Age of Khan October 13, 2009

Meritless chancers win again

 
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Younis can return © AFP
 

The best of times are usually followed by the worst of times. This is Pakistan cricket. Something in the Pakistani psyche will inevitably prevent a delicate flower from blooming. Cricket is so fundamental to this nation’s identity that everybody wants a slice of cricket’s luxurious pie. Politicians, bureaucrats, and administrators want their 15 minutes of fame — though infamy is more common.

Meritless chancers choose cricket as their passport to power and glory. Nothing provides a greater thrill to these self-deluded fools than the belief that they have brought a national champion to his knees.

Pakistan cricket’s history is punctuated with such insulting tragedies, the most poignant being that of Imran Khan, the Sher of Pakistan, deciding to retire from international cricket after winning the 1992 World Cup.

Imran was 40 and his bowling had begun to evoke memories of Mudassar Nazar, but as a batsman and a leader his job in mentoring future champions was unfinished. But Pakistan cast him adrift, questioning his personal motives and viewing a hero with a scoundrel’s contempt. Imran’s pride, his greatest asset and his perennial weakness, forced him to say he’d had enough.

I once heard a parable of why ability is rarely a criterion for progress in Pakistan, why merit counts for nothing. It is not the whole explanation, of course, but an important part of it.

Imagine a ladder reaching up to the heavens, with all the millions of people of Pakistan condemned to an eternity of clambering to the top, an exhausting desperate existence. The first person to reach the summit will liberate his people from this ladder-climbing hell but will also become king and master of his nation.

In the heavenly ladders of other nations, people reach the top to bring succour to their fellows. They achieve this through co-operation and a realisation that the best of them should reach the summit for the common good. There are some false starts, and some progress to their goal faster than others, but they move towards liberation from their plight.

On the Pakistani ladder, people climb forever, a purgatory of perpetual struggle without reward. Pakistanis of all hues and tongues rush to the top, trampling over their weaker countrymen, pushing many off the ladder to their deaths a thousand miles below.

Some are pure geniuses, racing up the ladder with skill and artistry unseen on any other heavenly ladder. But each time a Pakistani nears the top, a hundred, nay a thousand bitter hands reach upwards, making a superhuman effort to grab their fellow, drag him back, and plunge him into the darkness below.

Nobody reaches the top. Nobody succeeds. Nobody brings solace to a troubled people.

This then is the state of Pakistan, the mindset of Mr Jamshed Dasti, a supposedly honourable parliamentarian. It is the mindset that pervades too much of Pakistani society and cricket.

Why let a good man succeed when you can’t succeed yourself?

I commend Younis Khan for standing by his principles. The laws of libel and slander are too weak to protect anybody’s reputation in Pakistan. I would have commended him too if he had decided to stay and battle his adversaries. No evidence has been presented, no grounds for a character assassination.

The attack on the integrity of Pakistan’s cricketers was unleashed by a frivolous media report, a report seized upon by a dismal political creed that chooses to devote its time to investigating cricketers when the country is in crisis. The investigations that are urgently required, however, are of the politicians, bureaucrats, and administrators who destroy every bright new dawn. But that reckoning will not come.

No resignation or retirement is the last word in Pakistan cricket. I imagine Javed Miandad in perpetual preparation to come back to lead Pakistan and bat at No.4 against Australia. That isn’t about to happen. But Younis can return. Pakistan needs him.

It is Mr Dasti and his ridiculous parliamentary committee who should resign or be sacked for giving dumb credence to a scurrilous story. And if the rumours are true about the role of the PCB in destabilising Younis, those self-appointed busy bodies should hang their heads in shame. What have they achieved, what talent do they possess, compared with the men they seek to fling off the heavenly ladder?

Younis is no Imran but his story has echoes of the past in the manner of how a triumphant captain is dethroned. What gives the system abusers, who sit in positions of power without mandate, the right to malign the reputation of a cricketer who has delivered a World Cup and a world of prestige? If this is the fate of a hero what hope for the common man or woman?

Once again nobody reaches the top, nobody succeeds, and nobody brings solace to a troubled people.

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

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  • Ammad Zafeer on October 25, 2009, 15:52 GMT

    Wasim Akram's wife has passed away is Chennai, India. RIP.

  • DC Green on October 18, 2009, 8:49 GMT

    I'm am Aussie supporter, and I'm stunned and saddened by this whole affair. YK is a wonderful batsman, an inspiring leader and a straight-shooting good bloke. Who are these bloated nobody politicians to keep dragging down Pakistani cricket?

  • Saad Naseem on October 17, 2009, 22:47 GMT

    I think Younis Khan has done the right thing by demanding captaincy until the 2011 World Cup. It will ensure that he gets a chance to apply his brilliant captaincy skills in order to build a world class team that will continue to serve the country for many years to come. The people who think that he has made a cowardly decision by resigning are in fact underestimating the emotional blow that is faced by a person who faces such hedious allegations right after winning one of the most prestigious tournaments in the game (T20 WC). Ramiz Raja, a man with rational thoughts (a rarity among our emotional people), and Rt. Lt. General Tauqir Zia, one of the best ever heads of PCB, both have supported his decision. It is true that Younis still has much to prove with his bat but he certainly has delivered as a captain so far.

  • Aquil Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) on October 17, 2009, 15:31 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in inquiring the reasons for a defeat in a Parliament Qaema committee. The insulting public statments made by the committee Chairman and some other Ministers and Board Officials is to be stopped in Future. Younus Khan and his Team Boys should be treated by respect. Accusation of match Fixing and cricizing Umpiring decision should be stopped for ever. This is hurting our cricket very badly. We know South Africa had a greater stake of winning the Championship on their Home grounds. They were out from the first round. They and Sri Lanka accepted their exit quite honorably. Our Team performed so well that they reached to the Semi Final level. We should encourage them for this imrovement. No one should try to create differeces between the players on Captainship issue. We can discuss on pointing out the weaknesses of the players for their improvement. Match Report is enough to settle other issues.

  • Junaid on October 16, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    "Posted by: Wasim at October 15, 2009 7:28 PM Younis Khan should write three letters of thanks. The first for Mr Dasti whose loose accusations distracted the whole nation and turned Younis into a victim from a culprit. The other two letters should be written for Mr Abbassi and Osman Samiuddin for turning a blind eye toward his personal performance and the blunders he is committing as a captain and above all in successfuly portraying Younis as the saviour of Pakistan cricket and the next best thing after Imran Khan. " Well Said Wasim. I agree 100% YK is the most lucky person as he got chance to become a hero after most pathetic personal performances in last 2 series. When Shoaib Malik used to fail as batsman or Pakistan used to lose under him than these writers were always demanding his resignation but now it is the other way as they are trying to defend an underperforming captain. YK is now trying to blackmail PCB to get long term stint as captain and they call him honest and fair..

  • Munir Abbasi on October 16, 2009, 19:01 GMT

    I guess Younis khan has cleverly exploited the situation at a time when no one was demanding his resignation and now wants to cash the sentiments in the form of getting assurance on captaincy till 2011.

    I believe that he should concentrate on proving that he is worthy enough of being included in the squad. He should thank Allah that after all these mostly unfruitful years of his cricket... he still survives :)

  • ratee on October 16, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    Politicians play with politics but very few succeed in our Country in this profession as well.

    They are highly paid and respected till they lose their respect when they show their real faces.

    This has happened once again its wasteful on our part to invest more time in discussing the inevitable that is: "First do the job for which you were elected and then meddle with things that you know nothing about".

  • Kool Kat on October 16, 2009, 18:23 GMT

    @ Muhammedh and Sorcerer : Nice, vivid imagination. Stop being emtional and start becoming real. By the way, you can look for careers like story telling to 5 year kids.

  • SYED JAFFERY on October 16, 2009, 14:56 GMT

    Mr. Kamran you should restrained yourself of writing an emotional article on Pakistanis on a public blog like this. It is just useless to comment on the polititions as we all know how good they are running the country. But being a cricketer myself, we all know the capabilities of Younis Khan and Shahid afridi. You just cannot compare them with the likes of Imran Khan and Javed Miandad. Due to their discipline and unquestionable patriotism they were manage to win so many laurels for the country. Honestly, I think our criketers in this era needs to be trained and councelled to handle such situations. It is really frustrating to read their interviews and listen to them on TV. They are in the team due to the scarcity of talent in Pakistan rightnow. Just immagine putting this team agaianst even the Zimbabwians of 90's. The standard of cricket was so strong at that time. My advise to Younis khan is to avoid media contacts as much as possible and controls his emotions till he actually retires

  • Yunis Khan on October 16, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    Why was out of form Umer Gul given chance when a better baller like Asif was around? Umer Gul has the worst Strike rate of all the Pakistani ballers in the current squad.

  • Ammad Zafeer on October 25, 2009, 15:52 GMT

    Wasim Akram's wife has passed away is Chennai, India. RIP.

  • DC Green on October 18, 2009, 8:49 GMT

    I'm am Aussie supporter, and I'm stunned and saddened by this whole affair. YK is a wonderful batsman, an inspiring leader and a straight-shooting good bloke. Who are these bloated nobody politicians to keep dragging down Pakistani cricket?

  • Saad Naseem on October 17, 2009, 22:47 GMT

    I think Younis Khan has done the right thing by demanding captaincy until the 2011 World Cup. It will ensure that he gets a chance to apply his brilliant captaincy skills in order to build a world class team that will continue to serve the country for many years to come. The people who think that he has made a cowardly decision by resigning are in fact underestimating the emotional blow that is faced by a person who faces such hedious allegations right after winning one of the most prestigious tournaments in the game (T20 WC). Ramiz Raja, a man with rational thoughts (a rarity among our emotional people), and Rt. Lt. General Tauqir Zia, one of the best ever heads of PCB, both have supported his decision. It is true that Younis still has much to prove with his bat but he certainly has delivered as a captain so far.

  • Aquil Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) on October 17, 2009, 15:31 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in inquiring the reasons for a defeat in a Parliament Qaema committee. The insulting public statments made by the committee Chairman and some other Ministers and Board Officials is to be stopped in Future. Younus Khan and his Team Boys should be treated by respect. Accusation of match Fixing and cricizing Umpiring decision should be stopped for ever. This is hurting our cricket very badly. We know South Africa had a greater stake of winning the Championship on their Home grounds. They were out from the first round. They and Sri Lanka accepted their exit quite honorably. Our Team performed so well that they reached to the Semi Final level. We should encourage them for this imrovement. No one should try to create differeces between the players on Captainship issue. We can discuss on pointing out the weaknesses of the players for their improvement. Match Report is enough to settle other issues.

  • Junaid on October 16, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    "Posted by: Wasim at October 15, 2009 7:28 PM Younis Khan should write three letters of thanks. The first for Mr Dasti whose loose accusations distracted the whole nation and turned Younis into a victim from a culprit. The other two letters should be written for Mr Abbassi and Osman Samiuddin for turning a blind eye toward his personal performance and the blunders he is committing as a captain and above all in successfuly portraying Younis as the saviour of Pakistan cricket and the next best thing after Imran Khan. " Well Said Wasim. I agree 100% YK is the most lucky person as he got chance to become a hero after most pathetic personal performances in last 2 series. When Shoaib Malik used to fail as batsman or Pakistan used to lose under him than these writers were always demanding his resignation but now it is the other way as they are trying to defend an underperforming captain. YK is now trying to blackmail PCB to get long term stint as captain and they call him honest and fair..

  • Munir Abbasi on October 16, 2009, 19:01 GMT

    I guess Younis khan has cleverly exploited the situation at a time when no one was demanding his resignation and now wants to cash the sentiments in the form of getting assurance on captaincy till 2011.

    I believe that he should concentrate on proving that he is worthy enough of being included in the squad. He should thank Allah that after all these mostly unfruitful years of his cricket... he still survives :)

  • ratee on October 16, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    Politicians play with politics but very few succeed in our Country in this profession as well.

    They are highly paid and respected till they lose their respect when they show their real faces.

    This has happened once again its wasteful on our part to invest more time in discussing the inevitable that is: "First do the job for which you were elected and then meddle with things that you know nothing about".

  • Kool Kat on October 16, 2009, 18:23 GMT

    @ Muhammedh and Sorcerer : Nice, vivid imagination. Stop being emtional and start becoming real. By the way, you can look for careers like story telling to 5 year kids.

  • SYED JAFFERY on October 16, 2009, 14:56 GMT

    Mr. Kamran you should restrained yourself of writing an emotional article on Pakistanis on a public blog like this. It is just useless to comment on the polititions as we all know how good they are running the country. But being a cricketer myself, we all know the capabilities of Younis Khan and Shahid afridi. You just cannot compare them with the likes of Imran Khan and Javed Miandad. Due to their discipline and unquestionable patriotism they were manage to win so many laurels for the country. Honestly, I think our criketers in this era needs to be trained and councelled to handle such situations. It is really frustrating to read their interviews and listen to them on TV. They are in the team due to the scarcity of talent in Pakistan rightnow. Just immagine putting this team agaianst even the Zimbabwians of 90's. The standard of cricket was so strong at that time. My advise to Younis khan is to avoid media contacts as much as possible and controls his emotions till he actually retires

  • Yunis Khan on October 16, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    Why was out of form Umer Gul given chance when a better baller like Asif was around? Umer Gul has the worst Strike rate of all the Pakistani ballers in the current squad.

