Ethics and morality March 9, 2009

An atrocity without answers

Who were these attackers
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A week after the Lahore atrocity we are left without answers. Who were these attackers? How did they manage to annihilate the "security" forces? How did they all manage to escape unscathed? Instead of answers, we have witnessed unseemly and offensive posturing from the Pakistan Cricket Board and a perplexing silence from the President of Pakistan, who also happens to be the Patron of the PCB.

Apart from establishing the cause and the identity of the attackers, the main objective must be to dream up a formula that avoids the isolation of Pakistan cricket and nurtures an environment that facilitates the return of international teams. It is hard to understand how the approach of the PCB chairman, Ijaz Butt, is enabling any of those desirable outcomes? The tragedy of the Lahore attacks is followed by a frightening realisation that the salvation of Pakistan cricket lies in the hands of Butt.

Aakash Chopra's recent blog explained what presidential level security really is. It highlighted the complaints of match officials and the evidence of our own eyes that security was woefully inadequate. Instead Butt defended the security presence. Policemen died, is his limp argument. Nor will he accept any responsibility for the security arrangements, choosing to pass the buck to the Pakistan government. Yet he expects international cricket to return to Pakistan in six to nine months. How?

With all this nonsensical chest-thumping, Butt simply exposes his own inadequacies in heading an organisation of immense national importance. Frankly, no cricket board could contemplate sending a team to Pakistan while the PCB is under Butt's self-deluded leadership. Butt and Javed Miandad are confusing patriotism with insult. There is no pride in defending incompetent security arrangements and berating victims of a terrorist attack.

The only clear answer we have had this week is that the current PCB management and the Pakistan government are, surprise surprise, ill equipped to deal with this calamity. Not even a single official has offered to resign despite the catastrophic failings. How will these organisations inspire the confidence of a sceptical international cricket community when they can't even convince supporters of Pakistan cricket? How hard can it be to find a few good men of competence and common sense to shepherd Pakistan cricket back from the wilderness?

As with much of this decade of Pakistan cricket, it only ever gets worse.

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

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  • Fahad on April 18, 2009, 6:14 GMT

    Tragedy of Pakistan, Pakistan is a country where only a few people have common sense. Ironically, those people are considered fool. You are one of those people who has that sense, Good article Kamran.

  • mani on March 25, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    how come, Mr. Abbasi, for a change, you wrote truth - only truth?

  • Kibster on March 13, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    I think Chris Broad should have thought a bit before coming out with such a statement in the media. A lot is being said about the security lapses and the arrangements. Thats fine. But not a single one has openly hailed the policeman who saved so many lives. Does anyone know their names??Broad said this , taufel said that murali said something.. are the headlines. What about the soldiers who laid down their lives Moreover, I request ICC not to act hastily and jump to conclusions yet over the hosting of world cup . Its still 2 years away. Things could change for the good.Pakistan should first aim for political stability and then think of cricket here. Take one thing at a time

  • Altaf on March 12, 2009, 23:40 GMT

    Way to go PakLover. That way for you is down - down - down. The way our country and our cricket is going. I am sure it is people like you who are taking Pakistan down. It is people like Kamran - immigrant or not,who are making the difference neede for change in Pakistan. A small voice like his in a blog in Cric-info, whether it will ampact at all or not I dont know, but the fact that there are people with a moderate voice, people who will see and understand without bias,even if it is their own country and countrymen and saying so in the true spirit of democracy is what is keeping us going. All is not well with Pakistan. No 2 ways about it. From cricket to internal security to our very own freedom. Everything is on the verge of collapse and all I need for stupid people like PakLover is talk about PRIDE. Wake up pal and smell and taste the coffee. I hope you can write something sensible b cause there might not be a chance for you to write in the near future.

  • PakistanLover on March 12, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    Why are you disrespecting a Pakistan official? So that you can look good with your foreign friends especially Indians? That is the majority of the problem with immigrant Pakistanis. They are no longer Pakistanis any more.

    Butt is doing what ever normal Pakistan man or woman would do. It was sad that a bunch of our policemen are trying to protect people like Chris Broad. He doesn't respect that they gave their lives to protect him.

    Frankly, I don't care if no one tours Pakistan anyway, we can always hold international matches in other places. More importantly we need to show pride rather than trying to get into the good books of foreigners.

  • Done on March 12, 2009, 4:47 GMT

    pakistan wasnt doing much for world cricket anyways, worst test tracks in the world, especially lahore. current talent is pretty much up there with zimbabwa, bangladesh and holland.

  • khalil on March 11, 2009, 23:29 GMT

    The setback our cricket has suffered will take quite sometime to reverse.Heads were expected to roll if someone was not willing to leave.Whatever we say,it will add to our agony because nobody is in a mood to listen in these circumstances.Its better to do our soul searching and find the missing link,where we have gone wrong. This is required because unless we do this ,we can not restore our confidence as well as of the cricketing world.The ICC chief statment in AUS will not change the ground reality much.

  • Matt on March 11, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    I believe Kamran reflects what is on the mind of average Pakistani but I am confused to read anti-pakistanis comments from fellow Indians. Is India immune from terrorism. Why Indians are celebrating these attack. It is really sick. The Pakistani people (not politicians or generals) have a soft corner for Indians (not your corrupt politicians or opperssor army). Pak people love Indians and hope these comments reflect a small minority.

  • Swapna on March 11, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    Rather than hitting at Mr. Broad, Mr Butt should accept the responsibility for the unfortunate incident and resign from his post immediately. I think this is the only way to show the world that Pakistan is serious about the security thing and most importantly, its cricket.

  • Faisal Jafri on March 11, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    Pakistanis and Pakistan cricket continues to be embarrassed at the hands of the establishment. The incompetence of the Board of Cricket’s administrators has been indicated by events much smaller in comparison to the terrorist attacks in Lahore. It seems that there is a total lack of comprehension that words and statements have meaning, especially when given by people ostensibly in control. The more Mr. Butt and his cronies speak the stupider they look. Fire Broad? To serve what purpose? The security was inadequate the media made that clear. The culprits are yet to be apprehended. The only thing in all of this is that the people actually responsible for providing security have not been taken to task and are making a fool of themselves by defending security arrangements. Please stop embarrassing Pakistan. Learn to do the job or resign. If the President really had his thinking cap on quite a few people would be dusting their CV’s by now having been fired from their previous positions.

