Ethics and morality November 4, 2008

Malik's unholy redemption

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It seems there is no limit to the wonky logic that pervades Pakistan's cricket administration. The decision to lift the ban on Saleem Malik was barely supported by a whisper of reasonable argument. If that wasn't unprincipled enough, the Pakistan Cricket Board looks to have endorsed his redemption by appointing him head coach of the national academy.

Malik was a magical cricketer, sublime wrists and an eagle's eye made him a joy to watch. Imran Khan labelled him a flat-track bully but Malik outgrew those jibes to become a batsmen for a crisis. Yet he became the biggest victim of Pakistan's match-fixing inquiry, a career ended prematurely in disgrace.

The Pakistan Cricket Board's decision, if indeed it is that, is a moment of genuine sadness. Any semblance of ethical or moral responsibility has been discarded by the PCB. An appointment of this kind could only be made by an organisation devoid of integrity.

Indeed, the PCB is not the only organisation to muddle its principles. The England and Wales Cricket Board made the silly decision of hiring Mushtaq Ahmed as its spin bowling advisor. Mushtaq, for all his Sussex excellence and born-again piety, is another cricketer tainted by Pakistan's match-fixing controversy.

Mushtaq may argue that he has a stronger case for clemency than Malik. But Malik's case looks clear cut to me: he should have no part to play in international cricket. The tragedy is that Ejaz Butt's PCB seems to have done the unthinkable with unthinking, indecent haste.

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

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  • Niaz on November 13, 2008, 22:18 GMT

    Unfortunately this is the state of Pakistan.Malik was a soft and easy target for the match-fixing scandel.When he was convicted he was hardly an integral member of the team.He was made a scape goat to save the Akram's and Waqar's.He is going to be no good being a coach.

  • Farrukh on November 12, 2008, 22:48 GMT

    Look ofcourse others were guilty who were not punished and so maliks conviction was not entirely just. But who are we kidding. This is Pakistan. Since when has justice been all that important. That said while it may have been good of the court to exonerate Malik (given the actions of the Indian Board as well) what on earth is the logic behind appointing him to such a senior position. Surely the PCB should have realized the firestorm that this appointment would cause. I cant believe that in a country that has been producing top level test stats for the past 60 years, we could not find one qualified and more politically acceptable candidate. The PCB has essentially hit a long hop they could have dispatched to any part of the ground straight to the fielder ( kind of like our wonderful Mr. Boom Boom)

  • Naeem Khan on November 12, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    I don't know for sure if Salim Malik et al was guilty or not. But I do know that the courts have exonnerated him!! So where is the problem? Did the courts exxonerate him because he was not guilty and just recieved a bad judgement in the 1st place? Those who object to his appointment should really appeal the new decission by the courts. I am in no position to judge the position of the courts. But I will follow the law. And the law says his ban is uplifted. End of discussion.

  • Naeem Khan on November 12, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    I don't know for sure if Salim Malik et al was guilty or not. But I do know that the courts have exonnerated him!! So where is the problem? Did the courts exxonerate him because he was not guilty and just recieved a bad judgement in the 1st place? Those who object to his appointment should really appeal the new decission by the courts. I am in no position to judge the position of the courts. But I will follow the law. And the law says his ban is uplifted. End of discussion.

  • mohsin on November 11, 2008, 8:59 GMT

    Oh Cricketfan That Jaw-ate from montreal was free those days and was surviving on Employment insurance. The 9 months of EI are over I guess and he working out of compulsion at some packing firm in La salle and spending his weekend at Parc locality. Thats why u dont see much of him. Besides for him it will be heartache to accept India just defeated Aus 2- 0 and this is same Aus which refused to tour Pakistan. He is reading all this but wont reply be assured.

  • CricketFan on November 11, 2008, 7:24 GMT

    I think it was only the BCCI which took some stern action against match fixing offenders like Azharuddin, Jadeja etc. All other boards wanted to show that their players are not involved in this filthy business. Even PCB probably just hid Wasim, Waqar who were under the scanner at that time because they were great stars at that time. Malik became the only (or one of the very few) victim. So now anyway he has lost his face in the public. Infact most people outside pakistan do not even remember him. So it makes no sense to anyone except Malik now about lifting this ban.

    BTW, there was one manic from montreal, Javed khan who used to kept talking rubbish about everyone (especially regarding indian cricketers )under the sun. Where is he now? Do not see any of his posts recently. I think he is hiding himself now. Is it because kamran is only posting the bad news from pakistan? Hope he stays away from this blog.

  • Arsh Vada on November 11, 2008, 1:42 GMT

    So glad to hear the name Asim Kamal again. There was def some politicing in the way he was dropped - good international form, poor domestic (does Pakistan do domestic? Does it count??)

    Dream team could have been Hameed, Butt, Younis, Inzi, Youhana, Kamal, not-Akmal, Afridi/Asif, Kaneria, Gul, Tanvir/Akhtar with Misbah talking over when Inzi quit, Alam and Rao as 12th men. That leaves out Malik with Misbah taking over the other Haq. Even till last week, Younis, Misbah, Youhana + Kamal would represent a stronger middle order than Australia’s (and a non-drunkard educated captain!) - and could challenge India’s as their greats gradually recede.

    But now half are ICL’ed, others not worthy (Afridi, Asif, Akhtar) and some lost in the sea of green for no apparent reason (Hameed & Kamal).

    Kamal is the type of steadfast player some of the bloggers have spoken of (Damien Martyn, Inzi, Clarke, Thorpe, Mahanama, Kallis) that we’ve been crying out for. We have him, just refuse to pick him

  • Dawar on November 10, 2008, 16:44 GMT

    Although he was not able to make a record for scoring a century at Test debut, 99 is never a bad score against SA bowlers. Kamal has played Test matches against Australia and India as well. He was always there to respond positively when the whole batting line collapsed. In fact, most of his scores were achieved in crucial situations where Pakistan needed to build a partnership after some sort of debacle in the batting line-up. He is firm in his technique and plays the ball with concentration and treats it according to merit and situation. He is never in panic and that is the key to success for a middle-order batsman. There are some world-class bowlers who look struggling against a left-handed batsman and a left-right combination always puts the opposition in trouble.If we consider his overall Test record till date, we find he has scored 717 runs in 12 matches and 20 innings he has played. He has played.He has scored eight 50s in 20 innings and two out of those eight 50s were 90+.

  • Arshad Jamal on November 10, 2008, 5:07 GMT

    Sorry its off topic but there is no new thread. Has anyone seen the ICL match between Lahore and Chennai and Mohammad Yousuf batting? It was simply brilliant and a treat to watch. And come to think that somebody has traded in Mohammad Yousuf for Shoaib Malik...Its simply disgusting. Yousuf has shown it to the word that a good batsman is for all occasions and it was a mistake to keep him away from T20. Batsmen like Mohammad Yousuf are not born every day but the conniving little foxes like Shoiab Malik comes dime a dozen. There won't be any Pakistani team left if Shoaib Malik is kept anywhere near the team. PCB should break the spell of BCCI and lift the ban from the ICL players because its unjustified and moronic. When ICL guarantees release for players' national duties then there are no grounds for objection. Its about time that Fawwad Alam is entrusted with a higher and a permanent position in batting order because he could be the next best thing for Pakistan cricket after Yousuf.

  • Rauf on November 9, 2008, 10:23 GMT

    Now the PCB has their gloves off against Yousuf http://content-www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/377448.html to please their masters in the BCCI.

