Politics June 3, 2010

No reward for dignity

Pakistan cricket has its last chance to get its house in order before a tough summer of cricket against Australia and England
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Younis Khan seeks justice but in Pakistan cricket there is no reward for dignity © AFP

Pakistan cricket has its last chance to get its house in order before a tough summer of cricket against Australia and England. The Asia Cup might be considered a distraction but it is also another shot at gathering momentum and resurrecting some damaged careers.

Shahid Afridi has put all bans behind him by claiming the national captaincy in all formats, a mighty responsibility. In the absence of viable alternatives, Afridi is the best choice. He is a leader rather than a tactician, and requires a more creative mind to cajole him through those confusing moments in the middle of an international match.

He could turn to his new vice-captain, Salman Butt, although their coupling is virgin. He might consider the repentant sinner that is Shoaib Malik, although their past entanglements suggest otherwise. The same would apply to Shoaib Akhtar, pardoned and toned up for action. What about Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, or Mohammad Asif? All sinners too, now forgiven.

Indeed, the PCB has suddenly swapped its jackboot for a velvet glove. Nobody really expected otherwise, even though the routine on this occasion has been even more brazen than usual. Rana Naved-ul Hasan, a player who admitted underperforming on duty for his country, is fortunate that the PCB has lost all notion of justice. Despite some encouraging selections for the Asia Cup, does anybody still respect this cricket administration?

Now only two wounded beasts remain in the wilderness. Mohammad Yousuf perhaps prefers the wilderness? He still has runs in him at Test level but his decision about a return, dependent on the advice of elders, seems unclear and opportunistic. He is too great a batsman to squander his talent with this dithering.

Meanwhile, Younis Khan would welcome a return to international cricket but he will not do it with a compromise. Why should a World Cup winning captain agree to pay a fine when he isn't guilty, especially when he is the victim of a conspiracy? Paying a fine is an admission of guilt, and Younis has too much pride to sell his soul. It is rare for a modern Pakistan cricketer to make a stand on principle. It is even rarer for the current cricket board to admit it has made a mistake. It should. Afridi requires a wise counsel and the summer of Tests requires a middle-order batsman with an average of over 50.

Younis seeks justice but in Pakistan cricket there is no reward for dignity.

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  • sohel on July 8, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    you call it dignity ...maybe but there is a lot of arrogance in that man along with a lot of talent and in many cases they go hand in hand like Imran Khan etc bu no one is above the country and i know there are players who would grovel to play for there country let alone apologize.

  • medrar on June 30, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Younis Khan is a Test batsman, most consistent in test scoring at Avg of 65 for last 4 years, but got only 5 test innings in last 15 months. He gets charged up after every good test innings and then do good in ODI. Good test performance resulted in avg of 54 at strike rate of 97 for 2008. If u play the rubbish in test and ignorhim u will louse a star test and sensible ODI batsman.

  • eba on June 29, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    BRING BACK MOYO, just watch d worst series againgst aussy n new zealand, MOYO was d only player who performed well, india wanted sachin 4 asia cup but sachin didnt go, MOYO 2 yrs younger then sachin wanted to go but PCB didnt take him if d chief devil shoaib malik n consistent controversial shoaib akhtar can b brought back y not MOYO remember my words=MOYO is the best batsman with tremendous technic/exp/ patience required to play in the swinging english tour,there was miandad,then inzi n if not MOYO then no batsman can bat in england with big scores n has d ability to take the team to victory by his batting, if MOYO is not taken to england tour at the end we all will regret not taking him, n plzz avoid all d bullshit lies of MOYO taking oath on quran n other off d field fake issues MOYO IS MOST NEEDED now, cuz pakistan in last 10 yrs has not devoloped any middle order batsman except umar akmal who has d technique to play all 3 formats

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 25, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    But experience requires in condition like England. Inject youngsters but don't forget the experienced campaigners.

  • dps on June 23, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    dear kamran

    what has happened with onmedica

  • Noor on June 21, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Javed Miandad is moaning the selectors have not picked Younis Khan ans Sami, and thought the selectors should have picked these experience players. I have a question for Miandad, What have the experience players contributed to Pak team in the last 12 months? The YK,Sami and Yousuf failed miserably for Pak along with other experience players. Sami 1 match wonder (Aust v Pak Sydney). The time is right for the Pak selectors to show foresight and go for young breed.

  • ahsan on June 19, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Glad Pakistan lost.

    Can;t stand them.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on June 16, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Both Pakistan & Srilanka played well in the opening match of Asia Cup. After a good comeback from Shoaib Akhtar & a batting collapse Afridi got it going with a fighting knock. Unfortunately Pakistan could not finish. Malinga ran through the tail to end Pakistan's hope of winning the match. Both youngsters Shahzaib & Umar Amin on debut went AWOL. They struggled against some very good & precise attack of the SL Bowlers. The runouts of the Akmal brothers did not help. Shoaib Malik did nothing to justify his inclusion and struggled like the debutantes.

  • waterbuffalo on June 11, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Dignity? Let me point out two things, his performance in the 2007 WC where poor Bob Woolmer died, his, resigning the captaincy and acting like a clown on the field, his dropped catches at slip, he is a flat pitch bully , like Matthew Hayden of Australia, he is nothing special, and he behaves like a teenage girl, crying about this and that, Yousuf is ten times the batsman that Younis is, and ten times the man that Younis is. Dropping Yousuf is akin to the aussies dropping Greg Chappell or the English dropping Geoff Boycott, how can you drop the best batsman Pakistan has had since Inzy? The guy who broke Viv Richards' record? I hope Pakistan loses 2-0 to the Aussies and 4-0 to England. You get what you deserve.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on June 10, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Ambition is virtous if it can be kept under check. Allowed to run in a disorderly manner it becomes greed & can be a catlyst to implode the organization or team from with in. The controversies of the last several months may have weakened the Pak team, but if the players & management can put their differences behind, out of fissure & fracture will emerge a stronger unit united like no other to overcome & dismantle any opposition that is thrown at them on the playing field. Resolve & application are important contributing factors leading upto, victory in the face of defeat, or going down gracefully & fighting all the way. Waqar & Afridi can improve the dressing room enviroment & stem in the team the confidence to play at the highest level & win matches. Both warriors can bring the team together & mold it in to a potent combination to play cricket to the teams fascinating potential.

  • sohel on July 8, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    you call it dignity ...maybe but there is a lot of arrogance in that man along with a lot of talent and in many cases they go hand in hand like Imran Khan etc bu no one is above the country and i know there are players who would grovel to play for there country let alone apologize.

  • medrar on June 30, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Younis Khan is a Test batsman, most consistent in test scoring at Avg of 65 for last 4 years, but got only 5 test innings in last 15 months. He gets charged up after every good test innings and then do good in ODI. Good test performance resulted in avg of 54 at strike rate of 97 for 2008. If u play the rubbish in test and ignorhim u will louse a star test and sensible ODI batsman.

  • eba on June 29, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    BRING BACK MOYO, just watch d worst series againgst aussy n new zealand, MOYO was d only player who performed well, india wanted sachin 4 asia cup but sachin didnt go, MOYO 2 yrs younger then sachin wanted to go but PCB didnt take him if d chief devil shoaib malik n consistent controversial shoaib akhtar can b brought back y not MOYO remember my words=MOYO is the best batsman with tremendous technic/exp/ patience required to play in the swinging english tour,there was miandad,then inzi n if not MOYO then no batsman can bat in england with big scores n has d ability to take the team to victory by his batting, if MOYO is not taken to england tour at the end we all will regret not taking him, n plzz avoid all d bullshit lies of MOYO taking oath on quran n other off d field fake issues MOYO IS MOST NEEDED now, cuz pakistan in last 10 yrs has not devoloped any middle order batsman except umar akmal who has d technique to play all 3 formats

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 25, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    But experience requires in condition like England. Inject youngsters but don't forget the experienced campaigners.

