Politics April 21, 2010

Who is Pakistan's chief selector?

 
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We now wait for Big Mohammad Irfan to take off, another flight abandoned in the age of volcanic ash © Associated Press
 

Pakistan’s version of Big Bird, Mohammad Irfan, was all set for a last minute entry into the T20 World Cup. Big Irf’s story would have been a traditional and modern day triumph. Traditional in the sense that Pakistan cricket is known for launching unheard of fast bowlers onto the world stage. A modern triumph, too, as Big Irf was discovered by a fan who championed his cause via website Pakpassion.net and then continued his story on another website, Cricistan.

Pakistan’s newly installed captain, coach and chairman of selectors—let’s be clear, men with considerable international experience—decided that they wanted Big Irf to replace one of their injured pace bowlers, a surprise package indeed. Such instinctive decisions set Pakistan cricket apart from others. They lift the gloom of failure and inject hope and curiosity. This one had an added twist of incredible height. Whether Big Irf is just under seven feet tall or just over, bizarrely, nobody seems quite sure.

Mr Butt, chairman of the cricket board, galumphed into this glowing scenario and turned a fascinating decision on its head. The simple point here is that the selection process should be autonomous from the chairman of the cricket board. If he doesn’t like the decisions, he should sack the head of selectors and his panel. Mr Butt’s meddling has immediately undermined the authority of Pakistan’s new management team. A wise chairman would have supported his chosen leaders. Typically, Mr Butt decided on a show of strength, a slap down for Shahid Afridi, Waqar Younis, and Mohsin Khan.

Arguments against Big Irf’s selection have been spurious. There is scope for players outside the provisional squad to be selected. Visas can be acquired quickly, and the team may have avoided the UK because of volcanic ash in any case. The chief selector may have spoken without the approval of the rest of the selection panel, but his opinion backed by the captain and coach should have held sway. Mr Butt may have appointed Mohsin to head the selection panel but he has behaved as if he is the chief selector, Mohsin merely his vassal.

With the recent McCarthyite purge orchestrated by Mr Butt and the promise of a new start, Pakistan fans were sold the lie that higher standards were in operation. Sadly, Mr Butt has failed the first test of his new regime. It will ever be thus. Apparently, we get the leaders we deserve but not even Pakistan cricket deserves the unworthy gang that runs the Pakistan Cricket Board.

What of the fans? We now wait for Big Irf to take off, another flight abandoned in the age of volcanic ash.

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  • Ashfaq Khan on May 3, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Dear Sir:

    Why Afridi did not allow Abdul Razaq for bowling -why he was playing... when afrid and sami was give hard time why afridi allowed himself and allowed sami for the second and third overs.. why this was not given to Abdul Razaq.. where was Waqar Younus I saw him he was sitting and scratchng his bear... why not a messsage sent to afrid or it should be pre planned or pre advised to his as to be honest afridi is good but he is stupid at the same time..as his brain does not work most of the time...

    please take a note of this defeat... which is due to afridi... he did not bat well he did not ball well... also why you people are keeping asif what you will do for him???

    salam ashfaq khan very much worried for the stupid action by afridi and waqar younus.

  • Shakaib on April 28, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Mohammad Irfan should be in the T20 2010 world cup probably after selecting their own favourites, there was no space left for the deserved person. Batting department is already weak and bowling department has not been strengthened. Inclusion of Irfi in the team would have made us all proud including the selectors.

  • Taahir on April 27, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    I and many other supporters of Pak cricket in South Africa have come to one definate conclusion that Pak cricket will not progress as long as an inapt Mr.Ijaz Butt is at its helm.What is the purpose of a selection committe if he decides to over-rule their decisions??Unfortunately whatever he touches turns to disater!!!He would be better advised to join a gym and lose some weight it may help his thinking and longevity

  • Nagesh Pai on April 26, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    India or Pakistan the Cricket Boards are same...The power and greed which is heady cocktail has always messed up the subcontinent cricket....Pakistani cricketers are most exciting to watch especially their fast bowlers....Tremendously gifted players...Hope the good survives and Pakistan Cricket becomes much stronger from here on....World cricket needs them...

  • bikbik on April 26, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Mr Butt should be sacked first, if not Pakistani people shud cum to road to make him gone. What a joke he is doing with cricket nd the Fans of Pakistani Crickets around the globe.

  • Naveed Khan on April 26, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Who is Pakistan's Chief Selector? It is clear it President Zardari. Zardari selected Butt and protects Butt from all charges of incompetence and Butt has his go at everything. He makes all the final decisions and is answerable to no one. He is not answerable to millions of Pakistan Cricket Fans, spread across the globe. He is playing havoc with Pakistan Cricket and does not take responsibility for any omissions and commissions. He points fingers at others for the failure of PCB. Mr. Butt, we know Zardari protects you, may be Mr. Zardari receives some kickbacks from PCB. When was the last time PCB audited? Please Mr. Butt, spare us the torture of seeing the complete ineptness and incompetence of PCB. Please leave Pakistan Cricket. Don't you have any conscious, don't you have your own legacy to protect. I know you do not care about Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket, but please protect your reputation.

  • Aamir Khan on April 25, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    What you expect from Butt who was appointed by Zardari (Mr.10%) who can't manage Pakistan. Remember your leader comes from you......

  • sadsad on April 25, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    haha.nice man.he deserve it.he should go and learn how to talk first.I think currently best person for PCB be is Asif Iqbal Because he is Honest and he know the meaning of Dignity.If he gets chance i am sure he will deliver.i don't want the used Arrows (old Crikcter who got chances in management of PCB).they are fake.We need a person who know wat is self respect.The persons like Butt don't know wat is repect and pride they are just puppets of (patron).Why the hell pakistani nation watches follows them.Do they (so called Chairmen and Patron) care abt criket?They just care abt themsleves nothing more.Pathetic decisions are coming again and again from barracks of PCB but patron is showing faithfulness to his personal relation instead of Pakitan's Benefits.Why don't patron through him out of office.They just know how to eat PCB money by creating Commities commities and traveling.Do they know management?

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  • Lily SeriousCloun on May 10, 2010, 15:15 GMT

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  • Ashfaq Khan on May 3, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Dear Sir:

    Why Afridi did not allow Abdul Razaq for bowling -why he was playing... when afrid and sami was give hard time why afridi allowed himself and allowed sami for the second and third overs.. why this was not given to Abdul Razaq.. where was Waqar Younus I saw him he was sitting and scratchng his bear... why not a messsage sent to afrid or it should be pre planned or pre advised to his as to be honest afridi is good but he is stupid at the same time..as his brain does not work most of the time...

    please take a note of this defeat... which is due to afridi... he did not bat well he did not ball well... also why you people are keeping asif what you will do for him???

    salam ashfaq khan very much worried for the stupid action by afridi and waqar younus.

  • Shakaib on April 28, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Mohammad Irfan should be in the T20 2010 world cup probably after selecting their own favourites, there was no space left for the deserved person. Batting department is already weak and bowling department has not been strengthened. Inclusion of Irfi in the team would have made us all proud including the selectors.

  • Taahir on April 27, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    I and many other supporters of Pak cricket in South Africa have come to one definate conclusion that Pak cricket will not progress as long as an inapt Mr.Ijaz Butt is at its helm.What is the purpose of a selection committe if he decides to over-rule their decisions??Unfortunately whatever he touches turns to disater!!!He would be better advised to join a gym and lose some weight it may help his thinking and longevity

  • Nagesh Pai on April 26, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    India or Pakistan the Cricket Boards are same...The power and greed which is heady cocktail has always messed up the subcontinent cricket....Pakistani cricketers are most exciting to watch especially their fast bowlers....Tremendously gifted players...Hope the good survives and Pakistan Cricket becomes much stronger from here on....World cricket needs them...

  • bikbik on April 26, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Mr Butt should be sacked first, if not Pakistani people shud cum to road to make him gone. What a joke he is doing with cricket nd the Fans of Pakistani Crickets around the globe.

  • Naveed Khan on April 26, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Who is Pakistan's Chief Selector? It is clear it President Zardari. Zardari selected Butt and protects Butt from all charges of incompetence and Butt has his go at everything. He makes all the final decisions and is answerable to no one. He is not answerable to millions of Pakistan Cricket Fans, spread across the globe. He is playing havoc with Pakistan Cricket and does not take responsibility for any omissions and commissions. He points fingers at others for the failure of PCB. Mr. Butt, we know Zardari protects you, may be Mr. Zardari receives some kickbacks from PCB. When was the last time PCB audited? Please Mr. Butt, spare us the torture of seeing the complete ineptness and incompetence of PCB. Please leave Pakistan Cricket. Don't you have any conscious, don't you have your own legacy to protect. I know you do not care about Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket, but please protect your reputation.

  • Aamir Khan on April 25, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    What you expect from Butt who was appointed by Zardari (Mr.10%) who can't manage Pakistan. Remember your leader comes from you......