  • oops on October 16, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    mr. abbasi, i am a fan of yours and osman samiuddin. i'm also a fan of younus khan and think he is a good captain. but this time around, both you and osman have been duped into a charade that younus has orchestrated to remain captain. having said that everybody should roundly condemn the national assembly's enquiry and attendant innuendos. but please don't let younus blackmail the likes of you and osman samiuddin and pretty much the rest of the cricketing media.

  • Asif Majeed on October 16, 2009, 9:58 GMT

    Ijaz butt should avail this golden opportunity to get rid of this under-performing player.

    And one should ask him that why he keeps saying that he is a pathan etc.. we are all Pakistanis and such comments should be avoided... there should be no pathan, muhajir, punjabi kashmiri etc.

  • Jawad Ali on October 16, 2009, 9:55 GMT

    100% agree to the following post Posted by: Wasim at October 15, 2009 7:28 PM

    Can Yunus set example for our ODI side? Younus' performance does not qualify him a place in ODIs, averaging only a declining 33% with pathetic Strike rate.

    He has an ordinary ODI stats, ordinary brain on the field with a tendency to make a mess of the situation.

    He just has said that he is a honorable pathan (one should ask him why he keeps telling others his nationality when we all are Pakistanis) and that he cares about himself first and the Pakistani cricket team may be (Dawn 15th Oct).

    His twist and turn on dropping the crucial sitter (despite being not able to help our batting) and now changing stances on the captaincy issue apart from his unreasonable laughing at interviews clearly shows that he is a pretender.

  • Arshad Khan on October 16, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    Surely, the man hailing from the backward and uneducated region called Muzaffargarh, who was hardly known outside that area, has succeeded in getting some free publicity at the expense of his country's reputation. I ask: is there anyone in the power corridors who could investigate whether Dasti had in fact a secret agenda of putting his country to shame. Who says we are not a free country - anyone can abuse and accuse this nation sans proofs and get away - just like that!!!

  • Jawad on October 16, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    I am sure Mr.Dasti is not even qualified for the position he holds.He should be sued collectively by the team with or without the PCB support.Shame on the PCB and the parliamentary committee for acting on hearsay and not defending their captain.NZ beat Pakistan fair and square and deserve much better than this.

  • ASIF on October 16, 2009, 5:09 GMT

    It is sheer nonsense to blame afridi for meeting ejaz butt.Since younis is injured what is wrong if afridi leads against newzealand in the one dayers alongwith the 20/20 matches.As a matter of fact afridi is the one who is backing younis always.The detractors of afridi do not want afridi in the team leave alone leading pakistan.The fact of the matter is younis also does not want afridi to lead in his absence as he has given a statement earlier that he doesn't need a vice captain & knows that afridi can do better than him & we have seen afridi leading from the front in both the matches in which he led pak to victory.I think afridi is the right choice to lead in one days & 20/20 matches as he is very aggressive & being an allrounder can do much better than younis.It is ironical that afridi is praying for the fast recovery of younis & is happy to play as his deputy & people r blaming him.Also for pak to succeed afridi should be properly utilised & should always bat at the top 1,2,3 or 4.

  • sleepshrink on October 15, 2009, 22:33 GMT

    Matchfixing allegations might be baseless and ridiculous but Younis khan should stop whining. If one was to read his statements and didn't know that he was the captain of pakistan cricket team they would think that he is the most " Mazloom" person in the world. This tirade of self pity and feeling sorry for himself does not suit someone who plays professional sports for a living. Tempter tantrums of this nature may make him feel good about himself but he should spare us the trouble. I am sick of listening to him whine about this or that. Trust me. If it hadnot been the macth fixing scandal, it would have been something else, as is evident from his recent statements such the last "eight months" have been hard on him. If he wants to have his EGO soothed and people touching his feet to ask him to come back than let him find another way to get it done. I've had enough of this False integrity.

  • Muhammedh on October 15, 2009, 22:19 GMT

    Proud of having my spelling close to Arabic, Muhammedh

    Is there anyone take care of passing this blog useful messages to PCB or Government or etc.

    Let them know the ground realities of fans who really feed them.

    Human makes mistakes, need to correct it sooner.

    So lets forget about whats happened, let PCB bring Younis back atleast till WorldCup 2011 then lets think about Afridi-he is a good backing and fit captain.

    Goal is to win the WorldCup 2011 in India espcially in Mumbai where Hindu Terrorists are based and slap them there.

    PAKISTAN must concentrate WC2011 not anythingelse.

    This team is extremely capable of making good result just need consistency.

  • khansahab on Legslip on October 15, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    Why so much emphasis on Younis and Dasti? What about pathetic performances of Malik (bar India), Imran Nazir and Rana Naved?

    Malik should not be playing in the middle order and he is not talented enough to open.

    Had Malik and Imran Nazir played their part consistently along with the underperforming Younis, we would not see this situation whereby match fixing allegations had to be levelled.

    So shame on you Malik and shame on your supporters.

  • desihungama on October 15, 2009, 19:52 GMT

    James.. Go Figure?

    AFTER, you kilt wearing Brits looted our land of our preciousness, our unity, our Kingdom..left us two people shatterd acrosss the border you ask us we go figure?

  • Amer Khan on October 15, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    The Indian journalists were wrong for what they did, but Pakistani can't blame them for what happened to Younis - the Indian journalists should have been denounced instead of followed, and the story was immediately retracted anyway. Pakistani politicians made something out of nothing for no good reason, and now the fans, not just of Pakistan, but of other countries too, have to suffer. With leaders like Dasti, who needs enemies?

  • Wasim on October 15, 2009, 19:28 GMT

    Younis Khan should write three letters of thanks. The first for Mr Dasti whose loose accusations distracted the whole nation and turned Younis into a victim from a culprit.

    The other two letters should be written for Mr Abbassi and Osman Samiuddin for turning a blind eye toward his personal performance and the blunders he is committing as a captain and above all in successfuly portraying Younis as the saviour of Pakistan cricket and the next best thing after Imran Khan.

  • Amit_G on October 15, 2009, 19:02 GMT

    I feel this really SHAMEFULL for any captain to go and explain a sport committe why they lost.In any sport win/loss is part of the game. I would also like to know why did'nt Mr Butt put his foot foward and say this inquiry is not needed. Second question I would like to ask is to Yonis khan is that when 99.9% pakistanis are supporting him, why does he have to give resignation listening to one "JOKER". Somewhere down the line i can smell something cooking between Mr Butt & Afridi. I am suprised that PCB has'nt supported Younis Khan the way it should. By doing this PCB has shot on its own leg, which they are'nt realising it.

  • desihungama on October 15, 2009, 18:54 GMT

    Hey Dasti Boy!

    Weren't you supposed to be in the Parliament or something goofing around the day match was played?

  • Faisal Taquie on October 15, 2009, 16:59 GMT

    The sports committe should spend time on why our nation is in a declining state in sports across the board (hockey, squash, atheletics, badminton, snooker, tennis, etc.) where once we were a lot more competitive than today. Well..wait, that would require someone sincere, honest, educated, and trustworthy....that will never happen in Pakistan govt/administration. So until then, we will have Dasti type morons who would use their powers only for their 2 mins of fame and in the process bulldozing bigger causes, others' integrity, etc.

    Come to think of it, if Taliban make it to Islamabad, Mr. Dasti would have got 80 lashes on his butt for false accusations....

  • Irfan on October 15, 2009, 16:57 GMT

    Wow!what an outpouring of support for Yunis. He should know what kind of esteem people hold him in and where this Dasti(shall be referred to as handy from here on) clown is on this ladder. Some opinions are marred with rashness while some are judgmental, there are some with real insight and some just agree to the gem of a piece by Kamran. Not too often Kamran’s writing impresses me but he has outdone himself this time. Although the part about Imran may be a little overstated because he was the only one to plan a graceful exit for himself and executed it. Part about Javaid?? I found it unnecessary. I don't see any possible role of him in this whole sordid affair. Why drag him into it? Wash that off from it and this piece speaks from the heart. Handy the clown should be dragged in the court and make to prove what was the basis of his allegations. Media blew it out of proportions; somebody should admonish them as well such as the courts??

  • Sorcerer on October 15, 2009, 15:05 GMT

    To the one suggesting India "won" because of this despite being whopped on field is a rather strange assertion. Pak is resilient enough to walk out of this crises as it's quite a norm. But how can you measure Indian success as being evolving through instigating a crisis nextdoor when your own players are head over heals sucked into the 20/20 and fashion modelling votexes?

    To the Indian fool labeling YK as chicken, he needs to be reminded some years ago, YK demolished India scoring roughly 1000 runs in just 7 Test innings...

    YK averages 88 against india and had consecutive innings scores in a magnificent run of 147,0,267,84*,199,83,194. If a player who "chickens out" is doing this to your team, wonder what your team is really like!

  • Jawed AKHTAR on October 15, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    Drunk drivers are not allowed to drive, when we will see similar law for driving a country or a cricket board.

  • Saif on October 15, 2009, 13:54 GMT

    I was reading some of the comments here and noticed some readers suggesting YK should resign or perform better to keep his position in the team. But my dear readers that's a totally different issue then what we have discussed here... Perhaps Kamran should write some thing about the performances of Seniors Players in the Pak Team to comment on...

    The real issue in this article is about allegation without any proof and the whole drama that comes with it...to this extent YK has all the rights to be mad about it, can this situation be handled with some professionalism? Yes indeed!

  • Aby Mathew on October 15, 2009, 7:43 GMT

    president of pakistan must sack everybody in board. He must appoint military men as board members & they must be paid for it like professionals . No politician or businessmen should be in the board. Every 6 months or 1 year these board members must be removed. Judiciary , legislative laws must be in place followed by auditing both by Pakistani and International agencies to completely remove corruption and nepotism. Only Pakistani cricketers with solid performances with bat and ball in professional league must be selected based purely on merit only. Everyone disobeying the law must be banned for atleast 1 year and must be made an example of. This board only lacks in discipline. Ever since Imran won the cup, nocaptain ( Waqar, Wasim , Inzamam, Latif, Shoaib Malik, etc( the list is too big), Inspite of this , they continue to amaze people all over world with their passion , talent &commitment). Wish Pakistan will produce another IMRAN ( true LEADER.) pak needs good leaders not diplomacy

  • rext on October 15, 2009, 7:25 GMT

    Pakistanis should forget about invoking Allah's help with their cricket. He doesn't actually care about cricket, why would he? Nor does he care more for Pakistan more than any other Country. Why would he? And forget this nonsense that umpires have consistently cost Pakistan success. It only makes you seem foolish, immature and shows very poor sportsmanship. You are the most self destructive cricket supporters on Earth. There is only one reason for losing, you weren't good enough on the day! Get it? Clear enough? Get on with what you can change and stop crying about what you can't! I can't comment on your politicians because, as a democracy they are your problem. There is an old saying in Australia and it is that we get the politicians we deserve. Think about that and stand up for yourselves and use the privilege of being able to vote to demand the standards you wish for. If you act like sheep you will surely be treated as such.Pakistani cricket has cancer, killing itself from within!

  • Ind_Cric_lover on October 15, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    I am an indian supporter, but I have nothing but the greatest respect for younis Khan. In him, I not only see a good player, but also a real role model that can lead Pakistan through these troubles times. He is always cool, self-effacing, composed. I remember how the media came down on him on the eve of T20 World Cup when he said T20 cricket is just for fun. He smiled through all of it, and led his team to victory. It really is a shame that the Board has put him through all this. Always remember that accusations are always in the question, not the answer. Even when you start questioning someones integrity, you ahve already dragged his name through mud. And Pakistan cricket has slumped further into oblivion, and their Board is the game's worst enemy. Y Khan will always remain one of my role models, and a modest cricketer who never behaved like a superstar he is.

  • Aam on October 15, 2009, 5:13 GMT

    Well when the politicians say somethnig which is a lie but it is a pouplar thning, people say he is great. If he says a truth ,which does not go down well with self denial masses, then he is villian. poor old Dasti just said truth and look at way he is criticised. Perhaps Younis felt he would get gaught id Dasti took matter forward and decided to resign

  • ASIF BAIG on October 15, 2009, 5:07 GMT

    I completely agree with Mr Vaqar Khan.May be Mr.Dasti put money on Pak team as favourit to win but lost as NZ win,and venting his anger,or may be playing into the hand of INDIAN media never missed chance to give bad name to Pakistan.I think he has no idea or knowledge of cricket.everybody know in Pakistan who most corrupt.He should resign instead YK or tender apublic appology

  • Inam Ghouse on October 15, 2009, 4:52 GMT

    Pakistan defeated India on the field and India managed to defeat Pakistan off the field.

