Politics May 29, 2009

Cricket crunch will kill this great sport

Cricket is in danger of overkill, and the IPL and its imitators in other countries are playing a major part
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The ICC looks to have lost control of the governance of the game and its ordered global development © Getty Images
 

The drum beats of the World T20 are beginning to sound. The last gripping tournament already seems a distant memory. World cricket has been transformed in these last two years as has the political situation in Pakistan. While the English media talk of this world tournament as little more than a precursor to the Ashes series that will follow, Pakistan cricket will view the next few weeks with the utmost importance.

My hope is that the World T20 will restore some perspective, some romance and fascination. We do now have a glut of fixtures and contests, and this development has been too fast, too haphazard, and driven too much by greed. Worse still, the ICC looks to have lost control of the governance of the game and its ordered global development. Cricket's administrators and television companies have lost sight of what is important.

By comparison, football has bowed to some degree to similar pressures but it has managed to preserve a sense of theatre and surprise. FIFA, for all its stifling bureaucracy, manages to enforce a rigid order which means that no national association is bigger than the sport's governing body. Cricket has suffered the rule of the English and Australians, and now sits at the mercy of India. Such individual force is a bigger problem in cricket than football. No country should be bigger than the sport.

Cricket's world is smaller than football's, a few nations playing repeatedly against each other, a few players reliving familiar combats. A glut in football can be accommodated by the sheer number of top-level participants. A glut in cricket removes the thrill and surprise of the game, and ultimately removes viewers and spectators.

Take this week's European Champions' League final for example. Despite the volume of matches played this year across Europe, Barcelona's contest with Manchester United carried the excitement of the unknown, and the delicious taste of a sporting treat--indeed, doubly so for me and my fellow supporters of Liverpool.

Cricket is in danger of overkill, and the IPL and its imitators in other countries are playing a major part. We require a formula that preserves the novelty of encounters. The familiarity of combatants will breed contempt among viewers.

I am a fan of T20 and to my surprise I enjoyed last year's IPL tournament. I have been unable to watch this year's tournament because my concern is that Pakistan and its cricketers are being systematically marginalised by certain elements of the international cricket community. The removal of Pakistan's champions from the planned T20 Champions League tournament is further evidence to support that view. I find it hard to watch tournaments from which Pakistan's players have been deliberately excluded.

The final responsibility for this disorder in world cricket must rest with the ICC. The game we love is being devalued. This is not the fault of T20 or cricketers. It is the fault of administrators, television moguls, and businessmen, to whom short-term financial returns matter more than a long-term vision of a successful sport. This is the cricket crunch that will lead to a collapse in viewers and eventually funding. Who will put the brakes on this mismanaged juggernaut heading for a crash?

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

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  • Vicky on June 6, 2009, 5:41 GMT

    Bilal,

    if, whatever you said about IPL final, is right then its very unfortunate. I agree to that point. That is not the gentlemanship. Here the players and to some extent Mr. Modi is wrong.

    But I dont agree to the author that margnalization of Pak-cricket is because of BCCI and Modi. I dont want to repeat the reason quoted by some of the readers earlier.

    Cheers.

  • Shashi on June 5, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is suffering because of the hypocrisy of the PCB and also because their fans by and large fail to recognize this very fact. Stop blaming other bodies for not helping you. You have to pick urselves up. There is no US Aid coming in here for you folks.. lol

    P.S:"Improve china cricket" someone said, just like ur foriegn policy eh!!!

  • bilal on June 4, 2009, 15:04 GMT

    the article is written in the right spirit and percieved in a negative one. the money involved in the game has contributed to a culture that we cannot subscribe to. BCCI made a lot of fuss when ponting brushed aside sharad pawar a few yrs ago at closing ceremony. yet no one ever mentioned what IPL management did to Jacob zuma, the South African President at IPL closing ceremony. he was made to stand for 30 minutes in a ceremony not befitting a head of dtate. then a few players didnt even shake his extended hand. What was glaringly visible was the attention being paid to Lalit Modi by the players while he was standing by the side of South African President. Some were even sharing the smiles with Modi while shaking hands with Jacob Zuma. Where have all the gentlemen gone? i wonder---sold out to big money bosses!!! the allegiance of the players to the game and their respective nations is seriously in wuestion here

  • Siddharth on June 4, 2009, 13:05 GMT

    Firstly, c'mon guys...do remember we are sports fans here. We can surely debate without insulting each other's nations. And surely our sport needs India and Pakistan equally. The sooner Indo-Pak (and PCB-BCCI) relations improve, the better. Hopefully, Tanvir and others will be back for IPL-3 and CL-2.

    On Kamran's main point, I disagree that we already have overkill, or that it is nigh. For eg. fans (on this site as well as elsewhere) are still eagerly looking forward to the T20 WC, just after the IPL. And bilateral test and ODIs are still spread out enough that respective fans await and enjoy them. Overkill is definitely a risk to be guarded against; but as long as hungry new talent keeps getting opportunities and stars choose tourneys selectively, we will still have quality cricket. And satisfied viewers.

  • Vicky on June 4, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    Mr. Ayaz Farooqi, India thrashed Pakistan by 9 wkts in warm-up game. Now, what you wanna say??? Be used to Indian Dominance!!!! Its just an advise. But I want to see Pakistanis play well too.

    Cheers

  • Siddharth on June 3, 2009, 8:48 GMT

    On the IPL and the CL, all I'll say is (regardless of who is responsible) it is rather sad that Sohail Tanvir and others have missed out. I hope Indo-Pak relations will improve, and we'll be able to host the Pak players again in IPL-3.

    Many comments here are quite disappointing. But I'm glad to see there are others who have shown restraint and decency to the other side.

    On Kamran's main point, I don't believe we currently have cricket overkill, but I concede it is a risk to be guarded against going forward. Hopefully, more tournaments will mean more opportunities for new cricketers to emerge, so that the overall talent pool expands, and top cricketers won't get burnt out.

  • wakeel on June 3, 2009, 7:21 GMT

    to Mr.Kamran, i dont know y i am having a feeling that a football die-hard fan has been asked to comment about cricket.Anyways the most alarming thing that i read in this para is 'pakistan is been systematically marganlised',someone has to do sumthing about that. not the icc nor pcb, this time its our players who should perform and show their value to the world. and thats soo true that for us pakistanis, IPL has lost its value just because our stars arent featuring.

  • CricLover on June 2, 2009, 5:59 GMT

    Prakash, My dear can u pls explain what u meant? So, heres one for u; An ant grows wings before it dies.

  • Ayaz F. Farooqi on June 2, 2009, 3:27 GMT

    to eon: We will answer your jibes with the power of bat and ball. The day is not far when we will make you bite the dust. Arrogance takes no one too far, and perhaps you Indians are not used to dominance and superamacy in the world of cricket. That's why this brief phase of power is going to your head. We will now see you on the cricket field!!!

  • Nabil on June 1, 2009, 21:57 GMT

    "This is not the fault of T20 or cricketers. It is the fault of administrators, television moguls, and businessmen, to whom short-term financial returns matter more than a long-term vision of a successful sport." the above paragraph is what Kamran Abbasi intended to highlight, i think! but just 1 para mentioning Pakistan and it's curre nt scenario gets the most highlighted by the readers. Take it easy everyone. :)

  • Vicky on June 6, 2009, 5:41 GMT

    Bilal,

    if, whatever you said about IPL final, is right then its very unfortunate. I agree to that point. That is not the gentlemanship. Here the players and to some extent Mr. Modi is wrong.

    But I dont agree to the author that margnalization of Pak-cricket is because of BCCI and Modi. I dont want to repeat the reason quoted by some of the readers earlier.

    Cheers.

  • Shashi on June 5, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is suffering because of the hypocrisy of the PCB and also because their fans by and large fail to recognize this very fact. Stop blaming other bodies for not helping you. You have to pick urselves up. There is no US Aid coming in here for you folks.. lol

    P.S:"Improve china cricket" someone said, just like ur foriegn policy eh!!!

  • bilal on June 4, 2009, 15:04 GMT

    the article is written in the right spirit and percieved in a negative one. the money involved in the game has contributed to a culture that we cannot subscribe to. BCCI made a lot of fuss when ponting brushed aside sharad pawar a few yrs ago at closing ceremony. yet no one ever mentioned what IPL management did to Jacob zuma, the South African President at IPL closing ceremony. he was made to stand for 30 minutes in a ceremony not befitting a head of dtate. then a few players didnt even shake his extended hand. What was glaringly visible was the attention being paid to Lalit Modi by the players while he was standing by the side of South African President. Some were even sharing the smiles with Modi while shaking hands with Jacob Zuma. Where have all the gentlemen gone? i wonder---sold out to big money bosses!!! the allegiance of the players to the game and their respective nations is seriously in wuestion here

  • Siddharth on June 4, 2009, 13:05 GMT

    Firstly, c'mon guys...do remember we are sports fans here. We can surely debate without insulting each other's nations. And surely our sport needs India and Pakistan equally. The sooner Indo-Pak (and PCB-BCCI) relations improve, the better. Hopefully, Tanvir and others will be back for IPL-3 and CL-2.

    On Kamran's main point, I disagree that we already have overkill, or that it is nigh. For eg. fans (on this site as well as elsewhere) are still eagerly looking forward to the T20 WC, just after the IPL. And bilateral test and ODIs are still spread out enough that respective fans await and enjoy them. Overkill is definitely a risk to be guarded against; but as long as hungry new talent keeps getting opportunities and stars choose tourneys selectively, we will still have quality cricket. And satisfied viewers.

  • Vicky on June 4, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    Mr. Ayaz Farooqi, India thrashed Pakistan by 9 wkts in warm-up game. Now, what you wanna say??? Be used to Indian Dominance!!!! Its just an advise. But I want to see Pakistanis play well too.

    Cheers

  • Siddharth on June 3, 2009, 8:48 GMT

    On the IPL and the CL, all I'll say is (regardless of who is responsible) it is rather sad that Sohail Tanvir and others have missed out. I hope Indo-Pak relations will improve, and we'll be able to host the Pak players again in IPL-3.

    Many comments here are quite disappointing. But I'm glad to see there are others who have shown restraint and decency to the other side.

    On Kamran's main point, I don't believe we currently have cricket overkill, but I concede it is a risk to be guarded against going forward. Hopefully, more tournaments will mean more opportunities for new cricketers to emerge, so that the overall talent pool expands, and top cricketers won't get burnt out.

  • wakeel on June 3, 2009, 7:21 GMT

    to Mr.Kamran, i dont know y i am having a feeling that a football die-hard fan has been asked to comment about cricket.Anyways the most alarming thing that i read in this para is 'pakistan is been systematically marganlised',someone has to do sumthing about that. not the icc nor pcb, this time its our players who should perform and show their value to the world. and thats soo true that for us pakistanis, IPL has lost its value just because our stars arent featuring.

  • CricLover on June 2, 2009, 5:59 GMT

    Prakash, My dear can u pls explain what u meant? So, heres one for u; An ant grows wings before it dies.

  • Ayaz F. Farooqi on June 2, 2009, 3:27 GMT

    to eon: We will answer your jibes with the power of bat and ball. The day is not far when we will make you bite the dust. Arrogance takes no one too far, and perhaps you Indians are not used to dominance and superamacy in the world of cricket. That's why this brief phase of power is going to your head. We will now see you on the cricket field!!!

  • Nabil on June 1, 2009, 21:57 GMT

    "This is not the fault of T20 or cricketers. It is the fault of administrators, television moguls, and businessmen, to whom short-term financial returns matter more than a long-term vision of a successful sport." the above paragraph is what Kamran Abbasi intended to highlight, i think! but just 1 para mentioning Pakistan and it's curre nt scenario gets the most highlighted by the readers. Take it easy everyone. :)

  • shan on June 1, 2009, 20:34 GMT

    i dont really understand this blog. It's called 'Pak Spin', ostensibly focusing on a team that has played a handful of times in the past two years, and here the author is arguing against too much cricket.

  • Poor Pakistan on June 1, 2009, 19:18 GMT

    Here's the deal guys! You talk about 'certain' elements affecting Pakistan cricket. Lets see who that might be... Last year Shoaib Akhtar got such a welcome into India( nothing short of a red carpet welcome) and flashed all over the Indian media... for cricketing reasons mind you. This year, the PCB can't even afford to give their own player some privacy... 'genital warts'. I wonder if PCB has a more malignant wart among themselves. Perhaps PCB would have been better served diplomatically than through blunt misconception. Time for self assessment i think!!

  • EYE OPENER (Part 2) on June 1, 2009, 18:59 GMT

    look how their media immediately started blaming Pakistan for Mumbai Attacks, look how a Pakistani comedian was attacked, look how a Pakistani Singer in Sa Re Ga Ma went from Hero to Zero and run back to Pakistan. Look how a journalist meeting was attacked recently,and many more. I used to justify, I used to defend…..I never did beleive the blames which governments used to put on each other. But now these comments here,,,I can’t imagine these are from that general public. Today, sitting in my room, I am crying my friends, I really am. This article was one of the articles, many Indians writers across the web write such things, Indian newspapers, also Pakistani papers, keep writing such things. Every one is free to write and comment. Why so much poison in your comments my friends ????. I admit, I have lost, I have lost. This is our young generation, future looks bleak. I never knew, our generation can have still so much posion.

