Ethics and morality March 9, 2010

Sinners cast the first stone

The PCB committee of inquiry wants to punish Pakistan’s cricketers
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PCB’s latest investigation that has come down heavily on the players is a brazen attempt to save the skins of senior board members © Associated Press

The PCB committee of inquiry wants to punish Pakistan’s cricketers. The reasons are several, some known others only to be guessed. Unfortunately the whole episode is an exercise in passing the buck. The architects of the disastrous failure of Pakistan cricket have investigated their own performance and decided to blame some other people, the players.

When it comes to sympathy I have none for failed administrators and bureaucrats, who cling on to Pakistan cricket like leeches sucking every drop of lifeblood from a once vibrant national enterprise. These inquirers have a misplaced sense of justice: he who has sinned has cast the first stone. Isn’t the PCB’s latest diversionary investigation a brazen attempt to save the skins of senior board members?

Let’s take the accusations and the punishments. Shahid Afridi has already been punished by the ICC. The Akmal brothers could easily have been fined and disciplined without the hoopla we have had to endure, a self-inflicted public relations disaster. What Rana and Malik have done, nobody is yet sure? If it is match-fixing then how can one year bans suffice? It can’t be that.

If it is subversion of team spirit then there has to be better way of dealing with this. Indeed, the board encouraged this disruptive behaviour. When Younis Khan stepped down because a group of players refused to back him, the cricket board should have supported the captain. Instead, Mr Butt and his fellows undermined the institution of the national captaincy.

Who appointed the captain, coach, and manager for this debacle, and other recent ones? Who is ultimately responsible for discipline and professionalism? Yes, the grand inquisitors who are hoping that if the players take the flak they will escape without censure. Moreover, how can a squeaky clean board have dalliances with cricketers tainted by previous scandals, including the match-fixing scandal of the 1990s?

Ill-discipline from players does require sanction. Match-fixing requires life bans. But what about the members of the cricket board, who will hold them to account? Ultimately, it is the cricket board’s duty to manage issues of discipline and misconduct. It is in the governance and management of these very issues that the Pakistan Cricket Board has failed. Yet only Iqbal Qasim has accepted any responsibility. Power without accountability, this is the tragedy of Pakistan and Pakistan cricket.

J’accuse the cricket board, Mr Butt, and Mr Zardari for bringing dishonour to our national game and our nation. The players are puppets, yes glamorous puppets to be sure, but it is the puppet masters that are the root of the problem. Senior management creates an organisation in its own image. For shame go, but we all know these puppet masters are without shame.

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  • Gixxer on March 22, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    the moment I heard the news of the latest Pakistan Cricket saga I had the very same feelings. I firmly believe that the ban on Younis and Yousaf was too harsh. Banning someone for life or indifnite period on disciplinary grounds is beyond understanding. To make players organised and disciplined the board could have applied other methods. Similarly people like Mohammad Asif and Shahif Afridi who brought disgrace to the entire nation in the past were either spared or merely fined. The mentioned action was taken by the board just to use few players as an escapegoat hence allowing the main culprits(the board officials) to get away with the present crisis. I feel personally sorry for a an organisation of national importance being run by a 71 year old man whose only credential is his links in the ruling elite

  • Z on March 18, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Cant believe it's got to the stage, but for Pakistani's living overseas, this entire mess has made it EMBARRASSING. On what basis do we protect the image of our nation when the PCB and some players don't respect the image themselves, let alone play for the sake of playing cricket but rather in their own interest.

    Don't get me wrong I am a very patriotic Pakistani but times like these really shatter me really shatter me, how can we expect the team to do well when pcb themselves are just lost cases/.

    My support for team pak will remain and let's see what the T20 world cup holds

    A very depressed and upset Pakistani Cricket Fan =(

  • Adnan on March 15, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    mr. K.A.personally i am a malik fan. i think he has taken the team out of more shit than tey care to admit. marshalling chases from 1 down in many n ODI.that being said, if he needed to be banned, fine. but now is the time to look to future. i think future of pakistan is Salman Butt.he is a good enough player but given the chanxce he could be great. he could be our greamme smith. i really think so. make him skipper and back him up.kick out fawad alam of atleast buy him a bat his size which he can actually lift.afridi goes hot and cold. we need a captain same one in all formats. i think salman butt is our man.razzaq n misbah will make good players but both dont have enough shelf life. go wit the young gun.

  • Sykes on March 14, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Btt saab has to not because of the decision which agree with but because we need to re group and rebuild and hes just not the man with the tactical foresight to carry us through this poeple like Amir Sohail , Ramiiz should be thrown in as they talk a good game and forever complain about the status of pk cricket on telly with there interviews give them the chance appx 3/5 years if they dont accept then they should forever hold there breath on the subject coz im sik to death of arm chair leaders full of hotair and no lift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on March 14, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Pakistan a failed State, PCB members appointed by a failing Government, Pakistan team chosen by incompetent selectors appointed by unqualified Board,&the players blooded in the team with little or no education, naturally show no respect for Cricket Board. The elementary step for a sportsman is to love the country he has been chosen to represent and give his all in the most noble manner. It is time to explore why our players have not shown the respect due to their Green Cap & million of fans who root for them in victory & defeat. It is shameful for any player senior or junior to quibble & fracture the unity of the team for their personal glory. T20 may be lost & the future of the team in any form of the game may look bleak, but the fresh faces coming to the side should be imbued with the knowledge that the team they represent is bigger than any single individual. Both on & off the field the players should conduct themselves as ambassadors of our great nation and make their fans proud.

  • Coeurlion on March 13, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    (cont.) However, by making such a move, the PCB have placed themselves on notice too. They've got to follow it through. If they want to reinvent their own image, then more decisive action in other areas are required. They also have to be CLEAR and TRANSPARENT as to WHY such moves (including this one) are made. Otherwise their heads are next.

  • Coeurlion on March 13, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Actually, I see this COULD be the spark to revitalise Pak cricket. There is method in the PCBs 'madness'. After watching the Pak games here in Australia, DISCIPLINE was sorely lacking. Yousuf and Younis have been given enforced retirements, and the younger players spanked severely, told not to be naughty boys and grow up. But this is just the FIRST STEP. Now a new team with mainly fresh faces, should be formed from a squad of about say, 20-30 players. Instill a team spirit, and promote the belief that there is no greater honour than representing your country. If this is done correctly, then competition between those in the team to those just in the squad, should improve performances. Revamp the domestic competition. Play some Pakistan v Pakistan 'A' games in all formats. I reckon the T20 game would be a sell-out! In 3-5 years, this will bear fruit. (cont.)

  • Qaiser Khan on March 13, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    The PCB tried to show that nation that they had taken some steps and in the process these decisions came. Now when you have seated incapables on such an important posts you are going to expect the same decisions. I blame the Journalists who dont ask bitter questions from them in the press conferences. Why the Journalists, media and print media dont show them the mirror that we have seen this day not because of players but because of their least ability of management, lack of vision and complete negligence. If the players are not performing continuously drop them and take other player. But if you are saying that they are purposely not performing because of groupism or to prove some point then i ask you people what should have been done with those players. Complete clean up by kicking them out of the game. Who are they, Kamrans, Shoaib, Rana. Who will kick out Ijaz but and Wasim bari. who ever expecting that from Zardari (Thief) are living in fools paradise. May Allah save us from these.

  • pen on March 12, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    These short-sighted solutions seem to be a mistake. There would have to be very good reasons far and beyond just a poor tour of Australia to justify such actions.

    It's a shame because after a tough tour, teams can really improve. The West Indies is currently beating Zimbabwe comfortably after overcoming the loss in the first ODI. This is the sort of thing that can happen when teams toughen up and then play teams of similar strength or slightly weaker, although the WI have a few of their top players returning. Pakistan will not have the real opportunity to see what their team can do now.

  • safwan on March 11, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Kamran,

    when a nation is led by someone like zardari, is the banning of mere mortals like Y & Y even slightly alarming?? lol....God Knows alone how our thought processes work, heroes turn into villians overnight and vice versa, really short memories coupled with a greater shortness of integrities....this nation lies in a mess, and needs a clean-up operation from top to bottom, the PCB being no different!

  • Salman on March 11, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    How can anyone justify giving two punishments for the one same crime? Why Afridi has been punished twice, where is justice and who is behind it? These games of seeing half the picture need to stop here and PCB should be brought to justice and the penalty for Afridi to be removed immediately...he is our hero!!!

  • salman on March 11, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    I want the PCB also to stand on trial, and the punishment amounts to be reduced to half, these are totally crazy amounts....no sense in such punishments, there has to be some rules and regulations to follow, not just put 3 million or 2 million penalities out of the blue..what rules did they follow? how did all this was going on for so long and PCB was silent?

  • shahmeer on March 11, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    i dont think only fines would have sufficed to instill the required discipline in the team... Bans are too much though I agree... though i think PCB's plan is to wait until the players appeal against the ban and then overturn the bans... you know, like a threat that will hopefully help enforce discipline, more efectively than only fines would have done... the ban has been placed on too many too important players (afridi, younis, yousuf) so i know it cant be real... though such an action might be ill-timed since the overturning of the bans might not happen until after T20 WC this year...

  • Neutral_Fan on March 11, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Atleast the benefit of this exercise is that we know who the problem-makers were. Before this, we knew there were groupings, but had no clue as to who was responsible

  • M from Toronto on March 11, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Pakistani bans have becoming a laughing stock for the world as they know they will revoke it moment they want to revoke it , lets say for example in middle of England tour ,when the need for experienced batters is felt after having lost couple of games. Some funny examples of ban revoked are Asif , Akthar etc to name few. If not PCB then the court will revoke it in a whitwash to fool world o by potraying strict and disciplined the country. Like Tauqeer had said "you have to tolerate superstar tantrum in Pakistan". Thats a reality and way of life in no other country but Pakistan & the height is that revoking ban is considered normal ,the prime example is PCB is requesting even UAE to revoke Asifs Dubai ban.Disciplinary problems in teams and people of country abroad reflect the country scenario as whole. Like seen in australia ,every player was making their own rules ,assumptions ,goals and there was no common goal or sense of unity. If one observes the nation is also similar state.

  • Dost-he-Dost on March 11, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    PCB does not have slightest idea of what its actions are going to yield. Who is going to lead the team? Who is going to bat for first few overs?

    Ruling champs are going to enter upcoming T20 World Cup as underdogs, with spirits killed and moral total lost.

  • MIB on March 11, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Well, I don't know how to describe the actions taken by the board against some major players of our national side. Action was certainly required not only against the players but the senior board management needs a profound screening and purification as well.Pakistan cricket board and players have always lacked professionalism. They (PCB and players) like our 'democratically' chosen members of parliament, beaureaucrats, PMs, CMs and presidents, take their current positions and privileges for granted. Our nation as a whole has typical patterns of percieving posts of highest reponsibilities/accountabilities as things to boast around and misuse. No one is ready to follow the principles of honesty, sincerity, integrity, faithfulness, discipline and self-analysis (self-criticism for continual improvement). All parents and educational institutions in pakistan need to impart a lot of good personality development traits to all citizens. Otherwise we would see peple like the ones in PCB/team.

  • Azmat Siddiqui on March 11, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    What PCB has done is right. The players power must be curtailed at all cost. We deserve to know the name of the 7 players who pledged on Quran to get Younis Khan removed from the cpataincy. And all those 7 should be banned for atleast one year and none of them should ever be considered for leading Pakistan. Now we understand better that why Pakistan lost the second test in Srilanka and in Australia. Some players wanted Younis Khan and Yousuf to fail. Yousuf has lost his focus on the game. He should retire. Younis Khan has too bigger ego. Unless he change his attitude drastically he should never be selected to play for Pakistan. Descipline has to be maintained all the time.

  • DAR on March 11, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Everybody knows what happened to Andrew Symonds eve of T20 world cup and Australia out fist round. After they won CHAMPION TROPHY with new PLAYERS That is why Australia is a biggest force in cricket because they don’t tolerate the nonsense either you are a senior player of you are a junior.

    PAKISTANI Please stop crying for they players

  • vijyendra on March 11, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Ban on Yusuf and Younis Khan is too much, especially Younis Khan has shown his credentials in all format of cricket and shown a verygood team men as well as good human being. I do not know what was happening , but even if punishment was very much required , it is too harsh to the players like Younis and Yusuf , who has given several glorious movements to Pakistani cricket as well as the world cricket.

  • Arpit on March 11, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    How ignorant of you to think that Afridi didn't deserve any punishment from the home board after being banned for two measly t20's by the ICICI! Letting him go scot-free would have set a terrific example right? If anything it should have been him who should have been banned and not Yousuf & Younis.

  • Prof.dr.med.Kahn Meh on March 11, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Congratulations to PCB for acting boldly and decisively. It has long been overdue. The entire team should be banned for good. Younus and Yousuf are short of bad influences on the team. Both are first class crooks. Yousuf does not look like a cricketer. If he wants to practice his religion, he must go to a mosque and pray. The team looses because of their inclusion ,not the other way round. Cricket used to be a gentleman’s game. Now it is dominated by have-nots like Younus and Yousuf.

  • Khurram Ali on March 11, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    i dont whats going on with PCB and what they are thinking by doing such harsh things with pakistani cricketers. I dont either they are defending theirselves or just showing honest people of pakistan that they are doing good job and they cant compromise with dicipline. I dont know?

  • Faizan Shaikh on March 11, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Are they nuts. But then again, the person putting them incharge is no less nut then them(zardari).Even if Malik and rana were involved in match fixing or whtever it was, 6 months ban wud have been enough. A year means they will not even be eligible for the WorldCup2011 due to lack of match practise.I feel like taking an army action against these board members and sending them to Waziristan.The worst demage to Pakistan cricket in the last 2years has been caused by the board itself.Yousuf and Younis, we must agree are world class players.Ijaz Butt. What the hell are u doing.Akmals i think deserve to be punished.Afridi already had served a ban.Who will be the captain now for T20worldcup.The board itself doesnt want Pakistan to win again.They are Hyprocrats.They must go or kicked off.They will ruin everything.