  • Rahul on October 15, 2009, 4:22 GMT

    I am Indian but i would say it is a shame that such a gentleman Younis Kham had to face it. It is like questioning your integrity. Pakistan is playing well under leadership, India never even reached semi final but Pakistan did. He is calm leader and lead Pakistan with good sportsmanship. Really good article to read. Great job but Pakistan need to correct their crciket system. No one will be their captain if every time they point the finger on person integrity. Ciao

  • Ashok Sridharan on October 15, 2009, 4:10 GMT

    greatsequence: The Indian media closely monitored the Pakistan-Aus game because India had a stake in it. And incidentally, no one here blames outsiders for any of our problems.

    So before asking me to get a life, please get your facts right.

  • Henry on October 15, 2009, 3:26 GMT

    Kamran Abbassi's'Ladder'analogy is near perfect when applied not just to Pakistan cricket but also the more fortunate strata. My experience of the Pakistani'common man(and woman)in the street' is one of outstanding hospitatility and honesty. There is always a critical view of their cricket team's performances but never is there lunatic claims such as that made by Mr Dasti. The 'delicate flower' occassioanlly sticks its head up under the well nourished assistance of leaders like Imran or Younus, worthy men and worthy citizens of their country-Patriots in anyones observation. Is Mr Dasti'worthy'of his position as an elected lawmaker? In any other country he would find himself answering to his libel in a court of law. His mouth would cost him a lot of money and any vestige of reputation he may have retained after smearing the nations cricket captain. Beyond that he would be reviled by the electorate and thrown out.Sadly outside world sees the worst of Pakistan thanks to idiots like him.

  • S. Nayyar Iqbal Raza on October 15, 2009, 3:05 GMT

    Pakistan is a nation with few heroes and most are jealous people.Jealousy results in actions such as the ones done by local media and the Board. Just see the photo printed in all newspapers Ejaz Butt walking ahead of Yunus as if he is GOd, Naoozo billah.

  • S. Nayyar Iqbal Raza on October 15, 2009, 3:05 GMT

    Pakistan is a nation with few heroes and most are jealous people.Jealousy results in actions such as the ones done by local media and the Board. Just see the photo printed in all newspapers Ejaz Butt walking ahead of Yunus as if he is GOd, Naoozo billah.

  • James on October 15, 2009, 2:27 GMT

    Well, that's how Pakistan, the nation, was created. Some people did not like the fact that a more meritorious party (Indian National Congress) was about to become the ruler of the land so they decided to go separate ways. Now, the situation is, they will boot-lick every tom,dick,harry in the world but will not miss any opportunity to spit across the border. I don't believe the psyche of the people across the border is too much different, may be it's slightly lower in magnitude. As some wise man put it "Your life is a reflection of your thoughts" or in case of a nation "A nation's success or failure is a reflection of its people's physche" . Go figure.

  • Amer Khan on October 15, 2009, 2:21 GMT

    @ Harpreet: Younis is the best captain Pakistan has; Afridi is too moody and undisciplined with the bat to lead. Don't forget that Younis led us to the T20 World Cup, and a champions trophy semi, and that was no fluke. Firstly, which Indian newspaper was this that made this allegation? What action is being taken against this journalist? If it was a major newspaper, then the Younis or the team should go after them, if they can. Kamran, this article was amazing, I don't think anyone could have said it better. People like Dasti make me ashamed to be Pakistani. This has caused Paki cricket to take four steps backwards after taking two steps forward. We just don't have the leadership apart from Younis to compete with the likes of Australia and New Zealand

  • Fed Up on October 15, 2009, 2:15 GMT

    I think it would be best if Younis Khan did step down now...at his own discretion. One can only be pushed around so much. I know that Younis Khan wanted to give Pakistan one more gift by bringing home the Champions Trophy, but at this point his greatest gift to the nation would be to establish a players' association and let an organized body fight the system on the players' behalf.

    I think there is a reason why Younis Khan has often conflicted with the PCB. He wants to change the culture of Pakistan Cricket, and the PCB wants none of it!

  • Junaid on October 15, 2009, 1:45 GMT

    Nothing will happen. YK will take his resignation back. YK should first focus on proving his selection in the team as a player and than he should make claims of becoming a strong captain like great Imran. YK failed badly in Srilanka and champions trophy as batsman but he keeps critisizing other batsmen for not staying at wicket. " we need partnerships" ok than why don't you stay at wicket urself.

  • Asif on October 15, 2009, 1:39 GMT

    Dasti is one of those low life politicians who has nothing better to do. He just wanted to be in the news cause no one knows him until he made the wrong allegations against Younis Khan. Team Pakistan played well in champions trophy, look at Sri lanka, South africa and India, so called favourites to win the cup, could'nt even made it to semi finals. Dasti should be sacked. Its seems like that basterd took money from indians to spread the rumor against our team. Go Team Pakistan and hell with the politicians.

  • Kamran - UK on October 15, 2009, 1:01 GMT

    What happened is not justifiable but what's more annoying is that Yunis is going to benefit from all this. He didn't perform as a batsman, he was rubbish with captaincy let it be batting powerplays or sending Misbah before U.Akmal. First playing with Rana instead of Asif who looked dangerous after producing that magic delivery against Australian batsman. Then whenever other bowlers managed to make a game out of it, he intrduced Rana Naved (who's always expensive and don't know how more he's gonna cost Pakistan?) Umpiring decisions went against us as well esp. U.Akmal's decision and Saeed Ajmal's appeal which was turned down. But all in all, match wasn't fixed but poor captaincy did cost us. Younis should've been questioned about that but thanks to Mr. Dasti, this is not gonna happen. Younis will be back as a captain (he knows what works) and also will be in a much stronger position and nobody's gonna ask him even he continue this rubbish captaincy and poor batting. May Allah help us!!!

  • Santhana on October 14, 2009, 23:46 GMT

    Excellent Article neatly depicting the state of affairs in Pakistani cricket. Well said Kamran. The people of Pakistan should reject these power crazy politicians. We all feel sorry for Younis.

  • M. Akram on October 14, 2009, 23:16 GMT

    I agree 100% with you, Mr. Abbasi. Politicians (such as Mr. Dasti) can't play in politics so they are trying to get into cricket without bat and ball. Mr. Dasti, you are in trouble because you are playing without helmet. I think this is good for Pakistan cricket team (soecially for Yunis Khan) that this fake issue has been raised by some unwise person which bring a popularity and unity in the cricket team under the leadership of Younis.

  • Vaqar Khan on October 14, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    The politicians living in glass houses should think twice before throwing stones at others. All of us know who the corrupt and dishonest creed in Pakistan are. For God's sake leave the cricket team alone.

  • Harpreet bhinder on October 14, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    He is not a good captain, talking alot without sense should be Afridi as captain in OD1 and younis should retain on Tests. He have no sense to use Bowlers PowerPlay and His Batesman where is up and down the order. Should be out final answer

  • Pendoo on October 14, 2009, 20:04 GMT

    The fundamental question should be why cricket in Pakistan is being administered by the government at all? A non-political independent body must be formed to oversee the affairs related to cricket. In case of conflicts, this body should carry out investigation without any political interference. Government and politicians must be kept out of all the processes of this organization, to avoid repetition of irresponsible behavior and comments by unruly politicians who have already brought our country to its knees and now they are casting their dark shadow over the beloved sport that's so dear to the Pakistani nation. When was the last time when these people in power gave hope to our nation? When someone tries to provide a glimmer of hope to people of Pakistan, these princes of darkness become jealous and try to draw attention away from positivism to show their importance. I believe Dasti should either resign of be sacked by the government of Pakistan.

  • Mamoon DASTI on October 14, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    Who is this DASTI? A typical politician. Younis must sue him for what he has done to Younis.

  • Khan on October 14, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    I believe that if God forbid Pakistan were to distintegrate (AGAIN GOD FORBID), then the accurate historians about 30-40 years down the road would be blaming it ALL on the SO CALLED LIBRAL media of Pakistan, which hasnt done anything BUT bring shame to the NATION by promoting CHAOS, DISRUPT and ANARCHY. All the media has done thus far is to highlight the rubbish and speculations. For the sake of spicing up their front pages and to talk about some stupid topic on their TV channels they have made issues out of NOTHING. No other country's media is sooo reckless, careless and NON PATRIOTIC. In the name of freedom of speech our SOOO Called libral NEWS channels and news paper are just promoting their own agenda which in essence is weakning the country and destabalizing the scenario. Degrading the national heroes and defaming the famous will lead us no where. . Instaed of coming all out against the false accusations of the indian journalist our media highlighted it.

  • Kalim Khan on October 14, 2009, 19:11 GMT

    East and West Younus Khan is the Best and always will be! Mr Dasti you just worry about your Swiss bank accounts and keep your self away from Cricket, Cricket doesnt need u! they got enough wasteman like you already! 1 suggestion is that he should publicly apologize to Younus Khan and the whole team should demand an apology from him otherwise don't take part in the series against NZ. They need to b Unite and back each other up! f the Afridi rumors r true (which i dont think is)then shame on Afridi. Younus us the whole nation is proud of u and u have held us pathans head high. Thanks Younus 4 everything u have done so far and we all know u dont deserve this for ur efforts! Re consider the captaincy because v need a character like u!

  • atif yousuf on October 14, 2009, 19:11 GMT

    Very well written article . I would concur with most of the content. If failure leads to such extreme persecution, it is no wonder that our players make seemingly simple mistakes when the stakes are high. Younis Khan remains by far the best man to lead the team and I also think he is an integral part of our batting line up.While most people think that Afridi won us the T-20 cup, I think Younis form was key and it is no coincidence that with his lack of fitness/form we lost to NZ & AUS in the Champions trophy. You need technically correct batsmen to play against the new ball. He is our Dravid/Wall and without his input much like our Indian couterparts the stroke makers become exposed. As a captain though I do think he needs to be less emotional. Having said that I believe his resignation was the right move and other players should follow suit. maybe then public outcry would shame Mr Dasti into atleast giving an apology.

  • Nader Virk on October 14, 2009, 19:03 GMT

    Yet another twist to ongoing drama (though much expected), I had quit now its up to the Administration!Younus... Rest what I meant to say was pretty conceivable and ordinary Mr. Fan. Common sense on such forums require even journalists must behave in some course and should not provide ethnicity and parochial delusions to much unifying game that cricket is for all of US Pakistanis. If we read the column of Mr. Abbasi, that nor we succeed and neither we let any! So is the case embedded in all us that we are more on blame games than facts. One such instance Osman gave (that word was just to portray his mentality). when he mentioned that in Younus's resign punjab lobby has played its part. How come it be! Exaggerating the whole issue to another dark side with no real reasons. Least we expect from who represent us whether they r politicians, sportsmen or journalists to not to make a mockery of us all over with little mindedness of theirs, as sby wrote we have enemies in ranks not elsewh!

  • kamran qureshi on October 14, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    I think instead of being emotional.Pakistan should investigate the allegation quickly and once they find these to be false(which i am sure they would find all to be baseless)punish the instigators thru the court and sack them.This is the only way to make sure this kind of nonesense does not happen again

  • Saif on October 14, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    What can I say? I am out of words with this whole situation which has gone way out of control.

    I believe if someone accuses someone without having any evidence then they must be held accountable for their acts in the court of law. Either PCB or Younis should file case against them for false allegations.

    SHAME ON YOU JAMSHAID DASTI ...incident like this shows what you really are! A low level, ZERO caliber and poor quality person.

  • Faheem on October 14, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    Younis khan saga, Well look at this ridicuilas stuff now, there is a parlimentatian who questions younis khan that "have u fixed the match and now please prove that you have fixed it, i dont have any evidence but you have to tell us that why did you fixed the match," A person who cant barely stand in front of his leadership with his eyes staring at his leader regarding the important political issues , and he points finger to younis khan's credibility on an indian report's allegation, This is what you want, barely six months when the Pakistani team had around a half a dozen groups in team and now when younis khan is has droped a catch and they start saying is the match fixed. shame on these polititians shame,

  • Danish on October 14, 2009, 18:14 GMT

    In my opinion Butt/Afridi are much more guity than Dasti. What Dasti did was obviously very wrong but Butt checking with Afridi for performance of players made it horribly wrong. Anyone should be free to question. So Dasti's questioning can be somewhat pardonable but reacting on such stupid question was a huge mistake. So I am not able to understand why are people putting blame on Indian newspaper or even on Dasti when the real trouble makers are much closer. Now coming to Butt and Afridi, Afridi still has an excuse that a national selector called and asked some questions and so he has to answer. Afridi cannot simply refuse to answer. This leads to Butt, how can he even start investigating on some comments which ICC and later Indian newspaper and even Dasti had rubbished.

