2010: Summer of Pakistan September 20, 2010

Cricket survives Butt attack

Lord’s wasn’t full but it was resplendent
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Lord’s wasn’t full but it was resplendent. A healthy crowd enjoyed a perfect late summer’s evening, by the end of which you might have been excused for forgetting that international cricket was on the brink of calamity. Sensible heads in the ECB ensured that the fourth one-day international between England and Pakistan took place despite a unilateral attack by Pakistan’s bumbling chairman, Mr Ijaz Butt.

Nerves were fraught following a night of anger in the England camp and bewilderment in Pakistan’s. The tension even spilled over into a pre-match clash between Jonathan Trott and Wahab Riaz, and it was still etched on the furrowed brow of Andrew Strauss at the post-match press conference and the perspiring forehead of Pakistan’s coach Waqar Younis.

Waqar, it seems, has become Pakistan’s one-man crisis management team. I’m not sure these delicate media situations come naturally to him but he has done admirably enough in fending off hostile questions, at least attempting to focus on cricket instead of fanning the flames of controversy. He described England as a great venue to tour and relations between the teams as superb. Although the latter statement might have been stretching the bounds of credulity, Waqar has always had affection for cricket in England despite the controversies.

He believes his squad composed of the young and the recalled deserves praise for its spirited performances in the one-day series, especially in light of the storm swirling around them and friendly fire striking amidships.

This series, however, is unlikely to be remembered for its cricket unless in relation to allegations of fixing of some variety. The 22 players made a noble attempt to reconnect supporters with the fascination of a hard-fought contest—and the crowd responded. The surreal mood of the morning was replaced by an uncharacteristic buzz of excitement at Lord's as England chased victory under lights.

For what it’s worth Pakistan have begun to excel again at defending a competitive total. With Shoaib Akhtar leading the line and Umar Gul smashing stumps, the last two internationals have been a throwback to the way Pakistan used to go about their business more than a decade ago. Even Razzaq’s blitzkrieg in the last two overs was an echo of past adventures.

There was also fight here from Shahid Afridi’s boys, a determination to show the world what they can do. How long it lasts is anybody’s guess but Pakistan have the momentum going into the final match of the series. England, meanwhile, were shell shocked, first by Butt’s unbecoming accusations and then by the passion of Pakistan’s fightback.

Yet all the players, English and Pakistani, must take credit for playing out an enthralling contest in probably the most controversial environment in the history of one-day internationals. By the finish there was renewed hope that the spirit of cricket lives on. The fumblings of the ICC and the damage caused by Pakistan’s cricket chairman might yet be contained. Pakistan’s players celebrated victory as if they had won back their souls from the devil.

The evening at Lord’s was a reminder that the fascination of cricket lies in the battle between national heroes and the interplay of that intense contest with the emotions of an enthusiastic crowd. These magic ingredients will live on when the mistakes of the ICC and the stupidity of Mr Butt are consigned to the landfill of history. Match-fixing allegations in their various guises may be harder to shake. After all, they began on English fields in cricket’s earliest days.

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  • Dora on January 26, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Hey, good to find somonee who agrees with me. GMTA.

  • 10%Mate on October 2, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Utterly Pathetic contest except few one day"rs. Just could not belive that no one is making any fuss in Pakistan.

    How pakistan cricket going to survive in future, while these players are selling the pride of a nation .Now Even God can't rescue this drowning ship....

  • 10%Mate on October 2, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Utterly Pathetic contest except few one day"rs. Just could not belive that no one is making any fuss in Pakistan.

    How pakistan cricket going to survive in future, while these players are selling the pride of a nation .Now Even God can't rescue this drowning ship....

  • samir Haji on September 25, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    England are such big cheaters. Did u see the first ball of bresnan's over in the 5th odi.

  • Doug on September 24, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    I find nothing to joke about in the latest chapter of disgrace Pakistan have brought upon the beautiful game. They need to be banned and banned now before they spread their cancer to other, decent nations.

  • Vishwa on September 24, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    ICC may not ban Pakistan, but, I think, the Big-4 (India, England, Australia and South Africa) should stop playing against Pakistan -- there is absolutely no credibility of matches when you play against Pakistan.

  • Dilawar on September 24, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    why is this so ironic that if Pakistan accuse someone, they (Pak) need to provide evidence but if someone accuse Pakistan, no need to provide evidence of what so ever. I don’t think Butt should apologize. Racism is on its peak in cricket. What I suggest is that South Asian countries should detach themselves from ICC and have one of their own body. You will see how the rest will come down to their knees.