  • Fahad on April 18, 2009, 6:14 GMT

    Tragedy of Pakistan, Pakistan is a country where only a few people have common sense. Ironically, those people are considered fool. You are one of those people who has that sense, Good article Kamran.

  • mani on March 25, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    how come, Mr. Abbasi, for a change, you wrote truth - only truth?

  • Kibster on March 13, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    I think Chris Broad should have thought a bit before coming out with such a statement in the media. A lot is being said about the security lapses and the arrangements. Thats fine. But not a single one has openly hailed the policeman who saved so many lives. Does anyone know their names??Broad said this , taufel said that murali said something.. are the headlines. What about the soldiers who laid down their lives Moreover, I request ICC not to act hastily and jump to conclusions yet over the hosting of world cup . Its still 2 years away. Things could change for the good.Pakistan should first aim for political stability and then think of cricket here. Take one thing at a time

  • Altaf on March 12, 2009, 23:40 GMT

    Way to go PakLover. That way for you is down - down - down. The way our country and our cricket is going. I am sure it is people like you who are taking Pakistan down. It is people like Kamran - immigrant or not,who are making the difference neede for change in Pakistan. A small voice like his in a blog in Cric-info, whether it will ampact at all or not I dont know, but the fact that there are people with a moderate voice, people who will see and understand without bias,even if it is their own country and countrymen and saying so in the true spirit of democracy is what is keeping us going. All is not well with Pakistan. No 2 ways about it. From cricket to internal security to our very own freedom. Everything is on the verge of collapse and all I need for stupid people like PakLover is talk about PRIDE. Wake up pal and smell and taste the coffee. I hope you can write something sensible b cause there might not be a chance for you to write in the near future.

  • PakistanLover on March 12, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    Why are you disrespecting a Pakistan official? So that you can look good with your foreign friends especially Indians? That is the majority of the problem with immigrant Pakistanis. They are no longer Pakistanis any more.

    Butt is doing what ever normal Pakistan man or woman would do. It was sad that a bunch of our policemen are trying to protect people like Chris Broad. He doesn't respect that they gave their lives to protect him.

    Frankly, I don't care if no one tours Pakistan anyway, we can always hold international matches in other places. More importantly we need to show pride rather than trying to get into the good books of foreigners.

  • Done on March 12, 2009, 4:47 GMT

    pakistan wasnt doing much for world cricket anyways, worst test tracks in the world, especially lahore. current talent is pretty much up there with zimbabwa, bangladesh and holland.

  • khalil on March 11, 2009, 23:29 GMT

    The setback our cricket has suffered will take quite sometime to reverse.Heads were expected to roll if someone was not willing to leave.Whatever we say,it will add to our agony because nobody is in a mood to listen in these circumstances.Its better to do our soul searching and find the missing link,where we have gone wrong. This is required because unless we do this ,we can not restore our confidence as well as of the cricketing world.The ICC chief statment in AUS will not change the ground reality much.

  • Matt on March 11, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    I believe Kamran reflects what is on the mind of average Pakistani but I am confused to read anti-pakistanis comments from fellow Indians. Is India immune from terrorism. Why Indians are celebrating these attack. It is really sick. The Pakistani people (not politicians or generals) have a soft corner for Indians (not your corrupt politicians or opperssor army). Pak people love Indians and hope these comments reflect a small minority.

  • Swapna on March 11, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    Rather than hitting at Mr. Broad, Mr Butt should accept the responsibility for the unfortunate incident and resign from his post immediately. I think this is the only way to show the world that Pakistan is serious about the security thing and most importantly, its cricket.

  • Faisal Jafri on March 11, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    Pakistanis and Pakistan cricket continues to be embarrassed at the hands of the establishment. The incompetence of the Board of Cricket’s administrators has been indicated by events much smaller in comparison to the terrorist attacks in Lahore. It seems that there is a total lack of comprehension that words and statements have meaning, especially when given by people ostensibly in control. The more Mr. Butt and his cronies speak the stupider they look. Fire Broad? To serve what purpose? The security was inadequate the media made that clear. The culprits are yet to be apprehended. The only thing in all of this is that the people actually responsible for providing security have not been taken to task and are making a fool of themselves by defending security arrangements. Please stop embarrassing Pakistan. Learn to do the job or resign. If the President really had his thinking cap on quite a few people would be dusting their CV’s by now having been fired from their previous positions.

  • Shoaib Amin on March 11, 2009, 8:05 GMT

    Kamran I agree with u, unfortunately the drivers of cricketing affairs in pakistan are not visulizing the intensety and forthcoming effect of lahore incident on pakistani cricket. The max wit range by them is "we got the money from so, so and so...." while they dont know this isnt a matter which should be viewed in terms of money, We should acknowledge securety problem, though securety personnel present their have done there best, but we can do much better much much better. Un fortunately no one is working to avoiad after shocks. Well only one termination is done by gov the CID DIG which sent letter to all concern sharing information of possibility of attack on srilankan team on 22nd Jan while travelling to or from stadium, the others were utterly busy in more serious problems of Gov so no problem for them. We can only pray only pray no other way and what I forseen a dying cricket in our beloved country where this sport nd sportsman are worshipped. We all are ashamed of this

  • nadeem on March 11, 2009, 7:47 GMT

    I am not surprised by the faux shock and ignorance of people like Kamran Abbasi.I wonder what Zaheer Abbas has to say now who uttered foolishly that 'the security situation is the same all over the world' when he was trying to entice foreign teams to Pakistan.Imran Khan (the former playboy turned Taliban sympathizer) said that terrorists would never target cricketers because then they would lose the battle of the hearts and minds of the people(so these barbarians who have bombed mosques,funeral processions and schools still have some hearts and minds to lose in Pakistan??) The reaction of Ijaz Butt is really symptomatic of a society where all ills are blamed on the Crusader-Zionist-RAW conspiracy.Popular Geo reporter Kamran Khan,immediately after the Lahore attacks said that it was a 100% conspiracy against Pakistan while Imran Khan also blamed the attacks on 'foreign hand' (without a shred of evidence).Pakistan is a country where mass delusion is the only thing that keeps a ppl sane

  • Robert on March 11, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    I honestly have not idea where Butt is coming from when he makes those statements. Honestly, is the man mad?

