2010: Summer of Pakistan September 2, 2010

A judicious withdrawal

Now they have been left out
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The three won't be playing any further part on the England tour © Getty Images

Now they have been left out. Ijaz Butt rushed out a statement that Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, and Mohammad Amir will not be suspended unless they are proven guilty. I believe he was wrong and the decision to withdraw them from the limited-overs series is the correct one. The last week has been such a traumatic one for Pakistan cricket that there are many compelling reasons for the decision.

The central question that any administrator, player, or supporter has to answer is what is best for Pakistan cricket? Is it a show of defiance that refuses to agree to any sanction against Pakistan's players using the age-old right of innocence until proven guilty? Or is it a firm stance against any misconduct or corruption in the name of Pakistan cricket? It has to be the latter and here are my reasons:

1 The spectre of match-fixing and spot-fixing has never left Pakistan cricket. The Qayyum inquiry of a decade ago was a compromise, an exercise in punishing some offenders but fearful of damaging the prospects of the national team. The compromise failed. Pakistan cricket declined since the end of the 1990s. The players who were fined but not banned have struggled to shake the odour of misconduct. Their ongoing association with Pakistan cricket is an easy target for conspiracy theorists every time a controversy arises. Importantly, the match-fixing scandal didn't end with the Qayyum inquiry but limped on.

2 The two most important lessons from the Qayyum inquiry are that no player should be above the law, and that clear, decisive judgements and action are required.

3 In these circumstances when your players and country are being accused it is understandable that many people automatically leap to the defence of their countrymen who are under suspicion. It is right to seek and ensure justice for your fellows but not at the expense of achieving the correct judgement. The PCB should be guardians of Pakistan cricket and its integrity and not blind advocates of the players.

4 As such, the PCB's prime motivation should be to get at the truth of what has happened. While there might not be sufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution to succeed under British jurisprudence there is clearly a case to answer for some of Pakistan's players based on this week's revelations. Anybody who cares for Pakistan cricket will want to know whether players have sold their team, their fans, and their country.

5 While answers are sought it makes sense to withdraw the concerned players from the touring party. This does not mean that they are guilty but it is best for them to be withdrawn from the media spotlight at this moment. International cricket is a tough enough arena without having to cope with such damaging allegations. The PCB should even consider sending out a whole new touring party and management not involved in the England Test series to underline its commitment to the integrity of the sport.

6 Sport is of no value without spectators, and unless spectators can trust that they are viewing a fair contest they will walk away. The greatest damage done by this scandal is the potential insult to paying spectators. The limited overs series now has a chance of succeeding and rebuilding everybody's confidence in the integrity of these encounters.

7 Corruption in sport is not new. Pakistan is not the only country to be tainted by match-fixing accusations, it is a scandal that affects all cricket-playing nations. But that argument should not be used as a pretext to avoid putting your own house in order. Match-fixing is an international issue and if it is in Pakistan cricket then everything that can be done to eradicate this monster from its realm must be done.

8 It would be much better for any of the players to return to international cricket with their names cleared rather than play on under a cloud. Even a player who has committed a less serious offence will find it easier to be rehabilitated once any charge has been properly addressed and any punishment served. For players who may have fixed the outcome of matches, the punishment should be life bans. Less serious offences can carry alternative punishments under the ICC code.

9 The PCB has shown it is quick to hand out bans and fines without even a proper explanation of why. Hence it seems ironic that Mr Butt was so quick to rule out any sanction on this occasion and has invoked the cry of 'innocent until proven guilty' whereas on the last occasion the verdict was 'guilty until proven innocent.' Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, in particular, have suffered as a result. Here we have legitimate cause for concern, if not punishment, which is why a judicious withdrawal of the players is entirely justifiable and feasible.

10 I don't believe the tour should be stopped but the stench of corruption must be removed from it. This might be harsh on a group of Pakistan players who turn out to be innocent but their withdrawal, without any acceptance of guilt at this stage, is best for the integrity of Pakistan cricket and the spirit of the game. The PCB needs to make decisions on the basis of building a strong, clean team to represent the country and not become mired in brinkmanship or petty politics.

Unfortunately, too many supporters have lost faith in the motivations of too many players. They have no confidence in the decision making of the cricket board. They have no expectation that Pakistani politicians will be able to change the cricket board. Of course, fans have never really had much faith in administrators or politicians. But once trust in players begins to be shattered then fans become disillusioned and walk away. For that reason alone, the decision to withdraw the three players for the rest of the tour is the correct one.

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  • Highway on July 31, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Thanks a ton for your energy to have had these thgnis together on this blog site. Josh and i also very much treasured your ideas through your articles on certain thgnis. I understand that you have a number of demands on timetable hence the fact that a person like you took the maximum amount of time just like you did to guide people just like us by way of this article is also highly appreciated.

  • salman baig on September 26, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    we cannot remove the cricket corruption by only targeting one team..PAKISTAN, this is very unfair. England media is very irresponsible and more over this is really shameful that anti corruption unit of ICC is believing on that. this realy shows that they should close anti corruption unit and just to believe on the reports of newspaper

  • VSD on September 10, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    A very sad and sorry state of affairs. A major cleansing from top to bottom is what PCB should do right now. Being a great fan cricket and Pakistani cricket, nothing less than drastic and strict measures, is acceptable to the common man. How on earth would I ever watch a cricket match without suspicion of betting ? Credibility of the Pakistani team is at the lowest and it cannot stoop any lower. The entire PCB to be stripped and a newly elected PCB to take control of Pak Cricket. The new PCB has to act and act fast with a full and through investigation on all the players in the team and the matches played during the last 5 years. Any player who is guilty to be banned and punished. Any ex-player or official mentioned in Qayam's report to be stripped of any responsible positions in Pak cricket. Pakistan has to convince the world that they are not cheaters and have their house in order. If not the cricketing world by all means will suspend Pakistan from world cricket..

  • Haroon on September 9, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    I have cancelled my cable subsription after the 4th Test. It is very hard to support the Pakistani cricket team these days. The Pak players have let the whole nation down, losing matches is one thing but caught cheating and tainting the nation is the ultimate humilation. I hope for once strong action are taken against those indidivuals who have blacken our nation for personal gain.

    I think its hard to imagine that all these betting scams that was going on and nobody bother to report it. Waqar Younis, Mohd Yousuf (Captain in Aust) Saeed Yawar and the players in the middle, all these figures were totally blind, its hard to imagine, something very fishy going on, the quilty players should not be the only ones under suspicion, I think ICC should look into the whole PCB for the past 15 years. The Govt should look into all those personals that were involved and check their earning and assets. Then I beleive the whole cricketing community would have faith in Pakistan

  • RA on September 9, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    The only solution for pakistan to move forward from here is to bring back Imran Khan as their leader in form of PCB's boss, Supported by Rameez Raja, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis...

  • Rshn on September 9, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Looks like entire Pakistan is jealous of India... lol! its so funny.

  • Hamid on September 9, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    ICC and PCB are implicit in cricket corruption. Clearly the ICC is only interested in protecting it's image. Otherwise they should have acted when they didn't receive a response from the 2 players before the Lord's test. The ACSU was asleep until the NOTW drama and then all of a sudden Mr. Lorgat suspends the players, all in the name of cricket. Why isn't the ACSU personnel being questioned on their ineptness? Why does it take an outside agency to wake ICC up? Why isn't Mr.Yawar Saeed questioned as it all happened under his watch?

  • wajid on September 8, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi is a eng suppoerter the numpty.

  • Aamir on September 8, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    I did some spout-fixing in my kitchen yesterday. How do I report this to the ICC?

  • Khuram on September 8, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    The comments being posted by this Tabloid on various stories about this sleazy operation, have a pattern.You will not find any comment critisising this whole drama.I have sent and so have many fiends but those were not posted.So much for the proffessional honesty of their Ed Staff.How have they managed to escape scrutiny so far is mindboggling.Your guess is as good as mine.

  • Highway on July 31, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Thanks a ton for your energy to have had these thgnis together on this blog site. Josh and i also very much treasured your ideas through your articles on certain thgnis. I understand that you have a number of demands on timetable hence the fact that a person like you took the maximum amount of time just like you did to guide people just like us by way of this article is also highly appreciated.

  • salman baig on September 26, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    we cannot remove the cricket corruption by only targeting one team..PAKISTAN, this is very unfair. England media is very irresponsible and more over this is really shameful that anti corruption unit of ICC is believing on that. this realy shows that they should close anti corruption unit and just to believe on the reports of newspaper

  • VSD on September 10, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    A very sad and sorry state of affairs. A major cleansing from top to bottom is what PCB should do right now. Being a great fan cricket and Pakistani cricket, nothing less than drastic and strict measures, is acceptable to the common man. How on earth would I ever watch a cricket match without suspicion of betting ? Credibility of the Pakistani team is at the lowest and it cannot stoop any lower. The entire PCB to be stripped and a newly elected PCB to take control of Pak Cricket. The new PCB has to act and act fast with a full and through investigation on all the players in the team and the matches played during the last 5 years. Any player who is guilty to be banned and punished. Any ex-player or official mentioned in Qayam's report to be stripped of any responsible positions in Pak cricket. Pakistan has to convince the world that they are not cheaters and have their house in order. If not the cricketing world by all means will suspend Pakistan from world cricket..

  • Haroon on September 9, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    I have cancelled my cable subsription after the 4th Test. It is very hard to support the Pakistani cricket team these days. The Pak players have let the whole nation down, losing matches is one thing but caught cheating and tainting the nation is the ultimate humilation. I hope for once strong action are taken against those indidivuals who have blacken our nation for personal gain.

    I think its hard to imagine that all these betting scams that was going on and nobody bother to report it. Waqar Younis, Mohd Yousuf (Captain in Aust) Saeed Yawar and the players in the middle, all these figures were totally blind, its hard to imagine, something very fishy going on, the quilty players should not be the only ones under suspicion, I think ICC should look into the whole PCB for the past 15 years. The Govt should look into all those personals that were involved and check their earning and assets. Then I beleive the whole cricketing community would have faith in Pakistan

  • RA on September 9, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    The only solution for pakistan to move forward from here is to bring back Imran Khan as their leader in form of PCB's boss, Supported by Rameez Raja, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis...

  • Rshn on September 9, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Looks like entire Pakistan is jealous of India... lol! its so funny.

  • Hamid on September 9, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    ICC and PCB are implicit in cricket corruption. Clearly the ICC is only interested in protecting it's image. Otherwise they should have acted when they didn't receive a response from the 2 players before the Lord's test. The ACSU was asleep until the NOTW drama and then all of a sudden Mr. Lorgat suspends the players, all in the name of cricket. Why isn't the ACSU personnel being questioned on their ineptness? Why does it take an outside agency to wake ICC up? Why isn't Mr.Yawar Saeed questioned as it all happened under his watch?

  • wajid on September 8, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi is a eng suppoerter the numpty.

  • Aamir on September 8, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    I did some spout-fixing in my kitchen yesterday. How do I report this to the ICC?

  • Khuram on September 8, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    The comments being posted by this Tabloid on various stories about this sleazy operation, have a pattern.You will not find any comment critisising this whole drama.I have sent and so have many fiends but those were not posted.So much for the proffessional honesty of their Ed Staff.How have they managed to escape scrutiny so far is mindboggling.Your guess is as good as mine.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on September 8, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Pakistan was blanked out 2-0 in the T20 matches. England clearly outclassed their opponents. Pak team looks washed out and ready to be hung on the line. The fight is gone and spot fixing allegations and suspension of their three players has left the team clinging to a defeatist mentality. There is no reason for this pathetic team to play ODI series. Unless they can put the events of spot fixing behind and bring their A Game to the ground, its time for Pakistan cricket team to head home. Pak struggled with their batting all summer and now their bowling lacks fire power too. There is simply no competition between the English kids and the out sort tourists. There is little wonder that the paying public is no interested to watch these sub par performances and the stadiums are mostly empty.

  • Udayaraj on September 8, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    I, for one, have always believed that there are always opportunities in challenges. The way I personally look at it, well there is an opportunity for the management (PCB) to stand in a class of their own by advocating what is correct for the game because their chair, worth, designations, pride or even central contracts (for players) are because of the game. If the game itself will not survive, in spirit, then how can those who make a fortune on it can survive? I mean, remember the Aesop's fable of "The goose that laid golden egg.". Kill the goose and wonder what remains NOW. If the administrators are truly committed to the betterment of the game and are sincere in their thoughts then their approach should be more pragmatic. I believe that Mr. Butt, if looks at the PCB as an elderly figure, like we look at our parents or someone important, rather than just as an institution, probably my words will make more sense to everyone. I pray Mr. Butt, I pray...

  • Indian on September 8, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    It is shameful for the country with the giants and honest players like Imran, Zaheer, Quadir, Sarfraz, like many others before 1990.

    Please do some good work for the team, since the world cup is around the corner.

    Hope for betterment for the Pakistan Cricket team

  • Noor on September 7, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    I find it very hard to accept that the PCB were oblivious of the match fixing that was going on for all these years. Its looks to me that the PCB turned a blind eye. This was happening under their nose and they let it go on. Ijaz Butt enjoys the benefit of his position i.e. going abroad and staying in 5 stars hotels with his wife, all paid by the PCB. When it come to doing his duty he has failed miserably and yet whoever makes these appointment refuse to sack him, after the debacle Aust V Pak series, no cricketing board would have allowed him to continue, this speaks well of our country. You cant trust people in authority, all crooks.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on September 7, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai, please send my message to present Pak Cricket Board to stop the rest of the matches against England. The present squad of Pak cricketers are definitely emotionally and mentally distressed, shocked & unfaithful with not self dependent over themselves. They should not be become a Canada or Fiji National Cricket Team to be bowled out only 89/135/ 185[ maximum] in upcoming One-day series against England.