    Regards

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Yes indeed Ejaz Butt will leave one day (Although it seems unlikely, he would rather be kicked out) and so would Haroon Logart and yes Cricket will move on. Having said all this I must also mention that one thing will never change and its the typical English behaviour....that will not and never change. A society where they have so much faith in the filthy tabloids will never change, they will remain same. England is one country where we see such yellow (as they say but I call it Black) journalism thrive and flourish. The damning part is that the English people are so hooked at it and even trust papers like News of the World, maybe because they love to live in controversies. Poor Englishmen I really pitty them.

  • Shah Ji on September 23, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    I thought Ijaz Butt is keeping a low profile and doing a wonderful job by making minimum appearance, His statement of "innocent until proven guilty" was wonderful although totaly against his case with Yunis Khan. But suddenly He open his mouth and speak ,and speaks like an Ijaz Butt ... suspected Spot fixing was never so harming ,as much his statement.

  • asim on September 23, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    FOR english MEDIA and ICC ! "we like to play games " PCB should think to play against the english MEDIA , sue them or ask them to give REAL proof!

  • Dora on January 26, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Hey, good to find somonee who agrees with me. GMTA.

  • 10%Mate on October 2, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Utterly Pathetic contest except few one day"rs. Just could not belive that no one is making any fuss in Pakistan.

    How pakistan cricket going to survive in future, while these players are selling the pride of a nation .Now Even God can't rescue this drowning ship....

  • 10%Mate on October 2, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Utterly Pathetic contest except few one day"rs. Just could not belive that no one is making any fuss in Pakistan.

    How pakistan cricket going to survive in future, while these players are selling the pride of a nation .Now Even God can't rescue this drowning ship....

  • samir Haji on September 25, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    England are such big cheaters. Did u see the first ball of bresnan's over in the 5th odi.

  • Doug on September 24, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    I find nothing to joke about in the latest chapter of disgrace Pakistan have brought upon the beautiful game. They need to be banned and banned now before they spread their cancer to other, decent nations.

  • Vishwa on September 24, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    ICC may not ban Pakistan, but, I think, the Big-4 (India, England, Australia and South Africa) should stop playing against Pakistan -- there is absolutely no credibility of matches when you play against Pakistan.

  • Dilawar on September 24, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    why is this so ironic that if Pakistan accuse someone, they (Pak) need to provide evidence but if someone accuse Pakistan, no need to provide evidence of what so ever. I don’t think Butt should apologize. Racism is on its peak in cricket. What I suggest is that South Asian countries should detach themselves from ICC and have one of their own body. You will see how the rest will come down to their knees.

    Regards

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Yes indeed Ejaz Butt will leave one day (Although it seems unlikely, he would rather be kicked out) and so would Haroon Logart and yes Cricket will move on. Having said all this I must also mention that one thing will never change and its the typical English behaviour....that will not and never change. A society where they have so much faith in the filthy tabloids will never change, they will remain same. England is one country where we see such yellow (as they say but I call it Black) journalism thrive and flourish. The damning part is that the English people are so hooked at it and even trust papers like News of the World, maybe because they love to live in controversies. Poor Englishmen I really pitty them.

  • Shah Ji on September 23, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    I thought Ijaz Butt is keeping a low profile and doing a wonderful job by making minimum appearance, His statement of "innocent until proven guilty" was wonderful although totaly against his case with Yunis Khan. But suddenly He open his mouth and speak ,and speaks like an Ijaz Butt ... suspected Spot fixing was never so harming ,as much his statement.

  • asim on September 23, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    FOR english MEDIA and ICC ! "we like to play games " PCB should think to play against the english MEDIA , sue them or ask them to give REAL proof!

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

    My request to Ijaz Butt is that he must not apologize to Ecb,because Ecb is also involved in tarnishing the name of Pakistani cricket, didn't you see the look on Giles's face when he gave man of the series award to Mohammad Aamir? it was as if Aamir was a war criminal.

    Didn't you see how the accused players were treated? their mobile phones and laptops were confiscated,could you imagine pakistani police doing the same to English players, no matter whatever would be the allegation against them.

    Never seen such hostility on any tour before,While pakistanis treat their guests with so much respect that they would even sacrifice their lives for them but English people are totally exposed there. English media and ECB are in collusion in this nefarious conspiracy for sure.

  • BeFair on September 23, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Well congrats to umpires, Eng media for helping your Eng side win (fairly or unfairly, who cares, right?)- they really needed it before being thrashed by aussies in next ashes. This clearly shows that in-order for Eng to win the series, they would need to rely heavily on umpires and their media. They've an infinite appetite of calling Pak cheats- remember the W's days? Personally Afridi should've pressed legal charges against Trott for Wahab's incident- there is no point in playing nice to the people who are not nice to you. Poor Eng still lives in the past where they cannot tolerate being beaten by any ex-colonial nation, so they cheat and crawl their way into victories. All these non-sense talks of banning Pak team- really on what grounds? Maybe Pak should sue their as.. for defaming them- that would certainly shut them up. While I am no fan of Mr Butt, but I think he should sue Speed's ass for calling him an ape just as ECB is trying to sue him. Pak should also sue Eng media for bil

  • srinivas on September 23, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    Does anyone remember that match fixing has started way back in late 1970's by the so called professional Aussies, when Lillie and Thompson made a handsome money betting against Australia...