    Perhaps instead of jumping up and down and pointing fingers at others he should either just disappear or actually bring something of value to the table. I doubt he's gonna bring anything.

  • nickzi on March 11, 2009, 1:30 GMT

    The biggest surprise in the whole sad business so far is that the ECB has not demanded an immediate apology from Butt for his slanderous attack on Chris Broad. Unless the PCB removes Butt (and Miandad) and apologizes for its failure to protect foreign criket players, I can't imagine that anyone, except perhaps Zimbabwe, will be remotely willing to tour Pakistan. Australia haven't for a decade, India certainly won't, Sri Lanka are hardly likely to return, England did their bit by returning to India. I don't see New Zealand or South Africa feeling the need to risk lives. What does that leave? Bangladesh? Zimbabwe?

  • Usman Zia on March 11, 2009, 0:14 GMT

    Absolutely right.. Ejaz Butt is tarnishing the image of Pakistan along with MR. Zardari. The sooner this ignorant, useless, corrupt, senseless, traitor, pathetic setup leaves the country the better it is..

  • Ahsan on March 10, 2009, 23:18 GMT

    Spot on. Can't agree anymore.

  • mcji5sa2 on March 10, 2009, 22:37 GMT

    finally! an article which says exactly what was on my mind! And here I was thinking how in the world Ijaz Butt has the right to ask for Broad's sacking after Broad amongst others had just been through one of the worst sporting attacks due to the incompetence of pak officials.

    I myself being a lankan am obviously used to witnessing terrorist attacks. however the fact that civilians/policemen died, guests were injured (when promised presidential security?!"?) and others scarred for life should at least prompt some1 to be held accountable without passing the buck and scrutinising the people who were actually at the scene of the attack.

    It's very sad to see what's happening. pakistan are one of my fave teams and if that country is to see cricket in the near future, i'm guessing trying to get the icc to ban victims of the attack is not one way to go about it! dont worry tho pak cricket fans - you'll be having int'l teams soon - and knowing our incompetent SL gov't..it'l be sri lanka again

  • Syed Wajahat on March 10, 2009, 22:28 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    I completely agreed with your assessment. Butt needs to be careful before making any stupid comments. I can understand where is coming from. Any Pakistani national would feel uneasy from Broads's comments, but there's a sensible way to responds.

    I believe the life the of any police office is as important as any other cricketer. Who's responsible for their deaths. PCB and Govt of Pakistan are fully responsible, they should be tried under murder charges and negligence and case should be registered against both Zardari and Butt.

    Wajahat CA, USA

  • i2m on March 10, 2009, 22:12 GMT

    Like any governing body of a professional business, PCB needs qualified professionals with managerial experience and strong inter-personal skills to run the ship. It also needs a governing body that not only institutes a sold and consistent performance management process for the players but also the officials. Hiring half-baked have-beens from the cricket arena will only expedite this downward spiral of failure, ineptitude and embarrassment.

  • Nasir Rasheed on March 10, 2009, 21:46 GMT

    Ijaz butt has never uttered one word that tells me that he is smart, so I am not surprised at all by the comments. The fact that the President of Pakistan has not said anything underscores the fact that we have another incompetent person at the helm, no surprise there, what has Mr. Zardari done in the past that tells that he knows what he is doing (other than self preservation). I think as Posted by:" ali at March 10, 2009 5:46 AM

    Cricketers or noncricketers incompetence and corruption run wild throughout our country" is 100% true, we all need to look inwards at our own behaviuor as an individual and we can understand whats happening in every sphere of life.

  • aditya on March 10, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    it took 14 months for test cricket to reach pakistan even without a terror attack on cricketers.... and now when an entire team bus was riddled with bullets, butt expects cricket to return in 6 months? i knew this guy was an idiot but he proved me wrong... he is a complete moron who has killed pakistan cricket

  • sitaram on March 10, 2009, 18:55 GMT

    This is all a CIA plot; no it is a Mossad plot; sorry, it was the doing of the RAW; what I really meant was that this is a fabrication against the peace loving Pakistanis by the imperialist, running dog, war mongering Angrezi Firangis. There is no terrorism in Pakistan - it is only a figment of the cowardly foreigners.

    Javed Bhai and Butt Saheb - if you need delusional ideas feel free to use any of the above. If all of the above fail please use the "its the world persecuting us pious Muslims" argument - the gullible Pakistani public will certainly buy into it. You can condemn those against it as anti Muslim - the old you are for us or against us argument.

    Cheers and hope you enjoy watching the Zimbabweans and the Bangladeshis Play for the for the next 10 years (or longer).

  • Fahad on March 10, 2009, 18:52 GMT

    The government and the PCB are solely responsible for this horrendous lapse in security. PCB might as well withdraw itself from ICC if it continues like this. Atleast it would save Pakistan from bad publicity. I as a Pakistani felt absolutely ashamed to my guts after what had happened in Lahore. The Srilankans were our guests and had willingly agreed to tour when others are reluctant. PCB should have left no stone unturned to make security the top most priority. I doubt if any other teams would agree to tour Pakistan in atleast another 12-18 months - and thts being optimistic! If this is presidential style security, we might as well give our our security agencies a break and send them all back home. Would president Zardari let this happen for his convoys? You decide...

  • J on March 10, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    If that was presidential security, boy Pakistani President is screwed.

  • Amjad on March 10, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    Dear Kamran, all this posturing and pontificating by the PCB reminds me of a scene from ice age (the cartoon) where the protaganist happen upon a group of dodo's who are extolling the virtues of their forward planning leading to "the age of the Dodo" only to then go and kill themselves in a number of ways thereby making themselves extinct. The PCB it appears to me is lead by such a group of Dodo's who rather than accept responsibility, ask the awkward questions around the security arrangement and hold people accountable seem to be busy blaming others and wishing for a "golden age (in about 9 months)" when foreign teams will return to play cricket. Long live the PCB dodo...when will we learn?