  • Tariqaue on October 14, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    I feel that the the whole bunch of the idiotic politicians, pcb and others who think they are influential and above everybody else in decision making should be advised to steer clear of any sport espeicially cricket as I am convinced that the present team is slowly rebuilding into a great one but Only if they are not interfered with. Most of these know it alls who have their heads so right up their own arseholes that they don't have any consideration for others because they want their few minutes of fame. For god's sake leave these talented sportsmen/women alone and let them try and do a good job for their country and make it proud.

    I also think that if these know it alls want to be recognized then i suggest they start pouring their wealth on helping the poor and start improving the sanitation system that the country needs badly. I hope they get the drift because majority of the Pakistanis are sick of these people ruling the roost because of their wealth.

    LET IMRAN KHAN RULE

  • Siddique on October 14, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    Very well written article on the blog. These are the reasons why pakistani cricketers need a Cricket Players Association. An association which will fight for pakistani crickter's rights and during the situation like these the players association should drag the perpetrators like Dasti to the court for maligning the characters of our Pakistani Heroes withour any merit. How dare he slander heroes who has given us world cup. I hope our media will show some restraint and report such matters after having evidence or else they will end up like the nonsense churning channel called Starnews of india.

  • USIndian on October 14, 2009, 17:07 GMT

    Its really unfortunate. Keep Politics / Sports /Religion separate if not the current scenario will prevail be it politics, development, sports or anything you name its not going to change. Another problem is "EGO" and groupism. The real problem is from the beginning how PCB functions, its neither elected nor has people with cricket knowledge or administrative credentials to run an organization.Where on earth a countries rulers involved so much in running a sports body as in Pakistan. So-called parliamentarian should mind their own business and do it right, which is serving the country and its people honestly towards peace and prosperity. A true fighter is one who fights against all odds,there is an adage"when the going gets tough the tough gets gowing" and knowing he is not IMRAN,Younis still need to fight and stand against such crap and people should support and fight for him.If not then there is no need for him(meek person)to be a captain,groom a strong captain and move on.

  • Sachin Fan , Florida, USA on October 14, 2009, 17:05 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Dasti. Pakistan team did throw the match away against Australia as they were scared of facing India in finals. YK realized that cat is out of bag now and made a quick exit instead of defending his position . Wayy to go YK. You always were chicken hawk and we know it ;-)

  • riya on October 14, 2009, 16:54 GMT

    the grammar you have used is wrong, using big words won't help tyically pakistani i must say

  • Sriram on October 14, 2009, 16:28 GMT

    As an Indian, I am flabbergasted, Ashamed and feeling sick to the bone. The completely unfounded and dumb Indian news report has set the ball rolling for another Pakistani Victim. When is our media going to stop obsessing over Pakistan's collective failure as a nation? For these idiots dont realize, By insulting a Honest leader, they have achieved nothing but rob a nation of its greatest pastime, Cricket. Shame on my fellowmen.

  • enkay on October 14, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    I am really sorry to see this article. The way a theory is created criticizing every Pakistani based on action of just one person. We are still not sure if and whether there was some match fixing. I think such investigations would only help clean up the game and create a social awareness against anybody even remotely thinking about participating in fixing matches. Lets not consider Match fixing as a taboo never to be discuss. It should be considered as a social evil which need to be discussed and tackled.

  • Sorcerer on October 14, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    Unfortunately there is more to it than meets the eye when it comes to such happenings on Pak circuit especially matters pertaining to the bureaucracy. We have bureaucrats and politicians with over-sized egos and plenty of megalomaniacs who think the world revolves around them. Quite a few of them would do anything to harness cheap publicity even if it means tarnishing the image and currency of the nation. The politician in question seems to be one of these unashamed souls who even deny something they have asserted on air a couple of days back. Impunity is their domain in this land and the show goes on as the sensation-hungry media keeps marching on and spotlight the next day is on some other speculation or potential crisis.

    What can you really say of the loyalties of mass media in Pak generally when a top notch channel like Geo Super has a weekly program fully devoted to "cricket gossip" in which innuendos and utter dross abounds and one Mr. Waheed Khan is at his scandalous best.

  • Jawed Saleem on October 14, 2009, 16:09 GMT

    Mr. Abbassi, Thanks for yr accurate article - You have fathomed the situation right.

    PCB management/higher-ups should be held responsible for this fiasco. The whole scenario (mess) is synonymous to state of affairs in our country ! There was absolutely no need for Younis to appear before “corrupt parliamentarians”.

    And for this “DUSTI” guy - should be drained in loo ! HAR SHAAKH PEY ULLOO BAITHA HAI ANJAME GULISTAN KIA HOGAA !

    For Younis :- You are “THE TIGER”, that Pak cricket require in these difficult times. Virtually the whole nation supports you ! Pak Cricket supporters understand that results are part of the game , most important is to “strive/fight”. And we love/adore your “fighter instincts” ! Do not play into ‘their’ hands. You must think of “PAKISTAN”, get well soon & your form back. We love those “magical moments” when you ran out rampaging Gambhir !

    I am sure in my mind that the tiger in you will “arise & roar” again ! DO IT FOR “PAK-CRICKET”.

  • Hibs on October 14, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    Such a shame. Younis is the best thing to have happened to Pakistan cricket for years. Given the awful circumstances that the team are in, with no home matches available to them, their recent success appears to stem from the solidarity on the pitch that has undoubtedly been engendered since Younis took over the captaincy. His relaxed nature seems to give the players the freedom to express their natural skills on the pitch, whilst his warmth and humour endears himself to all neutrals off it. Above all, he is a true gentleman and a credit to the whole country.

  • desihungama on October 14, 2009, 16:06 GMT

    Ha! First you say PCB has been run on an ad hoc basis and it needs to be put under government political body. Ha Ha. Now we have all seen what happens when the politicians who cannot even spell the word sport are put in charge. This tell you the sorry a$$ state of the country that is Pakistan. PCB needs to be unpoliticed.

    On Younis - He is a fool.

    You've got 170 million cheering for you and he is getting emotional on one man comment. What an idiot. I will not want my leader to surrender at the first hurdle which he seems to do everytime. What an ostrich approach.

  • Bimlesh on October 14, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    How easily have Mr. Abbasi and other senior pak journalists blamed the Indian media for this entire saga. India media says many a things about pakistan and vice versa, when have these two countries started taking each other's media so seriously. A few questions to Mr Abbasi and other senior pak journos 1. Did Wasim Akram retire after being accused of taking money and not playing 96 world cup? 2. Did anyone in pak team quit the game after India won the independence cup in 1998 nd there were accusations of underperformance by pak team by pak media? 2.Many a times hockey teams from pak lost to India and again there were accusations of match fixing/under performance. Did any pak player quit due to that?

  • khalil on October 14, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    The very fact that,no body likes an all powerful captain or leader.There are always elements from within/without, who want to check the progress of such people. YK has fallen prey to the same theory/system.There is no comparison between him & IK but his resignation was the reaction of suspecting his sincerity.He is not playing for fame otherwise he would not have resigned from 20/20 & cashed on it or he could have opted for not playing the semi final of CT despite carring an injury. Although it was an emotional decision,I think it was expected from YK in the given circumstances.

  • Faisal M on October 14, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    @ Sathish Reddy

    Well put Reddy, i enjoyed your comments. You are right, we are shooting ourselves in the foot. And for as long as i can remember following Pak cricket, we have done it with regular intervals and its probably the one thing we have been consistant about too. Pak cricket team can be one of the most competitive sides in the world if we for once only worry about CRICKET ON THE FIELD. Parliament, PCB chairman, Captain walking around with a resignation letter in his pocket all the time etc. etc. These are the things which should not have any place in a professional sports arena. But here we are again, sitting and watching the show.....

    Pakistani people need to rise and force the Pak government to take action on this cricket situation. Just like we supported the restoration of judiciary in Pak, we need to support this cause as well.

    Operation Clean up needs to commence immediately in Pakistan Cricket....filter out the bad apples.

    And everyone knows who they are...

  • Imran on October 14, 2009, 14:44 GMT

    I just don't know what to say. Younis is a real gentleman and a class act. He might not be the greatest ODI player ever, but he's still a fine batsman and a magnificent one against spin. He wasn't a bunny for Kumble like Inzi was in that last series. Its about time all the decent people stood up and stopped the corrupt ones from ruining our sport, because everything else has already gone to pot.We should have accountability,transparencey,structure and people with base motives should be sidelined and punished. Mr Dasti should be sent to prison and lashed for undermining the nation and slandering without proof,its the politicians who are the biggest crooks,any indiscretions in sports are childs play in comparison. I love you Younis, you're a sincere guy, unlike Malik & co. At least YK has a proper defensive technique unlike the slogging,flat track cowboys.He's the only one along with Yousuf who can defend properly and you don't throw that away, not in ODI's, T20 yeah but not ODI's peeps.

  • raja sher yar on October 14, 2009, 14:32 GMT

    younis khan dropping a catch, no big deal. Younis khan making imran nazir field in the outfield,who is excellent inside the box feilder, hmmmm also might not be that big deal. when newzealand wanted 30 odds run, no third man for fast bowlers, so they cant afford to bowl short, and batmen find it easy to predict the line, maybe that an error. pakistan no ball ratio in the match was alarming,that is fishy. allowing newzealand to take easy singles, that is also amazing. and batting wise, batmen played against their natural game. and look at rana one six and out, gul one four and out next ball,crazy stuff in one match, that is more then fishy. and i live in pakistan and half of pakistan was saying the match was fix. i suppose there must be somthing.

  • Raza on October 14, 2009, 14:30 GMT

    The blame lies, of course not with Younus Khan, not with Mr. Dasti, or not even with whoever initiated the accusations in the first place. The blame lies with the Pakistani public's "blame everyone else" mentality and their astonishing inability to self-reflect and hold themselves to account. Mr. Dasti simply tried to extract political mileage by exploiting this Pakistani mindset. Ask any Pakistani and they'll say that no Pakistani is involved in terrorist activities, that it is all done by undercover foreign agents. By following the same thought process, Pakistani cricketers can never lose a game unless match fixing or foreign agents are involved. The first step to solving a problem (cricket, politics, or whatever) is to first acknowledge that they have a problem.

  • WrongDecision on October 14, 2009, 13:54 GMT

    Younus should not have resigned, when the whole country was supporting him. All he had to do was let others do the talking for him. Cricket is not just a sports, it’s a source of hope, a source of one good news to bring smiles in the lives of millions burdened with miseries. When websites are filled with stories of bombs killing innocent, a news about international cricket is a breath of fresh air to all of us. Our Nation need heros to look up to; who can stand up to losers like Dasti, but the great Pathan quits – What a hero!!

  • Rashid Siddiqui on October 14, 2009, 13:45 GMT

    Shame on you Mr. Dasti. If you have even smallest amount of pride and respect in yourself you will resign immediately and ask the nation especially Pak cricketers as well as NZ cricketers for forgivness. Well done Pak cricketers you have made your country and people proud. Younus Khan, please dont resign, fight like a real pathan.

  • Shahzad on October 14, 2009, 13:44 GMT

    Lanaat hae Dasti tum per. I would urge all people on this blog to contribute at least one LAANAT to stupid dasti

  • S. H. Abbasi on October 14, 2009, 13:43 GMT

    I still don't understand the basis of the hearing. If they didn't have any proof, what did they expect. That somehow younis will confess or something.

    In the rest of the world, your innocent until proven guilty. But in Pakistan, your guilty unless you fight and prove your innocence. Thats our biggest problem.

    In another universe, the rest of the team would also resign and not play cricket, in support of their captain. Until Mr. Dasti resigns. But this is Pakistan, and nothing like that ever happens.

    I am appalled at the fact that none of the players are showing any form of unification and support for their captain.

    If this is how it is, it serves our team right. It will keep happening again and again. And the way we all are reacting. I guess we deserve it.

  • EAMiran on October 14, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    Instead of resigning in a childish huff Yunis should have fought the allegations and Mr. Numb Nut Dasti. I believe this is a fatal weakness in Yunis' character and it has resurfaced again. If he wanted a controversial free reign as captain he was deluding himself as this, sadly, could never happen in Pakistan. Despite this deficiency he still remains, at this time, the best choice as captain of Pakistan. The ball is now in the PCB's half of the pitch. As for Dasti, being horse-whipped is too light a sentence. The likelier scenario, however, is that he will be canonized in whatever scum-bag party he belongs to. I, on the other hand, am going to spread a vicious rumour. Sreesanth is down-low, Yuvi is his partner,and Bhajji the jilted lover. Does THAT incident now make sense? Take it away Indian media!

  • Muhammad-Quaid ZAMAN on October 14, 2009, 13:38 GMT

    Very true article. Public knows the honesty, ability & faith of our players & politicians. Younis did, what Jamshed should have done, if he has little shame (rest). Mr. Kamshed! this is Younis, who gave honour to Pakistan in the whole world (T20 World Champion). Have you appreciated Pak Team, when they won, that now you are asking them? I am sorry to say, it is MEDIA, who ignited the issue of Afridi as ODI Captain. Afridi is capable and knows that Younis is his senior, suitable & respected person. We are shameful of our politicians here in France & whole world, but.. We are proud of younis & his team.