    When will this "screw-them-openly-if-they-sign-up-for-ICL" rubbish stop? Anyone?

  • Niaz on November 13, 2008, 22:18 GMT

    Unfortunately this is the state of Pakistan.Malik was a soft and easy target for the match-fixing scandel.When he was convicted he was hardly an integral member of the team.He was made a scape goat to save the Akram's and Waqar's.He is going to be no good being a coach.

  • Farrukh on November 12, 2008, 22:48 GMT

    Look ofcourse others were guilty who were not punished and so maliks conviction was not entirely just. But who are we kidding. This is Pakistan. Since when has justice been all that important. That said while it may have been good of the court to exonerate Malik (given the actions of the Indian Board as well) what on earth is the logic behind appointing him to such a senior position. Surely the PCB should have realized the firestorm that this appointment would cause. I cant believe that in a country that has been producing top level test stats for the past 60 years, we could not find one qualified and more politically acceptable candidate. The PCB has essentially hit a long hop they could have dispatched to any part of the ground straight to the fielder ( kind of like our wonderful Mr. Boom Boom)

  • Naeem Khan on November 12, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    I don't know for sure if Salim Malik et al was guilty or not. But I do know that the courts have exonnerated him!! So where is the problem? Did the courts exxonerate him because he was not guilty and just recieved a bad judgement in the 1st place? Those who object to his appointment should really appeal the new decission by the courts. I am in no position to judge the position of the courts. But I will follow the law. And the law says his ban is uplifted. End of discussion.

  • Naeem Khan on November 12, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    I don't know for sure if Salim Malik et al was guilty or not. But I do know that the courts have exonnerated him!! So where is the problem? Did the courts exxonerate him because he was not guilty and just recieved a bad judgement in the 1st place? Those who object to his appointment should really appeal the new decission by the courts. I am in no position to judge the position of the courts. But I will follow the law. And the law says his ban is uplifted. End of discussion.

  • mohsin on November 11, 2008, 8:59 GMT

    Oh Cricketfan That Jaw-ate from montreal was free those days and was surviving on Employment insurance. The 9 months of EI are over I guess and he working out of compulsion at some packing firm in La salle and spending his weekend at Parc locality. Thats why u dont see much of him. Besides for him it will be heartache to accept India just defeated Aus 2- 0 and this is same Aus which refused to tour Pakistan. He is reading all this but wont reply be assured.

  • CricketFan on November 11, 2008, 7:24 GMT

    I think it was only the BCCI which took some stern action against match fixing offenders like Azharuddin, Jadeja etc. All other boards wanted to show that their players are not involved in this filthy business. Even PCB probably just hid Wasim, Waqar who were under the scanner at that time because they were great stars at that time. Malik became the only (or one of the very few) victim. So now anyway he has lost his face in the public. Infact most people outside pakistan do not even remember him. So it makes no sense to anyone except Malik now about lifting this ban.

    BTW, there was one manic from montreal, Javed khan who used to kept talking rubbish about everyone (especially regarding indian cricketers )under the sun. Where is he now? Do not see any of his posts recently. I think he is hiding himself now. Is it because kamran is only posting the bad news from pakistan? Hope he stays away from this blog.

  • Arsh Vada on November 11, 2008, 1:42 GMT

    So glad to hear the name Asim Kamal again. There was def some politicing in the way he was dropped - good international form, poor domestic (does Pakistan do domestic? Does it count??)

    Dream team could have been Hameed, Butt, Younis, Inzi, Youhana, Kamal, not-Akmal, Afridi/Asif, Kaneria, Gul, Tanvir/Akhtar with Misbah talking over when Inzi quit, Alam and Rao as 12th men. That leaves out Malik with Misbah taking over the other Haq. Even till last week, Younis, Misbah, Youhana + Kamal would represent a stronger middle order than Australia’s (and a non-drunkard educated captain!) - and could challenge India’s as their greats gradually recede.

    But now half are ICL’ed, others not worthy (Afridi, Asif, Akhtar) and some lost in the sea of green for no apparent reason (Hameed & Kamal).

    Kamal is the type of steadfast player some of the bloggers have spoken of (Damien Martyn, Inzi, Clarke, Thorpe, Mahanama, Kallis) that we’ve been crying out for. We have him, just refuse to pick him

  • Dawar on November 10, 2008, 16:44 GMT

    Although he was not able to make a record for scoring a century at Test debut, 99 is never a bad score against SA bowlers. Kamal has played Test matches against Australia and India as well. He was always there to respond positively when the whole batting line collapsed. In fact, most of his scores were achieved in crucial situations where Pakistan needed to build a partnership after some sort of debacle in the batting line-up. He is firm in his technique and plays the ball with concentration and treats it according to merit and situation. He is never in panic and that is the key to success for a middle-order batsman. There are some world-class bowlers who look struggling against a left-handed batsman and a left-right combination always puts the opposition in trouble.If we consider his overall Test record till date, we find he has scored 717 runs in 12 matches and 20 innings he has played. He has played.He has scored eight 50s in 20 innings and two out of those eight 50s were 90+.

  • Arshad Jamal on November 10, 2008, 5:07 GMT

    Sorry its off topic but there is no new thread. Has anyone seen the ICL match between Lahore and Chennai and Mohammad Yousuf batting? It was simply brilliant and a treat to watch. And come to think that somebody has traded in Mohammad Yousuf for Shoaib Malik...Its simply disgusting. Yousuf has shown it to the word that a good batsman is for all occasions and it was a mistake to keep him away from T20. Batsmen like Mohammad Yousuf are not born every day but the conniving little foxes like Shoiab Malik comes dime a dozen. There won't be any Pakistani team left if Shoaib Malik is kept anywhere near the team. PCB should break the spell of BCCI and lift the ban from the ICL players because its unjustified and moronic. When ICL guarantees release for players' national duties then there are no grounds for objection. Its about time that Fawwad Alam is entrusted with a higher and a permanent position in batting order because he could be the next best thing for Pakistan cricket after Yousuf.

  • Rauf on November 9, 2008, 10:23 GMT

    Now the PCB has their gloves off against Yousuf http://content-www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/377448.html to please their masters in the BCCI.

    When will this "screw-them-openly-if-they-sign-up-for-ICL" rubbish stop? Anyone?

  • Muhammad SHAHZAD from Karachi on November 9, 2008, 7:22 GMT

    So basically Kamran what you are saying that the COURT which has lifted the ban doesnot know what it had done, or have done it on other motives or we should not respect the verdict of the honurable court. if ban is lifted then it MEANS he can take part in cricketing activites, it his right. Yes you can argue on his credintial (sorry you can't even do that because i think you might remember his innings in CALCUTTA, or his series as captain against Australia or the sight of playing westindian bowlers (at their best) with one hand (other being fractured)). Don't be Judge and try to carry out a media trail after some one has got himself cleared from the REAL JUDICIAY. or if you think words of couple of Aussies ( by the way the ones who have them seld accepted of Selling information to bookies and being Drug Cheats and don't even want to talk about the reason why one of them was dropped as VICE captain- who latter on is being remebered as THE GREAT CAPTAIN that NEVER WAS)

  • Nonsense on November 8, 2008, 7:01 GMT

    The following things are clear as mud: 1) When Salim Malik was banned, we did not hear any specifics like which match was fixed, who paid him to fix the match and what role he played. 2) The judge presiding over the case confessed to not treating all the accused objectively, how could any decisions made by him be acceptable? 3) Now when the ban has been removed, once again it is not clear whether the original judgement has been reversed or has Malik simply been relieved of the punishment. Sometimes criminals are let out of jail early for good behavior, doesn't mean that they are proved innocent. 4) Even if we assume that Salim Malik was always innocent, when has he ever exhibited any coaching skills? Being a good player and being a good coach are different things. How can he go from being batsman to head coach without proving anything? There are too many things going wrong. How long before we all stop caring about the PCB circus. Stop this blog!!

