play in the Champions Trophy instead they should play in one of those Night Tournaments that take place in Ramzan. I would be shocked if they beat a team in that tournament.

  • don't be stupid on August 19, 2008, 14:04 GMT

    It is very unfortunate that for the last couple of years Pakistan cricket has been rocked by controversies. PCB has done a decent job of managing the controversies. How can you blame DNA for drugs that Shoaib and Asif have taken. He didn't tell them to. Bringing in any ex cricketer will not solve anything because it is the players who are indisciplined. Therefore, you need to ban or change the players in the team not the PCB.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on August 19, 2008, 13:47 GMT

    DNA has proved to be one of the most incompetent administrators not fit for even managing a group of house cleaners. He simply destroyed cricket with his wrong decisions and brought bad name to Pak.

    Please enlighten me who is responsible to restructure domestic cricket by abolishing departmental cricket and getting into regional basis. Ever since departments like PIA, HBL, UBL, Railways etc. are out of domestic cricket, Pakistan has NOT produced even a single cricketer of international class. Players of recent past like, Waqar, Wasim, Saleem Malik, Inzimam, Yousef,, Saqlain and in the distant past players like, Majid, Asif, Zaheer, Mushtaq, Imran, Sarfraz, Miandad, Bari were all produced and most importantly nurtured by departmental teams. Here we can not blame DNA.

    To cut the whole story short, Pakistan cricket has no future no matter who heads PCB in coming years unless we get back to departmental cricket and invest some money to build these small teams on domestic circuit.

  • Suraj on August 19, 2008, 13:35 GMT

    Kamran, Your continual use of this blog to have a go at Ashraf is starting to grate! Surely you can't hold him responsible for what really is a collective failure of the Pakistani cricketing establishment (and some aspects of this can even be extended to the failures of the Pakistan as a nation).

    And what is this?

    "Nurtured in medical and human development environments, Ashraf has a soothing tone that pulls together jargon and management rhetoric to create an aura of competence."

    Hello pot!

  • Pir Ali Raza on August 19, 2008, 13:34 GMT

    Most of the people in this blog are talking about how unfortunate events took place, which were not Dr. Ashraf's fault. But that is not the point you see. the issue here is not those events but how he handled them is. His decision making was totally inconsistent. If Asif and Shoaib took performance enhancing drugs then they should have been banned and Pakistan cricket should have moved on but that did not happen. On top of that his decision to get involved in on-field matters it quite laughable. I am glad Musharraf is gone and so is his appointed fool.

  • Zahid on August 19, 2008, 13:31 GMT

    I would like to ask Mr Kamran Abbasi what he would have done differently, even with the benefit of hind sight, how would he have dealt with what Dr Ashraf has had to put up with. What team would he played? What players would he chosen from the pool currently available to the PCB? Its very easy to criticise simply for the sake of being a critic.

  • sudhey on August 19, 2008, 13:25 GMT

    I know many of the problems that Dr. Ashraf faced during his tenure were not because of his own actions but those of the players, but what is more surprising to an outsider form India like me is the timing of his decision to quit. True, he didn't have the most popular of regimes, but he owed enough to the people of Pakistan to at least make sure that the Champions Trophy is organised in the land. It was reported that he was holidaying in the US while the ICC team was busy in inspections and talks. Even now, with the decision regarding the venues still hanging in balance, he should have been out there campaigning for security in Pakistan, instead of selfishly resigning as soon as the General left office. Clearly, this man puts his own interests before those of his country and the sport. If, heaven's forbid, the organization of the trophy is snatched away from Pakistan, it will be yet another serious blow to cricket in Pakistan, but it seems that Dr. Ashraf clearly doesn't give a hoot.

