Politics May 21, 2010

When will the circus end?

Yes, the players have brought shame upon themselves but their behaviour has been tacitly encouraged by their employers
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Mohammad Yousuf led Pakistan during the disastrous tour of Australia © Associated Press

Amid the fuss about Pakistan's performance on their latest tour of Australia, two conclusions are clear. First, the ICC's anti-corruption unit does not have any evidence to suggest that Pakistan's players were involved in match-fixing, although the investigation is 'live'. Indeed, it laments the disintegration of the team. Which leads to the second conclusion, a conclusion that has been hammered into our skulls for the last 12 months and beyond: Pakistan cricket is a mismanaged circus.

It is somehow convenient to blame the players for their ill-discipline and lack of professionalism but how can you expect barely educated, ill-guided young men to behave to top standards? Even the best educated, most experienced senior executives squabble, backbite, connive, and act with self interest if their organisation creates the appropriate malignant atmosphere.

How can we expect high standards from cricketers who do not know what standards are? Ignorance may not be an excuse, you might argue, but Pakistan's players are hardly equipped with the tools to learn for themselves. The failings in Pakistan cricket are the crassest example of mismanagement, and that mismanagement is by the PCB and its appointed team officials.

Yes, the players have brought shame upon themselves but their behaviour has been tacitly encouraged by their employers.

Why then have these selected videos come to light now? It is not clear that the players and officials even knew they were being filmed. The excuse the PCB is peddling is that it released the videos to some of the accused players. Why was this done? It is usual in a legal process to simply send a transcript of a hearing.

Ultimately, if your management of an enterprise is so hopeless and you are so unaware of the real problems your organisation faces that you have to launch an inquiry after each failure, you will encourage a destructive atmosphere. People will conspire against colleagues, skeletons will tumble out of cupboards, and morale will be destroyed. In this behaviour, badly managed Pakistan cricketers are no different to badly managed government ministers or corporate executives.

A wise head is required, however, to call time on this circus in Pakistan cricket. Instead of a wise head, we have a ringmaster thrashing the circus to higher and higher states of frenzy. That ringmaster isn't Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, or Shoaib Malik. That ringmaster is the PCB. When will the circus end?

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  • Hur on June 7, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    I had enough with Pakistan Cricket and I dont give a damn anymore. PCB is pathetic in its decisions and so are the players. A bunch of loosers fighting for money not for glory ......

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on June 1, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Sports can generate big money, which has atracted vested interests, including politicians, clamoring to keep their hold on power, knowing that potency emanates from money. Politicians have deliberately kept PCB without a democratic constitution. This gives the President the authority to appoint a Chairman and to control the cricket body in Pakistan. I see no end to this circus until a honest politician is elected as the Head of the State and agrees to make it an independent body.

  • Yousuf Zaman on May 31, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    The Show must go on. Money ,fame,glamor, huge following .News on front page , hundreds of blogs on internet, breaking news on TV networks.

    Mr Abbasi No One Can stop this Circus." Even labeling ex PCB Chief or Ex Chief Selectors, or Ex X or Ex axe of cricket guarantees your name on front page of news paper, Interviews on TV shows. Mr Abbasi You are also a well known person due your blogs on cricket.Even the elected/unelected politicians are jealous of this coverage , They are also jumping in this bog top tent.Australian Ex Prime Minister also wants to hang on trapeze. " We have acrobats.clowns,tight rope walkers ,jugglers,stunt oriented artist, and Now IPL has added music Choreography and dance. What else You need "The Show Must GO ON"

  • Samir on May 30, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Just heard that Shoaib is back .... the circus continues ... wait for the next act

  • AGES BUTT on May 29, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Ejaz BAD or AGES Butt

  • papa india on May 29, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    psssssssst ROHIT!!!!!! You are angry because india lost to keneya!!!!! . AREN'T YOU??????

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, USA on May 29, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Yousuf denied PCB the slightest of satisfactions by declining the invitation of Afridi to return to Pak side for a difficult tour of England. MOYO performed below par both in Newzealand & Australia. His reflexes were not the same as of old. He had no answer to superb pace & spin bowling. Win or lose it is time to induct new batsmen. The selectors have to show faith in Shahzaib Hasan, Hammad Azam & other U19 players. Burdened with controversies Younis & Yousuf will perform poorly. They are no longer in their prime. In their presence Pak batting may look stronger on paper only, but will actually be lot weaker. It is time for the selectors to experiment with youngsters. The future of Pakistan cricket lies with our young lads. Selectors should look for talented batsmen like Umar Akmal, who thrive in adversity, bat fearlessly, can demolish any opposition attack to ultimately win matches.

  • Raja Altaf on May 28, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    NEVER

  • Omerkhawaja on May 28, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    i think if we have decent bating likeup and good fielding for England series, we can give good tough time to Eng and aus's though currently both teams are best in the world. currently our bowling is better.

  • Asif on May 26, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Asak, Atlast the pcb finally woke up and made the right decision by appointing Afridi captain of all formats.Now as usual the former players like Amir Sohail,Zaheer Abbas and some others instead of backing Afridi r giving idiotic statements that Afridi is not good enough for tests.I think it was pcb's fault for not using Afridi in the tests for the last 4 yrs even though he was averaging about 45 runs in the last 12 tests prior to his last test.Mr.Amir,Zaheer and other detractors of Afridi should know that an average of 37 @ 86 strike rate with 5 100's is not only good enough but better than Amir Sohail,Ramiz raja,Salman Butt,Malik and many others.Also Amir and Ramiz and many others have played more tests than Afridi eventhough their average was no better than Afridi.Also Afridi's bowling along with his brilliant fielding makes Afridi an automatic choice for the tests tests too.Amir Sohail and Zaheer should remember the madras and bangalore tests in which Afridi was instrumental in winning the matches.Afridi is a match winner and his mere presence instills fear in the opposition and his becoming captain will revive new interest in the boring tests too and bring more crowd in tests also.So I think it was a very bold and good decision and hope pak will do much better under Afridi's captaincy.

  • Hur on June 7, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    I had enough with Pakistan Cricket and I dont give a damn anymore. PCB is pathetic in its decisions and so are the players. A bunch of loosers fighting for money not for glory ......