  • EYE OPENER on June 1, 2009, 18:53 GMT

    Good, Good, Comments of my Indian freinds . Eye Opener for me (yes, me, still a preacher of Pak , India friendship). When some some people in Pakistan, talk against India,,,,, I always used to oppose them. I used to tell them that normal public in India is not like this. They love Pakistani singers, Pakistani Players, Waseem, Shoaib, imran. People blamed Pakistani governments for leaning towards India. I used to say we need it, Indian people and Pakistani people should come closer. I remember the time when Indians would come to see series in Pakistan, in the streets of Lahore, I used to meet them. We used to talk about love, friendship. I used to become more optimistic. People tried to remind me, what people did in Calcutta when Pakistan was winning a test match (people were not ready to accept that Sachin was OUT), look what they did when India was losing to Srilanka in a world cup semifinal, look how someone dugout the pitch in Delhi, still Pakistani team visited there(part1)

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 1, 2009, 16:20 GMT

    Mr. eon. What the outer world thinks do not means its always right, clear. Plus the people who forget their pasts (like you)... what can I say about them, those who use their past experiences succeed. Na kay just spend their energies for propagating and conspiracies purpose.

  • Irfan on June 1, 2009, 16:09 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha, what a cracker of an article! Everybody is doing their best to slap the blame on the other i.e. Paks and Indians! Well done Kamran! Regardless of the outpouring it is still a point of view guys! Whether it is written by a man named Kamran Abbasi or Sambit Bal fact that where they come from doesn't change a thing as to what their point of view is. End of the day some people will agree with it and others wouldn’t! Don’t be potty mouths. Keep some semblance of propriety and decency on this blog.their opinions.

  • Surprize on June 1, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    Why does cricinfo allow comments on these articles? What have these 100 rambling ill informed shouters added to Kamran Abbasi's piece?

    Please cricinfo, lose the comments; they are merely the dregs and tea leaves at bottom of the cup, this sort of nationalistic tit-for-tat nonsense has no place on a self-respecting sports platform.

  • Sriram on June 1, 2009, 15:33 GMT

    Regardless of what one thinks of Kamran's opinions here, it is quite sad to see that all discussions involving feedback on an article related to India and Pakistan somehow degenerates into the same jingoistic vitriol. The residue that is left behind is the same regardless of the topic or opinion.

    I think all Indians and Pakistanis need to take a few deep breaths and get a small amount of perspective before cutting loose.

    For the record, I do not agree with everything Kamran has said in this piece. But I do repect his opinions and it is a respect developed over years of reading his pieces on cricinfo, regardless of whether I agreed with him on every single one of those articles or not.

  • pakwillwinthist20 on June 1, 2009, 15:19 GMT

    man... to all the indians.. lets face it.. the entire subcontinent is not safe.. maybe except Sri Lanka!! all hail lanka!! to all Pakistan supporters.. lets face it heads up, BCCI is incharge of the ICC, there is NOTHING that we can do about it, .. EXCEPT.. win everything that comes our way and make our presence felt... lets start with this world cup, and follow it up with wins in sri lanka and a win or two in Australia would certainly help our cause... AND let them (india) have the world cup..here india take it!! go on.. take take!! the best possible revenge would be to win on indian soil!!

    Ps ""Posted by: desi-wd-attitude at May 31, 2009 12:33 PM

    only one question to mustafa moiz-how many nobel prize winners or booker prize winners have pakistan produced?? take ur time mate, u hv all the time in ur life to think abt it....lol""

    man we produced one.. you produced a dozen?two dozen? given the rate that u guys multiply its probably close to three dozen... who cares..u have srisanth

  • Tafseer on June 1, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    Reality is no one above the cricket and its has to be simple instead making difficult to understand who is playing what, we should close these type of games like world eleven, asian elven, IPLC, ICL etc… it’s just monopoly and because of this its spoiling the cricket image also icc should involve other country for cricket.

  • Ashwin on June 1, 2009, 12:19 GMT

    Pakistan don't want BCCI and they don't want to host the world cup in INDIA,SRI LANKA,BANGLADESH b'coz of security concerns.Why the hell do they want to participate in IPL or CL..??For what reason they are extremely displeased..??For them IPL is JOKE.Let it be.For them IPL is match-fixing.Let it be.All these problems started b'coz of Pakistani government.There is a old saying "When you are pointing your finger on other person three of your own fingers point yourself".Forget blaming BCCI.Forget blaming ICC.Pakistan is the reason for it's own downfall."BLAME YOURSELF"

  • Adam on June 1, 2009, 11:39 GMT

    I think the idea of "overkill" is a gross simplification. What we need to avoid is too many meaningless games. T20 is a great version of cricket, but spectators will only enjoy watching it, and players will only enjoy playing it if the games have context.

    What we need to avoid is a situation where there are several competing tournaments, no-one is sure which is the "real deal" and the confounded public ends up watching none of them. Lets have a sensible and well organised calendar including:

    A world cup every four years, interspersed with international best-of-3 series which count for qualification and rankings (so they actually mean something).

    One Indian domestic league in March/April One Southern hemisphere domestic league in January/February One English domestic league in June/July One champions league in October

    Best of four test series which are arranged in between.

    Far fewer ODIs (best-of-3 series only) - but again with seedings for the 50 over world cup up for grabs.

  • Prashanth on June 1, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    I see a lot of hate from both Indian's and Pakistani's. Hope we all take a leaf out of Gandhi or Jesus and make our lives better and learn to love and respect all and self introspect before blaming others(both paties). Good luck

  • world citizen on June 1, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    I have been reading all the comments with keen interest. As a neutral observer I would like to make these points 1. IPL is an overkill of cricket and the beneficiaries are mainly BCCI and its sponsors. In the long run it will be damaging for the game, BCCI should recognise this sooner rather than later (which they will not) 2. You can never eliminate politics from sports and there are countless examples of that. Unless Pakistan's political situation improves no country is ever going to tour Pakistan. 3. Most Pakistani cricket followers are upset, and rightly so about Pakistan been marginalised from international cricket. At the same time they all have a complete lack of insight about the problems facing their country. Please recognise that there is a problem brewing within Pakistan which if not tackled will quickly engulf the whole country.

  • Prakash on June 1, 2009, 5:41 GMT

    A fox, upon failing to find a way to reach grapes hanging high up on a vine, retreated and said: "The grapes are sour anyway!" The moral is " It is easy to despise what you cannot get"

    @ Shahzad : Bro, who gave Red Chillies and Where..

  • eon on June 1, 2009, 5:24 GMT

    to Ali Khan: That has been your problem. You never think to strengthen yourself, your always main aim is to bring down Ind and see where you are today.

    to Irfan Rizvi: Mind your own business. Let BCCI do what they think is best. Why do you think when guys like you cursing bcci for whatever reasons and still bcci should do favors to pcb?

    to Murtaza Moin: You live in past. Not so god for you. It doesn't matter what you think. What the outside world thinks is what matters. And we both know what they think. So keep counting... I am sure you will find some more.. good luck

  • Ayaz F. Farooqi on June 1, 2009, 4:44 GMT

    Kamran I think your Indian readers seem to be relishing the fact that Pakistan is deliberately and systematically marginalized from world cricket. This current Feel Good factor in India has much to do with the current crisis we find ourselves in. Just like you Kamran, I also refused to watch the IPL and believe me I wasn't the only one who boycotted this entertainement called IPL. Pakistan cricket has strong foundation and a glorious background. I am sure Kamran that soon Pakistan cricket will rise from the ashes and yet become a force to reckon with in world cricket, a force which once used to play at par with the best world cricket had to offer. Hail Pakistan Cricket!

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 1, 2009, 3:32 GMT

    Thats a good idea to promote China Cricket. It will give a blow to some of the biased cricket boards.

  • Vilas on May 31, 2009, 22:21 GMT

    Simple logic will expose Kamran and other Pakistani supporters hypocracy. PCB wants 2011 to be moved out of subcontinent as they claim security situation is dangeorus to play cricket in India, SL and B'desh. But they are very willing to participate in CL and given the opening will come crawling to play in IPL 3 in India.

    Did anybody cared if there were no Pakistani players in IPL 2? IPL 2 was a huge success despite logistic involved.

    Also the claim that Pakistani marginelization will be end of cricket is self grandiose idea. SA was banned from any cricket for close to 30 years. Did international cricket collasp?

    Listening to Pakistani supportes whinning is waste. If they do not like what BCCI is doing then do not play with India or Indian sponsored tournaments. Take your business somewhere else where you think you will be more welcome. Pakistanis supportes/commentrators are from ilk who believe Head I win/Tail you lose. No logic.

  • Ali Khan on May 31, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    Nobody is stopping PCB or even Pakistani Govt. to promote Pakistani cricket team. Instead of showing disbelief every time ICC shuns Pakistan, why not beat the system? Why not play cash making tournaments in Canada, Malaysia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, and other places? Why not try to takeover Chinese cricket administration and promote the Chinese to counter India and Australia and South Africa? I say flood the Chinese cricket market. Make agreements with Chinese Govt. to provide them top class Pakistani cricketers so they can become a cricket power? Why not do the same with Saudi cricket?

    If PCB can get rich and powerful nations such as China and Saudi Arabia and USA on their sides, then it will forever diminsh the arrogant powers of others.

  • Irfan Rizvi on May 31, 2009, 17:59 GMT

    All so similar excuses from indians here, below are some facts which might clear your misconceptions if you really want to do so 1. Pakistan govt stopped its players from playing in India not in IPL 2. As someone said IPL is Indian and it holds the rights to exclude anyone, then why give lame excuses say this on face , cut out the hypocrisy, why you pushed PCB to ban ICL players then?? 3. if IPL is Indian so is ICL now explain me the treatment the ICL "Indian" players are getting. 4. Is Champions League also "Indian", if yes then why dont u call it ICL :P, 5. Why was Sialkot excluded even without an inquiry on whether they can play or not. 6. Someone made a point about Wasim Akram getting indian cheques and taking pot shot, so you mean when you pay some one they have to lick your balls???. Atleast Indians shouldnt be saying this , with NRIs even living in Antartica. 7. If we have Miandad, you have Modi, crazy guys with wrong personnal opinions in very important positions,

    Cheers !

  • Murtaza Moiz on May 31, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    Where can you say India is safer. About 140 independent movements are going on there and you're saying its safe. Even in the election riots news were seen and you're saying India is safe. The first assassination of any PM was from India who was killed by a suicidal attack from Tamils and you're saying its safe. Aaah! First keep your home clean and than point fingers on others. Even in 21st Century you people have casts system and do not like sitting with the people of lower cast and than you're saying India's safe. India is safe that's why 140+ independent movements are going on there! Huh

  • arshid on May 31, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    I totally agree with Kamran. I think Pakistan should play Australia, England and other teams and totally ignore BCCI. We at our best time supported BCCI too much but they BCCI have lost sense now............ Come on Pakistan Team, you are the best

  • aftab on May 31, 2009, 16:33 GMT

    i think we should forget about nt being in da ipl or the cl, but rather foucs on da 20/20 wc, where we should try to win it, n show we still gd team. u say in ur blog dat u didnt watch dis years ipl, but i think it dont matter if all the pakistnai people didnt watch it, da fact it still contained playersd from other major 6-7 countries, which it still gonna attract alot of people. Im a pakistani but still even i believe playing in pakistan is not safe yet. but i think icc should tranfer pakistan matches to ethier dubai or abu dubai, which i think would be more wiser descion, as it ensures pakistan matches r being palyed in a safe place n pakistan doesnt suffer financally, da way bcci wants it to.

  • shahzad on May 31, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    Well done Kamran, you have given red chilies to likes of Prakash (at the top of list in comments). Well done. I feel really bad when PCB idiots did not include Imran Nazir and AbdurRazaq (two best 20 players on the earth) in world cup squad only because to make BCCI (idiots) happy. Shame on you Ijaz butt

  • Murtaza Moiz on May 31, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    and Pakistanis, why are you crying for not included in the IPL and CL, even their good Old Mr. Lalit Modi has admitted some matches of IPL Tamasha II were fixed, so why getting yourself fatigue with this stupid version of Indo T20. The RBS National T20 was more worth to watch watching more number of sixes and fours in 4 day tournament than the headache 1.5 months of tournament, including the innings of Imran Nazir and other ICL Pakistani players there. Try to give importance to your own thing.

  • Fraz on May 31, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    I 100% agree to usman. Cricket is put in to a state to suffer in the hands of socalled politics.

    How can one call a competition champion's league without champions. If they want to retain the title they should ask ICC to sell this title to them with their wealth no need to organise a drama.

  • desi-wd-attitude on May 31, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    by the way you are talkin abt cricketing overkill when your team is playing a test match after 13 monthes...lol. tht was seriously hilarious kamran,tc

  • desi-wd-attitude on May 31, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    only one question to mustafa moiz-how many nobel prize winners or booker prize winners have pakistan produced?? take ur time mate, u hv all the time in ur life to think abt it....lol

  • Vimalan on May 31, 2009, 11:39 GMT

    I heard that Pakistanis are always funny and the post from this author and his poor fellow countrymen prove exactly that.