  • sps75 on March 10, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    Atlast an article has been released about the current affairs in Pakistan and surprise surprise I find a lot of sensible Pakistanis commenting on their country"s security level at present. First thing I want to express is that US and India know the location of Dawoods mansion in Central Karachi and yet the Pakistani government is denying any information about it all this time.To add to this insult, Miandads son is married to Dawoods daughter. Secondly, immediately after this shameful incident , the Pak government had released a statement that it suspects foreign hand ? Indian. Oh My God, these guys are really insane.., And the most unpardonable statement is that this incident was said to be similar to 26/11 incident in MUmbai. As an Indian, I really condemn this statement .Because no innocent pakistani was killed except the poor policemen.it is clearly a planned attack on the foreign players. But inMumbai, innocent Indians , of all castes and religion were killed

  • Ali Dada on March 10, 2009, 18:02 GMT

    Man, you guys don't stop complaining. What else type of security can you expect? It was tight as it could have been - tighter than that found in Western countries. What happened is horrible but it is totally out of PCB's hands.

    What you guys want? For Pakistani stadiums to have a built-in hotel for cricketers and to ferry them from/to airport via chopper and to have 100 meter radius around stadiums heavily mined with elite commandos on every footstep and multiple roadblocks?

    If PCB was to do it, even then the cricketers and every other weakling wouldn't stop complaining on how boring Pakistan is. The freaking security in Pakistani stadiums and airports is tighter than in Canada - it even keeps Pakistani spectators away from stadiums for crying out loud.

    These days it seems to be a fashion blaming Pakistan for every time one sneezes.

  • DesiHungama on March 10, 2009, 16:47 GMT

    Can you imagine if that launcher had gone off! As a Pakistani I am not sending my own son to visit the country let alone Butt and the likes are expecting international cricket to return. Wake up and smell the burnt kettle!

  • Tushar on March 10, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    I am having a very hard time understanding this, how ignorant and arrogant do you have to be to file a formal complaint against a person who came within inches of death, saw the driver of his car get shot and a fellow umpire wounded seriously?

    PCB needs to stop for a minute and recollect their thoughts, Broad was not claiming that there was no security, his claim was it a joke of a security, Does the president of Pakistan travel only with 6 policemen? because 6 policemen does not sound like presidential level security.

    I read 2 articles/inverviews a little while back Mr Mugabe(BBC)and Mr Bvute (Cricinfo), and was disgusted at the arrogance and total denial of these noble folks, unfortunately Mr Butt sounds very similar.

    Its high time to end this farce and actually for a change do something in the interest of the Nation, no just cricket.

  • Michael Lawrence on March 10, 2009, 16:13 GMT

    To be really honest, I was not surprised when Mr. Butt send down all those comments regarding the quality of the security. It just gave more proof to my believes that ppl in Pakistan don't think... and they just are incapable of that. But Kamran Abbasi u are one of a kind... A pakistani who can think... cheers to u...

  • Kartik Sivaraman on March 10, 2009, 15:45 GMT

    Butt passes the buck to the Punjab government, the Punjab government blames the Federal government and the Federal government inturn blames a foreign hand. Is it any surpsise that the above chain of events have happened like clockwork without anybody finally taking responsibility of the attacks? I thought Chris Gayle was being ridiculous in his assertion that the Windies are trying to win the Trinidad test. But it just pales in comparison to Butt's proclamation of cricket resuming in Pakistan in as little as 8 months.

  • Stajamm on March 10, 2009, 15:27 GMT

    Why am I not surpised? Sadly, Ijaz Butt's comments reflect the mentality of our politicans. Just as rape victims get labelled as whores and then become marginalized for the rest of their lives, just as an innocent bystander helping out a victim of crime gets accused of the crime by the police, we have Ijaz Butt demeaning the victims of terrorism by downplaying their account of the incident. Shame on him! As a Pakistani, I am deeply saddened by his handling of the situation.

  • AH on March 10, 2009, 15:22 GMT

    A good article Kamran. That, Mr Butt has reacted the way he has should not be a surprise. He is a reflection of his corrupt political masters. Sad as it, the truth is that a permanent return of cricket to Pakistan will come about only after the real problem of terrorism is solved - and therein lies a real dilemma because Pakistan is now philosophically polarized - at one extreme you have the gun touting thugs who want to enforce their perverse interpretation of religion - on the other there are the secular liberals and then there is every shade in between. These diverse perspectives will need to make peace with each other first. The problem is the fanatics will not compromise and will not let others live in peace. Thus, the nation must make a critical decision; die peacemeal each day or tackle these terrorists with conviction; and to do that rotten elements in the country's infrastructure will need to be cleaned out too. Does the nation have the will for that? I don't know?

  • Gugu on March 10, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    As I had said here before and I maintain that Ejaz Butt is turning out to be an English 'Butt' rather than a surname Butt. And Miandad can never stop acting like a Mum-n-Dad of the world.

    Siman Taufel is lying, Murali is lying, Broad is lying - only Butt is being truthful. This big guy PCB Chairman should die 100 times in shame, but only if he had one. The President of the country; least said the better!

  • Daryl on March 10, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    I find this man Butt to be amazingly insensitive and in complete denial. Firstly, in denial with a belief that international cricket will be back in 6-9 months. Not only have people been killed, but the terrorists were not even caught! It was STILL a tragedy that six innocent policemen died, but it would have been a real crisis if people from the visiting contingent were also killed. I am amazed at Butts insensitivity that he should DARE to call for sanctions against Chris Broad, after his life was in danger and he condemned the lack of security. Assurances were given and OBVIOUSLY not kept. Inside information and planning happened with the careful planning of these attacks, yet BUTT decides to shed ALL and ANY responsibility for this tragedy! Someone else needs to take over Pakistan cricket before this idiot runs it into the ground. I have utmost respect for the majority of Pakistanis who have condemned this outrageous attack and lack of security as well.

  • Johnny Dangerously on March 10, 2009, 14:46 GMT

    Butt is totally out of order, but very seldom does anything right emanate from the PCB anyhow. If he believes cricket will return to Pakistan he is insulting the 6 policemen who died. Presidential security is not a policeman who plays dead. The Indian tour of 2004 is an example of presidential security, heck these guys played even in Peshawar.

  • ReHaN on March 10, 2009, 14:20 GMT

    Rock on kamran; but what to say of cricket or butt, every institution/department in the country is falling apart. PCB is no exception. We need divine intervention to save pakistan.