  • Arif Bajwa on October 14, 2009, 13:34 GMT

    Well first of all we all should leave afridi out of it I am not taking his side but trying to remind my fellow men that it is the media who is trying to play with our minds because they want to protect the Dastai guy who should go in the parliment and aappolgize to the whole nation and the team. if the media do not stir somthing besdie his story how could they prodtect him it is a big dark whole in our country I do not call it politics. these people do not knnow the ABC of cricket but they want to rule the game and the players. Because they know how much money PCb has and how they can get a share form them.I will cut my story short and will say do not worry about Afridi's meeting with Butt because as Yonus him self said anyone can meet butt they are all open for any disccusion lets just concentrate on Mr Dastai and people of Pakistan should ask for his written apology in the parliment and he should resgin from his post it will be a lesson for others not to blame anyone without any prof

  • Fareed Essop ( South Africa ) on October 14, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    I support Pakistan win or lose because I love the way they paly the game.It is sad that having achieved so much in such a short space of time , people are now making up stories.The facts are that we played great cricket with unity amongst all players.Younis Khan is a great leader and has brought the team a long way.There are a number of youngsters that have grabbed their oppurtunity.Then we have seasoned pros like Mohamed Yousuf who continues to defy the odds and score runs.The downside has been the bowling , where I would like to see Asif and Akthar pull up their socks and give off their best for their country.Shahid Afridi I feel should stop batting on reputation, he is a great player but need to get consistency so that he can bring fear to opposition teams as he has done in the past.

  • Sailesh A on October 14, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    It's very dissapointing and disturn=bing to hear such stupid allegations on Younis Khan (one of the most well behaved cricketer)..... this is a superb example for, Politics without principle ... This is disgusting.... Ijaz butt discussing about CT performance with Afridi rather than Younis khan certainly raises eye brows.... I back what Kamran Abbasi has written...

  • Shahid on October 14, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    In general, a captain has 3 important dimensions 1) Human management 2) Professionalism in decision making 3) Leading from the front or in other words his own performances.. I think Younis has failed in the last two and that has happened over a considerable time now. He´s been good to motivate and keep the lot together, he´s attained due respect too, his interaction with media has been a bit stupid and with nothing to enjoy listening to. His performances vanished and his batting has multiplied our opners problem to depressive magnitude where time and again team is brought under pressure with 3 down with 50 on the board. some of his decisions on the field have been stupid.But Said that,he is the best available choice among a bunch of lowly educated talented crickters with no leadership qualities. BUT now there is a specific situation, where his hounerable Mr. Dasti shooted from his back, without any substance or evidence and not only degraded players integrity but Pakistan itself.

  • Ali Khan on October 14, 2009, 13:15 GMT

    and then on the other hand we have Pakistanis who are unfortunately Pakistanis. Kamran should visit nations other than Pakistan to realize that in any nation, these 'heavenly' ladders are endlessly high and people 'trample' on other people. This 'Pakistani' journalist also 'tramples' on his 'countrymen' to get some success. Please provide us Pakistanis some 'solace' by putting a stop to your insults to my nationality. Doors are open for you to pack up your bags, and move out of Pakistan. And yes, please remember to drop your nationality so you can provide solace to another nation's 'countrymen'.

  • Arif on October 14, 2009, 13:11 GMT

    The emotions here are understandable. But stepping aside for a second, there are a few positives too.

    1) The Pakistan captain is not a saint (no human is) and the though of checks and balances should always be in the minds of men in power (be is captain or Parlimentarian). 2) I have my reservations on Younis the captain, (when compared to other captains of past/present) but also believe there are not many others capable in the current team to take over. However the fact that he has been maligned in this manner undermines the nation as a whole, Younis should threaten libel to this so called politician. I love the throwing toys out of crib analogy presented above. Younis needs to step up, not be passive. The thing I like about him is that he is not the usual seat grabber that most men in power are, to him, integrity and honor are more imporatant.

    Kamran, love the heavenly ladder analogy, those few paragraphs on their own merit a lot more praise compared to the Dasti saga......

  • Adnan Jumani on October 14, 2009, 13:06 GMT

    Brother Kamran AsSalam, You might want to consider writing facts and less of a poem. I didn't understand anything about the story you wrote.

    Thanks, Adnan

  • usman on October 14, 2009, 12:58 GMT

    Why aint any action taken against Mr Dasti and co?? Why the players with the help of board file a case against Mr Dasti who accused them of match fixing which is something to do with damaging the reputation of the Captain and players. There definitely should be a case filed in the high courts of Pakistan against these people who themselves all their lives have looted the country sitting in the parliament. If they themselevs are corrupt and cannot help out of it, they believe every other person is the same. I assume anyone from the parliament should not have anything to do to interfere with any sportsmen. It is not their f****** duty. Do what are you supposed to do. If you feel so Mr Dasti, then point out at your beloved leader Mr 10% what he and other leaders did till today. If you eat from a pot of s***, does not means everyone does so. So better have a nice view of your own self and ones you surround before pointing at any one. Common Younis sue this LOOSER with the help of NZ board

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on October 14, 2009, 12:50 GMT

    First of all, many thanks to Kamran vhai for your great article. Now-a-days cricket has been playing not in the play ground, this game is being played by some stupid illiterate politicians’ tea-table. These boneless criticizers do not know the basics of cricket, do not know the actual problematic factor truly has been arisen in the eventful umpiring. Why those Politicians, criticizers do not express their comments against that miserable umpire Simon Taufel in the semi-final against New Zealand ? An immature,strange decision taken by an umpire can destroy any Cricket team’s batting or bowling spirited progress . How can Pakistan be recovered by miserable umpiring--- it is the main event now, which Imran Khan of former Pakistan captain had protested to the cricket arena in the late 80's.So, before blaming the Pakistani cricketers about match fixing or drug testing, ICC should take legal action against any umpire in near future.

  • Faisal Khan on October 14, 2009, 12:46 GMT

    Great article, thanks. The Pakistan Government should summon this MP and ask him to explain why he made these baseless allegations. He should be tried to bring the country's name to disrepute. Pakistan Cricket Team should even refuse to play as long as its governed by this stupid committee lead by this buffoon MP.

  • Hassan Farooqi on October 14, 2009, 12:44 GMT

    You are absolutely right. Younis Khan is no Imran Khan. The difference in personal character and integrity is poles apart. LOL.

  • ali on October 14, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    i wonder why the whole team didnt react to this match fixing allegation...why are they silent...they shud support yunus and leave the team with him in protest if they are honest and didnt fix any match....maybe somethings wrong within the team.

  • Faisal Khan on October 14, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    Great article, thanks. The Pakistan Government should summon this MP and ask him to explain why he made these baseless allegations. He should be tried to bring the country's name to disrepute. Pakistan Cricket Team should even refuse to play as long as its governed by this stupid committee lead by this buffoon MP.

  • Javed Afsar on October 14, 2009, 12:10 GMT

    I am glad that Younus Khan has finally realised that he is surplus to the requirment. Come on guys its a new era. I have never met an arrogant person like Yunus Khan in my life. He is cocky but stupid. Never liked his captaincy or batting style. Cant remeber in recent time he performed well with the bat. Its Time for Afridi to show how mature he is and trust me people will be glad that an arrogant guy (trying to copy Imran khan) has left for good. Guys Umar Akmal needs to take his place as batsman. Bye bye

  • Daniyal on October 14, 2009, 12:04 GMT

    No matter how hard I try I can't take a man who walks around with his resignation and is willing to hand it in at the slightest criticism or allegation levelled against him. If the parliamentary committee and their stupidity is not good for Pakistan cricket then neither is a captain who lets emotion trumph reason.

  • shahzad on October 14, 2009, 12:00 GMT

    It's not only the stupid politicians it's also lot of common people in pakistan who have this mentality that pakistan team cannot lose. Even the match against australia was decided on the last ball. I Hope we will be govern by others.

  • Asif Sohail on October 14, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    Let me correct my friend we are not blaming Indian media, we are just comparing the role of media and trying to put a spotlight on the fact that one little report of match fixing in indian madia prompted remarks from ICC and pannic in ranks of so called parlimentary committee. In contrast our so called media also followed the footh step and blamed the team without any reason. It is said only to shed light on the un professional behaviour of Pakistani media.Once the old players started raising voice and brave people of Pakistan started denying the allegations then and only then media changes their stance. However, question still remains that why match fixing allegations were made, this is amazing if we won from Newzeland they start crying BALL TEMEPERING, if we loose from them despite hilarious decisions by 5 time best umpire for the year all start shouting match fixing.Amazing hmmm but true.

  • illi on October 14, 2009, 11:54 GMT

    Well said, Kamran Sahab, but I think there should be a legal fight from PCB, if they care about some of their credibility... There should be checks on every body including Paksitan Cricket, but a situation like this is simply intolerable... Hattak izzat ka case hona chahiye parliamentary committee par

  • Akhtar Hassan on October 14, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    It is high time we do away with this Standing Committee on Sports. It is nothing but a sham committee. What are the criterions of its members? They are nothing but corrupt politicians who want to be in the news all the time. Who knew Mr Dasti before his baseless accusations. Now he is the most infamous person in Pakistan. Younis' cricketing abilities apart, he is perhaps the most honest and straighforward person among his team mates. I believe he was the only person who was not lured by the big money of IPL ans ICL and preferred to play for Pakistan. I hope he changes his mind as Pakistan needs him. Akhtar

  • Ali on October 14, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    Why are we expecting sanity from morons? We all know by now that our idiotic politicians are nothing but a bunch of clowns who neither do their own job nor let others do their jobs properly.

    It's been great the way Pakistan Cricket team has gelled together both in the T20 world cup and the Champion's Trophy. They must continue that way regardless of Mr. Dasti or a fellow monkey says.

    My message to Younis Khan: "Younis, you are precisely doing what needs to be done. You are a man of honor and great leadership skills. Do what you think is right for Pakistan cricket and more importantly, your own esteem"

  • Sathish Reddy on October 14, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    I am trying to think why Pakistan is trying to commit harakiri. Who is benefiting from all the havoc that is being spread. This is a country that has been ignored by the world and subjected to shame and ridicule by the acts of disgruntled factions of society and yet has risen like a Pheonix to win the T20 crown, and reach the SF of the CT. This is no mean an achievement as the excuse of " being rusty" " Have'nt played Intl Cricket" holds good for every other cricketer and Nation,and yet Pakistan rose above it. Match fixing or not, this is a commendable achievement. So why would anybody try to break the team. As a hostile country India would be expected to try and "Finger" the success being enjoyed in Pakistan but how ridiculous is it for Pakistani papers to take forward an obscure allegation and then have MP's and Ministers toe the line.Alam, before blaming the Ind press should look to see if the hon MP and the Minister were " Fixed ".I wouldnt be surprised one bit at all.

  • Nikhil on October 14, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    What's happening to Younis is sad. I think this Mr. Dasti is just trying to get famous at India's expense. You fans instead of blaming India, blame your MP. News channels here (and everywhere else in the World) report all kinds of stuff... these are not to be taken seriously. People here don't. But this Dasti guy (even though here is a politician) took it seriously... for his own benefit. Anyway, I like Younis and hope he continues as captain... for pakistan and for cricket.

  • Imtiaz Ahmed on October 14, 2009, 11:39 GMT

    That resignation is just another cheap attempt by Younis Khan to prove he is next Imran Khan which he isn't.

  • Aadil Shahzad on October 14, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    Its really shameful for Pakistan and its peoples' sincerety. We pray to Allah to remove these kind of politician from the face of the earth. AAMEEN

  • Vimal on October 14, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    Also, didn't the following happen in Pakistan:

    1. Wasim Akram forced to deny match fixing allegations after the 1999 WC final performance.

    2. Inquiry in 2001 over poor performance in NZ

    3. Akram accused of fixing 1996 WC QF against India by faking injury.

    As i said earlier, Pakistani cricket administrators don't need someone from outside to make a fool of themselves. They themselves are their biggest enemies.

  • omar hussain on October 14, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    Well said Kamran!My sentiments exactly!The fool of a Dasti is a traitor as evident in his Indian connections but such traitors are sadly abound in Pakistani bruecracy and their envy has always got the better of them.I salute Younis but he should not go this way; he should fight these evil people never mind if it doesn't lead to anything so at least our players will know the nation is behind them as in fact it is.I just hope the boys shrug off a dog barking in the distant.