  • Rafiq R Ahmed on March 11, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    @Kannan, good point... lol... when there was the need to look into how we need to address problems and current state of affairs, PCB, our players and our politicians were busy bickering about India and IPL and other nuisance. Seems like India had the last laugh, without really having to rest their case. The PCB, players, fiasco in Auz and NZ and ball-biting episodes took care of the rest.

  • zohaib on March 11, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I find it compeltely unfaire to ban players specially when management did not fulfill its responsabilities; There are always rifts between players but they should be carefully handled by management and it has to make sure this does not affect the team performance. When you let things get out of hands, you only have to blame yourself. Being a pakistani, it is sad for our cricket to ban such talented players because of power politics battle...

  • khurram on March 11, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Yes board is bad but what about the players. its not board who play bad cricket on field? bites ball and fight with spectators. its not board who drop cruicial catches and try to create political parties in dressing rooms. Afridi, younis are out of their mind individuals. You cant deny their talent but you cant give guns to mad people to play with. Yousuf is all done, hez nothing but a greedy guy who will surely try to join the icl. We all know what malick, rana nad akmal brothers politics is all about. Lets clear the mess guys. plz kick all those loosers out and bring in youngsters. We will loose now definately but atleast we will not loose like newzeland and australia series. It wasnt the lost series those were lost respect series. I am sure 90 percent people want these players and butt type officlas to remain ban from pak cricket.

  • Jamil on March 11, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    my prediction: butt will be sacked along with some other board members. The Ys will be reinstated and one of them will be the captain. Bari, or a new guys, will take over PCB. And we will still fail miserably in T20. But our tests will be far better - I am expecting wins in Australia series in England in summer. Let's see ... antes?

  • Mohammed Ali on March 11, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Amazing! what about banning the coach and the manager of the team. What were they doing when all this was happening? Banning players and imposing fine on them is not the solution. The infra structure of the PCB has to be changed. They should learn from India how this game is managed here. Ban the players if they have fixed the matches. But for infighting the punishment is very hard. Sure Afridi needed an knock on his knuckles. He seems to have not learnt.

    Long time back in an interview on the All India Radio AFS Talyarkhan had asked tiger Pataudi if it was neccessary for the Cricket administrators had to be ex cricketers. Tiger Pataudi had replies that it was not necessary but it was necessary that the administrators needed to love cricket more than themselves.

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  • Humayun on March 11, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Typical Pakistani reaction- going overboard! The punishment should fit the crime. How can one ban Younis and Yousuf? For poor captaincy? That'll be a first. However the other guys deserve it, except perhaps Afridi's fine is too steep considering he was already 'fined' by the ICC. Maybe it's a ploy by the PCB to get the players to finally come together and unite (against it)!

  • Mukul Ahuja on March 11, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    After Pakistan recently completed what was, for lack of a better adjective, a disastrous tour, I was wondering what would happen after Yousuf is no longer available. Younis, for all his inconsistencies, was still the second best option after Yousuf. Among the new entrants, one can't see hope beyond Umar Akmal. Now the only 3 decent batsmen for Pakistan are all out. I can only imagine what Pakistan's batting scores will look like in the next Test series they decide to play.

  • Tashfeen Qayyum on March 11, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    A completely idiotic decision by PCB. It should have been actually the other way round, the board needs to go as they are the ones who have been unable to lead by example, provide a solid program for the team to build momentum, letting the team gel together to form a winning combination. With very little or no bench strength this seems to be the death knell for Pakistan cricket.

  • Ehtesham Riaz on March 11, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    This a very bold move a move which will be lauded by people like you in 3 months time. A line has to be drawn some where and this is not a bad start after all. Now that the players have paid for their sins, lets point the guns at the management of the PCB and clean house!

  • Khd on March 11, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    I think this is a very right decision by PCB except 2YS got bit harsh punishment. Infact Malik should have been banned long time back. Overall they may find better replacement.

  • kamran Qureshi on March 11, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Awa ka Awa hee bigra hua he.I agree with you partially.The board and Ijaz Butt should definitely go,if not for any other reason then taking these steps too late.The President must do this to keep his own reputation if any.But you must admit the problems with players.There performance on and off the ground is pathetic.Most of players can be dropped just on their poor cricket alone.At this time people need to know the exact nature of the crime.You can not life ban someone for quarrels.Time and again PCB has destroyed cricketers like S.Akhtar by not taking action on time or reversing decisions under pressure.

  • Rakesh on March 11, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    HI all, I know pakistan people must b hurt by all this, but after this wans,t the IPL owners decesion right not take any pakistani player. If they would have taken any one of the guy who has been punished then the owners would have been suffered. Wanst that a proper decesion of not taking any Player from Pakistan. I think Pakistan should solve all the problems inside the Hall and not bring them infront of all that might bring some respect for cricket rather than fighting with each other.Pakistan has ability to Produce best crickters. But the way this are going young generation will think 100 times before playing cricket. Pls for Pakistani people all players should under stand the sentiments of people and Play good cricket than playing all this bad Poilitics

  • Muhammad Majeed on March 11, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Everything Seems to Be Spot On... But Yousuf AND Younus Must Be respected and honoured because this is soemthing you can never produce again, and You know the fault is not by the Players, Management Should also be punished who couldnt come up with good ideas to control / handle the situation. Management means to Manage if you cant, you shouldnt be Manager. Moves should have been taken instantly by sending these players back.

  • Uzair Hashmi on March 11, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    I am Done. Mr. Abbasi, I am done with Pakistan Cricket. I am done with false hopes and broken dreams. I am done with cheering for the selfish players and a weak incompetent Cricket board. I am done with all of this.

    From Today, I will be cheering for India. Atleast, I will get something in return for my cheers.

  • ratee on March 11, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    What will happen when the kids they send abroad are annihilated by the top teams, eventually the Board President will be thrown out. So why is he doing this drama just to save his skin he is destroying Pakistan cricket. What a bad circus he is playing in front of a sleeping nation!!!

  • Zeeshan Ali on March 11, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Another Stupid decision by PCB. Is this the first time Pakistan team came back losing from Australia. Why all this media attention. Are players only responsible for this defeat? PCB Chairman should also have resigned alongwith YesMan Chief Executive Mr Bari. The best decision would have been to drop all these culprits excluding Younis and Yousuf. Younis Khan has been banned due to the influence & presence of Mr Yawar Saeed in review committee. It seems grouping is not only in players but also among the board members. Its time for total change in PCB & we need to have good leadership in the Board itself first. PCB is still missing people like Noor Khan, Arif Abbasi.

  • Shakib Ahmed on March 11, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    My question is 'what Mr butt actually wants?' first he made top officials resign, the he sack some officials as well, then he is banning players!!!!! I live in bangladesh,urdu speaking, love cricket and die hard fan of pakistan cricket. what the hell is going? I have a sense there is a big politics Mr.B is doing.Younus only wants respect from players,he doesn't have any greed of captaining.but wat he get? Yousuf was playing marvelous,scoring 17-18 centuries in a year calender,then suddenly moved to ICL. There is a clear indication then Malik is doing politics.Yousuf & Younus are the most senior, outstanding player,they deserve respect.we lost several players, shoib akhter, yousuf, younus... i m afraid there is more to go...Mr butt doesnt know how to handle.He sack abdul qadir, he spks truth about shoib malik, he become sacked, yousuf spk abt malik,he get life ban.. lolz. Malik is the tail of Butt. Akmal brothers got a future left.DONT PLAY WITH OUR EMOTIONS LIKE ZARDARI ..MR BUTT!!

  • Abdullah Ahmed on March 11, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    What PCB does right or wrong is for the Pakistan cricket fans to decide.

    Outsiders, specially, Indians shouldn’t bother much about the state of cricket in Pakistan.

    How many Pakistanis do we see airing their views on how Mr. Modi is running IPL in India or what good BCCI is doing for the cause of international cricket.

    That is none of our business, and so is this for the Indian fans.

  • Sarmad on March 11, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    I think these bans don't really matter in the long run as we all know that Butt's gonna be sacked soon and everyone will be back. The reserve pool is too thin for people for forget these players. However, this does send a strong message if anything to parasitic non-performers that they are not indispensable.... and what this should not result in is a return by one Mr. Shoaib Akhtar

  • Taimur Malik on March 11, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Board chairman is brother in law of defense minister, senate members likof like Jamshed Dasti (don’t deserve to be in parliament at first place) and many others are at the helm of affairs. But not to forget this is all politically influenced. After all this is President Zardari’s Pakistan, No wonder situation is any different then what’s in parliament. Where the eligibility for every thing is become, how big you are in corruption, has you ever convicted and last but not least if you are related in any manner to President or his any friends or were in prison with any of them. You were!WOW, great! you got the JOB…The country who’s one Ambassador of sacks the legally hired people in Syrian School (Famous, reputed and big money making School) puts his relatives instead but yet comes out boldly: Yes I did put them but they are qualified. No decency left in these quarters and I and many can only hope we remember the basic ethics and sooner we turn back the better for us.

  • Rahman on March 11, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Yousuf and Younis- What younis indicipiline is that he point out the players and Manager Yawar Saeed who conspire against him and he didn;t go on the because of this and his form. Seven players take oath on Quran to conspire against him and he put on ban - that;s great.

    Shoib Malik and Rana should be ban for life as we all seen the way both conspire against Younis Yousuf and Shahid afridi.

    I again repeat Younis should be captain of Pakistan cricket team with full authority.

  • M. Islam on March 11, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    We have seen many circus by PCB and the Pakistani cricketers. The hopeless PCB failed to take actions when needed and now took some actions that does not make much sense. Why Yusuf and Yunus has been banned, very few probably have an answer. Malik, Kamran Akmal, Afridi are overdue for some punishment for their misdeeds. The PCB and the Board failed to discharge their duties in a professional manner, so the players became unruly. Mr. Butt, if you had least decency, you should have resigned long time ago. Good people should get the support of the Board but they did not. Malik was rewarded with Captaincy rather than to be kicked out. If there was honesty and principle, then PCB should have appointed anyone captain other than Malik. That is why these players indulge to to bad things repeatedly. Pick up a new team under Razzaque or Misbah and let them first learn disciple and decency, then let them win. In the administration of Zardari and Butt you can not get fair deal.

  • Steve on March 11, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    I think the PCB has gone too far. What I think they should have done, is give Yusuf and Yunis a break. Give them time to think about things, Banning them for life was a real bad idea. They are the top most player of our country and to treat them this way speaks volumns of what our PCB is all about..."CRAP". If you don't have respect for them, new player will not have respect for you.

    I also have no clue what Shoaib and Rana have done, its just sad to see that the Management has so much power to play with players lives and careers. Its sad.

    I think that should be done is, MR.BUTT needs to go..he is of no use and can't back his players well. He never showed support to the captains at all. I think we need a new chairman, I and the best man for the job is IMRAN KHAN. Someone please talk to the man and ask him to take over...wow...just imagine a PCB formed by ex-cricketers...shouldn't it be that way...Hmmm...

  • ratee on March 11, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Self appointed committee by the Board President, biased decision based on wrong motives, wrong and contradictory statements by the board about the bans, no definitive proof what was the wrong doing by the players. No explanation of what the players actually did wrong. Moreover no public announcement of what the players actually did wrong.

    Let me tell you legally the Board is bound to lose this case against the players and eventually they cannot save their own skin for which these bans have been issued. The Board was totally responsible for the loses, you cannot blame the foot soldiers for a defeat in strategy and bad decision to appoint the worst captain in the history of Pakistan-Mohammad Yosuf by the Board`s own bad decisions.

  • Qaiser Khan on March 11, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    I can't understand what is wrong with you all. Every body knows Shoaib Mailik, first his involvement with a girl and engagement announced then stepped back. Then he was a bowler and Mr. Wasim akram by force tried to make a batsman of him by sending him one down and sending Younis at no 8. Then when younis was made captain he was the leader of the opposition. can some body recall me a single test match he has won for pakistan. Yes younis did single handidly. In India in pakistan in england. Younis was not willing to become a captain and the board forced him, he told publicly and to the board about the team not cooperating. Then why not punish who were not cooperating. Why younis has to be punished. Those who say he is not 20-20 player let them go and see world cup statistics and see he was the top one in average among the current squad. He is a technical talented player with brave and sincere heart. Shoaib is cynic character along with kamran and umar akmal.

  • Dr Hasan on March 11, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    The board is to be blamed equally indeed BUT the players arent angels either. Apart from the life bans on the two Ys, I think all the punishments are justified although Malik deserved a life ban for sure. All those people who say that Pak cricket will suffer without these players..do you fail to notice that our cricket wasnt setting the world on fire as it is, an 11 game losing streak is a clear example of the "talent" / "committment" of these "star" players, so let some new people come in, atleast they will play for Pakistan and not for their petty captaincy egos and politics. Rather lose with a bunch of lesser talented honest players giving their 100% than be let down by immensely talented and gifted players who deliberately play badly and disgrace Pakistan and its people for their own childish gains!

  • Faisal Ahmed on March 11, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    3 CANCERS OF PAKISTANI TEAM

    Shoab Malik, Rana Naveed and Kamran Akmal r 3 players who brought POLITICS in Pakistani team and they should be ban for life. And look at Umer Akmal, he just have been in Pakistani team for less then 6 months and already got involved in the politics. Afridi was a good choice for captaincy but whatever he did in the ground in front of thousands of people there and many cameras showing the game all around the world, shows that mentally he is as immature as Younis khan. So many things have been said about PCB decision of punishing these players, i just want to say that as far as Malik, Rana, Akmal brothers and Afridi, PCB decision is right and this decision MUST NOT BE CHANGE otherwise this will become like a joke and in future players will not care about any thing and will get more involve in the politics and players power. This seems like tough decision but it will bring stability in future for Pakistan team. No one is above the discipline and Pakistan.