  • Sabir on September 7, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    I may not a Cricket Ustaad, but I am not as ignorant as others, specially like my fellow countrymen are. I can see that Pakistan is set-up into this scandle, because nobody could be as fool as depicted in the videos of NOTW like foolish way of money counting or be it the interview by Yasir Hameed, more even the statements by Veena Malik. The "Trio" is currently the backbone of Pak. Team, if they are eliminated from Pak Team then thier exist little chances that PAK could perform well in the upcoming Worldcup, and therefore than chances of its most fear rival being the world cup winner could increase.

    I can now say that India will win the World Cup 2011 not because of talent but due to conspircies against Pakistan, match fixing and other tactics.

  • Rauf on September 7, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    To Guru

    "The players are representig thier country - not the tabloid reporter - his job is to expose illegal things - he was doing his job properly"

    You must be living in a la la land to think that the tabloid reporter was "doing his job to expose illegal things". A tabloid reporter is only interested in selling his/her paper with any trashy news that they can get their hands on... legally or illegally. Do you know how many lawsuits have been filed against NOTW for slander and wrongfull reporting? They are currently being investigated for illegal phone tapping in the UK.

    I am not for any of the players taking illegal money from anyone. What I am against is entrapment and setup by the sleazy tabloid papers of unsuspecting players.

  • medrar on September 7, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    It is astonishing to read some people are still trying to defend these cheaters, who have cheated their own mother land for cheap money. R u happy being cheated? then why spoil some much time watching a non sense sold out cricket drama. I have seen enough evidence to believe that the seven should never be part of pakistan team ever. Pakistan is the most talented cricketing nation in the world. There are hundereds of thousands neglected players who need proper chances to prove their worth. And also the current management should also be banned for life.

  • Shah on September 7, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    To All Pakistani, I am also a Pakistani and proud to be Pakistani. Please instead of baling ICC and BCCI (forget about whether they are involved or not.) for current scandal we should make lobby against the PCB and its official to be responsible for the current situation. We should together to pressurize Mr. President to sack PCB chairman and bring someone with good reputation in cricket and have good & respectable relation with former international players and with ICC. We have number of good names and can be given responsibilities. I am sure in few months they can bring good name to our cricket and Pakistan can at least play a world cup with some good players otherwise I am afraid this time our team will play like previous 2 WCs.

  • Guru on September 7, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    To Mr Rauf

    it is so funny about your comments on the NOTW reporters. have you forgotten simple fact of life is giving bribe and taking bribe are both bad. Agreed they were fooled - of course the camera has to be hidden - how else will you catch the thieves. The players are representig thier country - not the tabloid reporter - his job is to expose illegal things - he was doing his job properly - same cannot be said of the pakistani cricketers who sold their country;s honour

  • Mohammad Ahmed on September 7, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    It is obvious that there is a conspiracy going on against Pak team. When Bob Woolmer died, Indian media loby blamed Pak team players of murdering the coach. After the investigation, Pak players were proven innocent. Oval test conspiracy to involve Pak in ball tempering and now England media loby want to involve our team in match fixing scandals and we being proud Pakistani don't understand this and without any investigation start blaming our players. This is the reason of our decline in any form of sport. If that event could have happened with a team like Aus, England or NewZealand I am damn sure they would have supported their players.

  • Khuram on September 7, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    The activities of the tabloid that created this whole scene rightly or wrongly, need scrutiny.Its Editorial Staff and all those involved in bringing this to public eye,are accessory to crime.If it had come to their knowledge that a crime was to be committed then they were dutybound to report it.Crime was allowed to be committed and in the process lot of money was made by this tabloid.Why was this allowed?

  • PADDLE SWEEP on September 7, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    OBITUARY "In affectionate remenbrance of PAKISTAN CRICKET which died at lords on 30th AUG',2010

    deeply lamented by fans from pakistan and cricketing world ....................... R.I.P. ....................... N.B.- ICC and sane pakistanis hoping some miracle will bring it back to life."

  • Asad Zia on September 7, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    I agree with Inty (Sep 02 11:49AM)that the management is complicit. Looking at the way Ijaz Butt and the High Commissioner of Pakistan in London were behaving and defending the players, it leaves no doubt that they were trying to cover up something much more sinister than just these three players. I have a dreadful feeling that there is much more than meets the eye. As a Pakistani, I would very much want that this whole thing should explode and expose all those who are guilty of bringing shame to our nation. Exemplary punishment must be handed out to ALL those found guilty, even if this means sacking (and banning) the whole touring management, the PCB chairman and all his cronies and most of the players. Surely these people and winning a game or a series cannot be more important than the credibility of our national character. NOTHING and NOBODY should be more important than our honour and pride. May Allah give us the courage and the wisdom to take the right decisions.

  • Meety on September 7, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    @Ani - re: - Why majority of pakistanis always have only silly reasons "It's a consipracy against pakistan" 1) it is actually most Pakis are damming of their cricketers 2) Their reasons may not be right but it is based on arguements that are not silly such as the 3 Pak players are guily before proven so - a fundamental legal right. I agree with - "Pakistan (and India) is struggling with corruption" in cricket terms the only difference between Pak & India in regards to match - fixing is that Indian players are far better paid so the temptation is not so alluring.

  • Noor on September 6, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Banning players should be left with the ICC and not the incompetent nincompoops at the PCB. ICC should ban corrupt players for life and without their permission no players can play Test cricket. WE all know how PCB operates, ban 1 day and next day they do 180 degree turn around, Pathetic! PCB should be disbanded and let ICC run our cricket.

  • jahan panah tussi gr8 ho on September 6, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    if your house is on fire what would you do? Option 1-RUN LIKE CRAZY! extinguish fire and find the causes so that it never happens again, OR Option 2-PLAY THE BLAME GAME! shout out loud that your neighbours,police and administration had a 'SET UP' against you, option 1- will secure your present and future,option 2 -you are finished! ITZ BETTER TO INTROSPECT.WHOLE OF THE PCB MANAGEMENT HAS TO OVERHAUL BIG TIME.LET IMRAN KHAN RISE THE PCB FROM ASHES! but.....FIRST OF ALL ACCEPT YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE !!!

  • Ani on September 6, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Why majority of pakistanis always have only silly reasons "It's a consipracy against pakistan", "Some powers(India) don't want pakistan on world's map". For heaven's sake..own up your mistakes and try to improve yourselves. Blaming others and saying that others also are cheaters doesn't really solves the problem. Pakistan (and India) is struggling with corruption. That's the bottomline!

  • SA on September 6, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    how can any cricket fan honestly say that they enjoy watching these remaining games which pakistan are involved in?? it so sad and awkward and I feel that the ICC needs to sort this out before Pakistan play anymore games. Also there is no "conspiracy" against pakistan. there looks like there is good hard evidence (maybe not in court) to find these players guilty as well as others in previous pak matches (via Yasir hameed). For me the PCB needs to be dissolved as it has such a poor record of dealing with discipline. add to this the lahore firings at the lankan team which were dealt with so poorly by the authorities in pakistan. every sri lankan remembers that like it were yesterday and yet nobody in pakistan takes responsibility for it. for this betting scandal again nobody takes responsibility for it. the actions themselves were shocking but nowhere near as shocking as the amount the PCB is allowed to get away with by blaming everybody but themselves for everything that happens!

  • Banda on September 6, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Finish the inquiry quickly and ban them for life if proven guilty. If not ICC and PCB owe them an appology

  • MURALI on September 6, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    DIRT FALLS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM & NOT VICE-VERSA. WHY WAS HANSIE CRONJE PUNISHED? WHY NO ENGLISH/AUSTRALIAN/KIWI/S.AFRICAN IS NOT INVOLVED? BECAUSE THEIR BOARD OFFICIALS & POLITICIANS ARE NOT INVOLVED. WHY MOST OF THE PAKISTANI PLAYERS PAST & PRESENT WERE/ARE INVOLVED? THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE, BECAUSE TOP OFFICIALS OF PCB & POLITICIANS IN AUTHORITY ARE INVOLVED IN BETTING. DAWOOD IBRAHIM, THE FOUNTAIN HEAD OF BETTING STARTED IN BOMBAY, WENT TO DUBAI & IS NOW WELL PROTECTED BY ISI IN KARACHI. SO DON'T PUNISH THE SIMPLE PAWNS LIKE AMIR/ASIF/BUTT/KAMRAN. PUNISH PCB/DAWOOD/CORRUPT PATRONS SITTING IN PAKISTAN.

  • drmjalamgir on September 6, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    I think the british and Indian lobies have trapped these guys with a setup. Both things have a reallistic exisance ,match fixing environment in England and Pakistan team. It seams PCB is supporting the guys envolved. If one try to corelate all the events of changing captains,banning clear people like Yosaf and Younis,reslecting Kamran Akmal(the son in law of a bookiee)despite doing so shamefull fixing in Sedny test and persisting with shoaib malik. A group of Lahore based players and officials have hijacked the cricket in pakistan. They were enjoying good earnings and sharing with higher authorities. Thanks God they are caught and there seems some chance of claening Pakistan cricket of this dirty stronghold.

  • BACK FOOT PUNCH on September 6, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    @ Qaz:let me hammer on your home made perceptions PLZ- "ICC needs to be professional AND NOT political. Why didn't ICC take any action against IPL when no PAK palyers were included in 2009 IPL?" IPL is a domestic tournament on which ICC has no say,forget about action.IF I DONT INVITE U IN MY MARRIAGE NO LAW OR COUNCIL HAS RIGHT TO ASK"HEY!WHY DIDN'T U INVITED HIM IN UR MARRIAGE?U CAN'T DO THAT.U ARE GUILTY!" ha!what a joke!! And dear ICC is truly professional,only people like u are giving it political colour.what do you expect?give standing ovation to the culprits or just NIP IN THE BUD? Just think before u write dear! "india is the country that bring a lot of money for ICC" As an indian i am not boasting but dear that's a fact that nearly 70 percent of revenue is drawn from india.is that india's fault that it has such a cricket loving mass?is BCCI culprit for providing revenue to ICC which they earn in heaps from sponsors?is it their fault?no!DON'T BEHAVE LIKE AN OSTRICH!!! T

  • Rauf on September 6, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    All I say to Yasser Hameed and rest of the Pak cricket team and management, welcome to the filthy and disgusting world of British tabloids. These *%$*&^% will sell their mothers and sisters (literally) for a quick story to be published. They approach Yasser with a hidden camera and a commercial deal (reminds me of a concealed dagger). They then skillfully change the subject and ask "oh BTW... what do you feel about betting scandal" and whatever Yasser says after that (which is already published in NOTW) is attributed as "on camera interview to NOTW by Yasser Hameed admitting to everything". BTW... these tabloid tactics are all legal in UK. This is absolutely disgusting. Worst then daylight robbery. Now Yasser's character is forever defamed. Have NOTW no shame? (No they don't!!)

    Kinda puts everything in perspective how the other three may have been approached by these scumbags.

  • GV rao on September 6, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    I feel sorry for all those Pakistani fans . But when will you clean up the system. Even now your board is saying it is conspiracy . Why on earth is the high commisioner making statements - he is the same guy who said the Mumbai attack was also a consipiracy by India . where is your chairman of the cricket board? Complete silence from him. Why dont you come onthe streets and demand resignation of entire cricket admin + the president of the country - for mis handling the flood relief effort.

  • ROHIT on September 6, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Surpried to read few comment by former pakistani playesr like Imran Khan that match fixing is not limited to just Pakistan & keep on blaming India for the same as a normal stupid pakistani politician. Guys stop potraying indians as a villan & just do introrespect & will find out you all r jelous of our growth & power. See where we r & see where you r now it is all because of your pathetic systems & politicians. So, stop blaming india for whatever thing happens & find out the real reasons. Our country has 100 things to look after apart from just pakistan.

  • Jesse on September 6, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Pakistanis it is not even funny anymore. The way you guys are trying to protect these players in spite of substantial proof. Blaming the rest of the world. Funny thing is it is not even the common fans but responsible authorities such as high commissioner and team manager. How could they suggest that the money found in Butt's room (£15000 cash) could be a from a sponsorship fee. Stop fooling yourself. Adding INSHALLA in every sentence wont make you clean. Do some soul searching.

  • Vinay on September 6, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    @ Qaz heloo..you must out of senses in raising non inclusion of Pakis in IPL,present scenario itsels reveales y no pakis picked..who would like to bring disgrace to your game?..definitel Taibu is more cleaned than any of present paki team..he never bited a ball in front of thousand of cameras..pakis like to do all in front of cameras..the trio,now hameed..belive Qaz..your players need education..dont be a emotional fool..learn to face the reality..pls come forward to secure and preserve sanctity of this lovely game of cricket..

  • ks on September 6, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran... Have you even for once considered the audacity and the idiocy of Justice Qayyum himself, who blatantly stated that he gave preferential treatment to Wasim Akram because he was his hero! Poor Salim Malik, he must have been wishing that he should have married within the Judge's family! This is the state of affairs in Pakistan. When you have a Judge violating the principles of his very office, why should we be surprised at the level of corruption with Messrs Zardari, Ijaz Butt, and now these three stooges! Surely compared to the " Honorable" justice Qayyum, these people are " Jahileen", in my opinion Qayyum himself is as guilty of at least promoting corruption, albeit indirectly, by placing his admiration of Wasim Akram above the law. It is sad that now, he suddenly wants to portray hinself as the white knight! I have one request for the true Indian fans of Pak cricket, hang in there and dont give up on us we will Inshallah rise up again and Justice Qayyum shame on you!