  • Vimal on October 14, 2009, 11:13 GMT

    To those pointing fingers at India, either grow up or go back to your school homework. While there is no doubting the viciousness of Indian media, they are just the medium and not the actors themselves. The fire was started in Pakistan and the Indian media, in constant search for TRPs ran the story endlessly for a day & half as breaking news. If you weren't blind in hate towards India, you would have noticed that the Pakistanis only got gentle treatment from these media companies. If it was an Indian story, they would have been more savage.

    In fact, i think Indian cricketers face the worst media scrutiny overall. Do well & you are elevated to demi-god status; do badly and the media bays for your blood!

    BCCI neither has the time, patience, inclination (or more frankly the brains) to push a ridiculous charge like this. Pakistan Cricket administrators need no help to self-destruct, they do it all on their own.

  • Anwar Shahzad on October 14, 2009, 11:09 GMT

    Well, I am with Younus khan he did the right thing. But it wud have been better to face these critics to prove them wrong. as for as india in concerned their media is strong they always make a story against Paksitan but this was the time to answer them through our media. Can any body fix a match till the last ball of the match. What if those boundries wud have not been hit in the last two overs of Rana and Gul. Why somebody is not asking Australian team had they fixed that match with Pakistan. Second thing In a tournament where Sri Lanka,South Africa and India cud not make to the semi's it was a good effort by the emerging new combination of Pakistan team that they took a position in the top four in the CT. Indian team cud not perform well so they are crying now and blaming Pakistan Team. Australia defeated West indies in 1992 which helped Paksitan to win the Wolrd Cup in 1992 what if Paksitan lost their match to Australia to help them to make a position in the Semi's and to win the CT

  • Fuad Ahmad on October 14, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    Kamran Your are absolutely right about us Pakistani mentality.As for this illiterate,stupid palimentarian (most of them are)he should be kicked on the back side and to keep his mouth shut.Sorry for the language!! but most Pakistanis would support me.Why dosen't he investigates the corruption rampant in his party or is he also involved??

  • Muneeb Imran on October 14, 2009, 11:04 GMT

    We have always seen people saying that we do not have honest & dignified people in the right positions & just when we had found one, what did we do with him, it may sound a bitter but the fact remains that People in our country do not know the art of distinguishing from right to wrong.

  • greatsequence on October 14, 2009, 11:04 GMT

    yes Ashok Sridharan we saw that how little you care when pakistan played Australia. Dont Ask me to post the reaction of indian media after the matches. Get a life.

  • waseem sarwar on October 14, 2009, 11:01 GMT

    u r right Mr. a fantastic article but i will love to add one thing, its part of pakistani nature, tell me if there is no corruption in National assembly or other insituation? i simply think government want cricket Board, most rich sports in pakistan, in his custody, for no purpose other than corruption. imagine u have elections for selecting Chairman of Cricket B between Nawaz sharif and Asif zardari???? i m afraid that thing is not far ahead. Just foolish things happen in our country when there is some thing better going on. i think v cant live without problems and controversies.

  • Pak Cricket Fan on October 14, 2009, 10:59 GMT

    To Nader Verk: What do you want to say I can not understand. But changing somone's name, someone whom the world likes and appreciates for his professional work, to change his name to words such as Zalil... speaks about your mentality and what type of a person you are. I am sure you are one of the minority who does not want the King Khan's legacy to continue. Just imagine, could you win the world T20 without the Khan's captaincy? God bless you!!!!!!!

  • nasir on October 14, 2009, 10:59 GMT

    That's Pakistan cricket for you. As uncertain as anything can be. I stopped worrrying about our cricket affairs for this reason long ago. If the team wins I cheer, if it loses I change the channel. Simple. Some things can never change, for others there's Mastercard.

  • saram on October 14, 2009, 10:58 GMT

    3 things essential for cricket Fielding,Batting and Bowling if a players can't do 2 things out of 3 do you think he should be part of any major tournament when drs advised him 6 weeks rest!!!

    Was it jealousy? or sense of insecurity you forced team management to keep in final 11!!! when you were UNFIT!!! -Yonus bhiya jawab de do!

    Yonus bhai kee achievement last 1 years! we have lost to srilanka both test and ODI , we have lost to Australia ODI ,we won T20 cup check his contribution in all matches! There were 4 stars Afridi,Ajmal,Gul AND Aamir.Yonus bhai bcoz of your poor batting we lost to england in opening match and we lost to srilanka in super6 stage bcoz of sohail tanveer no ball and you didnt change bowler.

    We have lost CT bcoz of your broken finger it was a dolly catch you scored 20 runs in 4 matches and dropped 1 crucial catch..Hum aab bhi na bolay tu kab bolay! ... Read More

    We the people we need answers!!! i hope you will not mind.....:) those sitting in National assembly and senate are people of pakistan representative they have full right to ask question!!! YOU ARE ANSWERABLE TO BOTH OF US!!!

  • Umair Suleman on October 14, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    There isn't just the politicians or the board to blame, the entire system in our country is built on a faulty foundation. How can we expect cricket to be apart from it. The system needs to be corrected.I am 25 and have been following cricket since the 92 world cup.I dont think there has been any single year since then, in which pakistan cricket or the country itself has not brought us any dissapointment. I have learned my lesson, our team has been rebuilding since the 2003 world cup exit, Inzamam put in everything he had (all my respect from him) but we had another first round exit in 2007. We went into rebuilding again, now in the last few months we have seen our team being reminiscent (or trying to atleast) of the 90s. and we go a few steps back AGAIN. Our dodgy political structure has its effect on all aspects of society, despite this when our team comes home with a World Cup, its an achievement, its Pakistan for you, making us proud Pakistanis! Times will change again! Its Pakistan

  • Vivek on October 14, 2009, 10:56 GMT

    I do hope an apology is made to Younis Khan and he is requested to return as captain. As an outsider (Indian), I don't understand how the PCB could have let their national captain be subjected to such ignominy without a shred of evidence!

    PS: Folks, I believe Mr. Dasti is now trying to save his skin by blaming the Indian media for the story. As an avid news reader / watcher, I can tell you that most of our leading channels covered this story AFTER Dasti gave a telephone interview to some Pakistani channel making the claim (we got to hear a replay of it).

  • Dr. Usman Khan on October 14, 2009, 10:53 GMT

    Morons like Dasti are plenty in Pakistan, but i must admit that foolish people like Younis are also not rare in Pakistan. A leader becomes a true leader when he/she is faced with adversaries and hardships. Any one who is lucky enough to be given a leadership of any group should first of all be wise and patient enough to understand that difficult times might come and leadership is tested in those times. Younis has made this a habbit now, if he is so emotional that he keeps his resignation in his pocket to be given at any moment, then it is perhaps in best interest of Pakistan that his resignation is accepted. Just imagine if such a thing was done by shoaib akhtar, he would have been crucified. Once too many for Younis in my openion. We are better off without a weak person which Younis had proved himself to be.Who can give us guarantee that Younis wont do this again. Think about it!!!

  • Mohammad Imran Hyder on October 14, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    shame on you jamshed dasti and shame on ur cheap politics. God safe Pakistan from the criminal minded approach of politicians like jamshed dasti who don't even take care of national pride while trying to earn some cheap shameful popularity. Jahil Jamshed, you blamed on the captain who made pakistan honored with the T20 Worldcup, just see in ur cuffs and tell the natioan that have you done anything good for the country so far except blaming other again shame on u jamshed dasti, you are such a shameful character.

  • Danish Khan on October 14, 2009, 10:43 GMT

    I support Younis Khan all the way ... he is far more honorable and committed to Pakistan than all of these so called MNA's in the commitee dont they have anything better to do ... bunch of moorons ... anyways fight one Younus Khan the People of Pakistan stand by you ... cheers

  • Jem Lloyd on October 14, 2009, 10:41 GMT

    An excellent article. As I've just written elsewhere on Cricinfo, I'm English but believe Younis to be a true gentleman, the perfect leader for the current troubled times in Pakistani cricket (witnessed by their recent successes) and should be backed to the hilt by everyone who truly cares about the game in your country. As to those people who criticize his attempts to resign, shame on you! The guy is captain of a cricket team - not a politician; the integrity of himself and his team has been publicly questioned - the rest of his team-mates should actually follow his lead and resign from playing for their country. Only that way will pressure truly be brought on those scurrilous politicians and administrators, with hopefully the public outcry finally resulting in their removal. Younis and the team can then return, hopefully backed by individuals who truly care about both cricket and the reputation of your nation abroad. Younis deserves your 100% support not your condemnation.

  • ajaz on October 14, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    younis is a very good captain. at present nobody is their to take his place. i am an indian and i can say that pakistan has enemy in their own team. younis should be made captain till world cup.

  • Ashok Sridharan on October 14, 2009, 10:32 GMT

    It would be a tragedy if Younis Khan steps down. He's surely the best captain Pakistan have had since the glory years in the 90s. As a neutral viewer (I'm Indian by the way), I only hope Pakistan continue on the path towards improvement.

    As an outsider, I find it strange that Pakistani supporters are trying to fix the blame on India for the problem. Get a life guys: we have far bigger things to worry about than a game and far too few Indians really bother about what happens in Pakistani cricket.

  • shehzad ahmad on October 14, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    I great fan of Younas Khan batting and his captaincy.He is man of great character.I am very much asured that Younas khan and his team are not involved in any match fixing scandal. Younas Khan resignation has made me happy as well sad. Happy in the sense that he stood on his priciples. People like Dasti accused Pakistani team in match fixing scandal with no evidence. Sad in the sense that it is high time Pakistani team needs leader like Younas Khan abilities. During the champions trophy I found Pakistani Criket team is fighting in each and every match just because of excellent captaincy of Younas Khan.I thus request Younas bhai if he loves Pakistan,pakistani nation , cricket in Pakistan and if he wants Pakistan to become world champ in ODI then he should take resignation back. People like dasti dont wnat pakistani team on top so dont care of them. Whole Pakistani nation love u & want u back in Pakistani cricket team as captin as u have abilities to make cricket team the best in world.

  • Junaid Asghar on October 14, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    Shame on Dasti. The whole team should resign to support their captain and the whole nation should come out asking for dasti's blood. A peasent from muzaffargarh who has never touched a proper cricket ball or bat and by some joke of pakistani politics he has now find himself in a position of power which has troubled his digestive system and now he is puking. An average chairman of PCB with below average cricket record even my cousin aged 12 can beat and a totally insane politician, God not only save the queen and king but also pakistan cricket. @ SheerazPakistan I will prefer Rao on Afridi anyday, atleast he tries to give 100% of whatever 10% he has as compared to Afridi who gives 10% of the 100% we know he has.

  • Nader Virk on October 14, 2009, 10:11 GMT

    Its very interesting and exciting to read through the melodrama initiated by the ever mercuric and unstable Younis Khan (though I also believe in the surmounted stupidity of Dasti) and then the whole drama been sensationalized by the cricket columists like Osman Zaliluudin... People here to drag you back fine but whats the credibility of the actions taken by the leadership of Mr. Younis .He is always leaving Pakisatn cricket in sheer problems over issues trivial in nature, decoupling with vigour and residing more with irrational behavior. A true leader for sure would have stood his ground and have silenced the stupids (definitely in the going saga they r no critics!) with his performance and better of the facts rather pondering more menace to existing mess! But thts how Our own Mr. Captain is, always playinig around himself justifiably narrow in scope and great in dramatization!

  • S. Z. Ahsan on October 14, 2009, 10:11 GMT

    Well done Mr. Kamran - are you talking about the member of a house who is responsible for the legislation for the whole nation and this house (I don't know if it is a honourable) has recently passed a bill removing the restriction of eduaction at least upto BA. It's our mistake that we belive the members of this house will safeguard our national intrests. We can see how these responsible personalities handeled the KL bill. So we sould not expect good things from these members particularly regarding the national interests. I pray, God help us to understand this and give us the wisdom to elect right persons for this house. Younus must continue Captain Pakistan and I wish himm all the success on his tour of Australia. Ameen

  • omair on October 14, 2009, 10:06 GMT

    well, well!!! thi is suppose to happen every now and then but what i dont understand is that the people of pakistan have proved to be worthless, & hopeless.they should raise their voices against these politicians who argue without evidence,and hurt who truly r nation. i am not saying afridi cant do the job,but i just feel that younus is still better as a captain, and we want a person who speaks his heart out always, not hide and let us wonder why. he is a good captain,as he proved & you dont expect them to prove over and over again in a short span of time. the politicians have to be questioned, the committe should resign and mr.dasti should be,if possible,sued for his nuisance.a stupid politician,who has to know the reason of his existance raises fingers at others who are doing good.may GOD tell them what they are, before they point at others. i just hope he takes back his decision and hopefuly MR.BUTT doesnt do such meeting at the wrong time,if WT20 was what he had to discuss.

  • Vish on October 14, 2009, 10:06 GMT

    I don’t understand why a national team captain should be questioned by a parliamentary committee. Really shame!