  • Saima Butt on November 7, 2008, 6:12 GMT

    Well written by Butt above.

  • DesiHungama on November 6, 2008, 18:19 GMT

    Kamran- Going off topic here for a while. Now Mohammed Yousaf has officially signed up with the ICL. Can we please lobby to bring "ASIM KAMAAL" back in the Pakistan line up? You will do a great service to Pak cricket. He sure is a deserving chap specifically as a strong middle order Test batsman. I can't wait for Asim to form a duo with Younis. Anyone for Asim Kamal? Thank you!

  • Rauf on November 6, 2008, 15:00 GMT

    Pakistan has lost more good players to unnecessary ban on ICL players then anything else. It's hurting Pak cricket. Yousuf has gone now. If Younis goes followed by a bowler or two and Pak will be one of the minnows.

    I dare you Kamran to stick your next blog upto BCCI for their arrogant attitude towards ICL players instead of moaning about a middle aged retired player who was banned more then a decade ago.

  • Zuhair on November 6, 2008, 13:07 GMT

    Malik was proven 'not guilty', therefore he shouuld be free to assume any national responisibilities. We all know Justice qayyum. He is probably one of the most corrupt guys in pakistan's lawyer and judges history. PCB ahs now taen a U turn on ICC's threat and they are saying it was by mistake, we did not offer him any position. Stop criticizing players when they are proven innocent. And Malik in my view always played the game in the best spirit. His captaincy record id for everyone to see. He was the best players to have captained Pakistan after Imran

  • omar hussain on November 6, 2008, 13:04 GMT

    I couldn't agree more with you Kamran but in a corrupt society monopolized by the rich and influential what else can we expect? Salim Malik was a great player but his greatness ended on the cricket field.Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are among the other culprits but true to our shameful law system they got away with it.Anyways we ordinary people who are god-fearing and patriotic can only hope that Mr.Malik has learned his lesson and do to our team what he did with the bat.See Kamran! our love for Pakistan always make us think and hope for its best.As in the past there will arise a player who will single handed guide Pakistan to glory.Believe me there are thousands of talented young men awaiting.Allah grants they get a chance to prove themselves.

  • Arsh on November 6, 2008, 12:15 GMT

    Salim Mailk was hardly in touch with cricket in last 8 years and buy now must have hardly remember how to hold a cricket bat and now he is going to spoil the young one, i think first he himself needs a coach and trainer to help him out so he can sight a ball properly and reminds him how to hold cricket bat.

  • Tayyab on November 6, 2008, 10:49 GMT

    If the Waugh and Warne can go unscratched, then why not Malik. Was this the main case which brought his "fall from grace". And I am stunned by Kamran's comments about Mushtaq Ahmad. I think should learn from ECB, how to honor our cricketers, and not babble about why they have appointed a Pakistani for some post. Shane Warne!drugs, match fixing!, and yet nobody has an Iota of reservation about him! then why not Malik, or poor Atta

  • Fahad Khan on November 6, 2008, 8:20 GMT

    If 'Change has come to America"... "Shame has come to Pakistan"... Malik's story should not bother any of us pakistanis.. we supposedly ELECTED Asif Ali Zardari our President!!! and dont forget the second majority votes Supposedly went in favor of Mian Nawaz Shareef in the latest Election.. these are the great men who combine for 16+ years in jail.. why worry about Malik or Mushtaq then????

    I wonder if we as a nation will even exist in future... !!!

  • For Butt on November 6, 2008, 5:11 GMT

    “I can't hit a ball more than 200 yards. I have no butt. You need a butt if you're going to hit a cricket ball.”

  • Nadeem Shafi on November 6, 2008, 5:01 GMT

    PCB always paradise for match fixer and ball tempers.

    Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Malik, Inzimam urf Inzi, Saleem Malik, Mustaq urf Mushi, Saqlain urf Saqi, Abdul Razzak, Ataa ur Rehman, Azhar Mahmood.

    All of has two things similar, guess what????

  • Gulab Khan on November 6, 2008, 4:57 GMT

    Whole country is corrupt. Why not coach?

    ALLAH heie Hafiz hee Pakistan Kaa

    Gulab Khan

  • Sid on November 6, 2008, 0:57 GMT

    Mr. E. Butt is tunring out to be English wali Butt and not Punjabi Butt - Khekhekhe

  • Josh on November 6, 2008, 0:19 GMT

    I had forgotten that Pakistan still played cricket.

  • Muhammad Akram on November 5, 2008, 23:23 GMT

    I am fully agree with Mr Abbasi. I simply do not understand that when the authorities of PCB will understand the circket and its fans. This is the only sport left in Pakistan which is loved by majority of the Pakistanis, not only in Pakistan but overseas as well. If the decision making of PCB remains like it has been since the last world cup then I do not have dought that the sport of cricket will become like hockey and squash. May the PCB understand this.

  • Johney Bajwa on November 5, 2008, 22:32 GMT

    Finally the ban has been lifted on Saleem Malik. He fought very long against all odds and finally it is over and he got justice. The guy (Malik Qayyum) who put a ban on Slaeem is himself a very corrupt person. PCB decision to appoint him is a good gesture and this is least PCB could do for him after the runied the last 10 years of his life.

  • Awais on November 5, 2008, 21:59 GMT

    Sorry i m getting off topic here, but i have no idea where else to go. its about icl, who is getting hurt by that. apart from indians everyone.pakistan have lost half of their squad in there, new zealand have got lots of quality players in icl and even sri lanka have also one or two players who can still make it to their international team.the latest victim is bangladesh. india have got their best team playing international cricket, but why are other teams suffering. players like imran nazir, imran farhat,hasan raza,taufeeq umar,abdul razzaq, can still play for the national team.now we even dont have mohammed yousaf. when icl allows players to perform national commitments over the icl matches then whats the fuss about, this is the only thing which was criticised. kamran sahab, please raise this topic because pakistan cricket is in real danger if things keep on going the way they are. hoping for something from your side!!

  • leena moin aziz on November 5, 2008, 20:26 GMT

    indeed I agree with this writer's view, it is one thing that Malik was at last vindicated and totally another that he be made the academy coach almost instantly, as if the PCB couldn’t find another cricketer to become the coach. I think its absurd to make a man with such a background a coach of our youngsters, we all agree that Malik was a great player but a lesser man, so to hand him over our future is totally devoid of any logic, one could associate such silly decisions with the last regime of Mr. Ashraf but its flabbergasting to know that a man of Mr. Ejaz Butt's quality would come up with such hasty decisions...i feel that Mr. Butt quickly needs to get a sensible team who doesn’t give him such rubbish suggestions and infact advices him against such follies...Asking Salim Malik to look after the young cricketers is as bad as telling a bunch of robbers to take care of a bank.