  • Qaz on September 6, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    ICC needs to be professional AND NOT political. Why didn't ICC take any action against IPL when no PAK palyers were included in 2009 IPL? By not taking any action palyed a vital role in messing up the real meaning of the Gentleman's Game? That was discrimination and no one said anything about it just because India is the country that bring in a lot of money for ICC. Where are the rights for the players now? I laughed like crazy when Lalit Modi said no one picked them? You are trying to tell me no one wanted PAKI players and they rather pick players like Taeboo from ZIMBABWE. No offense to him, he is truly a great talent but not better than a lot from Pak TEAM. Was ICC sleeping when discrimination was introduced by IPL? ICL was the main income for most of the PAKI players and they even stopped that. Anyway, My point here is for example Citiban becomes the biggest industry in the world, it still does not give them any right to discriminate against others and bring in political matters.

  • Qaz on September 6, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Hello Guys!! I am sure everyone is pissed off about all this Pak news that has been going on. I also agree with bunch of you who think they should be BAN FOR LIFE if found guilty. But let me ask you guys a few questions..... Do you really think these guys did all this on their own and no big fish was involved? And if they did? then How stupid is Yasir Hameed to be even talking about all this with a stranger. I think these guys were just following instructions, They don't have the ability or character to all this on their own. Now ever since these guys been under investigation did you see any PCB member around? They are hiding as if they are about to get caught?I am from PAKISTAN and i will always support my team and i am glad all this is happening, So it all gets cleared up once and for all. I know the ICC runs 70% on money coming from INDIAN but that does not mean you put them there. These indian and Pakis are all the same. They fight with each other, never work as professionals.

  • Kool Kat on September 6, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    There is corruption in India (MASSIVE) and in England. But that does not make the trio innocent. Why be in self denial? Sounds pathetic that even in the 21st century, some readers still cling to stuff like Zionist consipracy etc. By that logic Imran Farhat's inability to play the moving ball could well be a Christian set-up or the Lahore attack against the Lankans could be a buddhist ploy. We need more mature comments please.

  • Meety on September 6, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    @Asad Khan - true, but whilst I dislike NOTW methods they often catch people doing the wrong things. Basic lagal process, (except terrorism laws), will take time - just because the 3 pak players aren't in gaol & have been released, does not mean they are innocent - although now near impossible, the premise is to give the pak-players a fair trial. @Jay - agreed, what reason for blocking comments? The only pleasant reason would be the email server would crash, everything else smells fishy.

  • Meety on September 6, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    @Musafir Hoon Yaron - too simplistic. Pakistan have some of the best bowlers in the world - they have a higher concentration of talent in bowling then say India & Pakistan. The examples there where you said Broad got 170 is not impossible given sides have comeback from the dead before - also the 24 Hussey got in an over is small fries in a T20 - happens to everyone. @Ali Mujtaba - sad. @Geoff Bethell - I agree that spot fixing is not as serious as match-fixing in isolation, but its a bit like murder v manslaughter. The issue is that where does spot-fixing end - what happens if Aamir clean bowled someone on a no-ball that was fixed? The outcome of the match is altered in that scenario. What if the spot fix is to drop a catch - catches win matches? @Naveed Khan - slightly disagree, (assuming Pak are guilty), the best would be for the investigators to get Aamir to confess to everything he knows for clemency, and ban all the others involved.

  • Rajan on September 6, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    Nice article, Kamran. Different year, same story. There's reasonable grounds to suspect that some Pakistan cricketers are involved in some form of unholy activity on the field. The PCB then jumps to their defense and says that the players are innocent until proven guilty. This sounds reasonable but they just want to give themselves some more time to explain away the players' behavior. And when the verdict (like the Qayyum report)is given, the PCB does not take firm action. Like you said, some players are above the law whereas others are not. The PCB (and their bosses) are the personification of ineptness. Ijaz has become the butt of ridicule in the cricketing fraternity.

  • Brendanvio on September 6, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    This is a truly depressing state of affairs.

    Depressing in that this could happen at such a bad time (The tragedy in Pakistan and the controversy following the tour to Australia) and that three talented players are involved.

    Butt is in big trouble. He has the air of a guilty man about him in the way he has conducted himself since the news broke. Asif.............well.........such a terrific bowler but such a naive and shady character. The ridiculous drugs ban followed by this.......he may find himself in trouble.

    And finally Mohammad Amir. Such a prodigous talent.....one who could end up being the finest fast bowler in the world and the best leftie since Akram. Perhaps he can undergo some strong lessons. I would not want a player of his calibre to disappear forever.

    Yet at the end of the day, punishment needs to be administered to the guilty party. And strong lessons need to be learned.

  • matchfixer on September 5, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Legalize match fixing. It adds fun to this game. Players can make money , matchfixers can make money and ICC can make some money too. Match fixing is no big deal. Lets make it Legal.

  • longmemory on September 5, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    I feel sorry for the genuine Pak fans as they watch their cricket and their country plunge into yet another disaster. I feel nothing but contempt for all those out there still alleging (a) machinations by other countries, (b) various excuses etc. Without being holier-than-thou, its quite realistic to say that Pak cricket has some serious problems that defy easy resolution. The spate of captaincy resignations is in some way connected to who is in and who is out of various factions, and cricketing merit and ability are possibly not as relevant anymore. Its hard to put out fires when your entire fire department seems to be run by arsonists and pyromaniacs.

  • Jay on September 5, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Kamran. As ever the editorial team at Cricinfo is so cowardly. They have blocked comments on all stories pertaining to this issue. Yours is the only blog that allows cricket lovers to vent their emotions and for that I thank you. As an Indian fan my heart goes out to cricket lovers from across the border. They have been cheated for years by their cricketing idols. It must be a disorienting sensation when the single honest activity one looks forward to, turns out to be just as crooked as everything else.

  • SM on September 5, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Every one seems to be the judge to decide about who is culprit and who has instigated the crime has been bailed out why? Stop mixing politics with the game.

  • Bilal Saeed on September 5, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Surprised? Not at all, after all the stench of this bad habbit has been in our cricket for years but only now an over-zeaolus news papaer have claimed to have brought forth the truth. Shameful act, religiously and morally. Now that i think of the past failures it suddenly starts to add up, the recent austrailian tour which we handed it to them, the 2 matches against aussies in UK and the more recent english test series. God knows how far back this goes. Although i must point out that NOTW paper is nothing but a tabloid aimed at transit van drivers and the general labour force here in london. It is not the first time they have done something like this. Many football stars were framed then proven not guilty after a major farce in the press. News paper authenticity aside, if the aforementioned were really involved or anybody else in our team for that matter then a minimum of a life ban should be handed out. An example must be set. Allah will give us more M.Amirs and Asifs IA.

  • Pakistani on September 5, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Shame for these 3 idiots....... they destroy our image in the world......... and still happy as in pic........ should be life time banned

  • Rash on September 5, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Banning trio is not a big loss for pakistan, other than Amer you may find hundreds of Asif and Butt, pakis has lots of talen in their country. So dont worry guys its right time to clean the mess from top to bottom.

  • Mohammed Mehdi - Singapore on September 5, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Too dissapointed and disgusted to give any comments till i know the truth.Dont know if this is a conspiracy or some one has framed them,but greed has no boundries.At least we now can see our tall man Mohammed Irfan bowling.Phew!!! Mehdi Singapore

  • Asad Khan on September 5, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    While I agree with all that is said here, there is also a flip side to the coin which masses of people seem to have ignored. First of all, no legit arrests have been made so far. As we all know the major suspect was nabbed and then released 'without charge'.

    Secondly, look at who has brought forth the evidence. A news tabloid famed for reporting sex scandals and other nonsense gossip to hype up sales to an extent where it is dubbed "Screws of the World".

    The paper has been known to report controversies surrounding athletes. Aside from the copy/paste from 'actual' breaking news, most allegation solely made by the news paper have turned out to be sour leads. Case in point the David Beckham case. The Wayne Rooney case. Ashley Cole case etc. There are many more but the space limits me. In all those cases, the news paper had to cough up settlement money to save their face.

    Many of their campaigns have brought shame to ppl in the past but only to labelled 'irresponsible' later on.

  • Daniel on September 5, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Although many Pakistan fans have written in to say they feel ashamed, this blog makes clear that you like almost everyone, simply want a clean fair game. Those who delude themselves saying it is a plot and conspiracy are in a small minority and the vast majority of Pakistan fans are being very honest and up-front. So you have nothing to be ashamed about. If PCB and the players are corrupt in various ways, perhaps this is a chance for the true Pakistan fans finally to have their voice heard. As an Aussie fan who loves the skills and true value of Pakistan cricket, and who loves to see the Oz cricketers challenged by Pakistan players, let me say that we are supporting you all the way to see the corruption rooted out and a return to true Pakistan brilliance.

  • jp on September 5, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    I am an Indian and absolutely love pakistan bowling from waqar younis right to mohammed asif and amir i always felt pakistan was the best bowling attack having said that i equally like indian team and i am dissapointed at some of the pakistani supporter just blaming BCCI and India for all events occuring and forgeting the main issue of corruption and fixing.The denial by some of the supporters (salman) has been ridiculous to say the least.What do u mean by until proven guilty ? 1) Two huge no balls on precise timings 2)Cash recceived for endorsements wat happened to cheque are there no taxation rules in Pakistan or england,if there are then this guys are trying to evade tax.3)Where is the contract for the endorsement 4)Which brand is the player endorsing. Further to this Indian fans should not add salt to the wounded and try and write constructive (hemant) than destructive.We are forgetting its a game and not a Battle Ground. Thank you Mr.Kamran for giving an honest prespective.

  • M KHAN FROM LONDON on September 5, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6YLja-_K74&feature=player_embedded

    THIS IS PAKISTAN I WANT TO REMEMBER!!!!

  • Muzammil on September 5, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Now i m thinking that all these are just allegations against Pakistani players. The Scotland yard had investigated all three players and let them go without any chargesheet. The players are free to travell within UK. It is big game against Pakistan and Pakistan and Pakistani players. The so called ICC can not see any emerging player coming from Pakistan. See the history any player especially any bolwer came with good record from pakistan he was abused by western cricketing countries and these countries had support from ICC. Please note if the allegations are true then there is no doubt that Pakistan is no. 1 cricket team in the world since Paksitani players are involved (socalled involvement) in the match fixing scandals. See if every player is playing to loose the game just imagine if only half of the team is playing to win the game ???????

  • Naveed Khan on September 5, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    The best for Pakistan is that if these players have cheated then they should confess and seek forgiveness. They know it if they have done it. They should listen to their conscious and do what their conscious tells them. If they have cheated, then I would urge them not to return to Pakistan. We do not want you there.

  • Azfar on September 5, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Just read News Of The World latest on this today. They have come out with more details and also have Yasser Hameed on video. I think there is little doubt that the players are involved. Suggesting a 'set-up' or 'false allegations' doesn't hold much water. It seems that this 'fixing' has been much more widespread than we thought. It may explain Pakistan Team's hugely unpredictable performances. A proper investigation will mean that a lot of skeletons will tumble out.....and will not be limited to players....Cricket Administrators, managers, coaches might be involved. This is certailny the biggest challenge facing the game now. The paying publics' faith is getting eroded. ICC will has to make sure that this is stopped at once else the future of the game is in trouble.

  • Geoff Bethell on September 5, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Have to say this is a bit of a storm in a tea cup. It's one thing to fix the entire result of a match but quite another to give away a run or two by bowling a deliberate no-ball. The two situations are simply not comparable. Who loses? That's right - a few bookies. Big deal. They are the problem not the solution and I have no sympathy for them at all. OK so it isn't good - I know that, but let's keep a sense of perspective. Worse things have happened.

  • Ameer on September 5, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Why should the trio be banned? Where is th proof that they took money? And I pity all the Muslims who are saying of banning the trio and accusing the trio of this guilt. because only God knows perfectly about our actions not a news paper. If the ICC bans them and says about know balls then what about JM Anderson and his no ball in the first test second innings?

  • Jibran on September 5, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    yasir hameed has unveiled a lot. I grew up being a big pakistani cricket fan and i also used to watch wwe wrestling. ppl used to say me wwe was all drama and it was drama but i always thought cricket was hard fought , but no i have been made fool by the pakistani cricketers . in the past whenever someone would say anything about match fixing i would laugh it away, but now i feel like everyone is laughing at me and shouting "foolish foolish" and thats true all that time, my childhood days they have become a bad memory.

  • BUGS BUNNY on September 5, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    @ amjad khan:"english cricket board and cricket board are afraid from our heroes-amir and asif" which world do you live in??? first of all the HEROES dont make illegal money and betray and humiliate homeland, is pcb afraid of trott,sehwag,kallis,hussey? NO!neither english cricket board,nor indian cricket board or even kenya cricket board is afraid of anyone.yes,amir and asif are world's leading pace duo,but they have yet to achieve what wasim and waqar did,and that'll take time.

  • Asif (USA) Cont. on September 5, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    cont.... ), interesting, when so-called he is showing money to Wahab and Amin – he shows something on the left-had side.

    As far as how come Asif has more houses than Hameed, simple Asif has done commercials, played in IPL, have a category A contract, won numerous awards etc…

    Is it amazing that all these allegations are made against players who are performing the best? Aamir and Asif (2A’s) – Didn’t the same media alleged 2W’s about ball-rigging because they were the first to swing the ball? How come none of these allegations are against our young batting side, which are constantly underperforming?

    Finally, I would say don’t ‘rush to the judgment’ let the process work out, if they are found guilty with proof, ban the guys but until then they innocence – Bottom line, NOTW its time for you to putt-up or shut-up!!!!