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on June 1, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Sports can generate big money, which has atracted vested interests, including politicians, clamoring to keep their hold on power, knowing that potency emanates from money. Politicians have deliberately kept PCB without a democratic constitution. This gives the President the authority to appoint a Chairman and to control the cricket body in Pakistan. I see no end to this circus until a honest politician is elected as the Head of the State and agrees to make it an independent body.

  • Yousuf Zaman on May 31, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    The Show must go on. Money ,fame,glamor, huge following .News on front page , hundreds of blogs on internet, breaking news on TV networks.

    Mr Abbasi No One Can stop this Circus." Even labeling ex PCB Chief or Ex Chief Selectors, or Ex X or Ex axe of cricket guarantees your name on front page of news paper, Interviews on TV shows. Mr Abbasi You are also a well known person due your blogs on cricket.Even the elected/unelected politicians are jealous of this coverage , They are also jumping in this bog top tent.Australian Ex Prime Minister also wants to hang on trapeze. " We have acrobats.clowns,tight rope walkers ,jugglers,stunt oriented artist, and Now IPL has added music Choreography and dance. What else You need "The Show Must GO ON"

  • Samir on May 30, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Just heard that Shoaib is back .... the circus continues ... wait for the next act

  • AGES BUTT on May 29, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Ejaz BAD or AGES Butt

  • papa india on May 29, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    psssssssst ROHIT!!!!!! You are angry because india lost to keneya!!!!! . AREN'T YOU??????

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, USA on May 29, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Yousuf denied PCB the slightest of satisfactions by declining the invitation of Afridi to return to Pak side for a difficult tour of England. MOYO performed below par both in Newzealand & Australia. His reflexes were not the same as of old. He had no answer to superb pace & spin bowling. Win or lose it is time to induct new batsmen. The selectors have to show faith in Shahzaib Hasan, Hammad Azam & other U19 players. Burdened with controversies Younis & Yousuf will perform poorly. They are no longer in their prime. In their presence Pak batting may look stronger on paper only, but will actually be lot weaker. It is time for the selectors to experiment with youngsters. The future of Pakistan cricket lies with our young lads. Selectors should look for talented batsmen like Umar Akmal, who thrive in adversity, bat fearlessly, can demolish any opposition attack to ultimately win matches.

  • Raja Altaf on May 28, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    NEVER

  • Omerkhawaja on May 28, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    i think if we have decent bating likeup and good fielding for England series, we can give good tough time to Eng and aus's though currently both teams are best in the world. currently our bowling is better.

  • Asif on May 26, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Asak, Atlast the pcb finally woke up and made the right decision by appointing Afridi captain of all formats.Now as usual the former players like Amir Sohail,Zaheer Abbas and some others instead of backing Afridi r giving idiotic statements that Afridi is not good enough for tests.I think it was pcb's fault for not using Afridi in the tests for the last 4 yrs even though he was averaging about 45 runs in the last 12 tests prior to his last test.Mr.Amir,Zaheer and other detractors of Afridi should know that an average of 37 @ 86 strike rate with 5 100's is not only good enough but better than Amir Sohail,Ramiz raja,Salman Butt,Malik and many others.Also Amir and Ramiz and many others have played more tests than Afridi eventhough their average was no better than Afridi.Also Afridi's bowling along with his brilliant fielding makes Afridi an automatic choice for the tests tests too.Amir Sohail and Zaheer should remember the madras and bangalore tests in which Afridi was instrumental in winning the matches.Afridi is a match winner and his mere presence instills fear in the opposition and his becoming captain will revive new interest in the boring tests too and bring more crowd in tests also.So I think it was a very bold and good decision and hope pak will do much better under Afridi's captaincy.

  • wahab_khan on May 26, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    i will summarized current players in 4 categories. Class player = Mohammad asif, Abdul razzaq, syed ajmal(limited overs). AVG player = salman butt, shahid afridi, Mohammad aamer, danish kaneria, umal akaml. Below AVG = khurram manzoor, fawad alam. Parchi system = faisal Iqbal, Imran farhat, kamran akmal. intresting Shahid afridi got better test AVG as compare to Imran farhat 37 vs 33 and 5(100) vs 3(100)

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on May 25, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    PCB did not let the dust settle down. Before waiting for the appeals to be heard & judgment made on discipilinary hearings of the banned players has announced the names of Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik & even Yousuf in the 30 probables for Asia Cup & the Tour of England. This sounds like Pak cricket. To most of us it makes no sense to confront players, stigmatize them & in the end compromise, without waiting for the legal process to judge them either as innocent or guilty. This promotes the culture of indiscipline and sets a very bad example for the youngsters who feel that star power will help them to get out of indiscretions & bad behavior. PCB should not include either of the players (Younis, Shoaib Malik, & others) who have been suspended till the appeals on their charges are heard and disposed. To allow these players back in after imposing a ban will be a recipe for disaster. PCB should avoid setting up another bad precedent.

  • larry on May 25, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Circus has just started...Afridi is test captain...the comedy part of circus is about to begin

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on May 25, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, It is one of the best articles you have penned and I have pleasure of reading. Frankly speaking you are very honest about the situation and it is your ability with no fear in mind which leads to a courageous journalism. Now every cricket lover in the world knows what is the inside story of Pakistan Cricket. It is very discouraging that Cricket is a gentleman's game and these cricketers have made disrepute of them and shame for the country as well. However, every national player is an ambassodor for their country. Look at the other nation who are playing cricket hardly we ready any story like this. Can you please, player can under perform just for the sake of humaliate your captain and put your country behind.........Shame.....We must salute Younis Khan who was very honest in assessing the team performance. People like YK are true gentelman and fit to the cricketing atmosphere. After all this drama we will again back to square and no measures will taken to correct this mess.

  • Mir Sheraz on May 25, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Why the cricket cannot be run on the pattern of candidates going for the ISSB. It will groom them in all aspects specially character building.. but off course we need an instituation who is capable un like PCB which stands for permanent control board and not Pakistan Cricket Board.

  • Rohit Khanna on May 24, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    @Rashi...We blam rajneeti for success of Indians

  • Amir Masood (Sydney Australia) on May 24, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    So right Character??? Zardari-Ahmed Mukhtar-Ijaz Butt. Education is just one aspect but character doesn't always require education. The trio sums up for everything and the results are the true reflection. We should talk about performance after resolving the structural issues otherwise it will remain useless for ever.