  • MS Hussain on May 31, 2009, 11:37 GMT

    Totally agree with Kamran, India should try not to follow in the steps of U. S. of America and marginalize it self by trying to create Indian Sports by share monitory power. Look at them where they are in terms of real world Sports (Soccer etc) & in turn as they couldn't walk the walk with rest of the world have created number of WORLD SERIES in sports which are not played any where else in the world. Well coming to the point Just a quick one how many Olympic Gold medals india has one in comparison to the population. One should not try to throw to throw his weight just for the sake of it but do some thing constructive before you loose the weight. & this T20 World Cup will be the proving point, don't worry about it

  • devesh prakash on May 31, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    Who stopped you from coming into IPL :D You were always invited. It is your board and your government that had problem.

    And please stop thinking and acting like a victim.... accept the truth that no cricketer would want to travel to Pakistan in present circumstances....Though i would love if that happens in recent future.....But players do have a family and noone would want to play being scared all the time....

    Hatred is not a solution to anything....

  • Aamir Akhund on May 31, 2009, 11:09 GMT

    "Cricket has suffered the rule of the English and Australians, and now sits at the mercy of India. Such individual force is a bigger problem in cricket than football. No country should be bigger than the sport." I think Kamran has put his whole messege in this one particular paragraph. And all you Indian cricket board lovers please be a litle rational in your analysis of the problems being faced by the Pakistani cricket. And the latest blow of not including one of the best T20 teams( Sialkot can be ranked up with any team in the world) in the champions leage is a killer. Mr. Modi shame on you.

  • sankar on May 31, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    get your facts right mr.abassi, it is govt of pak restricted entryto india , not bcci. dont cry over the spilt milk

  • Ehjaz Afzal on May 31, 2009, 10:47 GMT

    To most of the indians posting the comments! there is something called "mirror", check it out see yourself in it and then try to be objective which obviously you can not. Too much of "commercial" cricket is definitely not going to improve the state of cricket.....

  • THE CHAMP IS HERE! on May 31, 2009, 10:38 GMT

    Why on earth the Indians cannot tolerate a piece of truth and reality called Pakistan?? Nehru said in 1947, that Pakistan will die in 6 months. Its been more than 6 decades now, and still his countrymen write Pakistan is a failed state, that too on a sport's website.

    Dear Indians, before calling Pakistan the 'nexus of evil' and all that crap, can any one of you please tell me what your dozen odd consulates are doing in Afghanistan, that too on its eastern borders?? And you quite fondly talk of Pakistan's involvement on Mumbai attacks. Let me clarify, those were non-state actors. Let me also tell you that last year Pakistan released a state-sent terrorist by the name of Kashmir Singh. One more singh is waiting in Pakistani prison for his execution. Now, which state is sponsoring terrorism??

    Its high time that the Indians start also acting in a democratic fashion, rather than blurting out all the verbosity and accept the existence of Pakistan (and its cricket team:))!

  • Henrik Marlo, Denmark on May 31, 2009, 9:28 GMT

    Fun to read these fixed mindset comments but its so obvious that non has the depth to touch the reality. 1) After 26/11 terror attack, the short term situation for pakistanis on tour to india, was dangrous, so those pakistanis ran back to their country and Pakistan didn't allow her crickters to visit India IN THAT SITUATION. Every indian knows that situation and is aware of the reality. BUT BCCI (i'll India) goes on to use that to keep their political leverage on Pakistan. 2) Lahore attacks may be conducted by India to further isolate pakistan Pakistan (cricket is best tool to isolate masses in indo-pak). 3) India is playing all dirty games in gentlemans game and has taken over all the powers of ICC. People in ICC and most of the national boards are hostage to money muscles. 4) Yes its right that IPL is a domestic thing but India has no right to stand for the CL as it is a sole right of ICC to arrange such thing. ....goes on

  • KMD on May 31, 2009, 9:23 GMT

    To My Indian Hostile Neighbours ! Folloeing are the comments from an other Internation writer ;-

    " Show me the money "

    Posted 4 days, 4 hours ago in Indian Premier League

    The IPL has failed to draw a line between the entertainment provided by the cricket and the entertainment from the singing, dancing, drumming and DJ-ing. The 20-over format is enough of an entertainment spectacle on its own without the rest of the junk that has accompanied IPL matches. But then the IPL's priority has never been the cricket, it's always been money and they certainly made a lot of that in South Africa in the last five weeks, writes Stuart Hess in iol.co.za.

    ...when television starts dictating the make up of teams you may as well ask Shah Rukh Khan to pad up and hit the winning runs. When Gilchrist and the Chargers eventually lifted that ostentatious trophy the Wanderers was barely a third full. That's a damning indictment on Modi and the IPL for getting their priorities totally warped.

  • Neil Patel on May 31, 2009, 8:57 GMT

    Well done Kamran ! Your coulmn has at least exposed the true Indain face if not helped the cricet ! They just cannot digest a small comment on their board then how they might have digested the creation of Pakistan !!!! It is very simple ICC should govern the international events of Cricket not the doestic boards. What is wrong in that and why my fellow Indians have any problem in that ?

  • Roamer on May 31, 2009, 8:37 GMT

    Can someone ask Lalit Modi why did Pakistani umpires (Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf) were removed from the IPL matches? PCB didnt ban them from umpiring in India :)

    As for Indians supporters who have assumed (just like Modi) that PCB will not allow their team to travel to India for the Champions League, so under the same assumption Pakistan team cannot travel for the world cup matches too .... so why create problems for the ICC mega event and shift it away from the subcontinent :)

    As for the security in India, this is the first time in history a domestic tournament is played outside the local country due to security issues and there are substantial threats in India even Australian tennis board refused to send their team to India due to security issues for the davis cup tie.

  • George Washington on May 31, 2009, 7:30 GMT

    Th is is some pakistani cry-baby talking bad about cricket as a whole just because Pakistan are not playing more often.Pakistan cricket being marginalized is a result of poor security arrangements in pakistan itself. It hasn't been one year since SL cricketers were attacked in Pakistan and to expect people to come back to pakistan to play cricket would be foolish. And as far as champions league is concerned, there were enough doubts about pakistani government giving the players a permission to play in India. If at the last moment they are denied permission, the series will have to be rescheduled or at least invite another team, both of which aren't easy things to do. I think PCB should take this time out to set its house in place.

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on May 31, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    Amazing to see the defensive Indian reactions to what is purely a factual article. Fact 1: The IPL was NOT held in India and hence the issue of the Pakistan government not giving permission to go to India never arose. The players could have been accomodated and Sharukh Khan an Co. for one would have loved to have the services of Umer Gul given the number of close games they lost. Fact 2: Politics is a dynamic world not a static one, what happened in January may not have held in October. Modi & Co. never bothered asking the PCB if inviting a Pakistani team would be a problem or not.

    The answer to all these issues? C'mon boys win the T20 WC and show the world. Then Modi can have his "Champions League" without a team representing the World Champions! Some farcical tournament that would be!!

  • Wazi on May 31, 2009, 6:41 GMT

    I think Kamran has mentioned a very good point. BCCI is over taking ICC which is harmful for the game. and he blogs about Pakistan cricket and he has every right not to watch the games that dont concern him, just like million others.

  • DSK on May 31, 2009, 5:38 GMT

    Dear kamran and pakis, I really pity u guys.. u r the most confused people in the world.. first of all, make up ur mind of what u want.. ur govt. did not allow ur people to participate in IPL. ur officials started bad-mouthing IPL. how would u expect urself being invited for CL? try to imagine being in Lalit Modi's boots and respond to the situation and I believe u would do much worse that what Mr. Modi did. When pakis don't play it would be "CRICKET OVERKILL". What a joke by kamran. come on u r a reporter at the end of the day. such reports would degrade ur credibility.. just my 2 cents.. and to all pakis just stop being cry-babies. grow up and everyone will have a happy ending.

    Warm regards, DSK

  • AJ on May 31, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    Pakistan needs strong business leadership in PCB to put it back on track. Current PCB admin is unable to design a strategy to keep Pakistan cricket 'stronger for longer'. Shouldnt the govt. hire any succesful manager from companies like P&G or Unilever to head PCB and design a strategy to put things back on track including putting together an External Relations plan to better influence ICC and BCCI. What Pak cricket faces today is a combination of poor management.

  • Moin on May 31, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    This is reply to Mr.Kashif Aftab. Its really funny that there is a threat to Pakistani Players in India...Lol...It seems that the world media is biased...Daily there are bomb blasts in India and they are reporting that they happened in Pakistan...

    Now you can happily blame media...sorry...India

    Grow up Kid and come back in the real world...

    Better be prepared for the worst to come...No one is going to visit Pakistan for 5-6 years and no one will miss their team as well...If the IPL gets still popular, people have many teams to cheer about.

    Anyway what was Pakistani players performance in IPL...Except sohail and Gul no one played well and were not part of main team (remember younus and malik) and in the mean time Akhtar was busy with media and Asif with...(u know)...

  • Murali on May 31, 2009, 4:54 GMT

    Dear cricket fans, Please try to understand the compulsion of Kmaran Abassi to write a biased column like this. Last time he wrote bravely about the foolishness of PCBs activities in dealing with the world cup rights denial etc and drew wide spread critisism from the Pak cricket fans. Now, for his survival in Pak, he is forced to write something like this, thoough he himself knows that he has written crap.

  • khalil on May 31, 2009, 3:38 GMT

    Will someone from PCB give a reply to Lalith Modi.If India cannot play in Pak on the pretext of security,Pak should not play its WC matches in India at any cost,for the simple reason that it is not a safe country too.They have proved it themselves by moving IPL to SA.

  • Abhyuday on May 31, 2009, 3:02 GMT

    My question to kamran is that why are you publishing comments from bigoted fools from both India and Pakistan? Some indian commented about paki bowlers lacking pace and some pakistani commented about being better than indians in all aspects of life. Both are absolute perversions of truth and have no relation to the article. The blind hatred between Indians and Pakistanis don't make them see things in their true colours and sadly this has affected the Pakistanis more than the Indians. Also, I agree with kamran on the point that having IPL, PPL, EPL, APL etc all in one year will do more harm to cricket than good.

  • Aniruddha on May 31, 2009, 2:58 GMT

    Another example of begging bowl in one hand and loud mouthed trash. Pakistanis have got so used to alimony that they consider it their right.

  • Sashi on May 31, 2009, 2:13 GMT

    Get your lazy asses and do something to compete with BCCI, some one here mentioned of PPL ( to compete with IPL), lets see how many international players will Q up for PPL risking their life (whether PPL will generate revenues anyways near to those generated by IPL is a different matter all together).

    Jagjit Shah, Nice try posting, posing as an Indian name.

  • Indian on May 31, 2009, 1:51 GMT

    I think the real issue is the state the Pakistanis find themselves in, politically and as a society. It is very desperate and any psychiatrist will tell you that people in such a state will try to find someone else to blame for their woes. Which would explain all this illogical venting at India / BCCI/ Modi / IPL /CL/ ICL etc etc etc.... Well my advise to them is to get rid of the victim mentality, get some dignity and try to build their society into a workable state so they can also feel pride in their nation like we do. This takes time. Everything else will then fall in line. Venting against some other nation/society will not help the rage, it might make you feel better for some few moments. But emulating what the "enemy" has done over last 60 years will help you in the long run. And blind hatred will take you further into the depths.

    The Pakistanis are behaving the way a poor man does when not invited to a rich man's party. It is victim mentality , nothing else. -asli_desi

  • Kumar on May 31, 2009, 1:40 GMT

    All, I don't understand these comments laying BCCI and Modi responsible for all misdeeds in cricket. Is PCB not responsible for the well-being of Pakistani cricket at all? What are they doing to facilitate that? Have they done anything at all to change the view of Pak govt regarding their ban? Have they done any dialogues with BCCI to alleviate the situation? Instead, PCB seems to be more interested in publicizing the medical conditions of Shohaib and screaming at everyone including Chris Broad, Modi, BCCI, Hair, i.e, everyone except the perpetrators of their real problems.

  • Kumar on May 31, 2009, 1:39 GMT

    Rashid Khan - As far as I know, the status quo is Pakistan government is not letting Pakistani players to tour India. Should it be organizer's responsibility to keep on asking PCB if they will send players, or PCB's responsibility to facilitate that with the Pak government?

    Petrelli - Before blaming Modi, has the Pak government said that now the players can tour India? Until it says that and changes status quo, why should Modi be obligated to beg PCB and get the cold shoulder?

    Zubair - Why is it BCCI's responsibility to ask Pakistan, given that the Pak govt has declined the last time? Isn't it PCB's responsibility more to cater to their players and facilitate their government's approval?

  • Kumar on May 31, 2009, 1:38 GMT

    Ibrahim - "BCCI is marginalizing the Pakistani players" BCCI is responsible for the Indian players. It does not exist to promote the Pakistani players. If you want the Pakistani players to be not marginalized, ask the PCB not the BCCI.

    Shahid - Has PCB done anything to ask the Pak government to release the ban on Pakistani players touring India? Do that first, then talk about Pakistan being invited. As far as I know CL is a private tournament, not an ICC sponsored tournament.