    Even in the recent Neutral Series between Pak and Aus, I couldn't believe a that strong could be bundled out under 100. Does anyone see something smelling there? Only they know what kind of money they made going out for single digits...

  • Azeem on September 23, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    ICC is an very incompetent body. They made a huge mistake by making the statements in public media about investigating the results of 3rd ODI which led Mr Butt to express his opinions very frankly. Mr David Collier would not have reacted any different if he had to go through all these allegations which started during Lord's test.

    Overall, ICC is FAILING to keep the spirit of cricket alive and leadership needed to take all cricket playing nations along. Most all boards feels a bit of injustice has been done with them. e.g. Aussies & NZ for letting their nomination for President fall apart and now Pakistan for these spot fixing allegations. Pakistan Board should also sue these media outlets for defamation just like ECB is threatening PCB. PCB should follow the lead and set an example so in future no one can make derogatory statements without any proof.

  • Shiraz Malik on September 23, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    The English press for over 20 years have had a grudge against the Pakistan team from reverse swing to the fracas now. The 'dibbly dobbly' English bowlers of the early nineties were unable to reverse swing and hence their accusations against the two W's.

    Racism is rife and the ICC is no different. They have always been biased against Asian and non-white teams in the way they deal with punishments from the match referee to banning a player from bowling due to his arm action. The Daryl Hair incident was a perfect example of the white teams voting for him and the non white teams voting against him. What he did in the match was a crime and Asian teams have always suffered when he was the umpire.

    A person is innocent until proven guilty and so why are our players banned before a case is file against them by the police. Our players should sue the ICC in the near future.

    I think it is high time the Asian and non-white teams break away from the ICC and form their own cricket council.

  • MFD on September 23, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    I quite agree with Imran Khan,that British tabloids have always been after Pakistan.Their job is to sell newspapers ,and more papers will sell if it contains sensational material.unfortunately Pakistan hasnt helped their cause also.For some reasons they seem to take the bait more easily than anyother nations such as India ,sri-lanka etc.I am more surprised with Mr Botahms double standards.I am afraid I will go as far as saying that he is talking through his backside when he says that pakistan should be banned from International cricket for their match fixing.People who live in glass houses should not throw stones at other people.Mr Botham and few austrailans(Merve hughes)pionered match fixing in early eightees.How has he got the gal to say such things?.There must have definetly been some shinagans going on in the 3rd ODI at lords,but sadly Mr Butt of Pakistan did not use tactics.On the other hand we seen lots of tact being used by ECB.Lets not forget,it takes 2 to make a tango.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on September 23, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Kamran Akmal was main culprit again to take cheat against with his countrymen. Surprisingly he had taken the easy singles while batting with Hafeez. The sin, spot -fixing is always around with major Senior Pak cricketers. Kamran Akmal must be wiped out & banned for a lifetime custody.

  • Sherif on September 23, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    who will be the next test captain for Pakistan ?

  • Junior Pasha on September 22, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Could not agree more with you EAMiran. I have long suspected officials and umpires involvement. There is just too much money to be made in this. This 5th ODI progressed as if everything was geared towards making the odd higher followed by a sudden bursting of that hope balloon. Good observation about the Akmal Sr., I noticed the same.

  • Mustafa on September 22, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Just one Statement;

    Were u sleeping when after the 3rd ODI Pakistani Team faced Blind accusation from the ICC and BCI.

  • EAMiran on September 22, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    Pakistan got hammered in the decider. Reality caught up. This is a mediocre team with some poor, some average, and some over-the-hill players.

    Is Billy Doctrove involved in spot fixing or is he just plain inept? First the no-ball from Gul which is clearly not a no-ball; then a wide from Akhtar which is clearly not a wide, and then to top it off, 2 stone cold lbw's turned down. Easier for individual umpires to be involved since they do not rely on others!

    Speaking of spot fixing. The way Akmal Sr. was angrily refusing singles was just too suspicious. It seems he wanted to be below a certain score at the completion of 15 overs. This guy just slips in and out of form too easily - sometimes in the same match! My money is on him being one of the big match fixers in the side.

  • javed zarif Canada on September 22, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    I wish you could understand how valuable the time is that someone takes to comment on your BLOGS. From this point onward i will not visit your BLOG coz i am convinced that you do not possess a clear concious either. Is anyone bears a good moral character in the Mess that we know as PAKISTAN.