  • sadsad on April 25, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    haha.nice man.he deserve it.he should go and learn how to talk first.I think currently best person for PCB be is Asif Iqbal Because he is Honest and he know the meaning of Dignity.If he gets chance i am sure he will deliver.i don't want the used Arrows (old Crikcter who got chances in management of PCB).they are fake.We need a person who know wat is self respect.The persons like Butt don't know wat is repect and pride they are just puppets of (patron).Why the hell pakistani nation watches follows them.Do they (so called Chairmen and Patron) care abt criket?They just care abt themsleves nothing more.Pathetic decisions are coming again and again from barracks of PCB but patron is showing faithfulness to his personal relation instead of Pakitan's Benefits.Why don't patron through him out of office.They just know how to eat PCB money by creating Commities commities and traveling.Do they know management?

  • mqislam on April 25, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Did Butt work in the Pakistan Army at any stage of his life? Is he related to Mr 10%? Has he ever played Cricket? Does he understand the meaning of the word decency? Can Mohsin Khan follow Abdul Qadir to challenge BUTT?

    When will there be an independent selection committee in Pakistan?

    What is bipolar ?

  • Asif Abbas on April 25, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Butt shatter the hopes of Pakistan defending the championship before the event starts. Pakistan will miss good four overs spell my the "Big Irf" as he can be the best bowler on the bouncy tracks of the Caribbean as he being just under 10 feet. I would say what brought happiness to the nation after winning the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 now shows a mere possibility for that to happen. All I could say Pakistan team should make the best of the resources available to the captain and coach, they should take it over from there and make history once again as Pakistan is well capable of doing that. All the best to the team and badal do zamana !!! (y)

  • Jibran T. Siddiqui on April 25, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    In the absence of Yousuf, Younis, Rana naveed and shoaib Malik, Pakistani team needs some strong support from the young. Here, hard-hitters like Shahzaib Hassan and Imran Nazir have been badly ignored. Both of them have been excellent in domestic and international T20. We all have witnessed Imran Nazir's magic in domestic RBS tournament and Indian Cricket League. On the other hand, Shahzaib Hassan has proved himself as a stylish and powerful batsman in Last T20 worldcup and RBS tournament. All in all, they're way better options than Yasir Arafat, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Hafeez and Salman Butt. Fawad and Arafat have not yet performed in T20 format that makes Nazir's and Shahzaib's selection undeniable.

  • fahim aziz on April 25, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    My question is as follows

    How does the government allow these nonsensical bufoon jokers to run cricket?

  • Mehdi Singapore on April 25, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Butt Sahib.Please let cricket in Pakistan prosper.If you love our country then you will listen to the voice of the people and vacate in grace.Pakistani cricketers are very talented and need a proper PCB to guide them professionaly,please do not take unilateral decisions which harm the sentiments of the managers/selectors etc and the team.Good luck Pakistan for the T 20.

  • Amir Feroz on April 25, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is not fit for PCB, he should resign immediately and 99% people will agree on this

  • BUFFERZONE2 on April 24, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Mr. BUTT might be wrong in doing what he did, but I think his choice of Rehman is just allright. 1) Irfan is not among the 5 reserve players chosen by mr. cfief selector. He is not even in a bunch of 30. it had been a unfair to not chose from the reserve 5. 2) Mohammad Irfan might have impressed coach and the captain but in pentagular cup he is been hammered for about 6 or 7 pr. over and its just 50 over match. 3) If any of the fast bowller breaks down or is doing badly then there is sami waiting on the bench to take over. we have 5 fast bowler including razzaq and hamad azam. But what if Saeed Ajmal performs badly then who will you replace him with? You surely need a spinner in playing 11.

    And if we wanted to go without an extra spinner then I had wished it was Shoaib Akhtar and Shazaib Hassan. Pakistan bating is a worry and they normally never score more than 150 in 20 overs and thats not gonna be enough in WI.

  • MARLO on April 24, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Dear Abbasi,

    Pakistan tour to England is not far away. I like to suggest SHOIB AKHTAR as captain of test team. I always thought, if he was given responsibility then he could have been a different person. He has worked hard, lost a lot of weight is bowling fast, stays in the field throughout a hot playing day. we should have Shoaib, Asif, Aamer and Gul in a 5 men attack with afridi making it the sole spiner. SO SHOAIB IS MY CAPTAIN, AGRESSIVE/HOSTILE, PRESENTABLE, COMMUNICATIVE and in a age where he needs to prove something.

  • TAIMUR ALI on April 24, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Most of the comments posted are against butt,so is the article But who appointed butt? Butt is not electedbut selected by a person, who him self is under heavy allegations of corruption Now i think so if we pakistanis support alected peoples like that so the we have to face and accept peoples like Izaj BUTT. So comman Stop crying its all bad due to us first change your self then criticize IZAJ butt is not the person for the post he has but ts all due to us i hae been following pak cricket since 1985 and after the ''great imran khan'' only ''YOUNAS KHAN'' SEEMS to change the team into winning one.But he was so badly dishonored as he as the only single person responsible for the currnt leval of pak cricket.Remember Imran kha and younas khan theonly captain of pak who won world cup or anyor title. so stop crying guys and also to you Kamran abasi if you are the supporter of LEADING PARTIES IN PAKISTAN

  • Jawed Saleem on April 24, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Mr. Abbassi, Yes, I totally agree with you (and blog's participants) and share "the PAIN."

    Mr. BUTT is “GLITTERING” example of state of affairs in our country !

    HAR SHAAKH PEY ULLOO BAITHA HAI ! ANJAME GULISTAN KIA HOGAA ?

    Jawed, Karachi

  • faisal amin on April 24, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    This is the worse team selection ever in the history of Pakistan Cricket for any world event. T20 cricket is all about heros and confidence. You need players who got performance to back them up in these short version of the game. The team is already weakened by the absence of Imran Nazir, Malik, Rana and Gul. These are your match winners and replacing them with player who are still learning how to learn cricket will be costly. Player like Salman Butt,Khalid latif, Sami, Hafiz and Misbah-ul-Haq are struggling in all the formats of the game and yet still they are selected. Taking out personal grudges on player on trying to show command over the board will only let the downfall of the team. Pakistan Xi for T20 World Cup 2010 as per me: Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal (w), Shahid Afridi (C), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naveed, Hammad Azam, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal and Fawad Alam. Would have been the winning side…Wat say???

  • Shan on April 23, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    its an absolute shocker!!!i cant believe the way this board is run..i reckon Mr.Abbasi is spot on.. i was so disappointed to know that Umar Gul was out but getting AbduR Rahman is an even bigger shock..it just goes to shows that My Butt is running a one man show as mR Aamir Sohail puts it..no wonder legendary Abdul Qadir resigned and Aamir Soahil did the same..i give one tip to PCB and the President...KICK MR BUTT out of PCB...Pakistan will rank higher in the Rankings' Table.he slammed heavy fines on the players..but he should correct himself before he does the same regarding others..poor poor management

  • MG HASHMI on April 23, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    I've been living in AUSTRALIA which is one of the best cricket nation in the world and the general aussi opinion is PAKISTAN CRICKET is always the best to watch because each and everyone is trying to be a ONEMANSHOW,THEY CAN WIN ALL THE GAMES IF THEY WORK AS TEAM.Unfortunately we haven't find a good leader after WASIM AKRAM who can make these fellows to play as a national proud team and the most blaim goes to our selectors who doesn't need the captain opinion so why we hope that other players would care about their own captain.I don't think they can't win a game if they sincerely think that they playing for PAKISTAN NOT FOR THEMSELVES. MG HASHMI(AUSTRALIA)

  • Maverick on April 23, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Selectors and Board members should primarily be ex international players. Not Idiots like Butt! Pakistan cricket is more about its political power struggle than actual cricket talent.

  • Masaood Yunus on April 23, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Isn't Waqar Younis one of the finest fast bowlers Pakistan ever produced ? His credentials in the bowling department is enough to warrant a pick like Mohd Irfan. I guess everyone else agree except Admins at PCB. So sad, we won't see an exciting prospect atleast this time. The PCB has let their fans and players down once again. Well .. nothing unusual !

  • Brigadier Mir Ijaz Mahmood SJ FF on April 23, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    After Mujib came Zia and then Ashraf ; but now the absolute pit of humanity comes to represent his friends, guides & mentors! Talking about presidents, I personally knew Justice Cornelius, Mr Fida Hasan & Shahryar Khan. If less than perfect, they were undeniably absolute & indubitably perfect gentlemen. I have regard for his siblings but Butt has made an exit from the pale of humanity! Every nation gets the government that it deserves : and along with the government Pakistan is afflicted with this execrable PCB!!

  • Amjad on April 23, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Pakistani public is sleeping. wake up its enough clear that something is wrong in selection. who will investigate,, any one? poor irfan

  • iyyaz butt on April 23, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    all i want is pakistan to win the world cup,i dont care whose butt you have to kick in to win.i am sick of all this fighting in.show respect to our great land.long live pakistan,long live cricket,ameen.

