2010: Summer of Pakistan September 19, 2010

Hopeless at Lord's

I want resolution
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Omar Kurieshi, Pakistan's great writer and broadcaster, once sent me on a mission. It was in my early days of cricket writing, and he had recruited me for Sportsweek, his new publication. I was sent to talk to Wasim Akram, possibly the greatest left-arm pacemen of them all and a man besieged by match-fixing allegations. Kurieshi wanted to help him, rescue Pakistan's champion from the baying hounds with the smell of blood in their nostrils. I met Wasim, looked him in the eye, and asked him whether the allegations were true or not. The master of reverse swing was quick to reassure me of his innocence.

The point of this anecdote is not to question Wasim's integrity, it is to highlight a human trait that is not peculiarly Pakistani but has become a common feature of Pakistan's response to match-fixing or spot-fixing allegations. It is simply this: each allegation is seen as a conspiracy or attack on Pakistan, an attack that has to be repulsed at all costs, instead of a red alert about corruption.

These posturings are wearisome but they have now turned outrageous with Ijaz Butt's misfiring accusations against England's cricketers. I don't know which players from which teams are involved in fixing performances and results; only the players and the bookmakers know for sure. I do know that serious match-fixing allegations have surrounded international cricket for many decades.

But the strongest evidence I have ever come across was unearthed by the Indian authorities when they caught Hansie Cronje and others. The most shocking information I have ever seen about Pakistan cricket was released in the recent sting by the News of the World. It had taken a decade to restore much of the faith in the integrity of cricket that was lost last time around, only for it to be shattered by a few minutes of Internet video. I worry about transcripts, recordings, and marked notes but I care little for idle conjecture about slow-scoring, accelerations and decelerations at will; wins and losses at a whim.

I want resolution. I want corruption out of cricket more than I want to save the career of any corrupt cricketer; an attitude that anybody who cares for this great sport must share. I don't want the head of Pakistan's cricket board to put political posturing before establishing the truth surrounding these allegations. I don't want him to accuse another country's cricketers of throwing matches, especially a country that has lent a dime in a summer of need. Instead, I want him to clean up Pakistan cricket.

I want resolution from ICC too. I want the game's ruling body to be a worthy custodian, championing the best in this sport and eradicating corruption. I don't want the ICC to lie dormant until it is roused by media scoops, second to every scandal. I don't want the ICC to pretend that corruption is only skin deep and confined to a single country. I want the ICC to be an organisation that uses power with responsibility and creates a thriving sport full of integrity.

I know these are false hopes in desperate times. The last few days have seen two calamitous acts. First is the inexcusable announcement by ICC that the ODI at The Oval is under investigation, an announcement that left both cricket boards uninformed and 22 players under suspicion. Second is the unfitting attack by Butt on other players and cricket organisations. These harmful instances suggest that the ICC and the PCB have lost control of the crisis and are about to embark on a calamitous confrontation.

I know in my heart that it is probably best for this dread tour to finish now and save us further pain. Yet I also know that I will wend my way to Lord's in the hope that I might see a final stand from Pakistan cricket to defy its critics and to prove its honesty. I will contemplate the value of commenting on performances that may or may not be genuine. I will think back to the boy who once believed that cricket was a proud battle of skill, will, and bravery. I will imagine a time when cricket is again free of the obscenity of corruption. I will watch Shahid Afridi's men perform at the home of cricket, every cricketer's dream, and imagine what Pakistan cricket might have been.

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  • Tahir masood Sandhu on November 17, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    I read a lot on your blog. I have been an avid supporter of all sorts of sports all my life. The history of Pakistan cricket is rife with incidents of Deliberate under performing. Just follow the patterns after appointment of Burki as Pakistan captain. The performance of our team against Sri Lanka,in Pakistan, when Ramiz was pakistan's Skipper, before the world cup of 1996. We lost the series 2-1, after having hander lankans an innings defeat. Amazing Indeed. And guess what happened as a consequence.. Ramiz Lost his place in the team and the speedster became Pakistan's captain. Sharjah also became a hub of match fixing... which continues unabated till today. Who can forget the match we lost to Bangla Desh, and allegedly the whole team, the PCB management of the time and the business family of Raiwind was fully involved. And the series we lost in Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and australia. Winning positions were thrown Away... Amazing Indeed.

  • Atif Yousaf on September 22, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    I am extremely sad and disappointed in writers like Mr. Kamran Abbasi for not including my comments to this article written earlier just because I criticized the ICC and the british media being bias...... Mr. Kamran Abbasi should respect everyone's view as there should be freedom of speeech.... A gud journalist is always a neutral professional....he does not take any sides but for some reason this article shows clearly that the piece written by Mr. Abbasi and the baseless allegations of british media are on the same page.....

  • umair on September 21, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    Kamran you and Osman have surely disappointed pakistani fans by taking the side of your employers,that was the first good thing Ijaz Butt ever did, he tried to call a spade a spade and tried to expose this sinister conspiracy against pakistani cricket.

    You are not doing any service to pakistani cricket either.

  • mahmood on September 21, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    I am extremely dissappointed by writers like Kamran who have joined the westren gutter press in critizing Pak cricket. Ijaz Butt may be the biggest Goof around but in this case its Haroon Logatt who has been accusing, charging and penalizing Pak players without proof. Further English and australian players has issued very damaging statements without any punishment or check. The root cause of corruption in cricket is the illegal betting and gambling setup in India. The bookies are based in Duabi and as in Mazhar Majeed's case also in UK. We have a british national claiming to be a bookie and fixing matches. He is married to an indian national. He claims to have been fixing matches based out of UK. What has ICC and ECB done about that? : nothing except accuse and punish Pak players. Was he arrested? no. Was he charged? No.

  • Nadia on September 21, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Your piece struck a bitter sweet chord with every cricket lover. When you are so passionate about something, especially a sport which is an ongoing relationship, your emotions run on the extreme ends. One day you hate everything about it and the next day you are willing to give up every thing pressing in your life to spend a day watching it. It seems like a relationship gone bad. And as with any true love you can never really hate it enough to part with it. You are bound to come back and perhaps this time with more intensity and feeling than before. It reminds me of Nick Hornby's 'Fever Pitch'. We are an emotional, irrational bunch, aren't we?

  • Muhamamd Sohaib on September 21, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    The comments of Mr. Butt were immature , yet were expected after even more immature act on part of ICC. The comment of Mr. Butt reflectd what the BOOKIES THOUGHT ABOUT CRICKET ENGLAND IN THE MATCH AT OVAL and nothing more should be attaributed to him. It was not sort of comment which hould have come forth from Chairman of PCB. But ICC should also have been careful about charging a team and an administartion, which was under traemendous pressure and should have been sensetive to false allegation levelled by the ENGLISH MEDIA.

  • Mirza Arifain on September 21, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Thanks for English Biased Media and Biased ICC Behaviour that after all those allegations ,Pak cricketers comes up strong in reply and english team taste a series of defeat and which they won were also close matches.Not like one sided Test matches.Many Thanks once again.

  • Shahbaz Ahmad on September 21, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    I think Ejaz Butt action late because all other cricketer speaks at Pakistan teams with out any proof. This makes Pakistani team under pressure. ICC also not working neutrally. As we all know where the match fixing start Zaheer, Jedoja and Koronia belong. But lobby works against Pakistan. We know lobby work against us, due to this Pakistan out to host World Cup. This lobby know want out from cricket.

    I think all Pakistani cricketers like Imran khan, javeed, Zaheer, Waseem etc and each Pakistani should defend the Pakistani team. Help to handle media war against Pakistan.

  • Mirza Arifain on September 21, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    After all these ongoing allegation on Pak cricket and suspension of their front line bowlers but still England Batting is collapsing .They are Still not doing good after putting enormous pressure by English biased media and biased ICC on Pak .England now have to think hard what they have to do before Ashes and world Cup .With these performances, they cannot do any batter in big matches.

  • Mirza Arifain on September 21, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    After all these ongoing allegation on Pak cricket and suspension of their front line bowlers but still England Batting is collapsing .They are Still not doing good after putting enormous pressure by English biased media and biased ICC on Pak .England now have to think hard what they have to do before Ashes and world Cup .With these performances, they cannot do any batter in big matches.

  • Tahir masood Sandhu on November 17, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    I read a lot on your blog. I have been an avid supporter of all sorts of sports all my life. The history of Pakistan cricket is rife with incidents of Deliberate under performing. Just follow the patterns after appointment of Burki as Pakistan captain. The performance of our team against Sri Lanka,in Pakistan, when Ramiz was pakistan's Skipper, before the world cup of 1996. We lost the series 2-1, after having hander lankans an innings defeat. Amazing Indeed. And guess what happened as a consequence.. Ramiz Lost his place in the team and the speedster became Pakistan's captain. Sharjah also became a hub of match fixing... which continues unabated till today. Who can forget the match we lost to Bangla Desh, and allegedly the whole team, the PCB management of the time and the business family of Raiwind was fully involved. And the series we lost in Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and australia. Winning positions were thrown Away... Amazing Indeed.

  • Atif Yousaf on September 22, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    I am extremely sad and disappointed in writers like Mr. Kamran Abbasi for not including my comments to this article written earlier just because I criticized the ICC and the british media being bias...... Mr. Kamran Abbasi should respect everyone's view as there should be freedom of speeech.... A gud journalist is always a neutral professional....he does not take any sides but for some reason this article shows clearly that the piece written by Mr. Abbasi and the baseless allegations of british media are on the same page.....

  • umair on September 21, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    Kamran you and Osman have surely disappointed pakistani fans by taking the side of your employers,that was the first good thing Ijaz Butt ever did, he tried to call a spade a spade and tried to expose this sinister conspiracy against pakistani cricket.

    You are not doing any service to pakistani cricket either.

  • mahmood on September 21, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    I am extremely dissappointed by writers like Kamran who have joined the westren gutter press in critizing Pak cricket. Ijaz Butt may be the biggest Goof around but in this case its Haroon Logatt who has been accusing, charging and penalizing Pak players without proof. Further English and australian players has issued very damaging statements without any punishment or check. The root cause of corruption in cricket is the illegal betting and gambling setup in India. The bookies are based in Duabi and as in Mazhar Majeed's case also in UK. We have a british national claiming to be a bookie and fixing matches. He is married to an indian national. He claims to have been fixing matches based out of UK. What has ICC and ECB done about that? : nothing except accuse and punish Pak players. Was he arrested? no. Was he charged? No.

  • Nadia on September 21, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Your piece struck a bitter sweet chord with every cricket lover. When you are so passionate about something, especially a sport which is an ongoing relationship, your emotions run on the extreme ends. One day you hate everything about it and the next day you are willing to give up every thing pressing in your life to spend a day watching it. It seems like a relationship gone bad. And as with any true love you can never really hate it enough to part with it. You are bound to come back and perhaps this time with more intensity and feeling than before. It reminds me of Nick Hornby's 'Fever Pitch'. We are an emotional, irrational bunch, aren't we?

  • Muhamamd Sohaib on September 21, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    The comments of Mr. Butt were immature , yet were expected after even more immature act on part of ICC. The comment of Mr. Butt reflectd what the BOOKIES THOUGHT ABOUT CRICKET ENGLAND IN THE MATCH AT OVAL and nothing more should be attaributed to him. It was not sort of comment which hould have come forth from Chairman of PCB. But ICC should also have been careful about charging a team and an administartion, which was under traemendous pressure and should have been sensetive to false allegation levelled by the ENGLISH MEDIA.

  • Mirza Arifain on September 21, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Thanks for English Biased Media and Biased ICC Behaviour that after all those allegations ,Pak cricketers comes up strong in reply and english team taste a series of defeat and which they won were also close matches.Not like one sided Test matches.Many Thanks once again.

  • Shahbaz Ahmad on September 21, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    I think Ejaz Butt action late because all other cricketer speaks at Pakistan teams with out any proof. This makes Pakistani team under pressure. ICC also not working neutrally. As we all know where the match fixing start Zaheer, Jedoja and Koronia belong. But lobby works against Pakistan. We know lobby work against us, due to this Pakistan out to host World Cup. This lobby know want out from cricket.

    I think all Pakistani cricketers like Imran khan, javeed, Zaheer, Waseem etc and each Pakistani should defend the Pakistani team. Help to handle media war against Pakistan.