  • Asif (USA) on September 5, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    I would suggest, get your ducks in a row before if none of this proven, NOTW guys are seeing a huge law-suit for slandering!!!! 1)Where are the time-stamps on the video? 2) where are the so-called ‘tell-tale texts that supposedly will nail Pakistan cricket cheats? 3) Pakistan NEVVER played Sri Lanka on May 10 in T20, they played SA (I would suggest do some fact check), 4) Hameed didn’t say anything damaging – He states ‘He heard Sydney test was fixed for 1.8million’, he stated what he has been hearing – So your labeling “Pakistani star Yasir Hameed blows lid off cricket corruption” is plain crap!!! 5) review your own videos, Majeed wears a light blue t-shirt in a van under cream jacket, but when he Wahab takes a jacket from him, Majeed’s T-Shirt is black 6) When Majeed takes the money he puts in his right pocket (uses his left to put the money), interesting, when so-called he is showing money to Wahab and Amin – he shows something on the left-had

  • danish abbasi on September 5, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    I entirely agree with the recommendations of Kamran bhai at this point regarding the ouster of three pakistani players from the rest of series. PCB has yet again proved its incompetency and inefficiency to deal with the issues seriously affecting our cricket team in particular and cricket in general. Every one is familar with the decade old dictum that, a criminal is innocent untill proven guilty but it should not be used as a pretext to save potential wrong doers in the system. We are not jumping on the conclusion that the said three individuals are a guilty party, however it was really imperative to restore the already shatterred confidence of spectators and cricket playing nations on our system by withdrawing their names at this point. You need to give a strong message that we are determined to fight with this cloud of match fixing damaging the integrity of our cricket since Qayym report came into surface. Integrity of the Country is more important than these so called cricket stars

  • Ali Mujtaba on September 5, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I feel ashamed, disgusted and disgraced. As of today, I have not only lost faith in my team but also cricket itself. Match fixing is a global phenomena. It has mutated into a cancer. As of today, I'm going to gather my cricket kit, match videos, memorabilia and my PS3 International Cricket 2010 game and throw them in a trash can immediately after writing this post. I've had it! Gonna focus on my studies, work hard and make a career and earn an honest bread. No more cricket for me, in fact no more sports. Just normal jogging, and plenty of simple exercise regime will be my favourite past time from today.

  • Musafir Hoon Yaron on September 5, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    @ Amjad, if they are the best bowlers in the world how come Pakistan loses every important match they play in, ordinary batsman like Broad scores 170, Peter Siddle scores 70 odd (Sidney) and the test is lost from position of super strength. Harbhajan swats a six of Amir and the team is out, Hussey scores 24 runs in a over and match is lost. So either they are not the best bowlers or they are crooks. You decide!

  • Daniel on September 4, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Although many Pakistan fans have written in to say they feel ashamed, this blog makes clear that you like almost everyone, simply want a clean fair game. Those who delude themselves saying it is a plot and conspiracy are in a small minority and the vast majority of Pakistan fans are being very honest and up-front. So you have nothing to be ashamed about. If PCB and the players are corrupt in various ways, perhaps this is a chance for the true Pakistan fans finally to have their voice heard. As an Aussie fan who loves the skills and true value of Pakistan cricket, and who loves to see the Oz cricketers challenged by Pakistan players, let me say that we are supporting you all the way to see the corruption rooted out and a return to true Pakistan brilliance.

  • M KHAN on September 4, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    with every day that passes and players guilt not proven can only mean they are innocent and that this whole mess is set up and created by racist and gutter press that is notw.I mean come on, with players mobile phones taken and calls checked,bank acounts scanned,freinds/relatives interviewed,full access to all the parties in this case i.e players,the fixer and the filthy paper, You would have thought by now they would proven players involvement.But nothing of that kind which only points to players innocent. It is annoying to read many aplogetic posts written by fellow Paks - Come on guys nothing is proven yet, the burden of proof firmly lies with investigators who now have plenty of material to work with.If they r guilty of this act, then it will not be difficult to be found out belive me.Until then do not ostracize them or the country.And stop writing rubbish like 'I am ashamed...'- why r u on the defensive and apologetic when nothing is proven.Team needs ur support in this bad time.

  • M KHAN on September 4, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    NOTW have now implicated Yasser hameed into this mess and their usual antipak propaganda. yasser is denying he ever gave interview to this filthy paper and if so I would request him to come out strongly and clear his name by refuting all that this paper is reporting about him allegedly stating.we all know that this fixing issue is not domain of one country because many non-pak players have been caught and admitted their guilt i.e warne,waugh,samuels,azhurudin,jadeja,prabhakar and offcourse many south african like cronje.Yet this paper dishes out the treatment only to PAK which proves its hostility towards PAK and also that they are only in to make money and not adress the whole issue. I am thinking with all the investigative materials in hand of those investigating this issue like mobile phones/bank accounts scanned/relatives & freinds questioned and so on, by now they would have proven players guilt. But they have not done this so far which means they are innocent.

  • Shabut on September 4, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    ICC is certainly trying to cover up a wide spread criminal activity in the cricketing world by making the Paksitan team a scapgoat. Truth will come out one day, just stay tuned.

  • Shabut on September 4, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    We must stand up for every member of the Pakistan team until all the cheats and criminals running cricket affairs are caught. The biggest criminal itself is the ICC and the safe heavens for the bookies in India. We should not put up with a single handed treatment of the Pak team only.

  • Amjad Khan on September 4, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    English cricket board & Indian Circket board is afraid from our heros like Aamir and Asif they are the best bowler in world

  • Salman on September 4, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    It is so shameful that our boys are being humiliated and punished (before any investigation, just on allegations, which seems absurd from the word go) and no one is standing for them...especially the PCB (the center of corruption, as it seems!). The truth is emerging, and I am sure that if "independent unbiased" trial is undertaken then it will reveal the whole game, but that independence is hard to find...when people are set to punish from the word go...since it is Pakistan on the receiving end!!! I do admire the Pakistan foreign officer in UK, who has come out in the open and show the bungling of the ICC and that of an obvious set up...he has been up to the mark even before, and one of the very few people in this corrupt lot of politicians that can still talk of truth!!! It is one of the most disgraceful and unjust acts of the ICC for which they should be put on trial now!!!

  • Saiful Ansari on September 4, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Trio was withdrawn by PCB, later the Trio was suspended by ICC, while the police investigations is still a continuing process. One might ask what is the evidence against those three and why the public is not being made awate of it. If it is the word of Mazhar&the Reporter against the three,it will be hard to convict the accused. A strong case can be made, if the police has proof that money changed hands&the three got it from Mazhar or have witnesses who saw the trio make an agreement with Mazhar to bowl No Balls in exchange for money. It is strange that none has been charged so far. Mazhar was released. The three players remain in England, but no charges have been pressed against them. Its time for the Mr.Abbassi to dig up this story and tell the public the truth. Pak will go into the T20 match tomorrow as weaker both mentally and in terms of quality players (minus the two quicks). Shoaib Akhtar was toothless against Somerset. Razzak,Gul&Wahab, U.Akmal all have niggles.

  • thisisfun on September 4, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    As a Pakistani cricket fan, I would want to apologize to,

    1. the English cricket board for us being such ungrateful guests, 2. the cricketing world for us brining shame to the game, 3. the Sri Lankan cricket fans, players and board for betraying their trust 4. the Indian cricket fans for PCB's management dragging their country into this fiasco.

    I am ashamed and cannot keep my head held high anymore.

  • AN on September 4, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Haroun Rashid: Very well said indeed. People (and some journalists) also tend to create and feed wild conspiracy theories to the gullible public especially back in Pakistan. What must be explained to many, is that there are two angles to this investigation; one is the Police (law of the land) and the other an ICC code. One can be found guilty of one or both or none. In Swann's case, his DUI was a police case only and his punishment is going to come from a judge, which may affect his availability for England for a set period. The ICC has no role. On the other hand, an ICC code violation (kicking the stumps) gets you match suspensions. The law of the land has no role here as that action is legal. In the third instance, a player can be found guilty from both sides if say he assaults an opponent and injures him. He would have violated ICC code and the law, ending in separate punishments. In Butt & Co case, they are looking at both angles. Also Code violations have a lower bar of proof.

  • Shah Ji on September 4, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is doing a very good job,Keeping a very low profile and tight lips, waiting for the real facts and dust to be settle down.Every one else including You are over reacting or over stepping on a "tabloids story".Although Police investigations are in process and no one even "The Majeed" has been charged with any wrong doing. ICC/ACSU has trown the biggest "NO BALL". punished "The Players" with suspension and withdrawing their names from award list.

    "Where are the rules of Justice". Where are the officials and journalist who believe in wait and patience.

  • arehmani on September 4, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    I have no doubt since the departure of Imran Khan, many of the Pakistan cricket matches were fixed, for almost 20 years Pakistan Cricket board nor ICC could come up with any set of procedures to counter the alleged match fixing. These players are dealing with the some of the most sophisticated crooks and they know how to play safe. Given few more months, these guys will be back and this illegal betting and match fixing will stay the course. We are simply kidding our self to think it will be eradicated.

    Only one way to stop corruption, is to stop playing cricket.

  • BACK FOOT PUNCH on September 4, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    i cant understand from where and how the 'foreign conspiracy' theories are coming from as i know that no one can be benifited from intentionally attenuating already attenuated cricket in pakistan. I understand that many pakistani fans in order to be loyal to the last and stop humiliation,will try and bring any reason or conspiracy theory.but my advice is CUT THE FINGER EARLY TO SAVE THE WHOLE BODY. And those who think BCCI is behind scene for all this,might think- BCCI attacked sri lankan cricketers, BCCI sent clouds to cause floods in pakistan, BCCI conspired in the appointment of pakistan's favourite punching pad-ejaz butt, BCCI used its bank balance to spun the balls for graeme swann........... ha! WHAT A FREAKY JOKE!!!

  • Srini on September 4, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    The right decision for PCB is to voluntarily withdraw playing any international Cricket until this inquiry is completed to its logical conclusion and the team is completely cleaned up from undesirable players who were willing to sell themselves to Bookies and cause immeasurable harm to the game itself.

    The team has to be built from ground up with new and talented players for which there is dearth in Pakistan.

    This is also the best time to bring in past players with unquestionable reputation to team commitment and national pride (Imran, Javed, Aamir Sohail, Rameej, etc..) into PCB to oversee the rebuilding phase.

    - Srini

  • Rauf on September 4, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    The more I look at it the more I am convinced that these players were setup. Yes no one put a gun to their heads to accept any money but bookies are smart, they will target those who they know are vulnerable to this kind of offer. They all knew Majeed and his brother. He was their agent to get them advert deals etc. News Of The World (a tabloid with almost a weekly lawsuit against them for slander and false accusations) approach Majeed (a person with same properties as the tabloid) to setup these players. It will be assured that Majeed does not go to jail for his part (he is already bailed out without any charge) and NOTW gets cheap publicity out of the whole thing. Bring in the BCCI run ICC as the willing participant to kick Pak cricket in the teeth any chance they get and we have a picture perfect betting scandal involving two of the best seam bowlers in the world.

    While in IPL, you could bet your mother right under ICC's nose and get away with it :)

  • haroun rashid on September 4, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    This is by far the best and most sensible article I have read so far on this whole sorry matter.Just two comments. It would have been better if PCB had themselves suspended the players instead of waiting for ICC to do it. Suspension, while they are given an opportunity to clear their names is a perfectly normal procedure and not an admission of guilt. Secondly, who decided that our bumbling and discredited High Commissioner in London should wade into this. THe man is an unguided missile. Every time he opens his mouth he puts his foot further into it.

  • I-Indict-You on September 4, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Mr. Kamaran Betassi, you are also one of the biggest culprits. You always supported captains and players who were corrupt ... you always denounced people like Younis and Yousuf. Your 'english' writings won't absolve you on the day of judgement - which will come depite your disbelief in it.

  • bq on September 4, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    setup by india ,icc is controled by india,if there was match fixing then it should have brought into icc attention before match which it didnt happened just because india wants pakistan out of world cup and england is playing along

  • MyComments on September 4, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    People must Google "Mohammad Mosaddegh and Operation Ajax". We may not rule out conspiracy at small scale against Pakistan and players.

  • Mubin on September 4, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    For everybody defending pur players saying that it is a set up:

    Even if it is a set up, it doesn't take away the greed of our players. So, lets clean up our house before blaming somebody that they set us up and we got into it. They didn't ask us to get into it. They provided the means and we by means of the darkness within us fell for it. So, its bloody our fault.

  • Meety on September 4, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    @Humayan - correct, I don't like the method of NOTW, but they seem to be more effective than the ICC corruption watchdog! @aftab - LOL re: tainted xi & International Tainted League (ITL) - pure gold!

  • Meety on September 4, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    @Zarina Wahib - I understand your frustrations however the players were seen accepting monies, hard to disprove illegal intent. Also the ICC appears unlikely to ban Pakistan from international cricket, and most fans would not want to see that happen. @onlooker - I agree that Pakistan is not the sole/root cause of match fixing. The root cause of match fixing resides primarily with illegal indian book-makers. I am not saying the Indian cricket team, particularly as the incentive for an Indian cricketer must be fairly low given their earnings from the game through sponsorship & retainers + match fees. Pakistan is an easy target for crime syndicates, Imran Khan once talked about how he once got wind of a match fixing event around 1990, when he was captain, he blasted the team & said anybody who didn't perform to expectations would aface the consequences & he got the management to bet all their players pay pool on winning. Pakistan won the tournament. Issue = match fixing in Pak 20yrs ago.