    Nicholas - "Minor obstacle". If you were spending the kinds of money the IPL team owners were spending, it might not be a minot obstacle. If you are aware, many teams had to send back players to India to reduce cost. As SRK told Gavaskar, it is his team and he has every right to do what he wants with it. He is not bound by any obligations to hire Pakistani players at any cost. He might be better off getting Pakistani players, but don't blame BCCI, Modi for that. Blame the individual team owners.

  • Asif Sarfraz on May 30, 2009, 22:11 GMT

    If I did not know what cricket was about and read these comments I would think what a mess this is! And having followed for most of my life after reading these comments I still think what a mess it is! Sort it out guys! Need to take a step back and some of us have to get off our high horses! No wonder football takes priority no matter what!

  • usman on May 30, 2009, 21:11 GMT

    and kamran might not answer but can i ask a question to these so called IPL pro's that what the heck with SL attack and IPL. Just tell me if you are so safe country why dont u organize your "domestic tournament" in your own country. This is may be the first time in history that a domestic compitition is being played in other country. poor fellows we are much better then you guys that even we are fighting a coward enemey (honestly you can omit yourself if you want from this enemy list lolz) but we were still playing and organizing in our country right in the "cultural Heart of Pakistan" . so please keep your MOUTH SHUT if you dont HAVE FACTS TOO.

  • George Anderson on May 30, 2009, 21:07 GMT

    Pathetic! to say the least. If the author believes the Pakistan is being isolated purposefully and quite deceptively, I can understand his outrage at the international community and India in particular (though he does not have the courage to put the name down on paper). But let us remind him that his fellow countrymen have a lot to answer for. How were they so lax in not delivering the promised security that could have almost killed an entire sports team representing their country? Incompetency is not the word. All these restrictions did not stop their chairman to go to SA to watch the IPL - if he had any sort of dignity and pride, he would have refused the invitation to be there. Ditto to Rameez Raja. When he has less than dignified fellow citizens like those two, Kamran Abbasi need not point fingers at the international community for Pakistan's woes.

  • usman on May 30, 2009, 21:05 GMT

    i just loved the angry comments of my indian friends and now it seems we are not victiomised but rather they, oh my poor fellows i really have a pitty on you. just tell me one simple thing, any of you care what our teams are playing in RBS T20 cup, no? you dont need to worry because its our domestic tournament. Similarly IPL is yours so id i dont give SH** about it then whats the problem either i m a journelest or not. Another reason for your poor minds is that for us last year IPL was interest as we are following those teams where our players were playing now if dont give a $&*K to this tournament then why u keep moaning about it.

  • Mustafa Moiz on May 30, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    Rana Pratap Singh, who are you - or any Indian - to talk about bowlers having a lack of pace? Or do you claim that Kapil Dev or Zaheer Khan delivered the ball regularly at 90 mph. There probably isn't a bowler in Indian history to have touched the 90 mph mark. And last year, with 50 metre boundaries, Indian players were hitting with all their might and barely clearing the boundaries-Sehwag hit a 50-metre six it was 'huge'. Umar Gul came and just played an off-drive, it went around 90 metres. Fact is, Pakistanis have always, in every aspect, achieved more than Indians.

    By the way, Kamran, nice post.

  • Omer I. Khan on May 30, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    This is great perspective on current cricketing events, espically with the definite and un-imaginbale marginilization of Pakistan and its allowance to be allowed to participate. Even with the analogy made between Football and the current t20 cricket was an interesting thought, a thought that has always crossed my mind, as the whole league system and franchises is a definite idea taken from the FIFA and its different European leagues. But there are a few key distinctions, one would be the difference of the two entities being around in professional sport and doing the entire set up and administration for years while cricket and the new t20 exhibition has just began so we may be to quick to criticize. One step forward should be the introduction of equivalent leagues like the IPL, in most major playing nations, and even taking these leagues to new places where the game can grow and eventually the participation of new players from different backgrounds can come about. Its a tricky start...

  • Arshad Khan on May 30, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    First thing first, though I am a Pakistani, i feel this article is nothing but a piece of crap. There are so many anomalies in it, starting with "not watching a sporting event because of a perceived mistreatment to Pakistani players". However, having said that, I do believe just like any other member of the cricket following publics do that BCCI had a major role in alienating Pakistan cricket when it comes to the IPL and Champions League. I also believe that had BCCI any say, it would have made sure to eliminate Pakistan team from the World T20 event too. So Mr. half-cooked, half-baked "article writer", please do your research, gather your thoughts and then write an article which does not lose objectivity and at the same time, making sure that your "super article" does not spin into doing more harm than good to Pakistani cricket - or is it that you are on a BCCI payroll?

  • DSK on May 30, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    Dear kamran and pakis, I really pity u guys.. u r the most confused people in the world.. first of all, make up ur mind of what u want.. ur govt. did not allow ur people to participate in IPL. ur officials started bad-mouthing IPL. how would u expect urself being invited for CL? try to imagine being in Lalit Modi's boots and respond to the situation and I believe u would do much worse that what Mr. Modi did. When pakis don't play it would be "CRICKET OVERKILL". What a joke by kamran. come on u r a reporter at the end of the day. such reports would degrade ur credibility.. just my 2 cents.. and to all pakis just stop being cry-babies. grow up and everyone will have a happy ending.

    Warm regards, DSK

  • Vikas on May 30, 2009, 19:43 GMT

    Said a lot of truths Kamran, The 20 twenty format is driving this beautiful game to its own destruction.It can be gauged from the fact that the greed of the BCCI has lined up no Test matches for India this year .As an Indian cricket fan I myself Iam ashamed at this greed and avarice shown by our cricket administrators.The epic days of a Rahul Dravid batting for half the Test match and standing as the Great Wall are finally over.In its place are a bunch of happy go lucky mediocre cricketers who have found a easier route by bowling and batting 4 overs. However the case of Pak player's isolation is one of their own govt's and the PCB's doing.The PCB by neglience of security allowed the gunmen to go on their rampage and the Pak govt disallowed the player's travelling to India in the first place . But the destruction of this beautiful game has to stop and the BCCI has to priortise once again India playing Test matches.

  • Stani Army on May 30, 2009, 19:31 GMT

    Kamran is a cricket fan first and probably not a "journalist" at all. If he chose not to watch the IPL because there were no Pakistan cricketers then that's his choice. Why are you lot crying about it? Does he force you to watch things which don't interest you?

  • imran Akhtar on May 30, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    I aggree with Kamran's view to some extent, i think the marginalization of pak cricket is to some extent of Pakistani administrations own incompetence, and to some extent the doings of BCCI/ICC/. Might is right has always been the case, and today BCCI gets its way becuase of the money factor. It also saddens me from reading this blog, how one sided , and biased most of the Indian views are, marginalization of pakistan circket is detrimnetal for the game, and our Indian friends should have to come to or aid, rather then crticize us and belittle Pakistani Admin, I think ICC must take charge and stabilize the game, and ensure that no one nation starts dominating it to the extent of hurintg the game. Let us all unite, ( PCB/BCCI/ICC ), to work for the prosperity of the game.

  • Kamran on May 30, 2009, 18:00 GMT

    Its sad to see so many intellectual Indians to "cut & paste" what media tells them to think. I may as well be watching Fox news and MSNBC to call its the truth.. what a shame!!! I suggest analysis before shooting from Hip!!!

  • Towhid on May 30, 2009, 17:10 GMT

    I too have not watch a single match of IPL as a protest of BCCI's practice of injustice on ICL. And PCB is one of staunch ally to BCCI in the matter and that has actually boomeranged Pakistan. Not only in the form of performance of her national team but also as removal of WC-venue, and exclusion of Pak club team from the so called Champions trophy and her players from IPL. So PCB is receiving its due. However I continue loving Pakistan Cricket team and ICL.

  • Kumar on May 30, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    Now thats Kamran talking again against the IPL. The IPL is in it's beginning and the fact that India deserves to organize it is because of the Indian cricket lovers.No where else would IPL be a hit. This explains ....

  • Lalit Modi on May 30, 2009, 15:01 GMT

    All the Pakistani fans, you guys are avoiding the pertinent questions. 1)Your board calls the IPL a joke and levies match fixing allegations. Why should we invite you??? 2)PCB is trying hard to remove the world cup from sub continent for 2011 and get the rights of 2015. It says entire sub-continent is not safe. The attitude was if I dont get the rights I will ensure that others also wont get it.(this attitude was shown by Osman Samiuddin in his article). If India is not safe why do u want to come for Champs League?

  • khalil on May 30, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    T20 cricket has delivered the killer blow to the gentlemen game. We can not call it cricket & after sometime we will not be seeing any cricketer,whom we can call , a world class cricketer like Lara , Tendulkar or Wasim.It is going to kill cricket & cricketers altogather.Racial discrimination was always a threat but commercialization of cricket has really done it.ICC seems to be losing its authority and it will be really detrimental to the game of cricket.

  • Umer on May 30, 2009, 14:46 GMT

    Very Good Article, the real thing behind the currennt situations. Its really hard to participate in an event where your country team can be there but becuase of the situations and monoply created by one or two countries. Its clear for even indian comment makers that its an effort to lessen the Cricket for Pakistan. Cricket is not like football, where no Pakistan or Indian team has reached the standards. So we watch football just as a sport with everyone has its own favorites just to watch the game. But if your country is able to play international football then same goes there too.

  • John on May 30, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    certain elements of the international cricket community. >>>>

    I think Pr Zardari is still a PAK citizen who imposed ban on travel to India for PAK cricket team....

  • Khizar Hayat Khan on May 30, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    This "No-doltia" attitude is in the Indian blood. way back in 1940's Quaid said about "you can make a donkey an elephant by calling it elephant". They have suddenly high opinion of themselves due to new found importance. But I bet you this is short lived.

  • Khizar Hayat Khan on May 30, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    PCB should show some courage and award its share of World Cup matches to any country but India. These BCCI people have really made ICC an Indian cricket council.

  • sray23 on May 30, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    The IPL is not a cause of cricket's problems currently, merely a symptom. For all its criticism it has provided cricket of an extremely high quality and it is quality of competition cricket sorely lacks right now. Very few intl fixtures right now promise that quality regularly For all Kamran's sympathy for Pakistan, the majority of their problems were their own doing. They could have easily been the side to challenge Aus in the '90s when Eng and SA were being beaten senseless by the Aussies, but they have only won 2 tests in 24 years against Aus. That's not what cricket needs from Pakistan. The stand India has taken against Pakistan recently is indeed unfortunate but we also have to understand that there are political and security concerns behind India's decisions, some of which world cricket bodies have little power over. But I do agree that one country should never hold absolute power over the game. The only way to fix that is to globalise the game. The IPL is a first step.

  • Balaji Krishnamurthy on May 30, 2009, 12:24 GMT

    Pakistan is no longer the most talented,exciting team in the world.The rot started years ago, when England reduced the number of Overseas players in the county circuit.The poor domestic structure gradually eroded the quality of their game. So the idea of Pakistan being the most exciting team in the world is just silly. Let them look to themselves, build a strong domestic structure. Incidentally,only India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have toured Pakistan in the last 7 years,so the idea of India not supporting Pakistan is also nonsense.Finally India had no problems letting Pakistanis play the 1st IPL.Shoaib Akhtar was treated like a rock star.The Pakistani government started this whole thing by banning the players. The teams had no option but to sign others.It was a business decision,not political.Regarding Champion's League,Modi was not prepared to risk a cancellation.Again cold business reasoning.

  • Neilm on May 30, 2009, 10:41 GMT

    I am an India fan, but more so a fan of cricket. There has been a lot of unwarranted attacks on the writer who perhaps rightly feels the Sialkot Stallions should be allowed to perform in the CL. The Pakistani players missing from the IPL was a loss for the tournament but was the doing of the PCB.

    There are bigger questions to ask about cricket. There are not many nations that play this sport at the highest level and the cricket community should do their best to help Pakistan play an active role once again. It was sad to see competitive the Aus-Pak series being played out in empty grounds in the Middle-East.

    When the England-Australia help the veto and thus controlled World Cricket it wasn't right, just because the BCCI controls it now doesn't mean everything they do is right. Twenty20 has its place but it was unfortunate to see Dwayne Bravo play for in the IPL rather than for the WI. Gayle's comments were unnecessary, and the WI hurt cricket a lot by their abject display.

  • Roamer on May 30, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    Very well written article .... I hope this is not the last blog from you .... I am quite sure Lalit Modi will be using his muscles to shut you up from this site very soon .... this is the irony as you cant speak up against a dictator of Cricket (read Modi) .... this is the first blog that I have seen objecting the tactics of him and his cronies so openly.

    I am confused on what should I call this article: 'A DLF maximum' or 'Citi moment of success' on Cricinfo website ;-)

  • Ash on May 30, 2009, 9:34 GMT

    The India - Pak story is perhaps destined to remain a tragedy. Though many of us would like a better today & tomorrow in our relations, the fact is we all have too much emotional history to have dispassionate views.

    A part of me says the BCCI should have extended an invitation to the Pak T20 champs, even if it were to be later rejected by the Pak govt.

    The other part of me says why the hell should we go out of our way for the PCB guys who were just recently spouting abuse at the IPL? Or for a nation whose govt. for decades has been training terrorists and raging a cowardly guerrila war against India?