  • Mirza Arifain on September 21, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    After all these ongoing allegation on Pak cricket and suspension of their front line bowlers but still England Batting is collapsing .They are Still not doing good after putting enormous pressure by English biased media and biased ICC on Pak .England now have to think hard what they have to do before Ashes and world Cup .With these performances, they cannot do any batter in big matches.

  • Mirza Arifain on September 21, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    After all these ongoing allegation on Pak cricket and suspension of their front line bowlers but still England Batting is collapsing .They are Still not doing good after putting enormous pressure by English biased media and biased ICC on Pak .England now have to think hard what they have to do before Ashes and world Cup .With these performances, they cannot do any batter in big matches.

  • theabstentious on September 21, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    I think the Pakistan Cricket needs some changes in board &team. The ICC needs even more coz there role has been pathetic. I agree wid what most people said about Ijaz Butt but he has a point that now how can English players prove they r innocent. The answer will be everyone is unless proved guilty. Then why isnt the incompetent ICC not applying the same formula.

  • Anum on September 21, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Personally I believe ECB should not take Ijaz Butt's comments seriously. He was called a buffoon by Malcolm Speeed, and here in Pakistan he is thought as a completely dumb and senile person. Just pray that God gives guidance to the the patron of Pakistan cricket, and he kicks the butt out, better late than never.

  • Ahmad on September 21, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Yesterday Pak win is a slap on English Media, ECB and ICC. ECB and its players knew that they can't defeat Pak fair and square so they did what they are famous for i.e. dirty politics and baseless frauds. Even Without Amir, Asif and Butt, they are defeated and defeat will be for them whenever they will play against Pakistan

  • Rashid on September 21, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    ICC ,PCB and BCCI are corrupted.Look at umpiring it was shameful and should be investigated.And to English fans trust us Both Butts; senior and junior are more hated to us than any one else.BCI never created vibrant cricketers so their mission is to destroy cricket.Yes PCB has done many wrongs,but so is ICC and BCCI.Nothing against few friendly Indians but against the people who hate others even though they are not liked by their owns.

  • Omar on September 21, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Well performed by Pakistani team,they were working hard for it and finally they got the reward... Fans have been hurt as K.Abbasi depicts thru his words... Butt has done something good,for the first time he has raised his voice... Everyone is now criticizing him,what about them,when they put Allegations on our players without proof.. IF there was a betting then the person involved should be barred to play till his death IRRESPECTIVE of his nationality... They should not hurt the fans or the country due to some corrupt people... Why Pakistan has been humiliated? Early suspension without sharing evidence with PCB... ICC corruption uint is Sleeping,Why? If they say that it is because paki is corrupt then i will say in general sense that all the humans are corrupt cause all the criminals are human....

  • cricket lover on September 21, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    i think ijaz should've said "what if people start questioning eng collapse in 3rd odi. it doesn't mean they are fixing. likewise ICC should've handled it better and not implicate pak without any solid proof". and strengthen the tie with eng board. an opportunity wasted really. but thats our BUTT sahib, friend of Zardari sahib. what can you expect?? ICC is useless. its step sister of UN, if you will ;) it should be disbanded i say. haroon logart is incompetent. i agree with Azman that big names of cricket and boards are involved. ICC is now trying to pin it all on pak who are not alone this mess. oh Haroon logart, you might want to employ mazher mehmood and his team. they seem to do a lot better job than your highly paid lazy bums anit-corruption team!! finally i predict that afridi will not make more than 30 runs in the last odi and hafiz will not score another 50...ooops i just SPOT fixing..damn..

  • You Enemy of Pakistani Cricket on September 21, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    You are also a big/huge culprit in destruction of pakistani cricket. You want only those players in team who spend nights before the match in nightclubs. Damn you!!

  • Sanjeev on September 21, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Kamran,

    I agree with you and lots of other commentators that the ICC shouldhave taken into confidence both PCB abd ECB as soon as they got the "evidence" before the 3rd ODI. However, you cant blame ICC too. You will notice that PCB has not even offered to constitute an inhouse inquiry into the terrible Trio's involvement to get to the truth. Has only made statements against first India (High Comissioner) and now England ( The Butt). This does not generate too much confidence, you know, that PCB is serious in tackling this issue. If the same information was ahsred with BUTT, he would have gone back to the team and told them not to do waht they are planning to do- so nothing could have been proved( if at all it was).

  • Samad on September 21, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Honestly if you ask me, this entire situation is getting a little ridiculous. There is too much being held back for the sake of the ivestigation and it is unfair of anyone to jump to the conclusions that they are. Let us not forget that the News of the World is a tabloid...if this evidence is real, let the authorities decide and let if the cricketers are guilty, let them pay the consequences of unfortunate behaviour.

    As a Pakistani fan for life, I would be devastated if these allegations are proven..but if they are.....then let those guilty be banished from the sport. And if they are not...then shame on all of us for being victims of a obvious media feeding frenzy.

    Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Dr. Taufique Ahmed on September 21, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Following on my previous post, other questions which need to be asked are: 4. What is the role of Haroon Lorgat in the matter. His conduct has not been quite exemplary as a CEO so far. 5.Why you and Osman Samiuddin are so deferential to the western media including Sun and NOTW and are reluctant to support the most basic principle of "Innocent until proven guilty through the due process of law" I am not a Pakistani and really I can't care less about what happens to that country and its cricket team; however I strongly champion basic human rights.Also, I am well aware of what British colonialism has done to the subcontinent and have lived through the consequences of it.So Forget about England being gracious in offering a home to Pak cricket; there is always some ulterior motive behind it.In any case, it will be better if Pak team gets a new home somewhere in Asia.

  • Dr. Taufique Ahmed on September 21, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    I generally agree with the sentiments expressed in your article. Ijaz Butt is a senile buffoon and Pak cricket will probably be better off without him; however, despite his reported inappropriate and unsubstantiated claims regarding the english team performance in the 3rd ODI,let's face it, such a dramatic collapse raises some doubts and needs to be investigated. Also, the following questions need to be fully answered: 1. Why is the ICC so beholden to Sun and NOTW that any claims made by these tabloids are taken as gospels and leads to hasty action on the part of the ICC without proper consultation with its affected member bodies and consideration to the onging criminal investigation? 2.Has anyone thoroughly investigated the motives and roles of M. Majeed and M. Mahmoud in the whole sorry saga? 3. Why is there such an unseemly haste on the part of western commentators and media to act as"judge, jury and executioner' in respect of not only the accused players but the whole Pak team?

  • Atif Khan on September 21, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    I agree that Ijaz Butt has to go but his last outburst is right on the money. Enough is enough. Pakistan cricket has been held hostage by the brit cheats of Strauss and gang and they need to be held accountable. The ICC needs to be held accountable of preaching a guilty till proven innocent mantra also. If we had Aamer and Asif the brits would've been creamed in the first 2 ODI's. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. No more touring of England and they surely are'nt welcome in Pakistan EVER!

  • waterbuffalo on September 21, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Look if Pakistan drops catches, gets run out, throws wickets, okay, bowls no-balls, then okay, investigate all you want, but when Pakistan win and England loses 5-17 , then we are the ones investigated, and not the English? Hello , we won the game, the English lost, collapso cricket, so which is more suspicious? Where is the logic? where is the fair play, so whatever Pakistan does, win or lose, Pakistan is the team that gets investigated, the mighty English are let off scot free, hello, Gavaskar once said of the SA-Eng game where Cronje was captain, they forfeited the first innings, and agreed to the game being a one inning game, it was a dead rubber, Eng won, Gavaskar said, if Pakistan/India had done that everybody would have been screaming match fixing, but because it was two white nations, nobody said a word, and lo and behold, it was fixed, and we all know what happened to Cronje, in this case, England lost, and now they are crying like women, pathetic. This is racism period.

  • Pete on September 21, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    Cricket is dead. I loved cricket - and like any love, once betrayed, the dislike for that "person" runs deep.

    I MAY watch an England vs Oz match - but even there, I now wonder about what truly motivates the players, and then I find myself bored and would rather go play Halo...

  • Ijaz Jutt on September 21, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Don't go by my name. Total blame goes to ICC. I would not blame Ijaz Butt, rather blame Haroon for mishandling the situation, this guy should not be there in ICC. ICC should clean up his house first then start blaming member countries. I don't have any confidence that ICC would ever be able to control result or spot fixing problems. No matter what you have said Kamran! but one thing most of Pakistanis believe that there is no shortage of biased people in English media. Generally they are against Pakistan just for not only cricket, but for also other things as well, which I don't want to mention here. Mr. Butt picked a wrong guy, he could picked the corrupted ICC.

  • Fahad on September 21, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    ICC itself is such a incompetent and political organisation i have no faith in it to fight corruption. Until to hit the bookies and players where it hurts i.e in the pocket, this rubbish will continue. WHY WAS IT LEFT TO SOME THIRD RATE NEWS COMPANY TO UNEARTH THIS, its a testament to ICC's impotence.

  • Aleem Latif on September 21, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    I totally agree with the frustration shown by Mr. Butt at the way Pakistan players and PCB is being treated during this tour. Why the hell ICC did not bother to inform any one in PCB about starting these new allegations. I am dismayed and disappointed by some of the idiots representing Pakistan in the Media. People also got to at least listen to what Mr Butt was trying to say and was showing his frustration on the events of the last 3 weeks. He definitely knows more facts & figures than some of the idiots representing Pakistan in the world media. This is just a tyranny of the fact that we do not give backup to our own people and always get carried away by the Western media and the people. Remember one thing - if you do not respect yourself, your people - nobody is going to respect you. May be learn a lesson from the way ECB, English team and English media have got united, immediately after one fingure got pointed towards them - that's called national unity and integrity.

  • Chetan on September 21, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    It's seems like there is absolutely no political will in Pakistan cricket board to introspect and correct the problem in hand. This tells me the corruption problem runs all the way to the top. Butt is the pcb head and probably the top bookie too as a side role

  • sajjad_logic@yahoo.com on September 21, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    PAKIstanis are unnecessary trying to pull IPL and other countries players into match fixing. Living in denial about thir so called heroes . IPL is a domestic league but they are still unable to handle the fact that there players were not selected for an Indian domestic league. So now they resort to grapes are sour analogy calling it tamasha league and fixed and corrupt and what not to console themselves. Their trio were proved by NOTW with video of bookie who predicted no ball exact timing and it happened exactly as he predicted. Marked currency notes were found with Salman Butt. But for PCB still there is still no enough evidence. If there was a live video where the Pak bowler said I am going to bowl a no ball and going fix a match and did so on live TV..they would still say not enough evidence...living in denial forever. Reminds one of Kasabs parent accepting it was thier son who was captured by police on 26/11, Headley accepting it was ISI handiwork but still NOT enuf evidence ever.

  • Rohan on September 21, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Very well put ... but what saddens is the comments that follow..Even now people cant believe that Butt,Asif and Aamer were involved in spot fixing ..Grow up guys..Also some comments seem to come from your esteemed cricket chief's school of thought...

    Even if we agree that in IPL fixing is done that doesn't make these 3 players (and possibly more) less criminal (if i can say so)...So please don't support these guys..Instead support Cricket...It needs it much more than any other time.....

  • Allan on September 21, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Are we that stupid to think that the boards (yes, all of them) can, will or even want to remove corruption, which manifests itself in many other, and much more insidious ways than just spot-fixing? My dear friends the only entity honorable in this game are the PLAYERS (not even the public). Because whatever the case, they are the ones with talent and ability. So whether it's used wisely or poorly, it's still a quality none other possess, and I salute ALL of them 100% for it.

  • Iqbal on September 21, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Its pathetic that Ejaz Butt is still PCB chairmen after what he said about english players. we pakistanis are ashamed that no one has the guts to kick this guy out of office and apologise to ECB and players. Shame on you oh the authorities in Pakistan who have kept this lunatic as the head of the PCB.

  • Cricsavvy on September 20, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    Ijaz Butt has proven that he is a complete idiot. "There is loud and clear talk in bookie circles that some English players have taken enormous amounts of money to lose the match [the third ODI]. No wonder there was such a collapse." By saying this, he is admitting that he has contact with bookies. What has a board's chief got to do with the bookies? How does he know about the so-called "Loud talk". He is an idiot and Pak Cricket is a disgrace. None of their tours end without any controversy. They need to take a break and clean up their act. ICC should be firm or else cricket will loose its credibility if it has not already.