  • VSD on May 24, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Everyone is entitled to reform at least once. Now to reform these bunch of players, there has to be some strong stands. Identify a captain not from the present lot, but from the younger generation who comes from a good family and who is educated. Give him all the powers to fire and hire anyone he pleases and eep him in charge for at least 2 years. Ignore the results during this period and concentrate on developing good individuals, who will be the face of Pakistan for the years to come. Cricket is a medium which can change the face of Pakistan and its people. Sadly at present we have nothing to show to the world that we are worth off. LIke someone said in this blog, google Pakistan and you can find millions of sites on Pakistan for all the wrong reasons you can find on this earth. Media has to play an important part here. Bring out the culprits in all the fields. Lets unite and educate our people first before we think of bigger things. Lets teach our people to read and write.

  • waterbuffalo on May 24, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Barely educated, or young has nothing to do with it. Either you know how to behave or you don't; rich, educated people also behave like children. I was playing cricket at 15 and I learned very fast how to behave, it has nothing to do with class, but everything to do with character. Imran had character and fought the board, so did wasim, waqar and Inzi, they have always fought the selection committe and the board, this is nothing new, you are merely beating a dead horse.

  • asadk on May 24, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    YAWAR SAEED, IJAZ BUTT AND WASIM BARI all need to go away from Pakistan cricket. These old (khachars) are destroying Pakistan cricket.

  • Suleman Piracha on May 23, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    I agree with Nasir that Ijaz Butt and CO need to go. I think he has some secrets of Asif Zardari and, maybe, he is threating to disclose Zardari's secrets if he (Zardari) fires him. I don't know what else is preventing our 'incapable' president to hold on to an even more 'incapable' PCB chief. God help Pakistan and PCB

  • ABC on May 23, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    I guess its about just sitting back and enjoying the fun. We don't have the capacity to make a change and no point in getting frustrated daily; might as well just enjoy the comedy of errors and stupidity!

  • nasir raza dar on May 23, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Mr Abbasi this circus will end with the removal of non-competent & non professional people like IJAZ BUTT, BARi, ZAKIR KHAN & YAWAR SAEED. If you remember in one of your blog I have mentioned it that if this administration had took action after the Dubai fiasco when Younis resigned saying players are not in his control this circus would have ended but the people like Yawar who are themselves playing dirty games how could it happen.Now the cat is out & everybody is crystal clear that what these players done with younis & right from Inzamam to yousaf, Naveed & Malik were involved in this dirty game one should pray for the better days for Pakistan cricket & the days will only come when we will get rid of this Butt & company as soon as possible but who will do this because the person to do this himself has the reputation everybody knows. Let`s pray together for the good days for PAKISTAN CRICKET AS WELL AS FOR COUNTRY.

  • Rashid on May 23, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Rohit Khanna, It was funny but whom you gonna blame for Indians success?

  • ajaz khan on May 23, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Well said, however, what could one expect when the Pakistan as a country herself is in trouble state of affairs. Moreover, as you pointed out rightly that it is PCB management that is wholly and solely responsible for this mess. It was PCB itself that let the players power to overwhelm when Younis khan was removed from the captaincy. Therefore, probes or investigations must be initiated to these PCB officials for their ill activities.

  • Shahzad Khan on May 23, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Salam Kamran Sahib, really good article as usual. What PCB needs is someone like Imran Khan to run the PCB show. There is a reason why we call Imran Khan era as "golden" era in Pakistan cricket as he was very strict and a shrewd decision maker. Yes, he made alot of heads roll with his decisions but majority of them were correct and were in the best interest of Pakistan cricket at that time. As long as PCB keeps running on adhoc basis, we will continue to see these and similar issues which are embarrassing for any Pakistani. Current chairman of PCB has backing of some senior politicians and that is why I don't see any changes in PCB decision making in the near future.

  • Jawed Saleem on May 23, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Scum of the earth !

    Mr. Kamaran, you have correctly pointed out, root of the problem is "Lack of Education" among the nation (with due apoligies to the educated circle). This in turn results in corrupt/inefficient persons taking-over the reins of country and then "THE CIRCUS" starts. PCB is also a by-product of this "CALAMITY". Mr. But & Co. are "Scum of the earth" !

    The Circus is here to stay & will continue + intensify in future !

    Jawed, Karachi

  • sav on May 23, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    I AGREE WITH RIZWAN ASGHAR: Kamran, Osman - setting up a facebook group was a small step in the right direction however we need to take this matter into our own hands as much as possible, the PCB is in crises as a microcosm of the way our country is disintegrating everyday. In this atmosphere it is those armed with truth and sense that must raise their voices.

    Maybe we can find a candidate to replace Ijaz (pain in the) Butt (hole) and champion their chances of getting the job somehow. Is that person Rashid Latif? he was always whiter than the Akram's and Aqib's anyway?

    Point is: Nothing is impossible, and Justice must prevail.

    Allah knows best.

  • Dr. Nauman Niaz on May 23, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    In Pakistan, it is argued that the Pakistan Cricket Board has gone as far as it could. The rest depends on the government. It seems, that Ijaz Butt, Chairman PCB refutes to stand and be counted'. Is he governing cricket, playing politics or barely surviving? So far, as it seems, Butt and the PCB have been looking on cricket as a joyride, fun-time or at best a political level and not being there for the sake of the game. Butt's PCB has been a full and fair reflection of the mundane ugliness of apartheid. Now, it is trying to become the mask for that ugliness. Mr. Butt has only been able to cut a sorry figure of himself and he hasn't been able to move the goalposts. His rhetoric and incessant waffling in the media, haphazard decisions and virtual retractions of decisions, the frazzled vision are no longer seen as sufficient. Recently, in a press conference, it was evidently evident that Ijaz Butt's growing unwillingness to compromise with the failures and take blames only delineated a deepening insight into sport's place within the society and as it is held by the government of the country. The level playing field could not be achieved in cricket as long as it did not exist in society and government as a whole. Mr. Ijaz Butt, the Chairman of the PCB, is under great pressure to survive is another crackpot theory I am bored to tears with. Pressure where? And how is the pressure exerted? I ask you. Pakistan cricket has become minced meat? Ijaz Butt has been ham-fisted and unforgiving and now he has no qualms acting like a dictator, a man with absolute power and taking decisions, frequently with whimsicality. His utterances are incoherent and the tenacity inexplicable. He is on the high, completely inebriated and thoroughly intoxicated with abuse of power, position and his political connections, so it appears. It seems to me, as history suggests, retired generals, judges, doctors, bureaucrats and politicians all have been superseded, even various other factotums of varying plumage, as Mr. Butt is having time at his hands and a return ticket about to lapse, headed to Lahore's Gadaffi Stadium. 'We will request the President to get rid of Ijaz Butt, may he gives him any other job, but saves Pakistan cricket', said Senator Haroon Akhtar. Will his voice be heard in the corridors of power?