  • m hussain on April 23, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Pakistan can't efford him any more we have already lost two super stars younis khan and M yousaf because of him.he is using his power in wrong way which is no good for our cricket ..

  • Dada on April 23, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Who would appoint such an incompetent person to run PCB? Answer - Patron of PCB. Oh now it makes sense

  • Syed Rameez Yasir Kazmi on April 23, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Please think before you take any decision Mr. Butt, you are replacing a spinner with a fats bowler. Does it make any sense? Irfan could have been a surprise package for all the teams, just like we have introduced Sohail Tanvir in 2007 world T20 and Mohammad Aamir in last world T20 that we won. Please reconsider your decision. Rameez

  • Shiyam Razak on April 23, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    now it is high time for pakistan cricket authorities to think whether they need a cricket team or a chairman for the cricket board.

    If this old man still continues as mentioned by Aamer Sohail, Pakistan will only have a cricket board but not a cricket team in the near future.

    So let him play cricket games on computers and get him satisfied. for his satisfaction we can not allow him to tarnish the cricketing image of pakistan.

    I think main problem with Pakistan is that the chairman post was not given to a modern day past cricketer.When the post was given to an old horse lime Mr. Butt communication and understanding level is will not be there.

    So I suggest bring some one like Inzamam who understand the players requirement and on the others side value the countries' cricketing pride as well.

    thanks Shiyam Razak a Pakistan fan from Sri Lanka

  • Kashish Raja on April 22, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    This is absoultely rubbish decisions and management from the PCB. I live in the UK and nothing like this happens here, there are certain procedures that need to be followed and cricket should not allow politics to be involved. Firstly SHAHZAIB HASSAN was the best choice and another fast bowler from their original 20 selection should have been picked. I would like to know why did they not select these individuals they have no justifiable explanations for mistakes that they make and now they need to focus on bringing in youngsters like Shahzaib who could have made a lot of difference to the game....they will regret this decision and if none of the openers perform they should call upon the remaining 5 reserve players.

  • ar on April 22, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    i think selection of both sami & abdulrehman is wrong.first there is no need of spinner when aridi,ajmal & hafiz r already in the squad.and sami is a totally useless bowler.he bowls without thinking & will offer too many runs if he plays.but there is no other option to play sami if any of the fast bowler gets injured or doesnot perform well.if they donot want to select irfan than where is chima(the best bowler of rbs t20).where is shahid nazir.there r not much chances left for pakistan to win the worldcup with salmanbutt,sami & khalid latif in the team.and kamran akmal as keeper(his keepring is no more reliable).moreover imran nazir & shahzaib out of the team.

  • S O Abbas on April 22, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    If someone knows the power of twitter, lets start, and let our voice be heard.. Mr.Butt... If you want as the Chairman, Do the decent thing! get Irfan back in the team! Those in favour, get twittering and copy all major news channels! We wont let himget away like this! Its Our Country, Its Our Team, We support them Come terror or Whatever. Waqar & Afridi Good luck to you and the rest of them. Win us some Silver again.

  • Dr. Nauman Niaz on April 22, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Is there something sane about Pakistan cricket? Is there something sensible about cricket management? Is the Pakistan Cricket Board being run with a method and diligently by the high-salaried 'professional team'? Are the decisions taken collective and untainted and is there any delegation of power? Or is that just the old imperialistic propaganda? Why does Pakistan cricket see such an acute expression of the Pakistani frustration and self-doubt? Ijaz Butt's regime is a picture of the Pakistani game at its worst and delineates its ever-increasing malaise. What does it mean to call cricket as the nerve root of the people of this country? Is there something left in cricket that links it to the destinies of the Pakistani people? And which Pakistani people? Which Pakistan? Or rather, whose? In trying to answer these questions it seems to me losing marbles could be the only resolve. Pakistan cricket is being run with whimsicality and on the orders of quintessentially a 'genius' of a man, all-wise and wonderful? Cricket administration could be so frivolously outdated and outmoded, so inconsequential, and at the same time oblivious, double-meaning, so complex and so changeable. I do not believe this is a regime of lead. Cricket in Pakistan is desolate, beset with problems and riven by conflict-that is what makes it such an excellent mirror of the time and the place. The stresses and strains of despondency have killed the essence of cricket and destroyed it.

  • hasan matloob on April 22, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Everyone just loves to have a go at Ijaz Butt, isnt it. Everyone just loves to sink a person already under pressure even deeper into the hole, becuz its just so easy and convenient. The fact of the matter is that by declaring Irfan as a member of the team, the coach and chief selector breached the law that governs cricket in Pakistan. Law states that all the changes to the team will be required to be approved by the Chairman. Whether u like it or not, this is a fact. Secondly, M. Irfan was not even in the top 30 players that were selected for the T20 WC training camp, so howcome you can pick a player who was not even invited to participate in the camp in the first place. How can he so suddenly improve from being a nobody to selector's and coach's 1st choice??? Thirdly, for all of those who think they know all about the game, you cannot insert a player in the team whose name has not been included in the 30 probables that you are required to communicate to ICC, a month prior to the tournament. Irfan was not in those 30 probables so case solved. Butt was right and Coach / Selector were to emotionally charged to be concerned when making the blunder.

  • Noman Javaid on April 22, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Perhaps, this may be a record for highest number of comments on an article, shows how much people are concerned about Pakistan cricket, and a man who is direclty attached to it is not bothered, this descion may turn the table against Pakistan, in the event, Abdur Rehman will be a mere spectator, and will sit in the dug out during the event, Mr. Butt please resign and let some passionate cricket lover to take over who can at least feel for Pakistan Cricket.

  • Nadir on April 22, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    I would have definitely pickup Hammad Azam as an all rounder he has the best chance to make it playing X1 as far as Abdur Rehman is concerned he can go for sightseeing as he will not make it to playing X1. I think it is enough that Mr. BUTT should be given kick on his ..... (insert his name).

  • desihungama on April 22, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Common guys think about it. Abdur Rehman will look better running in to replace Afridi's cracked bat that he'd be lambasting at the coming balls sorry butts.

  • desihungama on April 22, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Even the militants are mad at Butt.

  • Mohammad Asad on April 22, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    I have not seen any single comments in favour of dictator BUTT...He is showing his power .... He never listens team coach, captain and selector..Actually he does not have any respect for any one....since he is a fu....dictator.... How long this dictatorship will continue???

    I don't know what's the PAK media is doing? it seems like a dictatorship regime.... As a Bangladeshi I would request Pak people to come on the street and go for procession against this nasty man (Butt). Its simple there is no justification including Rehman when Afridi, Ajmal and Hafeez are already in the squad.......... In my opinion Irfan and Shahzaib was a good choice for the 2 replacements... Anyway guys (Pak people)--kick this notorious guy (Butt) out as soon as possible...........

    Mohammad Asad from USA.

  • waqar on April 22, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    lets not forget that butt is brother in law of ahmed mukhtar who is the defence minister and he is on his back..i wonder why someone is not filing a petition for his removal in the supreme court.this might work

  • Shahid malik on April 22, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Atleast it would give chance to someone like Hammad Azam as an allrounder in place of Umar Gull. I dont see any reason why either abdurehaman or Sami for that matter paly in any of the games

  • SHAHID on April 22, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    MR. EJAZ BUTT,

    You must have read these comments. Could u find a single one admiring you for your style of management. Selectors might have done it wrong by announcing the replacements without consulting you, but diplomacy lied in approving their choices anyway and then telling them to avoid the mistake in futur. Secondly, you should know, the best managers are those who delegate powers to their staff and then keep a check on it. You need to revise your management style otherwise you are going to be the most hated cricket administrator PCB ever had.

  • sajid on April 22, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Mr Butt is sinking the the pakistan cricket boat by his thinking (or lets say no thinking at all). We dont see any other chairman of cricket boards deciding on players selected by chief selectors. Instead of fining the players and banning great cricketers for discipline, we should ban the chairman. When children go to school its teacher's responsibility to discipline. Its is the failure of the leaders that they can nurture 15 players to play to their potential. Go My BUTT GO MR BUTT

  • khalid on April 22, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    i dont understand why ijaz butt still pakistan board chairman, for today paksitan cricket not only chairman also president of Pakistan responsible for his blesssing Butt still chairman of Pakistan cricket and destroying cricket like other pakistan government institution no logic to select Abulrehamn 2 fast bowler should replaced by two fast bowler why other bed selection khalid latif and salman they dont have good performence in twenty twenty shazaib it the best choice if they want to select abulrehaman they should drop khalid latif, Mohsin khan show he dont have quality to select pakistan team my advice to Mohsin dont follow the chairman instruction its better to resign like Abdulqadir He is brave man

  • Jamil on April 22, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    i m just crazy about cricket. but beleave me i just about cry to see such a stuped desion been taken.i really surprised for what they select Abdul Rehman?????????? Irfan Or Shahzeb were the best choice. please can any body remove this Ejaz butt from PCB. jamil from Dubai

  • Taimur Malik - Dubai on April 22, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    It was great initiative from Afridi/Waqar to launch a yet another surprise to world with tall Irfan!!! but looks like big Butt is too much of egoist. Why is selection team, coach and captain if Mr. Butt can do all by himself... he needs some kicking on his butts. He is worthless chairman, have no sincerety to the Pakistan cricket, just too much of ego!!! We could have had 4 overs of great new experience when Irfan is bowling and he bowls quite ok, i saw him bowling recently on dead Khi track during RBS one day, and he is quite capable of bounce from good length!!! he could be terror on west indian track!!! but this bloody BUTT!!. Shoaib Akhter also in good touch why not keep Sami also out and take Irfan and Shoaib!! but this bloody BUTT!!!