  • qazah on November 5, 2008, 20:08 GMT

    typical pakistan cricket board

  • JamJar on November 5, 2008, 19:59 GMT

    Well something like this was bound to happen. One corrupt crony has already taken the top spot of the country so Malik being appointed as head coach of the NCA must seem like water off a duck's back.

    This administration has gone from one calamity to another. It seems the PCB's lights are on but nobody is home. Just when a strong adminsitration is required to rebuild the cricketing fortunes of the country, we have Mr Butt in to run it like a corner shop in Bradford.

    Malik's appointment is disgraceful and the swiftness of being 'offered' the role so soon after the lifting of the ban is disgraceful.

  • imran on November 5, 2008, 19:18 GMT

    Kamran, it seems to me as if the PCB has no brains left whatsoever. They cant seem to relaize how pathetic these people look to the outside world. The lack of professionalism, greed and diplomacy is so disgraceful its hard to stomach.It seems as if everything wrong can happen in that country. The Mohammad Yousuf debacle is further proof as to how hypocritical Pakistanis are.

  • ram on November 5, 2008, 18:55 GMT

    Wasn't it the supreme court which lifted the ban on Malik? In which case the PCB merely corrected a wrong in by appointing Malik. OTH if you are against the Supreme court verdict itself, that entirely a different issue.

  • mani on November 5, 2008, 18:32 GMT

    salim should be back he is an asset ot the country

  • raja shehzad zaman on November 5, 2008, 18:29 GMT

    That just shows what sort of nation we are. We are pathetic. Someone like Salim Malik should have never been given such a position and the ban should not have been lifted on him. Just goes to show how much politics is being practiced in PCB. This new guy Ejazz Butt comes in and is trying his level best to screw everythin up. I wasn't impressed with Lawson, but he just coached 5 Tests in 2 years and that is not enough to judge anyone. Moreover, how does appointment of Intikhab Alam justify PCBs notion that they are trying to make things better? Our cricket is being victimized by same dirty politics that has affected other sports in the country, or everything else. Fist Hockey, then Squash, and now cricket. GO PAKISTAN :(

  • Irfan Pathan on November 5, 2008, 18:24 GMT

    Hello Kamran, really like your articles. As always, you have made a valid point. Pakistan cricket at this point needs a better administration, which is efficient, modern and also transparent. Crimes like Match fixing are extremely grave, and no matter how great a player has been, it sets a bad example if he is forgiven for something like this. It sets a really bad example for all the followers of the game. I remember spending so much time waiting for the match to start, and then watchign every ball- hoping till the end that we will win. And later when it was revealed that the match was probably fixed, I felt such a fool. But with due respect Mr. Abbasi, if all the pakistani players who have been implicated/caught cheating, were kept away from Pakistan cricket, wouldn´t it be a rather empty cupboard! (drugs, match fixing, ball tampering, pitch tampering, murder) maybe its better to forgive and forget, like is usually the case with Pakistan. In any case it makes for great viewing from a

  • Munir on November 5, 2008, 18:02 GMT

    hmmm PCB stinks PCB need a bath.

  • DesiHungama on November 5, 2008, 17:58 GMT

    This is the state of our affairs!. Pakistan as a country is currently run by convicted offenders of one kind or another. Saleem Malik was a wonderful wonderful cricketer. He sold the soul of my country "Pakistan" to make few bucks for himself. What a disgrace! Now he is our National Academy coach. What a pity!

  • Gugu on November 5, 2008, 16:46 GMT

    I have never believed justice Qayyum inquiry was fair trial. You clap with both hands and if there was something going on when it all burst up, how could Warne and M.Waugh go away so easily. I am not saying they were matchfixers but I am saying what is the evidence of Salim Malik fixing a match? Which match was that? How much was money paid to him? What was the result? Where are these facts in Justice's report? Judge Qayyum years later said he was sympathetic to Wasim Akram because he was his favorite player. Again I am not asking for Wasim's head; it cuold have been Waqar, Moin, anyone but is this the approach of a Justice (my favorite player so not ban but monetary fine)? The poor fellows Akram Raza and AtaurRehman were punished, they were no more in recknoing for selection and Malik was coming to an end; great. On the blog itself, yes, Ejaz Butt turning to be disappintment. And what was the hurry of bringing in Malik to PCB? They have denied by now as I write - This is PAKISTAN!

  • Ravi on November 5, 2008, 16:21 GMT

    Its pakistan cricket..what more can you expect? My heart goes out to this nation with immense cricketing talent who's cricket future is in shambles, just because of the power hungry administrators and their bloated egos. Whats next? Let me guess.. they'll probably exonerate Ata-Ur-Rehman as well and sign him up as the bowling coach. :)

  • malik abdul on November 5, 2008, 16:19 GMT

    This brings sudden feelings like! Funny, Stupitidy, humourous, awefull. It shows Ijaz Buts chairmanship abilities and Mr Maliks political contacts ;). If the lack of international events was denting pakistans sporting culture this would surely put the final nail in the coffin. Good Bye Pakistani Cricket I will Miss u!.

  • Azfar Ali Khan on November 5, 2008, 16:12 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I couldn't agree with you more! It was a rude shock to hear of Mr. Malik's appointment to a position where youngsters are groomed for the future and need role models and not disgraced souls as their mentors and coaches. I am also seriously concerned with Mr. Ijaz Butt's handling of affairs since taking over. Barely a couple of months long tenure has seen far too many controversies already. The controversial last minute change in Canada bound squad selected by the selectors, handling of Mohammad Yousuf's case, irresponsible statements by Mr. Butt regarding Mr. Lawson being "Useless" and now this has happened and what I've read so far, Malik gave his statement only after meeting with Mr. Butt. I see yet another controversy tainted tenure ahead of us with the newly appointed PCB management at the helm. God Bless Pakistan Cricket!

  • Hussan Ahmed on November 5, 2008, 15:54 GMT

    I disagree with Kamran on Mushtaq's Case. I put a question to you. Don't you think people change? As far as I am concerned, everyone changes. The transformation of Mushtaq Ahmed is for every one to see. Moreover, another argument supporting his appointment is the presence of much improved anti-corruption measures put in place by the ICC. Mushtaq was wasted by administrators and selectors in Pakistan. He was ,if not better, equal to Shane Warne both in ability and in Variety. Yet he could only manage 52 test matches. Such people should be hired by PCB in order to revive the gone days of glory.

  • cric_fan on November 5, 2008, 15:07 GMT

    My question would be what political contacts does Malik have? Because, surely, without contacts a redemption of this magnitude cannot happen in Pakistan.

  • abdullah shah on November 5, 2008, 15:05 GMT

    hi I stronly feel that the new chairman of pcb is oin to bring more shame to us if he continues to make decission like appointin Malik. In addition from his statments there is no indication of a mature and experience person as his first statment upset ICC. appointin all the ld faces suest another marry o around. this is what happens another politically appointed person to head our cricket. not surprsinly all the old cricketers are supportin him mostly becuase of some appointments. Mr Butt please use your experience for the nation not for personal vendata

  • shoaib on November 5, 2008, 15:03 GMT

    Its back to the 90s for Pakistan Cricket.. and not in a good sense. The trio of Intikhab Alam, Ijaz Ahmed and Salim Malik are all back in action.. and there are plenty of shenanigans associated with them.. Today, without all the talent we used to have back then.. and nothing of substance coming through.. our rapid decline in the world of cricket will only be hastened

  • PakistanLover on November 5, 2008, 14:51 GMT

    Malik was a good batsman there is no doubt on that. The fault lies of course with his poor moral judgement that clouts any idea of him ever returning. Instead of joining the nation academy, he should start his own and then teach his ideal there. His ideas will be helpful to Pakistan and any Pakistani is helpful to Pakistan. We need quality batsmen.