  • dps on June 23, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    dear kamran

    what has happened with onmedica

  • Noor on June 21, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Javed Miandad is moaning the selectors have not picked Younis Khan ans Sami, and thought the selectors should have picked these experience players. I have a question for Miandad, What have the experience players contributed to Pak team in the last 12 months? The YK,Sami and Yousuf failed miserably for Pak along with other experience players. Sami 1 match wonder (Aust v Pak Sydney). The time is right for the Pak selectors to show foresight and go for young breed.

  • ahsan on June 19, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Glad Pakistan lost.

    Can;t stand them.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on June 16, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Both Pakistan & Srilanka played well in the opening match of Asia Cup. After a good comeback from Shoaib Akhtar & a batting collapse Afridi got it going with a fighting knock. Unfortunately Pakistan could not finish. Malinga ran through the tail to end Pakistan's hope of winning the match. Both youngsters Shahzaib & Umar Amin on debut went AWOL. They struggled against some very good & precise attack of the SL Bowlers. The runouts of the Akmal brothers did not help. Shoaib Malik did nothing to justify his inclusion and struggled like the debutantes.

  • waterbuffalo on June 11, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Dignity? Let me point out two things, his performance in the 2007 WC where poor Bob Woolmer died, his, resigning the captaincy and acting like a clown on the field, his dropped catches at slip, he is a flat pitch bully , like Matthew Hayden of Australia, he is nothing special, and he behaves like a teenage girl, crying about this and that, Yousuf is ten times the batsman that Younis is, and ten times the man that Younis is. Dropping Yousuf is akin to the aussies dropping Greg Chappell or the English dropping Geoff Boycott, how can you drop the best batsman Pakistan has had since Inzy? The guy who broke Viv Richards' record? I hope Pakistan loses 2-0 to the Aussies and 4-0 to England. You get what you deserve.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on June 10, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Ambition is virtous if it can be kept under check. Allowed to run in a disorderly manner it becomes greed & can be a catlyst to implode the organization or team from with in. The controversies of the last several months may have weakened the Pak team, but if the players & management can put their differences behind, out of fissure & fracture will emerge a stronger unit united like no other to overcome & dismantle any opposition that is thrown at them on the playing field. Resolve & application are important contributing factors leading upto, victory in the face of defeat, or going down gracefully & fighting all the way. Waqar & Afridi can improve the dressing room enviroment & stem in the team the confidence to play at the highest level & win matches. Both warriors can bring the team together & mold it in to a potent combination to play cricket to the teams fascinating potential.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on June 10, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Asia Cup is knocking at the door. I reckon the hosts & India are joint favorites to win. Pak may have an outside chance and BD could be a surprise if they win. But it will be fair to comment that all these 4 teams have many similarities. Neither of the side has batsmen who feel comfortable in playing against the best bowlers on bouncy wicket. Their fielding has much to be desired. Though improved their pace attack can't compare to that of NZ, Aussie or Eng. Through competition one Champion will emerge. But wining or losing Asia Cup will prepare neither of these four teams to challenge the best the teams - Aussies, Eng or SA for Tests & ODI matches. These great sides have dominated the Asians everywhere, even on the Asian soil. The Asian sides have struggled on most tours of SA, ENG, Australia & even NZ. The quality of a great side lies in its ability to adjust to foreign conditions & play at the top level. Asian cricketers should play club cricket overseas to perform better on tours.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on June 10, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    YK had played cricket for many years & can't pretend not to know the character & ambition of his team mates. He was the VC of the team under INZI. Thrown in the fray to skipper the side in India, while INZY was side lined, YK exhibited a lack of tact to rally the players under him. Every time the PCB gave him the opportunity, he did not stand up to his opposition. On the contrary, YK stood down a multiple times. YK was no Captaincy material & thrust with the burden of this weight his batting performance floudered. I tend to agree with many bloggers that both YK & MOYO are past their prime. I also agree with WAQAR, who has openly sought the induction of younger players in the side. The selection of Shoaib Akhter for Asia Cup came as a surprise. He was plagued by injuries, mood swings, & discipilinary issues which led him to play less & make headlines more, even in his younger days. At 35 for a speed merchant, SA is old. He may be more mature, but his body is subject to break down too.

  • Adeel on June 10, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Birds of feather flock together. Carpe diem Shoaib Malik, the Pcb Management is just like you. As for Younis Khan: Men with dignity are not welcome here!

  • Noor on June 9, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    The following players should not play for Pakistan. Younis Khan: Past his best, no point having him on the team, Pakistan want more than 7, 10 or 15 runs from him. Shobib Atkar: A liabilty Pak cant afford on tours. Apart from being injury prone and pulling out at a crucial stage of a tour he is a trouble maker who is more in tune to the night life than the day cricket. Kamran Akmal: Was never a WK or ever be one, big risk playing him in test, every time he drops a catch that a potential 50-100 runs given away, better to include a mediocre batsman/Wk than risk slippery hands of Akmal. Danish Kaniera: Not worth a bowler that take 5 wicktes for 150 runs. Too expensive as a bowler, batsman friendly bowler and his bowling give the batsman a chance to settle in and score easy runs, Ajmal a better choice.

    Crazy Pak selectors are making the same mistakes by picking a losing squad. Never learn,and that why Pak cricket is in a shamble.

  • anyfella on June 9, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Perhaps this PCB's strategy to grab the headlines once again.

  • ozi mail on June 9, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Well, this site is becomming a malik bashing site for a while now. can anyone specifically surface what mr. malik had done different to any other pakistani player to survive the political environment of pak cricket. feel free to mention one name through out the history of this country's cricket. politics in sports, religion in politics and no political understanding in religion.

  • farouk azam on June 8, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    i must say, S.Malik may not be a great person (i don't know him), but i think he's been a assit to Pakistan. one bad tour does not make you a bad player. i think we may have to resign that on paper Pakistan has the Best team in all formats, BUT we may never see them fulfill this promise. all we can hope for is that from time to time they will show their brilliance. when they do they are the best team in world cricket. unfortunatley they do not show this often enough.

  • Irfan on June 8, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Something interesting struck me and I want to share it here. It is that after all these bans are overturned, penalties cut in half, easy payment plans provided. Will these players be able to share the same dressing room? Will they be able to set aside their differences? Players who swore to under perform to bring down a captain. Will they be able to play alongside that same person? More or less the same management who exhibited doubts about their keeper's ability and surmised him to be working for his own personal financial gains, will they be able to face each other and pretend that it never happened. Knowing human nature the answers to all of the above is a resounding no! It will never happen. So Pak fans hold on to your hats as this crisis will only deepen. I just hope that it doesn’t infect young minds that are going along. The true measure of this crisis will become evident when all the key characters get together – and this whole thing will comes alive all over again.

  • Yousuf Zaman on June 8, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    HISTORY Part 2 :Do not forget the mutiny by blue eyed boys against Miandad leadership. Did any one punished or condemn Intikhab for disclosing one players disease and openly discussing confidential interview of that player in public. Another blue eye was Youis Ahmec ,Who went to play cricket in South Africe not "Just for Money" He dumped our national pride as well. At that time South Africa was banned for international sports due their racial/apartheid policies. Still He managed to play for Pakistan. No punishment or ban on infamous arrest of our three super duper stars in Caribbean. Mr Abbasi is there a journalist brave enough to write about them and at least condemn their actions. If not then let the circus run. Show must go on.

  • sherry usa on June 8, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    I believe that shoaib malik, yawar, ijaz butt and akmal brothers are th emain cause in pcb. Younis khan is the best captain pak ever produced after imran khan. I dont understand why pcb is unfair with yousuf and younis. Malik is full of politics and that is yousuf and younis that are the match winners in the main tournaments. There are many people that wont agree with me but I strongly believe that Yousuf should be in T20. The reason is cleared if test player like collingwood, stupid hussey, mahela can play t20 why cant yousuf? Ijaz butt should apologize yousuf and give him chance in t20. On the other side afridi is a god captain but he does not know how to use quality player like razzaq. Razzaq should bat at one down position but afridi has no sense of humor.