  • naeem quyoum on April 22, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    in rest of the world pepole like ijaz butt are kept in special homes but in pakistan we have made the chairman of PCB.it says lot about the country.

  • zain on April 22, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Mr.Ijaz butt dont try to be a sultan, be a pakistan as Pakistan needs our right decisions in current situation. I dont know whether Abdur Rehman is a better player or not but here you should choose Abdur Razzaq or Azhar Mahmood type players and plz try to be a man rather than a machine whic cannot move from his exis.

  • Prince on April 22, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    I think its all in vain to discuss the decision. But one thing comes in mind that what compel Butt to turn down the decision of selectors and announce his own decision. All the decisions whether about sports or others are taken for personal interest rather than for the interest of the whole nation. Lets we (youngster) promise to be honest and fair with our profession and nation. And do something if not now, in future to make this country free of corruption and dishonesty.

  • Tahir on April 22, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    an idiot can not think how can four spinner play in a team in twenty, i just destroying Pakistan Cricket, who the hell he is, Slecetor? C of Board, Coach or Captain? seem like he want every position in our cricket team, again i would like to say an idiot can not think from mind but from ...

  • Riaz Ul Islam on April 22, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Chill Guys!

    What's new...this is Mr. Butt!!!

    We are where we are! So I think lets focus our mind/energy on the World Cup itself rather than BUTT. No offence to Abdur Rahman, but I am sure he is going to loose weight in this Tournament by taking drinks, towels and other stuff (gloves, pads etc.) to the PLAYING members of the T20 squad in every match and will have good exercise!

    Mr. BUTT's decision is absolutely UNFAIR to both Rahman and Irfan and moreso to Pakistan Cricket!

    Nevertheless, I am looking forward to support my team come what may! My playing eleven in the batting order would be:-

    1. Kamran Akmal 2. Mohammad Hafeez 3. Khalid Latif 4. Umar Akmal 5. Misbah Ul Haq 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Abdur Razzak 8. Hammad Azam 9. Mohammed Aamer 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammad Asif

    Insha'allah PAKISTAN will retain the T20 World Cup! Pakistan Zindabad!

  • saad on April 22, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    we can do all the butt-bashing we want, however there is a little something thats bothering me. Why are the "men with considerable international experience" namely waqar, mohsin and afridi all hush hush about it??? why don't they all resign, create a crisis of a situation and put an end to this Butt nonsense once and for all. The thing is .... they won't! Like the rest of us Pakistanis, they too are supporters of status quo. Why would they do such a thing and put an end to the massive incomes they are drawing out of the board? I dont think we should complain about Butt! this is a simple law of nature.... idiots are generally governed by idiots.... only worse!

  • osama on April 22, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    but bhudda kakar is not at all applicable for this job come on yar koi itna budda cricket k chairmen ho sakta hy kia

  • Jawad on April 22, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Butt has acted like a BUTT as usual....

  • Farrukh Shahzad on April 22, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Hi, People I M farrukh From Rawalpindi This decision is v good coz the news from westindes is that the condition will suit the spin bowling and left arm spin will be very effective so irfan is new and will not be as effective as Abdul Rehman i think its a good decision irfan can be utilized in the up coming series. so guys lets hope for the Best Good Luck Team Pakistan... :)

  • saadmahmood on April 22, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    I think we are missing a point here, Irfan was not a part of probable 30 announced, so what butt did was not imposed beaurucracy but the right thing.

  • Emm on April 22, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Stop all the moaning and PRAY with all your hearts for PAK and PAK cricket...

  • faisal jaan on April 22, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Out of all comments, I didn't see a single comment of any respect about Mr Butt.:)

  • Saad on April 22, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    I have seen Irfan bowl, he is amazing!!!! and for the stats.... during training session he gave away 9 runs in 3 overs against Afridi and Akmal !!!!!

    yes, please read and read the above again. But then BUTT knows more about cricket

    Why Abdur Rahman is IN? is because he is from Sialkot thats where BUTT belongs. Am I talking crap? NO SIR, because thats why Abdur Rauf, yasir hameed have been kept out.

    since 1947, Pakistan has won because of fast bowlers. be it any pitch in the world!! spinners have played a supporting act. and we dont have the calibre of saqlain, mushtaq or qadir in current spinners ......means we needed a "TEAR AWAY FAST BOWLER" who could bowl 140 kph and send bouncers. thats what ATTACKING is about. sadly, we dont have gul or asif (our 02 best bowlers in last 5 years). we only have Amir. just one while we have 5 spinners because BUTT knows more than all of us. I am sooooo HAPPY that no one of you has supported BUTT. It means that our nation isnt asleep

  • Altaf-Ur-Rahman K.S.A. on April 22, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    How can you kick Butt out of his post when our patron MR.100% has taken 100% money to offer this post, well!! well!! Well! The only way to kick Butt out of his post is, removed Mr.100% first from his honourable chair, automtically Butt will collapse, Please!!! For God sake leave our cricket & leave our country

  • wasim on April 22, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    butt is a natural disaster on pakistani cricket.... can any body save pakistani cricket from killer butt? please help pakistani cricket!

  • Mobina S. on April 22, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, I was obviously a big Pakistani supporter until Ijaz Butt came along and destroyed Pakistani cricket. Now I support every team against Pakistan. The bigger the defeat this corrupt team suffers, the greater my joy. I love watching all teams beat Pakistan but nothing gives me more joy than seeing India beat Pakistan. Shame shame Pakistan cricket, shame shame Pakistan government, shame shame Pakistan politics, shame shame Pakistan the country.

  • Kamran on April 22, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is the Robert Mugabe of Pakistan cricket or should I say "RoBUTT Mugabe". He is doing to Pakistan cricket what Mugabe has done to Zimbabwe as a country. No one can remove Butt, just like no one can remove Mugabe. Butt will live to be 100 years old, so we will have to wait another 30 years for the Pakistan cricket team to be selected on merit. The guy needs to be assasinated. The sooner the better for Pakistan cricket.

  • Kashif Habib on April 22, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    For god sake, take pity on Pakistani team and that world champion team is so many insulted when all world's players are together playing in IPL but only Pakistani are not there. After that, in selection issues, Abdul Rehman's selection is so many surprising. There are already 3 top class spinners.

    Shahzeb Hassan should not neglect at this event. He is a master blaster batsman and can prove himself as a second Umar Akmal who is a brilliant player.

  • shahzad on April 22, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    i think these old style cricketers like ijaz butt with just few tests in their career never derserve position such as chairman but infact he is choreman and he should be thankfull to his political relatives those who help him to be at this position otherwise such type of people never deserve place in cricket board and how come he reject selection of pakistan cricket team captain, coach(graet player like waqar younis) and cheif selector. i think butt should be removed immediately from this position

  • Adeel Khan on April 22, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    Butt has reuined Pakistani Cricket and the future of Pakistani Cricket... bring him to the streets of Pakistan and let the people of Pakistan beat him to death, One man show..huh... our bad luck is this head of cricet is also appointed on the basis of political terms not on the basis who deserve that tht seat... ths should be stoped plz plz plz this is the high time we should realize this and do something for our country

  • Anwar on April 22, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    This is the main problem. All we do is make comments. However its time to do something of substance. Why can't we e-mail MNAs and MPAs and show our disgust at the dire situation of Pakistani cricket? We have to play politics with the politicians who have ruined Pakistan. I can assure you the opposition (in political parties) will gladly take on the cause if Pakistanis unanimously express our disgust (althouth it will also be just for their own benefit). Allah hi Pakistan ko bacha sakta hai.

  • najeeb on April 22, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    I love cricket, but I love to hate you too Mr Butt! I wish zardari govt ends, just because i dont want corruption and the electricity shortage to end but, but i wish to see you quit this office...

  • Hamid on April 22, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    This system of 'nominated PCB cheif' should end and be replaced by 'elected PCB cheif'. Incompetent corrupt politicians will only nominate the likes of Butt etc. By the way, there was little mention of the fct that the politician accusing Yunus of match fixing was caught with fake degree and lost his seat in parliament.

  • the-truth-about-rehman on April 22, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    Abdul Rahman is really a fast bowler who only bowls a cleverly disguised slow delivery all the time.