  • wakeel on August 19, 2008, 12:25 GMT

    i think Mr.Kamran is a very diplomatic person nd his articles arent biased or one sided thats gud! as most of the cricketing experts blame PCB just for the heck of it! unfortunately in Pak. cricket board's performance are judge by performances in the field. thts the worst part PCB is an Institue where its agenda is to promote and strenghten youth cricket. its Mr.Naseem's unfortune tht he doesnt have players like Wasim and Waqar who could promote crick as well as play to win. these players mak job easier for past boards to promote cricket. and logically speaking the reason y we dont have cricketers like before is bcoz we dont have the strong structure to make them a "mistake done by past cricket boards". and inshallah i am very optimistic tht in future we will have gr8 cricketers which will be partially bcoz of this board. bcoz of the efforts they have made to strenghten grass root cricket which undoubtly they have!

  • Faizan Bahadur on August 19, 2008, 12:18 GMT

    Those people who are saying that it was not naseem ashraf's fault that all the bad incidents happened during his tenure are absoulety wrong.I think this is the job of chairman to handle the matters properly.and the prove for the inabbilites is the no.of u-turns in his decision.the no. of people going to high court to challenge his decision.Another example is the way Abdul Razzaq was handled.If he could take mohammad yousaf in confidence,why cant he take abdul razaaq in confindence.infcat he said on tv that its the mental incompetancy of AR that he is joining ICL.I honestly thinks that his tenure is the worst in the history of pakistan cricket.He was given an injured patient,he is leaving him in ICU.

  • faizan bahadur on August 19, 2008, 12:07 GMT

    I think Mr.abdullah is absoloutely right in saying that "He came,He saw and He Destroyed".When President Pervaiz Musharraf reappointed naseem ashraf,he said that i am taking this job as a challenge and president has shown faith in me.Now i will show my worth by improving the standard of pakistan cricket.And we can all see where is pakistan cricket now,when he left it.It would be an excellent job by naseef ashraf had he left the pakistan cricket on the same level where the previous one left.Infact he has thrown it down as much as he could.Specially the way he handled the ICL players is one of the worse chapter in the history of pakistan cricket.And I am not talking about the ones not good enough to paly for the national team.I am talking about the likes of Abdul Razaaq,Imran Nazir and Mohammed Sami.PCB seems to be ajoke during his tenure and the way he takes u-turns on his decision.After destroying pakistan cricket then,giving resignation,he thinks he is leaving hounourably.Sorry,ur not

  • Engle on August 19, 2008, 12:06 GMT

    Blaming DNA for all that afflicts Pak cricket is like blaming Pervez M for all that afflicts Pakistan.

    We need someone to heap our scorn upon and they seem like the best candidates.

  • Andrew on August 19, 2008, 10:42 GMT

    Do we really think the head of the PCB isn't to blame that Asif took drugs repeatedly, or that he wasn't consulted before PAK forfeited a Test? When SL walked off, it was after a mobile call to Colombo - surely PAK had time to do the same?

    (Sure, he probably didn't tell Shaoib to belt his teammate; that one he probably came up with all by himself.)

  • Mian Gul Muhammed on August 19, 2008, 10:39 GMT

    I am using this column to request the ever great IMRAN KHAN to leave politics and sort this mess out. I know Imran has other plans for the country but he can take over this challange as an additional responsibility and he should make it clear so that this responsibility can be handed over to him. I am not sure wether the current political structure will hand over this role to him. Anyway, he is the man. He is a good manager, an exceptional communicator, a great motivator, self desciplnied, has an overall vision, and above all, an outstanding cricket brain. Come on Imran Khan, your country needs you today. It is about time that you pay back Pakistan Cricket that has given you what you are today. Don't turn your back and walk away as you want to be a plotician. Remember who u r first, a CRICKETER. You are the man and you are the answer to all problems we are facing at the moment in Pakistan Cricket. Sort out the likes of S Actor, Asif and the rest.

  • Abbas on August 19, 2008, 10:11 GMT

    Bring Imran Khan or Miandad as Chairman of PCB. Things will get better.

    BTW this guy Mendis is bowling 'fingers' people from Karachi who played Tapeball will know what I'm talking about, I can guarentee a Batsman from Karachi can give him a good bash...