  • Najeebullah Shinwari on October 14, 2009, 9:37 GMT

    The best man to lead Pakistan is still Younis Khan. He did exactly what a proud Pathan should do. I am proud of him and will always back him up. Mr. Jamshed Dasti shame on you for baseless allegations. You are sitting in parliament to put your people down and damage the reputation of your nation. Please handle your politics and leave cricket to cricketers and PCB. Sincerely A true cricket fan.

  • AQ Azhar on October 14, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    With the help of indian media , Pakistan has lost even after winning so much. Dirty politicians played the role and strogthen the opponents. Yonus if you are reading this "Please Beat them and take the decision Back", we know you are fighter and you fought at adverse times of Pakistan and have provided the glory to nation !

  • Shafiq on October 14, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    Very true and spot on Kamran...Dasti and his iincompetent team should e sacked. who have not done an iota to support tennis, Snoker, Hockey , Squash and other destroyed sports---They are even troying to destroy cricketers.

  • Zeeshan Khan on October 14, 2009, 9:32 GMT

    Bravo Mr. Abbasi! applauds... I hope Mr. Dasti is reading this article and hitting his head with his 'chappal'... Pakistan is a great nation. But it also has great villians in the form of Mr. Dasti and other politicians who seem to have lost their minds. What peace and prosperity should be brought in by the politicians in our country is being injected by our beloved National Cricket Team from time to time. Now this is certainly causing some jealousy to the political leaders... Younis Khan will be remembered as a great leader who won the World Cup for Pakistan and brought happiness at a time when it was needed the most.

  • safwan on October 14, 2009, 9:29 GMT

    Its admirable the way you summed up our sad story, really well written. What surprised me most was that Younis's integrity has been questioned by a bunch of individuals who reside in perhaps the most corrupt parliament ever!! these individuals survive, feed and feast on the blood, toil, sweat and money of us the poor masses, yet they have the audacity to question one decent man's integrity, a man who brought hope for the entire country.

    We all were a bit upset when Younis dropped that crucial sitter in the semifinal, but then in a few hours time we forgot about it and moved on. Cause Younis is a human being after all, he delivered a world cup to a nation which was deep in economic and political turmoil...he delivered promise and hope to a "troubled nation"..what more could we ask from this decent and honest human being???

  • saud akhter on October 14, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    Dear Guys, you must know that it is Pakistan when you are doing all thing right some thing will happen and destroyed all good things dear Mr Ijaz Butt kindly resigned from this post because you are not able to do these type of things and praise for Younis that he is such a acting captain and good leader from the front Afridi himself keep out from the captaincy race if you want Pakistan to become a good team and fight for Younis and fight against those worst parliamentarians who don't know what is country they just know from where the money arises and scandals come and try to destroy this green home land Pakistan for the sake of money.

  • rizwan on October 14, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    we don't need enemies, if we have Mr. Dasti kind of politicians to rule our country...if any justice out there then he should punished to defame Pakistan and Pakistan cricketing heroes. pls can anybody in Govt. do something to resolve this issue in right way. to sack "Dasti" and say sorry to Younus and Pakistan Team.

  • Rhea Sameer on October 14, 2009, 9:04 GMT

    Mr. Dasti has got nothing to prove for what he said... severe punishment should be given to these guys who makes some baseless comments..... pakistan cricket should be proud of what they have achieved, even though there are instances that so many countries are not willing to play in pakistan....

  • husain.colombo on October 14, 2009, 8:50 GMT

    pakistan beware of your rulers,the politicians,don't look at them and play your game.i think this year is the start of your golden time.may allmighty ALLAH will give you the success.kamran abbasi i'm a foriegner,your letters are from the bottom your heart.

  • Javed Akhtar on October 14, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    Younis role as a captain has given Pakistan Cricket a new hope. The recent past, one can remember, how had been Pakistan team in defeating situation. But Younis Khan and Intikhab Alam changed the scenario for Pakistan's cricket. After winning T20 World Cup we Pakistan can except victories from Pakistan Team but not in every match.Intikhab Alam is the one through whom we have brought two World Cup in Pakistan and Younis has given Pakistan Cricket a new scenario to develope cricket in Pakistan and what we have been giving them in response, only blame game to gain fame and popularity. It is my humble request to please stop pointing out fingers on players and coach. They have done excellently and we except many such trophies in future from them if we provide them good environment to express.

    Best of Luck Younis Khan and Intikhab Alam sb.

  • Anderson on October 14, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    This is actually and insult to Dan Vettori and NZ cricket establishment. ICC should sue the concerned parties on behalf of NZ and Dan Vettori. Everytime anyone does well against pakistan,match fixing questions are raised. Why is it so difficult for these guys to understand that NZ were far superier team that day. They were professional and thoroughly outplayed unprofessional pakistani outfit. How else can you explain a captain carrying finger injury dropping a dolly. Compared to that unfit Dan Vettori sit out the game against ausies. Difference in professionalism can't be any grater then that.

  • Javed Akhtar on October 14, 2009, 8:43 GMT

    Younis role as a captain has given Pakistan Cricket a new hope. The recent past, one can remember, how had been Pakistan team in defeating situation. But Younis Khan and Intikhab Alam changed the scenario for Pakistan's cricket. After winning T20 World Cup we Pakistan can except victories from Pakistan Team but not in every match.Intikhab Alam is the one through whom we have brought two World Cup in Pakistan and Younis has given Pakistan Cricket a new scenario to develope cricket in Pakistan and what we have been giving them in response, only blame game to gain fame and popularity. It is my humble request to please stop pointing out fingers on players and coach. They have done excellently and we except many such trophies in future from them if we provide them good environment to express.

    Best of Luck Younis Khan and Intikhab Alam sb.

  • sayed sadiq on October 14, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    hi all i am indian and i am always fan of pakistani players even i am big supporter of our country india pakistani board and administrators destroyed carries of lot of good players like wasim,saqlain mushtaq,abdul razaq,and many now its turn of yunus khan i dont understand how they can do this to thier owan people shame on this guys and i should say younus not resign if not fuxed the match he have to fight against bad things not surrender to it hope for better insha allah.

  • Boghadoo on October 14, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    Kamran - Younis is unfortunate he comes from a country that is run by either military or uneducated politicians. Mr Dasti should do his job looking at Lugar's bill and problems in the North West of the country. Leave the poor cricketers alone. As somebody mentioned earlier - you need to look at Afridi/Butt politics. Afridi is not even permanent - he never plays with any passion - he is selfish and only plays for himself. I am with Younis - good on you brother. You don't need this s---. What about Mr Butt - how many tests has he played??

  • keerthi kanth on October 14, 2009, 8:35 GMT

    pakistan have lost great captain in form of younis. I think no one can doudt his commitment. People should back him up, instead pointing fingers to him.

  • Deepak on October 14, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    As an Indian, I had seen the entire match of Aus-Pak, and no where did i feel that there was any scope for fixing, Younis and his men did their best to win but just missed out. And one cant blame the media or the Indian media in general, they are meant to create rumours and they do it, but what really is annoying is the behavior of the Pak administration, they should be proud that though without much international experience and sort of isolation imposed they managed to win T-20 WC and managed to reach the semis. Younis may not be an Imran khan, but he was a good captain. Now Pak cricket team would struggle with a new captain , esp in test cricket

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on October 14, 2009, 8:29 GMT

    Assalmaolikum!Kami bhaii, you are really pissed off and me too like many Pakistanis who burn inside out on these kind of non-sense truck-ups.I persnoally have never liked Younas as a player BUT he is a good leader who can bind and gel the boys together. There is a small anology to describe the sick Psyche of the sick ruling elite (Politicians, bureaucrats, mullahs, administrators, feudals and generals). As kids we used to play Bantaiy (marble balls), to play it you need to make a hole in the ground (guthy). The most simple way to hinder others from playing (especailly if they were good) was to piss in the GUTHI. In Urdu there is a proverb (kisi ki guthi main pashab kerna). Sorry for this BUT I think there is nothing best to explain this. Most of the ruling Elite ((Politicians, bureaucrats, mullahs, administrators, feudals and generals) cant play themselves so they are only pissing in Others Guthis who are better than them. PEACE

  • Forema_cumbria on October 14, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    Isn't the PCB or matter of fact all national Cricket boards independent of the Government? So where do these politicians come from regarding interference in non-political issues?...if it's match fixing then the Police would be investigating not some publicity starved old parliamentrian hag!

  • Kuz Hassan on October 14, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    It takes one dishonest man, familiar with taking a bribe and giving a bribe, to think all men are the same!

    It takes a real man of integrity to tender his resignation, when someone questions his reputation! In contrast, Mr Dasti has no integrity to offer his own resignation when proven wrong and incompetent. Not even an apology.

    You are a distinguished blogger, is there nothing the ground swell of true Pakistani fans can do? Is there no email addresses or pressure groups who can take to task the PCB or Jamshed Dasti? He must be put under pressure.

  • Abde-Ali Bohra on October 14, 2009, 8:19 GMT

    Indeed what happened is truly unbearable, for i request Younis khan to take back his resignation, and inshallah for the better interest of Pakistan, God will give him fame.

    Will add more later

  • Mayur Baruah on October 14, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    Trouble! Trouble and more trouble...i guess its the rumbles of Pakistan's administrators that are surely making the harvest weed away despite the presence of a honourable gentleman in Younis Khan !!

  • Ameel Gardezi on October 14, 2009, 8:05 GMT

    Well your article is well-enriched with all the cogent stuff to serve as a shaming recipe for all those who have dared mud-slinging the respected players without any authenticity.I agree utopia can sometimes mar the introspection and may hide the nub of matter but surfeit of tripe sometimes does it all for those whom pride and prestige dwarf the means. I can understand the frustration that emanates from a crunch loss but the slanderer must look for reasons other than personal to build a strong case against someone,otherwise he will find no hand to support him in such matters.This is eminent when Mr.Dasti had to retract after no one(including the initiators) joined the chorus to libel the players. I think Younis did everything right to resign given him being the whipping boy not for the first time but despite that I think and hope offcourse he should fight the menace by reverting his decision and silence the detractors with his performance as he is direly needed for the upcoming tours.

  • SherazPakistan on October 14, 2009, 7:59 GMT

    Rao Iftikhar for captain!!

  • Hassan Choghtai on October 14, 2009, 7:58 GMT

    Pakistani politicians like Dasti have not only brought shame on our cricket heroes but have brought shame on the whole nation, when he accused Pakistan team for match fixing without any proofs. These politician have nothing better to do but to think of a way to come in the media and create a controversy. Younis Khan and the entire Pakistan team worked hard in the champions trohpy and i am proud of my team.

    Politicians like Dasti should be sacked. I dont understand how are board did not act more swiftly when these accusations were made. They shouldve went in the media and rubbished all these claims immediately. I personally think Younis should retain the captaincy, because at this stage when our team looks like being a stable unit after the past debacles another captaincy change would create more fuss and unstability in the future of Pakistan cricket. At this moment all I can is pray for the best for Pakistan cricket and the entire nation.

  • Naif on October 14, 2009, 7:54 GMT

    Very True ...thats what happens to a honorable man..like Younis. now dasti Saying that he didnt made any comments :-) we all should ask for Dasti to Step down and hand over his resignation ..dasteee say Younis we need u and the Pak Cricket need you ,..he may not be the best batsmen i the world but he surely is the best man to lead our X1 Lions

  • Faisal Sami Qadir on October 14, 2009, 7:53 GMT

    I am almost crying over all this issue... PITY, PITY, PITY.. How can we disgrace our captain like dis and now every1s quiet... Yesterday, I heard on a geo super program that how younis backed shoaib malik and yousuf during the CT and didnt allowed to drop them and my head hanged in shame on the matter... really, I wish I could meet younis and apologize him.. we need him, he's our leader.. we dont want leaders like our top politicians but leader like younis

  • Ali Javed on October 14, 2009, 7:52 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Excellent! You have done a huge service to the Pakistani nation by at least trying to show a mirror to these creepy creatures/fellows to see their ugly faces.I wish this piece of yours reaches such people who consider themselves as the guardians of the fate of our unfortunate majority.But these so-called elected representatives of the people are devoid of principles & values.This is a breed which gives you a sickening feelings as its tentacles are deep-rooted. I join you in saluting Younas Khan for his principled stand. Whole nation is behind him.He is the pride of our nation & lives in the hearts of the millions of people.GOD bless him!

  • Shafaat Ali on October 14, 2009, 7:40 GMT

    I totally agree with what Kamran Abbasi has written. It is quite unfortunate that these sorts of people who dont want anyone to succeed in life thourgh hard work and dedication and also always wants to be achieve success with no hardwork exist in every sector in Pakistan. Members of the Pakistan parliament is the prime example of it where very less educated, bad credibility, least passionate parliamantarins are running the country and different respective organizations. Our country is in a total mess but with some divine help we are breathing and trying to move forward. I hope better sense prevails and Younis comes back and lead the team and Patron of PCB should take a strong notice of this issue and act promptly for no future embarrasment, otherwise our players/country will become a joke in front of the whole world. May Allah bless us all and show our leaders the right path to built this country for the generations to come.