  • Aleem Latif on March 11, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    When I met the team after Sydney ODI loss and had a chat with some of the players to get their reactions about the regular defeats - I knew something like this is on his way. But the core issue here is to be able to understand why such "personal/personality conflicts" occurs among our players. The core reason is the Barra/Chotta and Senior/Junior culture in Pakistan and so in Pak Team. Why can't we have all MATES (YAARs) like OZs and no BHAIs in the team. I think such bans are good for Pak Cricket in the longer run because the current bunch of players (especially BHAIs) are not going to change their attitudes, so the WARS for power among players would always be there. So, I would strongly support a new cultural change among the players where ALL are equal and ALL are equally responsible for teams results and hence have equal rights for giving opinions for teams planning. Get rid of the OLD crap and encourage/facilitate new MATE culture among the remaining/fresh players

  • SY on March 11, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    When board doesnt discipline the players you are the one asking for severe punishment, a la teach-them-a-lesson-for-next-seven-generations punishment. Now the PCB has done exactly that you want board to go. Make up your mind doc. You want board to punish itself and let go players who bit the bowl in a match, publicly campaigned to be picked in the team after dropping countless catches several times, bickering back and forth like 2nd graders, ran away from captaincy more than once when going gets tough. You really think that with these players you can win matches? Any matches? These players care more about IPL than playing for Pak. There hasnt been any improvement in Pak cricket team since 2006. Let this be the time to reboot.

  • Ali on March 11, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    oh no, does this mean Misbah-ul-Haq will remain 'integral' part of PAK cricket team for 10 more years?

  • Hameed on March 11, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    What about Ijaz Butt when he gave statement in middle of a series Caption will be exchange and his exchange of press statement with his employ Miandad and he said himself Afridi can't be punish twice for one offence. He also said Younis quit captaincy becuase of Dasti now to please Dasti he ban Younis for life just under 10 months brought world cup for Punjab dominant Pakistan who cares if there is no Pakistan on world Map and any how what the need there should be pakistan

  • Mazhar Uddin on March 11, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    Playing for a country is a prvilage. The way the team lost in Austrialia and Newzeland it was obvious that some of the players were not there to win. It is also clear from the interviews given by few player that the team was not cohesive in their approach. Disciplinary action is a must in a situation like this. Players no matter how big name they have must be penalized if they are found not playing to their fullest intentionally,If not this will continue in future. Also, the PCB must take full responsibility and make changes to the board. Bring people who are proactive rather reactive. In any case doing nothing is not an option. Board responsibility was to select the best team and no one will disagree that majority of the team players have very good record in domestic cricket. Same team won 20/20 world cup. What happened after that is struggle for the stature.

  • muhammad mudassar on March 11, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    Good Job PCB and MR. BUTT Now this is what should be done Zardari has to sack the MR.BUTT and Co. to clean up the Board. Then Mr.Zardari and Co. should be sacked by the Nwaz Shreef and then Mr.Chief Justice has to clean up the Shreef Brothers and CO.Then we will Insha Allah become a great nation on the world map.

  • Mirza Ikram Ali Beg on March 11, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    I think that Mr.Maqsood A Khan is very much right in his comments.I was seeing the match on TV when Afridi was biting the ball,Rana was coming towards him,dropping his eyes stance.It was most digusting and shameful scene and act.In my opinion,they should never be allowed to play on a field and youngesters be advised not to come in contact with them,more so when Afridi is telling that everybody does that. Cannot tamper proof balls be made?

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on March 11, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    Pakistan is a typical case of mismanagement. Its despots&bureaucrats are well known to destroy efficient institutions. Sports Organizations in Pakistan not being independent have been shamelessly run to ground by its bureaucrats. In the past, Pakistan dominated the world in Hockey & Squash. Now it is close to the bottom. Our cricket team is a victim of poor discipline instilled in it by a very poorly run Cricket Board. By imposing bans, fines and other punishments on players, PCB can't expect to turn around its team. The board should be over hauled from top to bottom. It should be run by new elected members, who are capable to promote Cricket. A re-organized PCB composed of honest & sincere members can discipline its players&curtail the player power. Bad or corrupt administrators do not command respect and often help to create fissures&fractures in their teams. Yusuf,Younis, Malik,Kamran,Umar,Rana & the rest have prospered in the corrupt system of PCB & acquired bad habits.

  • Tony Opatha on March 11, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    Younis and Yousaf are the top class test cricket bastmen Pakistan has. Without them they will be the weakest top order test cricket batting line up in the world. Maybe as bad Bangladesh. There is some bias in Pakistan cricket establishment against the Younis ethnicity. Younis actually played as best as he could in the first one day match against Australia - and showed glimpses of his resistant, sustainable batting as during Pakistan winning team performance at Twenty World Cup. Unfortunately for him he was not in form rest of the One day internationals against Australia. Younis and Yousaf are prolific scorers in English conditions where Pakistan need to play both England and Australia, and will end up having an even more disastrous tour if they do not fix their top order batting line up. Reminds me of the summer of '78 debacle where Pakistan succumbed to a weak bowling line-up like a deck of cards except for Sadiq. Zardari, Butt & Co. will need to pay the price for most recent blunder.

  • Prakash on March 11, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    So what's new! Any one wants to bet that within a few weeks all the bans will be overturned or diluted.

  • Shazad Y. on March 11, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    PCB is at the core of the problem. Mr. Butt needs to be sacked, this man knows nothing about cricket and this is an attempt to save both his job and other seniors in PCB. First and formost, Younas Khan should have never been the captain. He is the perfect man for the job, but does not have the PR skills to do it. So much negative talk about Shoaib Malik ? Has anyone been following the RBS T20 tournament, guess who the captain is ? They have won 5 tournaments in a row, not bad for a man who is considered mediocre. The problem is that everyone wants to be captain and no one has the ability to do the job. Only thing accomplished by PCB is to scare the players. Player power is down the loo. So know, what is left is to make the appropriate changes in PCB. Bring in people who know the game, and want to make a diffrence for the country. Talent is being wasted, and its just a matter of time when the nation will turn its back on its team. Pakistan cannot afford to loose its national pride.

  • AtishG on March 11, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    The comments here reflect the grief and despair that the cricket fans of Pakistan are feeling about the PCB and cricket in general. I would request non-Pakistanis to refrain from giving their solutions. Pakistanis are surely capable of putting their own house in order, and very few things hurt more than unsolicited advice from outsiders as to how to manage their own affairs. No matter how well-meaning the advice might be.

  • zeeshan khan on March 11, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    @Chandramohan Kannan... get real buddy... kindly do not bring hate subjects into this discussion. Your mentality is a disgrace to your country and this world. Lets help spread peace messages. This topic is about the punishments announced to the pakistani players. Don't inflame the discussion with Pakistan-India politics in here. get a life!

  • desihungama on March 11, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    Mohsin said that his main task is to raise a strong team for some “more important” assignments facing Pakistan this year after the Twenty20 World Cup which he termed as a “picnic event”. “Twenty20 is just picnic cricket and what we need to focus on is to prepare our boys for the Test matches coming up later this year against top teams like Australia, England and South Africa,” he concluded.

    God Bless Pakistan Cricket.

  • Amir Khawaja on March 11, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Abbasi in fact, I'll go one step further I think it's the board members who should be banished not the players. They are trying to hide their incompetence by punishing the players. How could you fine Kamran Akmal while banning Rana. If they are involved in match fixing they should be banned for life, In my opinion match fixing is done from the top. I believe that every cricket match is fixed when Pakistan is involved, before it was the generals who were pulling the chords the only difference now is that the most corrupt man on the face of this world AKA Mr. 10% AKA Mr. Zordari is pulling the strings now.....it's very very very sad....they play with the feelings of Millions of Pakistanis all over the globe, they let us all down....Have they forgotten that one day they will all be held accountable for all their deeds....

  • Samad on March 11, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    It will be very difficult to comprehend these incredible actions untill this inquiry is made public. One can only hope that such a move is on their agenda and quick. The Pakistani public is owed some answers and if these decisions can be justified then by all means.

    It seems Afridi deserves what he got...it was a moment of foolhardiness. It also displayed a reputation for cunning that Pakistanis are only just cleaning up.

    Shoaib Malik seems to have caused an unnecessary amount of trouble since his removal as captain. I for one am happy to see his 1 year ban especially since his performances have lacked for the national team.

    Rana is an interesting note...not sure why this happened? PCB, please explain yourself.

    Younis Khan should just have been left out of the team untill his domestic performances proved otherwise. I strongly believe his captaincy was undermined by some bitter characters in the team.

    As for Yousef...he too doesnt deserve what he received...what a shame.

  • DR ARSHAD HUSSAIN -BRISBANE on March 11, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    For once I would disagree with you.I believe this blog should have written after PCB had released their findings and reasons behind the bans given to yunis and yusuf. No issues with the bans given to shoaib,rana ,akmals in fact they are pretty mild for I care shoaib should be banned for two years and on return can only play t20,akmals for one series atleast should carry drinks. I believe there is no bigger honor than playing for pakistan and these idiots have been taking it for granted, for too long it's time they come to their senses and yes to wake up our nation you require nothing less than an earthquake which is what the pcb has served . It is heart breaking to see two legends yunis and yusuf depart like this, their contribution to pakistan cricket is huge I hope PCB has done it for the right reasons and with enough evidence. It's time we stop creating monster out of our cricketers just for the sake of winning-BRAVO PCB (hope they have the evidence behind to back their decision)

  • Naveed Khan on March 10, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    We need a concerted effort to reform Pakistan Cricket. It is not in the hands of present management. Board has to be elected by the division and district level boards. Ijaz Butt and his team is inept, clueless and they must resign.

    I urge Pakistan Cricket supporters world wide, we need to step up and save Pakistan Cricket. We must unanimously demand that PCB Board and Management must resign.

  • Shaz Hussain on March 10, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    Pakistani's when they are in the mid 30's should retire gracefully. Mohd Yousuf is not the player he was and was an awful captain. Younis Khan has no form in any format of the game and is also a liability. We keep on talking about their past achievments but need to look at today. our players do not have much technique but they are great because they have flair and natural ability. They start young therefore I would encourage youngsters to come into the team now but as they get older and their hand eye coordination is not so good they suffer as they do not have a sound technique to fall back on like Tendulkar, Ponting etc who are still playing well. It makes them a great team to watch and support but we need to recognise our strengths and weaknesses. if we could get a mix of good technical players as our openers and no 3 and our flair players at 4, 5 and 6 we will be world beaters. We need to change the system and play people on merit not on who they know. There is no shortage of talent

  • Kash on March 10, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Once again Kamran Abbasi is spot on THE WRONG side! Where does it stop with you Mr. Abbasi? I mean you want younis to be the captain whereas he hardly deserves a place in the playing 11. Test Squad MAY BE, certainly not in the ODI. How does Kamran Akmal single handedly loosing test match boards fault? How does Umar Akmal faking an injury boards fault? If anything, board has probably not gone far enough in punishing these guys. Younis has deserted Pakistan team multiple times. Better start planning without the "Big Names". The only fault board has in the matter is to not take these actions earlier enough. I would go out on a limb here and say that Umar Akmal should've been banned for 3-6 months. He is a great player and Pakistan will certainly need him in the future, but hand over a punishment that would make him and others think twice before attempting something similar. GOOD JOB PCB.. FINALLY YOU DID THE RIGHT THING!!1

  • Abbas Khan on March 10, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Whatever you have said about PCB is true. Nobody has a single argument to defend there evil designs. Its also true that presence of Yousaf, Malik and Khan in team was rotting everyone and everything around them. They could be better than average players, but they were certainly not good leaders and teamates, which was more important to win matches. This cricket board, same as our government are very fond of making U turns, therefore its very likely that within days, these players are recalled as nothing has happened. To avoid futher disasterous consequences of such U turn, which will finish Pakistan International cricket forever, I pray someone dismiss these Board members for life. This would be perfect example of killing two evils with one shot.

  • boxing-kangroo00 on March 10, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Thank God!!!! now pakistani masses will undrstand why thier cricketers were not picked by IPL teams....thier egos have swelled to the extent where talent becomes zero.Hopefully this will bring more humble but passionate cricketers from this troubled nation in future.

  • sm on March 10, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Well its Pakistan Cricket Board, Mr. 10% is the head of it so what good can you expect? I think complete purge of the PCB is needed to save the grace of Pak Cricket. Before the players PCB should take the responsibility and step down if they have any Pride in their job.

  • Ammar Khan on March 10, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    I simply can not avoid commenting on this one.

    People who follow and know the poorly run circus, known as Pakistan Cricket will certainly know it is only a matter of time before these decisions are reversed. I am willing to put money on this. I would say, within 1 week? Anyone calling me on that?

  • Rizwan Bukhari on March 10, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    I applaud the decision of Kicking the menace out of the team and bringing players down to Earth. Pakistan Cricket has suffered enough, so much that, other countries would not visit Pakistan to play, but also Pakistani stopped watching cricket altogether.

    The only problem with the decision that I see as, is that Afridi was fined. I believe that what Afridi did on the day was, what I would have done too. We didnt win a single game in Australia, and the team was in disarray. The only way out was to bring in a breeze of victory. Yes, what he did was wrong, but it sure was blown out of proportion, and poor Afridi got entangled in the trap.

    I hope everyone learn that no one is bigger than the game, or their countries, and just cant quit when they want to.

    Way to go PCB, but i still dont understand, where was Afridi wrong

  • blake on March 10, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    I agree with Maqsood A Khan.

    It is the lenient approach of the past to player indsicipline which has got pakistan into this mess and it is about time it was stopped.

    Players have been getting away with factionalism and scheming, positive drug tests, poor attitudes (and that is even before we get to Shoaib Akhtar) for years.

    It is impossible to have a united, succesful team without discipline. Ill discipline fosters disharmony by allowing minor things to fester. This was needed to show players that NO shennanigans will be tolerated, whether you are a star or not. Over time players will learn that it is not up to them to plot for revenge or scheme against rivals, but if someone is out of line then management will take care of it, the players only job is to train hard and support the captain.