  • MUSHARRAF KHAN on March 10, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    this stupid IJAZ BUTT is brother in law (behnoi)of Defence minister of Pakitan AHMED MUKHTAR , and that is the only criteria in Pakistan to get the higher post in any department and that too of rich department of PCB. He is 70 years old or more and have no wisdom and energy to run an already disgraced department. But as long as present government is here he is also here so people will have to wait for the change of govt if they want to have a new chairman from other political party´s relatives or friends. But never expect a competent person even after the change of govt. This is the fate of pakistanies. I can´t expect any team to come and play here at least for next five years, and he is hoping that in next 6-9 months it seems to be a big joke. And now Miandad is also with him he was only a good player not a good coach and not a good administrator he can be.

  • Lok Raj on March 10, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    Agree with you Kamran. The statements of Ijaz Butt and Miandad have been childish to say the least. Rather than accepting what has been so obvious to the whole world, they have starting not only blaming people like Chris Broad, rather have filed an official complaint to the ICC blaming him of misconduct. Chris was within his rights to talk about a situation which was life threatening. he was not disclosing any facts about the match per say to the press so he has not committed any violation of the ICC rules. Such acts by responsible PCB officials will only push Pakistan's cricket further deep into isolation.

  • afzaal Khan on March 10, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    I tried restrainig myself but alas, dun know like my other posts this will be published or not. Anyho had to say my peace or this will eat me. What is shameful is Mr. Abbassi writing a Paksitani blog( that felt so good). Now lets address what has greatly embarrassed Mr. Abbassi. What Butt and Miandad and sane ppl have taken exception to Mr. Broad's is not that he has called the security inadequate, but that despite the fact that six policeman were martyred and a security force javan threw his body between bullets and Mr. Broad he has the nerve to call them cowards. The issue is that they were not coward and despite Mr. Broad assertion they didn't run away. Thats wat the problem is and thats why Mr. Broad is a liar. 2nd as per ICC reg, Mr. Broad can't talk to media and offer his opinions as he was advised by . I hope Mr. Abbasi can now understand the argument.

    Now to the 9 months prediction, yes it can happen, wat would u like him to say no cricket. Ofcoz he is gonna say that.

  • Suhail Khan, London on March 10, 2009, 13:44 GMT

    Well Kamran the wise one, it only took you few months to reverese your judgement on the new PCB leadership. Better late than never though, and I hasten to add we told you so. Anyone appointed anywhere by Zardari & co can not be competent/honest/sensible - I am as convinced of that as of Pakistan's isolation in international cricket for years to come. And it will surely be fast tracked by jokers like Butt! RIP Pakistan Cricket.

  • Ali Altaf on March 10, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    I am sure that the report about the liberty incident is not going to be made public. Even if it does, there is going to be a lot of cover up involved. The Mumbai Incident report came out only because there was immense international pressure. So i can safely say that instead of learning from our mistakes and uncovering the truth..we will once again cover it up as has been the case through out our history.

    So the sorry picture portrayed by Mr.Butt has been one aspect of it...and there will be many more to come.

    May we learn from our mistakes and for once think about this country which is in tatters, and not about ourselves.

  • Zafar Majeed aka Shoaib Malik on March 10, 2009, 12:53 GMT

    Why is everyone shocked at Butt's response or Miandad's behaviour? They are just being arrogant and is'nt that a way of life in Pakistan. Just go into the denial mode and put the blame squarely on the others. Its a shame that people like Butt and Miandad are doing their petty politics on this gravely serious issue. However it should not be forgotten that Miandad is linked with world renowned terrorrist Dawood Ibrahim. Its a matter of shame for our country that someone as prominent as Miandad can get away with that so openly. There is every chance that Dawood had a hand in it, since the attacks are touted as simmilar to Mumbai ones. However Miandad goes ahead and asks for ban on Chris because he said things as he saw them. What hypocrisy!! As for Butt, he does nt know how to speak, forget about what to speak. The guy has no aesthatics and no subtlety. Please note that both him and Miandad spoke in Urdu and after translation, we only get subdued versions with less venom. Pathetic!!

  • Ifzal on March 10, 2009, 12:19 GMT

    in other news Ijaz Butt predicts Pakistan to reach the moon by end of year, Israel to become a Muslim country & Elvis Presley to make a comeback tour.

    I really find it disgraceful that people thought that cricketers will be safe to play in Pakistan, they should be made accountable. They should go & explain to the families of Sri Lankan cricketers what made them think it was safe when it is clear to any reasonable person with a braincell that this was a dangerous place.

  • Jamie Dowling on March 10, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    It's nice to see a Pakistani coming out and condemning Ijaz Butt and Javed Miandad for their ill considered comments. Thank you for confirming that it isn't just people outside Pakistan who are wondering what on earth Butt is doing in the aftermath of the Lahore attack.

    Whatever the way forward may be, I do not believe that Butt has any part in that way forward. He is doing very little to portray Pakistan cricket, its administrators or cricket administrators as a whole in a positive light.

    It's a sorry state of affairs and one that cricket does not need. Cricket needs the Pakistan team playing at its mercurial best. It can't do that with the current administration in place.

  • sams on March 10, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    Nice honest blog. Ijaz Butt comes across as a straight talker, brash and non sensical. His handling of Geoff Lawson and the comments he gave in press before Lawson's sacking was evident enough the style of leadership Pak could expect as PCB chief. Then subsequent confusion with Javed Miandad who himself is a very complicated individual was proof of the kind of mess Pakistan cricket is in.

    And Butt's recent comments on Lahore attack highlights his inefficiency to handle a sensitive issue with any diplomacy.

  • Prakash on March 10, 2009, 11:21 GMT

    It is shocking to listen Miandad criticize Chris Broad. Miandad's son is married to Dawood's daughter. Dawood is one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. Miandad has no credibility left to comment on international events.

  • Fateh Jung on March 10, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    We should outsource the running of our cricket adminsration and setup to competent outsiders. Preferebly the 'goras'. They have experience in managing the unruly subcontinent lot. We seem to make a mess of whatever we take up or whatever legacy has been left to us . I say this in sorrow more than anger. Had ho gaye ustad.

  • David Furrows on March 10, 2009, 10:44 GMT

    The rush to blame the victims (not just by the PCB but even the ICC's Haroon Lorgat) not only further finalises Pakistan's long-term exclusion from hosting tours but also risks creating a situation where other countries may refuse to host Pakistan on security grounds.

    The first priority must be to obtain a credible report as to what happened at Lahore, because at the moment the persistent rumours of conspiracy are causing further damage. It is hard to determine whether Pakistan's future is more threatened by findings of incompetence or conspiracy.