  • Shahrose Khan on September 22, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Ijaz Butt did EXACTLY what I was hoping someone would do. I don't have much against England, but the fact that their media and players have been acting like all the accusations are true about our players, is really very disturbing. I mean now they have a taste of their own dirty medicine. While nothing is proven, why be such a you-know-what?

    Specially the outrageous way everyone reacted to 3rd ODI... I mean WHAT proof do they have?! same as what Butt does right? well STOP WHINING AND DEAL WITH IT NOW.

    A poll on skysports showed 57% people think Pakistan should be kicked out of cricket. yeah right. England should be kicked out for believing in their unbelievably exaggerating and cheap media. I'm so convinced they simply paid that agent to do that video... they even got their man out of the jail despite all the evidence see! while Pakistani players continue to suffer :S

  • ZUBAIR on September 22, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    One question from Haroon Lorgat… How he gave clean chit to IPL straightway that there is no fixing in IPL. How he gave such statement?? Actually we have made habit to pinpoint only those voices and actions which come from Pakistan. How Haroon can clear IPL without any investigation. Whatever happened to IPL after 3rd edition; that was watched by everyone throughout the world. There are billion dollar corruption allegations on Lalit Modi. Then How Mr. Lorgat can clear IPL. The own bodies of India are investigating corruption in IPL. While a person from South Africa, Mr. Lorgat is giving clean chit to IPL. What a shame. Does he really deserve to be Chief Executive.. Common sense will answer.. “NO”

  • hasan on September 22, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    It may be true that there are a few bad apples in the pakistani team, but it is unfair to brand the whole team as corrupt as media seems to imply. If every pakistani match was fixed then we should on merit be capable of winning all our matches have the best team in the world, yet I don't see the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting in this side. I think the Pakistani players played superbly given the fact that if they loose any match now, somebody will be crying foul

  • Shafiq Ur Rehman on September 22, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    it is very late from Ijaz Butt. He did the same thing what english media did to pak team. without proof no one is gulty. I think there should be ban on media for presentaion of any scandle during the tournament or other on going matches because it efects a lot on team members and cricket game but later on they should go for legal actions.

  • Ejaz Siddiqui on September 22, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    I know Mr. Butt's era has been pathetic but this time I don't know where Mr. Butt has accused English team, as per him that "He has heard ... " NOT "You have done this or that".

  • Talal on September 22, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Whatever Butt said is true. He should have taken this action earlier, when Paki players were pointed as a match fixers. Today, strauss is confused and dipressed after Butt's statement and cannot focus on cricket. How can we beleive after watching his performance in fourth ODI. Bull shit!!! English players are not the only true guys. What ICC want to show that the whole world can b involved in spot fixing but english players cannot?? how come??? if ICC is the best cricket organization, than why is he asking scotland yard for investigation?? dont they have any ideas, plans, suggestions or people to work, to investigate their own cricket issues?? Poor ICC...Shame!!

  • Saud Sami on September 22, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    I was a big fan of your articles and at one point I was also of the opinion that someone like you should be in charge of Pakistan Cricket. Your recent articles have however changed my opinion. I think you lack courage to take a stand that is in the best interest of Pakistan Cricket. You are simply towing the line of ECB and your fellow writers at Cricinfo. I understand that living in england and doing otherwise would be highly inconvenient for you. I don't expect this post to be approved since that would also be inconvenient to you.

  • Chandrasekar T R on September 22, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    For all those who think that Butt was justified in making his comments, can't believe you guys think so. It is all too emotional to talk about the boot being in the other foot, but a man who is holding a position as the head of a National cricket board can't make these statements he made. He has hurt Pakistan cricket more than any bookmaker could do by these statements. Well, if Butt thinks that the allegations on Pakistan team were unsubstantiated, take them to court and sue them for defamation. Now, he has brought PCB into a situation where they may have to pay millions of dollars as punitive damages to the ECB. And if the National newspapers in Pakistan praises Butt for his comments, then God save the country.

  • zari on September 22, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Have we forgotten about the three players who are suspended on allegations that remains to be proved? Are these three players likely to miss world cup? is there any double standard? Should Pakistan not feel sensitive with prejuidice/stereotypical comments from Media? Is there a conspiracy or is it just Pakistan who can not handle criticism in a constructive manner? One also needs to remember and remind the MEDIA about history between Eng and Pak.

    or maybe I am feelin very sensitive and should stop reading news but what is bothering me the most is the fact that they have suspended the players and there is no time line in place as when to expect the outcome and it could be post world cup.

    I would welcome your comments on above mentioned thoughts/questions particularly when the commentators like David Gower/N Knight post 4th ODI stating that Eng lost because they were not in good frame of mind. WOW, all hats to them.