  • Mehdi on November 5, 2008, 14:30 GMT

    Like many others I was shocked to learn this announcement. It feels sad to think that its not only our politicians who are corrupt but our whole nation is. We have the nagging ability to forget the past instead of learning form it.

  • adeel lucky on November 5, 2008, 14:26 GMT

    well, as far as malik is concerned, i seriously think that he deserved some position in couching staff. As court has lifted his ban, so no condition is apply on mailk to persuade him making comeback into cricket.

  • Imran Zia on November 5, 2008, 14:06 GMT

    From Shahryar Khan to Nasim Ashraf to Ijaz Butt. It is a hollywood script in the making for a superhit comedy. The sequel for Dumb and Dumber has arrived. Dumb Dumber and the Dumbest!

  • Shaukat Ali on November 5, 2008, 13:56 GMT

    I m totally agreed with ur comments, u c if match fixer can become a coach of nca then wut kind of example u r going to set. U cann't blame PCB, if 10% can become a president of Pak and whole world is happy with him and then this appointment is not surprised since the PPP took over. Believe me or not, once Malik went to court for appeal in PPP this regime. I was completely assured that ban will b lifted, will b given a good post. Sometimes, we feel that we maight be sold by the corrupt politician. Now I don't know wut will happen to Mohammad Yousuf. I m sure he'll b banned for a life which i think he is not culprit only PCB is responsible for all the reaction from the player.

  • Rob on November 5, 2008, 13:54 GMT

    You're right Kamran, and the most disturbing thing is, that it's unclear where it all will end. First there was the overturning of sentences against the drug addicts and now the redemption of Malik. This can hardly be the face of justice in a self-respecting country. The PCB is clearly not afraid to look ridiculous to the outside world.

  • SO_SO_FABULOUS on November 5, 2008, 13:35 GMT

    i am actualy very happy with malik being apointend coach and having his ban lifted...justice has finaly been done...it was lies from the aussies that got one of our greatest players was baned and humilated...well done pakistan for sorting atleast one issue out sensibly...congratulations to saleem malik...

  • Faz on November 5, 2008, 12:56 GMT

    Come on, have you forgotten that Pakistan is the corrupt capital of the world. Anything goes here as long as you have the money. The current state of the country and it's politics reflects the position of the team in International cricket at present ie Rock Bottom!!

  • Farhan Nawazish on November 5, 2008, 12:52 GMT

    Well one cannot justify the PCB decision whatvever the circustances be but when you considre Wasim, Waqar, Inzimam all who were convicted of match fixing are earning good money with reputation then Salim Malik after having a ban of almost 10 years must be given a relief but of course not by offering of high PCB rank.

  • Giovanni Torre on November 5, 2008, 12:36 GMT

    Mushtaq's case is really a different kettle of fish. He was a very young, quite junior player during the scandal. Malik was captain and very senior. It's interesting to remember that the two players who accused Malik were Mark Waugh and Shane Warne. Both of them took money from a bookie for "pitch and weather information" (haha!) and Warne was banned for one year as a drug cheat. Not really reliable witnesses. Also - perhaps Warne was upset Malik played him so well (including 237 in the test in question). Whatever the case - can Malik redeem himself in this new role? Perhaps. We shall see.

  • Faisal on November 5, 2008, 12:29 GMT

    Completely agree with the article. While the writer has stopped short of saying that it was another politically motivated appointment, in line with PIA MD, PSO Chairman, etc. this is disintegration of the morality of the highest order. As a Pakistani I can only take comfort that there is always 'light at the end of the tunnel'; the question being when will this tunnel end?

  • Amjad on November 5, 2008, 11:46 GMT

    What else do you expect in a country where a convicted thief is elected prime minister? as has often been said, is the PCB not a reflection of the prevailing government of the day - so is anyone surprised by this appointment. I, for one, am certainly not.

  • Shoaib Amin on November 5, 2008, 11:40 GMT

    Well I agree with your point of view, if this will be the approach to sort out the critical phase of Pakistani cricket, that question the sincerety of top management. Moving in an other controversy is considered as worst joke made by PCB in this scenario, say in case ICC which already is looking the matter of lifting life ban on Salim Malik make some comments then what will be the PCB Position. We are already facing un ethical behavior from our younger players, like A teams player incident recently, and guy like shoaib and Asif, in this position if we place those type of people which had some serious obligation during their carrier ( I am not saying right or wrong but they are there) then you can expect any stupid activity from those young guns. An other aspect is emergency condition, pakistani cricket is already in ICU and these experiences might send it to it's eternal end (Hope this wont happen. I think its better to solve basic problem like cricketing structure, academies etc.

  • tabs farooq on November 5, 2008, 11:17 GMT

    Steady on Kamran. I agree with you that the board has been very hasty in his appointment, however i think after 8 years the ban should have been lifted. Dont think he should go straight into such a responsible role, but should be allowed to join the media if they will have him. He has suffered enough (his own doing I know), but time for him and us to move on. With all the stigma around him I feel he could still give something back to the game which clearly gave him so much. Welcome back "honest Sal" as he was known in the Essex dressing room!

  • Zahid Irfan on November 5, 2008, 11:04 GMT

    Although u are correct but I think that Malik's only mistake was that he kept on shaving. Had he grown a beard like the rest of the crooks Saeed Anwar, Inzi, Mushy...etc. He would have had greatest of respect all over and no questions would have been asked as to his appointment as Head Coach. Not a single question. Similar is the problem with the man who blew the whistle Rashid Latif and also Aamir Sohail who are unfortunately on the wrong end because of crooks like these.

  • A Shah on November 5, 2008, 10:20 GMT

    If we can have Mr. 10% as the President with majority of pakistani's at his back than no point in crying and discussing Malik's appointment as he also deserves and has Right to ENJOY in Pakistan.

  • Mubashir Hanif on November 5, 2008, 10:18 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! "dust (mitti) is the limit" is there any limit for these kind of institutes to go down? yesterday more than 50 new ministers were appointed. Please dont argue that its not relevant, because it is. First just like PCB these guys dont deserve to be there. Second a country who is begging around for economical support, hires dumb heads who know nothing. Yar where is the limit; mitti (dust)? you ban a guy for life time and then you hire him as the PCA s head coach, Rashid latif just resigned. Where is the head?if it is at the right place, does it have a thing called brain?O yar how much mroe you wanna Sc--- the country and her institutions. truck them all away, all in a big truck and drop them from a cliff. Peace

  • Fehzan on November 5, 2008, 9:44 GMT

    I dont quite agree with this. Although he was the victim of match-fixing,that doesnt mean he should not have the privelege of participating in any activity of international cricket,at the moment,PCB are being kind of resourceful by appointing a talented player as such to lead the coaching. Interesting to see the outcome of this decision.

  • Imran Khan on November 5, 2008, 9:41 GMT

    Hear Hear! Well said. This Malik is a crook if ever there was one in cricket; and it's only natural that the crooks of PCB would find it "logical" to appoint Malik. DISGRACEFUL! But, with a crook as leader of the country; nothing's surprising when it comes to the topsy turvy world in Pakistan.