  • AsadAK on April 22, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    Butt should be jailed for the crimes he has been doing to Pak cricket, but unfortunatly he like zardari both r runing Pakistan and Pakistan cricket. There should be a law that no person over 55 would take any Higher government and sports positions. Save Pakistan from these old horses.

  • zaheer on April 21, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    mr butt should immedietly leave but he would not because his pappa has appointed him and he will keep him there. too bad for us(supporters). sad scenario is nothing we can do to change this.

  • Faisal Taquie on April 21, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    With every PCB regime, we think that it cannot get any worse and yet, we find that the PCB replacements just find enough ways to spoil our theory. Now when I look back Dr. Naseem Ashraf, Tauqeer Zia, Shaharyar Khan, it just seems that Pak Cricket was better in those days. Unfortunately, I would not stand any of them in my management. These Butts must go...or at least be accountable to someone...say people of Pakistan for a change.

  • Naeem quyoum on April 21, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    ijaz should not be sacked but instead he should be proscuted for bringing the country,the PCB and the game of cricket a bad name. will some one have the gutts to take this sleeping gaint on ?

  • shahid on April 21, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    To replace a fast bowler with a spinner in a team filled with spinners already is amazaing, is pakistan going to go into the match with four spinners and one fast bowler.Butt might have played couple of international matches but he was never the chief selector of the national cricket team and he wants to behave as one !!!!!!!! Mohsin Khan should pack his bag and come back to PTV analysis in that way he will have his choice to comment on Butt:s action as he cant a t the moment,, SAAB ACHAA HAI ,,lol

  • saiful ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on April 21, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Two pacemen down and the Chairman over rules his chief selector, Coach & Captain to replace a quickie and a Spinner. Nothing is impossible in Pakistan Cricket. We have a bunch of lunatics headed by Ijaz Butt, who will not rest till the final obituary is written: "Here lies the promise of cricket....buried & forgotten".

  • Danish Mahmood Qureshi on April 21, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    After seeing stupid decision one after the other all I can say is all But(t)headed Butt deserves is a bullet right in his middel of his empty head. As a cricket fan and patriotic Pakistani I seriously and simply have got nothing more say about the emptyheaded Butt.

  • Mudassar Rana on April 21, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    we can grumble all we like - butt - mr butt has the backing of the president who is then going to sack him. irfan and hundreds like him have suffered over the years because they are from poor families - i wouldnt be surprised if abdur rehman has a rich pa in law like others who has lined a big pocket for his inclusion! unless and when there are strong leaders like imran we will never see a competent team on the field and will have to put up with fiasco's like the australian tour. also why havent mohsin khan, waqar younis, afridi resigned - because it will be their heads that are on the line if pakistan dont succeed. only in pakistan can we make a successful team a complete and utter failure.

  • Abrar on April 21, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    PCB is totally bunch of idiots,In 15 man squad 4 spinners,How they gonna defend title.We all were waiting for a surprise like AAmir in Last T20 cup.I Believe like others Irfan was Cracking choice,But Mr Butt Plays politics not Cricket.

  • Kashif Amin on April 21, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Who will put an indefinite ban on Mr. Butt for indiscipline now? This chairman is really the biggest reason for current situation of cricket in Pakistan. Mr. Patron, please read all these comments and do something

  • Sardar Khan on April 21, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    I am a big fan of pak cricket team. I am afraid with the decision that made by chairman of cricket board. We should immediately remove butt and bring a professional cricketer in PCB not like an old man of 70. There is no place for rahman in a team in the present of three spiners, it would be really good to see a new fast bowler with an advantage of height.

  • MARLO, Copenhagen on April 21, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    I just wonder if there isn't even one among all of mr. Butts relatives, friends or wellwishers, who has brains enough to tell him that he in the eyes of broader public has become the biggest threat to pakistan cricket. Is there no one to tell that by reducing his own staff to non-existent, he is making fool of him self. Just look at his record, the way he comes up with news of two players being investigated for fixing, and very next hour back tracking, the way punishments were announced without charges, the way he has let one of the greats of the game to retire without a farewell and in disgrace, the way he asks players to show discipline while himself having kit-kat with Miandad and board members in the press. His is a disgrace for the game of gentlemen.

  • Asghar on April 21, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Who on earth put this idiot incharge. Pakistan's ability to unearth diamond fast bowlers has been replaced by its ability to find the sorriest excuses of human beings as Chairman's of the Board. From Tauquir Zia to Nasim Ashraf to Ijaz Butt - each one has outshone his predecessor in incompetence, arrogance and irresponsibility. Where do we find these guys?????

  • Nasir Rizvi on April 21, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    I think Mr. Butt is gone MAD, he took stupid decision and he has no Idea about the Cricket, I would like Shoaib Akhtar to be participate in World Cup, He is inform now. and Irfan and sami is also a wonderful choice but who is going to stop Mr. Butt when everyone is corrupt in Govt. I do smy. with Pakistani Cricket, they way they made decision is absolutely unacceptable. one of the victim is M. Yousuf what a player, look india, srilanka, S.Africa they have the senior players and they are performing. What a mess, Mr. Ijaz Butt has no Idea and he just not deserve to be in that post.

  • Aman on April 21, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    am i the only one who is not really impressed by Mohammed Irfan?

    maybe i caught him on an off day. i hope.

  • Suleman Piracha on April 21, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    This man should leave and make room for someone who can manage the ailing Pak Cricket. Go Mr Butt and save this country from more embarassements

  • dr salman on April 21, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Leave aside whether a. rehman is a suitable replacement for irfan..who the hell is ijaz butt to name any replacement...its the selectors' job in collaboration with captain and coach to decide about the backups..!! i think on this forum instead of passing comments we (as cricket lovers n supporters of pakistan cricket) should chalk out some way to get ijaz "BUTT" n the current PCB admin off thier "throne" !!

  • m.siddique on April 21, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    giving our comment is waste of time, no one will do ne thing, all are sailing in same boat. very unfortunate for pakistan to have such irresponsible person as chairman. i still feel imran khan is best choice for this post. he has knowledge of this game, and all player will respect him. i pray to allah sat to save pakistan.

  • Sheriar Hassan on April 21, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    I've been following Pakistan cricket for the last 30 years and can't recall a cricket board chairman worse than Ejaz Butt. He is undoubtedly the most horrible choice any Pakistan President has made ever made for a PCB Chairman!! The man has absolutely no understanding of the game and no regard for systems. He is merely a cricket-socialite who has always roamed about in corridors of criket officialdom without even a dime worth of postive contribution. Such paracites suck energy out of a vibrant cricketing system and render it useless. Make him the Chairman of Cricket Australia and give him 3 years .. and you'll see Bangladesh and Zimbabwe beating Australia in Australia !!

  • Atta. ullah on April 21, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    I don't know why a cricketer like Imran Nazir as not coming in Butt eyes,actually Butt is to old to see someone.

  • abid hussain on April 21, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    abdul rehamns last t20 was a horror show against sa..irfan would have been a surprise card for pakistan just like tanvir and aamir wer

  • Dr Masood USA on April 21, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Butt represents typically the reason for Pakistan's misfortunes from Leadership point of view i.e systematically destroying Pakistan's cricket & nobody is there to stop this incapable & pethatic person.

    Dr. Masood

  • Ash on April 21, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Ok i'm no fan of Ijaz Big Butt but i must say that the three amigos should have consulted with him prior to making their announcement. It is wrong for the three to try and take matters in their own hands and to side rule the board. However, Big Butt jazzy could have handled the situation better by arranging a meeting behind closed doors and telling the three of for not complying with the rules. Peace out!!!!!

  • Sumair on April 21, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    This is 1 man show.... I think Irfan would b the best replacement for Gul how come a spinner replacing a fast bowler like Gul?? SOmebody tell Butt. I fell like Butt know nothing abt cricket the way he is running all this it looks like a very common cricket fan knows cricket much more better then Butt. I think its time to say good bye to Butt but not sure who is gonna do it coz thr is no boss of i his as far as i know.

  • MNIK on April 21, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Butt is a Maula Jat of PCB. This is not a dictatorial act. This is simply a stupidity.Worldwide, cricket followers must be laughing on this jokers act.

  • salman on April 21, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Kamran: few months back you did not make a fuss about Sami's outstanding performance in his comeback game. All of a sudden you have a grown a conscience and stick with popular demand of bringing big Irfan. That tells me the depth of analysis you have got going for yourself... Good Luck "Mr Analyst"

  • Bakht Jamal on April 21, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Mr. Ijaz Butt is very rude and very egoistic person. Its not the cricket team that is to be blamed, its the board. He is taking all the balls in his hands and making his own moves without thinking about the country. I have some concerns.. What are Fawad Alam & Mohammad Sami doing in the team? And if they are giving everyone a chance, why not Shoaib Akhtar..i think some favorism is going on in the selection!

  • Alex on April 21, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    Ijaz Butt should be sacked, he is destroying Pakistan cricket people like him destroy hockey and squash and now cricket.