    I should stop now and look forward to your commennts

  • ZUBAIR on September 22, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Win at lord’s was a real slap on british tabloids and biased media. Great Show by Team Pakistan….. There was first real good thing, came in the shape of Butt’s statements. He had to attack… And he did it very rightly… When there were allegation on 3rd ODI, nobody bothered about evidence… But when Butt made remarks about English players, then every one asking for evidence… What a double standrards… We condemn this double standards.. and Team Pakistan really responded effectively by giving a real punch.. And what a statement by Afridi.. “I damn care about allegations” Great Job..

  • Atif Yousaf on September 22, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    ICC and British media have no proper legal evidence which can prove pakistan players guilty...yet the ICC is being managed by mad people to suspend players for no legal reason atleast until the end of the spot fixing case handled by scotland yard... even the scotland yard authorities did not charge an pakistan player and the investigation is taking faar too long till present.....surely with this long investigation some players should have been charged but in truth no one has any real evidence to prove the pakistan players of being guilty....ICC is equal to BCCI :)

  • fhs on September 22, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Simple. English media cries when their team looses. This is not the first/last time.

    Andrew Strauss and company are going through the same emotions which Afridi and company have been going through for last 3 weeks. In contrast, Pakistan is in much tougher position. They are under the gun 24x7. No support from anyone. They are under constant attack by English media and players (2 times by Trot). Umpires are biased. Win/loose - Pakistan get hit by allegations which is absolutely wrong. Shame on ICC to open an investigation based on the English tabloid trash. If ICC has such a trust on tabloid, I would suggest them to replace their anti-corruption unit with English tabloid.

  • Iqbal Hussain on September 22, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    Why the English team is so angry, these are allegations and let them to prove. Until proven, they should be aside from the game as they suggested for Pakistani players. I think all the writers on cricinfo are paid to write in the favor of India and England. Also allegations are not from Ijaz Butt but this is what bookies saying. Despite of all 13 players of England on the ground, they get slap from the Pakistan and in coming Ashes they will get the same from Australia. England should stop hiding and they must realize that their team is not so competent. Kamran Abbasi have you talked about umpiring, Trott attitdue, English biased media , ICC biasing, baseless allegations on Pakistani players?

  • Wasif on September 22, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, you raided some important points but I don't agree with the title of this article. Butt's attack? Sir, you must be kidding how was that an attack? What Mr. Butt said was him saying stop blaming PCB or Pakistani players for everything. Please watch his full interview and you will understand what his point was. He had not said anything bad against ECB until these late allegation since ECB has distaned itself from becoming Judge and Jurry. Hoever, please read what ECB released after latest allegation. They said, "We can confirm no investigation is going on against English players." In other words they were alleging Pakistan and Pakistani players. What proof did they have? And Mr. Butt said according to bookies English players took money to lose the match. He didnt just come out and say English players took money bookies. He didnt talk of any proof to support that English players took money since he never directly alleged them. I hope this wont be deleted.

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

    Like i said before and it wasnt posted early Mr.Abassi,catch the big fish in this mess,the bookies who organise this rather than cricket players. Only then this can be fixed, else match/spot fixing will keep on making headlines. also hats off for the current pakistani squad, they are not just against the England XI, but also competing against ECB,ICC,ASCU,hostile media, angry fans home and abroad and the big boss mr.butt who has yet to prove any competence whatsoever. Good Luck in the final:)

  • Anuj on September 21, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Ban butt, not pakistant. Mr. Butt is irresponsible and irrational,but the Pakistani team should not be punished for his stupidity, and this is coming from an Indian. The pakistan team have shown they can beat the english and they deserve to play cricket in the spirit they have showed in the last two ODI's.

  • GopalaKrishna on September 21, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Yes Cricket survives. Only cricketers can make cricket survive. Both team showed spirit in playing this series to conclussion. Why Pakistan cricket still hanging on to Mr.Butt is something shocking.In any other conuntry a joker like him must have been subdued and kicked out. Only Pakistan has that great dsitinction of having such jokers in their administration. All in all one thing I want to say here is if Amer,Slman,Wahab and Asif are found guilty a prompt action has to be taken. Till that they are proven guilty we all should stop talking about it any more and allow this wonderful Pakistan team to charm all of us with their best cricket. What kind of players Gul, Shoib, Shahid,Abdul Razak and rest are. Aren't they amazing and doing one nation proud of their sport. I think they should be given hero welcome in Pakistan and preserved and all youngsters should learn from these masters. Cricketers you only can bring the grace and charm to this wonderful game and don't let it die in Pak.