  • CricketLover23 on June 8, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran Abbasi, I have a humble advice for you / request to you, please don't waste your and our time writing in favor of Younis Khan. This is true that he is a straight Bat player but there is no use of it if he does not has sense. As per my 35 year practical experience of playing cricket; Younis Khan was the main problem of Pakistan team,s fall during last decade; who used to disturb/disable (with his nonsense batting) the other set batsmen like Mohammed Yousif and Inzi. This is good for Pakistan team that the he is no more in the team. Dear Mr. Kamran Abbasi, If you are a true cricket lover and sincere to promote cricket in the world then you should write on that why a club level cricket player like Salman Butt is still in the Pakistan Team and has become a Voice Captain as well and where such a Great World Class Players like Imran Nazir and Mohammed Yousuf gone???, who have millions of fans awaiting for them to see in action again.

  • saqib khan on June 8, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    yousuf started conspiracy against younis khan.he took oth from the players according to rana naved so yousuf's ban is justified also he didnot want to be dropped or rested from any match even against zimbabwe or bangladesh.whenever he was rested by shoaib or younis he made that his ego problem.on the other hand younisodi performance is pathetic for more than 3 years he dont deserve to be in odi team but in test cricket he is the best no 3 batsman.he should be in test team only

  • F Syed on June 8, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    Why Shoaib Malick THE CULPRIT is in the team? Shame on you Ejaz Butt. But let me tell Mr. Shoaib Malik that we dont respect you! You are sinner who betrayed against the Captain! Shame on you too!

  • Nauman Rupani on June 7, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Has anyone given a thought on the rough treatment that Fawad Alam has been getting. You bat him at #8, you dont let him bowl, he puts his heart in the field and then he gets dropped. You picked him ahead of Shahzaib & Imran Farhat & the other new kids b/c you thought he was better and now you drop him w/o providing any chances to shine. Hafeez batted in top-order and bowled 4 *EXPENSIVE* overs almost every game during the T20 WC. I am fairly sure Fawad would have easily matched his economy in bowling and I can bet that he would have atleast twice better batting average than Hafeez if given that many chances. I think Fawad is a smart cricketer, a very effective accumulator. He can be an asset as opener or 1-down in ODI's where he can drop anchor and play long steady knocks. Add to it that he is a left-handed batsman, such a rarity in current selection pool. He is not a 5-ball 20-run scorer at #8, I wonder why the selectors, coaches & captain cant understand that.

  • Mahmood Khan on June 7, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Well Said. there is no place for dignity in Pakistani cricket (just like any other matter) The man CAUGHT and CONVICTED of cheating atleast tiwce (damaging the pitch, damaging the ball) and witnessed in awe and bringing shame to fans is LEADING the team. Need we say more. What a disgrace to our unfortunate nation.

  • SZA on June 7, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Since the start of 2009 younis apperead in 24 innings made 487 runs, faced 799 balls, his average for the period is 20(pathetic) strike rate 60 (miserable)

    Now we will look into the stats of younis for the two popular series where players took oath against younis In champions trophy younis made 53 runs in 3 innings with the average of 17 and strike rate of 56. In UAE series he made 22 in 3 innings average of 7 and strike rate 39, I like to state that in this series pakistans number 11 saeed ajmal scored more runs with bertter average and strike rate, when compared with younis

  • DareDevil on June 7, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Funny people !!! why do you guys waste time in discussing abt the future of pakistan cricket ?? its always going to be a mess unless the current set of administrators and some players like akthar, malik, afridi, kamran brothers are thrown away or made to retire. PCB always makes a fool of itself and the country. Ijaz Butt, Sir Tussi Great Ho. What a man? Full of comedies. This guy must have been a clown in his previous birth. He is following the same trend in this birth. Pakistan cricket's a mess because of its wonderful and faithful players along with the so called administrators. Nobody cares anymore abt wats happening to pakistan cricket cause all know that its just some kinda comedy play that goes on and on ... thanks a ton for the wonderful comedies in the name of stratergies or punishments for misbehaviours ...

  • SAIF on June 7, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    I HATE SHOAIB MALIK HE IS USELESS GOOD FOR NOTHING BUT MAY BE SHOAIB WILL REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO PLAY THE ASIA CUP BECAUSE HE WAS OUT SINCE LONG TIME BUT MALIK IS JUST BORING AN A USELESS CRICKETER HE ONLY PLAYS FOR HIM SELF MORE YOUNGSTERS SHOULD PLAY IN THE SID AND WAQAR IS THE BEST COACH PLZ PAK DO WIN THE ASIA CUP GOOD LUCK

  • nazir khan on June 6, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Accourding to my cricketing knowlege i will adice the pakistani president to remove ijaz butt and baned shoiab malik forever from playing cricket even from domistic cricket then things will become nomal other if these two there then there is no hope bec one is no nothing about cricket and is not a nationalist niether he is good enghop to play for pakistan. his bad influnce is destroying other good cricketer like kamaran akaml and umar akmal. plzzzzzzzzzzzzz remove shoib malik then you will be proud of your decission. thankx

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on June 6, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Wellsaid Mr. Abbasi, No reward for dignity. Absolutely honest of this current fiasco. Back to square one and after all this mess, no concrete outcome only the loss and nothing has been gained in all this happening. One thing which has come out that every cricket lover is laughing on this bizzare situation. Adminstrator is there, cricketer is there, guilty is there, punisher is there, but honesty is not there. YK has been very very honest and after all this we really appreciate his honesty. He is the one who clarified that there is a dirty politics in Pak cricket which is now obvious. If you do not have a good administrator there could be another repeat but let them forget whether administrator or cricket and put behind all this and play like gentleman which is cricket. Series afer series are there and if all these guys want to put fame only playing honest cricket will give them another chance to forget all this thing otherwise they will have a tough time.

  • Yousuf Zaman on June 6, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    HISTORY: The Role Models as presented by Media ,The Cricket journalist ,and even PCB office bearers were all rule breakers. The Top Role Model is Cricinfo's favorite Imran Khan ,Who came as a safarishi batting allrounder, later became the first genuine Pakistani fast bowler,but never publicly acknowledged the help/guidance and Reverse swing art learned Sarfraz. ,Soon after joined Outlaw Kerry pecker circus for money ,dumping the national interests Came back staged the greatest mutinies in Pak Cricket .Declaring himself unfit was his privilege.When ,Sikander Bakht fighting the lone war Sarfraz was sent back as unfit but Glamor boy was still there, all over in media ,Bollywood parties and social gatherings. but unfit to play. Such type of rule breakers were always and even now appreciated.Qasim Umer ,Dalpat, Tasleem ,there is a long list of talent wasted or destroyed due some ones ego only. The top Safarshi Intikhab never qualifies to be in any national side. The List is long.....

  • nazimali on June 6, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    As long as Malik is in the side, I will cease to watch any games, this guy is a weed, he has ruined the unity and image of Pakistan cricket. How he can be forgiven and included in the team is beyond me..he has had too many chances and is a one dimentional player. I will continue to watch pak play once he has finally been kicked out. Pakistan cricket team and its shambles mirrors the pathetic state the country is in. Corrupt politicians and adminstrators have bled the country dry and have made it a war torn no go area...its a shame for the REAL PEOPLE of Pakistan.. they have been tarnised through no fault of their own

  • AF on June 6, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Being a non-Paki but an admirer of cricket, I have always enjoyed Pak cricket when handled by a competent captain and PCB management. The current board is like the present govt in Pakistan, extremely corrupt but still running the country and there is nothing helpless people can do except be a witness to its destruction at all levels. How long will this last? Cricket in Pak, like its political structure, needs a complete overhaul, not just tweaking. Pak is full of latent, I have travelled inside Pakistan seen raw talent that finds no encouragement and opportunities to come up. In fact I have seen more talent in pak than anywhere else in the world. Unless something is done and country is rid of bad politicians, I am afraid, it is going to destroy the whole political and social structure in Pak. Hockey once used to be Pak's pride, and now??? Do the corrupt politicians want the same to happen with the cricket too? IF PCB is run by professionals, Pak team will again become the best team.