  • Adil on March 10, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Intersting decision..... who is right & who is wrong? The First thing board needs to do is to publically announce why every player has been given a punishment to every players. Cricket flows in our blood & we want tranperency. I fallow cricket ball by ball but I am not sure why Younas is banned, becuase he pulled out of captaincy?so what? Yousaf..becuse he led a losing team, is it a life time ban offence?what else he did wrong. I agree with what they did to Afridi & Akmals & to some extent shoaib & Rana aswell, keep politics away from game. But we want to see solid proof of reasons for every step. Thee are our heroes & they can't be indignified without solid grounds. Board has to provide evidence other wise I will assume it is an over aggresive decision & may be an effort to protect themselves...whatever the case its only our cricket that is on the receiving end yet again. Sad but thats Pakistan for you. NO TRANSPARENCY.If proven guilty ban them all else they are innocent & our heros

  • Zaheer Abbasi on March 10, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    I dont think I would agree with your conclusion Mr Kamran, largely because this inquiry was to find the elements which caused the losses on AUS tour. The PCB admin may well be useless and people corrupt but if the 11 players on the field had put aside their differences and fought the result may have been different. In one game against NZ where they scored 206 runs i think Aamir alone took us nearly home yet the established batsmen failed, why? If one or 2 batsmen were failing it may be understandable, how can the whole lineup succumb to NZ bowlers. I am not belittling Aamir but it would be foolish to suggest that our batsmen were not good enough. If they play international cricket they should be just as good as other teams if not better and if they cannot do that than they should be replaced regardless of their seniority and experience. At that level you only require determination and will tp play, no matter who is leading and administrating, the will to win for your country prevails.

  • Hassan on March 10, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    i dnt know why everyone is acting so surprise about it did we all forget already Sydney test and what we went through during the match as a pak fan and how embarrassing it was i think they all got wat they deserve well done PCB and i wish to see the day when imran khan becomes the prime minister or pcb head for that matter till then lets hope Ijaz butt borrow some sense from the GOD almighty and fix the pak cricket .

  • Sohail-UK on March 10, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Strange decisions, PCB is now playing a blaming game yet again. during the Aus tour, it was PCB constantly announcing that the Captain will be changed. Was this the right thing to do in the middle of the tour, I ask PCB that? How an earth you expect the team to perform when such statements are made. get it right, I can imagine Ijaz butt falling asleep in PCB meetings due to his age....that's why he can never make any decisions by himself. its made for him. AHHH,...Imran Khan, Where are you when Pakistan Cricket Needs YOU. forget politics, you are tooo honest for that. Fix something that you CAN fix, the Pakistan Cricket Team. We NEED you, the Team needs. Sack the management, or they should regsign. otherwise they will all claim Ayslum in UK.... yousif and younis does not deserve such bans, they should instead be made test specialists. PCB...Get A Life,

  • Adeel on March 10, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    It was Muhammad Yusuf's fault. When board was dropping Shoaib Malik why did Yusuf insist Shoiab's inclusion? Now he had paid the price. The final blow came from Ijaz Butt by sending the message during the tour that Yusuf would not be captain in the next season. The nail was down in the coffin right away.

    Regarding Younis Khan, I believe, he has some attitude problem. Someone should help by having psychological counseling so that he may act as a mature person rather than mere impulsive. Moreover, captainship is not just cricketing sense, but also people's skills. Different types of personality require different handling accordingly. This is the area where he needs to improve seriously.

    I think, Younis Khan given a chance once more. Wasim Akram, when took the responsibility second time, came not only as a mature but also a captain with better people's skills. Yusuf should be in the team. However, Shoaib Malik should be dropped.

  • Hammad on March 10, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    Compare current captains with capitancy of Imran Khan. The difference is that he was a highly educated person (of cricket as well as individual). This helped him making sensible decisions in tough times. Most of our players sadly lack this ability. They can grow as a player with time, but dont go wiser with time. Moreover, our Cricket Board doesnt do anything to educate them and teach them how to handle pressure as well as press when our teams visit other countries. I agree with Kamran, the problem lies within board in making poor choices all around.

  • Mohamed Z. Rahaman on March 10, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    Good article and I agree taht the Board should also share teh blame, however something had to be done about Pak players. They have loads of talent but are the most selfish players I have ever seen. Even former players act with the same big arrogant ego. They need a Clive Lloyd type prsonality, i.e., someone who not only has the balls to stand up to them, but also looks the part of an enforcer. Instead of quitting, Younis should have asked the board to openly back him when faced with subversion from members of the team and only quit if they refuse. Yousuf on the other hand is clueless on the field as captain. and pleas - I do not care for the ICC ban, Afridi brought shame on all Pakistan by eating the ball. Pak should have banned him immediately. He is also selfish by making himself available only for ODI and 20/20.

  • Bosco Martyres on March 10, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    What a ship of fools.There is no question that undisciplined players have to be penalized, but why Younis and poor Yousuf. If anyone should be banned indefinitely it should be Shoib Malik who appears to be a troublemaker and the cause of much dissension in the team. The board has once again shot themselves in the foot by banning two of the most experienced playeres. All I can say is Thoba! Thoba! Thoba!

  • immy786 on March 10, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Kamran For once i strongly disagree with your point of PCB - we always have, will do an incompetent board but yet managed to somehow win the world cups or lost the finals because there was something about the captains (Imran - his hospital and Younis his gift to the nation) uniting the team. Both somehow united the team and performed. But both times, Imran and Younis, the captains got the flak from senior players after winning the cups and walked away from the game. We had the talent but the board never had the guts to stop player power undermining the captain and causing disharmony that has brought Pak cricket to its knees. For once lets rejoice the actions of an incompetent board and start with fresh slate. Let this be a lesson to current (Esp U Akmal) and future players that may be prima donna but not bigger than Pak cricket. We have survived incompetent boards all thru the history but player power had to be curbed - Its greater of the 2 evils.

  • Shoaib on March 10, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Mr Butt needs to be the one who shoulb be banned, rather fired from the post, then again he should be arrested for this current fiasco. Nice going

  • Tallat on March 10, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    And you wanted Pakistani Players in IPL this season!!!!!!! ha ha ha ...... you all need to straighten your acts, everyone involved. Learn ethics first and then try to represent your country. And of all people Zaheer Abbas you cannot justify the ban and point fingers .... dont forget what you did on your trip to India under Asif Iqbal's Captaincy, highest score of around 35.. getting back to the pavalion and continue with your smoke...come on Zaheer have some consious and come out and apologize now before its too late. As for the current lot they are all worthless, no good fit for just 3 day county matches. They need to be sent to military camps and deciplined before they can be considered for selection to represent their country.

  • Hassan Ali on March 10, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    well cricket pakistan is taking some stepsfor younis i think it is best because the kind of nakhra he was showing in the recent past is not acceptable and.... for yousaf he was never a ODI player ever. ok yes he was an ODI player but if the ODI is played at a some format then that of the early 90's. i am glad atleast they get out of the way. rana also was never deserving a place in the team. get dopped for one tournament, rebel against the board, join ICL and then come back wagging his tail. For afridi, malik and akmals punishment justified.

    One last question: will we be able to defend our title this time?( the only one which we have in any sport for the time being)

  • shariq on March 10, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Shocking decision from PCB, well yousuf and younis have nothing to do with T20 so they will be back.Other then that rana has no place because razzaq and misbah are back. Malik is a great player but he deserves the ban because he is the one who is creating politics in the team. I think PCB should drop umar akmal as he is not T20 player at all.

  • Rashid on March 10, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    This is a bold step by PCB and now the second bold step would be if the entire Pak Cricket Board accepts their faults and resigns. But you are asking too much here. This is Pakistan, and in Pakistan such things don't happen. Those who are in power will do whatever to stay in power. May God have mercy on Pakistan and its citizens.

  • AM on March 10, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    While I could agree with the notion of clearing a mess, the problem is that those in charge of cleaning this mess (the PCB) IS ABSOLUTELY INCAPABLE OF NURTURING NEW AND RAW TALENT. The failed careers of numerous talented players like Haroon Rashid and others like him bear ample testimoy to this. It is far easier to end a career in Pakistani sports than it is to build and nurture one. A similar purge took place 7 years ago after the World Cup disaster in South Africa. I felt that Waqar Younis and Saeed Anwar(scoring a hundred in his last match against India) had another couple of years of international cricket left in them in 2003. Their replacements? Who were they? Can anybody point them out? Similar will be the story from now on, as players are selected and dropped at a frequency that would make the past selections pretty "stable" ones.

    The fact is that in Pakistan, cricketers are all self made with very little input from coaches. Only the most talented and the fittest, survive.

  • Abbas on March 10, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Hello All! Please, do not cry for two Y's life ban...look at their ages...even a year ban would have worked as life ban for them... :) (May their souls live in peach..!!)

  • Mahendra Bishnoi on March 10, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Yes definitely, its surprising.I dont know what exactly happened and in fact nobody know what happened in australia. They were really playing like novices and group of cricketers with no passion to win or even to compete. But in my view, the effort made by board to correct these things is not the way to do it. Actually when you appoint caption and give him a team, then you are responsible for it.They should back their caption and give him strong backing so that he can handle all the mischiefs in the team. For example when Imran Khan was caption he had full backing and he directed all the boys and lead them to the world cup win. At that time too there were senior palyers in team and i dont think the enviornment was very coordial, as it is never with pakistan cricket,but caption in control backed by board was there. So, in my view board should appoint caption and back him and punish the fellows who do not follow him.Thats the only way to do it not by punishing everyone one invoved.....

  • Moody on March 10, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    i am very happy to see PCB crushed player-power in pakistan team. yousuf younis were good players in the past but currently they are alike school players, they are too old to play on international level now. malik shud have been banned for life. PCB have conveyed this message to these players that YOU ARE NOT BIGGER THAN PAKISTAN. if they wanna play cricket for pakistan then keep going on but if they wanna play for themselves then go to hell..

  • Moody on March 10, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    i am very happy to see PCB crushed player-power in pakistan team. yousuf younis were good players in the past but currently they are alike school players, they are too old to play on international level now. malik shud have been banned for life. PCB have conveyed this message to these players that YOU ARE NOT BIGGER THAN PAKISTAN. if u wanna play cricket for pakistan go on but if u wanna play for themselves then go to hell..

  • Saima Khan on March 10, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Who is supporting Akmal Brother's?

    Kamran Akmal shoudl be ban for atleast three years.

  • from denmark on March 10, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    afridi is the best man for pakistan

  • Mansoor on March 10, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Quote Ijaz Butt "When one was captain he threw the other man out, when the other was captain he threw the other out when he would have been selected" I seem to recall Yousuf calling for Younis to be sent to Australia for the 2nd test but Ijaz Butt refused. Hardly evidence to back up Butt's claim!

  • alex on March 10, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Ejaz Butt is not a good administrator. He is destroying Pakistan cricket like others have done it to hockey and squash games.

  • khalid on March 10, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    I donot agree with you Kamran. Keep your grudges with PCB aside. Indeed, PCB / Mr Butt is not an ideal and never had been. At least, BUTT tried to curb player power. Can you please answere me below?

    1.0 Why didn't not Yonus respond to PCB and didn't play in Australia in a capacity of a batsman? Did not he do this 'deliberately' so Pakistan MUST fail? Who the hell is he? Look at his past background. He was in poverty upto his neck. This was the country, the Pakistan, who made him player. How did he reciprocate? Switched off his phone and did not sacrify his personal ego for sake of country.

    2.0 Mohummad Yousuf, fighting like dogs in media. Indeed, Shoib would have done wrong but being a 'leader', was this the way he behaved? Why is he not yet accepting his leadership failure?

    Kamran, kindly try to see things in its context. You are not a teenage emotional young boy "anymore". Are you? I will wait your response though.

  • Jassem Shakil on March 10, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    PCB has taken the right decision. When Shoaib Malik was made captain, several senior players including Younis, Yousuf, and Afridi rejected his captaincy. So Younis was made captain. This time Afridi and Malik were not willing to co-operate with him. Just look at the way everyone was playing under Yousuf's captaincy. Afridi was trying to smash every bowl as he didnt care to stay on the wicket. Malik was giving easy catches. Its clearly visible that Younis, Yousuf, Afridi, and Malik all want to be the captain and they wont perform under the captaincy of any other player. Now come to Kamran Akmal, he caused Pakistan to lose the test series. Umar Akmal, so early in his career, tried to do politics. Rana needs to learn how to behave. So all of them are rightly fined/banned. And for God's sake, no Misbah as Pakistan's captain. He scored three ducks against Aussies. Abdul Razzak is the right choice. He has been always unfairly treated and he deserves to be the future captain of Pakistan.

  • resvan on March 10, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Mr Butt Please learn from Iqbal Qasim and do the needful. All the players will come back as they are young and talented. Infact it was you Mr Butt who failed to bring dicipline among them so please vacate your seat form some senior cricketer who understands cricket and the art of managing players.

  • Azhar on March 10, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    You are right,it is just an exercise of passing the buck

  • Vijay padmanabhan on March 10, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    i can understand why afridi and akmal brothers were punished but couldnt quiet fathom the fact that yousuf was banned with younus and as far as i remember., yousuf was the one who wanted younis back and pcb really needs to be ashamed for putting a blame on someone else

  • Azhar on March 10, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    In my opinion board should be banned rather than players like Yousuf and Younis.Some of the punishements may be right like Akmal brothers.How can you punish twice for one sin.Afridi has already served his punishment for two match ban.What is younis and Yousuf's sin? Yes, they are just passing the buck.The members of enquiry committe are actually responsible for this situation of Pakistan cricket.Every body knows that Yawar saeed has grudge against the players because of players previous players.When can we get rid of this Wasim bari?He is the Cricket board for many years in different capacities. Actually this board should be banned rather than players.KHUDA HAFIZ PAKISTAN CRICKET

  • baku gm on March 10, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Mr. Abbassi, I have been a huge fan of your writings but I am at loss of speech after reading your above article. To clarify, I agree whole heartedly that the current PCB is useless and needs replacing vis a vis a democratically elected and independent board. BUT no person in their right mind can support the players who are pathetic and ignorant of basic fair play. Take example of Abdul Razzak and Shahid Afridi both of whom were not appointed captain by their respective city boards. So Razzak quits Lahore team and Afridi threatens to leave Karachi team. These players are behaving like GUNDAS instead of being thankful fo what thay have gotten from this nation. Player power needs to be CURTAILED and Pakistan needs to come first.

    Shame on you defending these jokers.........