  • M Khan on September 21, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    I am more prone to listen and believe what is coming from Mr BUTT(who is experienced cricketer and adminstrator of game) than written by some gutter press element of english media who do not have better interest of the game in heart and who have nasty track record of building anti-PAK hysteria,especially when they beat eng. I mean what nonesence is that last allegation the eng.press came out with after 3rd ODI on 'scoring pattern'.Firstly with all the scrutiny and spotlight on PAK team after 1st allegation(which is still not yet proven after 4 weeks despite investigators havibg full access to players,their mobile/bank account records and so on)nobody in right mind will even think of indulging in fixing.Secondly all cricket true followers know that ODI is formula cricket in sense there is always the usual pattern i.eu start with fast run rate,slow down in middle and then pick up again near end.And stupid incompetant ICC gives credibility to sun paper report.cheers to Butt & W.Shamsudin

  • M Khan on September 21, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    This is all well planned anti-PAK rant/hysteria which now the follows the usual pattern evrytime since 1982 PAK tours Eng.And everytime eng. racist press gets egg on their faces cause nothing gets proven.I was at Lord's on monday,met & exchange some harsh words with some fo media there including ashish joshi of sky news - and he agreed with me with the unwarranted hostility/bias PAK team gets but he was only doing his job as instructed. Mr Butt like many PAK like me probably jsut had enough of this trial by media & media circus as well as ICC's incompetancy.I fully back him and applaud him that he is standing up to hostile anti-PAK rant.As usual,racist english press has taken what he ahs stated out of context to further add fuel to the hatred they harbour.I mean all Butt said was that he has heard in bookie's circle that english possibly fixed the match as well.Note the word 'heard' so he is not saying himself.So it is not even an allegation or personal opinion. I salute Mr BUTT!!!

  • CAN-PAK on September 21, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    I totally agree with Sharpdesigner.. I m a fan of yours but in this case i think the guy who wrote comment above mine is right......

  • sharpdesigner on September 21, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    It looks like Kamran sahib are more angry than any one else b/c of the allegations on English Cricketers. Where were you when those bogus NOTW slapped allegations over Pakistan Cricket Team and all the WORLD seemed to UNITE to BAN Pakistan from Cricket? I have seen a lof of statements from cricketers abt them. Did they waited for the allegations to be proven genuine? If not and u were silent, you have no right to say anything now.

    One thing for you, please go and write for Champions League. Pakistan is not ur team!

    Sigh!!!

  • Khalid Irfan on September 21, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Well Said Kamran

    Pakistan Cricket team performed really very well under huge pressure and under very hostile environment........This is real face of Pakistan Cricket......... a Hub of Cricket Talent (as pointed out by Ponting today). Yellow, black mailer and Gutter journalists in Englist media is trying to corner Pakistan for unknown reasons and saying that Throw Pakistan out of world Cricket!!!! what world Cricket??? Just 10 Nations are part of this small world.........what you will have if you take out Pakistan...a soil of Cricket talent. If you really want to throw then throw South Africa out, throw India out, throw Australia out as allegations have taken place against cricketers of these countries as well.........But this is not the way of talking if you are real Cricket lover.....No body is guilty until proven. If it is proved, then take serious action, otherwise Enjoy Cricket if you are real sports man.

    Thanks & Regards Khalid Irfan Dubai

  • Hitesh Joshi on September 21, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    An outsider's perspective into Pakistan's cricket: Butt seems very incompetent in every aspect. For the sake of cricket, please get this guy out of the PCB and even better, anything relating to cricket or responsibilities or where media is involved. His actions, words and inactions are all very, very damaging to any org's reputation. He would not survive a single minute in the BCCI or even a local cricket board in India. Even an efficient executive and a visionary like Lalit Modi was kicked out because of his almost unprofessional approach towards media - someone like Butt would get kicked out of BCCI in a matter of hours.

    And Mr. Abbasi, we all hope that PCB punishes the right people and makes an example out of it, even if it means life bans for a few. With so much talent in the subcontinent, no country needs to worry about a few bad apples...just throw them away.

  • kamran qureshi on September 21, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Match fixing remarks coming from the PCB chair are totally out of line,however Ian Botham calling Pakistan Cricket ban and ECB attitude during current fiasco is pure hatred and ugly.I admire and thank Pakistan team for their heart racing performance.The mastery of swing and reverse swing bowling is absolute treat to watch from Pakistan fast bowlers and no other team even comes close to that.

  • AHMED KHAN on September 21, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    congrats 2 Pak on their victory.And also to Eng for putting a fight. it is very disappointing to see the PCB Chairman.He is really a problem.He needs to resign immediately.First,he says England players have accepted bribe.Then,he says that its a conspiracy against Pak. Is he confused?He should immediately resign after the tour.But more importantly,he should be replaced by a person who knows cricket.

  • drcardio1980 on September 21, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    I love cricket when Pakistan is winning.