  • Meety on September 4, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    @Asad - some good points, although you sort of strayed from cheating in its "pure sense". Also Bodyline was outside the spirit of the game & was not cheating. It became outlawed afterwards. Botham/Lamb/Khan issues is just heresay squabbles. Atherton fine retrospectively is weak, my opinion on ball tampering is that it is more of an issue today then in yesteryear. I remember G Lawson was a bowler who liked to really pick the seam, and bowlers seemed to try to shine the ball alot more, also sunscreen off the forehead would be wiped onto the ball. The sneaky method used nowadays particularly in ODI's is to make sure your throw from the outfield bounces to the keeper. @Yousaf Khan - Agreed, if the sting is completly false, NOTW needs to be sued $1bn US. In saying that there were players seen taking money & that is going to be hard disprove the intent to match fix, regardless of whether is sufficient court evidence.

  • Meety on September 4, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    @Riz Shamsi - mate cricket is full of dropped catches & batting collapses, it is the nature of the sport & those situations are not enough to prove match-fixing. ALSO - most people want Pakistan in World cricket, howver they don't want the off-field scandals. @K - interesting point re: winning the world cup & throwing a couple games along the way. That would raise a few conundrums. I suppose if it happenned to Australia & they had to send a 2nd XI to the World Cup I would be proud of whatever they achieved, rather than see a victorious bunch of match-fixers. Easy to say when your country has won the last 3 W/cups. @Imtiaz - re: Akmal, Ian Healy says Akmals woes were of a form/technique issue. Akmal had come to Healy BEFORE the Sydney test, Healy agree to work with in Hobart because he couldn't help before Sydney. One wonders what might of been..... @Jawad - true but who will dissolve the PCB or follow any findings?

  • M KHAN on September 3, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    I think the way this episode of alleged fixing is carried out by english media is totally disproportional to the actual facts of the case which is if anyone not yet noticed is that there is no valid proof that can hold in court of law against the PAK boys. Yet the way the english media has reported stinks of their usual hostility towards PAKISTAN.I mean is it not obvious looking back how they have reported PAK cricket issues. E.g ball tamnpering where they made out that only PAK does it was when everyone knows it is widely spread since game started and big names have vindicate PAK stance.Another egg on their faces was how they reported woolmer's death.Right from begining,quiet similar to this case, they made out as if PAK was culprits and every angle of their reporting was biased.But in end as we know it was confirmed he died of natural causes.It infuriates me the stresses the PAK team has to put up with everytime they tour eng.I salute the high commissioner for his attacking stance.

  • Noman on September 3, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Interesting article,my take on this whole fiasco is they got caught. Yes indeed they got busted on tape, other wise this happens all the time in cricket and people who think otherwise probably also believe in the tooth fairy. If they are found guilty my recommendation would be to charge them with stupidity as well. Only stupid people get caught. Lets hope our one day and 20/20 team are smarter and use better judgement and by that I mean they don't get caught, cause lets face it people some kind of fixing will always be there.

  • cricketlover on September 3, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    how ICC can be impartial when its leader ( CE Haroon Logat) was selected on colour basis . Since A nation so called powerhouse of cricket brought politics in ICC , it has become dysfunctional and puppet body who is serving only one member interest rather than cricket overall . Best example is ICL , players were banned to play international cricket after playing in ICL because specific board didnt approve it , Its shame ICC , governing body is become more political organisation and fulfilling certain members agenda rather than cricketing agenda. i blame ICC for all this trouble because it has failed to protect integrity of game, i think ICC should look towards FIFA . how strong and impartial is that organisation

  • GURUJI on September 3, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    Everybody deserves forgiveness. Let us all follow teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and forgive these players. Lets move on with life . Lift the ban and let them play cricket. Nothing wrong in fixing some no balls . Peace & OhmShanti Om !!!

  • GopalaKrishna on September 3, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Hello Kamran, this is again nice work from you. I'm a frequent responder on you blog if you remember and am shocked when heared the three players involved in this fixing scam.I am a India cricket fan but loved pakistan cricket that much as any Pakistani cricket fan. Trust me pakistan cricket now needs a break of 1-2 years or at least till world cup (Because I cannot imagine World Cup cricket without best Pakistan team not under rated one).I thought this Slman Butt is from a well educated/well placed back ground and will bring Pakistan cricket some sanity with his method like Imran Khan, but all my expectations are shattered.I think the glory of Pakistan cricket ended when two great Ws retired and humiliated at the end of their careers.These young lot are worthless. Only god can save Pakistan cricket.

  • Bob on September 3, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    ...but slight chance of a fight, ponting senses our bowlers might cause trouble, the world takes a double take on our team, as they rebuild again and look lean and mean, so winless before but plenty of hope, until majeed shows up with lots to boast, devil tempts the team, pcb corruption machine, ijaz butt playing fool again - two times So fans dismayed, sunken cheeks, hard lines loss of innocence and trust is shot, asif running out of lives how many chances have the team now got, anger in cricket, team at a loss, zardari running wild, the devil is his boss, pak are suffering, floods are shuddering to think we came so far, yet lost our way, now were at the end and judgement day will only rescue us, the team bus leaves the hotel, but the toll from the bell is coming to us, RIP pak cricket, were in eternal loss.

  • Bob on September 3, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Yo, Yo, hear me now!...

    well 2006, rumours after the match fix, drugs, dope, no hope as asif and shoaib miss the boat for the trophy of champions, younis comes in and he's got the touch of midas, gel the team so they kick -ass, but he throws the toys out the pram, and wham bam heading into the world cup 07 where they choke slam their chances, Bob woolmer (rip) has enough of this sh*t, gets too much, his hearts not tough enough, death in the camp, we're far from champs now, rebuild! rebuild! Malik in the top seat, feeling the heat, but its 2008, t20 takes hold and were doing great, right until sri lanka ambushed, gunmen take rule, ijaz butt plays the fool - one time Younis leads us in 09, being cruel just to be kind so players get the hump, mutiny and loss of cricket leave pakistan behind, PCB running blind no cricket killing the passion, no players developed and ready to take the baton, Move on to Oz, and we fear becuase no wins look likely, but bowlers are sprightly,

  • Javaid Abbasi on September 3, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    When these players are found guilty they should be given such a harsh punishment that no player ever dare cheat this great game of Cricket which was once known as the game of honest people and the game of Gentlemen which it still is; we need to identify the dishonest and corrupt people and kick them out forever.

    Unfortunately, for Salman Butt, he has been acting very guilty. Not once has he said that he has not done anything wrong and that he is not guilty when asked if he was guilty. He just twists his answers and does not answer in a simple yes or no - he is either guilty or he is not!

    As for Asif and Amir, they cannot even speak a word of English - how are they gonna defend themselves only God knows. But, they are acting very obviously guilty too. I cannot believe this Asif guy; he has no brains whatsoever. He has had so many close calls - he is very lucky to be still playing test cricket - with the law but finally his time is up. He deserved the kick he got from Shoaib Akhtar.

  • Muhammad Asif on September 3, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Why don't ICC ban officials involved also. It cannot take place without Boards involvement.

  • Jahangir Ahmed on September 3, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    The management is doing everything it possibly can to DESTROY cricket in pakistan and hurt millions of die hard fans who would love to see their beloved countrymen be on the top once more. Politics, just like everything in pakistan has rottened cricket there aswell, such a shame pakistani's don't deserve this at all. WAKE UP PAKISTAN AND THROW OUT THESE CORRUPTED CROOKS WHO ARE TAKING AWAY EVERYTHING FROM YOU.

  • arif iqbal on September 3, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    the interviews on radio and TV in UK given by the pakistan High commissioner to London have been ill thought out misguided and are damaging to Pakistan. this chap has no idea about diplomacy. To claim that he 100% sure that the players are inocent because they have told him and his team of people who interviewed them is a typical Pakistani attitude to such matters, this guy has no respect for cricket, needs to be sacked

  • ahmed on September 3, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Idont think ICC have any rights to ban them coz scotland yard and british police are claiming that they dont have enough evidence to take some action and agree with watson whats the role of ICC anticurruption code and why is it happening in their presence. the best move will be make younis captain and yousaf vc in test and younis vc in odi's. i thinh they ll reunite the team. feeling sorry for young amir coz he is not mature and experienced like salman and asif.best of luck pakistan. v still love you.

  • Brahma on September 3, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    To those who suggest that the mere non-selection (leave alone the suspension) has already tagged the 'trio' unfairly as guilty: In the US, if a police officer discharges a firearm in the course of an event, (s)he is immediately placed on administrative leave. Even if there is no injury or fatality. Then there is an investigation to see if there was enough cause for firing the weapon. Does it mean the officer is deemed to be guilty just because of being placed on admin leave?!

  • Vivek on September 3, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    People are saying its a conspiracy, some points appear valid also. But how come Salman Butt was having the marked currency notes. It means only one thing...he did accept money from the bookie.

  • Undhoti on September 3, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Here are the facts

    1. Match fixing started from Sharjah 2. 1st case of match fixing in Sharjah was one where Imran took 6-14, Pak were chasing 127 to win & at one time were 32-0 but still lost (NOTE: Imran was not the captain in this match) 3. In few months time, Miandad left the captaincy in favor of Imran, Pak cricket was clean while Imran was at the helm (read recent comments of Imran when he found 4 senior players were trying to fix a match) 3. Blatant Max Fixing : Pak vs NZ and Pak vs Zim : 3rd test both sereies after Pak hammered the opp. in first 2 tests. Captain - Salim Malik 4. After that all Pak's matches where they lost from position of winning to losing 5. Present: The only guilty person in the team is Salman Butt the captain abd Ejaj Butt - the chairman, Butt the captain ordered Aamir and Asif to bowl no balls and Butt the chairman got his 20%

  • qasemh on September 3, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    The usual suspects (cronies of Mr 10%) are at it again, further embarassing the Pakistanis by throwing in conspiracy theories. Real classy Mr. Wajid and Butt.

  • K RAVI CHANDRA on September 3, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    I sincerely feel that until and unless proven guilty, we should not call these players as cheats. Even a murderer gets a chance to prove his innocence. Therefore, we should allow the law to take its own course. I am also surprised at some comments insinuating that, somehow or the other, entire blame should be on India or BCCI. This is very surprising. The same was insinuated when the Lahore Bus attack took place. Even if we accept that some Indian bookies were involved, how does this give a right to Pakistani players to be corrupt. We can only hope and pray that all this is a huge misunderstanding or mischief and we get to see the brilliance of Asif and Aamer once again, as only Pakistan can produce such world class fast bowlers.

  • Annonymous on September 3, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Restricting the trio is indeed a step towards calming the issue or making sure that the tor goes ahead and the ECB makes it 10 million pounds or close to that. The most relevant issue is that how everyone jumps onto the Pakistan Cricket Team when there is even a hint of misdemeanor. Laws are to be equal for all cricketing teams and players but somehow it seems they are always different when Pakistani's are concerned there is always a new standard to judge us.

    Is this another Indian & English propaganda to isolate us from the world or just another English daily's ruse to earn a few big bucks. I guess only time will tell given that the enquiry is just and if the players come out clean, God help the accusers.

  • Brahma on September 3, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Sajjad, let us not be naive here. If the undercover reporter had gone to the police, there would likely have been either a leak or a press conference. In any case, it should be a simple matter of comparing the serial numbers on the notes handed to the "agent", against those found in the rooms of the suspended players. What fools, to get paid in cash in the middle of an overseas tour?

    Also, did you not see the level of over-stepping in those no-balls? And the fact that the PCB and players took their time professing their innocence.

    But I do agree that the other four whose names were initially linked to this sordid affair, should also be exposed and suspended.

  • Mohammad Asad on September 3, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA.....

    Obviously ban for life ...if found guilty !!!! It's good for Pak Cric. future... Yeah - a bit sorry for the lose of a young talent....But No Choice Pak can not put their Cric. Future at stake for them...

    Do not worry !! Lot of talents in Pak..Lot of talents will come!! Pakistani should save their Cricket Fiture first at any cost....

  • Salman on September 3, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    it is a height of injustice to our boys. It is an obvious plot, and no one knows who made the video and when it was made, obviously after the event of no balls. The irony is, ICC forced pakistan to suspend our players, just on allegations. That is a total injustice (and they call it the right thing to do). Our Ijaz Butt more then complied and surprised them with his obedience (instead of standing for truth - following the Zardari's track), and so here we are, our players involved in an obvious set-up stand suspended, while the accused got bail from the court. This is the height of injustice!!! ICC and ijaz butt are involved in this crime and need to answer!

  • desihungama on September 3, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    This is what happens when youngsters try to emulate the legends, literally. We have turned these second rate persons with first class cricketing abilities into legends and icons. Of course the young and new will try to emulate on and off the field. Not everyone fits to be a role model. This menace was started by none other than our beloved legend Wasim Akram. No wonder when new players say they want to be like him they literally want to be like him. I will never forget till the day I live that he (Akram) sat out the quarter final of 96 World Cup. Since he could not fix the match so he sat out.

  • Zain Haq on September 3, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    The only solution is: let it continue however it is going. Dont care about it: Pakistan as a country hits one iceberg during its journey, loses a bit of the ship's body, then hits another one.. but never sinks.

  • Adil on September 3, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Nice article, I agree that the game of cricket is, and should be above any player, no matter how talented he might be. Without suggesting that they are guilty or not, the sheer mental trauma and the respect and dignity of the whole team, and in turn the whole country on line, it is better to step aside and let the dust settle. People miss matches in past due to injury, due to form or in PCB's case, due to favourtism, so if these three miss few matches due to this saga why it is such a big issue? On another note, this whole saga reminds of your article about regional bias in the team. Why it is that people from Karachi, Rashid Latif or Basit Ali or Younis Khan or Shahid Afridi are in the un-wanted list of players from one province? and interestingly all of the players accused or involved in such corrupt practises belong to one province. To name a few, Inzi, Wasim, Waqar, Ata, Mushtaq, Saeed Anwar and now Butt, Amir, Asif...?