  • zain mohammed on March 10, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    For once i Agree with yoru article.... its the borad that has encouraged nepotism which has then filtered down to the players... Why are our players punished when the board is still there.. In business its the person that is at the top that has to go as he is responisble for manageing thte ship. pak cricket has scuttled the ship and made sure that all the officers on board have taken the only lifeboats. this is just another example of why pak cricket is a laughing stock and why it will remain so. IF the borard ensured thats systems and processes were robust from the get go.. then there would be no issues. if there was then there would be a system in place to take care of. again we are firefighting and believe you me this kind of idocy will resurface again. its reminds me of an asylum where everyone thinks there are sane and the the other people who are treating them insane. i dispair.

  • Rafique Ahmed Chy Riyad on March 10, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    just i want to say im "upset"... PCB did't take a good decision...

  • Aussie on March 10, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Can't you guys understand? This is because of Match-fixing. God bless Woolmer. He must be in peace now.

  • T SHAHZAD on March 10, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    As we are watching this film of PCB is writen by themself.I think MR Butt is to old for runing the board and makeing some healthy dicions , he and MR Bari should step down,these peoples are herting the proud of PAKISTAN,that is not acceptable,I am asking to MR president PL sake these guys as soon as possible, and don,t put the leble (BAN) on players,because they are our proud of country.Thank,s

  • tarek on March 10, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    How about taking a poll if the action of the Board in disciplining the players was called for or not. It is high time that these players who brought disgraced to the nation by their conduct off and on the field by punished. Well done PCB.

  • imran khan on March 10, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    i urge the suspended cricketers to join my flop party and we can negotiate with taliban and use their influence to help u get back in team . meanwhile i shall teach u how to tamper with cricket ball as also other methods like al taqiya

  • krishna on March 10, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Sir: Pakistani team could not go to heights only because of the groupism. Just look at the talent and the results it produced in the test arena. They play well against India only. Just see how many of the players get into issues and the board has nothing to do with that. The board can select, but then are they supposed to keep on monitoring the player behavior? You blame the board. I do not agree. It is the players duty to play as a team for the country. So, by sacking the board, do you think the team will start performing as a combined unit? Your team is having enormous talent, but very little team work. Why do coaches drop out from your team? That is only because of the players. Sad, but your team requires harsh punishment for not playing as a team. I will support BCCI if they find fault with Indian team and decide to sack some important players. You play for the country and not the individual. It is simple as that.

  • ksm on March 10, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Butt pretends to be a butt kicker, but we need a real 'butt' kicker.

  • Imran Ahmed on March 10, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Guys, whatever the board does, the players are out there playing the match... I think people have forgotten the humiliation faced by Pakistan by being whitewashed in the Tests and One dayers in Australia. Pakistani players played with such lack of responsibility, compared to the Australians. It is time to show them that they need to play with passion and pride for the country to stay in the team. Although I personally don't like Ijaz Butt, but he has made a gutsy mover against the senior players. I don't mind it at all!

  • Imran Ahmed on March 10, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Guys, whatever the board does, the players are out there playing the match... I think people have forgotten the humiliation faced by Pakistan by being whitewashed in the Tests and One dayers in Australia. Pakistani players played with such lack of responsibility, compared to the Australians. It is time to show them that they need to play with passion and pride for the country to stay in the team. Although I personally don't like Ijaz Butt, but he has made a gutsy mover against the senior players. I don't mind it at all!

  • usman ali on March 10, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    I've got a feeling whoever made this decision went to the same school as the president of Pk. Thank God they did not decide to hang the players.

  • Sami on March 10, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    I definitely agree with the previous post, posted by Maqsood A Khan. And you Mr. Abbasi wrote another disappointing blog as ever, I don't understand who hired you to write blogs like these. With no research, no reasoning, no facts, you keep blaming individuals, who you don't like yourself. Because of people like you, no wonder why everything in Pakistan is, the way it is. Peace!!

  • Mohammed Amdani on March 10, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    The simple question is why the board or the management stop the infighting or the "grouping" or any other indesciplinary action by these players during the tour and save the series right away. If Shoaib Malik was creating problems he should have been immedaitely flown back to Pakistan. If Yousuf and Younis were "in-fighting", one or both of them should have been dropped from the next match.

  • Javed Kan on March 10, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    I am not surprised by the life ban on Younaiss and Yousaf. Younis Khan broght glory of 2020 to us last year. He looked grat in Pakistan flag with him in hand and around his neck at the post match conference after winning 2020 world cup. He should be punished. All people who brought glory and good name for this country have been punished. This is how we are? Good bye to Pakistan crickt.Butt Bari Zindabad

  • DK on March 10, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    I disagree with Kamran for most part but his reaction is predictable and consistent with kind of people who made cricketers think they are untouchables. I have always been surprised at consistent selection of such a stupid, arrogant, divisive and careless cricketer as Shoaib Malik. Younis just seems mentally unfit. I side with the board in this case as they at least took some action, which may have extreme in some cases. I do not agree with what they did to Afridi, however. He has already has served his sentence and seems to be blamed for everything that happens in Pakistani cricket. He is probably the only Pakistani player who is loved worldwide. Pakistan board never knew how to handle him and Butt is not the first one to treat him shabbily. Pakistan cricket will be better off without ordinary but divisive characters such as Shoaib, Younis and Yusuf. Monetary fines are OK so I am pleased that at least they did not ban Afridi or Umar.

  • Nadeem Mirza on March 10, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    @Chandramohan Kannan (this is mouthful): YES I will blame BCCI/ICL/IPL for this debacle for showing players so much money that they started thinking that they are untouchables. Few players in our part of the world being Indian or Pakistani can't handle fame or money. Thanks to IPL also, not only it is distroying players but also cricket. Ask any greats, they are of the same opinion. Twenty-20 should never be an international contest. Only domestic tournament. Even the founder of 20-20 now regrets, that he created a monster. Two much commercialism is ruining the game. You got your answer buddy?

  • Syed Imran ALI on March 10, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    I think its good decision even though look very unsympathetic. But it’s good for Pakistan cricket Because Pakistan first if they play with their self-esteem not for team its batter they sit outside we all remember what happened with Wasim Akram in 1993-94 series against Newzealand all senior player revolt against him but he still went for tour and perform and him and Waqer Yunus his both against each other but they both give performs to over come each others. And if go further behind in 1980’s era Imran and Javed also having not good relation between each other team also in 2 groups one was Imran and other was Javed but they not down their country because country first. And now I hope board must stand their decision at least a year if they both apologies to the nation accept their mistake in front of nation. thanks

  • Shahid on March 10, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    There are many diplomatic ways to get rid of players if they are a problem in the set-up, but to treat some of the biggest names in cricket like the way they are treated is foolish. Yousef and Younes are some of the very few top players of cricket world and they are at the end of there international involvement. Look what we do when letting them go after years of services, Shaoib Akhtar, Younis and Yousef.... and then not done by an independent committe but by the board employees. Shame

  • Rajan Mahadeva on March 10, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Nice article. Ijaz has become the butt of ridicule! Rajan

  • Adnan on March 10, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    PCB does not have clean hands in it. Sure, that cricketers need disciplined, but who is going to discipline board members?

    Also, i know it is going to sting, if a player is talented enough (like Younis and Afridi) and treated un fairly by PCB then player has the right to simply play as freelance and make a living like other professional in Pak with out worrying about corrupt PCB.

    Though i dont want "player power" in team, i do care for people who serve their country. These people should be treated with respect and fairness.

  • M. Khan on March 10, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Well, the problem is more deep rooted than firing the board or the players or banning them. For a nation where the favorite sport is to find escapegoats to hide our own shortcomings this doesnt come as a surprise. We don't know the meaning of accountability, inrtrospection, etc. how can we. We are a nation where people like to fire from the hip first and think later. What ails us is the lack of a management system which is on the lines of corporate structure to cope with the demands of this highly professional and high paced game of cricket today. Just as our judicial system is stuck in the 1800s, due to our laziness and lack of will to keep with the times, our cricket is run on pure amateurish and ad-hoc way. Where else in the world a head of the state appoints, as he pleases, the head of a professional sports organization. Everyone involved needs to grow up and realize that the game of cricket has evolved a long way from where it was just 30 years ago!

  • Niraj Sharma on March 10, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Being an Indian I think this a very bold move by the board. Even though it seems unpopular but the fact that they have done something to remind the players that no one is indispensable and unless you play for the country as a team you have no place in the national team. BCCI should the same, our players are overrated overpaid sponsorers whores who have no class and play for their personal milestones they couldn't care less if the team loses or how our poor janta feels. To them its all about money. BCCI should have the decency and courage like PCB and get rid of some of the shameless buggers in our team. With that said, I am sad to see a player like Md. Yusuf being banned for life, he is the most stylish batsman in the world right now :(

  • ijaz on March 10, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    I think this is a conspiracy hatched by the TALIBAN and RAW. PCB is hand in glove with them.

  • Maqsood A Khan on March 10, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Yes Board deifnitely is not the best in the World but players have been behaving like street cricketers. We dont care if Mr Butt is too old and incompitent. What happens on the field is HARDLY related to the board. They did what they were suppose to do & sent the best-ish available team to Aus. If Younis keeps pulling out, Yousuf keeps saying i've done an EHSAN on the Nation by accepting Captaincy, K Akmal single handedly causes Sydney Test Loss and keeps saying i am defo. playing next Test, U Akmal shows reaction on brother's ouster, Afridi decides to bite the ball (who knows this might be Rana's idea & thats y got punished), Malik keeps doing what he does best i.e Grouping then there is hardly anything a board can do who itself is there for only a couple of yrs. My point is if players who play cricket as a career do their bit right then a good or bad board will hardly matter. I have not seen a single board appreciated by media in last 20 years yet we have won 2 world cups & few tours

  • Arjumand Sadiq on March 10, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Hi - Why not Give Razaaq a chance to captain the side ????? He is senior and talented enough!!! They should have banned Malik for life. Guys remember one thing NOTHING STOPS IN THE WORLD AND TIME AND LIFE GOES ON!!!!! we will produce good cricket players as well how we have been doing it. The pak cricket does nto ends with any of the present cricketers

  • Anwar-ul-Islam Qureshi on March 10, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Could not have said it better!!! But is anyone really listening to you and me, Kamran?

  • Abbas on March 10, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    I just hope that the decision revert back. PCB management should be held accountable. What the hell are these bunch of people doing? Just blaming the players and putting them on indefinite period. These players have made us proud for so many years, yet they are treated like that.

    Com'on, rather than putting blame on others and without justifying the ban, you can't hide your face.

    Please i request to terminate this life ban, else Pakistan will never able to win atleast in near future and will loose their title as well.

  • Rashid on March 10, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Hmmm. So this is how cometh the end of Pakistan cricket. Well it was nice while it lasted like a true meteoric event.

  • Khalid Shah on March 10, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Unfortunately there are more layers to peel from this onion. The board and the politics is a reflection of what is the dominant national character. I have not heard anyone say anything good about Mr Zardari yet he was elected by the people. The problem goes even deeper.

    Back to cricket. Do Pakistani players have bigger egos than say the Australians or even the Indians. Yet their management seems to be able to handle them quite well and get good results. Or even the modest success of New Zealand is a welcome sight. Part of the problem is the highly passionate public. On the one side ofcourse that is good for the game but also it skews how to handle team issues and the management has from the beginning been inept. The only management style that has proven results in Pakistan is a capable Autocrat with very wide powers. In sports that was General Nur Khan for squash and in politics it was General Ayub Khan. Weaker management wavers and makes poor decisions when faced with public scorn

  • Hiten Shah on March 10, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    I agree with the firm hand shown by the PCB. About time players know that there's a certain ethic and honour to represent Pakistan through this beautiful game. But I do fear that the PCB will be found wanting soon - for they do no take any accountability for the failings, which are systemic rather than one-off. How many times have players been let of the hook after reprimands? Will it not happen again? I suspect it will as soon as the PCB is re-formed, which is also highly necessary. Unfortunately, PCB place itself in a very difficult situation, one that will require independent and objective advice and supoort to move on. In doing so, will the decisions be reversed? I hope not for the good of the game and Pakistan's reputation. I sincerely hope that a new PCB is based on a shared vision and strategy rather than personalities and networks, through expert facilitation and support. Time to make changes like never before.

  • S.M. Sajibul Islam- From Bangladesh on March 10, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    It has been really shocking as a fan of Pakistan. Pakistan management should think about the performance of Pakistan cricket and how that comes this is not the matter. All the players need the unity to play best for their team and for the country. On the other hand management, former cricketers, need to help them to perform. We have everything, but its sorry to say as a fan of Pakistan cricket, we could not get the perfect result. One thing that I want to say that, winning and losing is the part of the game. So whatever happened in Australia, we just need to forget and go ahead. Those players who get punished, it is sure that they are the main asset for us to make best 11 in three formate in the game. Now they should recover that as early as possible. We need WC at any how to show the world. Please please please.............Pakistan cricketers and managements and also former cricketers.One thing for sure that, you get millions of fan of yours. Not only in Pakistan it also outside.Thank

  • Shahid Afzal on March 10, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    I don't know why people are opposing this decision as this was overdue. Yes I agree board is also responsible for condition of the team but you have to start from somewhere. This is the tradition of Pakistan cricket that if team is not doing good get rid of board, change the coach, change the manager and keep the players. No other team does that, if players are not performing then they should go not the manager or coach or the board. The main problem with out team is it’s indiscipline because everybody thinks that he is a hero and he can do whatever he wants. Board is responsible they give them liberty to do that and let them go just because team needs them. Everybody knows what happened to Andrew Symonds and what happened to Shane Warne when he was caught for using drugs. That is why Australia is a biggest force in cricket because they don’t tolerate the nonsense either you are a senior player of you are a junior.

  • cricfan on March 10, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    This going to happen again and again until they let their players enjoy the game rather than expecting them to win at all cost (even by eating the ball).

  • Disgruntled Cricket Fan on March 10, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    So if everyone is getting fined isn't the problem a bit more serious than a few bad apples? Isn't it a management issue rather than player personality clash/divergence??? I tell u this Zardari chap (Patron who elects PCB chairman) is upto no good.