    The fact is many of us don't trust each other. We don't see things the same way. And we often let our emotions guide our responses. Given this reality Kamran, why do you expect Modi and the BCCI to be paragons of graciousness for Pak cricketers?

  • Jawad Tahir on May 30, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    I do not agree with you on certain points, however it goes without saying that ICC has become a puppet in the hands of BCCI. And this guy Modi is just an awfully show off person. Check him in IPL matches trying to pose with the IPL model girls with a colorful hanky in his pocket and clearly they were not interested.

  • Anshu on May 30, 2009, 8:37 GMT

    I sympathize with Kamran and Pak fans for your suffering. But friends, as far as the state of Pak cricket is concerned, the 2 bodies who are PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE are the PCB and the Pak Govt., not the BCCI or the international community.

    Kamran, please answer HONESTLY: Who provided inadequate security for the SL team, for Simon Taufel, Chris Broad and other officials? Who decided first that Pak players wouldn't be allowed to go to India? Wasn't the auction for replacement foreign players (in place of Pak players) over well before the IPL had to be moved to SA? While IPL-2 was going on, why were top people from the PCB (including Miandad) badmouthing it and saying the close finishes implied match-fixing? After this, they still expected the Pak T20 team to be invited for the CL? (Has Pak Govt. now allowed players to tour India?) And Kamran, you conceded it was reasonable to move the WC out of Pak, right?

    Bottomline: The PCB has to take the lead in improving damaged relations.

  • Irfan on May 30, 2009, 6:52 GMT

    Hi Kamran, I agree with u 100 % because I m from Pakistan and all Pakistanies will do the same. One thing we should not forget brother, about the relations we have got with india or indians, we shouldn't be begging entries for the tournaments they are organizing, their main foucus as we all know is that, they want to put Pakistan down and make us feel jealous, in any form, wether it is cricket or what so ever, We got to be brave, which we are and they (indians) knows that very well. lets forget these lousy mad minds and fix our own problems. "Pakistan Zindabad" is one slogan, they are scared to challenge in Sharjah, eventhough there is Dubai & Abudhabi also available now days. Let us ignor these arrogants with their money fever. We Pakistanies are not quantity but quality, quality can beat quantity (indians) in any field of life. We all Pakistanies believe that very well.

  • Vineet on May 30, 2009, 6:48 GMT

    Aah, jealousy galore! You losers cannot stage an IPL. Pakistan is a failed state and that reflects on its position in Cricket. You cannot provide security for your own people, so how do you expect others to believe that you'll ensure their security? So you should first concentrate on solving your internal problems before blaming others for the state of Cricket in Pakistan.

  • Shafiq on May 30, 2009, 6:19 GMT

    Thanks kamran or excellent article. There have always been a sense in the past when pakistan or India progressed in the global tournament and the other was omitted---Bt everyone supported the marching neighbour in subcontinent brotherhood. But now it is a shame that Modi's antics are destroying the minds of a generation which was not achieved even in 'that' political dark time.

  • sallu bhai. on May 30, 2009, 6:17 GMT

    hello mr kris.,you guys call yourself secular and democrate, and well list goes on you are saying pcb did not allow pakistan players to tak part in ipl in india but you forgot to mention why?when all of your country was blaming the whole pakistan for the bombay attacks while people like you were attacking innocent pakistani artist working in india.Dont come on blog and potray yourself like you are whiter then white.Listen just dont get overhyped.You know that very well india is not all that what you are trying to show that to the world.I think in democracy you dont involve sports with politics,but when ever indian politics have problem with pakistan politics ther cricket board start acting like a spoil kid ooooo i dont want to play with youuuuuuuuuu.look it your cricket history you might learn a thing or two.Oh no but why will you do that because you are so called democrate and champion secular hahaha you are making me laugh....

  • Don on May 30, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    Lalit Modi's decision to leave Pakistan teams out of the ICC Champions' League was appropriate. Since the event is in India, either India or Pakistan could have objected to the Pakistani team's invitation. If that were to happen closer to start of the event it would mean a number of fixtures would be cancelled - which obviously can't happen with all the sponsorship and TV rights considerations.

  • Chris on May 30, 2009, 5:06 GMT

    Pakistan have supported the BCCI and sided with the Asian Bloc in every important cricketing decision of the last few decades.

    They have only themselves to blame when it comes back to bite them. And it has/will.

  • PollyAnna on May 30, 2009, 4:52 GMT

    Kudos to Mr.Abbasi for taking the cat out of the bag!Now even a humble,diplomatic as well as former ICC president Ehsan Mani is saying openly about BCCI being responsible for marginalizing Pakistan.Look at the hypocracy they can shift the IPL out of india but they cannot shift Champions league which is supposed to represent ALL nations champions from india!Miandad is right it is a joke.Hindu BCCI is representing all of india and it is doing a good job by showing how petty and small minded it really is.I am glad this is happening perhaps this is what we need to show our 10% india lovers the true face.Well done Mr.Abbassi we who gave the cricket so much like reverse swing and doosra are now being treated like yesterdays stars.Lets see what mediocre talent india can throw up pretty soon people will see the garbage they are dishing out!

  • Farooq Tahir on May 30, 2009, 4:23 GMT

    Spot on Kamran! You are very right in saying that Pakistani Players are being cornered particularly by BCCI because of their biasness against Pakistani Players! My Indian Friends will always forget that Pakistan Govt did not allow Pakistani players from participating in IPL in INDIA but NOT in South Africa. It was BCCI who did not allow Pakistan Players to participate in IPL being played in South Africa. Now, they have not invited Sialkot team in CL guessing that Pak Govt would not allow it. Wow, Modi is acting like a Jotshi. BCCI and that 2nd Baal thakray i.e. Modi should give up this biased attitude towards Pakistan cricketers. Cricket is a game which brings peace and harmony among countries. By side lining pakistan, BCCI is not doing any good to the sport!

  • Homer on May 30, 2009, 4:09 GMT

    Importantly, a successful offshore IPL will ease Pakistan's transition to a team of globetrotters. Furthermore, the PCB and IPL could consider reinstating Pakistan's cricketers if the tournament is outside India. Is that too much too ask? Aren't all nations victims of terrorism? Why should Pakistan's players be penalised and prevented from participating in a purportedly global tournament? Don't Pakistan's cricketers require support from the international cricket community to help competitive international cricket to survive in Pakistan?

    The IPL has an opportunity to show that cricket has the power to repair damaged national relationships, and that it will not be cowed by terrorism. Indeed, becoming the premier world competition is not simply a matter of financial muscle, it is also a matter of leading by impeccable example.

    Kamran Abbasi - March 22, 2009

    Cricket is in danger of overkill, and the IPL and its imitators in other countries are playing a major part

    Kamran Abbasi- today

  • Hammad Siddiqi on May 30, 2009, 3:03 GMT

    Well done Mr. Abbasi. Now if only Osman Samiuddin could grow a pair...... Back to the topic at hand, you've obviously hit a nerve with our nouveau riche neighbours given the comments to your article. All I can say to the Indian bitching is the truth hurts. The most exciting, talented and exhillerating team in the world by far has been marginalizd for reasons other than international politics. I firmly believe 1 billion Indians have been stewing in jealousy and impotent rage for decades because we were beating them like a 25 paisa "dhol" despite 1/10th the player pool and 1/100th the resources. We all know money talks and bullshit walks and with it's new found wealth, the BBCI is grinding old axes. What goes around, will eventually come around. I believe you Indians call it Karma.

  • Rk on May 30, 2009, 2:56 GMT

    Kamran, Ed all - Please don't forget the Golden rule - "the guys who has the gold makes the rules!". India's vast cricket loving middle class is the gold and BCCI has the gold, so they get to make the rules. Please put up or shut up. To put it differently I'll quote a mom who was telling her tantrum throwing toddler, 'You get what you get, don't throw a fit!'.

  • Samhouse on May 30, 2009, 2:41 GMT

    Granted the situation in Pakistan is in dire straits at the moment. However it is aggressive attitudes like some of those expressd above that do nothing to furthur this beautiful game.

    No one is blaming the BCCI for anything, Lalit Modi and co. have developed a fascinating brand in the IPL and from both a business AND a sports perspective, it must be considered a raging success. And this is coming from a Pakistani cricket fan...

    However lets get it straight...what started as an Indian domestic tournament has now exploded way beyond that into some deep international waters.

    The BCCI should be doing all it can to support the Pakistani CRICKET board and this doesn't mean that they have to travel to the country to do it. Neutral venues financial compensation for lost world cup revenue are just a start.

    Kamran, keep writing your truth because I'm only one reader of many who would be severely disappointed if you didn't.

  • safwan on May 30, 2009, 2:12 GMT

    might is right.....that is what grants BCCI and its minions like modi the right to dominate world cricket!! however, it is fair to say that our current cricket board is a sham as well, they have been meek and submissive, and when they had a chance to impress the ICC, they blew it by provisioning the laxest possible security to the Sri Lankan team! But i have high hopes from younis khan and his boys, our best answer lies in starting to win matches.....over the last 10 years our performance at test level has been going down-hill, while australia, india n SA have emerged as the best teams statistically....we have to stop this rot, so that other cricketing nations can start taking us seriously again!

  • Swami on May 30, 2009, 2:03 GMT

    Neither Liverpool, Manchester United nor Barcelona have any Pakistani players as far as I know. IPL has no Pakistani players but lots of Indians. Maybe its not the absence of Pakistanis that makes you dislike IPL but presence of Indian players ? In keeping with the Curry bashing season down under, Cricinfo has degenerated into one as well.

  • Jitendra S on May 30, 2009, 1:55 GMT

    I am surprised when people try to find some sporting logic as how pakistan cricket is suffering or getting isolated. Pakistan supporters say that its delibrate effort and other say that its pakisatn's own doing. Let me ask you a question--even if pakisatn is purposely isolated ..whats wrong in that? Why one wants to compare pakistani cricker's lives with the ones of victims of 26/11 and many terrorists attacks in India. If organizations from pakistan openly talk about demolishing India..why cant Indian organization target pakistan cricket. I wish they could do this ..but they will not. Everyone knows pakistan is on free fall ride..so why care? Look at the politicains from Pakistan..they say we have nuclear power..so give us money otherwise terrorrist will take over it and will destroy the world. Tell me how it is different that a goon showing gun to you on a lonely street and demanding money.both are same taticts.SO pakistan try to live with mainstream not with the logic of 7th century

  • Zubair Shahab on May 30, 2009, 1:32 GMT

    It's funny how comments from what I perceive to be Indians call for an unbiased report. They must never have watch NDTV or any other Indian news channel.

    The BCCI should have asked Pakistan whether it's government is willing to send in a team for the Champions Trophy. The fact that they assumed that the Pakistani Gov't will not be willing to do so is where the problem occurs. Not the fact that no Pakistani team is attending.

  • Manoj on May 30, 2009, 1:07 GMT

    Its a little disappointing coming from you. Just because a Pakistani club team has not been invited, it doesn mean there is a conspiracy to keep them out. After all its all money. If there was no chance of Pakistani's cancelling at the last moment or Indian/ Pakistani govt not allowing them to come, then they would have been invited because its good for tv ratings. I think Pakistanis are taking it emotionally, including sadly, you. Actually Indians have more reason to feel irritated, with officials from PCB including BIL of India's number one most wanted criticizing IPL / India non stop. After proving that such tournaments can be held successfully without Pakistani involvement, I think you guys should be a little more diplomatic in your behaviour. For Indians its not so much 'enemy should not be allowed in' as it is 'unwanted pest so its better to ignore/ keep out' attitude forming now. Manoj

  • Fraz on May 30, 2009, 1:04 GMT

    Wow some strong comments from both Kamran and the readers! Aside from the politics though, I do agree that the ICC as a board should be taking a greater responsibility of 'keeping the family together' As it stands, 10 years ago cricket consisted of 8 competitive teams (excluding Zimbabwe who are a shadow of the team they were too). Today in reality, there are 3/4 good teams. Hardly core competencies required for long term success of the sport.

    Who's role was to improve cricket? who has failed. I thin its fair to say that the ICC's performance can not be regarded highly

    Additionally as a Pakistani fan, I too felt something missing from the tournament. Thats not to say the tournament was not as good, was not enjoyable or i didnt appreciate the tournament as a nuetral. However, the structure of cricket historically has meant that affiliations have been made with national teams and hence, their players.

  • muhammad zaheer on May 30, 2009, 0:59 GMT

    100 percent agree with u bro keep up the great work u the man,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Petrelli on May 30, 2009, 0:43 GMT

    I would like to say to all those who are saying that Pakistan Government would not have allowed Sialkot's team to participate in CL - Stop Second Guessing the Pakistani Government. This is exactly what the PCB has said, no one should be second guessing anyone. Did Mr. Lalit Modi consult the PCB before assuming that the team will not be allowed to play? NO! Lets just admit the facts here - he got greedy and did not want to risk the money in case of a cancellation.

    While I agree that its any businessman's right to not risk his hard earned money, the right thing to do here would have been to simply consult the PCB. Or at least be man enough to admit that he doesn't want to risk losing money. In fact Mr. Modi just went on to say that the Pak goverment won't allow its players to participate. Has the Pak Govt. given such a statement? NO !

    This could have been handled a lot better by Mr. Modi and I urge both my Pak. & Ind. friends to not fight cause of the mistakes of idiots like Modi&PCB!