  • Milask on May 23, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Gosh ..i know its off topic...but one of my friends went to NZ-SL match in USA and he felt it was boring...Shouldnt they have called Pakistan instead :(

  • Adnan Jalil on May 23, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Gossip is hilarious. Team is pathetic and managment is disaster. To make matters worse I am sure moment we loose a test match in England, all bans will be revoked by some reason or other and all banned players will be recalled only to perform pathetically .Its history. None of our bans ever stay for long. As need changes so do the bans get reversed. No wonder when my Indian colleagues tease me on this I got no answer. I have a strong feeling shoaib and younis ban will now be overturned soon by giving some hilarious reason..for pcb and players shame is not a quality present in them....BUTT I become laughing butt of australian and indian customers at resturant i work.

  • Rohit Khanna on May 23, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Best strategy to steer away from all problems is one which has worked for last few decades....Blame the IPL and BCCI for all problems...then all will sound good and conspiracy theory always works and unites. Blame Modi ...Blame him that he did not let Pakistani players to be selected in IPL or else they would have had more money and less time to fight amongst themselves

  • dr salman on May 22, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    n many ppl ve talked about the T20 world cup loss...(though the article din refer to it)..

    get over it friends..atleast we gave a v tuf tym to the finest team in world cricket...n this is not about one game..its about the whole structure n hierarchy..saeed ajmal is not as experienced as many others..y do u forget that he has played key role in many other crunch games including the one against S.A in the T20 WC..just one over made u forget his gud performances? remember he was amongst the leading wicket takers in the T20 WC alongwith nannes n langaveldt

    afridi s captaincy in this WC..not par excellence i agree n quite forgettable..but lets not forget it was his first big outing as a captain..he ll take tym to learn n b groomed..!

  • dr salman on May 22, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    i ve read the article as well as many comments made upon it...n here is wat i ve to say...

    education is not the solution...see u dun need education to make u loyal n sincere to the team..since many v well educated ppl ve created records of corruption, n some totally illiterate ppl r so damn honest n sincere to thier duty n country! if only these players wer sincere to pak n the team..8 of em wudnt ve taken the oath to remove the captain!

    i agreee with one of the comments that imran khan shd step in to pak cricket in some important role..

    dear kamran..i ve always agreed with ur articles accusing the PCB n the management..true...but this tym i must say that "ALL" the blame shdnt b given to the PCB..i ws shocked at this oath thing..n rana naveed proudly accepting that he under performed under younis! terrible! are these our national heroes..ready to underperform n lose matches just to screw the captain? may b the PCB punishments are partly justified!!

  • mystery on May 22, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    This circus will never end unless the adhocracy continues... Bring sincere, learned and technical people at decision making levels and the results will come...

  • Ali on May 22, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    education is the key - make a rule that all players and team officials/management personnel need to have atleast a post-secondary diploma (minimum 14 years education). Those at top need to have MBA. Limit the age of management so that at age of 60 all PCB employees have to retire mandatory while selection committee should all be less than 50.

    Those who were involved in all this nonsense i.e. Rana Naveed need to be banned from cricket for ever - both domestic and international. Inzimam needs to be put in jail. These guys are bringing disrepute to Pakistan.

  • Thomas henry on May 22, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Hi Jahangir, well tried but please keep out of this. The issues are too complex for you to comprehend!

  • My name is Lahore on May 22, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Mate, Pak players are more interested in money than anything else it looks like. I am tired of this infighting it's no more entertaining.Cheers.

  • chand on May 22, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    While I agree with most part,illetracy should have no bearing on playing for a team and representing your country. Wether educated or not love for your coutry is ingrained.If you can't do that you should have no place in the team and have no excuse.

  • shahid on May 22, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I dont agree with Kamran, Donkeys and monkeys and many other animals are not educated, but can be used to do wonderfull things as dictaed/commanded by the master. I agree that they all are absolute ridiculously selfish and pathetic bunch of human beings asked to become a team but the problem is that th emaster(captain) is one of the same and has no real skills to make them a team even if they are uneductaed. apart from a few exemptions the cricketrs have ben some what similar right through out our history but the captains had different abilities and so was the results.i Suggest to get rid of all current players including the new talent and the expereinced and just leave one player out of the current lot who is educted ,skills of leadership and some what clean history and then choose a fresh team from the up coming talent and give them one year to perform while making the current players an example for others not to follow.any body who disagrees should come up with better formulae

  • Shahid on May 22, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Butt is here to stay for 5 years. Him being here is part of a political deal. So there is no hope of a change of guard. Lets beg for a competent cheif exective who can run cricket affairs while Butt can take all the foreign trips. But at the same time there are a few things which should be put in place: 1) Get some proffesionals to design a management/ human relation cum behaviour/language/psycology courses for players while not on national duty. For all those on central contracts it should be binding to take the courses. The course should be running for comming 5 years. 2) There should be a security officer (a professional and clean) should follow the team to all foreign tours.

  • Ahsan Ashfaq on May 22, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    i dnt know what the hell was going on in the last over bowled by saeed ajmal in the semi... its ok if he went for six on the second ball... suddenly moral of ajmal went down... but the strange thing is no support from the captain... nor keeper .. nor fielders... i m nt saying they did it intentionally .. no way its not possibe... but my point is that they will have to improve the standard of theie mind if they are to b successfull at this level..