  • Muhammad Haseeb on June 6, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    As a normal cricket follower, I knew what was going to happen with the bans of these players. Alas, the sports writers were so ignorant of this.

  • Ali Vaqar Khan on June 6, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Affridi should have been appointed captain for all formats long time ago. He is aggressive approach which suites captaincy, not defensive approach of Mohammad Yosaf. Shoaib Malik should have been the deputy of Affridi. He is a better test player, proven by his record and performance. All great ex-players incorrect in thier statement regarding about Affridi. They should think before uttering any thing from thier mouth.

    As a professional it is duty of cricketers to co-exist with each other and play for team rather than individual pride. Again it is PCB who has to create example of how matters runned in a professional way.

    Rana Naveed in no away deserves any sort of selection. As there many players who can play better than him. His performances have been mediocker even if it his recent performance.

  • Rashid on June 6, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Did anyone think to hire a neurologist and by the way PCB's chief and board members should go to mental hospital or admit that they banned Younus and Yousuf for no good reason.Only punk they needed to ban was Shoib Malik.

  • Asif on June 6, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    The Pcb should stick with Afridi as captain atleast till the WC 2011.Now since younus is free to play people want younus to be the captain again even though he was not able to control his team players and many of them revolted against him.Since Afridi has unified the team and can get the best out of his team mates he should be given a long run as the great Imran suggested.As for the detractors of Afridi like Amir Sohail,Zaheer Abbas,Sadiq,wasim akram and others my suggestion to them is that they should look @ the real facts before making any silly comments.Here under r few facts which will be hard to digest.Salman butt 29 matches,average 30,Malik 29 matches average 35,Amir Sohail 47 matches 35 average,Ramiz Raja 51 matches 31 average,sadiq Mohd 41 matches,average 35 wheras Afridi 26 matches 37 average and an average of 44 in the last 12 tests.So I don't understand the logic of our ex greats that Afridi is not good enough for tests.If Afridi is not good for tests than why he is averaging 44 in his last 12 tests.The problem with our ex greats is that they think playing aggressive cricket is a crime.Sadiq says afridi knows only to hit in the air.Amir and zaheer think his technique is faulty and wasim akram says he will not make in to the test side neither as batsman nor as a bowler.It is ironical that Salman butt and malik are no better than afridi but they r considered good for tests. Amir Sohail,Ramiz and Sadiq went on to play much more matches than afridi eventhough their performance was no better than afridi.The pcb has already wasted 4 yrs of Afridi by listening to these ex greats and now finally the pcb has made the right decision of appointing afridi as the captain they should also back him and give him a long run and I am sure Afridi will not only come good with his own performance but will also produce much better results than other captains.

  • Adil8 on June 6, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    Younis Khan deserves respect for being an honest and patriotic person and he was banned and opposed by people who are neither honest nor patriotic!! Yawar Saeed made up all this to remove Younis From Captaincy but he is still our manager!! Such a Shame!!

  • kasnaw on June 5, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    What I don't understand is that some players were guilty of taking an oath against a captain..that means they vowed to underperform and sabotage Younis....How can they be let off..if this were another country such players would have been thrown out permanently.. and the captain who was sabotaged was punished..this is a joke..but nowadays what isn't..

  • haseeb on June 5, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    u r right in one sense bt nt in other malik was also forced to leave the captaincy bt he showed his class he is a great allrounder and deserves to b in the team

  • asad on June 5, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    The idiocy that characterise the PCB has gone from a curiousity to a sick joke.After imposing bans and fines of varying degree on the certain players for discipline and who knows what else,suddenly backtracks and overturns everything.What is even more amazing was evidence,showing that certain players deliberately underperformed and conspired to bring down the captain are now in the good books of the PCB.I feel sorry for Mohammed Yousuf,his only fault was being a bad captain tactically in Australia.And because of that the PCB banned him indefinitely,which led to retirement from international cricket.While trouble makers like Shoaib Malik who couldn't bat his way out of a under 15 match is welcome back.

  • Sharad Saxena on June 5, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    What a joke...PCB......Anyway the world was expecting this from Pakistan...They punish and then remove it conveniently....Last 30 odd years is prime example of this...Heck they even tried to convince Dubai to overturn its ban on asif ...thinking it normal....Hey i got news...Its normal only in Pakistan...making a promise and going back on it conveniently

  • Muhammad Haseeb on June 5, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Now the ban on younis has been lifted as expected. PCB is making fun of itself in front of whole world. Lets hope this time around younis will overcome his arrogant behaviour.

  • Saeed on June 5, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Keep crying Pak cricket fans. Why we are so innocent. A simple fact is that chief patron of PCB is most corrupt person and whole world knows about him. The chairman is appointed by this thief and this chariman who has no shame or dignity but the fats in his skull not the brain. Why Pak team lost the winning games? Don’t we understand why this shameless leader of Pakistan will let these kind of opportunity pass through and not make money on his own team? Why all of these players are pardon? Because it was just a drama to calm down the situation PCB was facing after Australia tour. What you see is same faces again because these players or jokers were protected by the board and the chief patron of PCB. WHAT A SHAME. These people could sell anything for money.

  • Amjad Shehzad on June 5, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    I really surprised and feeling ashamed of the decision made by PCB Chairman regarding lifting the ban on Shoaib Malik and incuding him once again in Asia Cup squad. This clearly means that Shoaib Malik has deep roots in the politics in cricke that penetrates in national politics too. PCB Chairman culd not resist the political pressure and he has, hence, put the national team and the game on stake. How raised Malik will be feeling, that we may see in the future tours of Pakistan team. I can predict that, he will be the captain of Pakistani Team in very near future. The "think tanks" should seriously think of saving the cricket in Pakistan. I am afraid, if it is not done, people of Pakistan will stop watching cricket in Pakistan.

  • max on June 5, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Hi I am a cricket fan.I know the pakistan team from my school days of 90's.But now i dont find the quality in batting or bowling.Last recognised persons that i rely on is yousuf and younis.I didnt find any star performers after them.i dont have much belief in longer formats of game in Afridi,For Pakistan to compete at highest level,PCB needs services of yousuf and younis.No Doubt over it,especially in Overseas condition,It's a pity there are no players i find to fill in shoes of Anwar,Inzy,Imran.But No qn pak players need to transform themselves.

    I dont want to comment on their quality or characters.

    But Be Good and Do Good

  • Abrar on June 5, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Younis has only made more fans. Its Pakistani's like Younis who make us proud, its Pakistani's like Younis who are keeping the country going.

  • Muhammad Haseeb on June 5, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Dont Worry. Ban on all the players including younas khan will be lifted soon. The ban on Yonas could have been lifted along with Malik, had his lawyers not behaved like a spoiled child. What about the current form of Yonas Khan? Right from Sri Lankan tour to recently concluded ODI series in Austrlia, his form is pathetic.

  • Ali Vaqar Khan on June 5, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    This move really shows that our cricket team lacks great depth. Atleast Mohammad Yosaf deserves to be called in test team. Sadly he is very badly disgraced by PCB. This big hypocracy by PCB by calling banned players. This move of PCB should never have been repeated. If PCB had made this decision then they should have stuck to it. If PCB is really indiscplined then how come you expect players and management to be displined. PCB first needs to sort its business first before poking nose in the matters of others.

    Bring Shoaib Akthar was a drastic move. So bringing Shoaib Malik was drastic move too. Oh! God when PCB will wake up realize that it has ruined our team. Hammad Azam should have selected for Asia cup and tour of England, sadly he did not feature in t20 world cup game. Its not nice way to humiliate such talented performer of U19 world cup. He has potential to be great performer and great allrounder. PCB is in sorry state by making selection with out using thier brains.