    We at least now know that Pakistan has no chance of hosting series until the current crop of international players and match officials retires, which makes 2020 the earliest possible time for a resumption of home series. It will be interesting, however, to see whether overseas players also boycott the IPL, which is becoming increasingly likely.

  • Rauf on March 10, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    "the main objective must be to dream up a formula that avoids the isolation of Pakistan cricket and nurtures an environment that facilitates the return of international teams."

    "to dream up a formula"... Kamran you are living in a dreamland to think any team is going to visit Pakistan any time soon... perhaps ever. Aus last visited in 1998. There were times during Musharraf era when calm prevailed and teams did visit but not Aus. Let's see if you can dream up a formula to make Aussies visit after this fiasco.

    This has become bigger then cricket. Pakistan as a state can collapse if left to our endless stream of incompetent and selfish leaders. That needs to be fixed first then everything else. I think it will be safe for PCB to just withdraw from ICC for few years until this mess is sorted out. Concentrate on domestic cricket. Playing in neutral venues is like asking someone else to take your wife out to dinner. It doesn't sound right and will eventually kill cricket in Pak.

  • farhan majid on March 10, 2009, 10:38 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is useless and an embarrassment, the man is not capable of running the PCB. Even the Pakistan senators recommended he be replaced recently. Security was lacking to allow these attacks to occur, however Mr Abbasi has to be very careful here. Everyday in Pakistan there are members of the security forces losing thier lives- leaving behind families, thier sacrifice should not be ignored for the sake of a soundbite in the international media for Kamran Abbasi!. As for your assumption that PCB should shoulder blame for the security, that is debateable- a cricket board is not an authority on security, it however should be actively involved and deny some responsbility. The host nation has responsbility for security, they have the experts and resources to assess and manage security so ultimately the person that you should asking this is off Mr Zadari and his ministers- Why was the security lacking and more worryingly how is it not a single person has been accountable for this?

  • Amer Hussain on March 10, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    Cricket is dead. The PCB and the Pak government are useless - I am surprised by your surprise! The only way now for Pakistan to heal its wounds and for anyone (not just cricket teams) to feel safe in the country is to give it up. There must be a political solution that takes a hardline approach. Be it military rule, or a civilian government - they have to take a stand. What that stand comprises - what can they do, how can they do it in such a vast country where religious zeal is the norm, not the exception is difficult to comprehend. What would you do? If you were chairman of the PCB, would you have answers? Would you at least demand answers? Would you make it the national duty to find, arrest and punish the perpetrators? To what end? You lock 10 of them up, another 10 spring out of some hole! Where do you start, where do you end? I am lucky, by the grace of Allah, I live abroad - I could not contemplate a life for my children in a country where visitors are not safe.

  • Eelco on March 10, 2009, 9:38 GMT

    His attack ( and Miandad's) on Broad are totally uncalled for. FFS Broad has been in a bus riddled with bullets with the worst hit victim of the attack( the policemen, with all respect, are not considered targets ). When Murali or Moody said exactly the same, why didn't he ask the Lankan board for the ban of either those? He is a hypocrite and the ICC should be demanding the PCB that Butt should be sacked;.

  • Naeem Butt on March 10, 2009, 8:54 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is a clown, or atleast acts like a clown. He must have got this job due to connections and not due to any merits.

  • rodney on March 10, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    Very good article. As a Sri Lankan supporter i enphatise with the situation Pakistan is in and wholeheartedly wish they recover sooner rather than later. But unfortunately Mr Butt's public pronouncements and finger pointing have been very very dissappointing and frustrating. It almost seems that he has something to hide and by making reeevelent noises he somehow wishes that people asking legitimate questions would shut up and everything will be fine again. A balanced and common sense approach by all parties are needed to sort this mess.

  • Imran on March 10, 2009, 8:19 GMT

    The whole system is sick. Awaam is sick to choose currepted govt n govt is sick to choose someone who counting his last days as a chairman dar's nothing dat surprising me here coz i know there's lot more to come from the current PCB set up all we can do kamran is make dua

  • Rahul Khanna on March 10, 2009, 8:06 GMT

    hi Kamran. I agree with u fully. How Mr. Butt is going to win the faith of people outside Pakistan? By belittling genuine fears of Broad and other umpires does he think he can divert the attention from main issue? Everybody did see and if Butt hasnt seen then he should again see the footage of attack. There was nobody out there to take match officials out to safety. There wasnt any policeman in sight. what kinda commando is used for safety who doesnt know how to drive? Is this Mr. Butt's perception of Presidential type of security? When Indian team was there in 2004 that type of security could be referred to as foolproof security. Does Mr. Butt honestly thinks it was of same level now? Anyway as you have yourself pointed out how he is going to convince outsiders that it is safe to travel? I have lived in terror affected Punjab in India and I know how my relatives from other states feared coming to Punjab. This scenario is on macro level in Pakistan now. Denying wont help this time.

  • worldaudience on March 10, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    I am a admirer of Abassi Blogs.What u said absolutely right.Only Ijaj Butt thinks that cricket will return to Pakistan in 6 months.He is behaving as if The Lahore attack is no big deal,it is daily stuff.It is ridiculous to find that he is complaining against Broad .

  • Jaff on March 10, 2009, 7:44 GMT

    The less said about PCB the better, disappointed.

  • Shahzad Khan on March 10, 2009, 7:39 GMT

    I couldn't agree more with you Mr Kamran. This is ridiculous to the core and I do not blame the other cricket playing nations for not going to Pakistan in future. As long as Mr Butt is heading the PCB and our President being Patron in cheif of PCB, we will not see any positive results in this. As far as "any competant individual/s" out there that can be roped in are concerend, teh answer to that is we are talking about PCB where politics is sitting on top of everything and as long as that is the case, we should not dream about getting "professionals" to run the PCB. I used to love cricket and used to follow it religiously, but now sadly, it is not the case and I worry that the cricket will disappear from our beloved country if the PCB continues to run like this.

  • Mactazz on March 10, 2009, 7:34 GMT

    I can't agree with you more. This is like adding insult to injury. Ijaz Butt simply was wrong and incompetent to be the CEO of PCB. The sooner he is replaced by a responsible person, the better it will be for us.

