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A legal battle where nobody wins

Kamran Abbasi



It might be legally flawed or it might not but the ICC's decision to withdraw World Cup matches from Pakistan was hardly a surprise. The simple fact that sets Pakistan's situation apart from other troubled countries is that the Pakistani authorities promised presidential level security but failed to provide it. There might be conflict in the rest of Asia but none of Pakistan's neighbours has made empty security promises. It is a situation without a saving grace or a get-out-of-jail card.

Under these circumstances, it is hard to see any cricketer or cricket board trusting the PCB and the Pakistan Government in the immediate future. This depressing reality will be hard to accept for Pakistan fans, especially those who will be cheering on the PCB's latest legal battle.

But the PCB's complaint will produce no winners, nor will it persuade anybody to tour Pakistan. The only beneficial outcome for Pakistan cricket might be that the ICC could be forced to put together a hefty compensation package. Either way, this legal stupidity will add further evidence to the view held by potential tourists that the PCB has lost touch with reality.

Instead, the PCB should push for Pakistan's matches to be relocated to Dubai and UAE. Yes, all Pakistan cricket fans want international teams to return but that is a misplaced hope for the next World Cup considering the current conflict within Pakistan. Now is the time for pragmatism, and relocation is the PCB's best option.

Now is also the time to make sure that all PCB communications are professionally prepared. The quality of the statement issued by Ijaz Butt suggests that it had not been vetted by the PCB's England-based lawyers. A strange process considering that the PCB is launching a highly controversial, high profile legal case? But then attention to detail, proper process, and political judgment are attributes that this current PCB regime has been especially incapable of mastering.

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

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Posted by Priest on (December 23, 2011, 2:33 GMT)

This shows real expertise. Thanks for the anwesr.

Posted by AVIDFAN on (May 9, 2010, 7:27 GMT)

playin in dubai is a big idiotic idea.. this is not going to happen as players wont be going more than 1000kms just to play one match an come bck to the sub-continent for another...so that solution is out-200%... and pakistan deserves to lose their status to hold the world cup.. they should even face a ban..not because it holds extremists in its country..but because it failed miserably in providing security to the team..

Teams touring india , sri lanka are given more than presidential security at all times..what was the meagre security provided by the pCB?

Posted by nadia on (June 20, 2009, 17:48 GMT)

just one more to go pakistan. you can do it younus khan. may Allah help you all.

Posted by vikram on (May 14, 2009, 21:46 GMT)

the only motive for PCB to launch the legal case is manage somwhow to get as much compensation as possible i.e. it is just trying to blackmail ICC. this is now openly accepted! For its every failure all pakistanis want is to blame India/BCCI. This is a sickening trend and it just makes realise rest of the world how much as a nation this country has indeed deteriorated. same is the attutude in the so called war on terror, where demands hjave been made to rest of the world to pay for all the mess this country is in.

Posted by Syed, Dallas USA on (May 14, 2009, 14:53 GMT)

Kamran , I have only seen your most Colum on Pakistan cricket so I assume you a columnist who represent Pakistan cricket interest, well still waiting to see one!! Well Cricket is followed in and outside Pakistan by a large number of the Pakistanis, ICL introduction of Lahore Badshah was purely to interact more viewers from Pakistan. Cricket has a large financial benefit for the member countries and the ICC, I am a big supporter of the game and like to watch at all level but I feel that PCB was shoulder out by the influenced cricket board in this case and the due process was not carried out, PCB did poor for not voting on the matter but that should not allow the world body to ignore millions of cricket lovers in Pakistan, most of us like to see 14 games are played in a alternative venues instead of going into SL, BANG, or IND or else PCB pulling out of this competition, Period…

Posted by Samir, India on (May 14, 2009, 13:43 GMT)

Your India fixation is touching guys ... but you can relax on one front ... We really don't think so much about you.

We have much bigger fish to fry, You are really not too significant at the moment.

Ehsan is anyway on PCB's payroll as their representative in the current issue, I wonder why Butt didn't say that being on the inside, I didn't know past presidents of ICC were privy to discussions that happened after their time... That means what Ehsan Mani says is pure conjecture ..

You can go back to playing your silly little games.

Ifr BCCI had really wanted, they could have conducted the whole world cup in India in the first place, which in hindsight would have been a darn better idea rather being this benevolent neighbourhood strongman.

PCB's saying that there's no problem is like Tariq Aziz saying that Saddam was in control when you could see the american tanks parked behind him..

Posted by Chacha on (May 14, 2009, 13:32 GMT)

@ jumbodumbo

You should work on your spelling and grammer before taking snipes at other!

Posted by Irfan Rizvi on (May 14, 2009, 9:35 GMT)

I totally agree with shabut that the matter is not the Srilankan team incident teams has been refusing to visit Pakistan since long time back, Even when other teams tours were very successful, BCCI's strategy is aligned with Indian Govt strategy to isolate Pakistan on all fronts, and there are enough proofs to back this claim, In my opinion PCB is right to fight for this case even though they will not get anything out of it but atleast Tell ICC/BCCI that we wont sit quiet on all their misdeeds.

Posted by Rauf on (May 14, 2009, 9:21 GMT)

Reading what Ehsan Mani had to say about this legal case at http://content.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/404277.html it is pretty much confirmed that India led the way in Asian bloc to dump Pakistan unceramoniously. No wonder Indians are shouting the loudest against this legal case in all the cricinfo blogs. I hope PCB has finally realized that BCCI is not to be trusted. They should have realized this a long time ago. Perhaps they wouldn't be in this much mess at this point.

Posted by VRao on (May 14, 2009, 7:30 GMT)

I am amazed at how the Pakistan establishment always complain to the rest of the world about being treated unfairly. There is no positive action on the incident . Agreed it is not the cricket board responsiblity but the govt - but atleast they can put pressure on them. At least if they had captured/ or even identified one terrorist from the many who attacked the Sri lankan cricketers, it would have given some proof that the Pakistan police is existing and alive! Till now nobody is talking of them . Let me remind that they walked freely after the incident - they did not try to hide themselves. In this scenario how can anyone beleive the promises of security by Paksitan government

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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