  • ashfaq on June 5, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Butt is a disgrace to Pakistan cricket and he should be removed immediately. Mohsin Khan seems to be a puppet and should resign honorably like Iqbal Qasim Yawar Saeed is a politician and he should try his career in politics Malik and Akmals should be dropped from the team (especially Malik) Yousaf and Younis should be back with Younis as a test captain Afridi could stay as a T20 and ODI captain

  • ali on June 5, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Hats off to our innocent nation, for my writer dignity alone is no justification to secure a place in Pakistan cricket team. After few sentimental statements how easily we forgot that Mr. younis was dropped from the side due to his poor performance and not for his poor captaining. He came back on Australia tour solely after the backing and requests of Yousuf, (Sadly selection was done on yousuf request despite younis poor performance in domestic, where he scored 24 in 6 innings with an average of four) Even in Australian tour he has done nothing to admire, about Oath to underperform in UAE and champions trophy, amazingly Mr. younis has performed worse that the players who allegedly took oath, he has done nothing in batting and i can not forget he missed an easy catch of Elliot which cost us match. For my writer Please don’t make him Mr. cricket specially in ODI,s.

  • Sampath on June 5, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    I don't want to comment on who is right. All I can say as an impartial cricket fan is Pakistan lost a really wonderful captain in Younis Khan. Though he was a reluctant captain, he can always be seen on the field as active, dynamic, astute tactician. More a captaincy material than any of the other jokers like Shoaib Malik, Yousuf and Afridi. With right team, he would have emerged as one of the smartest captains around. Yet another opportunity missed for Pak cricket.

  • Tony Opatha on June 5, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    What a corrupt PCB administration. A world cup wining captain who was "pushed" aside with current cricket management "blessing" and then "banned" and then the administration assumes that the world, the Pakistan public, and the Pakistan political establishment will look the other way when they say we never banned him - an outright lie. I think Younis, the recepient of 2010 Pride of Performance Medal for his cricket achievements for his country, should sue this PCB administration, and while the legal process takes its course in Pakistan, he shoukd plan on making it a fantastic summer of cricket playing for Surrey, accumulating tons of runs in all forms of cricket, maybe even against Pakistan if Surrey plays against them. He was the #1 batsman for Pakistan when Pakistan last toured England, and what a disaster this administration can create.

  • Farrukh Arif on June 5, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Younis...Still i think was the best choice to captain Pakistan. Not for the world cup winning feat but due to his silent braveness on the field. With Afridi though much tougher and aggressive the Younis or any other player in Pakistan, but that is the open secret which may benefit the opponent teams. They will always know Afridi's game plan and that is attack and attack. But that is not the successful thing on every occasion. And that is what Younis had a secrecy in his attack. Remember the Champions trophy 2009 match Pak vs. Australia. Younis silent aggression made even the greatest captain in the history of cricket to bite his nails who went on to say "we have played the final"...I think if Afridi can learn this from his Pathan brother...he may become one of the greatest captain of Pakistan history.....Good Luck Pakistan!!

  • Danish Ahmed on June 5, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    I just cant believe they bring shoaib malik back after such heavy issues against him. There is no doubt younis has been a great patriot. they did huge mistake by dropping Younis and Fawad Alam what a silly board we have. even an ameature would have picked both of them for these series.

    I strongly oppose inclusion of Shoaib malik.

  • noor on June 4, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Why so much clamour? for Yousuf and Younis, these are failed players it would have made sense to have included new and untried players instead of this silly merry-go- round nusical chair. The whole cricket set up in Pakistan stink.

  • amit on June 4, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    stop overacting younis .. its you who started all the fights by deliberately talking bad about others players averages

  • Shuaib on June 4, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    I can just pray that this matter gets sorted out soon and wish that for once, PCB gets its decision right. Younis doesn't deserve all this. And in current circumstances, Pakistan team needs him badly!!!! BRING YOUNIS BACK!!!

  • InMyLife on June 4, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Whilst they're at it, why don't they recall Salim Malik as well? Pakistan cricket is the laughing stock of cricket. Players who deliberately underperform, or conspered should never be picked again. If we need to start from scratch, so what? If we are the whipping boys for a few years, so what? As long as that team goes and gives it all and fights to the end, the opposition - I'll accept that. There is no disgrace in defeat - but there is in the manner of it. If the PCB were honourable men, they would resign - I suspect that there's more of a chance of Darrell Hair applying for a Pakistani nationality than that happening.

  • mashood yunus on June 4, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    TO: Hammad Alvi Dear brother - so who was YK's group then. how come, he quietly went away in november sighting losing control over players, yet he didn't give any media news about any player to any media organization. uptil last week, when he mentioned shoaib malik, he stayed quite to not malign anyone's name. True that his form is down, but with fans like yourself, it is not a surprise that our country is in a mess. Let YK disapper thru the right channels for not performing on field, but not for standing up for justice, not maligning anyone's name and being focused on what he should do as a cricketer

  • AM on June 4, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Although I preferred Younus as captain, compared to his other contemporaries, his biggest mistake was to first walk away from this responsibility and then publicly declare an interest in becoming the Pakistan Captain while Shoaib Malik was in charge. This I believe was the root cause of all this bad blood between Younus Khan and Malik. Before becoming Captain, Shoaib Malik was considered a team player even though he was neither a prolific batsman nor a bowler of much merit. However it was wrong on the part of Malik to take his personal anger at Younus to such a level that it caused serious harm to Pakistan cricket. For this Malik deserved severe punishment. But the politics of Pakistan in all spheres of life are such that more than the sinner being punished for his transgressions, the personal pride of people of the parties involved is considered more important. For this reason, at the workplace, it is not unusual for both the transgressor as well as the victim to both be punished.

  • nasir raza dar on June 4, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    There is saying in Urdu"like soul, like angles" so the type of incompetent, less than mediocre, corrupt people are sitting at the helm of the affairs every where in all over the country ,the selection of their cronies like Malik, Akmal brothers & in some extent AAmir(deliberately droping Ponting) who ditched country for their personal goals gone unpunished is reflection of these corrupt people.SHAME on BUTT who refuse to send YOUNIS to Australia saying He did`nt play competitive cricket after Dubai how can justify selection of corrupt person like Malik who after Australian tour was just hanging around Ms Mirza & Ms Aayisha. SHAME ON YOU BUTT & Co, including SELECTION COMMITTEE.

  • Hammad Alvi on June 4, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    You have conveniently ignored the fact that Younus Khan as a player is finished, whereas the so called sinners can still play and win matches for Pakistan. It is very convenient to blame a few characters in the team for all the troubles but the fact is that there were two or three groups in the team who were pulling each others leg.

  • Irfan on June 4, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    If there was a glimmer of hope that principals will prevail over anarchy, for once cronyism could be defeated. Well that has been snuffed out by the selection of both Shoaibs. It's a blow to the cricket of this country which will be felt not only in the near future but it's shadows will haunt for the times to come. Both of them of are proven black characters. Forget their cricketing abiliy I am not concerned about that but their negative approach can malign the English trip and I am quite sure it will. All the young players know now that they can do whatever they feel like and that they WILL get away with it. Then there are characters like Younis and Yousuf. They are on the other end of the rainbow. Especially Younis, Proud and clean he stands, head and shoulders above the current lot of riffraff we call Pak cricket team. It's important to note that he hasn't given in nor shall he until he gets some justice. But he should know better. In the current set up he isn't going to get it

  • Abbas on June 4, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Nice article Kamran and I always admire the way you support Younis Khan because he stands for his principles and his rights. What we need as a people is to protest against his removal, his ban, his fine. PCB needs to apologize and restore his pride. He should have been supported in the first instance. Rather than protesting against FB and Youtube bans, this is what we all Pakistanis have to do - if you must protest then do it for the right cause, for our World cup winning caption - for a genuine cause! Afridi surely needs Younis' advice and his bat to overcome England and Australia.