  • Arjuna Sene on August 19, 2008, 9:28 GMT

    Whew! about time that a change occurred at the top of the PCB. As a Sri Lankan fan watching with increasing worry and alarm the rapid decline of Pakistani cricket and who has lamented about it in posts to the blog, I am glad that Dr. Ashraf has taken himself out of the equation and through this act, I hope that Pakistani cricket will be able to balance it. Tough times ahead I know, but I am waiting for the day that the Pakistani team can really be the force that I know they can be! Let us all hope for the best, as fans, along with the people of Pakistan.

  • zakir khan on August 19, 2008, 9:07 GMT

    I agree with Mr.Abbasi somewhat but the big question is who should succeed him.We need to focus our energies to find a very good replacement for him.A person who has a cricketing brain with some admininstration experience. Who understand the psychology of a player and be willing to invest in players psychology. Anything is possible if planned properly and to make our players do well, we need someone who has the people skills as well. I wish all the best to Pakistan cricket.

  • Jamie Dowling on August 19, 2008, 9:06 GMT

    Pakistan is a bit of a laughing stock. That's not entirely Dr Ashraf's fault. The Oval incident was a failure of Bob Woolmer & Shahriyar Khan as much as a failure of anyone else. The rot may have set in earlier. Drugs issues were totally mishandled. Shoaib gets rightly penalised for misbehaviours then appeals right, left and centre to get the punishments changed. And the PCB let him get away with it! It isn't just a new administrator that's needed. It's someone with a remit to take names, kick backside and shake Pakistan cricket up so that its entire running is professional and disciplined. If that happens (note the if there) then Geoff Lawson will get better results from the team. Pakistan's cricket is mercurial and wonderful for that. It's a pity the running of the game is so blitheringly inept and spineless.

  • Raza on August 19, 2008, 8:58 GMT

    Naseem Ashraf is one of the most dedicated individual that has ever stepped in to head the cricket board. Its not all that 'wtf!' situation that people want us to beleive it is. Reality is, Naseem Ashraf tried to structure the whole management of the board from the mess it was in before. He was the first person to call an ex-cricketers conference to discover new ways to improve the county cricket and ground level cricket structures.

    Its not Ashrafs problem, if shoaib is found using Nandrolone, or if Inzimam forfeits a match, or if Asif is caught doing all sorts of crap. Dumping the miseries of Pakistan cricket on one man is just illogical.

  • Faisal on August 19, 2008, 8:54 GMT

    For all his issues, I am disappointed by his Uturn on the ban for Shoaib and Asif, both these jokers should have been banned as intended. The only thing that we must prevent is the same old recycled faces who offer criticism with a view to landing a job: Javed Miandad (thrown out as coach 4 tmes?) Zaheer Abbas (plain stupid) Khalid Mahmood, Arif Abbasi (these ppl know nothing about managment - relics of the past) or Majid Khan (why this obesession with discipline?)

  • Abdullah on August 19, 2008, 8:33 GMT

    the title should have been: 'He came, he saw, and he DESTROYED' Pakistan cricket.

    I don't even want to go into the details of his mismanagement, as it makes my blood boil

  • Daud Malik on August 19, 2008, 8:15 GMT

    He should not have become the chairman of PCB because he was already a huge organization -- something to do with improving human resource in Pakistan. When he is leaving, the cricket is in a mess about which nobody cares and the commission has been wrapped. He only came to Pakistan as a sycophant of a dictator and for his sycophancy he got money, pelf, and luxury free travel. There is no need to discuss what he did and what he did not. He only wanted luxurious lifestyle from the pockets of Pakistanis. That he got. He came, he made money, made mess, and left.

  • RameshS on August 19, 2008, 7:32 GMT

    I cannot comment on Ashraf's competencies. But you definitely cannot blame the guy for Pakistan's performance on the field. I think Mallik needs to go for just one reason...his body language. It is pathetic to say the least. I wonder what kind of confidence he can instill in his team with his hang dog expression. Dope offenders should not step onto a cricket field again..who can take such a firm stance. Pakistan needs strong men to lead it on and off the field.