  • Inty on September 20, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    Let's get real!

    The Pakistan cricket team is a reflection of Pakistani society. Ijaz Butt and his hand picked chums at the PCB are a reflection of Mr 10% and his chums in the high office.

    PCB will never be the calm oasis in the desert of despair that has become Pakistan!

  • aftab on September 20, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    I hope the ICC's overlooking PCB as a member and Butt's outburst don't add up. 'Cause one way they can add up is by ICC having a damning proof that PCB or it's patron is involved in leaking the game plans of Pak cricket. I hope that is not the case. But if it is, it will be known after Wed.

  • Ali Shah on September 20, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    very well written Kamran. You perfectly echo the sentiments of all true Pakistani (as well as international) cricket fans. PCB administration these days is just symbolic of the national situation. There is corruption from top to bottom and then denial from different quarters that something is wrong. Ijaz Butt has got to be the most incompetent person ever to have headed the most incompetent of all cricket boards (PCB). Maybe President Zardari can do at least one good thing in his tenure and remove Ijaz Butt ASAP.

  • Freddie on September 20, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Well said Mr. Abbasi. What might have been... Under different circumstances, this would have been a great finish for Pakistan to a long summer that saw Pakistan defeat Australia in a Test Match for the first time, avenge the T20 semi-final with Gul taking on Hussey. Then after disastrous collapses by the batting, to come back and win a test match against England. We had a new captain in Salman Butt, a hot young bowler in Aamer that teams would deal with for years to come. And then the last 3 ODIs, exciting, setting up a winner take all at the Rose Bowl. Something for the flood-ridden country to cheer. Yet, all the joy and passion has been taken away...I'm saddened. I don't know what's true anymore. I don't wish to see Mr. Ijaz Butt's face anymore. Please go away. And the ICC should show some backbone, so we can begin healing and maybe in 4 or 5 years time enjoy cricket again with fresh youngsters playing a clean and spirited game.

  • Mobeen Zahid on September 20, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Strange indeed,

    Why would you hope for this "dread tour" to end when you still have a point to prove? and the 11 today did prove it. It's cricket everyone is worried about yet they fail to see the cricket that's being played and is still to be played. Forget about what a jackass like Butt says, forget what the immensely biased and stupid ICC does or does not do. Stop the emotional ranting about "oh now i don't trust anyone" and accept there's always been corruption in our system and move on, the day will come when it is rid soon. And while the ECB thinks Strauss and his men have done so well in "coping with the pressure and playing even when they don't want to", consider Afridi.

    Well done boys, some of you might be corrupt bastards but hell, one day the corrupt will be removed. Well played Afridi and give us one final good show. Right now, there's still a match to be played and one final point left to prove. Cricket awaits those who still believe in it.

  • Athar Sherwani on September 20, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Granted that Mr. Butt is a blundering so & so, nevertheless, the systamatic and quite deliberate campaign by the U.K. gutter Press to malign Pakistan Cricket Team every which way has something to with his latest, return of service, so to speak. One accepts that the original incident with Salman Butt,Mohd Asif & Mohd Aamir needs to be investigated both by police & ICC. However, the ridiculous accusations by The Sun should not have been given any creadance by ICC, particluraly the alleged conversation was between illegal bookies in Dubai & India. Apparently, there is no evidence of any connection with the Pakistan players. So on what basis has ICC been dictated to by the Press. It would seem that Mr. Lorgat has been so shaken and disturbed by the media hounds that he appears to have become a copycat of Mr. Butt. Very sad indeed for cricket in general but it also undermines the credibility of ICC as a governing body. Mr.Lorgat seems to have forgotten that Pakistan is a member of ICC.

  • Sanjeev Sharma on September 20, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    left me with tears... but fact remains,, butt is a joker...

  • Taz on September 20, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    Isn't Ijaz Butt leaving soon anyway? His two year contract - which began in october 2008 - is up next month. Indeed, David Gower said the outgoing Butt is leaving the position on TV today. Let's hope it's true.

  • Syed Sirajuddin on September 20, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Pakistani players must improve their fielding. They are dropping may catches and their throws in the field is very poor. Akmal brothers are making irresponsible shots. Shoib Mlaik and Mohammad Younus should be call again for the sake of the team.

  • ali_a on September 20, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Well I agree E Butt went too far with his comments. If he wanted to create some sensation, maybe he should have asked Brit media to look for Eng wrongdoing in last ODI . While I agree that MCC on one hand went on its way to arrange the neutral series, I also believe that ECB did not do anything to question their media about the authenticity of the allegations. Instead they along with a lot of stupid cricketers around the world (Vaughan, Bycott, Chappell, Dravid, Warne etc.) have been getting along the bandwagaon and trying to point out that this fixing problem is only confined to Pakistan and by banning them will solve everything. What happened to Mazhar Majeed (no one talks about him anymore, the guy who started this fire?). When we "host" a guest in our land, we don't go around accusing them of cheating? Unfortunately that's what Brit media did and neither ICC nor ECB condemned them. I think Pak should distance itself from any US/Nato endevours -all its given them bad name noth more

  • Kashif Shaukat on September 20, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    I would like to raise some question about the performance of England cricket team in 3rd ODI at Oval, Pakistan has been blamed for spot fixing after winning the match, it happened 1st time that a team has been accused of match fixing after winning. Also form the Lords incident, Mazhar Majeed told that Pakistan will loose fist two matches, which happen to be true. But than what about the other two matches that Pakistan won, did England played dirty this time? No accusation of any wrong doing on their part. Listening to Nick Knight comments after the match, he said that unlike Pakistan england players are not used to of playing under such allegations of fixing. Does it means, Pakistani players are more skilled and strong to handle the pressure? The main thing is still there, no one ever challenged the dramatic collapse of english batting twice in a week, they lost both matches (3rd & 4th) from winning positions. Dosen't ICC need to investigate those 2 english innings 4 same reasons

  • Ajmal on September 20, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    The ICC started official investigation after an article apear in the newspapper about an ODI, then why not start an official invetigation against England team after Butt's comments. ICC even thankfull the newspapper who published the article, then why ICC not appreciated Butt's comments to start investigations against England.

  • Shuja on September 20, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    Although Ijaz Butt's allegations disguised in referral to 'bookies circle' are outrageous, the point here is how would the English cricketers be feeling now after some 'allegations' were levelled against them. That is exactly what Pakistan players would be feeling on the eve of winning the 3rd one day at Oval. ICC is headed by bunch of mindless administrators acting in haste and without due thought. It seems for many of us its goodbye cricket.

  • Shafeeq on September 20, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Stop dreaming Abassi,

    Pakistan is living an eternal nightmare for the last 10 years, the sports scene has been dire for the last 4 years.

    The end of the world is nigh I tell you!!

  • Tayyeb Tahir on September 20, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    I agree that "I don't want the ICC to pretend that corruption is only skin deep and confined to a single country."

    It might have started in one country but it seems to have done it rounds before getting to where it is.

    Mark Waugh, Shane Warne, Niky Boje, ...........

  • Asif on September 20, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Butt has shamed the entire country. Instead of being thankful to ECB and the British public who are still coming to the ground, in playing to the "victimized" mentality of the public back home, he embarassed the whole country by attacking the one board that was trying to help us. Words cannot describe the shame he has brought upon us. What the ICC did does not justify him attacking the English players. He should be sacked and given 100 lashes post haste!

  • Well wisher on September 20, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    England v Pakistan, 4th ODI shows that all Pakistan needs is some sort of "allegation of wrongdoing" to push them into the corner so that they can pounce like "tigers" that they are.

    Pak Cricket fans: this may sound convoluted, but this is exactly the kind of situations Pakistan needs - to be under pressure - to perform with vengence, and that they did at Lord's. They have much more to settle in the coming days. And the only way to settle with people pointing fingers at them is with performance, not with words or media statements.

    This is the first time in the history of Pakistan cricket that they have performed under a tremendous pressure and succeeded and that too on a hostile land, where nothing is going for them. I think this is a great learning tour for them -mentally & physically

    I will be a happy camper if they talk with their bat, bowl, and fielding rather than with their mouths and gestures.

    Godwilling, they will succeed in all their challenges and be rightly guided (Amen)

  • Javed Butt on September 20, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    PCB contineu to go the wrong way & missed the oppertunity to nail the ICC for going to media without extending the curticiy to PCB calling 1st.or checking the facts. Do not punish the whole nation with alligation with no proofs.Worse of all what was the need for ICI to state no english player is involve whaen all susp. activities were done by the english side. Interesting to see who ECB reacts when their team is involve.Butt remarks are no different then remarks directed at pak.team with no evadace either. For Mr. Ian Botham Ban Pakistan & play with NZ,Zam., etc.I thank he forgot the case he lost to Mr. Imran Khan after 92 pak. WC victory .

  • Faisal Mahmood on September 20, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    1- When ICC are not proved any allegations then ICC are not saying to Media or any person. Its should be hidden process.

    2- I think that it should have 2 or 3 men neutral team of security with every team just like match referee. Neutral team should have the authority to check and balance of every player or officials of that team and players or officials of that team who meet person.

  • Azfar Imam on September 20, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Since Pakistan beat England today Razzak Batting is suspicious final two overs. Umar Gul is ball tampering with reverse swing last two matches. British media will be investigating these two issues for next controversy. Go Pakistan

  • Azfar Imam on September 20, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Pakistan beat England in Lords Today. I guess according to England media Pakistan fixed the match to win.

  • Kiani on September 20, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    For once my friend, I stand an island apart from your thoughts on corruption just as a pakistani venture! You want cricket to be free of corruption? Start with rotating Chairmen from different cricket councils to be Chief Executives of ICC, how is it that the past 4-5years that pakistan cricket has seen its down turn that 2 major Indian Businessmen have been incharge of ICC? (President = Pawar, Lorgat = Chief Executive) and please save me the "Oh, they tried to help pakistan cricket"...yes helped eventually strip Pakistan cricket of their entitlement to hold World Cup matches in Pakistan, and low and behold, who gets to host "Most of those matches" NOW? India!

    There is Corruption in every Facet of ICC itself, and lets be honest the rest of the boards also, ECB president himself, I don't need to remind you of all people of what he has shown as a "gentleman" in the past!

    You want to get rid of Corruption, bring in someone who is 1000% honest as a Leader of ICC! THAT is the SOLUTION!

  • Asif Ali on September 20, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Corruption is part of Pakistani daily life, from the street merchant to cricket to the president. In another words, there's a better chance of Bin Laden having Bush over for chai then the PCB cleaning up corruption within its ranks.

    BTW great win today!!

  • Rizwan on September 20, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Why on earth would you wuspend someone before an allegation? And that too on report from third class tabloids. Today, ICC should have suspended Strauss and company on PCBs allegations TILL they are cleared of the charge,,,as the same has happended to Pakistani players. These papers have been paid to diorient players like Aamir. U had a look at ENglish players faces today? They just cant handle an allegation for a match. If they are so good, the ECB should launch the campagin against the newspapers who defame cricket. Its a good idea that Pakistani Papers hould provide the evidence against Indian bookmakers and all those involved in fixing. I also wonder what gives the right to spoiled brats of cricket like Botham and Shane warne to ask Cricketers still under investigation to be banned, whereas they have been proven wrong themselves and not suspended.

  • ASH on September 20, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    CAN SOMEONE ADVISE WAHAB THAT BEING GRABBED BY THE NECK WHETHER IT BE YOUR FATHER OR SOME INSANE PLAYER OF ANOTHER NATION IS AN ASSAULT UNDER THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT AND SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE POLICE. ZERO TOLERANCE DOESNT JUST MEAN RULING OUT CORRUPTION BUT VIOLENT AND VILE ATTITUDE ALSO. PS THE STATEMENT RELEASED BY THE ECB THAT ITS PLAYERS HAVE BEEN OUTSTANDING IS VERY SHORT SIGHTED, BROAD'S BALL THROWING INCIDENT, TROTTS REMARKS AND THROAT GRABBING INCIDENT, THE RACIST REMARKS MADE ON PITCH BY THE ENGLISH BOWLERS, COLLIERS REMARK ETC ETC BUT WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN SECOND ELEVEN. I DONT BLAME SOME OF THE BRITISH BORN PAKISTANI ORIGIN MADE THEMSELVES UNAVAILABLE.