  • pkiguana on June 4, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    As I said earlier...PCB is like a Japanese game show where nobody knows whats going on.

  • reez on June 4, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    it just breaks ur heart when u see a termite like malik in the squad n a player like younas fighting for justice

  • yasir khan on June 4, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    good piece of work abbasi, sadly though all our comments are unheard by the pcb. Let me tell you one thing like in the past malik will give one ok performance out of 20 and he will be hailed by everyone. I say nothing matters now malik regardless of what he does should be thrown out he is a menace

  • nasir raza dar on June 4, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Mr Abbasi when looters & incompetent people like....are at the helm of affairs at every nook & corner of the country then what to ask for justice from them. Did any body ask from BUTT that who is pressurizing him to let the culprit like Malik go because everybody knows in senate committee that the MNA from Sialkot who`s name is in Human trafficking case is the person but nobody dare because everybody is corrupt & incompetent in the business today wether it is a Politician,player like Malik, Rana & Co or people like Butt, Bari, Yawar Saeed etc.All the culprits from Malik to Akmals got pardon from corrupt people but the person who was victim of the conspiracy theory did`nt get the justice from a JUSTICE, The reason is he is not compromising as corrupts want & there is no corrupt person of high profile at his back. I salute to this true PATHAN who is standing against all odds like a mountain just because he is on truth. SHAME ON YOU BUTT & Co the cricketing world is laughing at you.

  • Ali Ahmed on June 4, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Its strange Kamran bhai that you will only see this infighting, backstabbing and ridiculous board decisions in Pakistan cricket and not in any other team, if it exists in other teams they do a very good job of letting it remain inside their closed doors. It is my personal opinion that Afridi did not accept this position for the love of his country but because he realized that Salman Butt was a strong contender for the test/odi captaincy specially with his strong showing in the recent W20/20, meaning that down the road Butt might take over in 20/20 as well if he succeeds in other formats as captain. Where was the love when Pakistan team needed Mr Afridi in Australia while he was making money in the Australian 20/20 league, oops taking a break. It was very evident during the recent W20/20 that Mr Afridi did not have the creativity needed when critical decisions needed to be made, example persisting with Hafeez and that last over to when Ajmal wen Razzaq would have been the wiser choice

  • Wasim on June 4, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Dignity! what dignity? PCB and dignity do not go togather. PCB consist of a bunch of useless indivuduals headed by one of the most shameless person (Ijaz Butt) in the history of Pakistan. This person would sell his country/soul to achieve his personal (monetary) objectives. No wonder why he pardoned the ones (Shoaib Malik, Rana Naved, Akmals to mention few) who have already sold their souls/country for the sake of their personal agendas.

    But the sad thing is that PCB is just a small tip of an iceberg what Pakistan is all about, other wise people of Pakistan would have never let this happen to an innocent man like Yunis Khan.

  • Arif on June 4, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    I think, getting rid of the black sheep group (Shaoib Malik, Akmal brothers, Imran Nazir) will hurt Pak cricket for a while but it will be good for the future. And, it will be great if Abdul Razzaque and Shaoib Akhtar retire from all formats of international cricket.

  • kamran on June 4, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Thank You!

  • Shahid on June 4, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    But isn't it how every organisation, government, aspect of this society is being run. Why do you expect cricket to be different.

  • Hamid on June 4, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Kamran bahi! very well said i salute the pride younis have shown: Younis bahi keep ur self strong on your commitment we as a cricket lovers are behind you. no doubt you are great player and you will be a great player and Leader. wish to see u soon joining Imran bahi party. Best of Luck for your life and future If you would have wife like shoaib may be Ijaz butt would at this age got attracted and give u a chance also ! Shame on you Ijaz butt, Wasim bari and even Javed bahi who is working with such people for money onlyyyyyyyyy.

  • Mohammad Asad on June 4, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA.....

    PCB management is really a joke..... Actually they want to keep problem; never want to get rid of............ Again Malik & Akhter...why ??? they are problem creater..Malik will spoil the team spirit & morale by his nasty / dirty politics And Akhter: very hard to control this guy from discipline point of view......35 yrs. old fast bowler !! ha ha ha... Younis is a man of dignity ... no doubt about it.. Bunch of jokers in Pak management has spoiled the career of a great batsman like Yousuf.... We want to see some new talents in Pak squad and keep confidence on Afridi's leadership..... Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!

  • Saif Ahmed on June 4, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    It shows the true face of our society. What dignity are talking about! We failed as a society, as a country and as a nation. I don't see anything good happening there, as long as we continue to look the otherway and raise no voice against injustice. I am amzed how the chief selector Mohsin Khan accepted all this when he potrays himself as the most honest, honourable person in the media. The only way to stop this administration is to come out in the open and tell the truth but he and others chose to remain silent. I wonder why????

  • nain tara on June 4, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Its all so sad....why should a player with dignity be treated that way.Really it hurts my heart , and people as pathetic as Shoaib Malik are being forgiven...then I think we can see the standard of this board.I think no player is as patriotic as Younis Khan and people of Pakistan wants to see him in action.So the government and the cricket board should respect its people and get younis khan in the team with dignity.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 4, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    The one guy who probably should return is the one guy who they probably won't let return. Such a topsy-turvy world, embodied beautifully by the PCB.

  • aman on June 4, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    things r not looking promising for pakistan, all the black sheeps who have various issues came back to the team, lets see how afridi tackles them, it looks like a last series of afridi to me as shoaib malik will again start conspiracy

  • Mustafa Khan on June 4, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Amazing summary of Dignity and Pride of Yousuf/Younis versus PCBs Stupidity in banning of several STAR players for no reasons. Reading the summary note tells , How low are the PCBs Executives, that they now recognize their mis judgement within few weeks of stupid act they did by banning Yousuf and Younus. Mohammad Yousuf is no doubt a great player besides being a wonderful person. His talent is a solid batsman is still required by Pakistani Nation for few more years. And Mr. younus Khan, you are Natiions Pride. Do not back down in front of the PCB stooges.

  • fayaz on June 4, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Mother of all ills is PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. It is high time for Pakistan president, who also is the patron of PCB to intervene and remove Butt and clear the mess in country's cricket. There should be no place for Maliks, underperforms Navids and match fixers.

  • Amar Zaidi on June 4, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Chairman PCB Mr. Butt has done more damage to Pakistan Cricket in his tenure then the history of Pakistan Cricket. Mr. Butt has no vision and no knowledge of administration. His only agenda is to do favors to his friends. If anyone has underperformed in last few years is Mr. Butt. With due respect unless he is changed no matter what happens he will find a way to damage Pakistan Cricket again. In my opinion he is the one who should be banned from Pakistan cricket.

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 4, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    A total managerial disaster nothing else!

  • JAY on June 4, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Wonderful & True. I think Shoaib Malik has been rewarded for his marriage to Sania Mirza!!! hahaha!!! Quite Strange but it's true. Younis Khan is surely the man with dignity, found rarely nowadays, not only in Pakistan Cricket but cricket anywhere in the world. He deserves his place back with dignity.

  • Dissapointed on June 4, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Shame on you Ejaz Butt & on your puppeteers.....

  • Sadi on June 4, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Hi, I was shocked to see malik and akhtar back in the side. Malik as most of the people they were saying. he is trouble maker and he is not sincere, he play politics and it harm the team, the PCB and its chairperson is a joker and as the chairperson was saying, someone (politician I guess or mafia) was asking him to restore Malik, So he was selected in the team, without playing any match. I am surprise to see akhtar back in the side also, he is no more, he have many issues in the past. see Australia they remove symonds for discipline issues, No Compromise the Team performance is above experience. Here in Pakistan, they look for experience player, if he is out of form, what you will do with his experience, there should be justice. Irfan should be better than Shoib (trouble makers). I wish Pakistan Team Best of luck.