  • Det2008 on May 30, 2009, 0:37 GMT

    What a piece of trash. Here is a suggestion for bogus journalist Kamran Abbasi. Please stop writing and find something better to do because a biased and close minded person cannot qualify as a journalist. If you cannot be objective, everyone will look like an enemy to you and thats exactly what your words portray here. Like I said, please stop the garbage you pass off as journalism and do something else worthwhile. Or maybe get a job as an assistant to your PCB director and start another 'joke' league and call it PPL.

  • Confusing but rightly one on May 30, 2009, 0:33 GMT

    This article is not written in unbiased way, though address most disturbing factor of world cricket to some extent:

    Agree with: 1. Too much cricket overkill cricket 2. Too much power to one cricket body or BCCI

    Disagree with: 1. Blaming everything to India or associated organization: First, it is true that act of BCCI is not helping the cause of Pak. But before throwing the stone, you should first look at the basis of it. It is PCB and their incompetent act helps BCCI to find a way out of it. If PCB can do a sensible job (organizing or act in coherence) then every cricket body will support them and BCCI may not do much damage. So face it, it is PCB's fault. Denial will not help them, it only certainly help them to ignoring their mistake.

    2. Whiners are always looser: The only way to tackle BCCI is to play good cricket and get the public sentiment not only from Pak, but from other country and also take care of the internal problem inside PCB.

    Thank you anyway for writing your view.

  • Rashid Khan on May 30, 2009, 0:29 GMT

    I must say its a very open and bold statement. The comments from others are also interesting as they have mainly come from both Pakistani and Indian fans. The reason I tend to agree with Mr. Abbasi is that the way the dcision was taken to omit Pakistan from CL and Pakistani players from IPL clearly shows that there was no intention of including them in the first place. PCB clearly didn't send player to IPL in India due to Mumbai attacks and that makes sense (as BCCI decided not to send their players to Pakistan). When IPL was moved to SA, the organizers could have asked PCB if they now wanted to send their players - but this didn't happen. Similiarly, in case of CL, organizeres instead of asking PCB simply presumed that they are not gonna come. The times never remain the same. Yesterday it was England and Australia who ruled and India didn't like it but they are now doing the same. This might change tomorrow and India will get the dose of their own medicine - lets show some maturity.

  • Hussain Khan on May 30, 2009, 0:24 GMT

    Welcome to the new order in the world of cricket. This is the new reality. With T20 taking off and lots of money being thrown around by sponsors and organizers, there will definitely going to be a lots of beneficiaries as well viz players and the viewing the audience. I think you should ask your government as to why they are not allowing Pakistani players to travel to India. Pakistanis are still in denial about the extent of problems facing Pakistan.I don't think Pakistan are being marginalized but the problems are of your own doings. Everyone is trying to help as much as the Pakistanis allow them to.

  • Shahid on May 30, 2009, 0:16 GMT

    And I would request my dear indian participants of this discussion to comment on this question:

    Being impartial, do you really think that the rights to administor champions leauge of clubs from different cricketing nation should be with a single country or it should rest with ICC. And please comment on it without taking in to consideration the current political situation with Pakistan. Would you like it to run on football lines where the points earned by each nation through earlier participations decide how many clubs from that very nation are allowed in to it or it should be on lines where money man lands with his chopper on Lords wicket while others bow there heads.

  • Awais M on May 30, 2009, 0:05 GMT

    Well said Kamran Bhai, but i think da best way out of dis situation is to go out there n perform n prove them tht v hv got stars who they will b missin. i guess dis t20 WC is da biggest opportunity 2 show da world, bcoz our situation is just like imran khanz cornered tigers of 1992. so my best wishes 2 da team, n as v say "inshAllah fatah hamaray qadam chomay gi" c'mon guyz, its time!!

  • Shahid on May 30, 2009, 0:05 GMT

    Dear Kamran, The real problem here is not BCCI but ICC. You cant blame BCCI for leting or not leting Pakistani or any other players in to IPL. Its their domestic tournament and they have every right to play their dirty political game. Issue here is regards CL. ICC has to be working on line of FIFA and should be governing all international tournaments be it among nations or among clubs from different nations. Just like European club competitions are managed by a european football body CL should be under ICC. A single country should not be sitting on decisions regarding who may participate in CL and how many of her own clubs are entitled to be in, or how small a share of profits is offered to participants from other countries. ICC should take over the rights of CL and should disallow india or any single country to arrange any such compitition and even ban those players who take part in such tournament if held out of ICC umbrella. ICC should not bow to money pressure but secure the game

  • Abdullah Yousuf on May 30, 2009, 0:00 GMT

    100% correct, Kamran. Sad days for Pakistan cricket. I find it funny that defensive comments flood in from a certain country for any article from an English or Pakistani author. Yes, we are all "jealous" of IPL

  • bradman on May 29, 2009, 23:44 GMT

    yes i agree the ipl was rubbish. in fact world cricket is in serious trouble, mismanaged by hopeless adminstrators.

    we find ourselves in a position where the best players in the world can't even face each other because of the greed of one board (yes the bcci). no bond, nazir or razzaq in the upcoming t20 world cup is ridiculous. and the players from a number of countries totally knackered for this top event because of the neverending bore called the ipl.

  • Ibrahim on May 29, 2009, 22:54 GMT

    Bravo Kamran. After reading the comments above, I am convinced that most Indians are shocked to read this brave article. They can not face the truth and are hence reverting to cheap tactics of challenging your professionalism.

    BCCI is marginalizing the Pakistani Players. There is no doubt about it. Even Cricinfo is marginalizing Pakistan Cricket. Few examples to prove the point.

    1. Some links to your new articles are not getting space on Cricinfo's home page. In the past your new articles were always highlighted in the blogs section of homepage.

    2. Positive news about Pakistan cricket is not given coverage. Case in point is Pakistan's recent twenty20 tournament. After giving links on home page for live score of the opening match, the coverage of the tournament was put off the front page.

    We, Pakistanis, can clearly see this deliberate marginalization. It really takes some character to write an honest blog in such difficult conditions. Congrats Kamran. Do not get fired though.

  • nicholas on May 29, 2009, 22:50 GMT

    The Pakistan players were denied participation in the IPL while it was still due to be held in India because the government would not allow it, but when the tournament was shifted that should not have been a problem. I understand the rationale given for excluding the Pakistan players due to the squads already having been selected. This should have been a relatively minor obstacle but, given the amount of money and publicity the IPL stood to gain with the inclusion of the players, one can only deduce that there was a decision taken to exclude the Pakistani players at all costs.

  • SanjayN on May 29, 2009, 22:42 GMT

    Like Eshan Mani, you've shown your true colours. And we expect nothing more. This much we expect from all Pakistanis and its large diaspora. It's in your DNA.

    I can only imagine what the reaction would have been if Indian nationals had executed the kind of terror attack that Mumbai witnessed in Nov 2008. Yet, the BCCI had no objections to Pak players playing for their franchise.

    You've read the comments above. It was the Pak Govt and the PCB who barred its players. What can one expect of the PCB who appoints a clown such as Miandad, a man tied to Dawood Ibrahim thru family connections? Exactly the kind of response we've seen from that fool. Contradictory statements, pleading, whining, and a whole lot of inflammatory statements designed to provoke.

    I'm not a big fan of Modi but he must be commended for not falling for the PCB bait. Some posters here claim that a PPL would be just as successful and would not require Pak players to even think about IPL. Here, I wish them the best.

  • nicholas on May 29, 2009, 22:34 GMT

    Also didn't follow the IPL even though it was happening right here in RSA, because I also thought the exclusion of the Pakistan players was deliberate. Surprised nobody is talking of Pakistan winning the World T20 with big talk surrounding RSA, England and India, seems nobody has noticed that Pakistan has a 13-3 record.

  • Kashif Aftab on May 29, 2009, 22:32 GMT

    A game is a game only when there are opponents.

    Pakistan had no choice but to ask its players not to go to India, because of a threat to their players safety.

    No one condones the Mubai attacks, we are being attacked as well. That doesnt mean you bring your bigoted vitrol every time an article appears which doesnt support your point of view.

    India is and has been flexing its muscle too much in this sport. ICC should act as the guardian of this sport and not as its pimp.

    Mr Abassi has a right not to watch a tournament in which his favorite players didnt particpate, that doesnt in any way make him a bad journilist. He is a Paksitani first and then a journalist.

    And dont give me this bs about Journalist being fair, none of Indian journalists are fair either.

    Go ahead and marginalize Pakistan, all you will be doing is destroying the cricketing base. Eventually you can play cricket amongst 4 or 5 teams. What a great world cup that would be!

    Wisen up leave your bigotry behind!

  • Rauf on May 29, 2009, 22:28 GMT

    To eon

    "No body is able to digest the success of a domestic tournament like IPL because of jealousy"

    This is so naive. If IPL is purely an Indian domestic affair then why were ICL players banned from ICC sanctioned international cricket?

    News flash for the Indians "No one is jealous of IPL or BCCI. Please stop making these childish statements". It's the way cricket is run these days under the watchfull eyes of BCCI that makes people scratch their heads in amazement. Lots of money does not always translate to best overall decisions. BCCI is in the driving seat at the moment. Let's see where cricket goes from here on.

  • Jay on May 29, 2009, 21:33 GMT

    Kamran, if the IPL is part of 20/20 "overkill" it should be unpalatable to you whether or not Pakistani players participate in it.

    If you just wanted to blindly lash out at the IPL because no Pakistanis played I understand your frustration. But as many have asserted this had much to do with the Pakistani government's ban on players traveling to India.

    In another article "IPL must support Pakistan's cricketers" you made a case for Pakistan's inclusion after the IPL was relocated to South Africa. At this point I not only understood your frustration you also made sense. But you will concede that the IPL was within its rights to refuse such conditional participation by Pakistani players both on logistical grounds and to placate a jilted Indian public.

    In this piece you are making a case for Pakistani participation in the Champions League that is to be held in India. Neither is that understandable (if it is 20/20 overkill) nor does it make sense (since it is in India).

    Please respond.

  • Harry the indian on May 29, 2009, 21:23 GMT

    Look if you say test cricket is being devalued by T 20 , the one country whose players have played the most of it is quite rocking it in that format namely india. Fyi ! they are also the t 20 champions. The fact that the BCCI wields power is down to the economy of India. Nothing is stopping the rest of the countries to wield the same amount of power ( equal as you say ) all you have to do is stop fighting and start working and compete in today's world. Now none of the cricketers who played in the IPL were forced to play it .... they did it our of their own free will. Dont castigate Modi he seems to be the only cricket administrator that can get things done. If the others cant is that the BCCI's problem. Imagine the organization capability and management capability that India has displayed in the last month , the worlds largest electoral exercise and the move of the IPL to another country in three weeks..... what can i say And yes we will wield power because ... We can !

  • jahanzaib on May 29, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    Keep on blaming India while your whole country burns.It's remarkable that although the Taliban have significant influence and control in the NWFP and is killing your own soldiers but ppl like you still cannot end your obsession with making India the bogeyman..your're not fooling anybody and the rest of the world already knows what it is that Pakistan stands for...the 'epicentre of world terrorism' Pakistan is marginalized not because of some cricket board or Lalit Modi but because of it's own internal security situation where suicide bombings and terrorist incidents have become a regular sight.But it's quite clear that ppl like you with an ignorance that is almost astounding are willing to blame everyone but the terrorists for your isolation and lack of respect and dignity in the international community.Which is why I don't see your situation improving anytime soon...the ostrich mentality has already caused much damage but it seems like that's the way ppl deal with problems in Pak

  • Jagjit Shah on May 29, 2009, 21:03 GMT

    Folks:

    I am an Indian to heart but the fact is Cricket is heading for the ruins because of unfortunately the nation I belong to--

    1) Without the Sialkot Stallions, CL is really a misnomer. The impetus to leave out Pakistan was that "Little" Modi does not want Pakistani players to come to India and win the trophy. End of discussion. I wish I had seen them play against my team - the chargers

    2) ICC should give up trying to accomodate IPL in their FTP. It is a domestic tournament and as such should remain one. Cricketers from countries should participate by approval from their boards.

    c) IPL and ICL and all other leagues not require a sanctioning from the boards. If IPL is business then so is ICL. Where is the free market economy?? Let the two "commercial businesses" battle it out without unfair competition.

    4) CL should have at least extended the courtesy to Pakistan to ask about participation without much fanfare. Then they should gone on to announce the exclusion.