  • Faizan Shaikh on May 22, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Congratulations to PCB for yet another push towards the wall. Is this called management? Are they even concerned about where they are taking Pakistan Cricket?About the Australia tour, You banned and fined 7 players ok fine. What about the management commity. What about the coach. what about the people who are responsible to keep the team united and put. Instead, they have all been promoted and earning the same if not more and enjoying there tenure here or there. Intekhab Alam should be trialled for disrupting the team and making comments against them in public and even trying to create amongst players which was the basis of such mis happenings. Dont know what is the future of Pakistan Cricket which used to be the heart beat of the nation. Cricket ka khuda Hafiz...:(

  • jahangir on May 22, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    today the pakistani team have bad time so every 1 hats pakistani players its not good my all dears its game it can turn on last ball of the game Our paki player are trying there best for his country i think no play would like to loss match.... bez its there profession. its a great profession for the player to play for there country so they are trying there best i think so..........

  • TARIQ on May 22, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    The result in the T20 world cup could have been different has the PCB choosen the right team. I could not understand why they selected Fawad Alaam and even played him.One one day Razzak didnot blow at all and the other day he opened the blowing attack.It was all mess with the Afaridi capatianing the side.See the field placings throughout the tourmant and see in the last over when Ajamal was being hit for sixes there was no consultation with the blowers and the fielders to break the concentration of Hussy.It was all mess and he was just using the script written in the dressing room.

  • Rizwan Asghar on May 22, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Kamran I must say that people like you and Osman Samiuddin have been doing a fantastic job.

    However, we can ensure the solution of such problems only if you people join hands with other sports media people like Qammar Ahmed, Mirza Iqbal Baig, Yahya Hussaini, Majid Bhatti, Waheed Khan etc. in order to do the aggressive media trial of such culprit, characterless players like Akmal brothers, Shoaib Malik, Abdur Razzak, Misbah-ul-Haq, Salman Butt and culprit officials like Ejaz Butt, Waseem Bari & Yawar Saeed.

    I would further say that now a days media people, who are dealing with politics like Dr. Shahid Masood & Tallat Hussain, are more effective and are giving tough time to polititians.

    On similar lines media people, who are dealing with sports, should do the bold & daring accountability of incompetent PCB officials and corrupt players.

  • Shahid on May 22, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    When Afridi, Kamran, Shoaib Malik, Younus just give their retirements. I'm not sure why Afridi is shouting that much. He is also one of them who let our country down by eating the ball in front of the whole world! We just need fresh blood with some education in the system.

  • khalil on May 22, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    This is a typical example of mismanagement & dis organisation. Every one is involved in some sort of a blame game. PCB is a cricket institution. It should formulate ways & means to control the dis organisation in cricket body itself & other cricketing circles as well. Despite of the haphazardness,Pak has made it to semi finals of all the 3 T20 WC,s played so far. This speak of the sheer talent Pak is having. Pak is the only country,which is pumping this talent into the world cricket at a very young age. How can we expect from them to be well educated at such a young age. This is a useless discussion that they are not educated. Infact there are no rules regulations to channelise & streamline our cricket & this is the job of the PCB.

  • A.A on May 22, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    oh please! these players, younis, malik, yusuf, afridi- who are at the centre of these intrigues, have been playing for such a long time, shouldnt they know what standards are, and for whom they are playing for!

  • Faisal.jaan on May 22, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    On a funnier note: Management of IJAZ BUTT is just like the king (played by Qasim Jalali) in the famous drama serial Ba-adab-ba-mulahiza-hoshyar. His appearance is also exactly the same. hahah:)

  • Faisal.Jaan on May 22, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Dear Kamran bhai: You have written my heart on your blog today. What else one can expect from Shahid Afidi's team than reaching semi final of yet another worldcup (almost a final, for that matter). Compared to it, what is the performance of the team management. 1. Bans on players 2. unproved match-fixing allegations 3. Third-class way of team selection 4. You will find Ijaz-Butt in every tour with his wife. How many board chairmen in the world today this? 5. Selecting captain well after team selction. I'm pretty sure, Pak would have won it, had they not banned Rana Naved, Malik, and others. Pakistan had never found a worse chairman than Ijaz butt. I suggest, 1. Chairman must be changed as soon as possible. WC2011 is approaching. 2. Accountability of board officials must be done asap.

  • KhanH on May 22, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    A dysfunctional country, a corrupt president who appointed an idiot PCB head who in turn appointed more idiots into important management positions in PCB, who has a unit totally mismanaged the team. This circus is not about to end any time soon.

  • asadk on May 22, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Here is the result of seven players who took the oath against Younus. IJAZ BUTT : The worst chairman (maja saja) who has no shame and no respect like Zardari. Afridi: Ball biting brought him shame and he cant even defend 191 runs,wants discipline and senior players out. Maybe he should go out too as a senior. YOUSUF: big time looser as a captain and fighting with malik and got retirement. MISBAH:No performance and ready to retire. MALIK:The biggest lier,no one likes him , cancer and termite new names. Activly involved in bringing team against any new captain so he can become next captain. KAMRAN: Dropped catches and run outs in second test so Yousuf cant get win and he hiimself become next captain. AJMAL: He was disgraced and got smacked 22 runs in semi final and he will remember this forever. My point is these players r jealouse from YK and cant see him as next Imran Khan. This is what all these players got from Allah. YK u r GREAT,GOD BLESS U.

  • Tahir on May 22, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    I am sorry to say we have an unruly collection of players in our cricket team. Now Afridi is counter attcking by saying Intikhab did not perform his role as a coach. How can he when he knows every player has his own mind and mood. Sorry to say we need a strict diciplinarian to control matters both in the dressing room and outside. The culture to take the law in ones hand just because he has a clout, is bigger than the game or is immuned to disciplinary action because of his strong religious affliations is common in our society.

  • oops on May 22, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    kamran sahib, you're on the button. too bad osman samiuddin has lost it. he's now damning all the players for not meeting his 'standards.'

    as to you, apart from your infatuation with yk phase, you've said it like it is. its the management that is to blame. full stop.

    they should never have made shoaib malik or yk or my captains in the first place. they should never have allowed inzi to go crazy with his beard and tableegh nonsense. inzi, shoaib akhtar, moyo and afridi were the true world class players of the past six years or so. someone should have ensured that they developed properly. they were national treasures and should have been treated as such. like maradona in argentina or a zidane in france. do we have a system to do so in the future. i'm afraid not. the umar akmals and mo amers will probably share the same fate as our previous biggies. the handwriting, sad to say, is loud and clear on the wall.

    so i hail you kamran sahib for not imploding like osman samiuddin. congrats

  • Sefal Khan on May 22, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi

    "but how can you expect barely educated, ill-guided young men to behave to top standards?"