  • Himayun Mirza on June 4, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Do younus and Yusuf have a mediocre average? Not they do not. Do they have the history of nasty behavior in the field in front of the whole world? No they do not. That means they do not belong to the Paksitan team! Misbah was the only post graduate in the team I am glad that he has been purged as well. Pakistani team should represent what Pakistan is today. Afridi and Malik fit like a gem in the ring in this respect.

    Himayun Mirza USA

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on June 4, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Assalamoalikum!You, me and many others have been crying out loud in these blogs for some sense, rule of law, justice, equality. But as we have seen in Pakistan (including the baghal bacha PCB), pawa rules. I am still lost and cant believe in this absolute pathetic decision by PCB. Yousuf weighs heavy than all PCB and the current team on the other side of the scale. He made 1788 runs in 2006 with nine consecutive centuries, just at that time he was de-capitated. The first blunder was not to take him in T20 squad. This is bullshit that a player of his class is not suitable for T20. He has in him runs at all level. look how the ruling elite made him a zero from hero progressively.The Ruling Elite is not leaving any stone un-turned in kicking the graves of Quaid and Iqbal who saved their a----Kami bhai this is ZULM, and I promise you it wont last for ever. Its just normal in a country where a Criminal president can wave off the Punishments of corrupt ministers.La vive revolucion. Peace

  • Fayyaz Qadir, MD on June 4, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    We should bring Younis Back even if it means we have to overturn the whole worthless cricket board, rather evil cricket board. The adminstration instead of admiting failures to manage punished players. Failure to hold inquiry in publib is huge. If judges r guilty of punishing the players without evidence they should loose thier jobs so should teh whole board. Younis Khan outweighs them all.

  • nasim khan on June 4, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I feel very sad to see this situation of pakistan cricket, in my view players are to be blamed certainly, but also Ijaz butt is more responsible for all these things of banning the players and letting them after they threaten to take the PCB to court, specially shoeb akhtar, who in my personal view as spoiled the pakistan criket, he only loves having limelight and night clubs, if he has very little from glen magrath in respect of discipline he would have been a world class bowler, although with a suspect bowling action

  • Bakhtiar27 on June 4, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    very well written Kamran. Yes, I agree that in pakistan cricket there is no justice for players who will stand up for the right things. I remember back in 2007 when Yousuf scored tons of runs, everyone was hailing yousuf. Also, just a year back Younus won the t20 world cup for pakistan and look what is happening to him now. The truth is that PCB don't give the respect to players that they deserve. PCB needs to remember that there is no cricket board without the players. The sad thing about Pakistan in general is that whoever has the power tries to show others what they can do. I want younus back in the team. He is one player whom I like to watch on the field. He is one player who puts a smile on Pakistan cricket lovers. He is the one player who always gives his 100% and plays the game in right spirit. I don't want to talk much about yousuf. He is a great player, and there is no doubt about that. One thing that I don't like about yousuf is that he doesn't stand by his words.

  • MALIK ABDULLAH on June 4, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    well good luck for pak cricket - i would say bring all new faces then see how we will have talent like u.akmal m.amir- with this kind of talent we can be a best side of the world - but i dont know when politics will end in pcb - good luck pak for asia cup and eng series

  • Eddy on June 4, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    DIGNITY!! what is that word!! We Pakistanis have torn this page on which this word was on dictionaries, we don’t respect our self then how we can even think others to do so!! No captain will stay long enough coz PCB hides themselves behind the playing team, YK needed support from the board at the time when team was going against him, and all this fuss would have ended by itself. Unless captain is not supported by the board we might see rebellions again and again in the shape of Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal.

    Shoaib Malik doesn’t deserve to be in a test squad. I wish I could write all the abuse for all those Pakistani cricketers who have snatched our interest from following Pak cricket.

    YK & MY we wish to see you both soon, please for the sake of your fans don’t retire and drag the board to hell were we can see them burning, your message to board via courts might give something to the followers of EVIL.

  • rohit khanna on June 4, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Ban them and unban them....For ages world has watched PCB do this again and again and again...and now no one takes any of them seriously....thats why world is not ready to take PCbs word that its safe to tour Pakistan becos the world thinks well these guys cannot be trusted to stick to their words...and sadly in a way this just reconfirms the image of Pakistan and PCB in eyes of world.

  • Mamoon on June 4, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    I dont know why there is so much fuss of Younis not being in asia cip squad. I think considering his recent one day form before the ban, this has been a well thought idea. If you look at his 10 ODI innings he had scores of 18,15,0,19,3,46,0,12,6 & 3. In his last captaining days not only there was a conspiracy against him but also his own batting form was helping much. He needs more time at the crease to get his touch back. You will definetly see him back for england series where cuople of warm up matches and tests will be ideal rather than going straight into odi where the lack of match practice wont serve any good. As far as politics of PCB goes , I think the less we care the better it is. Lets hope we can get atleast one good middle order batsman from these new comers in asia cup.

  • Naeem on June 4, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Nation respects Younis Khan for what he has done. PCB has ruined the best opportunity Pakistan cricket got in the captaincy of younis Khan. I dont think there is a better captain in the international cricket than Younis. Afridi is the best choice from the current lot but there is no comparison between him and younis in terms of captaincy. Shame on PCB and Ejaz Butt.

  • Haseeb - Kuwait on June 4, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    I don't understand why Shoaib Malik was chosen after a disastrous new Zealand and Australia tour ? Malik didn't give any performance on these tours.

    Treating stars like Younis and Yousaf is not a healthy sign of PCB. PCB never learn from their mistakes and can someone please provide them a proper chairman to lead?

  • Rizwan Bukhari on June 4, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    PCB is more like a circus than a sporting board, with bunch of jokers all over, from top to bottom. Alas, everyone else is laughing, except Pakistan cricket fan, who would want to see their team win...

  • Gohar on June 4, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Well, the only thing which younus has done wrong.. is compairing himself with Imran Khan. You need to be very strong to become the great Khan. You need to very strong instead of running out of responsiblity if Players are against you.

  • Mohammad Ali on June 4, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Younus Khan & Mohammad Yusuf are backbone and pillar of the Pakistan team. No team without them can challenge India, Sri Lanka and Australia etc. Both are the run matchine and national heroes. But PCB is ignoring these two Ys. They will have to pay heavy price for that. PCB team should be dissolved and brought good cricketing minds & loyal persons. PCB should apologize and say sorry to these great batsmen for insult of not picking them in the side. These batsmen should fine Ijaz butt 80% and Mohsin Khan 70% of their earnings. Why only players are being fined?

  • waseem baig on June 4, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Leaving Younis out the way he was for the Asia Cup smacks of bias. If he were considered important by the stake holders he could have been offered a Shoaib Malik like pardon.

    As for the team selected, I will not comment on the new faces rather the old ones. Has Shoaib Akhter been given a chance to retire gracefully irrespective of performance in the Asia Cup? He has always been good at his paciest best and at 35 unfortunately has neither the pace nor developed much guile to survive in international cricket. Shoaib Malik is said to be included after much persuasion from quarters other than cricketing. I ask, if that is the real case, why did not the powers that be spill the beans and resign? He or for that matter any player should first and foremost be in beacause of their ability to deliver when it matters most. Abdul Razzaq appeared a spent force in the T20 World Cup. Is he too given this opportunity to say farewell?

  • Ketan Mayecha on June 4, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    The pakistani administrators walk in without dignity, operate without dignity and are ultimately booted out without dignity. I think the way the players are selected by the selectors in the same breath the selectors and administrators also should be selected by the players association only in which every player rfom the 1st class level should have a vote. The fun will then begin with the "top drawer empty" people scurring after the players for their votes !!!!!!

  • Haider Mahmud on June 4, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Rana Naveed never actually admitted to un-performing. He did admit being part of the politics though until realization.

  • omar hussain on June 4, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    I don't know what to say of the current developments in Pakistan cricket except that without discipline and adherment to it no individual or nation can succeed; when you throw your own discipline in the dustbin your dignity automatically follows.Believe me Pakistan has abundance of natural talent but it is clear that like in our police and law 'mukka-muk' is also prevailing in PCB.Hence the villians are in instead od deserving young talents like Fawad Alam and Younis.Ps.be sure to print this Kamran.I gather you were not happy with my comments last.