  • Azfar Imam on September 20, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Last time Pakistan was in England in 2006 Ball Tampering. Imran Khan and Ian Botham issue before. This time Match Fixing. The players involve in controversy has always been our Star players and heroes.Pakistan just tied ODI series today. This tells you the character of our country.

  • Shahid on September 20, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    well written Kamran. I think ECB and others around know that we the pakistani cricket fans and our cricket as a whole is hostage to Mr. Butt and his employers. They know that his words are only his own. I will like to thank ECB for all the help they have given us to have some cricket and appologise to them on the behalf of Pak cricket fans. They should know that its not easy for pakistani fans to imagine loss of Asif and Amir, as they are world level supper stars. Amir could have been some one very special. Just try to feel. Its just like if English football fans had to lose Rooney. Said that, we surely want them be punished if found guilty. We want a clean game. We also want to know if ICC is going to leave this cheating affair to newspapirs or they are gonna do something. They never unearthed any fixer in 10 years even when we know that it can't only be pakistani players. They are every where. They have to be. Bookies can't do their business on pakistanies only.

  • Jay on September 20, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    I don't understand why there is such an outcry against Pakistan when the match fixing is not a new phenomenon. No one talk to throw India, South Africa , West Indies and Australian from cricket when there cricketers have been "convicted" of these crimes. The allegations against Pakistani cricketers not yet been proved and everyone is focused on Pakistan.

    For me Australia and England always play with two teams against Pakistan. There Cricket team on the field and There Biased press and off the field.

    But still we manage to kick there back side.

  • DP on September 20, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    God this guy Butt needs to be kicked out, this is too much embarrassment for us... He inspires 0 confidence in where he's taking the game! Wow that feels like an understatement....

  • SA on September 20, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Pakistan Won. Pakistan defeated British. Where is Haroon Logart (Lokat), puppet of british and indian? Hey Haroon Lokat, is this match fixed?

  • khalil on September 20, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Botham ! you got the answer from the 4th ODI at Lords.

  • Faisal Taquie on September 20, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    I think Mr. Butt did wrong either way. If he made false accusations, then he is plain incompetent. If he does have any evidence, then he should have brought that to the table or waited until his team's investigations were completed. Right now, he is neither here nor there. With PCB's history of U-turns, I expect a full U-turn by Mr. Butt in a day or two!

  • Noor on September 20, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    The saddest thing that has happened in this ill feeling tour is that Pakistan have lost good friends. ECB did Pakistan a big favour by hosting us for 6 Tests and in return we have behaved shamefully and to accuse England of throwing the last ODI is beyond belief.

    In the present betting scam, can anyone imagine that a team would contemplate betting. Ejah Butt a fool that has to go, any decent board would have sacked him for his responsive comments but only in Pakistan we allow such person to continue.

  • Ravi on September 20, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Initially when the sport fixing allegations were on from NOTW on Aug 29th, I gleefully laughed at Pakistan. I hoped there would be speedy trial and culprits bought to book. But having waited for roughly 3 wks, "Scotland yard" is still continuing investigation. Then there are fresh allegations from tabloid Sun on 3rd ODI at Oval. Now ICC launched it's own probe. I dont understand this, Would any player in the world be stupid to do any sort of fixing, when there is already an investigation taking place. If Scotland Yard cannot prove anything in 3 wks, then how long? If memory is still fresh, Danish kaneria was arrested on spot fixing charges in mid-may and was cleared off all charges in mid-Sep. Now everybody remembers Danish for spot fixing, but ignore his innocence proven later. I agree Ijaz Butts outburst is childish. But so is ICC/ECB handling of these spot fixing cases. They should have conducted the probe into the Oval ODI silently. Probably Butt's outburst has a reason.

  • K on September 20, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Butt is right. Enough is enough! Whenever the English team loses, their media comes up with a new scandal against Pakistan. First, after Oval Test, and then after the Oval ODI. What sore losers! One would have to be racially blind towards Pakistan to not sense the pattern that is emerging here.

  • GopalaKrishna on September 20, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Hello Mr.Abbasi Iam a frequent reader of your blog and responder as well, it is very nice piece of work from you again. How stupid this Mr.Butt can be in the given circumstances. No other board is coming up front to help Pakistan cricket and ECB is the only one that came up with this nutral venue cricket and this is what he give it back. More over instead of cleaning his own house why he is stoning others. It has been Pakistan cricket that is as a whole being held to ransum in all this Fiasco. First and far most job of Pakistan cricket is to get rid of this joker and put in some one like Imaran Khan at the helm of the afairs. Are England players such stupid to fix the match in this situation. They are the one team which has been always clean of all these alligations all these years. They are well paid and well balanced team.

  • Imran on September 20, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Too bad that the Pakistani players are not named Cronje, Waugh, Warne or Azheruddin. For if that were the case they would not have been found guilty before all evidence had come to pass. If that were the case the whole country would not have been damned by association. Unfortunately, the ICC and the associating Boards are all equally guilty and have played negative role leading up to and during the crisis. I would not be wrong if I said that the there is and has been an overwhelming bias against the Pakistani cricket team for quite a long time. The current crisis maybe of Pakistan's making but it is also a self fulfilling prophecy for the ICC and associating cricket board/ teams.

  • shahbaz on September 20, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    (Tuesday News Paper )Headline News:Again Match fixing....Afridi'a talk at every ball with Umar Akmal n low score in 45 46 and 47 overs were fixed by bookies.Our gardener caught them when they were fixing match with British PM(David Cameron) in Private Hotel Lords. Bathroom media

  • sweden rules on September 20, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    kamran abbasi its indian concipiracy AND ECB is blind dont u see this shame on u shame on ECB shame on ICC shame on hindus

  • Amer on September 20, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    As a pakistani living in USA, and seeing the events unfold, I can honestly say, PCB is completely and utterly unprofessional, and inept to run the sport in the country. The leadership under Butt is laughable at best, and the lack of conviction and motivation within the players is quite obvious.

    Regarding the spot-fixing, there is enough proof for an level headed intelligent person to make the conclusion, that PK players were involved, and should be banned for life. Simple and end of discussion. The issue of Butt counter attacking ECB is asinine. Without proof, this man has completely loss all creditability and brought further shame to Pakistan cricket.

  • sharpdesigner on September 20, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, gr8 article. You are doing the job of a servant 2 please his Master. You job with cricinfo will remain intact. You get boiled just "AFTER" mr. Butt dared to put fingers on the other side of the "FACE". You suddenly looked to ask for "PROOF" but you were perhaps njoying "DRINK" with your "MATES" when ICC suspended Pak Players w/o "CONCRETE PROOFS". Hats of to u and other selfish people who are the reason PAK gets soo rooted!

  • A crikcet lover on September 20, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    The recent ICC action has convinced me that there actually is some sort of conspiracy against Pakistan. The allegations are bizzare.

    As for Ejaz Butt, he should be fired sooner than later.

  • Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad on September 20, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Bonus For Pakistani Cricketers .by Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 6:53am.Remember, how countries protect and boost the morale of their players even if they are 100% wrong. England Cricket Board immediately announced bonuses for their cricket team players, after Shakoor Rana Vs Mike Gatting spat, in the Faisalabad Test. Now, compared to that issue, our players in England are facing such type of worst harrasment, mental torture and press hounding in their English tour, which is unparalled in the hisrory of world sports.

    Braving all hardships, our boys have, even defeated their opponents. I am sure any other team could have easily capitulated under such pressure and returned back home.

    Under the circumstances, our cricket team playing in England, deserve kudos & needs to be awarded hardship bonus by PCB.

  • Naveed Khan on September 20, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Mr. Ijaz Butt, you better provide some proof of England team's transgression or just resign. You Sir, are a disgrace to Pakistan's Cricket.

  • Alex Proffitt on September 20, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Pakistan have always been my 2nd favourite team. Right back to the first test match I watched during the series where Waqar and Wasim were accused of ball tampering. I have always been on the side of the underdog, or a team I believe are being picked on. However like, I believe, a lot of England fans, Mr Butt's comments have banged the final nail in the coffin. I won't be on their side any more. I've defended the team too long, too hard and too often. I'm not naive, I don't think the problem is limited to Pakistan. You don't have to look far to see that there is a problem in English cricket too. But our officials don't go round making baseless accusations about other teams. What the gutter press does I'm afraid we can't control, it's the price of a free society.

    One final point which I believe has been overlooked. Mr Butt says that he was repeating what is being said in bookmaking circles. Begs the question HOW DO YOU KNOW!!!

  • Rambo on September 20, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Ignore it all you want, but Pakistan cricket is on a downward spiral. But I do agree with Kamran, I think Haroon and Ijaz both have shown a lack of authority and Haroon's faux pas so far has been adding up in a short period where he was actually required to think out of his skin. Haroon's lack of experience was a concern before, and now we know hands on the value of experience even for a dimwitted position as the CEO of ICC. Ijaz's histrionics are not new, but he's been able to remain the chief of PCB for a while now. I don't wanna say much about that because I know (and every pakistani knows) the president of the country is an ex mafia don. Is it a coincidence that PCB is also mired in controversy and corruption? When you know your leader was and probably still is a mafia don and is able to become the president of the country, what message does it send to everyone? I think these cricketers have every right to be involved in this. Prosecute AA Zardari first. Cricketers are just pawns.

  • Siraz Kureshi on September 20, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    These baseless statements by the ICC and Mr. Butt is only alienating Pakistan from the future cricket tours. Last week, New Zealand said its looking at alternate nations (in lieu of Pak) for a home tour. For a country which is already not hosting any matches at home, this is a body blow. For players, it keeps them out of real money spinners like the IPL and Champions League.

  • Jay on September 20, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Have we forgotten - - the videos about PCB meetings where the team management doubted the performances during Australia tour. - the captain of Pakistan team was caught rubbing his shoes brazenly on the pitch, only last year. - the infighting and factionalism of the highest order which spilled out in the public. - the non-implementation of Qayyum report and the people indicted holding positions in management now. - the doping scandal of their premier fast bowler. - finally, the current match fixing scandal in which no-balls were predicted.

    Pakistan has a lot to do before even dreaming of looking other boards in the eye. And I am not even getting into their inability to provide security to visiting teams.

    Pakistan produces great cricket and great bowlers at times. But they are not indispensable.

  • Imran Mir on September 20, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is Dead.

  • Fauzan on September 20, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    I'm not sure what it would take to expel this cancer from Pakistani cricket. And I don't mean the corruption. Ijaz Butt and his team of cronies on the PCB are whats really wrong with cricket in our country. Start from there and we can slowly fix everything else.

    We need good strong leadership to get us out of the deepest well we've ever been in and I can't imagine it coming from this buffoon.

    Can't some national newspaper start some kind of signature campaign against the management? I'm sure they'll have a few million signatures in no time. With that kind of public anger showing, i'm sure even the deaf patron will have to be seen to be taking some action.

  • Shermock Bones on September 20, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    I am some what ignorant of how Cricket is played. When Pakistan wins they are accused of match fixing, when they loose they are accused of match fixing. What about England? When they loose,what are they doing? Can anyone explain. I remember Pakistanis were accused of killing Bob Woolmer, but later it turned out he died of natural causes. Were the accusers punished? Or did they go laughing all the way to the bank? If a third class British rag sheet disguised as newspaper is taken seriously, why not give Mr.Butt a fair hearing? It is time countries in Sub-Continent move away from cricket and take Football as their No.1 sport. Like everything which stems from England, cricket has different rules for different nations.

  • khalil on September 20, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Allegations & counter allegations will just not help, solve the already out of control,corruption in cricket. It is a fact that ICC has failed in controlling corruption in cricket. It is playing in the hands of British tabloids. It seems there is no governing body by the name of ICC. Whatever the so called poineers of cricket say, it is following it. The latest knee jerk reaction to presumed spot fixing in 3rd ODI just signify the inability & incapability of ICC to cotrol cricket corruption. Match fixing or any other corruption should carry the harshest of punishments but ICC should take the lead in controlling the menace. It,s roots will not be limited to pak only that is why the cricket adm in different countries donot want to listen about their cricketers. The oval ODI, ENG should co operate to find the culprits. How can a team,not able to achieve a target of 241,at a wicket,where the avg score in an ODI is around 300,say without investigating that their players are not involved.