  • A fan of Pakistan cricket on August 19, 2008, 7:18 GMT

    World cricket needs Pakistan cricket who have given us great cricketers such as Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzi, Musthaq Ahamd, Zaheer Abbas, the list can go on forever and the best man to bring back Pakistan Cricket back to the glory days will be none other than Pakistan legend.. IMRAN KHAN!!!! Imran Khan should be the next PCB Chairman.

  • Afzaal Khan on August 19, 2008, 5:54 GMT

    Hard to find a worst admin, I think Mr. Abbassi is wrong regarding Tauqeer Zia, I tot he did good job. Anyway, I fear for Pak cricket future, I don't think we gonna see any improvements. Basically we r not coming up with exceptional talent and that no admin can fix:)

  • Omer Admani on August 19, 2008, 0:45 GMT

    This is an opportune time to drop Malik. Hopefully a strong character will emerge as the PCB chairman who is able to make this change. Pakistan team needs new players such as Sohail Khan, Fawad Alam, Abdul Rauf, Sarfaraz Ahmed, etc. Malik, who is not much of a player himself, is the biggest impediment to these changes. If the same team is played, interest in Pakistan cricket will further decline. Note that Akmal has come back in the team which is totally unjustified. Ashraf was the chairman at a crucial period in Pakistan cricket history as the teams performance further waned and general interest in cricket among Pakistani fans declined. However, the new PCB chairman will either guide the Pakistan team thru a turning point in Pak Cricket or sing its eulogy as it withers further into oblivion. Strong changes need to be made, Malik must go.

  • khansahab->legslip.com on August 19, 2008, 0:03 GMT

    I would beg to differ somewhat. We can say Dr Ashraf was an incompetent administrator or Musharraf was an incompetent leader. However, we have to also scrutinise the events that occurred during the tenure of both individuals before passing judgements. It was Callaghan perhaps or some other British political leader who said what affects more how good or bad a leader is, is the events that take place during his tenure, relative to his skill, style or competence. It was not Dr Ashraf's fault that Inzamam refused to play in the Oval Test, it was not DNA's fault when Shoaib slapped Woolmer or when he abused drugs, it was not DNA's fault when Asif abused drugs or when Woolmer died. In my view the reason why DNA appears unsuccessful is because he was forced to spend more time in tribunals or meetings deciding what to do with pathetic people like Shoaib Actor, as opposed to implementing his rather encouraging agenda to rescue Pakistan cricket.

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  • khansahab->legslip.com on August 19, 2008, 0:03 GMT

    I would beg to differ somewhat. We can say Dr Ashraf was an incompetent administrator or Musharraf was an incompetent leader. However, we have to also scrutinise the events that occurred during the tenure of both individuals before passing judgements. It was Callaghan perhaps or some other British political leader who said what affects more how good or bad a leader is, is the events that take place during his tenure, relative to his skill, style or competence. It was not Dr Ashraf's fault that Inzamam refused to play in the Oval Test, it was not DNA's fault when Shoaib slapped Woolmer or when he abused drugs, it was not DNA's fault when Asif abused drugs or when Woolmer died. In my view the reason why DNA appears unsuccessful is because he was forced to spend more time in tribunals or meetings deciding what to do with pathetic people like Shoaib Actor, as opposed to implementing his rather encouraging agenda to rescue Pakistan cricket.

  • Omer Admani on August 19, 2008, 0:45 GMT

    This is an opportune time to drop Malik. Hopefully a strong character will emerge as the PCB chairman who is able to make this change. Pakistan team needs new players such as Sohail Khan, Fawad Alam, Abdul Rauf, Sarfaraz Ahmed, etc. Malik, who is not much of a player himself, is the biggest impediment to these changes. If the same team is played, interest in Pakistan cricket will further decline. Note that Akmal has come back in the team which is totally unjustified. Ashraf was the chairman at a crucial period in Pakistan cricket history as the teams performance further waned and general interest in cricket among Pakistani fans declined. However, the new PCB chairman will either guide the Pakistan team thru a turning point in Pak Cricket or sing its eulogy as it withers further into oblivion. Strong changes need to be made, Malik must go.