  • khalil on June 4, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    By revoking ban & fines of players,PCB has set a wrong precedence. PCB has lost credibility & its adm needs to be dissolved. Mr Butt has acknowledged that there was much political pressure in doing so. It means the decisions of PCB are politically motivated & has nothing to do with promotion/protection of cricket. If YK & Yousaf are also reinstated then we are back to square one. Why all this fuss was creaated if you are not capable enough to sustain political pressures ? There was no need for holding an inquiry if you are going to back out from the punishments in light of its findings. If PCB cannot enforce the punishments because of the so called political pressure then how credible it,s organisation is ? But the most important thing is that what message you are giving to the international cricket community ? Think over it.

  • Rashid on June 4, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Kamran Bhai, Injustice was done to Yousuf and Younus, we never respect the great players that came to play for us.I lost hope about many more things than cricket, It just tell you some thing about our characteristic.Deny it or accept it this is a sad truth that is hard to digest.

  • dr salman on June 4, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    The only strange thing in this mess is the guilty being given less punishment (only to be reverted just in 3 months) and the innocent (presumably) being given a more severe punishment disregarding all his achievements. Younis khan is a formidable n dependable middle order test batsman and so in yousuf (who is pissed off on PCBs callous attitude)..we need them for england tour..this pak team is a young lot...inexperienced n lack the guile required in test cricket..no one not even umer akmal has proven that he can occupy the crease for some good 3 to 4 hrs at the least agaisnt class acts like aus n eng..(he did it against NZ but not aus)..all ve bin playing t20 n one day etc..test is a whole different ball game!

    so if at all we wanna stand ne chance in eng tour..we HAVE TO HAVE younis n yousuf in side..i dun expect afridi to bat for even one session !!

  • Masaood Yunus on June 4, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Well said Kamran. Pakistan need warriors like Younis Khan and not bozos like Malik and others who are more interested in politics than a job that they are actually paid for ! Its amazing that PCB punished someone for committing no offense, and even admit it ! Collateral damage perhaps. Hats off to Younis Khan for standing up on principles. Go Younis Khan !

  • Zainab Khan (Sydney) on June 3, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    We can only hope for the better of Pakistan's cricket - although it's fair to say Afridi is only captain because of the state of turmoil which the team/nation is in - I agree for that reason only he is the best choice. Otherwise, in all honesty he dosen't deserve it.

    Let's hope the Afridi and Butt pair works well - and let's hope previous sinners in the team don't turn back on the leaders.

    We need solid performances in upcoming tournament else the team will just go down in the forever down hill with no light at the end of the tunnel - and for the public, well they deserve some good performance, and no politics.

    PCB well no comments needed about them - enough said : Pathetic !

    Good luck Pakistan

  • noor on June 3, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Another recipe for disaster. Pakistan's cricket management never ceases to amaze me. This the Asia Cup, a short tournament but cant imagine if the same mob tours England, it would be like dynamite. Malik a unpopular player, Akhtar a habitual problems on tours. I think the Pak management deliberately picked this lot because they hoping for trouble in England.

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  • noor on June 3, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Another recipe for disaster. Pakistan's cricket management never ceases to amaze me. This the Asia Cup, a short tournament but cant imagine if the same mob tours England, it would be like dynamite. Malik a unpopular player, Akhtar a habitual problems on tours. I think the Pak management deliberately picked this lot because they hoping for trouble in England.

  • Zainab Khan (Sydney) on June 3, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    We can only hope for the better of Pakistan's cricket - although it's fair to say Afridi is only captain because of the state of turmoil which the team/nation is in - I agree for that reason only he is the best choice. Otherwise, in all honesty he dosen't deserve it.

    Let's hope the Afridi and Butt pair works well - and let's hope previous sinners in the team don't turn back on the leaders.

    We need solid performances in upcoming tournament else the team will just go down in the forever down hill with no light at the end of the tunnel - and for the public, well they deserve some good performance, and no politics.

    PCB well no comments needed about them - enough said : Pathetic !

    Good luck Pakistan

  • Masaood Yunus on June 4, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Well said Kamran. Pakistan need warriors like Younis Khan and not bozos like Malik and others who are more interested in politics than a job that they are actually paid for ! Its amazing that PCB punished someone for committing no offense, and even admit it ! Collateral damage perhaps. Hats off to Younis Khan for standing up on principles. Go Younis Khan !

  • dr salman on June 4, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    The only strange thing in this mess is the guilty being given less punishment (only to be reverted just in 3 months) and the innocent (presumably) being given a more severe punishment disregarding all his achievements. Younis khan is a formidable n dependable middle order test batsman and so in yousuf (who is pissed off on PCBs callous attitude)..we need them for england tour..this pak team is a young lot...inexperienced n lack the guile required in test cricket..no one not even umer akmal has proven that he can occupy the crease for some good 3 to 4 hrs at the least agaisnt class acts like aus n eng..(he did it against NZ but not aus)..all ve bin playing t20 n one day etc..test is a whole different ball game!

    so if at all we wanna stand ne chance in eng tour..we HAVE TO HAVE younis n yousuf in side..i dun expect afridi to bat for even one session !!

  • Rashid on June 4, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Kamran Bhai, Injustice was done to Yousuf and Younus, we never respect the great players that came to play for us.I lost hope about many more things than cricket, It just tell you some thing about our characteristic.Deny it or accept it this is a sad truth that is hard to digest.

  • khalil on June 4, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    By revoking ban & fines of players,PCB has set a wrong precedence. PCB has lost credibility & its adm needs to be dissolved. Mr Butt has acknowledged that there was much political pressure in doing so. It means the decisions of PCB are politically motivated & has nothing to do with promotion/protection of cricket. If YK & Yousaf are also reinstated then we are back to square one. Why all this fuss was creaated if you are not capable enough to sustain political pressures ? There was no need for holding an inquiry if you are going to back out from the punishments in light of its findings. If PCB cannot enforce the punishments because of the so called political pressure then how credible it,s organisation is ? But the most important thing is that what message you are giving to the international cricket community ? Think over it.

  • omar hussain on June 4, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    I don't know what to say of the current developments in Pakistan cricket except that without discipline and adherment to it no individual or nation can succeed; when you throw your own discipline in the dustbin your dignity automatically follows.Believe me Pakistan has abundance of natural talent but it is clear that like in our police and law 'mukka-muk' is also prevailing in PCB.Hence the villians are in instead od deserving young talents like Fawad Alam and Younis.Ps.be sure to print this Kamran.I gather you were not happy with my comments last.

  • Haider Mahmud on June 4, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Rana Naveed never actually admitted to un-performing. He did admit being part of the politics though until realization.

  • Ketan Mayecha on June 4, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    The pakistani administrators walk in without dignity, operate without dignity and are ultimately booted out without dignity. I think the way the players are selected by the selectors in the same breath the selectors and administrators also should be selected by the players association only in which every player rfom the 1st class level should have a vote. The fun will then begin with the "top drawer empty" people scurring after the players for their votes !!!!!!

  • waseem baig on June 4, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Leaving Younis out the way he was for the Asia Cup smacks of bias. If he were considered important by the stake holders he could have been offered a Shoaib Malik like pardon.

    As for the team selected, I will not comment on the new faces rather the old ones. Has Shoaib Akhter been given a chance to retire gracefully irrespective of performance in the Asia Cup? He has always been good at his paciest best and at 35 unfortunately has neither the pace nor developed much guile to survive in international cricket. Shoaib Malik is said to be included after much persuasion from quarters other than cricketing. I ask, if that is the real case, why did not the powers that be spill the beans and resign? He or for that matter any player should first and foremost be in beacause of their ability to deliver when it matters most. Abdul Razzaq appeared a spent force in the T20 World Cup. Is he too given this opportunity to say farewell?