  • muzio&hasan on September 20, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi, you are a shame for the country and cricket. And I totally agree with Mr. Ijaz Butt.

    In which part of the world you are living?? News of the World and Sun like tabloids will sell their daughters to earn money!!

    Havent you heard... of the technology, to recieve radio waves of an idle mobile phone. Cant you imagine even that using this technology you can hear the match plan discussion of a team meeting from 100 meters and put that in tomorrows paper as that is going to happen as we tracked a call of Dubai based fixer with Indian bookie?!

    Has News of the World's evidence enabled Scotland Yard to charge any of the players?? What an utter non sense!! English media is making fun of Pakistan and you are just supporting them!! You are a FOOL!!

  • Mujeeb on September 20, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Butt's comments seem to be driven by his attempts to save his own position. There are already rumors flying around about his sacking after the Enland tour, which I sincerely hope are not just the rumours. PCB has rarely had a strong leader however this old fool has caused so much damaged to the PCB and Pakistn cricket that is beyond the collective harm caused by all of the previous chairmens.

  • syed on September 20, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Eddy, Agree with your first line.

    But may I ask why you used Pakistan cricketer's names in both of your 'by the way' examples? why not Eoin Morgan soft dismissal? after all it was his dismissal that completely changed the game against all odds. Why throw a name of a young cricketer who is trying to make his career without any information and previous reputation/news/rumors?

  • Hassan Farooqi on September 20, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    @EddyM: It is true that not all fumbles and blunders are a result of fixing. However there is a limit to "happenstances" and certainly for coincidence. Remember the Russian proverb quoted by Goldfinger, "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it's enemy action". When Kamran Akmal drops four plum catches, and misses a sure run out as if he was trying to avoid a run-out, then it is more than an "Enemy Action". It is corruption beyond control. The proof? He still plays! He is rested for one match, ensuring Sarfaraz does not play in his place. However when even Zulqarnain performs, he too is send back on account of "finger injury" despite his insistence that he is fit.

  • Sid on September 20, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    It's crucial to remember that the UK has perhaps the toughest libel laws in the world. If there really is a conspiracy, if the allegations by the Sun and News of the World really are untrue, then several Pakistani cricketters will suddenly be several million pounds richer.

  • Rob on September 20, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Well written piece, I share the sadness within it. What oh what is happening to our beloved game of Cricket.

  • bohurupi on September 20, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    It is hard to believe that after all these, anyone, Pakistani players in particular, would dare to fix anything. Everyone knows that they are in the spotlight, how come one might even think something in that direction? Are Pakistani players destined to foul play come what may or there is something really fishy going around?

  • Sniper on September 20, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    In a country which always poses it is right, be it terrorism,accepting aid for floods and carries on in it's path of wrong ways, one can not expect anything better from the President of PCB. The tabloid is exploiting this nature of Pakistanis to the hilt and ultimately Mr. Ijaz Butt has fallen into the trap.The players may not be actually guilty but the media, agents,etc exploit their reactions and show the Pakistani players in a poor light. Some of their past actions are also responsible for this. Refusing to continue with a game, biting a ball or willfully dropping catches to spite the captain are all actions of an unusual kind and brings Team Pakistan to disrepute. Banning players and then suddenly removing the ban makes the PCB look very immature. All this has contributed to this mess.Blaming others for any bad thing that happens in their country (drought or floods) has made the media exploit this trait of Pakistanis to the hilt.It is time Pakistan mended it's ways.

  • bo2k on September 20, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    @EddyM, agreed; but how conveniently you and others fail to mention how Morgan's dismissal 'could' raise "questions in your mind". Why not apply the same logic and emotions to dismissals for both teams? Poor judgment and decision making for English wickets yet corrupt intentions for the Pakistani ones?

    that's the whole jist of the situation at the moment and the reason for the outbursts, as illogical as they maybe from the PCB ...

  • Talal on September 20, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    i support pakistan but i think its best interest of its people that they should not take part in any international event till the outcome of this conspiracy is ended. this is the best foot forward ofcourse there will be huge business dealing and so we should take the rout in which we should have a second string present pakistan and investigate each and every player of team and not allow them in till its all not present in black and white

  • Ahsan on September 20, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    I agree with Shan at the end. ICC is not questioning these news channels who are playing a cheat and blame game.

    Police has investigated Amir, Asif and Salman butt for 9 hours and nothing found and cleared them.

    This is just a consiparcy and England news channels are involved in it. They are paying money to people to spit against Pakistan. Why these news channels can only see that there is spot fixing and why not ICC seeing it.

    British media are just jelouse of Asian Success and want to sequeez our best players everytime they play.

    Yeh kahani barri purani dosto......

  • OHL on September 20, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    I simply can not beleive anybody can be as STUPID as Ejaz Butt. What is trying to achieve he is allienated Pakistani suporters (like me), ECB, rest of cricketing world and ICC which is behaving almost like Butt.

    Mr Butt you have put us to unimaginable shame and your own team under further pressure. You have also made the teams performance into nothing. "YOU MUST BE THE BEST LEADER EVER LIVED???????" HA HA!!!!

  • Ashraf on September 20, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Why dont we understand the real problem, ECB & ACB is trying to punish Pakistani cricket team for not sporting the ICC next chairman who is going to be from Australia.

  • Gohar on September 20, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    The sad thing about Butt statement is that it is not the right time to shoot this kind of statement by the head of Cricket in Pakistan.It seems a childish response, it reminds me of a child who is irritated by his companions.

  • Danish Khan on September 20, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    ICC is to blame but I cannot believe that PCB is been run by such incompetent and stupid people. As a Pakistani and cricket lover I strongly condemn the statement of Ijaz Butt who is a Joke of a person. When will Zaradri wake up and remove him. It is a sad day for Pak cricket yet again. I pray that one day we will see a triumphant Pak team without allegations and will be known for its honesty!! I will support Afridi and his boys no matter what!!

  • zee on September 20, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    I think British media cannot swallow England loosing a match, the minute Pakistan won the match they come up something against Pakistan. Why don't English media blame English players they might have fixed this match. Accusing English players by Ijaz Butt is non diplomatic attitude, he doesn't need to make enemies it will make him and Pakistan alone.

  • shahrukh on September 20, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    exactly how i feel

    brilliantly put

    :'(

    i wish someday pakistan cricket might be good again

  • Shahzad on September 20, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    Also, British have habbit to ride on conspiracies.Just look at the history, early nitees English media was full of ball-tampering stories in Wasim/Waqar era. In Inzimam era, Ovel test conspiracy by Darel Hayer etc. Both times Pakistan team was put on heavy trial on the media but ultimately Pakistan was found right.

  • Shahzad on September 20, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Ijaz butt is certainly an incompetent and now behaving like man in desprate. On the other hand ICC is also failed to handle in a real professional manner. One thing is very true that ICC has more sensationalized the issue like a hyper media group rather than tried to solve in a professional manner. I stronly believed there was some thing wrong with Asif and Sulman butt, but after the strange elegation by ICC about 3rd one-day I have started believing now that this is really conspiracy against Pakistan. The biggest match fixing and spot fixxing place is IPL but ICC does not dare to even show its doubt on some unexpected results or some unusual performaqnces in IPL becuse "money"

  • TTA on September 20, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    OH PAKISTAN......

  • asisrout on September 20, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    I think the spot-fixing thing took a ugly turn the moment PCB didn't suspended some of its players named in the sting operation of NOTW.Sports has to be all about integrity and any well respected would have suspended the tainted ones unless they get their names cleared after the completion of investigations.Mr. Butt surely has no diplomatic bones in him and his rant yesterday were signs of his incompetence and frustration.Its such a dichotomy for Pakistan.Sharyar Khan lost his job after the 2006 Oval controversy during the rule of a "dictator" Musharraf and Butt is holding on to the same job with his innumerable transgressions and imbecility in the regime of a "democratic" Zardari.All the problems stem from his poor handling of situations and if such damaging things prevail then I guess Pakistan or for that matter any country has to be banished until they clear up their act.

  • Naoise on September 20, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    As someone who wanted to see the tour continue at all costs, in a sort of defiant stand against the storm, now I have to admit it'd be for the best for Pakistan to go home and for both teams to get away from this disastrous scenario asap. I feel great sympathy for honest Pakistan cricketers because they're in an impossible position - however they play, they cannot fundamentally prove their innocence, only their guilt. The shadow will hang over them until it fades; there is no way of instantly removing it. Now I don't want to come across as a white supremacist but I can honestly say that that shouldn't be a problem for the English. I'm not saying English cricketers are immune to temptation because that's naive, I'm just saying that the likelihood of one of these lot being corrupt is very slim. Either way, though the UK tabloids are a vile swarm of poisonous leeches with no sense of morality, their mud has still stuck, and therefore the tour must be abandoned because it's become a farce.

  • Syed Owais Abbas on September 20, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    The way this whole issue has been dealt with, puts Paksitan under more than reasonable amount of pressure. I would like to see teh corruption in cricket end, but the way ICC has let the Media control a public humiliation of Pakistani team is pathetic.

    ICC is quite willing to take information on a seriously orgainsed crime form a NEWSPAPER?? that too from the papers of a calibre, which lack crediblity.

    I feel sorry for the team, angry at the miss-management and clumsy administration and responses to both the claims for fixing. I am annoyed that mr Butt has blamed the ECB for the root cause of the second issue, if there is anyone to blame, its the ICC.

    The ICC not only rushed into its decisions to satisfy the british media by suspending key Pakistani players, It has failed to handle this tour completely. Yes! there is a lobby against Pakistan,,, Those who say there isn't then Help the Pakistani team, rather than siding its critics!

  • VSD on September 20, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    My Friends: Some questions needs to be answered!

    1) What more does it take to call of this tour and avoid further disappointment & embarrassment? 2) Spare a thought for the Players. What must be going through their minds when they step on to the field? 3) What responsible decision has PCB and ICC taken to avoid both the above situations? 4) What more does it take to dismiss PCB and Butt after all the blunders they have committed? 5) Let us be honest first.. There is nothing called a co-incidence in this modern world. Ir-repairable damage has already been done to Pak cricket. The only way to come out of this is to clean the entire PCB & ban the guilty players for life. 6) How many of us are willing to watch another match involving Pakistan without having our doubts and with the same enthusiasm as we used to earlier? 7) Why does no one take Rashid latif seriously, when he first blew the lid on this? 8) How deep are the PCB members involved in this corruption and betting?

    WE NEED ANS

  • wali on September 20, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    If the government of Pakistan has got some love left for Pakistan and Pakistani cricket, they should kick Ijaz "idiotic, retarded, incompetent" Butt. He is indeed the worst person to lead and manage this cricket board. And for the allegations posted by the Sun, as a cricketer I must say that controlling scoring rates is not an easy thing if not impossible. If it was to happen then indeed the bowling side must be involved as well, as the notion of no balls and wides can effect this run rate. I wish and only wish that someone educated comes into the PCB for once so that some sensible decisions can be made. Also, as a Pakistani i would like to apologize to the ECB and the english team, especially Giles who has done far more than Butt to save Pakistan cricket.

  • Muhammad Ismail on September 20, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    @EddyM: What about shot of the day played by Eion Morgan for his bizarre dismissal. Nobody had spoken. I am observing this indiscrimination since the series started. If, we do mistake you can raise your eye brow and confidently lie to say its match/spot fixing. But, when you do it's a mistake or beauty of cricket.

    In my opinion, ICC is no more neutral body to govern cricket and it's a place to play politics, earn money and get fame. See last few incidence i.e.

    Appointment of new president how dirty politics taken place not to approve the name of Mr. Howard even though he was eligible person when it comes to merit,

    Then how India refused implementation of WADA protocol in its true essence,

    and the latest drama of spot fixing where more importance given to tabloids instead of own functionary the ACSU.

    PCB always followed Asian block instead of its own policy of merit and friendship. Now, PCB management should avert its policy or resign to save Cricket in Pakistan.

  • Haseeb - Kuwait on September 20, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Let's hope English media will not play "WOLF & THE LAMB" game this time around.