  • Nitin - Delhi on March 10, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    Agree with Kamran 100%. To add insult to injury, the PCB filed an official complaint against Chris Broad with the ICC. How ridiculous and immature is that? Everyone who was present at the scene of the attack - players, officials, umpires etc. -corroborated with Chris Broad's story. They were abandoned by the ill-equipped 'elite' security forces....left to be "sitting ducks".

  • Aniruddha Gupta on March 10, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    There are many including you Kamram who were of the opinion that cricket players would not be targetted by terrorists. Can I ask all of you, based on what logic this judgement was made? (includes Imran Khan).Am I to believe that all of you now know more about the terrorists than before? Would it also mean that the country will wait for other tragedies till it can claim to have complete knowledge about the way these people work? Finally does it have to take an attack on the cricket team for them to be clubbed as "bad" people? Reason i say this is because in the past a lot of people from Pakistan were happy to overlook the existing cruelty of that mob (most recent being celebrating SWAT independence)and now suddenly they seem to have woken up (temporarily). This kind of resistance cannot prosper without public support and if this is what the majority want , i dont see why most of you who write here(and majority non resident Pakistanis like Kamram) should make decisions on their behalf.

  • Theena on March 10, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    I read a report yesterday where he said international cricket would return in 'six to nine months'. Does he think everyone is as delusional as he is?

  • ali on March 10, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    Cricketers or noncricketers incompetence and corruption run wild throughout our country.

  • Q Mulla on March 10, 2009, 5:16 GMT

    Agreed. Seldom do I agree with your blog, but you are on spot today. The PCB has shown a clear lake of basic administrative competencies in dealing with the post blast scenario. The focus has conveniently been on a blame and defending personalities rather than finding the truth and working towards eradicating the evident shortfalls- security lapse in this instance.

    The pre 1999 PCB constitution needs to be implemented, it seems a far better option than the patron in chief appointing men of choosing- they have caused enough damamge already.

  • Vishy on March 10, 2009, 5:09 GMT

    Nice article Kamran bhai. As someone who like Pakistan cricket, I am saddened at the the way Ijaz Butt and Javed Miandad have responded to the crisis. I actually sympathised with Broad and umpires Taufel and Davis. It must have been terrible being caught in the middle of a shootout. Instead of trying to sympathise with them and trying to get to the root of the problem and fix it, these gentlemen are making one comment after another which saddens cricket lovers. What will the Srilankans - who agreed to make the trip after assurances of security - think now? Hope someone gets into problem-solving mode and tries to bring the people responsible for this cowardly act under the purview of the law, instead of issuing statements which hurts cricket lovers.

  • Umar Dallas TX on March 10, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    Seriously this guy Butt is a joker. His stupid comments are an embarrasment for the whole nation. Maybe the teams will start touring Pakistan again in the next 6 months in his dreams because I dont see anyone touring there for the next 10 years atleast and they have every reason to that.

    This idiot should admit his failure and resign with dignity. As Imran Khan rightly pointed out that even our stupid, corrupt ministers have better security arrangements. Broad and the umpires have every right to lambast the security arranagements. This sucker Butt not only betrayed the ICC and the cricketing world but also the people of Pakistan by promising Presidential level security for the guests but instead having 10 timid policemen guarding an international team.

    Where were the army trained commandos, bullet proof coach and the entrouge of security vehicles surrounding the coach ?

  • Sanjay on March 10, 2009, 5:00 GMT

    Kamran, a truthful perspective. Both Ijaz Butt and Inderjit Singh Bindra (special adviser to the ICC) are both stating openly that cricket will be held in Pakistant within the next 6-9 months. Yes we would all like that to happen. But do we really think that is going to happen. Unfortunately the PCB and the ICC are both fundamentally missing the point in all of this. They are not capable making decisions and make no effort in being accountable and taking responsibility for the game and it's key shareholders. One can never move forward until there is accountability, acknowledgement to help a rational assessment of what went wrong and what can be done to prevent it. Instead there is talk of removing Chris Broad and that the umpires and match officials were over reacting. An opportunity has been missed once again to move forward.

  • Ahmed Z Khan on March 10, 2009, 4:40 GMT

    Well said, Mr. Abbasi; It is a sad reality that the PCB and government officials have become so shameless that no one has lost their job, and at the same time they blame everyone else, including the victims. A useless cricketer, and now it turns out and even more useless administrator, Ijaz Butt had the chance to salvage some dignity for Pakistan by saying the right things, even if they weren't followed up by actions. He's failed in even that, and in doing so has made it impossible for myself and other Pakistani's to defend the nation against criticism.

  • Avi Singh on March 10, 2009, 4:36 GMT

    Yes Ijaz Butt is completely out of order, this is all part of his plan to deflect attention away from the real problems and the impotence of the PCB. There is a very good article by David Leggat in the New Zealand Herald about this.

  • Kool Kat on March 10, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    Well put, Kamran. Mr. Butt has shown no sensitivity.Besides hiding behind the alibi of the dead policemen and throwing a tantrum in general, he has done nothing. It is time the President of Pakistan clears the air about the non-existent Presidential security. It is clear that the whole attack had insider help (much like Mumbai 26/11). Expecting a team to return in 6-9 months is impossible. Let Pakistan keep such a deadline to catch the perpetrators and sentence them accordingly. I really doubt that would happen.

  • Ram.R on March 10, 2009, 3:55 GMT

    Kamram Abbasi has nailed it again. Yes..nobody can predict a terrorist attack...yes...It can happen anywhere. But isn't that the very point...BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST. But what is more nauseating than the security failure is the ridiculous behaviour of Mr.Butt. He is not even man enough to accept the fact that the security failure occured, and keeps repeating that policemen died. While their death is a great tragedy, it was also a lot of luck that more lives were not lost. Who will accept the guaranties of a man who is so demented as to file a 'FORMAL COMPLAINT' with ICC against an official who was the victim of this inefficiency.Is there not a sane person ...a man with integrity and honesty in the entire PCB.

  • Rishi on March 10, 2009, 3:17 GMT

    Somehow,the greatly talented Pakistani cricketers manage to be governed by wholly inept and pig headed administrators.Reflecting the wonderful Pak people and the utterly useless Pak politicians.

    Hope steps will be taken atleast now.

  • Jitendra on March 10, 2009, 2:59 GMT

    Handover Pakistan and Cricket board to a monkey. He will handle it better.