  • M.H.Malik on November 5, 2008, 9:38 GMT

    Dear Kamran , I think you are a bit too harsh in your assesment. What did Gibbs of SA & Warne of Aussie did in cricket and yet where he is ( still playing for SA ) and Warne returned after the ban to take the first strike at becomming the highest wicket taker . Salim Malik I do not consider him an angle just because he shares my surname too ( not a relative of mine at all ) Yet the man had paid the heaviest of the price ever paid by any body in the country pf pure. If a tainted & convicted sort of a person can be made all clean through the dubious behind the scene deals of NRO and then ascend to take the highest office of the land ,, Malik at last has one good thing to support him , he paid the price for 9 long years being kept away from earnig his bread & butter & Yet he has been rehabilitaed not by a dubious general of questionable agreement But a Court of Law after taking into account the due law process of preview and assesment. So Give me a break Man and be honest what you do .

  • shakeel ahmed bhatti on November 5, 2008, 9:36 GMT

    i think the appointment of saleem malik as head coach of pakistan national cricket acadmey is one of the worst decision in the history of pakistan cricket, i fail to understant why PCB appoint this unqualified man who was 100% involed in the match fixing when was captian of pakistani team, the judage who ban him was not ordinary judage he was one of the best judages is in the country, saleem malik name not only come into pakistani report but his name alsocome into king report in south aferica and CBR report in indian commision which ban Muhammad Azahar uddin in india, which prove that he was 100% involed in the match fixing, i appeal to ICC official not allow PCB to head coach of pakistan national cricket acedmay beause this question safety of pakistani young cricket generation.

  • Arshad on November 5, 2008, 9:21 GMT

    I am not surpirsed in the least at Malik's appointment.

    The ban on Malik was lifted almost instantly as Mr Zardari (mr.10%) became President Zardari (Mr60% now).

    Ever heard the saying "Honour amongst Theives"

    Let me just remind you all who is teaching the youngsters of the PCB. This is the man who it is assumed by the majority, sold the 1999 world cup along with Pakistan's dignity!

    In older days this would have been treason! A crime punishable by...., well you all know by what!

    Please dont write all these surprised and shock horror emails, as you all make me laugh. Pakistan's president is the most corrupt man in the world, and it was expected that all crooks and criminals would be released and pardoned as soon as he was given the presidency.

    If we look at the bright side, Malik will not be able to influence the results of the national team for another 4 or five years.

    Just be glad that he was wasn't made the Minister of Finance or Sport.

  • Cricket Lover on November 5, 2008, 9:20 GMT

    I completely agree. This is a blunder on the part of the PCB. A man with such a questionable authority is being put in charge of the shaping the young minds of the NCA? this is completely unacceptable. As a passionate cricket fan I have too many times turned a blind eye to the blunderings of the PCB, but to appoint Saleem Malik as the coach of the cricket academy this is lunacy. The only possible outcome I see from this is another Match fixing scandal coming to light in 5 years time when the minds that this man will corrupt will reach the international stage.

  • Sajjad on November 5, 2008, 9:19 GMT

    It looks like evry thing is getting from bad to worse. I was not a fan of Musharaf nor the previous chairman. But when I look at what we have ended with I will say at least there was some sanity before Mr.10% became the President and this illitrate thug becamse the new PCB Chairman. I really do wonder if Zardari has been given a underhand to distroy Pakistani Cricket as thats the way it looks like heading to. I am a proud Pakistani and every time I run in to some one whether I am in Europe, US or Asia they all sympathise with me for my roots. God help us but may be we need to do something to help ourselves.

  • Qasim Hussain on November 5, 2008, 9:12 GMT

    If the law has removed the ban then who are you Mr. Abbasi or I to challenge their decision?

  • Vipul Gupta on November 5, 2008, 9:02 GMT

    I completely agree with you Mr Abbasi. Is it any wonder that why Pakistan cricket is in such shambles? I would also like to know what are your views on the 'pardon' by the BCCI of a certain Mr Azharuddin.

  • mudasser on November 5, 2008, 8:35 GMT

    pcb has gone crazy..a person who was allegedly involved in match fixing has been made a head coach in national academy.thats just absurd

  • Plastist on November 5, 2008, 8:23 GMT

    Abbasi saab, in our religion, the best thing is to forgive & forget. If God says He can forgive the dirtiest of the dirty if confessed then why such arrogance from the men? If Malik wants to recommence his life to regain some lost dignity, he's got every right. And if he can contribute a lot for the good of Pakistan Cricket, which i think he can, then why not ? Remember that he'll desperately be wanting people to respect him again, and in such a scenario he can be more honest with his job than a person coming with a clean bill..

  • Sumeet on November 5, 2008, 8:16 GMT

    This is no different than here in India, where Azharudding was virtually exonerated by the BCCI as well. I think PCB has let bygones be bygones and are trying to utilize Malik's experience in nurturing talents across Pakistan. And that cannot be such a bad thing after all. I don't believe Malik was the only one involved in match fixing. It's just that he was the only one to be caught!

  • Shiran on November 5, 2008, 8:15 GMT

    Forget ECB, they were not really effected by the PCB ban on these jokers, how on earth could one forget someone who sold out and shamed the country for MONEY? I pity PC fans!

  • Aashiq on November 5, 2008, 8:06 GMT

    Thats how things work in the sub-continent...Money & Power rules here. No wonder why "Ethics & principles" take a back seat.

    So it's back to square one. May God bless Pakistan Cricket.

  • Farish on November 5, 2008, 7:53 GMT

    He must not be included... He is not an angel.. He must have done wrong regarding match fixings and for the spirit of the game..

  • Shaan on November 5, 2008, 7:47 GMT

    It is like setting Asif Ali Zardari free and then making him president. There is no difference, only that Malik is not chairmen of the PCB. Now Rashid Latif resigns, hahahha, Irony at its best in Pakistan.

  • Asim Sajwani on November 5, 2008, 7:40 GMT

    The bigger the crook the better the position. Com'on why to blame PCB we have made biggest crook President so now we have to appoint all crooks as heads. See in Hokey it's Hassan Sardar.. Merit Was Pakistan Customs excellent record. In Cricket we have Salim Malik.. Merit was sell Soul of cricket. Mr. Abbasi and my nation friends don't worry ... Soon we'll loose Mouhammed Yousuf also and later others will follow the trend. Someone Said very nice bright ideas always come from Brain never from BUTT's

  • Saurabh Gautam on November 5, 2008, 7:27 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbasi, you have forgotten few minor points. Salim Malik has been exonerated by the courts in Pakistan. If PCB still thinks that Salim Malik is guilty then it should appeal to the higher courts. PCB having said that they do not wish to appeal, Malik should be treated as innocent. There is no reason not to do so. The only criterion now that should be taken into account is whether he is qualified enough to be a head coach. And as per Mushtaq and Waqar, remmeber Waqar was made the captain of Pakistan cricket team after that incident. I do not think there's an honour bigger than leading the team. Shane Warne plead guilty to having contacts with bookies. And yet the matter was kept under wraps for years by ACB(now CA). Morever he has been appointed to help Oz to nurture spin talent. If the ICC really wishes to frame ethics rule then they should be employed globally without any prejudice.

  • Raza Karamat on November 5, 2008, 7:17 GMT

    Only positive in this whole mess is the Aaqib Javed hiring as the defacto coach of this team. Alam will focus on strategy and man management, and javed will head the on field practices and will focus on the bowlers. He will then become the main coach after two years.