  • Usman Ajmal on October 14, 2009, 7:39 GMT

    I cannot believe that someone has written an article that I agree with absolutely a 100%. Pakistanis love pressing the self-destruct button, I've said this again and again. We love bringing our fellow Pakistanis down. Well then, some nations deserve what they get.

  • Khurram on October 14, 2009, 7:39 GMT

    You are right these parliamentarian should be sacked. I know they wont resign, because they dont have any self respect and moral courage to do so. Also you know in Pakistan no body leaves his powers. How can anybody put allegations on the basis of rumors. if they are so worried about the corruption, they should first start from themselves

    Dont forget that we made it to last four in Champions trophy where teams like India, Srilanka , and the hosts are out in the first round and all these were considered to be the favorites. And we lost due to some bad luck and bad decisions. The Nation is behind Younis Khan. and there is no one to take captaincy in tests at the time. This will be a total disaster if he resigned.

  • Muhammad Tariq on October 14, 2009, 7:31 GMT

    I cant understand the mind of those people who blame Pakistan Cricket Team of match fixing in the CT. Enough is Enough it is too much now. it must be stop now. Younis Khan is a great man like the other Khan Imran Khan and also a great leader. Pakistan team need him and it will be unfair if he turned down as captain this way. I reaquest Pakistan Govt. that please call and explanation from those who gave these stupid comments that Pakistan had fixed the CT matches. These are the enemies of Pakistan. All Pakistan nation hate them. "Just go to hell" This is the message from all Pakistani nation for those people.

  • Awais Tanveer on October 14, 2009, 7:29 GMT

    It is obvious that you have written this article in a furious mood and I am with you. A very well put up article. Our HONORABLE prime minister should take action against this Dasti guy. A no one trying to climb up the ladder by pushing the Hero down in darkness (as you put it up) but Alas!! Political parties are often held blackmailed by these Parliamentarians. The day prime minister will take action against Dasti, he will leave his party, hence PPP will lose a seat in parliament. Cricket losses in all this.

    Afridi in for a test match captain? God save Pakistan cricket.

  • Mo on October 14, 2009, 7:28 GMT

    Younis needs to stand up these bullies. He cant keep throwing his toys out of his pram everytime there is a allegation against him. I have a lot of respect for younis as a captain but he needs to understand by taking the captains arm band this is expected in Pakistan Cricket.

    I hope the board things out ASAP & khan stays as captain as they 2 tough tours to Australia & New Zealand.

  • Danial Hassan on October 14, 2009, 7:26 GMT

    You just wrote the emotions of every real Pakistan cricket supporter in plain words.This article needs to be translated in urdu and sent to that sham committee who dared to summon a coach and a captain with million time more achievments then all of them combine.You just made my day.It is a sad day for all real supporters of Pakistan cricket. I just wish they don't accept the resignation and he can start from where he left. God bless Pakistan Cricket..

  • Prakash2007 on October 14, 2009, 7:19 GMT

    U missed out on blaming BCCI for the debacle... Sure SHot... ;-) whiners... Younus if he hasnt done any wrong shd fight the system... Thatz where a Imran is different.. The cricketers ability shd be the yardstick to measure and not somebody who sits in parliament and moans without knowing its subject... Sad ...

  • sanjay, Colorado on October 14, 2009, 7:18 GMT

    It is sad that Pak cricket is going through this dark phase again for no fault of players. It is high time for people of Pak to make decision to keep politician away from cricket. They have already a country to fix. I wish PCB will appoint retired players and have PCB run independently from govt intervention.

    Hope to see Pak team with exiting outcome.

  • Usman tahir on October 14, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    Well said, i wont even comment on Mr. Gasti's stupidity.However ... In this whole affair the role played by Mr. Butt & Afridi needs to be mentioned. Why was butt meeting with afridi to discuss the champions trophy performance (albeit he has recently changed the story to discussing T20 2010, yeah rite !). This was done to undermine younus. As for afridi, his statements in favor of younus fools no one, he has clearly shown with his body language and performance that he is pinning to get ODI captaincy, how else can his lack of performance when he is not captain and sudden uplift in responsible way he plays when he is captain be explained! The Plan of PCB was to hand afridi the captaincy for NewZealand tour to afridi on injury pretext, pakistan would have done well no doubt due to pitches in UAE and in australia series we would have struggled as usual the whole blame would have fallen on younus. Hence allowing afridi to take over. Kudoos to younus for pre empting this!Shame on Afridi/Butt

  • Asif Sohail on October 14, 2009, 5:35 GMT

    In wake of all the things what I can not understand is that why on ICC reacted on report published by Indian news paper, ICC is taking dictation from Indian Media? Why our media is so blind to realise that India is hurt by our loss to Australia and they are covering their team by imposing stupid blames on Pakistani team. Our politics was taking dictation from USA and now they are taking dictation from INDIA? In my opinion politicians are making sport out of politics and are playing politcs in sports. Most important of all role of our media is shameless and totally iresponsable. I hope and pray that the team that was destined for great heights is not destroyed yet again. When ever Pakistani team rises these things start happening, when will we understand that our rise is like pig hair in eye of certain lobies. I am really shatered by the current ongoing events and pray that this crises may soon be ended in a manner favorable to Pakistan and its team. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Nabil K on October 14, 2009, 4:13 GMT

    The other day my friends n i were speaking about the whole thing that Mr Jamshed Dasti has created..What we came up with was that the entire team shold resign..n Wallah what did we see today...Y Khan resigns..I guess he felt what we felt..Disrespected..If n e thing I call on Mr Jamshed Dasti to resign from his post..MEMO TO Mr Jamshed Dasti: Do ur Job n Don't Put Your dirty Nose Where It Doesn't Belong..Peace..!

  • Jawad on October 14, 2009, 2:25 GMT

    Does the media of Pakistan and India have nothing better to do then come up with baseless accusations...why dont they investigate the damn politicians running countries dry like mr. 10%.

  • Citizen on October 14, 2009, 1:41 GMT

    I salute Younis Khan as a king - The only gentleman in present day cricket and resigning makes him a sacrificial lamb in my eyes - Dasti has committed a dasterdardly crime and is only helping Indian reporters (just like their leaders) achieve their aim - even fellow captains like Sanga gave Younis a mouth full for not walking but kept his big mouth shut when Youvraj nicked one and stood - This is the power of the IPL filthy lucre and even Dasti must be getting paid by the Indian bookes for his insanity - May Allah bless you Younis and your children - you are a true KHAN and honourable Pakistani......Hard to find one like you in the present...........

  • noor on October 13, 2009, 23:28 GMT

    Pakistan as a nation will never prospers as long the nation realizes that you DO NOT mix politics, religion and sports. Leave the sports to sportsmen and the comittee that deals with it. No country in world where the politicians meddles with their country's sports as the corrupted Pakistani govt. Shame on the politician who cant do their jobs right and now try to screw up the Pakistani cricket.

  • Masaood Yunus on October 13, 2009, 22:48 GMT

    Are we still not getting it that we as a Nation need an attitude change starting with the politicians. We have NEVER honored our talent in any field and people who are HONEST appear to have no place in this system. Many of us don't even think about the consequences that our baseless allegations bring to our nation. A top politician accusing a national team of match fixing. View that from outside of Pakistan and one realize how pathetic it really is. You just gave another ammunition to disrespect your people and their pride. YK has brought the much needed unity to the team and is highly respected by plenty for his honesty and modesty. Yeah, he played with a broken finger but had he not played .. then what ? Shame on all who baselessly disrespect their team and talent. A public apology is what will at-least lighten the damage but in YK you are losing a visionary and a good leader, just like we did in many other field. Cricket is already suffering. Can we afford Cricket Brain Drain ?

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  • Masaood Yunus on October 13, 2009, 22:48 GMT

    Are we still not getting it that we as a Nation need an attitude change starting with the politicians. We have NEVER honored our talent in any field and people who are HONEST appear to have no place in this system. Many of us don't even think about the consequences that our baseless allegations bring to our nation. A top politician accusing a national team of match fixing. View that from outside of Pakistan and one realize how pathetic it really is. You just gave another ammunition to disrespect your people and their pride. YK has brought the much needed unity to the team and is highly respected by plenty for his honesty and modesty. Yeah, he played with a broken finger but had he not played .. then what ? Shame on all who baselessly disrespect their team and talent. A public apology is what will at-least lighten the damage but in YK you are losing a visionary and a good leader, just like we did in many other field. Cricket is already suffering. Can we afford Cricket Brain Drain ?

  • noor on October 13, 2009, 23:28 GMT

    Pakistan as a nation will never prospers as long the nation realizes that you DO NOT mix politics, religion and sports. Leave the sports to sportsmen and the comittee that deals with it. No country in world where the politicians meddles with their country's sports as the corrupted Pakistani govt. Shame on the politician who cant do their jobs right and now try to screw up the Pakistani cricket.

  • Citizen on October 14, 2009, 1:41 GMT

    I salute Younis Khan as a king - The only gentleman in present day cricket and resigning makes him a sacrificial lamb in my eyes - Dasti has committed a dasterdardly crime and is only helping Indian reporters (just like their leaders) achieve their aim - even fellow captains like Sanga gave Younis a mouth full for not walking but kept his big mouth shut when Youvraj nicked one and stood - This is the power of the IPL filthy lucre and even Dasti must be getting paid by the Indian bookes for his insanity - May Allah bless you Younis and your children - you are a true KHAN and honourable Pakistani......Hard to find one like you in the present...........

  • Jawad on October 14, 2009, 2:25 GMT

    Does the media of Pakistan and India have nothing better to do then come up with baseless accusations...why dont they investigate the damn politicians running countries dry like mr. 10%.

  • Nabil K on October 14, 2009, 4:13 GMT

    The other day my friends n i were speaking about the whole thing that Mr Jamshed Dasti has created..What we came up with was that the entire team shold resign..n Wallah what did we see today...Y Khan resigns..I guess he felt what we felt..Disrespected..If n e thing I call on Mr Jamshed Dasti to resign from his post..MEMO TO Mr Jamshed Dasti: Do ur Job n Don't Put Your dirty Nose Where It Doesn't Belong..Peace..!

  • Asif Sohail on October 14, 2009, 5:35 GMT

    In wake of all the things what I can not understand is that why on ICC reacted on report published by Indian news paper, ICC is taking dictation from Indian Media? Why our media is so blind to realise that India is hurt by our loss to Australia and they are covering their team by imposing stupid blames on Pakistani team. Our politics was taking dictation from USA and now they are taking dictation from INDIA? In my opinion politicians are making sport out of politics and are playing politcs in sports. Most important of all role of our media is shameless and totally iresponsable. I hope and pray that the team that was destined for great heights is not destroyed yet again. When ever Pakistani team rises these things start happening, when will we understand that our rise is like pig hair in eye of certain lobies. I am really shatered by the current ongoing events and pray that this crises may soon be ended in a manner favorable to Pakistan and its team. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Usman tahir on October 14, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    Well said, i wont even comment on Mr. Gasti's stupidity.However ... In this whole affair the role played by Mr. Butt & Afridi needs to be mentioned. Why was butt meeting with afridi to discuss the champions trophy performance (albeit he has recently changed the story to discussing T20 2010, yeah rite !). This was done to undermine younus. As for afridi, his statements in favor of younus fools no one, he has clearly shown with his body language and performance that he is pinning to get ODI captaincy, how else can his lack of performance when he is not captain and sudden uplift in responsible way he plays when he is captain be explained! The Plan of PCB was to hand afridi the captaincy for NewZealand tour to afridi on injury pretext, pakistan would have done well no doubt due to pitches in UAE and in australia series we would have struggled as usual the whole blame would have fallen on younus. Hence allowing afridi to take over. Kudoos to younus for pre empting this!Shame on Afridi/Butt

  • sanjay, Colorado on October 14, 2009, 7:18 GMT

    It is sad that Pak cricket is going through this dark phase again for no fault of players. It is high time for people of Pak to make decision to keep politician away from cricket. They have already a country to fix. I wish PCB will appoint retired players and have PCB run independently from govt intervention.

    Hope to see Pak team with exiting outcome.

  • Prakash2007 on October 14, 2009, 7:19 GMT

    U missed out on blaming BCCI for the debacle... Sure SHot... ;-) whiners... Younus if he hasnt done any wrong shd fight the system... Thatz where a Imran is different.. The cricketers ability shd be the yardstick to measure and not somebody who sits in parliament and moans without knowing its subject... Sad ...

  • Danial Hassan on October 14, 2009, 7:26 GMT

    You just wrote the emotions of every real Pakistan cricket supporter in plain words.This article needs to be translated in urdu and sent to that sham committee who dared to summon a coach and a captain with million time more achievments then all of them combine.You just made my day.It is a sad day for all real supporters of Pakistan cricket. I just wish they don't accept the resignation and he can start from where he left. God bless Pakistan Cricket..