  • sajjad on September 3, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    The English press is again having ago at Pakistan Cricket Team, ever since we started beating England there have been things written about the Pakistani teams,first it was ball tampering but now it is called reverse swing,is this the same Mazhar Mahmmood the New of the World reporter who set up Bruce Grobbler the Liverpool goalkeeper of cheating,who was later found not guilty.The pictures in the newspaper show this Majeed showing a jacket full of money according to the newspapaer to Wahab Riaz and in the next picture Wahab Riaz is wearing the jacket why is he not involved in this so called scandal.Why has Kamran Akmal been all of a sudden dropped from this scandal, he was one of the four mentioned by the newspaper and if as the newspaper said that they had this information before the Lords test match why did they not hand this information to the police and they could then see if the no balls were bowled at the said time.The video could have been made afterward.

  • salman on September 3, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    @ Inty I don't understand what you mean by when Ijaz Ahmed and Waqar Younis are incharge it shouldn't come as a surprise? Do you mind eloborating on that?

    I agree with the trio's exclusion from the limited over series. It would have been really awkward if they played. Even though nothing has been proven yet but I think it is a good think to do to keep them out till the investigation is complete.

  • Brahma on September 3, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Over the decades, Pakistan has shown their ultimate disregard for rectitude. Often, one scandal barely ends before the next begins. It is all part of their way of thinking. Look at their country right now. A large part of the country was never in the government's control to begin with. They negotiated with the enemy, and got stabbed in the back in return. The the devastating floods. And still, their worthy citizens are not above some common decency. They bomb their own people on a daily basis, and further the agony of the common man.

    Do such things happen in any other country, especially a democracy? The latest match-fixing scandal is bad news, but let's remember the mentality of the people behind the scenes. Let's not start pointing fingers at non-existent, ghost scandals in India, the IPL, etc.

  • Richard S on September 3, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    "The Real Cheaters of Cricket ‘Jellybeangate’ In the second Test between England and India at Trent Bridge in 2007, things broke out into school ground behaviour when an un-named England player started scattering jellybeans around the Indian batting crease. The Indians complained afterwards but the culprit never came forward. Rumours are that it was Ian Bell."

    yeah, thats well worse than match fixing that is

  • hothamid on September 3, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    @anoop - just read your post on outsideedge.wordpress.com - you describe so well the feelings of a cricket fan who is sad at the loss of one of the most brilliant performers "amir" of the last decade - what a pity ! i pray every day that its all a bad dream but the hunters are frenzied and the hunted vanquished

  • bill on September 3, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    The pakistan setup is corrupt all the way through. It is a complete farce defending the players and claiming some kind of setup. We have seen it many times before, where players get a lengthy ban by the PCF and then a year or even months later when the limelights is off, the ban is lifted and the players are reinstated.

  • Rauf on September 3, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    I will blame ICC for this mess. They allow certain things to continue under their collective dosed off noses only to be woken up by something like this. At the end of the day, it's all about money and financial security. Before someone with "holier then thou" attitude flame me with their rant, let me lay out some facts. Pak players are perhaps the most underpaid out of all test playing countries. There are no teams visiting Pak any time soon. They are not invited to IPL where legit money can be made and ICL was banned by ICC and BCCI where they could. There is no other cash cow waiting for Pak players.. So along comes one of 100's of illegal bookies in Mumbai with millions to dole out to any taker. "What's a no ball.. just a single run. No body will know", a bookie may say to an 18 year old naive bowler. We can ban the whole Pak team and illegal betting will just move to another target. Make sure players are paid well to cancel out illegal bookies and bettings.

  • A. Khan on September 3, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Lots of posters saying that other countries players were not suspended, banned etc. for match fixing and Pakistan is being singled out etc.

    Firstly, two wrongs do not make a right. It is the duty of our cricket board to ensure that integrity of cricket is maintained in Pakistan. Ditto for ICC globally. Unfortunately, we, as a nation still suffer from colonial hangover and cannot forcibly put our case forward. Did PCB make a lot of hue and cry over foreign players admission that they accepted money from bookies? No, they didn't.

    PCB officials are just interested in their foreign jaunts and the perks of a high profile job. And this corruption runs into the board as well. Consider spot fixing on team selection for tours. Don't tell me you were never surprised that such and such player was not selected but a completely inexperienced player was. Does that ring a bell ? This has happened as recently as this tour to England.

    Secondly, why are players cosying up to this Mazhar individual ?

  • melbourne jim on September 3, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    I've read all the above and I'm amazed that some (not many, thankfully) are blaming this appalling scandal on various conspiracies, irrelevant legal points etc etc etc. What are the odds of the 3rd ball of the 3rd over and the last ball of the 10th over being no-balls (not to mention the mid-pitch conference the next day before another predicted no ball)? I bet they're about the same as both umps being hit by lightning at the same time. Get your heads out of the sand, all you apologists-for-cheats. It's attitudes like yours that are dragging cricket into the slime that is rapidly approaching unless honesty prevails.

  • Vishwa on September 3, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Kapil Dev's recent idea is worth considering -- he has suggested that Pakistan Cricket be handed over to Imran Khan as he is the cleanest Cricketer Pakistan has ever produced.

  • Imran Khalid on September 3, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Totally agreed with what Kamran has said

  • Mohamed Khan on September 3, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Considering all that is going on in Pakistan and all that has happened in the past, I wouldn't be surprised at all if Moh. Amir is older than 18 and he is lying about his age.

  • Yassar on September 3, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    The REAL and MAJOR problem with Pakistan cricket is the people running the sport in the land are not competent enough to do so. The PCB needs a complete overhaul of it's set-up and activities. These allegations are as much a failing of the board as they are of the players. What needs to happen just to start is

    1. The board needs to be run independent to the government. You do not need a patron of the board 2. A competent board needs to be put in place (which in future would be elected by cricketing regions in the country). Needs to be headed by a proven commercial chairman. 3. Grassroots cricket needs immediate and sustained focus 4. All provinces need equal focus and weightings and support (not just Punjab & Karachi) 5. Sustaiined education for players and staff on key issues such as drugs, match fixing and other forms of corruption 6. Marketing of the game within the country needs to massively improve in order to generate revenue for cricket to sustain itself in the country

  • Anoop on September 3, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    The latest scandal has been heartbreaking even for non-Pakistan fans. Just the other day I was relieved at being able to switch from the mind-numbing tedium of the Ind-SL series to watch Amir's brilliance. To decide to make an 'example' of him would be pushing cricket closer to the brink of irrelevance. Such talent cannot be manufactured in academies and cricket cannot survive without it. My piece as an open letter to Mohammad Amir is on outsideedge.wordpress.com

  • Salman on September 3, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    ICC in pocket of BCCI a person HEMANT talking here about terrorisium & saveral other sick thoughts. but no buddy is waiting for the investigation no end. Previously many countervercies were against Pakistan now the current one of trio what ever happen, dosent matter what people says THe brilliant tallent will keep coming and the fools will always try to defeat them by other things but the game.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Muhammad Zahid on September 3, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    The ones who are trying to act as lawmakers are fools. Now you can't even understand it now. Read the full story when the Scotland Yard is doing the investigation who the hell ICC is to suspend the players without any evidence. First Haroon Logart assured us that no action is taken until proven guilty, Suddenly call came from Sharad Pawar and he immediately suspend the players. I think the Pakistani people should support their players rather then malign them. How Sharad Pawar know that players are guilty may be the bookie of india told him sir I had done my job now do yours. Wake up call for all Pakistani people who have little sense left with them who are after their blood.( Aamir specially).

  • sandeep on September 3, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    i have great regards for you and the way you write but disappointed that even you took this line ..."For players who may have fixed the outcome of matches, the punishment should be life bans. Less serious offences can carry alternative punishments under the ICC code." which means Amir should not be banned ??? if you had told me that why amir even though is so gifted compared to say a praveen kumar, who at best is street smart cricketer and at worst run of mill bowler ,but earns a quarter of praveen then i would have agreed

  • Jay on September 3, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    I think the culture of 'ban today, captain tomorrow' should go. If the PCB does some wishy-washy stuff, it could be alleged that they are also involved. In which case, the ICC or some other body should step in and impose fit punishment. WHy ban Pakistan alone from int'l cricket? ALl forms of int'l cricket including that stupid road cicus, IPL should be stopped for a year. Pakistan cricket team should be banned for two years and guilty players (let's stop this quibbling on spot fixing and match fixing) should be banned for life, while the bookies who tried to induce these cricketers should be put behind bars.

  • Tahir Rashid on September 3, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    I am certain this is a set up to frame the Pak players no doubt. We must support the guys rather than pointing loaded weapons at them. They are going through a torrid time and finger pointing will not help any one. I am sure they will be exonerated soon Insha'Allah. Calls for treason charges are premature at this stage. So I remind my fellow countrymen to rally behind the accused whilst investigations are being carried out.

  • wajid ali on September 3, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    pcb backs these trio it is not right way becuase video whether fake or real but these trio dfinatly involve in match fixing tell me why Afridi resigned from the captaincy in the mid of series and why yunas khan resigned from captaincy and Aqib JAwed clearly told pcb standing commette about Kamran Akmal involving in match fixing and their colligues(Salman, Amir, Asif and malik). This group dont want to see Afridi, Yunas Khan, Yousaf, and Akhter in the Team. i suggest pcb held re inguiry of Austrailia tour.

  • Azfar on September 3, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Seeing that the PCB and the Pakinstan govt is upto it's usual flip-flops, ICC took the right decision to step in and suspend the players. This has again undermined the PCB, who was taking a stand that the players should continue till they are proven guilty. I completely agree with Kamran Abbasi, that PCB's stand was a political one which is causing more damage to Pak cricket. They should be in damage control mode now. Show the world that they are sincere to clean the mess. They are giving the opposite impression. To top it all, the high comissioner says that the players have been 'set-up'. There is a saying in Urdu 'Har shaakh pe ullu baitha hai, anjaam-e-gulistan' kya hoga'......so we have different kinds of statements from Yawar Saeed, Sports Minister, Ijaz Butt, the high comissioner....well...the saga continues...

  • Noor on September 3, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Why do Pakistanis try to make a wrong right. Butt, Asif and Aamir are guilty and its no use trying to defend these players. Butt was found with large sums of money in his room, which he claims was his sister dowry,get a life Salman Butt who are you kidding?

    Very disappointed with Pak high commissioner claiming it was a set up, another fool representing Pakistan. Man! admit that what your players did was wrong, instead of defending them and wasting everybody's time, be honest and dont try to look for lame and ridiculous excuses and Pakistani look more stupid then we are.

    I hope the ICC put a stop to this nonsense and ban all the Pak players who have tainted our country.

  • Ahsan Sami on September 3, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    And the eagerness to eradicate this so called "corruption" finally bore result in the form of Pakistani Trio's suspension from international cricket. But the question is, how can you press charges against the players when the police inquiry as of now is still in progress. How can two inquiries be carried out in parallel for the same offense? Is it a sane approach?

    Although this is a disappointing development, it was not totally unexpected. Right from the very first moment when this scandal was broken as news report, then entire cricket management was found very keen to take action against "Players Involved in Match Fixing", without even considering the basic human right, A person is innocent utill proven guilty. But to these administrators, mere media reports were enough to prove our players' guilt. They were so convinced that Mr. Haroon Lorgat almost gave a deadline for taking action action against our players when he said "Some action must be taken against Pakistani Players by Thur

  • rims on September 3, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    I am an Indian and still I feel so bad about pakistan cricket. We will never have someone like Amir.We only get to see him when he plays for Pakistan. And yet he is so beautiful to look at. If people like Mr Izaz Butt are corrupting that beauty, they need to be punished. But we need Amir to play again.. plz tell me he will play again.

  • The Truth on September 3, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    1) only 3 players alleged. Yet Majeed was seen given jacket to Wahab and Amin with 10K cash. Both these players are not in investigation, WHY?

    2) when was the video shot? there is no proof of when the video was shot. it could've been on the eve or next night of no balls already being bowled! And why it wasn released next day instead of waiting on 4th day?

    3) Majeed tells the journo that he'll talk to palyers in front of him to show its all real. But we don't see any evidence of that.

    4) The only evidence based here is 3 no bowls. none of the players are seen in the video or heard talking to majeed on this. only wahab and amin seen but they are not part of investigations.

    So in light of above it seem like a setup and the whole world is jumping to conclusions. These players are innocent until unless proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. As far as i can see there is plenty of doubt here!

    PS: tell Harsha bhogle to be man enough to allow comments on his article about this!!!

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on September 3, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Now that the trio of Salman, Amir, & Asif have been suspended by ICC,it is evident that ICC has found enough evidence to prove the complicity of the trio with Mazhar who was paid by the reporter. Mazhar boasted in front of the camera, that he paid the Amir & Asif to bowl no balls. It follows that in the near future these villains will face bans & penalties of some sort. If the trio is found to be guilty, they should be banished from playing cricket for life, as a lesson for other cricketers. ICC has to clean up Cricket & compeletely eradicate Spot Fixing or Match Fixing from Cricket. Pakistan will find it hard to replace Amir & Asif, who should never be allowed to play Cricket at any level, if found guilty. Shame on Salman Butt too, if as Captain he was involved in this crime too.