    As Umair said these words are not acceptable. These players don't live in Amazon jungles do they? Ask their families they will find your words insulting Kamran. It is the individual (cricketer) here who is an absolute selfish low life Mongral. As Osman Samiuddin said these are "PATHETIC CHARACTERS". These cricketers need to be stoned in public. I am so disappointed from people like Yousuf (my beloved batsman for years) - I cannot explain in words. Is that why he accepted Islam - these are not Islamic teachings. I rather have him as a Christian but a decent person. Now PCB is considering Salman Butt for Captaincy - GOD help us - wasn't Salman there conspiring against Younis? PCB needs to select a fresh set of 15 players and nurture them and get rid of this current selfish and ungrateful lot. They are not doing anything great to warm our hearts anyway.

  • Naeem butt on May 22, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    The problems of management and miscommunication have led the team to be in this crisis. In order for the "circus" to come to an end the problems need to be resolved. There needs to be a plan with the right tools and the right people to step forward and organize the PCB and the team. With the talent, intelligence, integrity and heart in the Pakistani community we have many men that are capable of taking the lead. In order to resolve this chaos the right men should get the job but in every case that does not occur. Why should it be about who you know to take the lead. It should be about the knowledge, commitment, dedication and honesty for a leader to be chosen. I believe that it is up to the president of Pakistan /patron of the PCB to decide if this "circus" should end now or let this continue. MAY GOD BLESS PAKISTAN AND OUR TEAM!!!. As a dedicated cricket fan I would be honored if my comments can make a difference for my country's sake. "MAY GOD BLESS US ALL"

  • Nas on May 22, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    Someone needs to stand-up and wipe this whole political and poor management debacle from PAK.

  • Najib on May 21, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    well first of all I want to know if PCB knew that a video was being taken and PCB have permit it, because if the video has been taken without PCB and/or players consent, it is a lawsuit right there. Secondly, Kamran Akmal had a disastrous series but did a fabulous job in world t20, everyone need to realize that past is the past and let us think of the future and specially world cup next year. And finally, Shahid Afridi need to come up with the best tactic with his best players to be aggressive in batting, bowling and fielding because we do not want yet another disastrous world cup early exit and let go of Afridi just because of that. Umar Gul and Mohammad Amer can lead the bowling attack, followed by Mohammad Asif, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, and Saeed Ajmal, get rid of Misbah and Hafeez, bring in Fawad Alam and Hammad Azam and let them groom before World Cup 2011 and Afridi need to lead from front. Let's take Aussies world cup away from them & take revenge for taking our T20 chances.

  • Rashid on May 21, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Why are you supporting Malik , haven't you seen the video.Not all the players and coach can be wrong.Bring back Younus as a captain for all format of the game.Yousuf to play test for three more years. I think he is fit not fat or anything[you can play longer if you take care yourself].May be Razzak/Aamir/.. as future coach. And you are right to change this administration but that is if we had hope some one better will be replaced by ......[given up].

  • Bazz on May 21, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is a complete joke now. It will take years for them to gain respect again.

    Where other teams kick unruly, spoilt and selfish players out on their backsides, it seems pakistan fosters and encourages it!

    If your players do not support your captain, drop them. End of story. This is a team game, not and ego game.

    Even now, after the bans, the general feeling is not if but WHEN the next embarrassment will happen.

    Anyone who is harmful to the team should not be part of the team, regardless of their skill level. This includes Afridi, perhaps the best and most senior player in the team, but also the biggest cheater. BITE!

  • Saiful Ansari, VA, USA on May 21, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    Indiscipline,disrespect for authority,rebellion constitute the hallmarks of Pakistan. Its survival is mind boggling&may be explained in the uncertainty of our cricket.Kids emulate their family,neighbors,elders,teachers&folks they grow around. Character is formed at an early age. It is extremely hard to modify the nature & personality of kids at or after teenage. Boys in Pakistan are generally raised up as anti-establishment. They aspire to usurp power or be leaders in total disregard to their qualification. To meet this end,they engage in petty conspiracies to topple or discredit any one above them in postion of authority. Every public or private institution is infected by petty politics aimed at bringing down the leaders. This ailment is common among educated & uneducated folks. It is necessary to reform PCB&handover its management to capable Administratrors, Managers&Staff. Every cricketer should understand the rules of employment and violators should be fired without any exception.

  • Shahzad on May 21, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Firts time I impressed by any article of Mr Abbassi. Otherwise, one can clearly conclude that Kamran Abbassi has personal enimity with Muhammad Yousaf. Big mess is chairman of the PCB but the biggest mess is who apoints him. How can you imagine the biggest corrupt person will appoint a competent chairman of a department, never ever.

  • Ashan on May 21, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    We need Imran Khan as the Chairman of PCB. And one of the most important steps to be taken, for GODs sake appoint a manager who already has a reputation. Nothing against Waqar Younis but he wouldn't command respect like, say Chappel. There is too much conspiracy in the whole system now. It will take new men to rectify. Otherwise the drama will become an endless Indian Soap.

  • kashif manzoor on May 21, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Imagine the state of affairs where a "chief selector", coach and captain who are the ultimate responsible for any result are not allowed by a man with an empty head to select their team at will.Despite all the shortcomings I am impressed with waqar and afridi that showed a good fight. I wonder if a sensible man at helm of affairs would have allowed the men to pick the team at will the result could have been a lot better. yes that is past but the worrying thing is that Mr ijaz is still there and in England pakistan might not be able to bear another mess.

  • Salman Qadri on May 21, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    I could've have said it any better.

  • MNIK on May 21, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Amongst many comments, the soundest Lines I believe was from Jilani's last Line "PCB, cricket is just a reflection of the depths we have reached as a nation." No doubt. Top confidential investigation tapes are released to the media. Same way, political tape of Hamid Mir is released to press from unknown source. I am dishearted to read all these news. Where are we heading to. Both Wasim Bari and Ejaz Butt, ex-cricketers had been lifetime public and civil servant. Are they not educated or learned in last 50-60 years that 'What does confidential interview' means. This is in a worst pathetic state, that our cricket and hockey leadership had fallen and gone so Low.