  • Nkkashmiri on March 10, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Guys hold your horses! This is Pakistan; all that has hapenned today can be completely reversed tomorrow. Even the press release had to be reissued as it's still not clear if these are life bans or not. And if they aren't, PCB is playing a double game to see if the public reaction re: Yusuf and Yunis is too strong then they can revoke the ban tomorrow! This is a joke on a joke and it ain't funny no more.

  • junaid khan on March 10, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    this is just ridiculous. Shahid afridi did some thing bad and we all know that, however he did serve his pusnishment, so he should have not been fined. Akmal brothers should have been fined. I still cannot forget how many catches that guy have dropped over time and his brother no doubt a talented person only been in the team less than a year and acting like this is stupid. I am happy they got fined because Pakistan still needs them in Twenty 20. However, indefinite bans on moyo and younis, i dont understand that. they are our middle order and what is pakistan going to do with the test series this summer in england. As some one mention & i agree, that PCB is very unpredictable. Im pretty sure moyo and younis will play tests in england. If we read carefully PCb says ban for indefinte period, however there is a clause saying that the ban can be over turned. so im sure they will over turn this in a month or two because 20/20 is in a month or two and they both do not play that.

  • Mehboob on March 10, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    It is not very pleasant to see that people are backing the players they personally like and asking to kick out those, they don't like. Same is the case with people proposing names for captaincy. For some strange reason, people forget that Shoaib Malik was made captain not because of any politics, but firing him from captaincy soon after the administration changed, was certainly a matter of politics. Yousuf had problems ever since Malik was made captain, because he himself wanted to be captain. He is a very good batsman but is neither captaincy material nor a T20 player. He was not picked up for first T20 world cup quite rightly, but he has remained in a state of denial ever since. Although 35 years of age, Yousuf has been quite immature and irresponsible. Leaving for ICL without informing PCB, trying to put everything on Malik's head in australia where he himself couldn't bat responsibly, reckless statements in media in an attempt to gain sympathies are only few examples.

  • amir on March 10, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Arnt PCB is thinking any point while making captain. how they can make afridi captain when he was involved in pitch controversy... PCB has the history of wrong doing. they have always promote player involved in wrong doing.. and player power so strong in team, due to which young prayer who do perform in domestic level, are getting sideline.. fine example is of asim kamal, he proved on several occasion that he is talented player.. but inzi bhai politcs has cause career of several pakistani player.. and what did Mr. Yousaf said in press conf while he was captain that he was taking advice from mr inzimam. so there sould be system in place.. As i will agree wil kamran point.. current PCB setup has to demolish, and new talent people should be brought in on management post.

  • Shahul Marzook on March 10, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    I feel the Pakistan Cricket Board has done the right thing by banning and fining some of the players like Malik, Naveed, Akmals & Afridi. The reason for the life ban of Younis and Yusuf is still not clear and it is the duty of the board to explain it so that the rest of the world can be sure of what had happened. I stongly believe that the statement made by the selectors during the series to change Yusuf as a captain should also get some hammering as that incident provoked the likes of Malik and others to take advantage.

  • khan on March 10, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    The whole country with be in less of a mess if there were no people like this author defending every single culprit. PCB are not saints and should be held accountable, but to sit and argue that players should be allowed to do whatever they want at the cost to the country is criminal. its high time the national team is introduce to the unknown entity called discipline. Malik has long been a cause of problems in team and should go. Afridi, is a disgrace. Its no wonder we keep seeing such repeated offences in paki team. Time after time the entire country is shamed by the actions on its cricketers, and yet people like this author keep on finding excuses for players. Discipline has to be enforced , both for the players and for the board. Its a good decision and should be applauded. Now only if someone does the same with PCB.

  • BRK on March 10, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Feilding to be supervised agin by the greats. Now get the players split into two teams. Let them play matches aginst each other. Again and again and again and again. every time a team loses, get the players of the losing team vote the worst performer off the team. keep doing this till you reduce the team to the 16 needed. You now have the team. Let this team now choose its coach and then send the guys in for their matches.

    You may lose some matches, but at the end, you can gat winners.

    Do not allow beurocrats to choose your team. get people who have worn pakistan's colors with pride, to teach this team the meaning of pride in their nation.

    all other talk and sentiment is just so much waste of time and hot air.

    Let the game of cricket liberate your players, your administrators from ego, despair and panic.

    You are at a crossroads today where your cricket lies at the doors of death. Please, please help cricket help Pakistan.

    With Best Wishes from India.

  • Yousuf Zaman on March 10, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Can any one (including the "special investigating team") can really understand what is going on. What is the use of Managers ,coaches , and other support staff , and why they are not accountable , rather they were (like Yawar Saeed) part of investigating team. and two punishments for one offense.

    Is it a political pressure from some respected politicians . if not then how Yunis is barred.

    Plesae help us to understand

  • BRK on March 10, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    It is said that Victory has many fathers but failure is an orphan. It is a sad sight my friends to see Pakistani cricket so orphaned.

    I have a few suggestions. first of all pakistan should concentrate on the basics. What basics ? 1. Put your best team forward. Whether you like the players or you don't. Whether they are indisciplined or not. whether they have bid egos or not. 2. Get the team into training. Ask the team members to report to training. drill them in the basics of the game for 10 hours each day. For batting let the team members training be overseen by the likes of Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan, Inzy Bhai, Rameez bhai etc. Technical flaws to be pointed out and the team members given targets that they are supposed to achieve. A guy who cannot deliver should be chuked out. Next put your bowlers through the grill with Imran, sarfaraz, wasim akram watching them like hawks. They should be made to bowl, 20 over or 25 overs on the trot with pointers given by these great men.

  • Asim Rashid on March 10, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Its really all down the heirachy of Pakistan cricket who clearly have no idea what they are doing at all. Why have Yousuf and Younis the 2 guys who have dug Pakistan out of holes many times been given life bans? Is this the way you treat loyal players who have served their country? I think most importantly its all down to discipline all round whether it be on the field or off it. Pakistan cricket seriously needs to get its house in order.

  • tarek on March 10, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    The board did the right thing by taking disciplinary action against the players who were power hungry and wanted to create friction among players and humiliated the country in Australia. This is a team sport and unless all are pulling in the same direction, Pakistan cricket is destined to be humiliated. A worthwhile solution to consider would be for Pakistan to pull out of the T20 world cup, ODI and test cricket for a year. Ban all these players who think they are bigger than the game. Get your house in order before you play again.

  • Stani Army on March 10, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Disagree. You have mixed two separate issues Dr.

    In your effort to criticise the PCB, you are exonerating the players. The behaviour of the players has gone on too long. This punishment was required REGARDLESS of who was administering it. Pakistan cricket needs to get rid of this disease from it's players so they grow up and become disciplined.

    The PCB are no angels but this is a separate issue.

  • Sunil on March 10, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    I think this is best thing that has happened to Pak cricket of late. All are thinking this as the end but it will lead to prosperous begining. Given Kamran Abbasi's intellect level, judging by his previous articles, I would have expected him to write in favor of what went on but I guess he wants to on the better side of masses. After all his livelihood depends on this. Just look at all the comments from past players and close to the team. Only thing I hope that these decisions aren't overturned in the near future. Finally, Pak cricket is stepping towards right direction and circus in the team will come to an end. Job well done PCB.

  • Southafrica rules on March 10, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Now I wonder what will happen to Pak team. Yousuf was the only batsman in this team who was considered among the ranks of Sachin ,Kallis, Amla, Ponting, Dravid and Smith. I can not see the reason for this except of the fact that he was a pathetic captain and fielder. Now for Younis this was also a bad decision BUT I am not a big fan of him and inside I am happy that players like Younis are gone. For a long time i was not able to understand why an avg player having batt avg of mere 32 in ODIs was considered the best batsman in this pak team .If he would have played elsewhere like SA,AUS,IND he would not have been in the squad. The way he bats looks like he gets frightened every time he faces a quality bowler. I can not see any quality batsman coming up in the world cricket from pak. they would struggle to find a decent batting line up against the likes of WI,SriLanka,Eng or even Zim these days,let alone SA,IND,AUS.

  • zain ahmed on March 10, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Will shahid afridi and the akmal brother be allowed to play T20 world cup ??

  • Umair Fazal on March 10, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Its Shame that such things are happening, this is only due to corrupt system... Flaws all round can be seen... indiscipline is unacceptable... the board is equally responsible for below par performance... I think it’s only due to Board system and policies that have produced these results… its right that the Merit of the Punishers is also doubtful and its unfortunate that its happening to our beloved sport... that we admire and love.. Player power was from the very beginning and I think it should be curbed but not at expense of extra ordinary talent, Yousf and Younis are Brilliant talent and if they are the ones responsible they should get punishment but it should be on merit and there should be no injustice... I personally feel Mr. Malik was always trying to disturb the team environment... it’s the body language... Its shame, I must say... The Australians are that professional... Country 1st and they don’t look for personal records... Play for Country and Bring back our pride

  • puffdaddy on March 10, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    desperate times call for desperate measures. Ghazanfar makes a good point...Butt is any but.... consistent. Player politics and lack of administrative discipline..have lead to a pool of real talent, squandered... All said, it appears that things are so bad in the pakistan camp, that a wholesale purification ritual by fire might be necessary...

  • tarek on March 10, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    The board did the right thing by taking disciplinary action against the players who were power hungry and wanted to create friction among players and humiliated the country in Australia. This is a team sport and unless all are pulling in the same direction, Pakistan cricket is destined to be humiliated. A worthwhile solution to consider would be for Pakistan to pull out of the T20 world cup, ODI and test cricket for a year. Ban all these players who think they are bigger than the game. Get your house in order before you play again.

  • Hiten Shah on March 10, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    It seems that PCB, Management Team, players (inlcuding senior) are running around like headless chickens. It seems that the problem is more than a paucity of discipline and players's power. With the right leadership, I don't mean personalities, but right ethics and values, effective governance, code of conduct (off and on field)would go a long way. The infighting and lack of knowing what good looks like (domestically and international), and therefore zero consistency across PCB, management and players provides a very bleak future for up coming Pakistani cricketers - they have no idea of what is right/wrong, acceptable/deplorable, honour/disrespect, impact on self/team/country whilst coming through the system. The leadership team needs to reflect on their own failings and not just punish the players. But I ask, if these traits are unique to Pakistan's cricket or simply the way the country ticks at the top and in every institution? Time for desparate measures in desparate times?

  • Hassan Farooqi on March 10, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    It has been a long time since I agreed to anything you say. However this time I agree with you before reading the article because the heading says it all.

  • kazim on March 10, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Well there goes Pakistan cricket again,would anyone be surprise at this latest development?I won't argue with the ban and fines,but,how on earth can the PCB justify banning M Yousuf and Y Khan?.Yousuf wasn't a very good captain in Australia,we acknowledge that,but banning him together with Younis just is illogical.Pakistan is a mediocre cricket team with mediocre batsmen,banning your premier batsman for reasons yet unknown isn't going to benefit the team.The PCB as an organisation is very backward in its thinking,getting rid of the jokers who run it would be the first step in improving Pakistan's cricket.

  • Daniyal on March 10, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Board is at fault as well and an investigation has to be run there too. But i have no sympathy for Pakistani players. For long they have completely ignored all the standards of discipline and responsibility. Who is to be blamed for afridis 'Ball biting' but afridi himself. Yes ICC has punished him but the board has to show intent that they are not willing to accept this kind of behaviour. Why did umar akmal refuse to play in Australia. How can people like shoaib malik claim the captaincy and create divides in the team, how much does shoaib average in tests. This guy does not even merit a place let alone captaincy, and yet hes leading the tribe against every other captain. M yusuf's comments about the team and other players are so controvercial. I think PCB's decision has to be supported. At the end of the day its the players who play cricket and they are responsible more than anybody. 3 Lakhs per match they are paid, and in return we just demand discipline and responsibility.

  • Zeeshan on March 10, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Finally, a semblance of system over personalities in Pakistan. Remember the words of ex-Chairman Tauqeer Zia "...we have to tolerate the bad attitude of our Super Stars..." which he made about Shoaib Akhter, and then the whole world persevered Shoaib's attitude, and Pakistani cricket suffered.

    PCB shud 've taken stern action like this long time back. These players who put self interest (and money) supreme over playing for their nation are not our Heroes.

    But then the action against the two 'Ys' is a surprise. Although their absence wont make a difference in team's performance as they were virtually contributing nothing for some time now.

    On the other hand, PCB has again shown leniency against Shoaib Malik and Akmals. Both should have been banned for an extended period.

    And Yes Kamran, the ultimate responsibility lies with the top man and he should also go...

  • Nasar on March 10, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    In my humble and objective opinion,some good decisions have been taken by PCB-even thoug they themselves are not whiter than white.Younis has been dishonouring the Pak captaincy repeatedly and acting like a yo-yo briniging instability to an already fragile team.Yousuf seems to have been treated unfairly but he has paid the price for his public debate with Shoaib Malik and 'stupid' capataincy in Australia.A club captain would have showen better leadership!Although we dont know the detail behind the incidents, it seems that the likes of Akmals, Malik, Rana and Afridi were getting too big for their 'cricket boots',causing disharmony and chaos in the team and deserve everything they get!Moving forward,Abdur Razaq should be made captain for T20 and 50 over matches and Misbah for tests until a suitable replacement is found.Goodluck Pakistan!

  • sajjad on March 10, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    I don't agree with Karman as we have seen Pakistani cricket has been underestimated by Pakistani player. Senior player do consider themselves as CEO, Selectors and top management of the PCB. In the organization no one should be above to the policies. But what punishment current board has decided for the players absolutely deserves. They have shown that they only care about themselves and only themselves. Playing at peak level for your country is honor, but they play worst than a club cricket. I believe in club cricket you find much better discipline than our national team. By supporting board decision I doesn’t mean that what else board has done is absolutely right but this is defiantly something good came out of the current board management. The only concern is they should stand with their decision now.