  • waqas on March 10, 2009, 2:23 GMT

    i m pretty sure if some srilankan player had died even then Butt would have said that security was perfect.u cant blame Butt because authorities who appointed him are fully incapabale as well.typical nepotism n cronism is prevailing n will only bring further embarassment to pakistani cricket.unluckily we r on downwards track as a country n cricket board simply displays this decline.for next one year pakistan should play in neutral venues to keep cricket thriving.no one in the world going to believe this so called "presidential security" now.at least some one should have accepted the responsibilty of this incompetence.

  • Altaf on March 10, 2009, 0:06 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran. At the moment I hold my head down in shame and embarrasment and to read Butt's and Miandad's comments is making me squirm. I could'nt care for Broad going to ICC. We are pariah dogs in the ICC"s eyes any way,I am worried that the world is reading all these post attack comments by officials as attempt to justify the inadequate security and reminding the survivors to stay grateful they are alive and have got away with just a scratch. God - is this how much we are immune to attacks. Are we so used to it that if we dont die or get maimed in an attack then it is our duty to go ahead and live life in normalcy and expect everybody else to do so too. The isolation we are going to face is going to hurt so badly, we are going to rue all the wrongs we have done and let out politicians, the ISI and the army do. May Allah look after us.

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  • Altaf on March 10, 2009, 0:06 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran. At the moment I hold my head down in shame and embarrasment and to read Butt's and Miandad's comments is making me squirm. I could'nt care for Broad going to ICC. We are pariah dogs in the ICC"s eyes any way,I am worried that the world is reading all these post attack comments by officials as attempt to justify the inadequate security and reminding the survivors to stay grateful they are alive and have got away with just a scratch. God - is this how much we are immune to attacks. Are we so used to it that if we dont die or get maimed in an attack then it is our duty to go ahead and live life in normalcy and expect everybody else to do so too. The isolation we are going to face is going to hurt so badly, we are going to rue all the wrongs we have done and let out politicians, the ISI and the army do. May Allah look after us.

  • waqas on March 10, 2009, 2:23 GMT

    i m pretty sure if some srilankan player had died even then Butt would have said that security was perfect.u cant blame Butt because authorities who appointed him are fully incapabale as well.typical nepotism n cronism is prevailing n will only bring further embarassment to pakistani cricket.unluckily we r on downwards track as a country n cricket board simply displays this decline.for next one year pakistan should play in neutral venues to keep cricket thriving.no one in the world going to believe this so called "presidential security" now.at least some one should have accepted the responsibilty of this incompetence.

  • Jitendra on March 10, 2009, 2:59 GMT

    Handover Pakistan and Cricket board to a monkey. He will handle it better.

  • Rishi on March 10, 2009, 3:17 GMT

    Somehow,the greatly talented Pakistani cricketers manage to be governed by wholly inept and pig headed administrators.Reflecting the wonderful Pak people and the utterly useless Pak politicians.

    Hope steps will be taken atleast now.

  • Ram.R on March 10, 2009, 3:55 GMT

    Kamram Abbasi has nailed it again. Yes..nobody can predict a terrorist attack...yes...It can happen anywhere. But isn't that the very point...BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST. But what is more nauseating than the security failure is the ridiculous behaviour of Mr.Butt. He is not even man enough to accept the fact that the security failure occured, and keeps repeating that policemen died. While their death is a great tragedy, it was also a lot of luck that more lives were not lost. Who will accept the guaranties of a man who is so demented as to file a 'FORMAL COMPLAINT' with ICC against an official who was the victim of this inefficiency.Is there not a sane person ...a man with integrity and honesty in the entire PCB.

  • Kool Kat on March 10, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    Well put, Kamran. Mr. Butt has shown no sensitivity.Besides hiding behind the alibi of the dead policemen and throwing a tantrum in general, he has done nothing. It is time the President of Pakistan clears the air about the non-existent Presidential security. It is clear that the whole attack had insider help (much like Mumbai 26/11). Expecting a team to return in 6-9 months is impossible. Let Pakistan keep such a deadline to catch the perpetrators and sentence them accordingly. I really doubt that would happen.

  • Avi Singh on March 10, 2009, 4:36 GMT

    Yes Ijaz Butt is completely out of order, this is all part of his plan to deflect attention away from the real problems and the impotence of the PCB. There is a very good article by David Leggat in the New Zealand Herald about this.

  • Ahmed Z Khan on March 10, 2009, 4:40 GMT

    Well said, Mr. Abbasi; It is a sad reality that the PCB and government officials have become so shameless that no one has lost their job, and at the same time they blame everyone else, including the victims. A useless cricketer, and now it turns out and even more useless administrator, Ijaz Butt had the chance to salvage some dignity for Pakistan by saying the right things, even if they weren't followed up by actions. He's failed in even that, and in doing so has made it impossible for myself and other Pakistani's to defend the nation against criticism.

  • Sanjay on March 10, 2009, 5:00 GMT

    Kamran, a truthful perspective. Both Ijaz Butt and Inderjit Singh Bindra (special adviser to the ICC) are both stating openly that cricket will be held in Pakistant within the next 6-9 months. Yes we would all like that to happen. But do we really think that is going to happen. Unfortunately the PCB and the ICC are both fundamentally missing the point in all of this. They are not capable making decisions and make no effort in being accountable and taking responsibility for the game and it's key shareholders. One can never move forward until there is accountability, acknowledgement to help a rational assessment of what went wrong and what can be done to prevent it. Instead there is talk of removing Chris Broad and that the umpires and match officials were over reacting. An opportunity has been missed once again to move forward.

  • Umar Dallas TX on March 10, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    Seriously this guy Butt is a joker. His stupid comments are an embarrasment for the whole nation. Maybe the teams will start touring Pakistan again in the next 6 months in his dreams because I dont see anyone touring there for the next 10 years atleast and they have every reason to that.

    This idiot should admit his failure and resign with dignity. As Imran Khan rightly pointed out that even our stupid, corrupt ministers have better security arrangements. Broad and the umpires have every right to lambast the security arranagements. This sucker Butt not only betrayed the ICC and the cricketing world but also the people of Pakistan by promising Presidential level security for the guests but instead having 10 timid policemen guarding an international team.

    Where were the army trained commandos, bullet proof coach and the entrouge of security vehicles surrounding the coach ?