  • NU on April 21, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    The thing is no matter what we say, it doesnt make a difference to ediot otherwise known is Butt. Kamran you put it quite rightly that any sensible chairman would go and back the decision of the people he appointed to make. But he had to show who is the boss. Words cant describe the disgust.

  • IRFAN SIDDIQI on April 21, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Everybody knows Ejaz Butt is responsible for Pakistan's defeat in Australia & NewZealand. Some players are punished but main culprit is there? who is continuously doing whatever he wants.Is there any rule or a person who can take care of this enemy of Pakistan cricket? He is the one who blammed Inzi of dictatorship but he didn't see the teams performance during his captainship. In all over cricket world the great players make records and get rewards but in Pakistan great cricketers always insisted to retire. Look at the end of Hanif, Miandad, Yousuf, Rashid, Waqar,Qadir, Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohil, Shoaib Mohammad, Shoaib Akhter, Basit etc. Ejaz Butt type of people always destroy the young blood the examples are Asim Kamal, Athar Laiq, Anwar Ali, Yasir Hameed etc. I don't know who will stop the "Parchiism" from Pakistan Cricket. I think President and Prime Minister didn't care about country's name. We are out from Squash, Hockey, Snooker & now from Cricket, who will think about Pakistan?

  • nassid75 on April 21, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Ijaz will go in total humiliation. Unfortunately, it will come at the expense of Pakistan's catastrophic exit from the World Cup's first round.

  • desihungama on April 21, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Just to show who the elephant is in the room these sychphant cum appointees are wreaking havoc with our cricket.

    I see lot of naive comments by the readers asking Butt to be fired. First of all it is falling on deaf ears and secondly That! ain't gonna happen..He has been appointed for a "reason" best known to a sociopath named Zardari.

    I wish if selectors had initially picked Abdur Rehman for the selection.

    The camel just does not sit in part of the world.

  • Arif Khan on April 21, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    One dumb man show! We can not expect more from these people. What a dumb decision from an incompetent PCB chief appointed on political grounds with out merit who runs the PCP like his patron in chief runs the country.

  • Usman Zia on April 21, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Whos the Cheif Selector, Chairman, Captain, Coach everything.. only one person Ijaz Butt.

  • Ray on April 21, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    To whom is Mr Butt's accountable? I guess Pakistan's President ...?

  • saeed muhammad on April 21, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    we have already lost the world cup games and home series now i think we r slowly killing the cricket in pakistan i think now PCB should be serious cricket should be far away from politices its a game a sport will make pakistan smile we need some changes now in PCB

  • Abid Sattar on April 21, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Dear Mighty Allah, please sack this PCP dictator Ejaz Butt & save Pakistani cricket team from disastor.

  • Mohammed Hanif on April 21, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    I am very upset with PCP Dictator Ejaz Butt, I suggest the whole Pakistani cricket team go on strike until this ego maniac is forced to resign. Mohammed Irfan was a perfect choice, not only he was recommended by people who know cricket plus his inclusion would have created a big buzz in the world cup. We need to get rid off this dictator, the sooner the better.

  • Zafar Mushir on April 21, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Not sure if anyone has raised this point yet but isn't there a plan from ICC to assemble all the teams in Dubai and then do a chartered plane to caribbean to avoid the volcanic ash. If that is the case then Mohammad Asif would not be a part of Pakistan team as he cannot enter UAE. Am I missing something here?

  • Alex Farooque on April 21, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    I think we can't sack the BUTT of the problem but maybe Afridi and rest of the team (barring Abdul Rehman) can take a drastic step of totally not going to Caribbean for the tournament. BUT(T) there will be a B-team or something like this sent to the tournament, something like what West Indies went thru. For the sake of the Pakistani Cricket, we've gotta do something!

  • Azeem Dada on April 21, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Butt needs to have his Butt kicked. somehow each one seems to be worse than the last one. and i tell you it takes some doing to ebat Nasim Ashraf

  • Rashid on April 21, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Can somebody tell me why this old man is still in charge? Who has the authority to fire him. Anybody?? What about accountibilty? The current state of Pak cricket is shameful and since Mister Butt is incharge of PCB therefore he should took full responsibility and resign.

  • Adnan on April 21, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    How many bowlers you need in the squad, we shud've got in Shahzeb as he's the 'REAL' T20 openning batsman in Imran Nazir's absence. Salman Butt n Khalid Latif are already warming the bench for no reason. We need a realistic T20 squad for defending the title. What good can 8 bowlers do in a 14 man squad ??? We beg Ijaz Butt to leave as he's destroyed our cricket already.

  • cricketfan on April 21, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    what people dont understand is that we already have Asif, Muhammad Aamer, Abdul Razzak, Afridi and ajmal - there is NO need for any bowler - so even picking Irfan wont be of any use...

  • sibtain on April 21, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    So, appparantly nobody except for Mr. Butt knows that Irfan's name was not in the 30 probables submitted. If that's the case then i think the chief selector, coach and the captain should be fired. But i am having a hard time believing that. So Mr. Butt who is (allegedly) known for sleeping through meetings knows about the 30 probables but the selector, coach & captain don't know about it. As far as sacking Ijaz Butt goes.. sorry folks but that's not going to happen...atleast till this government is in power.

  • Sadi on April 21, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Mr. Butt should be fired one for all, this man have destroyed Pakistan cricket. He should be replace by Imran Khan. I believe Mohsin Khan was doing great job, as in the pass years, the player who was unfit, use to go in the trip. and then they do not play any games due to injury. So Mohsin I appreciate your great job. We should have batsmen or fast bowler as replacement, not spinner as we already have Afridi, Hafeez, Ajmal. I believe Irfan would have been good chance. I wish Pakistan Cricket Team Win the T20 World Cup.

  • Rizwan Shirjeel on April 21, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Very rediculous. Mr Butt is totally one man show and he is doing nothing for Pak cricket. Don't know why the cricket pundits are so calm and not raising their concern on this. Everyone is waiting his chance in PCB just to make money not to work for cricket. Shame for us because Pak cricket is already suffering badly due to security concern. Lets pray for the best future of our stars who are working hardly for our country's pride.

  • John on April 21, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    It is a sad moment for Pakistani cricket, trying to emerge from a spate of controversies. PCB seems to be a one-man showing, and as Aamir Sohail rightly pointed out, why have a selection committee and a Head of Selectors, if their selections are going to be over-turned by the chairman.

    It would be cost-effective, if Mr. Butt decide to take care of all the duties of PCB, right from Chairman to the Peon, Selector to Maintenance, and thus make PCB cost-efficient again.

    I really hope for the sake of Pakistani cricket, that self-centric power-hungry people are sacked from their position immediately.

  • Rizwan Shirjeel on April 21, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Rediculous. Mr Butt is totally one man show and he is not working for cricket but only focusing on his personal trips and packages. Don't know why cricket pundit are sitting calm and cool and not raising their concern. Pak cricket is already suffering due to security concern and Mr Big B should be sacked immediately to save the pak cricket. Let's pray for the future of our stars.

  • Faizan Ahmed on April 21, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    I have nothing against Abdur Rehman......he certainly is a very good bowler, but can somebody please tell me y has he been selected now while u already have afridi, hafeez, ajmal, fawad alam and even umar akmal can bowl............Are the heads of PCB nuts??????????

  • Hazarewal on April 21, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Just like there is incompetence in the government by renaming NWFP (the most peaceful province at one time), it mirrors the level of understanding demonstrated by Ijaz Butt, after all he is appointed by the President himself. In democratic and civilized societies responsibilities are broken down to the last part so things can run the way they are intended to be. The first thing to consider is to separate cricket/sports from politics, the president/government should be looking after the country, time in and out they have proven otherwise though, so I wonder what good of a job they will do for developing cricket. Never mind PCB, the whole government regime and structure of Pakistan needs shuffling, so at least overseas people do not have to put their head down in shame when our country is made a laughing stock.

  • Gohar on April 21, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Atleast butt gave afridi a cover! if he Godforbid loses the world cup!! Afridi will claim that his input wasn't included when team selection drafted!!

  • Fahim on April 21, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    lolz it reminded me of my old days, i was U16 camp working my azz off 3 months had training from imran khan just before we were to play karachi i was told by team manager son of a Army Brigadier wanted to join as he was opening batsman i had to give up with sorry, and wait for next change in U19 they will for sure help me getting in team ... i left cricket and got serious about my education ..lolz thanks to them today the system is same "Butt should be Butted and we let Ehsan Mani take his seat"

  • Talha Nazar on April 21, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    I think Mr butt needs one on the butt (no puns intended).....Its preposterous to replace a fast bowler with aspinner and when you already have 3 spinners in the squad...What i belive is the case with Mr butt head(man m getting good with this butt thing :D)that the a no good medicore person has got some backing from another no good meicore person ( If its not clear I mean Zardari).....so we people can go on and on about this selection issue....but as long as Mr butt has My 10% support we cann all eat our words....!!!!!