    JT

  • nadeem on May 29, 2009, 20:57 GMT

    IPL is a tournament which happens once a year and which you yourself enjoyed last time but now you find it overkill and 'want the World T20 to restore some fascination'???Man...the hypocricy of ppl like you is quite remarkable...it's quite evident what all of a sudden you find wrong with the IPL now .....The 'certain elements' which have marginalized Pak cricket happend on 26/11 when terrorists from your country targetted Mumbai.Another 'element' which marginalized your country was the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket players...all these are the real elements that have marginalised Pak but it's quite clear that the Pakistani mentality which loves jihadists is gonna look to blame every1 but the terrorists for Pakistan's isolation in the international community...Australia hasn't toured your country for about a decade....but i guess they are being influenced by India as well...with stupid,ignorant mentality of ppl like yours I don't see the situation in your country changing anytime soon

  • Zeeshan on May 29, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    Plz guys if you cant take the criticism then dont play the blame gameafter all the indian side of comments it is quite clear that Pakistan is being maginalized, true indeed certain events have taken place which have drifted away international cricket, @ Rev at May 29, 2009 2:15 PM... in the entire indian cricketing history u could not even bring out a class act as wasim/waqar/imran/zaheer abbas/miandad/shoaib and list goes on tc

  • Suuny on May 29, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    I think it's pakistan's own mistake that they are marginalised today. They help India repeatedly in every moment in the recent past and once Pakistan was of no use yhey left it alone. In fact i can remind every body once for all: PAKISTAN GOV DIDN'T ALLOW IT'S PLAYERS TO PARTCIPATE BECAUSE INDIA DIDN'T ALLO IT'S NATIONAL TEAM TO TOUR PAKISTAN! That's the FACT! Full stop. Get your FACTS right.

  • Mahesh on May 29, 2009, 20:34 GMT

    When people of jealous of u that means u are successful .. the blogs says the same .. it shows the frsutation of a paki reporter who is frustrated with his teams condition and jealous of the IPL .. success .. both things are undigest able for the author .. but Mr Kamran .. instead of blaming others for u r failure .. better concentrated on u r weakness .. No one intentionally kept paki players out from IPL, it was u r own PCB's decision, and by calling IPL as JOKE or circus .. u r proving that how hurted u guys are with IPL's success .. but IPL , is going to rock in comming yrs .. and its due to the flow of money and the response.... now its on u to join the party or stay out .. blaming others for your failures ....

  • DK on May 29, 2009, 20:06 GMT

    I wonder if Pakistan would tour Sudan or Somalia if they played test cricket there. Lets face it, Pakistan is hell hole that you risk you life visiting, if they dissapear from cricket there are 6 billion other people in the world that can produce cricketers. Wouldnt make a difference. It wont be long until Pakistan become the new South Africa and all the decent players move to other countries to play cricket.

  • Noball on May 29, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    Both PCB and BCCI can grow up and show some maturity. High time.

    BCCI had nothing to loose and everything to gain by inviting the best Pak team to join. If they could reschedule IPL2 on the fly, they could reschedule a missing team. Modi could also have been more forthright in stating the facts of omission as anticipatory, if indeed his reasons were strong.

    Regd PCB, I think kamran and others have a long list better than mine, for things they could do better. They should start with not embarrassing their own player by leaking private medical records.

  • Siva on May 29, 2009, 19:39 GMT

    There is no concept of "Overkill" in any sport , evidences as below . 1. I live in the US, where a baseball team on a regular season plays 162 games . That means a game daily for almost 5 months, nobody complains of an overkill . 2. English county cricket - Dont they also play non-stop cricket for 2 months ?

    The problem here seems to be your reluctance to accept the new found power of BCCI. I agree they are irrational most of the times, but you'll be doing a huge disservice to cricket if you start politicizing this as another example of Indian hegemony

    Also, IPL IS a domestic tournament catering for domestic viewership mainly, if you dont like it, dont watch it.

  • sa on May 29, 2009, 19:39 GMT

    While I disagree with the statements in the column, I do appreciate your publishing all these posts bashing you. Pakistan is a country born out of mistrust for fellow neighbours. It is ironic now that it is complaining that others are now mirroring that mistrust.

  • shahid khan on May 29, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    Mr AbhiJeet and some Indian fans, Kamran is trying to make some points. What if there was a global event and there were none Indian players in it, will you watch it? The answer is NO. I don't think I miss cricket games but this whole IPL think is just a waste.

    Secondly don't you think Modi is doing way too much? Ok we got it - it's with other boards but still India is again sitting there and making all the calls. I agree with Miandad, why you call a tournament Champions league when it does not constiute a champion of a 92 world cup winning country? Let's get some credibility.

    India and Modi should take it a bit easy with too many leagues, too much greed and let our cricket stay as it was in the 80's and 90's...

  • Dheeraj on May 29, 2009, 19:18 GMT

    The PCB is trying hard to remove the sub continent as hosts for the WC 2011 and is trying to get 2015 WC. PCB says India is unsafe too. Then why do they want to participate in Champs League which is going to be held in India. Mr Abbasi if you have got even an iota of sensible journalist ethics left in you I guess you should reply to all the valid comments raised by the blog readers.

  • ahmed on May 29, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    for all the indians in here: LEAVE US ALONE. WE DONT GIVE TWO CENTS ABOUT YOU. IF THE DAY COMES WHEN YOU CAN BRING YOURSELF TO EQUALL FOOTING, WE WILL TALK. UNTILL THAN LEAVE. DONT TELL US WHAT WE SHOULD AND SHOULD NT DO. DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO! WE AS NATION AINT BEGGING, AND THOSE REPRESENTING US AINT OURS. SO DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO. WE KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELF. !!!!

  • Moin on May 29, 2009, 18:15 GMT

    Kamran,

    I did not expect this from you. Being a journalist u cannot take conclusions...next in line will be that pakistan was denied hosting WC2011 so u wont watch it.

    It seems that the most victimised people on earth must be pakistanis...if u take into account the statements in media...when the whole world knows what happened in PAK and dat pakistan did not allow its players to play in 'Unsafe' India then why do u people want to play in CL. The IPL franchisees lost money (new players had to take. ask SRK) cos pakistani players dumped them so u still want pakistani players to be taken...

    and u r still saying that pakistan is victimised

    I better refer a dictionary for the meaning of 'victimised'

  • Wow on May 29, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    Looks like Kamran was put under gun point to deliver this garbage of an article that tries to hide under journalism. This was a complete mockery of everything sane. Thank you for an enjoyable read.

  • Abhijeet on May 29, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    Dear Pakistani friends, Please stop blaming BCCI for everything. Sure it is a money-minded business org but who isn't. Plus it doesn't do anything illegal. Here are some answers to some general queries other than my previous post.

    1) IPL is an Indian domestic tournament. There is no place for it in FTP. Foreign players are allowed to play in it if their boards (& their govts :)) do not object to it just like county cricket. It is just that it is a lot more popular.

    2) CL is also a tournament organized & funded by BCCI along with CA/CSA and not ICC. They have every right in the world to invite whoever they want.

    3) It is PCB who has banned Pakistani ICL players not BCCI. Surely BCCI requested that or rather paid PCB up in some way or other. In either case PCB is equally big culprit if not bigger. PCB should learn a little from ECB who didn't ban ICL players.

    I would love to read responses on this and my previous comments. If they come from Mr Abbasi, even better....

  • Kool Kat on May 29, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    Kamran - You have completely lost it. One cannot treat your words with credibility anymore. What do mean Pakistani players are getting marginalised. You have your government to blame, my friend. While on one hand you state that Pakistan is a big country and is capable of making decisions, on the other hand (much like your leaders) you lay the blame always on the rest. Blame India or US for anything from Terorism in Lahore to Water-shortage in Karachi.

  • eon on May 29, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    Well rite now whole world is against IPL except 2 countries - IND & SA. No body is able to digest the success of a domestic tournament like IPL because of jealousy. Its same with my brothers from pakistan who prayed that IPL will be flop in SA but unfortunately it became a huge success without pakistani players and now you guys are not able to digest that. We both know PCB and BCCI are not good frnd for whatever reasons. Is PCB a saint? What are the good favours PCB has done to BCCI where BCCI should be indebted to PCB? If PCB says hey ur country is not safe for my country then why do u think BCCI should beg PCB and invite them to CL? BCCI is not a charity org and is responsible for Indian ckt and not of yours. Both PCB and BCCI are fighting against each other, who is right or wrong I don't know but I know one who has power will win. So it will be good for your ckt if you accept BCCI as ur big bro and u will reap the benefits. Throw away ur shallow ego. Wake Up Guys, stop blame game.

  • Rana Pratap Singh on May 29, 2009, 16:34 GMT

    Kamran surely journalistic sham knows some bounds. You Incorrectly assert 'certain elements' hinting as it were to the English, Aussies and then Indians for marginalising Pakistan Cricket. let's just refresh oour memories of where the heinous and dasterdly acts of attacking SL's brave cricketers took place....Lahore, under the cover of Presidentail Style Security. Additionally, it was the PAK Government and PCB that banned its players from travelling to India, in stead choosing to play the Aussies. More distressing is the fact that you Only seem to view cricket throuh the prism of Pakistan and Not as a lover of sport. A bit of a shame really, for someone purporting to represent and give voice to your followers. Furthermore, were the players allowed, its questionable apart from Tanvir and Shoaib how many Pak players would actually make the cut. And the less said about the superstar's recent 'infection' or te former's complete lack of pace the better.

  • AM on May 29, 2009, 16:28 GMT

    I have to say that too much politics has crept into this great sport. I live in the USA, and proudly consider cricket to be a superior sport compared to the American past time: baseball. I have followed international cricket for 43 years, and once considered myself a walking encyclopedia on cricket records. But I am fast losing my interest. One casualty of the present day over-kill is that the genuine fast-bowler will become an extinct species.

  • eon on May 29, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    I am sorry but after reading other articles earlier when I read this one I find you confused now. Perhaps your mind is on one side and heart other. Anyways.. last year you njoyed IPL but this year you felt an overkill? Why becoz pak players can't participate.. thats really funny. But now you are sounding like one of those ignorant pakistani's fans who failed to accept that its their owen govt and pcb that is responsilbe for the whole mess. Who is bcci- a group of human beings that has same feelings like u and me. Then why do you think when PCB being so arrogant and never miss any oppurtunity to criticise IPL or bcci in public then why BCCI should come and beg PCB. Its Javed Miadad says IPL is joke but still you accept that BCCI should love PCB .. give me a reason what for? Why PCB declined its player sending to India saying india is unsafe.. can you tell me how come ind suddenly became so safe that now you are willing to come. Pls accept its ur own pcb causing all this fuss.

  • saurabh on May 29, 2009, 16:01 GMT

    Kamran,I agree with your points.I understand your anguish that is shared by many fans not only in Pakistan but worldwide of the way Lalit Modi, BCCI and their cronies have treated the Pakistani players.It is one matter not to allow Pakistan National Team to play in India it is completly other to not allow the players to play in a private league.I am an Indian and I feel ashamed of the tactics that have been used by Lalit Modi and others.I also feel that the ICC should do something about the international calender or else we may have specialists playing a particular version and that will be the death of traditional cricket.Part of the charm of watching cricket is to appreciate the art of Sachin or a Wasim in a Test as well as an ODI. To see Kumble being thwacked around in an ODI but he coming back in a test to pick wickets.The eccentricities of the game are there only cos' we have multiple modes to play it but everything is too packed then players will burn out or get injured,What Then?

  • Rauf on May 29, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    "No country should be bigger than the sport"

    Tell that to Modi and this may be your last blog on cricinfo ;)

    I am sure our Indian readers will say that BCCI contributes 70% of funds to ICC so it should have 70% of the decision power. Fine but some of those decisions are made purely on political/financial grounds to the detriment of other boards. IPL vs ICL is the prime example. CWC and Pak as cohost is the other.

    Looks like cricket as I liked it i.e. Test and CWC are heading towards a grotesque death. Case in point, I love cricket but I did not watch even a single match in IPL tamasha 2 or England vs WI series. IPL is just a tamasha and WI team is playing worst then some kids in the streets of Lahore. Pakistan is no different even if invited somewhere. That is all about cricket these days.

    Who needs cricket and it's clueless governing body with all it's politics and back stabbing when you can have the excitement of UEFA cup final and other football events.

  • zaid_sl on May 29, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    being a pakistani fan i accept,its really hard to follow a tournament from which the pakistanis are deliberately excluded,we as fans should raise a united voice for our team

  • Jawad Youssef on May 29, 2009, 15:41 GMT

    The Pakistani Governemnt and PCB did Not allow its players Permission to play in the IPL, Kamran. We should get rid of them PCB first who deny our players an opportunity to perform at IPL. But then again playing Australia was good practice for the lads. Pakistan can play Intenational matches. Who needs IPL? Pak can have PPL with Intl. players in it.

  • Lenn Marx on May 29, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with much of this post, the greed of those who are paying the bills for cricket (the television companies and advertisers) and the administrators is something that is very concerning indeed, and increases in the number of games in a schedule don't necessarily mean more viewers/audience, in fact the opposite can apply if viewership is bored by a overcrowded schedule of formulaic games, a large factor in the fall of the 50 over game in some countries. My only point of contention:(and I realize this is a Pakistani oriented blog) in regards to the Cricket Champions league, there was little choice but to remove the Pakistani Champions, as they would not have been allowed to travel to India under current circumstances anyway. It must be understood that the marginalization of Pakistan cricket internationally isn't the fault of the cricketers or its fans but neither is it the fault of the international cricketing community, that the country isn't safe for foreign players.