  • Noman Aziz on May 21, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    PCB is reflective of the corrupt govt. that appointed it! This Zardari-nism is killing our cricket. Zardari should hand out similar punishments to PCB officils - but then who's going to punish the master of all masters!

  • lagers on May 21, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Pakistan are still the side to beat esp in one day cricket

  • Fareed Ahmed on May 21, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    This circus will end only when PCB changed it's policies, implement /change processess that do not work or already out performed being used for several years. We should have team of professionals who have accomplished careers not ex cricketers who only performed in the cricket arena , but no other qualifications. Cricketers shoudl noty run the PCb the CEO suppose to be business minded and should not be picked by President of the country why it is only with PCb that theri is no process of hiring qualified individual. We bring Doctors or Ex Military men to run the board FOr God sake it is cricket we need quality team of folks.

    Pakistan cricket should hire people who create higher standards and can implement discipline across the board.

  • Hussain on May 21, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    We have chosen Zardari as the President of our country. Enough said

  • MH Khokhar on May 21, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    In my opinion, PCB management is responsible for all this fuss. Infact touring management is diverting the attention of people by accusing the players. If the top PCB management discipline itself, things will come to normal at lower level. Its amazing, earlier PCB was not willing to give the details of hearing committee. They always were of the view that they would not publish the hearings. Now PCB management is leaking these materials to press. Is it another attempt of PCB bosses to save their own jobs.

  • Adnan Rana on May 21, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    This aint gonna end unless the chief 'Clown' (Mr.ijaz butt including his Brother-In_law Ch.Mukhtar--> Pakistani Federal MInister) get busted and we handover the CIRCUS to a brand new administration and kick our those old retired cricketers who has nothing to invest in this modern era. BTW What options do we have Kamran ? Nada !! i dont see any person who is sincere to cricket here. COrrect me if i am wrong

  • Gauher on May 21, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    the ACSU thinks throwing a match for money is the only definition of match fixing, while I disagree. If any international cricketer deliberately underperforms in any match, then it is tantamount to manipulating the results of a match, and therefore even if financial ends are not the motive it is still matchfixing. all these bozos should be banned for life to set an example, and younger players need to get their head screwed firmly back on their shoulders. people who can't respect their country and the honor of representing 160 Mln people, and who can place their petty issues higher than these values, should be turned out in the cold regardless of talent. we can live without frauds and cheats, at least we should know that the match we're watching is real and not fixed.

  • Dr.IYER on May 21, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Dr the problem here without entering the circus happening lies with upbringing as you pointed out. The lack of formal education and experience of behaviour in public is one more reason. I feel your nation's history do have a point here. The frequent army upheavals and govt instability has got its say in Cricketers too. The change required is more at grass root level. Better option ld be to have a democratic board out of govt control. Atleast the young cricketers have to get formal education before coaching.

  • KK on May 21, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket needs Imran Khan to step in as PCB head and run the show to tame this stupidity. He is better off heading PCB and get Pakistan cricket on track then wasting time in even bigger Pakistan Politics circus.

  • Sarfaraz Khan on May 21, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Solution is simple...Make Shoaib captain of ODI...Afridi captain of T20...Younis captain of tests...and give them players they want . The tenure should be for 1 years. At end of tenure, with their players ,if still there is disunity or no good results...then ask the captain and selected players to retire. This will either make sure team performs well and no disunity exists. Or at end of years it will be proved which players are crap and can be replaced by new blood. And to top it all , if at end of one year all 3 captains fails and there is no substantial improvement , dissolve PCB and make new PCB with new teams and new captains...Keep this going till one fine day we get good management at PCB,...good captain and good committed team

  • pakspin on May 21, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    The management needs to be sacked from top to bottom once and for all.

  • Jawad Haque on May 21, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    I agree with you to some extent. But all in all the whole thing sucks. We are too egositic people by nature. Everyone think he is right. Like right now while writting my comments I am thinking I am right. This egosim hurts when you are in a team or in a professional envoirnment. PCB and players and us people need to seriously understand what professionalism is. How to behave at work and how to go on in our private lives-well dont mix em.

  • Abbas on May 21, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Well said! it is very frustrating to see our team in such a mess over and over again! even a WC win in 09 couldnt solve these issues! PCB has to be managed by business men and not by ex-cricketers as they are uneducated and are not capable of running this organization except for MR. Imran Khan...as long as politicians are involved in PCB politics will run the team and its mgt...the cricket craze in Pk fans is at its lowest and i think it will diminish in few yrs where there will be no more left just like the hockey!

  • dpn on May 21, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    are you nuts? ofcourse buck stops with authority/management. But they did not let players sign autographs with girls etc. so called uneducated players,do you know for sure that everyone in world cricket possess masters and bachelors. This is the very theme which has brought such shame to brilliance of pak cricket. ACCOUNTABILITY. lack of accountability is bringing pak cricket down and it will continue to do so,unless players are held accountable for their actions on the FIELD.

  • Ashfaq Khan on May 21, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I can sum up the whole issue of Pakistan Cricket in a short sentence "GO TO HELL YOU BAFOONS" AND LET US GO ON WITH OUR LIVES.

  • Syed Basit on May 21, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    ...im just so sick of it.

  • Amir Umar on May 21, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    BUTT OUT!

  • Inty on May 21, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    It is a circus which is getting rather boring! The moral degradation at a national level continues and knows no bounds. In other news today, British Pakistani family shot dead! Facebook, Youtube blocked! We are making the news for the entire wrong reasons. Morality, self respect, justice, peace and unity have escaped out national psyche. Every morning as I log on to type 'Pakistan' on Google news my heart pounces 10 times the normal rate! Then again what can you expect when you have thugs and crooks in charge. We are destined for embarassement in the near/medium term at least!

  • Tahir on May 21, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    For Pakistan as long incompetent officials keep running the board, there is no chance for improvement.We need our players and captain be able to communicate wel.We have a clown who is the head of the PCB who can hardly comminicate what do u expect from the players who have hardly been to a college.Is nt it the PCBs responsibility to polish the communication and managment skills of its players if not at least not let them speak in English and use a translator instead and not look stupid.Some players are in the team for a decade and their communication skills are shocking,other then Salam Butt every player even Afraidi too, when ever they r asked a question they ve no idea what has been asked.If a player looks a potential leader at least he should be trained in Public speech and Managment skills, but can how u expect this from the PCB coz its Chairman is there because he is relative to defence Defence Minister for PCB who cares make hay while the sun shnines.