  • Asadullah on March 10, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    I agree. But we should protest against the bad management. If a board with all the powers to ban someone for life, cannot control the team, then the board has some serious management problems. Instead of punishing the problematic players, they are punishing the players who were facing the problems...

  • Asif Zaidi on March 10, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    This is utterly unexplainable, and grossly unfair in the case of Younis and Yousuf. It is the board that made Younis the captain and then failed to support him. Before that, Younis had an impeccable record under each of his captains including Shoaib Malik. Never an irresponsible statement nay any signs, whatsoever, of politicking. Younis was always too naïve, emotional, and temperamental to be made the captain. He has learnt his lessons and should be allowed to continue as a player. He is too honest and forthright to be a captain in an environment fraught with intrigue, indiscipline, and conspiracies. I guess Butt wants to punish him for stepping down from the captaincy against Butt’s wishes. Yousuf, on the other hand, has a recent past littered with a plethora of misdemeanours. However, here he is punished for the wrong reason. On this tour he was made captain by the Board and was scrambling to get a fractious lot to perform and the board should have supported him.

  • yousaf on March 10, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    I think both officials and player need to held accountable, otherwise, this is just a face saving exercise by a failing cricket board

  • Sheraz Siddiqi on March 10, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Surprise. All the deicisions are fine but not the life time ban on the players like Younus and Yousuf. I do not think they deserve this punishment. why not PCB ban them for 1 year like others? or charge them also with 300 thousands Rs like others? why the life time ban? there is no reason to be ban like this. ok they are not perfroming right now but they are our heroes, they won the matches for Pakistan many times.. PCB should give some respect to them and to other players.. If there was lake of decipline or gang then where were the PCB officials and managers and other members at that time? why they did not stoped them right away? ok for this the board officials and managers should also be ban for life time or some thing like this.

    I am so sorry for two legends, PCB sideline their performances and loyalty for nothing. i do not think this will make any positive changes in our team. TIME WILL PROVE IT.

  • Dr Omar Khan on March 10, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    I read the news and all I could do was laugh. PCB just gave license to all these players to go to press. Many interesting tales will surface. Fanstastic interviews. Within the coming days, the board is going to be sacked. Depending on who's voice has been loudest in the news, he shall become the captain. Abdul Qadir or Rashid Latif might become the chairman and Younis will be invited to lead the team again. Shoaib Akhter, who says your career is over? This is like a neverending day time soap opera!

  • Jamie Dowling on March 10, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    I've blogged before about how useless Butt is and my amazement that he hasn't been sacked but this takes the cake. If punishments are to be meted out surely evidence of misdeeds will also be published? I want to see the charges and evidence against the players so I can judge for myself the justice of the punishments and the fitness for purpose of those in power alongside Butt.

    Yet again the incompetence of Butt and factionalism have reared their ugly heads and humiliated Pakistan cricket. Can it get any worse?

  • Asif on March 10, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    I think PCB did the right thing. All the players were out of control and it was about time somebody put a leash on them. I think Butt has finally did something worthy and he should be praised for his step. Kamran akmal should have been banned for a whole year.

  • Guru on March 10, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    It is amazing how Pakistan continues to shoot itself in its feet time and again in all walks of life. Cricket was one of the exception it was doing well in world arena. But the administrators have ruined that too!Now is the time they needed to support the game - by revamping entire structure - justgetting rid if few players will not do that. The entire admin team should have resigned first.They made sure Paksitan cricket suffers now with lack of talent also for next many years

  • papaindia on March 10, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I am very happy with the decision . Cricket in Pakistan is far superior than these seasonal cricketers , and if merit pervails these people would be forgotten soon.

  • Brain on March 10, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    I am sure none of us know the reasons behind life bans. We all can discuss, approve or disapprove punishments on others but the two Y's case is a suspense. Unless there is a strong justification, this decision cannot be supported. I am sure they will pursue it legally, but the point raised by Kamran here is a good one. Who will take answers from the board? We know there was player power which must be dealt with but the board is also not capable or clean enough to be left alone. Such decisions must also be taken about board officials. The question is, how can we have a fair trial of board & players separately. There should be a neutral team of investigations at both levels & the report must be made public. Find all the culprits and give extreme punishment. In this case however, in my humble opinion "norms of justice were not met". Good luck to Pakistan and our cricket.

  • C A Zafar on March 10, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Absolutely rubbish decision by PCB. They are trying their utmost to destroy cricket in Pakistan.

  • Farhan Shahzad on March 10, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    I agree with you that the board members are the one who should be disciplined and brought to task first. As of this decision, I think the accountability process should start from somewhere. The players have gotten the stick. Now it's the PCB officials who need to be fixed.

  • Sajjad Raza on March 10, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    I don't think that changing Mr Ijaz Butt will do any difference.....is he different from the previous chairmen. We need professional team in the PCB, unfortunately we also need a foreign administrators in the PCB governing body.

    As a true cricket fan I feel like crying for Pakistan Cricket The foreign teams don't want to play cricket in Pakistan and PCB don't let talented players to play with foreign teams.

  • David Furrows on March 10, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    The cause of defeat in the Australian Tests was Ijaz Butt's refusal to fly Younis Khan in to play.

    Younis could not have caused trouble because he was a continent away.

    Clearly it is Butt and the PCB who must be removed from the scene, and I expect this to occur over the next couple of months, with the wronged players being reinstated.

  • hafsa on March 10, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    couldn't agree more, Kamran.

  • Shaiban on March 10, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Hey Kamran, I always follow your blog and most of the times I end up in agreement with your thoughts. However, this one I have to make an exception though partial. Ijaz Butt is the wrong man for the job, we all know that and I would be more than happy to see kicked out of his office. But there is no question that players have become more irresponsible, undisciplined, arrogant and the list goes on. It is the right step in the right direction. I know we are not going to win anything in the next couple of years but look at the bigger picture; it is only going to do good for the team in the long run. What Kamran, Umar and Afridi did is readily available from million of sources, so I can only agree to the Board. Reports about Malik were coming from so many reliable sources that you could ignore one or two but not all. I have clueless on Rana but I am heartbroken for Younis and Yousuf. I hope the Board should have convinced them to resign rather than humiliating them publicly.

  • Feroz Sharief on March 10, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    I think its about time for Mr. Butt to leave his position and someone like Imran Khan or Miandad should take over from Butt. Let the cricket be runned by an ex-cricketer who is young, energetic & who played for his country & not for himself. Reg captaincy I believe Pak should go back to the Imran era, give all the powers & authority to captain and give him time and if then he does not deliver you can change him but atleast the players playing under him will know that we cannot lobby against him. Bring back people like Wasim Akram, Saleem Malik, Saeed Anwar, Amer Sohail, Ramiz Raja, Inzamam, Mushtaq Ahmed into the administration, they are young & dinamic and have played the modern day cricket and will be best suitable to run the cricket affairs.

  • siva prasad on March 10, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Very GOOD Decision by PCB.But Afridi should be in the first to be banned because of his behavior in the final match.It adds insult to the injury.So he also should be banned.

  • parvez ahamed on March 10, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    this is fair and acceptable. now is is the era of changes in pak cricket. the captain should be handeled to mr. abdul razzak

  • Malik on March 10, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Why life bans on Yousaf and Younis? What is the charge-sheet?

  • Rizwan J. Akram on March 10, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    One thing that I can't digest is that how can PCB take this decision when they themself are not operating well? I saw a program on GEO TV (Pakistani Channel) where all the prominent cricketers, media people, politician, commentators where present. I hardly found one good word for the PCB. They were asking for an exit of the board. In my opinion things need to change.......but not only at the bottom. It needs to change Top-Down. I am not against banning or fining undisciplined cricketers but one needs to publish the findings of the committee.

  • Sami Khan on March 10, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    The players messed it up for sure. But I agree that it cannot be the players alone. You never need harsh punishments to set things straight just a system of accountability where there is surety of punishment when something goes wrong. I do not know what will happen with these sentences but in the past 'external' pressure reversed such decisions. Shoaib Akhter was let off so many times, Asif until he led himself into the trouble that even the Board could not rescue hime from, Younis with his schenanigans. First we do nothing then try to hit sixers to win the match in one go. It does not work this way whether on the field or in the management system. I would be happy even with this harsh set of punishments provided merit prevails from here onwards. Will it? The PCB has held itself hostage to its own decision. Given their 'calibre' it is difficult to say if they will escape from this with honour. I wonder if the word is known in the current Board.

  • Tughral T Ali on March 10, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    I'm sorry but I for one agree with the actions carried out by the PCB. For too long players like Shoaib Akhtar, Afridi etc have been allowed to get away with ill discipline. Now you have new players like Omar Akmal feigning injuries. Thats no way for players to behave. This is a brave decision by all accounts. The amount of protest people will do in our country is predictable. People also came out in support of Shoaib Akhtar everytime the PCB tried to discipline him.. and look what good that did. Nothing. That guy is now a has-been.. a wasted talent.

    One thing I do agree with is that the accountability should go right to the top. However who will hold the chairman etc accountable? the patron in chief? and who holds him in account? :D

    Cricket is a game which is worthless if its spirit is killed. Theres no other point in watching 5 days of avtest match then the purity of the game. Lets keep it clean.

  • jaazil ahamed on March 10, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    wht the hell is going on in the pak board, if they cant control the team ask the board to resign and to appoint new members such imran khan inzi wasim ramiz several senior past players who want pak to the top of the world. ask them to take the responsible of pak cricket ask butt out.

  • Roamer on March 10, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran that some heads specially someone like Chairman should roll .... if the players are accountable then so are the board members .... where is the accountability of the board members?

  • jamshed on March 10, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    I guess there will be so much of an outcry that the board will take a u turn.They've taken plenty of u turns before.

  • Mohd Akram Khan on March 10, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Hi Abbasi, First of all we need to ban the administrators for not keeping the team in unity. The job of an admin is to do right things at right time. If you had selected the team to Australia correctly today we wld not have seen this. You keep banning players after debacles like Australia tour mind me there will be no players ready to play for Pakistan. I hope the adminstrators understand this.

  • Paddle_Sweep on March 10, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    If 50% of the team gets fined/banned then it shows the way in which PCB has been running Cricket. The players have been taken into account but what about the administrators? This is a classic case where the two parties blame each other without taking one constructive step forward. The current/former players blame the PCB for everything which goes wrong and the PCB does the same to the players.

  • Paddle_Sweep on March 10, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Agree that the administrators have passed on the buck.There has to be more professional set-up in both the administration aspect,cricketing aspect and behaviourial aspect in Pak.Former cricketers should take ownership and responsibility to bring Pak out of this mess. The last decade has been very very poor for Pak.

  • abdul k hussain on March 10, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Well said, but you stopped a few levels short. If Butt is to blame because he chooses the players, then the President is to blame because he chose Butt. And finally the people are to blame because they chose the president. So my advice to all Pakistani's is stop crying and pointing fingers unless you are willing to point it at yourself! People get the leaders they deserve, you deserve Zardari because you dont have the courage nor conviction to do anything about it. Power without accountability only happens when the people let it happen!

    So well written Mr. Abbassi but in the end the final responsibility rests with the apathetic people of Pakistan.

  • Ghazanfar Abbas on March 10, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Thank You, Mr Kamran, I was actually waiting for an article after I read about the bans and fines of such experienced and quality players. It seems like the PCB is trying to come out of its financial crisis via taking money out of the player's pockets. Akhtar says something there's a fine, Afridi does something there's a fine, Asif does something, there's a fine. The chairman has made our previous chairmen's look like professionals, he does not stick by his statements. He says, We dont care if we didnt get IPL Contracts, next day he says the BCCI and their govt plotted against Pakistan. For Afridi at separate occasions, he says that he is the automatic choice for captain and you can't punish him furthur after the "incident", a few days later he says, Afridi, Razzaq, Malik and Misbah are in running for captaincy and Afridi will be fined almost PKR Three million. Now that is ridiculous money, atleast in Pakistan, considering that Afridi has had his punishment i consider this injustice..

  • Sajjad on March 10, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Up-till patron-in-chief the President (a political entity) is calling the shots, how can we expect the professionalism from non-professionals. Culprits should be dealt with an iron hand but by those who are themselves not. Cricket exactly reflects our national behavior whose future is in THE MIST.

  • Azam S on March 10, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    What's the point in talking here when no one can't do anything, Can Mr. Abbassi deliver our thoughts to our brainless administrators ? I don't think so , so whats the point here ???

  • Rahman on March 10, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    I still think Younis khan is the best choice for Captain and Salman butt or Fawad Alam should be his deputy.

  • Tahir Mir on March 10, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    I think that PCB must release all the details of the commission that looked after team,s spineless performance in downunder.Shoiab malik is big liability for the team and most of the people in Pakistan are fully aware of his activities - other than playing cricket.Akmal brothers need big wack and so do Afridi.Rana should be appropriately dealt with esp with his while batting in T20.At the end i would say that these things are not new in Pakistan cricket,it happened in the past and will happen in future.It is the character of ou nation.

  • ADNAN on March 10, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    MR. BUTT TELLS THE MEDIA THAT INQURY COMMITTEE'S REPORT IS BASED ON CAPTAIN, COACH AND MANAGERS REPPORTS. BUT IRONICALLY ALL OF THOSE WERE FIRED FROM THEIR JOBS BEFORE EVEN THEY WERE ASKED TO FILE THEIR REPPORTS.

  • Shahid on March 9, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    I don't agree on all points. I think these players should be punished as per suggested and there should be made an example of punishment for guys like Shoaib Malik who has been creating problems and is a major reason behind player groupings. I also think, it will be a cruel decision if Afridi is not made captain for all 3 formates. The news of Razaq been considered as captain are shamefull as I remember how when Pakistani players were just been discarded and then came a news that one of the frenchises were interested in Razak, he didn't care about nations sentiments and responded so selfishly and was ready to sign if asked to. I felt ashamed that guys like him who have earned millions on nations name are not ready to pay back even when hounor is at stake. In contrast, Afridi spoke courageously and expressed nations feelings.

    And then I agree, that Mr. Butt is the worst ever person to run our cricket. He and his men are the most indiciplined ones and deserve even bigger punishments.