  • Zulfaqar ali on September 20, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    What a shame this man going to be for the Pakistan cricket,I mean this Ijaz butt, i was really surprised by his statement that the English boys hs thrown the match.When so many people were talking about him and passing remarks that he is a comedian and so and so, i was still giving him the benifit of doubt that he is not so bad , but what cab aby body sya now,as is he saying "wise enemy is better that the foolish friend" he proved this in his speech.Pakistani boys fought back and did their best to win the match and here is their own so called chairman saying that the other team has thrown the match.God help this team of talented boys,He is really a idiot who cant think of the consiquences of this rubish what he said,being a Pakistani i would not like but i will request the ECB to sue him or let him prove this dirt what he has thrown on the cricket.Ask the pakistani Authorities to replace him( but Which authorities) they are all the same.

  • Disgruntled Pakistani on September 20, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    One ray of light that might emerge from this fiasco is the removal of Butt and a complete overhaul of the PCB....

  • Farrukh Dar on September 20, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Hope for the best.

  • Farhan on September 20, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    You can't be on back foot all the time even when nothing proves againt you . Ejaz butt has done the right thing. Can't we see that English media + ICC trying to spoil Pakistan cricket. They even tried to influence the South african series. We can't wait until that point when they just obliterate the morale of our cricketers and annihilate the pakistan cricket. Something has to be done to stop them.

  • Muhammad Zubair on September 20, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Great Article by Kamran... The stand taken by Butt is absolutely correct. The time had to come, when somebody had to start responding hardly. And Butt did it rightly. Otherwise british tabloids could claim anything. This is very logical question that if there had been any fixing then it could have been by losing team i.e. England. Well Done Ejaz Butt... Although he is not a good administrator. But his role since last night has been fabulous. These tabloids should be dealt iron handedly...

  • Muhammad Nadeem Sial on September 20, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Why do we play with cricket? When it would be stopped game cricket Vs politics? Who is responsible to play with cricket? What is future of cricket in a sense of entertainment? I am watching cricket since 1992 World Cup what was the gr8 moment when we clinched the World Cup. Image of cricket gone high & high. But many "BUTT" came into cricket line and they wasted the cricket. Unfortunately, right person for right place is tragedy in our country when we see from bottom to head. Where is the legends of cricket, they must show resistence when they see this kind of situation that is created now in England, When we lost the match they say

  • Naveed Iqbal on September 20, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Very well written article Mr. Kamran, but the question is that should we accept what English/India media is trying to present that only PAKISTANIS are corrupt in this world and all the Pakistani cricketers are corrupt? All others are saints? We loose we fix the match, why if England loose they can't be blamed for fixing? It is generally believed that dope test were taken from top performers to assess whether they achieve this without cheat, what are the performances of Shahid Afrid, Shoaib Akhtar etc. to take dope tests? Are they stupid enough to fix the ODI as well after what happened after the test series.

  • shahid khan on September 20, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Go back to history books and you will see scandals after scandals. Drug scandal in Westindies is as far as i remmeber if I go back. I am sure there are many before that. Ball tempering allegations by Daryl Hair and he is still allowed by ICC to officialize matches. Stripping off from hosting world up, no entries in IPL, spot fixings, match fixings, what is going on? Look at ICC and Mr Logart,he is passing statements without investigating this particular news paper. They suspended our three star players without proving anything. If ICC has proofs, bring them in to public and get it over with but No, they wont do it unless until Pakistan team loses its focus and lose all the matches under this pressure from ICC. We win, we are investiated, we lose we are definitely investogated. I think Pakistan should try and tie their matches now. We lost a lot in flood and earthquake but not our dignity and self respect so watch out ICC

  • ozair mustafa on September 20, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    The present senario is totally weird.It seems a team of satan is playing against teams of angels.Every one except Pakistani team is great. Pakistani team is painted as villans with Andrew Strass and Ponting standing at a high ground giving lectures.

    Please save everthing till the time the guilt is proved , and if it is the case we can decleare our team as enemy number 1 of Pakistan,but if its other way round which I hope is is then a public apology as a starter is called for followed but other things.

  • Neil on September 20, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    I agree with many of the sentiments expressed in this article, however there is another, more disturbing angle to this in my view. Money has corrupted the game of cricket, not necessarily through spot fixing, but through the ICCs relentless pursuit of cash. The 20/20 format of the game was introduced to make more money (more games, bigger crowds etc), but this has only increased the chances that unscrupulous individuals exploit these opportunities. I doubt that the ICC have the will to clean up cricket, because of the damaging impact it may have on its own revenues.

  • nadeem on September 20, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    England inning suggests more of that there is something wrong then Pk inning. ICC is a bunch of jokers brining game and Pak cricket in dispute. If they have any proof then should come forward other wise stop that nonsense. PCB should take this aggressively - I will support them.

  • abdul-jalil on September 20, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    salam very true mr abbasi!

    the only thing is i expect pak to pull of a win against the odds at lords!

  • ali on September 20, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    this is one of the bloodiest and oldest techniques of british media, first they use to call reverse swing is the outcome of ball tempering but when they have won ashes just because of that swing, now its their players ability. no one questioned about ball tempering or things like that. i agree with some of the members that untill proven guilty, we should support our players and our team even if they loose.

  • Tahir Idrees on September 20, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    If there were enough proofs, the investigations would have been over. ICC is just being dumb and gussing around in the dark. I believe, Pakistan have always been lenient and easy with ICC all the time and thats what made it an easy target. ICC Should stop targeting one team for all sorts of allegations and disorders at the same time awarding other teams certificates of cleanliness. ICC should fix itself and take actions against illegal bookies and those who have been building traps around players.

  • R Narayan on September 20, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Well said, Mr Abbasi. If ever there was a time for courage and common sense from crickets administrators, it is now. But it seems that these days the only time Pakistan Cricket stops shooting is to reload or change feet. It's enough to make any cricket lover weep.

  • nadeem on September 20, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    I agree with Adeel's response. I think ICC needs to be careful in accepting match/spot fixing against any team without substantial proof. Few questions that came in my mind which makes it very unlikely that oval one day was a fixed. 1. How in the world someone knows who will be playing 39th & 40th over? Are they saying that all the eleven players are involved?

    2. ICC is implying that all the players who batted during those 2-3 overs are culprits of spot fixing as they tried not to score. Are they suggesting that Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzak & Umer Gul all were involved in spot fixing ?

    3. Will ICC inquire any other country in similar way if some newspaper from Pakistan will give them shady evidence like this against country like india, australie or england ? Will they release press release withing hours after the game over with no credible proof. thanks nadim

  • Nadir on September 20, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbassi i cant force you to be patriotic and think about your country FIRST. But i cant stop myself to be a patriot as well. Every now and then you are attacked by English media, not from now but from the times of Imran Khan. When Ian Botham filed a case against Imran Khan, and Imran won it. The problem is that when again and again WITHOUT proper and visible evidences such loose comments come from ICC you can always expected a Pakistani to react badly as Mr. Butt did. You are embarrassed of what Mr. Butt said, but where did ur feelings go when ICC suspended three players without proper evidences and when only scotland yard started his investigation? PCB already said these players would not play and they are sidelined until investigation compete but still ICC suspend those players! Mr. Sharad Powar, the Indian Chairman has left nothing for Pakistan Cricket now. Even after winning third one-day he attacked Pakistan Cricket by calling the match controversial..

  • Taqveem Ahsan Siddiqui on September 20, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    contiued from my last post: .... the million dollar question here is ...where would you draw the line?? although i dont agree with the way the big BUTT of PCB (ijaz but) has phrased it and sort of went it out on ECB but ican very much understand the gist of his Rant. i mean come on you have to be the MIGHTY mights of the game to agree fixing a game to be WON (without the other team's co-operation)and on top of everything winning it in a CERTAIN manner .. you got to be joking not to suspect the other team if you question the game. i mean if there is a case to probe the third ODI on reports from a 3rd class Tabloid then there is a case to investigate every single close contest that has ever happened in cricket. o my God i cant belive that i am about to witness the thrashing of a game that i have watched and played with such passion since my childhood.

  • Umer Khan on September 20, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Now I am certainly no fan of one Mr Ijaz Butt. Infact I hold him responsible for most of the current debacles. Still his recent outburst needs to be looked in a different light. The conspiracy theory against Pakistan cricket has been on for a long time. How come we are suddenly given a green top wicket in a tournament where everything else is barren (champion's trophy match in India and then the infamous ireland match at the world cup being example of many such incidents etc.)? Also if the Paki team is indeed involved in the match fixing (spot) even after all what happened ... I can only marvel at the audaciousness of the individuals involved .... Would ICC react the same way if any of the top four teams were invovled (financially speaking)? I doubt it. How can they sensationalize in such a stupid manner. Just after a few australian players doubted the ACU they have reacted in a sprinboard manner and probably acted so childishly that I could mistake them for the Ijaz Butt led PCB.

  • Owais on September 20, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    I agree with "has". Why is it that the lead is always provided to the tabloid and not ICC or ECB/PCB ? Those who are rasiing this definitly are not looking to clean up this mess, they are basically trying to make a lot of money themselves by providing stories to publications that thrive on speculative and sensational news items. ICC was wrong to have done what it did and Butt was wrong to have responded like that.

  • Murad on September 20, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    The ICC did a great favour to the suspended trio by its ill advised actions following the Oval One-dayer. While the case of "No-balls at Lords" seemed a water tight one with hardly anyone sympathising with the tainted cricketers (except to some extent with Amir) ICC has badly damaged its credibility by going public about investigation into the Oval one-dayer on extremely flimsy grounds. The slow rate of scoring in those two overs was very logical considering the two imortant wickets that fell around that period. Even otherwise the main onslaught mostly comes after the 40th over and the overs just before that are for consolidating the position. The less said about the way Ijaz Butt responded the better, what better can one expect from him. It was only because of the ICC faux pas that he mustered the courage to make his outrageous comments.

  • jalaboo Khan on September 20, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Never has the name of Pakistani been so dirty and disgraced, and i am a pakistani saying this. In essence the present PCB and the state of Pakistani international cricket sum up the present political regime as well. They both have a corrupt cronyistic unqualified pocket lining figure head who has only bought shame and disgrace on his nation with his selfish,corrupt actions and outbursts. Oh what a sight it was recently the corrupt ill gotten billionaire president of a country out with his begging bowl asking the world to help poor pakistan with money. Im sure such a plea must have seemed like dracula asking for donors to the blood bank. And than we have Ijaz Butt a man only in the job for his close connections to Zardari. A man under whose watch Pakistan has singurlalry become the biggest joke in world cricket. Which is a tragedy as its people and many of its cricketers remain honest men and indian bookies are the real scourge of world cricket.I dont see the situation improving

  • Syed Sabir Shah on September 20, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Much as I believe ICC an incompetent entity, Ijaz Butt screwed up big time alleging English players without any tangible proof or logical evidence. His allegations will definitely be laughed at (also fumed). He will achieve nothing except ire of ECB,and earn himself a name of being ungrateful to the support that ECB had given; especially when PCB players had difficulty playing at home. This goes to show how myopic Mr. Butt is and how incompetency rules him. Ever since he took over, there is a train of screw-ups happening one after the other. Yet he is occupying the top seat; a privelege of being born to or perhaps marrying into a family with right connections. As for honest and true fans of cricket the world over; those players who have indulged in any kind of misdeed, be it match-fixing, spot-fixing,deliberate under-performing etc should be banned for life and penalized with substantial amount that could make any would-be fixer shiver at the thought!!!!

  • Umer on September 20, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Why is our media against our own players and board? i admit the board might not be the most efficient but british media has raised questions and pointed fingers to our honesty which means we should retaliate in the best and the most aggressive way.

    If ICC can suspend our players or start investigations just on the mere report published in THE SUN.. then why cant they start the same investigations when our chairman put allegations on english players... cuz its england who lost the match, cuz its england who lost it from the wining position.

    I think we should stop being cynical and supports our super stars cuz in the whole wide country these stars are the only ones who are making this country proud.

    No one will call for the head of our corrupt politicians rather every one will vote for them again and again and again but when our heroes are brought to a media trial every body is against them and calling for their head. I believe Ijaz Butt did the right thing.

  • farooq on September 20, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Even though i feel that this outburst was rash, i reckon there is truth in some kind of collusion to get Pakistan away from cricket as well; bearing in mind what the country is going through atm. As for the ICC and ECB and all the other cricket boards for that matter,why is it that weak fish gets always caught in the net easy? this is sad but true fact,if you want to clean the game, clean the menace from the top, are you strong enough to capture this mafia, and legal bookies might be involved in this too. catch the big fish who are organising this racket, why is it that only people at the bottom are ever caught, this is always the case, so incorrect? just pinning down teh weak is clearly not going to be much help. there will be more upcoming cricketers who will be tempted to spot even match fix, and removing then and getting a pat at ICC back is not well done, only getting hands at the top will be effective.

  • Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad on September 20, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    ICC must also investigate the circumstances under which England team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the 3rd ODI. Now it is the credibility of ICC at stake.

    ICC Can't run with hare & hunt with the hounds. ICC also must come clean on how it cleared Sydney test & again stated that they were investigating it for match fixing. Which ICC statement should be accepted?

    Pakistan may br on top of it, but the entire repeat entire world cricketing set up is rotting & giving foul smell.

  • IAJ on September 20, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Well said Kamran, PCB has to admit and come to grips with corruption, PCB must start cleanup TODAY STUPID, their are other Pak players in the closet, PCB ought to expose them. Lets clean up Pakistan Cricket, before pointing fingers at others. I remain distant and dis-enchanted with the team, sorry.

  • billybryn on September 20, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    well i 100% agree with PCB agressive attitude,,english media now made this thing a joke,,,newspapers now trying to score as many points to again cheap papularity,,pakistani players may have been non professional,PCB may not be professional but atleast ICC should take this matter professionally and avoid to dealth it nono professionally,,long live pakistan

  • Azman on September 20, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    I agree with what Strauss has said "that cricket will have to face some painful truths to get to the bottom of corruption". A lot of players from many cricketing countries and especially the IPL and maybe even the BCCI are involved in masking this corruption. This is what has stopped the ICC to investigate it fully for the past 10 years.

  • Shahid Rafique Sheikh on September 20, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    ICC should not have behaved the way they have specially regarding the 3rd ODI, thats just falling in the hands of British Tabloid. Butt the Chairman should go for making a complete mess of it by randomly pointing fingers at England Team, lets face facts, that it all started with the ECB showing us a huge amount of goodwill, and Mr. Butt's comments doesnt exactly acknowledge any of it by going off his rocker the way he has. Bottom Line is that poor ECB is stuck with PCB and ICC both of which have little idea of how to grasp and solve the problem.

  • Zaheer on September 20, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Those who are crediting ECB for bringing Pakistan back to cricketing world are suffering from serious amnesia. After attack on sri lankan cricketers, Pakistan played its "home" matches in UAE and New Zealand as well as away series in Sri Lanka and Australia.

    ECB offered to host Pakistan's two tests against australia for monetary benefit as it stood to share in revenue. Pakistan had plenty of other options including bangladesh, sri lanka and UAE but chose England only because it coincided with Pakistan team's tour to that country.

  • M.I.Arif on September 20, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Appreciate your article Mr. Abbasi. This nightmare will continue until incompetent and politicially selected people are incharge of cricket of Pakistan. We can only pray for the good of the cricket especially for Pakistan Cricket.

  • Rauf on September 20, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Since when did NOTW or Sun's word become the word of God? I am not defending Ijaz Butt. I think he is incompetent and should have been fired a long time ago but someone needs to say something back. First it was NOTW and now it's Sun. How can one predict run rate between e.g. overs 35 and 40 unless one knows who will be batting and bowling. If that's the case then England team was in on it as well. And for ICC to just pick up the whole thing and run with it is rediculous. The whole thing reminds me of the three stooges. Now CSA is asking ICC to ban Pakistan for one year.

    Others don't want to tour Pak and Pak just won't wither away like WI if ignored so something must be done to just kill it for good. Kamran, you can be a nice little "servant" of the British Raj and apologise for all that you have or have not done but the writing is on the wall, say your RIP prayers for Pak cricket. Ijaz Butt's incompetence is merely expediting the whole thing.

    And I am not a conspiracy nut!!

  • Mahmood on September 20, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Mr. Kamran...tell me one thing...if Evening Special (tabloid newspaper) in Pakistan would have accused English team of cheating while touring Pakistan...saying that the run scoring was "suspiciously slow" after fall of two wickets...would ICC had launch an inquiry without even informing ECB?

    Would have been writing same thing about ECB if England has been accused of cheating in the 90s by Pakistan, if England was the one reverse swinging the ball while Pakistan didn't have a clue about it...though, after few it becomes an art to Pakistan because they themselves learn how to reverse swing it?

    Would have been equally vocal about of incompetencies of ICC if it is England who have complained about Daryl Hair for months until it boils over after the false allegation of ball tampering by him on England?

    I just say one thing...prove cheating...only than punish and pass judgments...otherwise, stop this circus of media trial of Pakistan team.

  • Shan on September 20, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    What I dont understand is how can somebody play and perform under such pressure. Now they will feel that each and every mistake will be questioned and due to this they will feel snailed under. The only question I have in my mind is" How can the ICC let the tour continue when all these allegations are popping up. and secondly how come the ICC is not putting these news papers under the scanner for not revealing or hiding this information." Dont you think there is something fishy. Also each time an Asian country has toured England or Australia the Asian players career has been put under the knife.

  • Syed Muhammad Mujtuba on September 20, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Very well written Kamran .... i find these allegations weird that Pakistan intentionally played slow in the 39th and 40th over .... you pick up 50 over cricket and you see again and again that during the 40 overs mark .... the scoring rate does get slow at times for 3 to 4 overs, because the batting team starts changing gears during the 36 or 37th over and if they loose a wicket, it hurts the scoring rate for an over or two .... while the bowling side gets their best bowlers to return close to the 39th over mark .... If we start looking at cricket figures and numbers based on Oval One day .... then sorry to say more than half of the one day matches played till today will be fixed .... I love this game and would request to please not spoil it with stupid and unjust allegations ...

  • Chandrasekar T R on September 20, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    How will the Pakistan team prove the honesty in the cricket field? They loose the Lords test and that is under investigation. The won the ODI and it is also under investigation. It is not within the powers of the cricket team to prove their honesty. They can only try their best honestly. The game's governing bodies need to take strict measures to weed out the corruption out of the game.

  • Tughral on September 20, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    I agree with what you have written Kamran. Its high time to take the bitter pill and expel corruption from Pakistan cricket, no matter what the cost. I too am deeply saddened, not just as a cricket lover, but also as a Pakistani. We need to bring the culprits behind this fiasco to account.

    And agreed.. E. Butt should avoid adding fuel to fire, especially when we are already facing embarassment infront of the entire cricketing world.

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

    I fail to understand why authentication of the news is not made before publishing on AIR and then we audience need to wait untill the last outcome which would come after a month or might after 6 months. It would have been better if all these allegations were out after the ODI series was over but just do all these investigations secretely and try to get some solid proof out of it. atleast by doing this we would have enjoyed a good game of Cricket without having a bad taste of match fixing in it.

  • AdZ on September 20, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    I hope Ijaz Butt and Shahid Afridi read this article (before the Lord's match), understand it and try to act upon whatever has been prescribed by the Doctor.

  • Rizwan on September 20, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    only Pakistani media & journalist do the job for other countries and cricket boards. how could any batting side did spot-fixing b'coz any batting side do'nt know that which batsman at the crease in which over? do u know Mr. journalist? how THE SUN forgot the collapse of english team ? at one stage they are 103/5 than 201/5 need only 41 in 12 overs but bold out on 218. if this is same happened with Pakistan than english media & Pakistani media call it match fixing. plz plz be pakistani

  • tash on September 20, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    hey guyz come on. cant u guyz see whats happenening. this whole thing is nothing to do with cricket. they are targeting pakistan. i know we are no saints but look at this media coverage. come guyz they have treated pakistan as if their player have commited war crime or someting. ex interbational cricketer want pakistan team too be banned. whats all that. no one ever talked about india or south african team to be banned when they were caught. pak players are match fixer and the rest of world players are saints. open ur eyes. its not about cricket.

  • Dr Rashid Mahmood on September 20, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Dear Kamran! I can understand the pain we are going through at present as cricket lovers. Yes corruption is there in cricket. But why pakistan all the time. They win,they have fixed it. They lose,fixed it again. Lets not forgot south african were in it as well. Pakistan won aganist all the odds e.g. biased umpiring (remember aus v aus test when BCCI managed to got rid bucnker for wrong umpiring decisions). Sky commentator were simply not willing to give any credit to pakistani players at all. There are calls to ban pakistan from cricket in papers and you certainly help those call by writing this article.

    I have read other comments on your article. People are questioning every single shot of pakistani players but nobody question why morgan thorugh his wicket away so easily when england was about to win the game.

    You as a writer has to look at both side of picture. I have doubt on ICC role as governing body of cricket for double standards it displayed.

  • Mohammad Shaukat on September 20, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    We in Pakistan think that any thing which comes from Western media or from any other channels are correct but there is no true in it. Western media, kind of News of the World & The Sun are Tabloids & they are like Trash collectors. There is ECC & ICC mafia behind all of this. They have a plan against Pakistani team. After winning the match Pakistan is immeidately blamed for the Matching Fixing or Spotfixing. Mr. Logarat proven enemy of Pakistan and BCC we know very well and they to want kill Pakistani Cricket. Is there only one team which is involved in match fixing rest of all teams and boards are Angles & honest.

  • ashraf Dosani on September 20, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    very good article, very balanced & I believe impartial one I admire you as you have guts to write what you believe is right Butt should not speak with out any concrete evidence as it is not only unfair & harmful but also seems that he has spoken out of his frustrations with the media & boards concerned. I am disappointed to say the least as Pakistan cricket authoraties require some one with tact,diplomacy & art of handling media & the boards.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on September 20, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Great article Mr. Abbasi. The charm of cricket is vanishing day by day. Broadly speaking, it has become money milking industry and the ICC is loosing its grip on this great game.The whole systems need to be changed and great attention to be paid. Look at how many matches are being played now a days,just for the sake of money and for the interest of game. Corruption in any form is unbearable and hard hitting punishment is required so that the new generation could understand that if you are corrupt you are out of scene from the world.Believe it or not,the spectators are now under the impressioin that the toss is fixed, this over is fixed,the six is fixed,this four is fixed, this over is fixed,this no ball is fixed,this wide is fixed, this catch is fixed,this drop catch is fixed and this result is fixed. Tell us is this cricket or what Where is ICC and its anti Corruption Unit.A strong administration is required to clean up the mess besides how to deal with the bookies who is real culprit

  • AW Khan on September 20, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    This current matter “Spot Brilliance” done by the ICC with investigation that will come up with no results and people taking big money for doing just some trash cleaning in the streets not for making cricket clean ICC’s current status is purely questionable, for what purpose this body is? In my opinion ICC is nothing but enjoying YouTube bikini videos over internet. And PCB is just a body that has no sense under command of Non Sense “Butt” Idiot.

  • Legionnaire on September 20, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Ijaz Butt has gone senile and he probably doesn't realise what kind of mess he is creating and difficulty he is putting Pakistani players into who are already under severe pressure by continuing his moronic talks. If only Pakistan can get rid of him would do them a world of good. At the moment Ijaz Butt is making Pakistan a laughing stock.

  • bachha jammoora on September 20, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    I think Pakistan Cricket and nation is going through a tough period and this all mess is created by Musharraf and especially army over the course of many years. There is no system and professionalism in a talented country. But is pathetic as is ISI(Mumbai attack??) This world is controlled by rich and media and they care about money at all costs (sensationalising-key factor)and if you make people fool that is a added spice. Why all these news come after Pakistan's win? by the way NOTW says tell story and earn money!!! ECB is different from english media by the way. I think Haroon Lorgat has been given a task to marginalise Pakistan Cricket and he is after Pakistan's cricket crossing all the boundaries of meanness. CE of ICC people will think a responsible person and the way he is acting it looks like a joker. Is he working for Betting agencies in India to legalise betting in India????????? NOTW(Mazhar brothers!!!!!)+Haroon Lorgat alliance needs to be looked carefully ????????

  • Vishnu Menon on September 20, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    A wonderful rendition of one's love for the game. "I want resolution. I want corruption out of cricket more than I want to save the career of any corrupt cricketer; an attitude that anybody who cares for this great sport must share." This should be the mantra of every cricket board. Only then can there be some sanctity in the game we so cherish.