  • aftab on September 3, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Doc - I completely disagree that the fans will not be interested in tainted cricket. There will be new fans interested only in tainted matches. In fact, there is enough corruption in Cricket that every nation should be allowed to have a Tainted XI. They arrange their own tournaments. I can guarantee that no one will bet on their matches. This will solve another problem - the biggest for Pakistani fans at the moment. That is, if a rising young poor talent makes a mistake in the 'unTainted XI', there may be an International Tainted League (ITL) to absorb him. I hope someone pays attention to my proposal and an International Tainted Cricket Council (ITCC) is formed soon. Can't bet on it though under the circumstances.

  • Hemant on September 3, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    Ah! Pakistan! Everyone is out to get them. They are pure and they have been set-up. Even if they have taken the money it is probably because they want to use the money for flood relief ;) Some of them are so poor that their villages don't have generators. They have to be corrupt so their villages can see prosperity and there can be light! You have to "find the root cause" of this incident... just like they have been "finding the root cause" of terrorism. There are no terrorists in Pakistan... they are being "set-up". Sound familiar?!!

  • waterbuffalo on September 3, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    Pakistan is a disgrace to cricket and to sport, I am ashamed to support the cricket team. It happened in 2007, and it happens 3 years later, will these greedy fools never learn?

  • vimaan on September 3, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    I can't believe how many Pakistanis are believing in conspiracy theories. They are just as bad as the cricketers who did the spot fixing. It shows how low the Pakistani society has sunk, that we can't get anything intelligible or sane out of Pakistani public. Mind numbing..

  • Cricket Lover on September 3, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Blaming the whole world will not change the fact that these three took money to bowl no balls in a test match. And only god knows what else was planned and done over last couple of years. However, if you look at in Sidney test after dropping Mike Hussey repeatedly how Kamran Akmal failed to take the bails off when Hussey was half way down to the other end, one thing becomes clear- joke is on those people who support and standby some of these crooked players who do not seem to have any care or concern for their country, cricket or their fans.

  • Swami on September 3, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    Looking at the behaviour of PCB and High Commission it seems to be that the rot goes all the way to the top. The players are being defended vigorously because people at all hierarchies in the chain are receiving a cut of the earnings made by the players. There is no way they can let the players defend themselves because they will start talking. Butt may have got the captain's job only because he was willing to play ball with some senior officials. And Younis cant find his way into the team because he is refusing to tolerate the shenanigans of the crooks. Ijaz Butt remains in his position only possibly because he has been given charge of managing the empire of deceit. ICC is not battling the players, its battling the political administration of Pakistan.

  • Kumar on September 3, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    @asad, in all the cases you mention, the folks were directly "cheating" the opposing team players. In this case, the pakistani cricketers cheated the entire paying population. There is a huge difference here.

    For folks who are "okay" with the current situation (@K), it is not okay for others paying and watching the game to see a game of cheaters.

    I think in all cases where players are found match-fixing or spot-fixing, the team concerned - whether it is India or Pakistan or anyone else - should be banned for a year. And the players concerned should be banned for life. That will surely put an end to corruption in cricket.

  • zaheer khan on September 3, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    My answer to your ten points w.r.t this present match fixing pakistani players is,we in pakistan know that our so called greats are all involved in this match fixing,right from javed miandad to wasim akram to waqar yunis to salim malik,but we forgive them because wour country is corrupt from top to bottom and we are used to tell lies to the world.We stood in front of the world shamelessly playing cricket all these years and its high time we should stopt it now.

    We should excuse our selfes from cricket for atleat 5 years.the situation now is all the cricket fans around the world are changing the channels as soon as see a pakistani players on TV.this is nothing but the truth and its hurting the very basis of pakistan as a nation.

  • onlooker on September 3, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    People keep bad-mouthing the Pakistani team as if it is the whole and sole cause for all that is bad in cricket. Some of us Indians are especially acting all self-righteous while the root cause could lie with India too. Corruption is a malaise that grips India,Pakistan and Bangladesh and has become deep-rooted in our daily lives. What is happening out on the cricket field is just another manifestation of this evil. This is no excuse but when such crushing poverty exists in our countries, it seems almost natural that people would do anything to get some extra dough.

    It is sad that this had to happen now, especially when Pakistan is reeling from floods and attention will be diverted from the true problems the country is facing.

  • Hasib on September 3, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    I feel sorry for Amir. What do you expect from a 18 year old kid when you don't have anyone to look up to. Was reading an article on Imran on Uk Independent. It said about an incident before 89 Australasia final. Imran was told that four players were sold and would throw away the match. He summoned the team and told that he would not only kick them out of the team but also ensure jail term. With the way things are in subcontinent, tough measures seem the way to go...

  • Yusaf Khan on September 2, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    Just got this from the Guardian Website. "Scotland Yard, too, found itself in the firing line after the New York Times quoted unnamed detectives alleging they had cut short their investigation because of their close relationship with the News of the World."

    Now how do you expect us to trust the News of the World with this video tape? I mean this is a notorious newspaper. In fact calling NOTW a 'newspaper' is to dishonour all other newspapers of repute.

  • Humayun on September 2, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    I am appalled at the support that naive Pakistani fans are giving to the tainted players. They do not realize the embarrassment the Pakistani nation is being subjected to internationally. Thank God cricket is only played in a few countries. But again Pakistan missed the boat in proving that the nation is NOT one of cheats and is capable of taking concrete steps to weed out corruption. Instead of being proactive and suspending the allegedly corrupt players, they vaccillated and it was left to an outside authority to step in on their independance and act appropriately.TNOW may be a tabloid, but it has a long reputation of succesful sting operations and unmasking truths against many important people, including politicians-and none of them have been Pakistani(for the conspiracy theorists). Video proof and other circumstantial evidence is far more substantial than verbal allegations, and while it may not prove "beyond doubt" in a criminal court of law, it is damning enough for action by PCB

  • Umair Waqar on September 2, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    We have the culprits now and what should we do; punish them? Will it eradicate the problem or just the symptoms? There are unconfirmed reports that the biggest bookie mafia exists in India and yet none questions the humiliating collapse of the supremest batting line up for 88 against New Zealand? I do not intend to point fingers rather I am just presenting a scenario. Cricketing history has been marked with days when one could easily tell that things were too good to be true. Never has ICC or any authority taken any steps to eradicate the problem that has affected almost every major cricket playing nation. I truly believe that banning the players would not solve the problem. You cannot cure illness unless you cure its cause! And banning a cricketing nation is going too far? Why were not South Africa or India banned from international cricket when Hensie Cronje and Azharuddin were found guilty in match fixing scandal?

  • Zarina Wahab on September 2, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    The three players were set up by the "News of the World" and they fell into the trap. The same reporter Mazhar also set up the Duchess of York posing as a rich Sheikh. The newspaper is owned by the Zionist Rupert Murdoch. I beleive the three players naively walked into the trap. Is Mazhar Majeed's picture counting the money also play acting for the benefit of the cameras?

    During their last tour Pakistan were accused of ball tampering yet there was no photographic eveidence despite there being 26 cameras on the ground.

    During the era of Wasim and Waqar they too were subjected to allegations of cheating because they could reverse swing the ball. I feel Pakistani cricket team has been the subject of a lot of unfair press. Why should the whole team be banished when they are not guilty of any crime? It is better for the three players under suspicion to be suspended pending an enquiry but they are innocent until proven guilty. I have no sympathy with Asif though.

  • Saba Loomba on September 2, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    I have never thought that the players are the only ones who are involved. I think many board members from many countries and possibly few umpires are involved too. And there is no way Pakistani Board officials and team management is not involved in this. Look at the arrogant demeanor of Salman Butt , does not it seem that he knows that nothing will eventually happen to him as many bigger fishes have escaped the net in the past. For my worth I can not understand why PCB or pakistan cricket fans should protect the very same players who have sold them for money? If fans behave that way then that is the kind of team they deserve. There will be heartaches again and again.

    Kamran is right. One can really watch in frustration how Ijaz Butt goes down the wrong road almost by instinct.

  • Shafiq Hamid on September 2, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    The E&W Cricket Board's priority seems to be to ensure that the rest of the tour goes ahead – but without the alleged 3 scammers. This is offensive at several levels: it assumes their guilt. it puts money before principle; and it makes a mockery of the cricket which would be played. England are already much the stronger team; now Pakistan would be deprived of their two best bowlers. The matches would be pointless. Far better to scrap the rest of the tour, and, instead of playing a Pakistan XI, let England play a hastily assembled World XI, perhaps including some of the untainted Pakistan players (Shahid Afridi might, symbolically, be allowed to captain), alongside some greats of the past and the present from other countries. Put out urgent calls for Shane, Sachin Lara; Give a hefty percentage of the proceeds to flood relief in Pakistan.

    That's the immediate problem dealt with. Allow Pakistan to get its act together - stop playing international cricket for 3-5 years.

  • ali_a on September 2, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Just heard that players were suspended by ICC. What happened to innoncent until proven guilty? Recently heard Mr Malcolm Speed and Shane Warne pushing for ban on Pak cricket and life bans on players respectively. Mr. Speed and Warne care to explain the following on your bookie dealings??

    http://www.cricinfo.com/match-fixing-anniversary/content/story/463242.html#top%29tory/463242.html#top

    ICC ACSU must be sleeping since it was an Aussie involved. What happened to Mr. Westfield caught in spot fixing in Essex vs Durham game in 2009. Has he been banned for life?

  • Yusaf Khan on September 2, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    A proper investigation should be done and if found guilty the trio should be banned. On the other hand if they cannot be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt then what? Obviously, the damage by NOTW has been done. Furtheremore, if it is discovered that that video is doctored i.e. made post the match then we should all pool money and sue NOTW to a tune of one billion pounds. This money will be used for the flood relief. Also hopefully we can take NOTW into receivership and hence to the dustbin of history where it actually belongs.

  • Aardvark on September 2, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    It's time to burn the entire structure of the PCB down and let the phoenix rise from the ashes.

    I don't think I'm alone in watching a cricket match, any cricket match, and wanting Pakistan to win; other than against England, and even then I get a thrill when they do well. Why? For the last thirty years, Pakistan has been the most consistently exciting cricket team in the world. Not always the best, but always worth the price of admission.

    Modern cricket is *nothing* without Pakistan. It's just the Ashes every four years combined with meaningless junkets between India and Sri Lanka.

    Pakistani cricket is romance, it's aspiration (18 year old geniuses), at its best it's crowd-pleasing, it's the best way to sell cricket to the non-cricket world.

    Right now it's a hideous politically corrupt bankrupt twisted broken mess. CLR James would turn in his grave.

  • N A on September 2, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    There are pros and cons in any decision. You have considered the benefits of dropping the trio but the downside is that they will automatically be considered guilty until proven otherwise - and who knows how long that will take? Everyone has the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Secondly, you will loose the services of the best strike bowlers (arguably)in world cricket. Does that make the present series a fair series when guilt remains unproven? Finally, disbanding the whole team & management is akin to throwing the baby out with the bath water. Perhaps the real benefit of dropping the trio is the likely "improved dressing room" atmosphere & relationship with the ICC & ECB.

  • mk49 on September 2, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    The cricket team representing the "Land of the Pure" is wholly tainted.

  • asad on September 2, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Bodyline The most controversial series in cricket history was the ‘Bodyline’ tour of England to Australia in 1932-33. The tactic of ‘leg-theory’ bowling, aiming the ball deliberately at the body of the opposing batsman to a leg-side field was employed, primarily to combat the genius of Donald Bradman. Several Australian batsmen were hit and injured during the series, leading to ill feeling between the two national teams, with the controversy eventually spilling into the diplomatic arena. Douglas Jardine’s England, spearheaded by the fearsome Harold Larwood, restricted Bradman to an average of 56.57 and England won the series 4-1. But the Australian crowds abhorred Bodyline as vicious and unsporting and as a direct consequence, the MCC introduced a new rule to the Laws of Cricket in 1935 giving umpires the power to intervene if they considered a bowler was deliberately aiming at a batsman with intent to injure.

  • asad on September 2, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    The Real Cheaters of Cricket Ian Botham – sex scandals and drug taking There has been no more colourful or controversial figure in English cricket than Ian Terrance Botham. Botham was suspended briefly in 1986 for smoking cannabis and was accused of racism and ball-tampering by Imran Khan. His private life has also made occasional dramatic appearances in Britain's tabloid newspapers, with at least one extramartial affair prompting a public apology to his wife Kathy. He was also arrested in Australia for assault.

  • Asad on September 2, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    When Mike Atherton was caught on camera taking dirt out of his pocket and rubbing it on the ball against South Africa at Lord’s in 1994, all hell broke loose. Atherton was asked to explain his actions to referee Peter Burge at the end of the day. "Gough is getting some reverse-swing and tells us to make sure we keep our sweaty hands off the rough side. Salisbury rubs his hands in the footholds of an old pitch on the grandstand side and I put some dust in my pocket from a used pitch on the Tavern side. I use the dust to keep my hands and the ball dry three or four times." Law 42.5 states that "No-one shall rub the ball on the ground, use any artificial substance, or take any other action to alter the condition of the ball". Atherton’s defence to the England management was that he was not seeking to alter the condition of the dry and roughed-up ball, but maintain the condition it had already reached.But the excuse differed from what he had told Burge he was charged £2000

  • Asad on September 2, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    The Real Cheaters of Cricket Botham vs Khan libel case 1994 In 1996, the trial commenced in the libel action in which Botham and Lamb sued Khan for remarks attributed to him in an Indian newspaper ‘India Today’ two years earlier. Khan had, in the course of a piece about ball-tampering, allegedly called Botham and Lamb racists and attributed their attitudes to lack of education, class and upbringing. Khan’s position was that he had been misquoted in the article and was only trying to defend himself after admitting that he once tampered with a ball in a county match 18 years ago. This proposed apology was not considered ‘good enough’ by Botham and Lamb and so the libel action carried on to the delight of the lawyers and newspaper editors. The jury decided 10-2 in Khan’s favour, and Botham and Lamb were left to pick up the tab for the costs of the case, estimated at £400,000.