  • Afzaal Khan on August 19, 2008, 5:54 GMT

    Hard to find a worst admin, I think Mr. Abbassi is wrong regarding Tauqeer Zia, I tot he did good job. Anyway, I fear for Pak cricket future, I don't think we gonna see any improvements. Basically we r not coming up with exceptional talent and that no admin can fix:)

  • A fan of Pakistan cricket on August 19, 2008, 7:18 GMT

    World cricket needs Pakistan cricket who have given us great cricketers such as Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzi, Musthaq Ahamd, Zaheer Abbas, the list can go on forever and the best man to bring back Pakistan Cricket back to the glory days will be none other than Pakistan legend.. IMRAN KHAN!!!! Imran Khan should be the next PCB Chairman.

  • RameshS on August 19, 2008, 7:32 GMT

    I cannot comment on Ashraf's competencies. But you definitely cannot blame the guy for Pakistan's performance on the field. I think Mallik needs to go for just one reason...his body language. It is pathetic to say the least. I wonder what kind of confidence he can instill in his team with his hang dog expression. Dope offenders should not step onto a cricket field again..who can take such a firm stance. Pakistan needs strong men to lead it on and off the field.

  • Daud Malik on August 19, 2008, 8:15 GMT

    He should not have become the chairman of PCB because he was already a huge organization -- something to do with improving human resource in Pakistan. When he is leaving, the cricket is in a mess about which nobody cares and the commission has been wrapped. He only came to Pakistan as a sycophant of a dictator and for his sycophancy he got money, pelf, and luxury free travel. There is no need to discuss what he did and what he did not. He only wanted luxurious lifestyle from the pockets of Pakistanis. That he got. He came, he made money, made mess, and left.

  • Abdullah on August 19, 2008, 8:33 GMT

    the title should have been: 'He came, he saw, and he DESTROYED' Pakistan cricket.

    I don't even want to go into the details of his mismanagement, as it makes my blood boil

  • Faisal on August 19, 2008, 8:54 GMT

    For all his issues, I am disappointed by his Uturn on the ban for Shoaib and Asif, both these jokers should have been banned as intended. The only thing that we must prevent is the same old recycled faces who offer criticism with a view to landing a job: Javed Miandad (thrown out as coach 4 tmes?) Zaheer Abbas (plain stupid) Khalid Mahmood, Arif Abbasi (these ppl know nothing about managment - relics of the past) or Majid Khan (why this obesession with discipline?)

  • Raza on August 19, 2008, 8:58 GMT

    Naseem Ashraf is one of the most dedicated individual that has ever stepped in to head the cricket board. Its not all that 'wtf!' situation that people want us to beleive it is. Reality is, Naseem Ashraf tried to structure the whole management of the board from the mess it was in before. He was the first person to call an ex-cricketers conference to discover new ways to improve the county cricket and ground level cricket structures.

    Its not Ashrafs problem, if shoaib is found using Nandrolone, or if Inzimam forfeits a match, or if Asif is caught doing all sorts of crap. Dumping the miseries of Pakistan cricket on one man is just illogical.

  • Jamie Dowling on August 19, 2008, 9:06 GMT

    Pakistan is a bit of a laughing stock. That's not entirely Dr Ashraf's fault. The Oval incident was a failure of Bob Woolmer & Shahriyar Khan as much as a failure of anyone else. The rot may have set in earlier. Drugs issues were totally mishandled. Shoaib gets rightly penalised for misbehaviours then appeals right, left and centre to get the punishments changed. And the PCB let him get away with it! It isn't just a new administrator that's needed. It's someone with a remit to take names, kick backside and shake Pakistan cricket up so that its entire running is professional and disciplined. If that happens (note the if there) then Geoff Lawson will get better results from the team. Pakistan's cricket is mercurial and wonderful for that. It's a pity the running of the game is so blitheringly inept and spineless.