  • jibran on April 21, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Same story all over again. Before Butt, there was nosy Mr. Ashraf and before Ashraf there was Sharyar Khan and General Zia. The problem lies in the improper structure of the organization that is PCB. Even India has a lot of in political influence in their Cricket but they are still able to keep it together.

  • Ali on April 21, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Taking Abdur rehman may cause us the world title and that will be all thanks to our Mr. BUTT

  • Jawad on April 21, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Afridi, Waqar and Mohsin should refuse to take the team and participate in the T20 World Cup and so should rest of the players who support them. It won't take too long for PCB to revert their decision. Not that Irfan would do heroics but at least he is a sensible replacement. IJAZ BUTT, go home and take care of your grand kids. Thye need your attention. You should be seen in Masjid and not in Gaddafi Stadium. Thanks for listening the very first time to someone else.

  • Shazad on April 21, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    This simply validates the argument that PCB was equally responsible for the Australia debacle if not more than the players it faulted and penalized. Give me a break Younis Khan was not even on tour for most part but was handed life ban for disrupting team..huh!? The selection committee made a bit of mistake of not communicating with board but Ijaz butt made far greater by adding someone to the team who will clearly not play as asad malik pointed out in his comments.

  • farhan khan on April 21, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    this is a another big mess in pakistan team......wat is the use of taking an oldie(abdur rehman)wen he has no international T20 experiance....irfan would have been an ideal choice and a surprise for all the competing teams who would have not worked upon him...mr.ijaz butt doesnt want our team to successfully defend the T20 title.....insha allah we all hope pakistan team wins again and comes out of all the controversies surrounding them........

  • Pak Fan on April 21, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Mr Ijaz Butt is "No Utility" to Pak Cricket. (this is what he said when he sacked Lawson as coach only after one meeting)

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on April 21, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Excellent article with lots of thought. The tragedy of the sub continent cricket is that "politics" the dirty game is roaming around the gentleman's game has become the matter of something.......It is good that we have had to see the true face of the cricket how it is being run. The selectors, coach and captain are just dummy and they have nothing to do except.... Somehow or the other we are still in the darkest age and we do not know what is good or bad. History reminds us that unpopular figure has always done wonders for the Pakistan Cricke and Irfan must have done something similar to that but unfortunately, it is the sad for poor Irfan and frankly speaking all over the world cricket is loosing its interest because of such kind of incidents

  • Emad (Canada) on April 21, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    1) This man has been CONFIRMED to sleep during meetings. 2) This man has been CONFIRMED to have "forgotten" about scheduling an important series (Pak vs WI All Stars) 3)The ICC has confirmed that players who are not in the 30 Probables list are also ELIGIBLE to be picked (despite what Butt claims)

    Can't this man be fired? I mean for God's sake enough is enough. He is a huge disaster. He has probably ensured that Pakistan will lose the T20 now, we have 4 BLOODY SPINNERS already in the squad why did we need to pick a 5th one (who's stats aren't that great either). We were in need of a FAST BOWLER!!!

  • Mohd Akram Khan on April 21, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    This shows there is lot of communication gap in Pakistan Cricket. A captain is not provided choice of his own, and are replaced by choice of the chairman. Tommorrow we might see some of his relatives representing pakistan. All the best

  • Adeel sheikh on April 21, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    I really am fed up of this PCB management system.Mr. Ijaz Butt We are cricket lovers and because of the craze we Pakistani ppl have for the game you have this JOB. Time again & again you keep on making decision to disappoint us & our nation. Mr. President has turned a blind eye on the PCB because his selection is not on mark...its just sporting on of us own party member relative. I Think its time for all Pakistani cricket lovers to take a STAND against this useless MANAGEMENT.

  • Saddam Rasool on April 21, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    I am still in shock over Mohammad Yousaf's exit, I can't take it anymore.

  • fahad naeem on April 21, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    What's wrong is wid ejaz butt...a spinner replaceing fast bowler..that makes no sense...i think its time for ejaz butt to step down...

  • Syed Basit on April 21, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Oh come on you guys, stop being so pissed off, you're only ruining your day! Coz as far as I know, this idiotic 72 year old man skipping around his grave is only going to take the curses of millions of Pakistanis with himself to his grave.

    It's time this ended. Hell! why shoot at the Sri Lankan team? Why not Ijaz Butt? Atleast that way, we'd still have cricket in our deprived country plus a stable board. I think Ijaz Butt is mentally ill, which does make sense if you take a look at the decisions he makes.

    I don't know how long this will go on for, because, honestly, it hurts. It hurts to see that a sport we all LOVE, stay up through the a.m. hours to watch, especially here in Australia, even though we have class early in the morning...is being DESTROYED in the hands of IJaz Butt.

    As for Abdur Rehman's selection? COME ON, WE PRODUCED AAMER OUT OF NOWHERE! HE DID WONDERS FOR OUR TEAM! WHY NOT ANOTHER WONDER IN THE FORM OF MOHAMMAD IRFAN? unbelievable. and very disgusting. F ijaz bt

  • H.Malik on April 21, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    People are asking , he must go , he must be sacked bla bla . R U Guys blind to see or hear what is happening around ... UN Report on BB's murder points out Rehman Malik apart from the 6 poor lower tier police officer who are made OSD to show actions are being taken.... Action Yes offcourse Via Rehman Malik , wow , his termination based upon corruptions is turned around and made to be retirement with all the benefits on the ocs to of this poor nation by no other than the biggest benfectionary of the BB's trajic demise !!!! Action Taken .. YOu gurs must be joking that this man will ever fire BUTT for the glaring misdeed of this bulky man has been doing one after the other on the PCB and the cricket in Pakistan .... You think your wishes will come true .... BB's Rooh must be pulsating in her graves what has been done to Rehman Malik just days after the UN Report was out ......

  • Zohaib Saleem on April 21, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Butt wants everything in his hands, and don't want the young talent to nurture and she their talent to the world……..Irfan could have been another Sohail Tanvir (a surprise package). Its time now that Butt sahab should be out of the board, or should be limited to his duties.

  • Kashef on April 21, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Mr. Butt seriously needs to be kicked. Go home U BUTT! Havent you made enough money. I'm sure you wont lose it overnight like you have lost your memory and competence.

  • Amir Umar on April 21, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    BUTT OUT!

    You heard it here..you will see it when Pak Tour the UK, I will be holding the 'BUTT OUT' poster! Hope it gathers some pace wherever Pakistan play. Pakistani cricket needs to be independant from any politics, members and staff need to be professional and held accountable.

    To comment on a player like Moyo, how sad is it that this man, who has been a true great of Pakistani cricket is treated by the PCB, this alone is disgraceful. They blame the players for an issue that is within the Board and management.

  • Emm on April 21, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Corruption, Corruption and more Corruption.The revolution cometh.. soon I hope.

  • Yousuf Zaman on April 21, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    "CHITAR" are not only for bad guys like Yousuf/Younis/Shoaib , They are for Head Constable Mohsin too. SHO is the the "MAN"

  • Imran khalid on April 21, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Another act of extreme stupidity from Ijaz Butt.He has been doing this since he took over his job.PCB has to take a lot of blame for the way they have managed cricketing affairs over the last 1 year.Simply pathetic!

  • Moin on April 21, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Irfan should have been selected when there are already 2 best spinners and a part time spinner in the team. But if you go back to 2007, Misbah was selected ahead of MoYO and the whole world knows what happened next.

    So lets see what happens

  • Farooq on April 21, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Who is Pakistan's chief selector? Now Thats a million $ question :-)

  • Umair Tariq on April 21, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Sack Ijaz Butt. Mr Kamran Abbassi i would request that you hold a poll with the question "Should PCB Chairman be sacked or removed?" And before hand I can tell you the result: 99% in favor and 1% against (this predicted result i'm as an optimistic one for the Chairman)

  • Bilal on April 21, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    A humble request for Mr Ijaz Butt:

    Please leave our cricket alone.

  • H.Malik on April 21, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    In My humble opinion , both the Coach ( Waqar ) and Chief selector ( Mohsin ) if they have any self esteem in them , they must resign straight away . Their departure will have no effect on the team at all , the only person who may affect have some thoughts to help team chances is the 3rd of the trio Captain (Shaid) , he may decide to cling on or if he is a man of honor (as we were led to beleive ) he must also resign straight away ... and Let Mr BUTT take the honor of DEFEAT ( even before the event starts ) or Bask in reflected glory if the team even gos to the 2nd round ..... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH YOU GUYS .... SHOE SOME COURAGE AND METAL TOO .....do not bask in past glory , show your courage now and say bye bye Mr Butt have fun with your choices now ...

  • Fahad Hafeez on April 21, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    We are going off to the WC to DEFEND our title with 3 known fast bowlers (Aamir, Razzak and Sami) and only 1 more medium pacer (Hammad Azzam) to West Indies where I believe the pitches are bouncy and bowler friendly! And as rightly it has been said by Amir Sohail, that what is the point of having a selection committee when the chairman himself is going to be deciding who is in and who is not!