  • Jamie Dowling on September 21, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    The cricket has been good but when is Ijaz Butt going to be removed from office? The man is a cancer with a track record of doing nothing positive for the game we love. Umar Gul bowling with the old ball is a delight to watch. Seeing Ijaz Butt vent his pathetic bile on tv is as far from a delight to watch as you can get. Butt has to be removed. I for one do not care how that happens, just that it must.

  • Kashif Anwar, M.D. on September 21, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    how in the world BUTT-head- of PCB be removed? do we need another long march from the opposition!! Haroon lorgart needs to step down as well for thanking a newspaper like the sun for giving him a phone call info rather then questioning his ACSU heads!!! whats up with all these heads?? only Giles is making sense right now.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on September 21, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    It has been over 4weeks since the spot fixing scandal was reported in the Press. Yet,not a single player has been charged. It may be fair to state that neither S.Yard nor Anti-Corruption squad of ICC has come up with any compelling evidence against the accused Pak players. Ijaz Butt took out his frustration on the Eng players almost as a pun-a feeble & hopeless attempt to breakeven in a manner of erratic thinking that can only be associated with Butt. While as PCB Chairman, Butt has been incompetent,unworthy&undiplomatic, his team has silenced the critics by playing their best cricket of this summer. England was outplayed in the last 2ODI matches. The series is tied. Pakis by winning the series can go back home with grace, dignity and respect-few teams can command from their supporters&critics alike. While corruption has no place in sports, it exists in every form of competition. The call to weed it out,by banning a Nation for the fault of some players sucks - as equally absurd.

  • Waqas ur Rahman on September 21, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    I have to disagree here. For the 1st time, I feel Ijaz Butt has done the right thing. I didnt find his comments even close to attack on cricket.

    I think ECB Chairman gesture of not shaking hands with Mohammad Amir in post match presentation after he was decalred Man of Series was attack on cricket because it suggested that any tabloid can stand up and raise it fingers towards players and world will accept it before allegation are proven.

    The tone and language of Andy flower (England coach) regarding the Pakistan team involment in spot-fixing suggested that he believes Pakistan players cheated before allegation are proven guilty is an attack on Cricket.

    The manner in which ICC handled all these allegation is an attack on cricket. ICC is biased and as bad a body as UN. Mindless and Spineless people like Haroon Logart are an attack on cricket.

    Behaviour of Stuart Broad with Wahab Riaz is an attack on cricket where any player is allowed to say anything without being punished.

  • zafar Hussain on September 21, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    It is really strange that whenever you are loosing , you are labelled as cheats. whenerve you win , you are facing the same allegation. why in this world any body asked the English players ,their modes of dismissals as they required only 42 runs on 72 balls with 5 wickets in hand. two set batsmen were at crease and they have to gather only 4 singles in an over. it is ridiculous on part of ICC that it is giving weight to third class english tabloid for inflicting yet another foolish act. the so called justenglish media and board shall wait untill the decision about involving three unfortunate cricketers in spot fixing reaches to its logicall conclusion. I have no sympathy for them if they proved guilty. But , without any verdict they are innocent untill proven otherwise. The media war should stop now and everyone let the cricketers on thier prime foucus i.e. playing positive , fair and fixing free cricket for the sake of their teams, fans, countries and the game of cricket itself.

  • Osama Khan on September 21, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Kamran, your blog's header should be " Cricket Survives Buttack". Great game played by men in green. They all showed lot of character. Umar Akmal's performance was questionable. Afridi was asking him to take single and give him the strike but he was doing just the opposite. Look at his innings and the way he is playing. On the same pitch, when Gul can take easy singles why can't he. I think Fawad Alam should come in at no. 3 and Asad Shafiq must come in at no. 5. If one wicket falls in the powerplay, Afridi should promote Umar Akmal for hitting. Pakistan shouldn't wait for last 5 overs for power play especially if they are chasing.

  • Fatima Nasir on September 21, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Love the article!!!These match-fixing claims are being made by people with no proof.....and someone seriously needs to get rid of Ijaz Butt!

  • ilyas on September 21, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Pakistan cricket provides the most infuriating, chaotic, depressing and aggravating moments in sport but at other times (such as yesterday) it provides the most exciting, thrilling and uplifting interludes. Living in England it has been great for me to watch Pakistan this summer even when they have been downright useless but thanks to Mr Butt head they won't be invited back in the near future. In our culture it is the done thing to show resspect and thanks to people who provide you with sanctuary in your time of need. Mr Butt head instead has proceeded to spit on those who provided us with a safe place to play.

    The tabloid press, the ICC are also to blame for what has happened and some members of the Pakistan team look like they are not entirely innocent but overall the ECB has remained supportive. Well no more after the latest Butt episode!!