  • sayed hasan on November 5, 2008, 7:14 GMT

    When you can have Mr 10% become president of the country why cant you have Mr match fixer become academy coach?

  • ahsan khan on November 5, 2008, 7:10 GMT

    indeed a shameful decision and mr ijaz butt has clearly disappointed thew nation with his decisions of giving important positions to saleem altaf and now saleem malik ....both of whom are controversial figures and its really sad for pakistan cricket tht the new chairman who has been appointed by a political democratci president is truly being a political chairman by rewarding his friends and personal favourites through such shameful decisions ...welll its just the begining all the pakistani fans ...MORE SHAME LIES AHEAD :(

  • Usman on November 5, 2008, 6:58 GMT

    This is a shock.......i was not expecting this from PCB and had high hopes from Mr Ijaz Butt. PCB was a joke and will remain a joke if they keep up like this. I mean this guy is guilty and we courts only lifted the ban but did not say he is not guilty of match fixing i think soo. I think we are basiclly finished in cricket, and will be banned by ICC like USA cricket is because we don't act as a muture organization on top of it we are loosing our star batsman Yousaf, what else is left.

  • criccry on November 5, 2008, 6:54 GMT

    Last afew weeks in Pakistan cricket have confirmed change indeed is not always a good thing, especially in the context of Pakistani cricket or perhapes Pakistan as a nation. Previous admin was bad, this one seems to have sunk even lower. How do you justify appointing the chairman + the coach both aged 70+, both well past their sell by dates? Why do you want to appoint a guy who has strangely been cleared of a life ban in cricket to be your nat academy coach?In the modern era people, organizations and nations are prefering younger, smarter & afresher people with solid track records to bring about change as an effort to improve things. I guess PCB very much reflects Pakistan as a nation, afterall we have only recently appointed Mr Zardari as our top man, a character with afew taints to his name. I recently read an article by the very good Asif Iqbal on the job description of the chairman of the PCB. It was fair & very much what the PCB chairman should be, I wonder if Mr Butt has read it?

  • imran malik on November 5, 2008, 6:54 GMT

    how it can possible staying away from the with the bad name and than all of sudden become the head coach of the NCA. I believe this is terrible decision of Ijaz Butt. God bless pakistani cricket from now on........lolz

  • Abakash on November 5, 2008, 6:51 GMT

    Any thing possible in PCB.I will not be surprised if Javed Miandad will be appointed as PCB head and organise cricket match along with his D-Company relatives.

  • Farjad Tanveer on November 5, 2008, 6:15 GMT

    What a shame! Such open acts of indecency has been very embarrassing for every Pakistani. The bizarreness and randomness of the new administration is spelling doom for the future of Pakistan cricket explicitly.I am glad Mohd Yousuf, foreseeing this has opted for the best which he deserves.

  • ag on November 5, 2008, 6:14 GMT

    Not sure why did they let him go. Here in US if you break traffic rules sometimes your penalty is to do the community sevice if you do not want to pay the price. I think if they had to let him go anyway (away from ban I mean) he should have been asked to coach some B grade national side like say Hong Kong (which incedently is half pakistani player side). Guess what If this is how it is going to be I am sorry to say that pakistan will become team to be beaten by Hoong Kong and Namibia.

  • Shafiq on November 5, 2008, 6:11 GMT

    Yup, the bottom line is, the match fixers like Malik should be kept away from entering cricket grounds, atleast Inernational, domestic & Club cricket. He can be part of some private academy at the best.

  • Naveed Iqbal on November 5, 2008, 6:07 GMT

    Why only we ban our players, Gibbs is playing, Warne continue to play untill retirement. PCB banned him after his own appointed commission's recommendation, this ban however has been lifted by an independent judge of High Court, do you think the High Court judge is incompetent or exhonerated him wrongly? If PCB still continue to ban him didn't it mean contempt of court?

  • Kamran Riaz on November 5, 2008, 6:03 GMT

    If the court let him free so there should be no reason to keep Malik away from international cricket. PCB should accept the court's decision & Malik should send copy of that decision to ICC. If some body has something to deliver or to contribute in his country he should be given a chance as we know he was the most successful captain of Pakistan cricket. Its mean he knows the tacktics and the art so he should be given the chance to contribute in Pak Cricket

  • Mohammed Munir on November 5, 2008, 6:02 GMT

    PCB is operating as a ‘One Man Show’, or rather it is the ‘One Man Gang’ from the WWF days ;)

  • Kamran Riaz on November 5, 2008, 6:02 GMT

    If the court let him free so there should be no reason to keep Malik away from international cricket. PCB should accept the court's decision & Malik should send copy of that decision to ICC. If some body has something to deliver or to contribute in his country he should be given a chance as we know he was the most successful captain of Pakistan cricket. Its mean he knows the tacktics and the art so he should be given the chance to contribute in Pak Cricket

  • Cricket Lover on November 5, 2008, 6:01 GMT

    Nothing was proved against Malik. There was no evidence what so ever. Also don't forget that recommendation came from a justice who has been notorious for malpractice. There are so many cases where that particular justice have made decisions based on other factors rather than justice.

  • Zain Hamidi on November 5, 2008, 5:47 GMT

    I totally agree. Infact I would go further and say that the noises and actions being made (and exhibited) by the new PCB Chief seem more suited to that of a uncouth, illeterate DSP rather then those of a civilized, intelligent organizational head. Wrong choice again????.

    Looking into Mr. Butts behaviour , I feel the media hype and spotlight (not to mentiontion the americanized glitz of the 20/20 tournaments)has also prompted him to behave like a swaggering, cigar smoking, tough talking Football team manager...(in his mind it goes with image of modern cricket).

  • Nouman Shamim on November 5, 2008, 5:36 GMT

    few days before i was watching rashid latif on a tv channel saying that anything is possible in pakistan cricket.Except giving life to dead people.Know this decision shows that he is correct.I cannot understand how can you appoint a person who has been named in match fixing scandal by sevral Crickter .This decision certainly doesnot have any logic

  • Hussain Khan on November 5, 2008, 5:31 GMT

    You make a good point. However, this decision also brings into focus the dire problem in Pakistan cricket in that there does not appear to a decent coach around who could take control of the academy and efectively sums up the problem facing Pakistan cricket in general.

  • Omer Siddiqui on November 5, 2008, 5:01 GMT

    The latest activities ( or should I say shenanigans?) of the PCB reaffirm the view that the organization is exactly that...Pakistani. The eternal ping pong political and administrative nuddle that is the government is only too well entrenched in cricket's governing body in the country.

    While this is not exactly a surprise, the fact that a nuanced sport such as cricket is treated and adminsitrated with attitudes bereft of imagination and common sense is shocking. In favour, out of favour, every man it seems has to have his day...out of every week...in Pakistan's cricketing circles. Many have bemoaned the plight of cricket in Pakistan and the demise of the game over the past few years. Is this appointment the only way we can restore the game? The cynics may argue it is indeed, as its one way of getting the public to gamble their faith in the PCB once again, perhaps spurring on a new genereation of greats...on and off the field.