  • imran on March 9, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    @chris: That doesn't solve the problem. Are you going to ban everyone now after banning zim? @kannan: Why point the obvious?

  • Inty on March 9, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    The circus continues...........

  • Usman Moorad on March 9, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    I'm not saying I'm a fan of butt, but I think I like these decisions to make some tough predicates for our future team. The players were far too complacent and some sort of law and player code had to be established. I wish this was done while younis was still in command, but whatever the case we need to tell our young players they can't get away with everything. This is a long standing problem in pak cricket, may it be shoaib akhtar or shoaib malik. Discipline, I don't care who represents Pakistan on the field, is key.

  • turab on March 9, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    well, i don't agree with you kamran, if PCB would have decided to do nothing. You would have been the first one to point out that look at this management , they are useless and they let this behaviour go. It they want to suspend these players than they should stick with it and not back out. like they always do. I would rather lose and play hard than to see pakistan play with people who don't really care about the team anyway. they are not playing for pakistan. We need 11 people who care about the country and are happy playing for pakistan. We have seen from the Karachi Champions League and through RBS twenty20 cup that there is talent in pakistan. Please give these people chances. I mean how worse could new faces have done if they were on the tour of australia ,i mean common we lost all the matches. But I have a feeling nothing is gonna happen, this is all for nothing. they will scare the players and back out, same people will go come back. Pakistan cricket is dead just like the natio

  • abraham simpson on March 9, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    For Shame PCB For Shame!!!! After the whitewash in Egland, Mr Butt will have no other choice but to leave - after Pakistan have already sunken to lower depths than thought possible. A. Crying. Shame. What we can do to help: Join Kamran's facebook group If you are brave enough to go to the matches in England - hold up placards against the PCB and Ijaz.

  • bohurupi on March 9, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    If you need to punish some 50% members of your team then it is the problem ought to be created by a bad management. If any one needs to be punish, then it is the chairman of the board itself. Discipling the team is a good thing but it should start at the top, at the management. If PCB impose a monetary fine on the players amounting to million of rupees, PCB may gain a few more dollars out of the players pocket but will certainly kill the performance out of their play. PCB, think twice before you act!

  • waterbuffalo on March 9, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    I wouldn't trust pakistani cricketers further than I can throw them, shoaib malik, are you kidding? you actually trust this guy? Afridi is a moron, and Kamran is a useless wicky and batsman and younis is a wimp. The only guy I trust is Yousuf, as for the rest, sack the whole lot of em, they are traitors and cowards and have made pakistan into a second tier team. It is a digrace to support a team of traitors. Just keep asif and Gul and the bowlers, and get rid of kamran and all the batsmen apart from mohd. yousuf, and younis khan should never play for pakistan again.

  • Hammad Qadir on March 9, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Spot on Mr. Abbasi. I agree, esp with the assertion that all these misdemeanors could have been handled without creating such a big deal. Quite fines, a couple of matches off would have done it.

    The board should also be questioned. There should be an inquiry committee looking into the performance of the board.

  • Chris Pickens on March 9, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    To an outsider taking a cursory glance at Pakistani cricket, it is all the more ridiculous. Doping, match-fixing, nepotism, mutiny, factionalism, not to mention worthless performance. Pakistan cricket has passed from a curiosity to a joke. Actually, I'd argue that even the joke has begun to wear thin. Maybe Pak should be banned from ODI and Test Cricket for a while before they can get their house in order.

  • Chandramohan Kannan on March 9, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Why go through all this sham??!! Just blame India, BCCI, IPL and Indian Mentality for the status of Pakistan cricket and move on with life. Hasn't that always been the case??!!

  • Usman Zia on March 9, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Spot on. Who is going to get rid of this pathetic PCB setup? First of all, they said that they are banning them on the report of manager, coach and captain. What non sense is that? First you remove the coach, captain (who also knows he is not the captain any more), manager is gone. What do you think they will do? Yousuf is on a revenge mission with Shoib Malik and it is very obvious. I know Malik is not the best behaved person in the team but this punishment is very obvious. I am not in Pakistan otherwise i would have organized a big rally against Ejaz Butt. Afridi has been dealt badly again. This committe and Ejaz Butt have no credibility of their own how can they punish someone? I dont know why Wasim Akram joined the last meeting. The problem is that Ejaz Butt has long hands. He is the brother in law of Ahmed Mukhtar and Zardari's close friend. But so was Nasim Ashraf, friend of Musharaf. But atleast he was not that pathetic. Ejaz Butt and Zardari are a disgrace to our country.

  • khalil on March 9, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Acountability at all levels of our cricket is the order of the day. No one should be considered above the law,team players or PCB adm. It is a good step that some one is held responsible for a failing,no one was willing to accept,starting from capt,manager & board officials, on one or the other pretext. Its a good beginning & lets hope people at the top also do not escape. The national team can not be left at the mercy of 1 or 2 players/officials to play with the emotions of 171 million people. For the sake of dicipline if you have sack the whole team ,please do it. Bring in fresh blood & we will find many Afidi,s & Razak,s at some stage. In some cases it may look illogical & a bit harsh to some players but it was much needed. The punishments should be implemented so that such debacles are not repeated in future.

  • Asad on March 9, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    I am sorry Kamran...but at least the board is doing something now.....this culture of team-politics needs to end now...and it starts by kicking out Shoaib Malik for life....How surprising that a cricketer as mediocre as malik could be such a big problem..Hopefully the PCB bans him for life...I look forward to seeing him begging for his place in the team......arrogant,goo-for-nothing, talentless Shoaib Malik!

  • Bilal Ayubi on March 9, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    I agree with you Sir. I am thinking to protest against this foolish pcb if they ban these two players. Or i will stop watching pakistan cricket. Ijaz butt is the worst chairman we ever had. Worse than Mr.Z.

  • vaseem on March 9, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    All: Shahid afridi what he done got punishment,the lobby who wants to destroy his career and moreover Pakistan cricket in fact are want to ban him more. Pakistan cricket is going thorough the worst period of the history...PCB have gone almost bankrupt mentally...they should appoint Afridi captain for all format of the game and bring back Ace Bowler Akhtar, Imran Nazir, in squad...Com'n Imran,Inzi,Wasim...and other ex player and save cricket and pride.....

  • opti17 on March 9, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    I agree with most of what you have said about the ultimate responsibility. Ever since Inzimam retired, PCB has made sure no captain is as powerful as him. Inzimam had this control because he was by far the best player in the 11. Shoaib Malik has been playing long enough to make a mark but unfortunately he is always going to be a mediocre player and those who expected him to be a 'captain material' must have been disappointed after his go at captaincy. I think in the last few series he has only brought negativity to the side. Its about time his place is given to someone more deserving than him. Afridi should be disciplined for his stupid antics. He is also not mature enough for captaincy and he should be made aware of that. Both Yousuf and Younus deserve alot more respect from the younger lot. These are remaining 2 relics of great era for Pakistan cricket and are world class batsmen. I think Younus should be the captain again and this time he must have real power to discipline this lot

  • oops on March 9, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    kamran sahib, you've said it like it is, yet again.

    we need tt know what malik and rana have done that is so awful. the akmal brothers were stoooopid, kamran more than omar of course. heavy fines would have been enough. as to AFRIDI, his was a sin of overzealousness to rise from Pakistan's morass, and silly to the bone in its execution. however, every bowler worth his salt and who has an intense desire to win, does a bit of ball tampering. all international cricketers know this. in this respect, boycott was hypocritical, when he dismissed what broad and the other english bloke had done in s. africa as silly, but was especially critical of afridi, a player he professes to 'love.' as the other greats of the game have said, afridi's silliness has been well punished. now, its time for him to be given his due as the greatest attraction in the game. he makes the game come alive. he should be allowed to recommence his winning ways for pakistan. you're fooling yourself otherwise.

  • Ammar Wasif on March 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    I agree that Shahid Afridi has completed a Ban and i have been against Mr. Idiot Butt form day one, he is amazingly silly every time he comes to a press-conference. I think he likes to be making spicy news. Mr. Butt is responsible for almost every loss to our team

  • rahul on March 9, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    very well written article. being an indian, it is very sad for me to read this degradation of our cricket thanks to the money making officials in our boards. the BCCI is doing much better after mr.vengsarkar has come as the chairman. but what about pakistan? they need someone with huge character and mr.mohsin has a big task ahead of him pakistan team has got all the talent a team can ask for in all departments of the game. it is upto the players as well to carry themselves and not everything can be blamed on the captain or the board or other things. on the field, they represent pakistan and it should be treated with honour. all the best to the pakistan team.

  • desihungama on March 9, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    This is what happens when you have absolutely "No Clue" how to take the game of Cricket out of this predicament. This whole set up of PCB looks more like a "Pacman" where little bono is running amok and hitting head in walls and nowhere to go. Didn't Butt say a cricketer by ICC law cannot be punished twice for the same offense visa vis Afridi? In saner countries, when player says he is going to play no matter what. This is usually taken as a sign of self belief and determination visa vis Kamran Akmal. I think Zardari has been given a "task" perhaps as part of a deal where he would not stand in way of eliminating Benazir to bring institutions down.

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on March 9, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Spot on Dr. Hitting the target perfectly. The board has to go. Let them first learn Discipline and Professionalism. Poor players. And if Pak goes to WT20 without their top 5 who are to be punished its gonna be a nightmare for them.

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  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on March 9, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Spot on Dr. Hitting the target perfectly. The board has to go. Let them first learn Discipline and Professionalism. Poor players. And if Pak goes to WT20 without their top 5 who are to be punished its gonna be a nightmare for them.

  • desihungama on March 9, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    This is what happens when you have absolutely "No Clue" how to take the game of Cricket out of this predicament. This whole set up of PCB looks more like a "Pacman" where little bono is running amok and hitting head in walls and nowhere to go. Didn't Butt say a cricketer by ICC law cannot be punished twice for the same offense visa vis Afridi? In saner countries, when player says he is going to play no matter what. This is usually taken as a sign of self belief and determination visa vis Kamran Akmal. I think Zardari has been given a "task" perhaps as part of a deal where he would not stand in way of eliminating Benazir to bring institutions down.

  • rahul on March 9, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    very well written article. being an indian, it is very sad for me to read this degradation of our cricket thanks to the money making officials in our boards. the BCCI is doing much better after mr.vengsarkar has come as the chairman. but what about pakistan? they need someone with huge character and mr.mohsin has a big task ahead of him pakistan team has got all the talent a team can ask for in all departments of the game. it is upto the players as well to carry themselves and not everything can be blamed on the captain or the board or other things. on the field, they represent pakistan and it should be treated with honour. all the best to the pakistan team.

  • Ammar Wasif on March 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    I agree that Shahid Afridi has completed a Ban and i have been against Mr. Idiot Butt form day one, he is amazingly silly every time he comes to a press-conference. I think he likes to be making spicy news. Mr. Butt is responsible for almost every loss to our team

  • oops on March 9, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    kamran sahib, you've said it like it is, yet again.

    we need tt know what malik and rana have done that is so awful. the akmal brothers were stoooopid, kamran more than omar of course. heavy fines would have been enough. as to AFRIDI, his was a sin of overzealousness to rise from Pakistan's morass, and silly to the bone in its execution. however, every bowler worth his salt and who has an intense desire to win, does a bit of ball tampering. all international cricketers know this. in this respect, boycott was hypocritical, when he dismissed what broad and the other english bloke had done in s. africa as silly, but was especially critical of afridi, a player he professes to 'love.' as the other greats of the game have said, afridi's silliness has been well punished. now, its time for him to be given his due as the greatest attraction in the game. he makes the game come alive. he should be allowed to recommence his winning ways for pakistan. you're fooling yourself otherwise.

  • opti17 on March 9, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    I agree with most of what you have said about the ultimate responsibility. Ever since Inzimam retired, PCB has made sure no captain is as powerful as him. Inzimam had this control because he was by far the best player in the 11. Shoaib Malik has been playing long enough to make a mark but unfortunately he is always going to be a mediocre player and those who expected him to be a 'captain material' must have been disappointed after his go at captaincy. I think in the last few series he has only brought negativity to the side. Its about time his place is given to someone more deserving than him. Afridi should be disciplined for his stupid antics. He is also not mature enough for captaincy and he should be made aware of that. Both Yousuf and Younus deserve alot more respect from the younger lot. These are remaining 2 relics of great era for Pakistan cricket and are world class batsmen. I think Younus should be the captain again and this time he must have real power to discipline this lot

  • vaseem on March 9, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    All: Shahid afridi what he done got punishment,the lobby who wants to destroy his career and moreover Pakistan cricket in fact are want to ban him more. Pakistan cricket is going thorough the worst period of the history...PCB have gone almost bankrupt mentally...they should appoint Afridi captain for all format of the game and bring back Ace Bowler Akhtar, Imran Nazir, in squad...Com'n Imran,Inzi,Wasim...and other ex player and save cricket and pride.....

  • Bilal Ayubi on March 9, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    I agree with you Sir. I am thinking to protest against this foolish pcb if they ban these two players. Or i will stop watching pakistan cricket. Ijaz butt is the worst chairman we ever had. Worse than Mr.Z.

  • Asad on March 9, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    I am sorry Kamran...but at least the board is doing something now.....this culture of team-politics needs to end now...and it starts by kicking out Shoaib Malik for life....How surprising that a cricketer as mediocre as malik could be such a big problem..Hopefully the PCB bans him for life...I look forward to seeing him begging for his place in the team......arrogant,goo-for-nothing, talentless Shoaib Malik!

  • khalil on March 9, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Acountability at all levels of our cricket is the order of the day. No one should be considered above the law,team players or PCB adm. It is a good step that some one is held responsible for a failing,no one was willing to accept,starting from capt,manager & board officials, on one or the other pretext. Its a good beginning & lets hope people at the top also do not escape. The national team can not be left at the mercy of 1 or 2 players/officials to play with the emotions of 171 million people. For the sake of dicipline if you have sack the whole team ,please do it. Bring in fresh blood & we will find many Afidi,s & Razak,s at some stage. In some cases it may look illogical & a bit harsh to some players but it was much needed. The punishments should be implemented so that such debacles are not repeated in future.