  • Suhail on September 20, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    I fail to understand why authentication of the news is not made before publishing on AIR and then we audience need to wait untill the last outcome which would come after a month or might after 6 months. It would have been better if all these allegations were out after the ODI series was over but just do all these investigations secretely and try to get some solid proof out of it. atleast by doing this we would have enjoyed a good game of Cricket without having a bad taste of match fixing in it.

  • Cricket_writer on September 20, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Its a good article but sadly doesn't highlight the biased behaviour of ICC while dealing with the allegations. If its against Pakistan, then they go all out and if its againts other boards then ICC prefer to keep a low profile. What about spot-fixing allegations in IPL tournaments? These allegations were qualified as rubbish by ICC as soon as learnt by them. and if it involves quite predictable scoring from Pakistan (as in Oval two early wickets were on the card considering early swing) they declare at ease that Pakistan's players are under scanning. ICC needs to be consistent with their procedures. Well PCB has a lot to do on their own and if players are found guilty then they deserve a severe punishment.

  • Hammad Nasir on September 20, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    yes, you are true- kamran. i just want that the situation is handled correctly. a 73 years child is doing such childish things as one cannot even assume of a person sitting on a chairs as his!! you are right that ecb provided us their grounds and everything for our home series. the same is being granted by nz and uae. but i think that these children in pcb are taking these wonderful gifts as granted. can i request every one to pray to Allah to get us rid of ijaz butt and some person with judicial ability and sane behaviour is given the reigns of our cricket. i beleive ramiz is a good person, well acclaimed, knowledge-able, experienced as well. i can think any 20 years old person will do much much better than butt. but butt is a direct employee of zordari, what can we say. just pray. thank you.

  • Hammad Nasir on September 20, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    yes, you are true- kamran. i just want that the situation is handled correctly. a 73 years child is doing such childish things as one cannot even assume of a person sitting on a chairs as his!! you are right that ecb provided us their grounds and everything for our home series. the same is being granted by nz and uae. but i think that these children in pcb are taking these wonderful gifts as granted. can i request every one to pray to Allah to get us rid of ijaz butt and some person with judicial ability and sane behaviour is given the reigns of our cricket. i beleive ramiz is a good person, well acclaimed, knowledge-able, experienced as well. i can think any 20 years old person will do much much better than butt. but butt is a direct employee of zordari, what can we say. just pray. thank you.

  • has on September 20, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    u know, it doesn't hurt to actually ever BELIEVE in your country's cricketers. while the ECB has been very generous to Pakistan's cricket, and Ijaz Butt was pretty wrong in saying such a statement, why is it ONLY the British tabloids who seem to possess all the information, not even ICC's Anti-corruption unit before-hand?

    We lose, people are suspicious. we win, people are suspicious. come on, grow up and support your OWN team unless they are proven guilty.

  • Morad786 on September 20, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    I think, ICC and indeed PCB have handles the situation very badly.

    On the other hand ECB has shown restraint and will not comment until the investigation is complete. People might argue that ECB has it's commercial interest at heart...nothing wrong with that...ICC and PCB should be thinking likewise.

    I believe PCB should have made a strong statement whilst condemning any corruption in cricket, it should have also asked for restraint by Media and others to hold until the investigation was over.

    The ICC although caught sleeping at the wheel, should have also asked for restraint and should have got PCB in their confidence to show a united stand against corruption and media sensationalising until full investigations were complet.

    This would have saved this embaracing situation for PCB and ICC alike.

    Good on ECB ... however not so sure about the UK Media.....PCB and ICC should learn lessons from ECB on how to handle such situations as well as the spot fixing in county games.

  • Imran on September 20, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    'I know in my heart that it is probably best for this dread tour to finish now and save us further pain. Yet I also know that I will wend my way to Lord's in the hope that I might see a final stand from Pakistan cricket to defy its critics and to prove its honesty... I will watch Shahid Afridi's men perform at the home of cricket, every cricketer's dream, and imagine what Pakistan cricket might have been.'

    very nicely put

  • TD_160 on September 20, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Ijaz Butt's comments were highly inappropriate. Has he even heard of diplomacy? For a senior cricket board official to publicly speculate about the actions of England cricketers was unprofessional. As you say, Kamran, it was doubly inappropriate considering the vital assistance that the ECB has provided to the PCB. Sure, they took their cut from the revenues, but Giles Clarke and his ECB mates made the arrangements - could the PCB have managed that on their own? Otherwise, Pakistan cricket could have died after the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Pakistan.

  • Roshan on September 20, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Looks like the way things are going, its a uncontrollable downward spiral for the Pakistan. These allegations and counter allegations don't help at all. To be honest, for last 5 years there has been some controversy or the other every 3 months in Pakistan cricket. There are very few leaders in Pakistan, be it as a captain or administrator. Life looks very bleak for Pakistan cricket. THEY HAVE TO BLAME THEMSELVES FOR EVERYTHING and no one else.

  • Qambber Hussain on September 20, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Pakistani team should come back to Pakistan. Period!

    This is a useless tour with nothing to gain. The players must already be highly demoralized and at least I do not expect them to win any matches.

  • Zsk on September 20, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    First of all, I sincerely hope that our (pakistani) cricketers are proved innocent. Secondly, thankful to ECB for supporting Pak cricket. However, I somewhat agree with PCB's stance. They can't be on a back foot all the time. I accept it is not a perfect body and has made many blunders, but if they have decided to be aggrassive, then I sincerely hope they have some tangible proof to prove thier case !

    I think there is something fishy esp with how ICC has been handling the situation. They should also act in the best interest of cricket and be professional !

  • Stephen on September 20, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Brilliant, passionate stuff Kamran. Good luck to you in holding the cheats and liars to account

  • Adeel on September 20, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    I agree with you Mr. Kamran to a certain extent. I think the way Butt responded was not very professional. I don't think English players would be involved in fixing the match as much as pakistanis would be after what had happened earlier in the tour. Having said that the kind of frustration and anger i felt when i heard this recent allegations and then given weight by ICC through their press briefing without having any proof, it is the reaction you'll feel all over Pakistan and reflected in Butt's response. After what happened earlier, ICC should have played this a lot maturer than commenting on it without proof rather than sensationlizing the event. Scoring patterns can be predicted based on statistical data and if matched coincidentally with what actually transpired doesn't mean that match was fixed.. Having said that i think all players should be banned IF found guilty.

  • paritosh on September 20, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    The latest outburst from Ijaz Butt is really stupid. Is this really symptomatic of the Pakistan society as a whole? The match fixing was blamed on other boards as a 'Conspiracy to defraud Pakistan'. This is really ridiculous. What would we (everyone except Pakistan) gain from a conspiracy ? You don't need us, u just need the inept management of messrs Butt and company, they are the real ones responsible for this mess ? All that has happened the bus attack, the agents, the dismal performance is due to them. Do u seriously expect anyone to really play cricket after this "tamasha" ? what happens if other boards just bypass PCB all together. At a time when PCB should be grateful for some cricket, they are being paranoid and accusing everyone else. Fix your own house and cricketers in order and then come to play cricket, these baseless allegations are going to do a lot of damage to the credibility of PCB. No one will play with u otherwise.

  • Salahuddin Ahmed on September 20, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Very good comments, Mr. Kamran Abbasi. I've been an ardent admirer of his articles since long. But, in this article I appreciate the spirit of Cricket and its continuation for the Pakistani side. If all this is done to malign a good cricket side by the British media, it should be condemned. But, the spirit of hosting these matches for Pakistan and Australia and England by the ECB must also be appreciated. Long live cricket Pakistan!

  • Abdul Hannan on September 20, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Great Article ! Heart Touching =)

  • yusuf mohamed on September 20, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    That was a very well written and emotional outpouring Kamran. I can sense that it came straight from your heart! However I wonder if it will just fall on the deaf ears of the powers that be? "sub paise ka khel hai bhai"!

  • K.A.K on September 20, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Well written Kamran. ICC needs to rethink its anti-corrution setup and should know they are up against a multi-billion dollar sports betting industry with deep roots in the game. Ijaz Butt has to go. His incompetence has been highlighted time and again in last a few years.

  • EddyM on September 20, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    The sad thing is that many people will view each misfield, dropped catch, or no ball as if something sinister has occurred.

    Take Umar Akmal's dismissal. It was if he was trying to get himself out. What with an attempt at a dodgy single two balls previously, followed by a charge on Bresnan, it was not what the situation required. Very odd.

    Look at Asad's dismissal. Was it poor decision making to go for such a shot with the match situation requiring some sensible batting? Was he unlucky or did Swann bowl well?

    I would like to believe that it was just poor decision making on the part of the newboy. But I have questions in my mind now...

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  • EddyM on September 20, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    The sad thing is that many people will view each misfield, dropped catch, or no ball as if something sinister has occurred.

    Take Umar Akmal's dismissal. It was if he was trying to get himself out. What with an attempt at a dodgy single two balls previously, followed by a charge on Bresnan, it was not what the situation required. Very odd.

    Look at Asad's dismissal. Was it poor decision making to go for such a shot with the match situation requiring some sensible batting? Was he unlucky or did Swann bowl well?

    I would like to believe that it was just poor decision making on the part of the newboy. But I have questions in my mind now...

  • K.A.K on September 20, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Well written Kamran. ICC needs to rethink its anti-corrution setup and should know they are up against a multi-billion dollar sports betting industry with deep roots in the game. Ijaz Butt has to go. His incompetence has been highlighted time and again in last a few years.

  • yusuf mohamed on September 20, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    That was a very well written and emotional outpouring Kamran. I can sense that it came straight from your heart! However I wonder if it will just fall on the deaf ears of the powers that be? "sub paise ka khel hai bhai"!

  • Abdul Hannan on September 20, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Great Article ! Heart Touching =)

  • Salahuddin Ahmed on September 20, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Very good comments, Mr. Kamran Abbasi. I've been an ardent admirer of his articles since long. But, in this article I appreciate the spirit of Cricket and its continuation for the Pakistani side. If all this is done to malign a good cricket side by the British media, it should be condemned. But, the spirit of hosting these matches for Pakistan and Australia and England by the ECB must also be appreciated. Long live cricket Pakistan!

  • paritosh on September 20, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    The latest outburst from Ijaz Butt is really stupid. Is this really symptomatic of the Pakistan society as a whole? The match fixing was blamed on other boards as a 'Conspiracy to defraud Pakistan'. This is really ridiculous. What would we (everyone except Pakistan) gain from a conspiracy ? You don't need us, u just need the inept management of messrs Butt and company, they are the real ones responsible for this mess ? All that has happened the bus attack, the agents, the dismal performance is due to them. Do u seriously expect anyone to really play cricket after this "tamasha" ? what happens if other boards just bypass PCB all together. At a time when PCB should be grateful for some cricket, they are being paranoid and accusing everyone else. Fix your own house and cricketers in order and then come to play cricket, these baseless allegations are going to do a lot of damage to the credibility of PCB. No one will play with u otherwise.

  • Adeel on September 20, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    I agree with you Mr. Kamran to a certain extent. I think the way Butt responded was not very professional. I don't think English players would be involved in fixing the match as much as pakistanis would be after what had happened earlier in the tour. Having said that the kind of frustration and anger i felt when i heard this recent allegations and then given weight by ICC through their press briefing without having any proof, it is the reaction you'll feel all over Pakistan and reflected in Butt's response. After what happened earlier, ICC should have played this a lot maturer than commenting on it without proof rather than sensationlizing the event. Scoring patterns can be predicted based on statistical data and if matched coincidentally with what actually transpired doesn't mean that match was fixed.. Having said that i think all players should be banned IF found guilty.

  • Stephen on September 20, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Brilliant, passionate stuff Kamran. Good luck to you in holding the cheats and liars to account

  • Zsk on September 20, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    First of all, I sincerely hope that our (pakistani) cricketers are proved innocent. Secondly, thankful to ECB for supporting Pak cricket. However, I somewhat agree with PCB's stance. They can't be on a back foot all the time. I accept it is not a perfect body and has made many blunders, but if they have decided to be aggrassive, then I sincerely hope they have some tangible proof to prove thier case !

    I think there is something fishy esp with how ICC has been handling the situation. They should also act in the best interest of cricket and be professional !

  • Qambber Hussain on September 20, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Pakistani team should come back to Pakistan. Period!

    This is a useless tour with nothing to gain. The players must already be highly demoralized and at least I do not expect them to win any matches.