    Seriously, this Butt really things from his Butt!!! (No offence to any other people sharing the name).

    P.S I am not suggesting that Big Irf is the next 'big thing' for Pakistan Cricket because playing domesting cricket and international cricket is very different. The whole point being that one should 'logically' think of replacing a fast bowler with a fast bowler from a selected 15 man squad.

    Lets just term the situation as FAIL!!!!

  • Rohit on April 21, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    I have been a fan of Pakistani cricket teams since the early 90s, and it was a privilege to watch Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis operate in tandem. Irfan would have been an interesting addition to the pantheon of Pakistani fast bowlers. If Waqar Younis and Aamer Sohail think Irfan is good enough to play for Pakistan, then he should be in the team. It's about time somebody kicked Ijaz Butt's butt and kicked it big time.

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on April 21, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is going to vanish soon.First the world cricket enmies of pakistan cricket want to finish Pakiatan cricket and 2nd is MR. BUTT.I do not know when Mr.BUTT will be removed from PCB.I do not critiseze any player that why Abdul Rahman is taken.But there are many fast bolwer should be inclueded instead of spiner as there are alreday 3 spiners in the team.Irfan should have been taken because of his height and of course C.Selector,Captain and coach were in his favor.These 3 definatly have seen some thing in Irfan.Any way we can only pray for Pakistan team to defend the title.Once again I will request our fast bowlers to avoid NO ball and specially wide ball.One thing more that our batsman must be given choice to play their game and no restriction.They should learn from IPL to play T20 and I think they will not disappoing the Pakistan fans.GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN TEAM.ALLAH WILL HELP YOU INSHALLAH.............

  • IMTIAZ AHMAD on April 21, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    I really think that IJAZ BUTT should be sacked now.we should have a indipedent board.Selection commety should be responsible for the selection not 70 year old man who is not able to remember that if he has eaten today or not.As a fan i am suggesting that we should make a forum to appeal for changes in the board and bring professionalism in PCB.

  • Yasser(Canada) on April 21, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    This is another sad day for Pakistan cricket. We talk about having the 18th amendment to block the way of dictators to rule our country.What about this dictator as a cricket chairman, who has no respect for any other official(fans are far down the tunnel).I hope someone can put some sense in the minds of the people who are operating PCB and they take a sane decision of removing BUTT.... and gurantee a bright future for the game of cricket which runs like blood in the veins of most of the Pakistanis....

  • Shahzad Arif on April 21, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    How can Ijaz Butt replace fast bowlers with a spinner? Its like saying let's replace hens with camels. Ijaz Butt is the worst person PCB could have. The quicker he leaves PCB the better it'll be for Pak. Under him I think Pak cricket has suffered way too much and it'll take years to recover all those loses and I'm not just talking about money here!

  • Sameer on April 21, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Cricket has never been in this state in Pakistan before...The ban to Younis and Yousif was wrong...all this indicipline has been created by the board itself and then senior plays are banned instaed...This is completeley crap..and I am afraid being an overseas Pakistani I will probably support another country as cricket is now finished in Pakistan and only dirty politics left...

  • Irshad Shirazi on April 21, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Ijaz needs to be butt(ed) out of the door.

  • Raheel Masood on April 21, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    If it walks like a hypocrite, if it talks like a hypocrite, then it must be a hypocrite! Ijaz Butt keeps blaming prior PCB regimes for a plethora of current issues, completely turning a blind eye to his contributions. What he knows about cricket compared to Mohsin, Waqar and Afridi ... one can only wonder! When will this nonsense ever end? If its Pakistan, probably never because the PCB spends obscene amounts of money every year. In this country, that means everyone wants a piece of the action, especially since there are no qualifications required ... other than the approval and support of the "Patron"! God forbid we ever get good people in place, they are not allowed to do their jobs because of bureaucrats with small egos who love throwing their weight around. Of course there is no regard for the team or what is best for the players. Its all about their protocol, their nepotism and their need for grandeur. Someone needs to do something, maybe someday, someone will. Until then, sigh!!

  • Zaheer on April 21, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Pakistan off course needed two fast bowlers in replacement of Gul and Arafat. Rehman may not even play a single match because afridi and ajmal will must be in the playing eleven and there is less chance of injury to a spinner than fast bowler.

  • muhammad riaz on April 21, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    As a big fan of pakistan team, i request ijaz butt.please u are old enough.please do some rest,or you should think over your own decisions

  • Sameer on April 21, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    This is complete corruption in absense of UmarGul and Yasser Arafat,Irfan would have been an excellent choice.Pakistanis will never learn.....and cricket will finish one day

  • ilhan khan on April 21, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    i am dissapointed, it would have been great to see irfan in action, abdur rahman has close to zero chance of playing shahzaib hasan should have been selected instead, he can also bowl couple of overs

  • Roamer on April 21, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    One more nail in Chairman's coffin ..... but wondering how many more nails are required ?!?!

  • Jibran on April 21, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Butt has got no accountability and he can do whatever he wants and that is the problem. Who will sack him?? Is it President Zardari?

  • Iftikhar Abbasi on April 21, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    shocked to see the replacement,i think shazeb hassan is the best choice to replace as we needed batsman or new comer Irfan. what the hell is doing by ijaz butt?he is responsible fully in our faliure during australia winless tour. kindly replace him to save Pakistan cricket and Yousaf should be taken back for test and odi cricket.

  • Iraslav on April 21, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Spot on Kamran, How Can a spinner be a replacement for a fast bolwer. Mr. Butt and his bureaucratic management has let Pakistani fans down yet again.

  • haseeb delpihero on April 21, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    We all know where the Butt should go. Old men who are picking there relatives to represent Pakistan and have no idea of man management can only do what they have been doing, lose the PCB money over the last 5 years which has happened. Some body should investigate the missing money first and then fire the board and bring back MoYo

  • Muslim Ali on April 21, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Butt as to be off from the stage, as he is already failed to improved Pakistani cricket, and he is doing worse and worst, actually it the age for him to take care of his own health. Not to destroy the Pakistani cricket.

  • Umair Fazal on April 21, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Simply cant understand what will be the future of our Cricket when these things will happen... One should not cross the limits... Mr. Butt does this every time.. Its unfortunate... This system has to change... Pakistan is full of Talent but these things create gap and results in poor results...

    GOD SAVE THE PAKISTANI TEAM...

  • asad malik on April 21, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    i am shocked to see abdul-rehman as a replacement, what he is doing in the squad in the presence of afridi, ajmal, and hafeez. irfan was an excellent replacement. i am unable to understand ijaz butt thinking, what he is thinking about pakistan team or what he is trying to do he is thinking from stomach not from mind

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  • asad malik on April 21, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    i am shocked to see abdul-rehman as a replacement, what he is doing in the squad in the presence of afridi, ajmal, and hafeez. irfan was an excellent replacement. i am unable to understand ijaz butt thinking, what he is thinking about pakistan team or what he is trying to do he is thinking from stomach not from mind

  • Umair Fazal on April 21, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Simply cant understand what will be the future of our Cricket when these things will happen... One should not cross the limits... Mr. Butt does this every time.. Its unfortunate... This system has to change... Pakistan is full of Talent but these things create gap and results in poor results...

    GOD SAVE THE PAKISTANI TEAM...

  • Muslim Ali on April 21, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Butt as to be off from the stage, as he is already failed to improved Pakistani cricket, and he is doing worse and worst, actually it the age for him to take care of his own health. Not to destroy the Pakistani cricket.

  • haseeb delpihero on April 21, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    We all know where the Butt should go. Old men who are picking there relatives to represent Pakistan and have no idea of man management can only do what they have been doing, lose the PCB money over the last 5 years which has happened. Some body should investigate the missing money first and then fire the board and bring back MoYo

  • Iraslav on April 21, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Spot on Kamran, How Can a spinner be a replacement for a fast bolwer. Mr. Butt and his bureaucratic management has let Pakistani fans down yet again.

  • Iftikhar Abbasi on April 21, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    shocked to see the replacement,i think shazeb hassan is the best choice to replace as we needed batsman or new comer Irfan. what the hell is doing by ijaz butt?he is responsible fully in our faliure during australia winless tour. kindly replace him to save Pakistan cricket and Yousaf should be taken back for test and odi cricket.

  • Jibran on April 21, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Butt has got no accountability and he can do whatever he wants and that is the problem. Who will sack him?? Is it President Zardari?

  • Roamer on April 21, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    One more nail in Chairman's coffin ..... but wondering how many more nails are required ?!?!

  • ilhan khan on April 21, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    i am dissapointed, it would have been great to see irfan in action, abdur rahman has close to zero chance of playing shahzaib hasan should have been selected instead, he can also bowl couple of overs

  • Sameer on April 21, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    This is complete corruption in absense of UmarGul and Yasser Arafat,Irfan would have been an excellent choice.Pakistanis will never learn.....and cricket will finish one day