  • Mayank on May 29, 2009, 15:22 GMT

    Maybe so for a some viewers, who can move away from cricket, but some of us like our daily fixture broadcasted live. So there is nothing like too-much-cricket. Regarding Pakistan being marginalized, stop whinning and fix things. In sports, politics does play a part though it might not be true other way round. What has Pakistan done to stop this marginaliztion except crib from the sidelines? Without the 'adminstrators', 'businessmen' and 'broadcasters' IPL would have gone the same way as Pakistan cricket with vague references to 'nuetral venues' etc; etc;. Only with the support of the three did the matches move seamlessly to SA and were conducted

  • Dheeraj on May 29, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    Who is to blame for the absence of Pak players in IPL and Champions League? BCCI did not deliberately exclude Pak from both of them as you claim. You are a journalist and should present an unbiased perspective. Rather your emotional blog is going to be a fodder for all the anti-India comments now. Javed Miandad in his position as Director General says IPL is a joke. He levies match fixing allegations on BCCI. You said ICC was at right removing Pak as a host of WC'11. But still Pak board goes on warpath against BCCI for no mistake of BCCI. After all this why would any sensible business man(Lalit Modi) want to do business with Pak? It was Pak govt which restricted their players from going to India. Not the other way round. Had Miandad been just former player his comments wouldn't have got any importance but now he is Director General of PCB which means they are official views of PCB.If IPL and CL is a circus and the players are buffoons why would u want to take part in it anyway?

  • Sriram on May 29, 2009, 15:03 GMT

    This is writing at its worst. If you are so concerned about "certain elements" marginalizing Pakistan, be brave and say it out openly. You are talking about IPL and you are talking about Lalit Modi (for the record, I despise him and his bombastic methods). In effect you are talking about the Indian board or as you call it "certain elements". Don't hide behind this cloak of diplomacy and spell it out, Mr.Abbasi. On the other hand I do agree about the over-kill which might hamper the great sport. But tell me, why would the players refuse to earn money? They are professionals and they have to earn for their living. As long as they are ready to lap it up, we are going to see a deluge of cricket.

    Final two words - Be Brave.

  • Venkat murthy on May 29, 2009, 14:55 GMT

    kamran,

    When are you guys going to take responsibility for your own actions, and stop blaming India for everything? India did visit Pakistan as recently as a year ago for the Asia cup. It was only after the Mumbai attacks that normal relations were suspended, so the cricket had to suffer. The reason Pakistani players were excluded from the IPL is because the I in IPL stands for Indian. It is a professional sports with Indian money, based out of India, and Indian organization and professionalism. If Major League Baseball and the US government can bar Cuban nationals from playing in their league, why can't Indians exercise that right. Indians have dealt with the arrogance of Pakistani cricketers and administrators throughout the 80s and 90s. Even now, a lot of Pakistani cricketers who had no problem drawing Indian paychecks from their TV analyst jobs, keep taking potshots at us. Zaheer Abbas and Wasim Akram are cases in point.

  • Nik on May 29, 2009, 14:34 GMT

    Even though I am indian, I feel your pain and agree with your thoughts..

  • Nash on May 29, 2009, 14:27 GMT

    I agree.. I dint watch this IPL at all.. NO shoaib.. no afridi.. no Akmal... no Tanvir... It was a big drag for me really.. Kept going on and on. Glad its over now ...

  • Rev on May 29, 2009, 14:15 GMT

    I have to disagree on two points - firstly, the boards who invest most in developing the game will always wish to wield greater power with regard to governance - it is a fact of life. Now that the BCCI is the powerbroker, expect to see a greater Indian influence over the game. Secondly, Pakistan Cricket is not being marginalised by 'certain elements of the international cricket community'. It is being marginalised by the absolute joke known by the acronym PCB, and the idiots who staff it. Why should Pakistan be considered part of the cricket community when it cannot be bothered to organise sufficient security for their guests? Why should other cricketing nations stand idly by whilst the PCB deems positive drug tests as an irrelevancy? It is as though Pakistanis believe it is their God-given right to play international cricket, but here's the catch - no-one outside Pakistan cares. So what if we never see another Wasim or Imran? There's plenty of others from elsewhere to go around

  • Abhijeet on May 29, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    I think PCB and Pak ppl should come out of victim complex and clean their own house. I would like to ask author what does he expect those "certain elements" to do.

    India cancels its Pak tour, SL fills in, are not given a bullet-proof bus and are attacked, thus proving that India took right decision. Who would travel to Pak for world cup now

    Pak govt doesn't send its players to India because of "safety concerns" despite India being way safer than Pak. The IPL teams fill up 10 foreigners from other countries. Then when IPL gets shifted out of India, Pak players want in. If they couldn't be accomodated after this, is it India's fault

    CL is most probably happening in India bcoz there are no general elections in Oct. Why should India just assume that Pak govt will let Pak team participate. Who will pay for losses if it doesn't

    PCB director general Miandad says IPL is a joke and matches are fixed. Why should India invite Pak then. Moreover why is PCB crying about not being invited to CL

  • Ed on May 29, 2009, 13:59 GMT

    Exactly right, the ICC needs to get it's priorities in order. No 1 on the list has to be that the IPL is a domestic competition and should be treated as such. It should be run domestically and should not get precedence over any other form of cricket. Yes there should be a world club championship or champions league or whatever else it should be called, and an international tournament, but we cannot continue in the current situation where one country dictates all the rules. It wasn't right when England and Australia did it, and it's not right now. The domestic boards should run their own tournaments. The winners of these should get to play in a champions league that occurs during a window, but that's it. International cricket is international cricket and the IPL isn't.

  • anuj on May 29, 2009, 13:40 GMT

    maybe u can ask barak obama to help u find tournaments to play in...stop whining...pak players were not in IPL cause the pak govt did not allow them to participate....and y do u equate the pakistan's cricket demise with global cricket demise? completely biased article with no logical arguments..

  • Anabayan Kris on May 29, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    Here's a guy who stopped watching a sporting event because of perceived mistreatment but says he loves sports! Does anyone smell the stink of hypocrisy? You should get your facts right before carping about things. YOUR gov didn't allow YOUR players to play in India and still you blame the BCCI. What do you want them to do? Include Sialkot Stallions so that they'll point their noses high in the air and say they can't come? Champions League can't afford that. Sick!... Thats what this column is.

  • SALMAN RAI on May 29, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    very very well written kamran.I totaly agree with this and that is the only reason why me and most of pakistani fans didnt watch IPL. I suggest this broadcast of IPL and so called 'Champions League' should be banned in Pakistan. Come on Team Pakistan u rock!!!!

  • Asim Muhammad on May 29, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    Hi Everone,

    I am surprise that kamran did nt go in much detail about the ommission of sialkot stallions from champion league, It is outrageous decision and potray the mentality of BCCI, I was disturb by this new so much and yet nothing is been said by PCB,It is time now we start relying on our own,I remember we did nt play much with india in 90s and yet we were best , we need to go back to that,play good cricket and make people want to play pakistan ,Next few month is bringing good cricket to pak, Good to see that, for pakistani fan, Its not over kill for us as we r already starved to see our players in actions. Good luck Pakistan.

  • PVW on May 29, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    "Pakistan and its cricketers are being systematically marginalized by certain elements of the international cricket community". Why don't u shoot from the hip and name BCCI ?Let me ask u What is the guarantee that PCB/Pak. Govt.(or whoever 's in charge this time) will allow the players to come to India to play ? Otherwise we would have a problem for the tournament. As it is, last time the CL was cancelled because of the terror attacks. We don't want to jeopardize the tournament again. You guys are unwilling to play the WC matches in India (because it’s unsafe) but suddenly u are ok to play CL matches?(is it suddenly safe now ). How come this sudden change of heart? If u guys had provided the "Presidential Level Security" to the SL players, then u could have got players in IPL and in CL. You have swept that problem under the carpet and hope that others will tour Pak. Anyway you PCB director says the IPL matches are a joke. So why do u want to play in CL ? Why now try a little honesty ?

  • Prakash on May 29, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    As a Sports columinist, you should be in a position to watch matches irrespective of your own countrys Participation. ( You wouldnt have expected a Pakistani in European Champions League, hopefully).The position it finds itself today partially reflects to its own doing. Blowing your own trumpet.. But Yes I agree that too much of cricket is bad advertisment for the sports. The golden duck needs to be Preserved..

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  • Prakash on May 29, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    As a Sports columinist, you should be in a position to watch matches irrespective of your own countrys Participation. ( You wouldnt have expected a Pakistani in European Champions League, hopefully).The position it finds itself today partially reflects to its own doing. Blowing your own trumpet.. But Yes I agree that too much of cricket is bad advertisment for the sports. The golden duck needs to be Preserved..

  • PVW on May 29, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    "Pakistan and its cricketers are being systematically marginalized by certain elements of the international cricket community". Why don't u shoot from the hip and name BCCI ?Let me ask u What is the guarantee that PCB/Pak. Govt.(or whoever 's in charge this time) will allow the players to come to India to play ? Otherwise we would have a problem for the tournament. As it is, last time the CL was cancelled because of the terror attacks. We don't want to jeopardize the tournament again. You guys are unwilling to play the WC matches in India (because it’s unsafe) but suddenly u are ok to play CL matches?(is it suddenly safe now ). How come this sudden change of heart? If u guys had provided the "Presidential Level Security" to the SL players, then u could have got players in IPL and in CL. You have swept that problem under the carpet and hope that others will tour Pak. Anyway you PCB director says the IPL matches are a joke. So why do u want to play in CL ? Why now try a little honesty ?

  • Asim Muhammad on May 29, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    Hi Everone,

    I am surprise that kamran did nt go in much detail about the ommission of sialkot stallions from champion league, It is outrageous decision and potray the mentality of BCCI, I was disturb by this new so much and yet nothing is been said by PCB,It is time now we start relying on our own,I remember we did nt play much with india in 90s and yet we were best , we need to go back to that,play good cricket and make people want to play pakistan ,Next few month is bringing good cricket to pak, Good to see that, for pakistani fan, Its not over kill for us as we r already starved to see our players in actions. Good luck Pakistan.

  • SALMAN RAI on May 29, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    very very well written kamran.I totaly agree with this and that is the only reason why me and most of pakistani fans didnt watch IPL. I suggest this broadcast of IPL and so called 'Champions League' should be banned in Pakistan. Come on Team Pakistan u rock!!!!

  • Anabayan Kris on May 29, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    Here's a guy who stopped watching a sporting event because of perceived mistreatment but says he loves sports! Does anyone smell the stink of hypocrisy? You should get your facts right before carping about things. YOUR gov didn't allow YOUR players to play in India and still you blame the BCCI. What do you want them to do? Include Sialkot Stallions so that they'll point their noses high in the air and say they can't come? Champions League can't afford that. Sick!... Thats what this column is.

  • anuj on May 29, 2009, 13:40 GMT

    maybe u can ask barak obama to help u find tournaments to play in...stop whining...pak players were not in IPL cause the pak govt did not allow them to participate....and y do u equate the pakistan's cricket demise with global cricket demise? completely biased article with no logical arguments..

  • Ed on May 29, 2009, 13:59 GMT

    Exactly right, the ICC needs to get it's priorities in order. No 1 on the list has to be that the IPL is a domestic competition and should be treated as such. It should be run domestically and should not get precedence over any other form of cricket. Yes there should be a world club championship or champions league or whatever else it should be called, and an international tournament, but we cannot continue in the current situation where one country dictates all the rules. It wasn't right when England and Australia did it, and it's not right now. The domestic boards should run their own tournaments. The winners of these should get to play in a champions league that occurs during a window, but that's it. International cricket is international cricket and the IPL isn't.

  • Abhijeet on May 29, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    I think PCB and Pak ppl should come out of victim complex and clean their own house. I would like to ask author what does he expect those "certain elements" to do.

    India cancels its Pak tour, SL fills in, are not given a bullet-proof bus and are attacked, thus proving that India took right decision. Who would travel to Pak for world cup now

    Pak govt doesn't send its players to India because of "safety concerns" despite India being way safer than Pak. The IPL teams fill up 10 foreigners from other countries. Then when IPL gets shifted out of India, Pak players want in. If they couldn't be accomodated after this, is it India's fault

    CL is most probably happening in India bcoz there are no general elections in Oct. Why should India just assume that Pak govt will let Pak team participate. Who will pay for losses if it doesn't

    PCB director general Miandad says IPL is a joke and matches are fixed. Why should India invite Pak then. Moreover why is PCB crying about not being invited to CL

  • Rev on May 29, 2009, 14:15 GMT

    I have to disagree on two points - firstly, the boards who invest most in developing the game will always wish to wield greater power with regard to governance - it is a fact of life. Now that the BCCI is the powerbroker, expect to see a greater Indian influence over the game. Secondly, Pakistan Cricket is not being marginalised by 'certain elements of the international cricket community'. It is being marginalised by the absolute joke known by the acronym PCB, and the idiots who staff it. Why should Pakistan be considered part of the cricket community when it cannot be bothered to organise sufficient security for their guests? Why should other cricketing nations stand idly by whilst the PCB deems positive drug tests as an irrelevancy? It is as though Pakistanis believe it is their God-given right to play international cricket, but here's the catch - no-one outside Pakistan cares. So what if we never see another Wasim or Imran? There's plenty of others from elsewhere to go around

  • Nash on May 29, 2009, 14:27 GMT

    I agree.. I dint watch this IPL at all.. NO shoaib.. no afridi.. no Akmal... no Tanvir... It was a big drag for me really.. Kept going on and on. Glad its over now ...