  • Salman Khan on November 5, 2008, 4:54 GMT

    It seems most of us are not objectively considering the facts. Malik 'may' well be guilty, but then so 'might' Wasim Akram,Ataur Rehman,Mushtaq Ahmed,(Saeed A?,Waqar,and Inzi, all of whom were 'deemed' to have some level of involvement in match-fixing. However -and this was made clear by Justice Qayum's TV interview- there was no real evidence against any of them, Malik included (although based on anecdotal evidence Malik and Akram were most strongly implicated).Qayum made the ridiculous argument that he couldn't have banned Akram because he was such a well-known figure that it would have damaged Pakistan's reputation! However,being soft targets,Malik and Ata were banned,since they were never charismatic or as high-profile figures as Akram. The simple point is: apply the rule evenly, to everyone, and ban or punish based on evidence. If there is no evidence,then everyone is equally exonerated, whether we like it or not.There is no 'limbo' position in law,its either guilty or NOT guilty.

  • Himad on November 5, 2008, 4:49 GMT

    I was kind of expecting something like this when I saw Ijaz Ahmad taking over as one of the selectors and I am still searching for a common link between Ijaz/Malik and Butt. We all know Ijaz and Malik are related to each other and so we all are aware of what happens in Pakistan when you are in power and that is to make it a family buiseness.

  • Rohan on November 5, 2008, 4:21 GMT

    couldn't agree more. I think for some reasons many cricket boards across the world have been shy of speaking out against match fixing controversies of 90's. Even the commentators on sports channels don't ever speak a word about those dark incidents. Azharudin was banned by Indian Court for life, yet we see his comments being published on cricket websites about India's performance in the ongoing series. Do we really want to listen to cricketers like Malik, Azhar & i may say Wasim Akram, who was not innocent by any standards.

  • Arshad Jamal on November 5, 2008, 4:10 GMT

    I beg your pardon Kamran but the actual tragedy occurred when they had put the ban on Malik. He should have never been crucified at the first place. Justice Qayyum was after cheap fame when he had punished Malik. There was not sufficient evidence present to prove that Malik was on the take. They have acted one sided on the words of some "Pious" Australian cricketers who have been exposed later on despite of the efforts of their board to sweep the matter under the rug that they were on the take themselves. But their board had let them go after merely a slap on the wrist. I would like to ask you the question that why Malik had been punished so severely? There is no denying the cricketing genius of Malik and that he can be a deserving candidate for the post but the manner in which it is done presents the same old ugly picture of our cricket administrators. In a society where merit doesn’t mean s**t and connections are everything what else you can expect?

  • Naveed on November 5, 2008, 3:54 GMT

    This is Pakistan of today - unfortunately. The question is how did we get this low?

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  • Naveed on November 5, 2008, 3:54 GMT

    This is Pakistan of today - unfortunately. The question is how did we get this low?

  • Arshad Jamal on November 5, 2008, 4:10 GMT

    I beg your pardon Kamran but the actual tragedy occurred when they had put the ban on Malik. He should have never been crucified at the first place. Justice Qayyum was after cheap fame when he had punished Malik. There was not sufficient evidence present to prove that Malik was on the take. They have acted one sided on the words of some "Pious" Australian cricketers who have been exposed later on despite of the efforts of their board to sweep the matter under the rug that they were on the take themselves. But their board had let them go after merely a slap on the wrist. I would like to ask you the question that why Malik had been punished so severely? There is no denying the cricketing genius of Malik and that he can be a deserving candidate for the post but the manner in which it is done presents the same old ugly picture of our cricket administrators. In a society where merit doesn’t mean s**t and connections are everything what else you can expect?

  • Rohan on November 5, 2008, 4:21 GMT

    couldn't agree more. I think for some reasons many cricket boards across the world have been shy of speaking out against match fixing controversies of 90's. Even the commentators on sports channels don't ever speak a word about those dark incidents. Azharudin was banned by Indian Court for life, yet we see his comments being published on cricket websites about India's performance in the ongoing series. Do we really want to listen to cricketers like Malik, Azhar & i may say Wasim Akram, who was not innocent by any standards.

  • Himad on November 5, 2008, 4:49 GMT

    I was kind of expecting something like this when I saw Ijaz Ahmad taking over as one of the selectors and I am still searching for a common link between Ijaz/Malik and Butt. We all know Ijaz and Malik are related to each other and so we all are aware of what happens in Pakistan when you are in power and that is to make it a family buiseness.

  • Salman Khan on November 5, 2008, 4:54 GMT

    It seems most of us are not objectively considering the facts. Malik 'may' well be guilty, but then so 'might' Wasim Akram,Ataur Rehman,Mushtaq Ahmed,(Saeed A?,Waqar,and Inzi, all of whom were 'deemed' to have some level of involvement in match-fixing. However -and this was made clear by Justice Qayum's TV interview- there was no real evidence against any of them, Malik included (although based on anecdotal evidence Malik and Akram were most strongly implicated).Qayum made the ridiculous argument that he couldn't have banned Akram because he was such a well-known figure that it would have damaged Pakistan's reputation! However,being soft targets,Malik and Ata were banned,since they were never charismatic or as high-profile figures as Akram. The simple point is: apply the rule evenly, to everyone, and ban or punish based on evidence. If there is no evidence,then everyone is equally exonerated, whether we like it or not.There is no 'limbo' position in law,its either guilty or NOT guilty.

  • Omer Siddiqui on November 5, 2008, 5:01 GMT

    The latest activities ( or should I say shenanigans?) of the PCB reaffirm the view that the organization is exactly that...Pakistani. The eternal ping pong political and administrative nuddle that is the government is only too well entrenched in cricket's governing body in the country.

    While this is not exactly a surprise, the fact that a nuanced sport such as cricket is treated and adminsitrated with attitudes bereft of imagination and common sense is shocking. In favour, out of favour, every man it seems has to have his day...out of every week...in Pakistan's cricketing circles. Many have bemoaned the plight of cricket in Pakistan and the demise of the game over the past few years. Is this appointment the only way we can restore the game? The cynics may argue it is indeed, as its one way of getting the public to gamble their faith in the PCB once again, perhaps spurring on a new genereation of greats...on and off the field.

  • Hussain Khan on November 5, 2008, 5:31 GMT

    You make a good point. However, this decision also brings into focus the dire problem in Pakistan cricket in that there does not appear to a decent coach around who could take control of the academy and efectively sums up the problem facing Pakistan cricket in general.

  • Nouman Shamim on November 5, 2008, 5:36 GMT

    few days before i was watching rashid latif on a tv channel saying that anything is possible in pakistan cricket.Except giving life to dead people.Know this decision shows that he is correct.I cannot understand how can you appoint a person who has been named in match fixing scandal by sevral Crickter .This decision certainly doesnot have any logic

  • Zain Hamidi on November 5, 2008, 5:47 GMT

    I totally agree. Infact I would go further and say that the noises and actions being made (and exhibited) by the new PCB Chief seem more suited to that of a uncouth, illeterate DSP rather then those of a civilized, intelligent organizational head. Wrong choice again????.

    Looking into Mr. Butts behaviour , I feel the media hype and spotlight (not to mentiontion the americanized glitz of the 20/20 tournaments)has also prompted him to behave like a swaggering, cigar smoking, tough talking Football team manager...(in his mind it goes with image of modern cricket).

  • Cricket Lover on November 5, 2008, 6:01 GMT

    Nothing was proved against Malik. There was no evidence what so ever. Also don't forget that recommendation came from a justice who has been notorious for malpractice. There are so many cases where that particular justice have made decisions based on other factors rather than justice.