  • Asad on September 2, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    The Real Cheaters of Cricket ‘Jellybeangate’ In the second Test between England and India at Trent Bridge in 2007, things broke out into school ground behaviour when an un-named England player started scattering jellybeans around the Indian batting crease. The Indians complained afterwards but the culprit never came forward. Rumours are that it was Ian Bell.

  • Mohsin Khan on September 2, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    @peednas2002..ECB has not been a generous host without a motive..it has shown this generosity because they looked at it as an opportunity to make money..i believe the cricket we all love so dearly is no longer a sport but a business..the players, the administrators, the media, the sponsors all are in there to make money..this is what happens when corporate culture is brought into sport..and at the moment BCCI is well ahead of the others in this race...

  • Jawed on September 2, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, you ‘ve (again) dodged the “real issue”.

    Q. What is best for Pakistan cricket ? A. 1) Dissolve the PCB board . 2) Conduct judicial inquiry into spot/match-fixing scandal & affairs of PCB board . 3) Judicial inquiry’s findings must be implemented !

    Jawed, Karachi

  • peednas2002 on September 2, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    It has to be noted that England provided gracious hospitality to Pakistan to host test matches between them and Australia and also played test matches themselves. Considering all that has happened on this tour (i.e the players mingling with a bookie & spot fixing) and the latest decision of Pak high Commission to defend the 3 players till proven guilty, it is now really doubtful if any other country will be willing to be a host at all to Pakistan players..

  • imtiaz on September 2, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    How come Kamaran Akmal, who even a blind person can say that he was the reason for Pakistan losing the Sydney test and dropping a million other catches, stumpings, run outs be still playing and a guy bowls one no ball, he gets banned, proceution, maybe jail???? Does that mean that Amir, Asif and Butt dont have the same backing as Akmal? Or does it mean that bowling a no ball for some money is more sinful than making sure that your team loses a match????

  • Faisal Jaan on September 2, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    It seems out of sorts to select a team out of this situation, but here is my new playing eleven.

    Shazaib, Kamran Akaml, Younis, Yousaf, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Afridi, Razzak, Gul, Ajmal, Akhtar.

    If Mr Ejaz butt decides to give some rest to his ego, then Younis can join the team and Pakistan can do wonders. :)

  • westindian on September 2, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Why does anyone think the corruption will go if we sack the team. Why are the good men [Younis, Yousuf, Afridi] always having a hard time with Mr. Ijaz Butt. Why is Shoaib Malik always in the team & not being harrassed. From where I sit in the Carribbean it looks fishy. These guys who are in this , have the backing of the big fish. Shoaib Malik seems to be an agent in the team for someone, that's why he can undermine any captain or harrass any player and get away with it. One more point, get these players to earn legally and they won't try illegai earnings. ICC should make sure they have a chance to play in the big money leagues.

  • K on September 2, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Let's say Pakistan plays a World Cup, fixes a couple of matches and wins the rest and also wins the World Cup. I'll gladly take such a scenario compared to that of Pakistan playing with a bunch of untalented individuals and not winning a single match. As a Pakistani, I feel that most of the nation is rotten from the core. Even if we ban the Amirs and the Asifs now, the people who'll follow will not be hindered from attempting this kind of a thing again. More of the same will arise. And usually I have seen that the Pakistani cricketers who make a great show of abusing the current players for match-fixing are the ones who are mediocre at best when they played or play. And that trend is likely to continue. Untalented players are less likely to be tempted or even approached by bookies. So if I were to choose, I'd rather have supremely talented players with a tendency towards greed for money. When I watch cricket, it's for entertainment. I'm not on a mission to "cleanse" cricket.

  • Riz Shamsi on September 2, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    The decision to take off the 03 players from the touring party is the right one but for me the picture is totally different. Match fixing is well rooted in international cricket. IPL is the biggest example. Australia bowled out on 88... no body thought it could be match fixing by ponting... India twice in Dambulla bowled on 88 and 103 respectivley but no eye brow raised... westindies is on loosing track since long time but we never heard such things from there... 1st Lahore attack on Srilankan team and then taking the rights from Pakistan to host their worldcup mathces on nuetral venue and now this scandal... its part of the well planned chain. few people dont want Pakistan on internation MAP anymore... Pakistan need our support morethan ever... if Pakistani stars are involved in match fixing than there are many more people behind the scenes from other countries... diff is they are not caught yet... be united pakis.

  • Ali Karim Bey on September 2, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad. I still need to understand how the no-balls happened. It cannot be coincidence. There must be some exchange of information, signals, money, etc. Will the inquiry focus on this?

  • Mian Gul Muhammed on September 2, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I think the only way we can save Pakistan Cricket is by removing the current PCB Setup and handing over the management of PCB to professiional managers from either LUMS or any other institution. Short term solution, get rid of all the current Pakistani players. Stop playing cricket till the worldcup. Get a pool of 50 talented under 18s. Coach, train and educate these individuals about their commitments to the sport and Pakistan. Select a team for the worldcup and future assignments from these individuals. Make one of them captain. And groom that team. For future, flourish cricket at school level, keep identifying potential players and keep educating them in PCB acadamies not about cricket but also about drugs, general behaviour and conduct, match fixing etc. Stop invlovement of any and that is any former player in PCB management. Former players if capable can coach youngsters at school levels.

  • khalil on September 2, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    It is very sad that most of the conspiracies against our cricket has arised from the British soil but We should not jump to conclusion. Still we can save our cricket. Qayyum Inquiry was not given due weightage,it deserved. Pak should have disbanded its team on basis of that inquiry to give a strong message to international cricket community & players. If that had happened we would not have been in danger of losing Aamir. Still we should not care about the talented Amir ,instead we should be thinking of our cricket,s reputation as a whole. If proved guilty.Disband the present team & raise a brand new team from the available pool of cricketers. We will find many many Amir & Asif but give a message to your cricketers that no body will be spared if found guilty irespective of the calibre,status,talent or reputation.

  • amirsyed on September 2, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    very nice article kamran, well, i think chairman of pcb has always been humilating not only himself but also the complete nation, n he is such a dumb person , a person widout any respect dat he will never resign till the time he is kicked out, i m complete in favour banning for life time if players are proved guilty, believe me , pakistan has enough cricketing talent dat it wont effect us alot, lets hope authorities dont compromise dis time as they did a decade ago on justice quom inquiry

  • Omar Hussain on September 2, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Dear Kamran Bhai.I have followed Pakistan cricket since i was 5 and we had our heroes Fazal Mahmood and Hanif Mohd.That is 51 years since and i have never felt like this before.Believe me i asked and asked Allah again why Pakistan,why Pakistan ? Such brilliant and decidely world class talent in Asif and Amir and to be cut off suddenly.This was the nadir of Pakistan cricket and i do not believe the corruption in this PCB or the govt. will vanish;it is rooted in the very blood of the Zardari regime.The PCB should be a independent board answerable to the international prevailing in ICC and run by people who KNOW cricket.But mark my word today these players are dropped but as soon as the storm has subsided the crooks will again be on the move to attain more gains.Allah knows whether all these dealings are directly linked to Mr.ten percent.If so you can bet your life he is getting his share.

  • Inty on September 2, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Based on how PCB has reacted so far it doesn't take an academic of Iqbal's brilliance to conclude that the management are complicit. The corruption is institutionalised! It wouldn't be a great surprise if there has been some horse trading going on behind the scenes i.e. The trio may be arm twisting and holding the PCB cronies to ransom by threatening to 'spill the beans' on their bosses complicity! I'm afraid Pakistan cricket has reached a nadir.

    With Ijaz Ahmed, Waqar Younis and Mr Zardari's puppet in charge why should this come as a surprise? You reap what you sow!

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  • Inty on September 2, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Based on how PCB has reacted so far it doesn't take an academic of Iqbal's brilliance to conclude that the management are complicit. The corruption is institutionalised! It wouldn't be a great surprise if there has been some horse trading going on behind the scenes i.e. The trio may be arm twisting and holding the PCB cronies to ransom by threatening to 'spill the beans' on their bosses complicity! I'm afraid Pakistan cricket has reached a nadir.

    With Ijaz Ahmed, Waqar Younis and Mr Zardari's puppet in charge why should this come as a surprise? You reap what you sow!

  • Omar Hussain on September 2, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Dear Kamran Bhai.I have followed Pakistan cricket since i was 5 and we had our heroes Fazal Mahmood and Hanif Mohd.That is 51 years since and i have never felt like this before.Believe me i asked and asked Allah again why Pakistan,why Pakistan ? Such brilliant and decidely world class talent in Asif and Amir and to be cut off suddenly.This was the nadir of Pakistan cricket and i do not believe the corruption in this PCB or the govt. will vanish;it is rooted in the very blood of the Zardari regime.The PCB should be a independent board answerable to the international prevailing in ICC and run by people who KNOW cricket.But mark my word today these players are dropped but as soon as the storm has subsided the crooks will again be on the move to attain more gains.Allah knows whether all these dealings are directly linked to Mr.ten percent.If so you can bet your life he is getting his share.

  • amirsyed on September 2, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    very nice article kamran, well, i think chairman of pcb has always been humilating not only himself but also the complete nation, n he is such a dumb person , a person widout any respect dat he will never resign till the time he is kicked out, i m complete in favour banning for life time if players are proved guilty, believe me , pakistan has enough cricketing talent dat it wont effect us alot, lets hope authorities dont compromise dis time as they did a decade ago on justice quom inquiry

  • khalil on September 2, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    It is very sad that most of the conspiracies against our cricket has arised from the British soil but We should not jump to conclusion. Still we can save our cricket. Qayyum Inquiry was not given due weightage,it deserved. Pak should have disbanded its team on basis of that inquiry to give a strong message to international cricket community & players. If that had happened we would not have been in danger of losing Aamir. Still we should not care about the talented Amir ,instead we should be thinking of our cricket,s reputation as a whole. If proved guilty.Disband the present team & raise a brand new team from the available pool of cricketers. We will find many many Amir & Asif but give a message to your cricketers that no body will be spared if found guilty irespective of the calibre,status,talent or reputation.

  • Mian Gul Muhammed on September 2, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I think the only way we can save Pakistan Cricket is by removing the current PCB Setup and handing over the management of PCB to professiional managers from either LUMS or any other institution. Short term solution, get rid of all the current Pakistani players. Stop playing cricket till the worldcup. Get a pool of 50 talented under 18s. Coach, train and educate these individuals about their commitments to the sport and Pakistan. Select a team for the worldcup and future assignments from these individuals. Make one of them captain. And groom that team. For future, flourish cricket at school level, keep identifying potential players and keep educating them in PCB acadamies not about cricket but also about drugs, general behaviour and conduct, match fixing etc. Stop invlovement of any and that is any former player in PCB management. Former players if capable can coach youngsters at school levels.

  • Ali Karim Bey on September 2, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad. I still need to understand how the no-balls happened. It cannot be coincidence. There must be some exchange of information, signals, money, etc. Will the inquiry focus on this?

  • Riz Shamsi on September 2, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    The decision to take off the 03 players from the touring party is the right one but for me the picture is totally different. Match fixing is well rooted in international cricket. IPL is the biggest example. Australia bowled out on 88... no body thought it could be match fixing by ponting... India twice in Dambulla bowled on 88 and 103 respectivley but no eye brow raised... westindies is on loosing track since long time but we never heard such things from there... 1st Lahore attack on Srilankan team and then taking the rights from Pakistan to host their worldcup mathces on nuetral venue and now this scandal... its part of the well planned chain. few people dont want Pakistan on internation MAP anymore... Pakistan need our support morethan ever... if Pakistani stars are involved in match fixing than there are many more people behind the scenes from other countries... diff is they are not caught yet... be united pakis.

  • K on September 2, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Let's say Pakistan plays a World Cup, fixes a couple of matches and wins the rest and also wins the World Cup. I'll gladly take such a scenario compared to that of Pakistan playing with a bunch of untalented individuals and not winning a single match. As a Pakistani, I feel that most of the nation is rotten from the core. Even if we ban the Amirs and the Asifs now, the people who'll follow will not be hindered from attempting this kind of a thing again. More of the same will arise. And usually I have seen that the Pakistani cricketers who make a great show of abusing the current players for match-fixing are the ones who are mediocre at best when they played or play. And that trend is likely to continue. Untalented players are less likely to be tempted or even approached by bookies. So if I were to choose, I'd rather have supremely talented players with a tendency towards greed for money. When I watch cricket, it's for entertainment. I'm not on a mission to "cleanse" cricket.

  • westindian on September 2, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Why does anyone think the corruption will go if we sack the team. Why are the good men [Younis, Yousuf, Afridi] always having a hard time with Mr. Ijaz Butt. Why is Shoaib Malik always in the team & not being harrassed. From where I sit in the Carribbean it looks fishy. These guys who are in this , have the backing of the big fish. Shoaib Malik seems to be an agent in the team for someone, that's why he can undermine any captain or harrass any player and get away with it. One more point, get these players to earn legally and they won't try illegai earnings. ICC should make sure they have a chance to play in the big money leagues.

  • Faisal Jaan on September 2, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    It seems out of sorts to select a team out of this situation, but here is my new playing eleven.

    Shazaib, Kamran Akaml, Younis, Yousaf, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Afridi, Razzak, Gul, Ajmal, Akhtar.

    If Mr Ejaz butt decides to give some rest to his ego, then Younis can join the team and Pakistan can do wonders. :)