  • loveable_black_stallion on May 21, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    hello everyone just want to say few words afridi u might be a ball basher but u cant we all have seen u in the 20 world cup n calling names to other is not rite too u say disipline well man go and check the dictionary u have to practice before u teach we all saw u on the screen biting the ball well my friend u need change big time

  • SADIQUE AKHTAR on May 21, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Main problem is Mr.Izaz Butt.Izaz Butt is step down in our post.

  • N Khan on May 21, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    government mismanaged circus democracy mismanaged circus education system mismanaged circus electricity/gas/water (lack of it) mismanaged circus Poverty mismanaged circus crime and justice mismanaged circus health and well being mismanaged circus ... ... ... cricket mismanaged circus....it's at the bottom of the list alongside hockey. :)

  • Mohammed Iqba on May 21, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Its time Ejaz Butt & Co to resgin respectivley and bring in some youth into the PCB admin.

  • illi on May 21, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Kamran Sahab, for the first time I am really impressed by the whole article, great work.. & May Allah give wisdom and vision to all the stake holders

  • jilani on May 21, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Sad shameful and disgusting.

    As I lead large project teams for work, I cannot stress how important tone at the top is. Most efficient teams suffer if the message, commitment, empowerment are comprimised. Lack of confidence in your staff is the best way to create an abundance of underperformers.

    Why is it that we are blaming Younis, Yousuf and even Shoaib in the context of the last two years when these folks have been around for over a decade?

    Let us point as to what changed recently. Not the two Yo Yos or Sohaib.

    It the tone at the top. I do not have any hope. This team will suffer just like everything else is suffering in Pakistan.

    PCB, cricket is just a reflection of the depths we have reached as a nation.

    Sad but true

    God help us!!!

  • Sami on May 21, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    I totally agree with you. But I bet you few months down the road, the "barely educated, ill-guided" people of Pakistan will be chanting for Shoaib Malik's inclusion in the team again regardless of whether this management stays or goes. Anyways, the bottom-line is, it will never end. I see no light at the end of the tunnel now. Welcome to Pakistan!!! I guess.

  • Umair on May 21, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    "but how can you expect barely educated, ill-guided young men to behave to top standards?"

    these words are really not acceptable Mr Kamran Abbasi... atleast learn to respect people just not go on rumours...otherwise good article.

  • Farhan on May 21, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    When will this circus end? Never.. considering the way Pak cricket has always been run. Only during Imran Khan's brief reign did things run 'normally' or 'smoothly'.. but then returned to the normal chaotic and school-boyish ways. All due to a single reason: total disdain of merit both in the appointment of the management, and selection of the team. That's a sure recipe for disaster and a total disaster is what we have at our hands now, with no reprieve in sight.

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  • Farhan on May 21, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    When will this circus end? Never.. considering the way Pak cricket has always been run. Only during Imran Khan's brief reign did things run 'normally' or 'smoothly'.. but then returned to the normal chaotic and school-boyish ways. All due to a single reason: total disdain of merit both in the appointment of the management, and selection of the team. That's a sure recipe for disaster and a total disaster is what we have at our hands now, with no reprieve in sight.

  • Umair on May 21, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    "but how can you expect barely educated, ill-guided young men to behave to top standards?"

    these words are really not acceptable Mr Kamran Abbasi... atleast learn to respect people just not go on rumours...otherwise good article.

  • Sami on May 21, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    I totally agree with you. But I bet you few months down the road, the "barely educated, ill-guided" people of Pakistan will be chanting for Shoaib Malik's inclusion in the team again regardless of whether this management stays or goes. Anyways, the bottom-line is, it will never end. I see no light at the end of the tunnel now. Welcome to Pakistan!!! I guess.

  • jilani on May 21, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Sad shameful and disgusting.

    As I lead large project teams for work, I cannot stress how important tone at the top is. Most efficient teams suffer if the message, commitment, empowerment are comprimised. Lack of confidence in your staff is the best way to create an abundance of underperformers.

    Why is it that we are blaming Younis, Yousuf and even Shoaib in the context of the last two years when these folks have been around for over a decade?

    Let us point as to what changed recently. Not the two Yo Yos or Sohaib.

    It the tone at the top. I do not have any hope. This team will suffer just like everything else is suffering in Pakistan.

    PCB, cricket is just a reflection of the depths we have reached as a nation.

    Sad but true

    God help us!!!

  • illi on May 21, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Kamran Sahab, for the first time I am really impressed by the whole article, great work.. & May Allah give wisdom and vision to all the stake holders

  • Mohammed Iqba on May 21, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Its time Ejaz Butt & Co to resgin respectivley and bring in some youth into the PCB admin.

  • N Khan on May 21, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    government mismanaged circus democracy mismanaged circus education system mismanaged circus electricity/gas/water (lack of it) mismanaged circus Poverty mismanaged circus crime and justice mismanaged circus health and well being mismanaged circus ... ... ... cricket mismanaged circus....it's at the bottom of the list alongside hockey. :)

  • SADIQUE AKHTAR on May 21, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Main problem is Mr.Izaz Butt.Izaz Butt is step down in our post.

  • loveable_black_stallion on May 21, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    hello everyone just want to say few words afridi u might be a ball basher but u cant we all have seen u in the 20 world cup n calling names to other is not rite too u say disipline well man go and check the dictionary u have to practice before u teach we all saw u on the screen biting the ball well my friend u need change big time

  • Tahir on May 21, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    For Pakistan as long incompetent officials keep running the board, there is no chance for improvement.We need our players and captain be able to communicate wel.We have a clown who is the head of the PCB who can hardly comminicate what do u expect from the players who have hardly been to a college.Is nt it the PCBs responsibility to polish the communication and managment skills of its players if not at least not let them speak in English and use a translator instead and not look stupid.Some players are in the team for a decade and their communication skills are shocking,other then Salam Butt every player even Afraidi too, when ever they r asked a question they ve no idea what has been asked.If a player looks a potential leader at least he should be trained in Public speech and Managment skills, but can how u expect this from the PCB coz its Chairman is there because he is relative to defence Defence Minister for PCB who cares make hay while the sun shnines.