  • Tahir Imtiaz on September 21, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I support Ijaz Butt's statement. In military language, probably it's called "Strike Back". English media, ICC and cricketers had put Pakistan on back foot and they kept on doing that. We have no other option except to treat them exactly the same way. As of today Sep 21, 2010, NONE of our cricketers have been proven guilty. Then why have they been suspended??? Just because of allegations? If so, now Ijaz Butt has put allegations against English players, and they must be suspended same way! OTHERWISE Pakistani players should also be brought back to the team unless proven guilty. This is simple equation.

    I do consider Ijaz Butt 'the most incapable PCB official', no doubt. However I support this particular move made by him. And I request all Pakistani nation and media to please support him and show patriotism and unity this time. This has become a matter of national integrity.

    Mr. Kamran, please publish my comments, that might be helpful for us. I appreciate it.

  • desihungama on September 21, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    England needs to get over the fact we are not thier slaves any longer. They made us run after the ball from 1770's all the way to 1940's. It's time for payback.

  • Omar Hussain on September 21, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    I believe with PK. winning the last 2 ODI is a sign that Pakistan cricket is still there,alive, talented ,unpredictable and magnificent!I am very proud of our boys the way they have wethered so much acrimony and hate to hit back in such a thrilling fashion.Cricket and the spirit of cricket will never die in Pakistan.Long live cricket in Pakistan!No Butts ,ICC or the hacklers of English press can destroy it.

  • idrees on September 21, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    I think as a Pakistani we should support Mr. Butt. Although he did not do the right thing but at last he has done good for Pakistan cricket. Its not fair that if our player get the spot fixing allegation we can not do anything.

  • aayjay on September 21, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    I share your opinion about Butt's loud mouth performance but I feel little sympathy for England's players. The media is all awash with how they were wronged and how brave they 'played with gritted teeth in spite of all reservations.' Where was this sympathy when ICC issued the totally ridiculous statement about the Pakistan team after the 3rd ODI. Oval test disclosures were believable but this was totally rubbish. Andy Flower started the series of stupid statements by calling the ODI series tainted,he was clearly calling the current Pak team (minus the 3 from Oval test) cheats. Butt went a step ahead and showed no one can beat him at stupidity,he should have stood up for his players instead of targeting England but English management and team have had cheap digs as well. They deserve to have their butts kicked

  • Ali on September 21, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    All I wanna say is ....Ian Botham is not less stupid than Ejaz Butt....First one should be taken off knighthood and second one should be fired....as both commented against cricket....stupidity on its extreme!

  • Spectator on September 21, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Wow!!!, What a come back . Its really good to see that once again a team is coming together and trying to forget the past and do what they were/are supposed to do. Pak team just needed the first blood and Gul provided them that. Its really good decision from Pak cricket board to call back Razzak, he is a player who has always worked towards betterment of Pak cricket without seeking any credit. Great work from Waqar also and would like to see Imran Shaiab to come up and support Waqar without thinking about his political image.

  • usman on September 21, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Sometimes i feel Ijaz Butt has an atom bomb sent by Pak's enemies to destryo Pakistan Cricket. Really he should have alleged England's players. He should have wait for the result of Scotland Yard and if the players were proved innocent then sue the British newspaper News of the world. If he had any proof of England's match-fixing then he should have showed it but by saying this he has proved again himself as clown.

  • haseeb on September 21, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Its very strange that sports minister of UK iz saying that "In terms of the wider British-Pakistan relationship, if we were seen to be playing a part in throwing them out of world cricket, that would have a very severe impact across the piece." who the bloody hell they are to throw out Pakistan from cricket world. England should mind their own business and they must concentrate on final ODI .

  • Vish on September 21, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I think, people should stop boasting about unpredictability of Pakistani team. When Pakistan plays, everything is predictable as far as bookies are concerned. Period!

  • Mian Riaz on September 21, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Against all odd, Lord's match was played with great spirit and i 'm sur crowd at Lord's enjoyed this contest. Let the cooler heads prevail and lett ICC complete the investigation.

  • Be Fair on September 21, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    I just wonder whether its the last sentense of the whole article or the tone of the analysis. I personally think someone really had to take some bold steps to save pakistan cricket. Dual standards have forced the authors to even made their colonial time bosses even now. If Mr. Butt hints on something to save cricketing world then its stupidity but if english media or great legend of ICC accuses pakistan players then its a right of english players to call names well before conclusions from the investigations.

  • Hassan Farooqi on September 21, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Well Pak cricket survived the Britt media attack to start with. In past, the Britt media won matches their team failed to, solely because our players of that time, the so called elite, were mere mental slaves of the English snobbery. The younger generation might be fascinated with the American glory, but have not seen the English past, and therefore the English snobbery just slips on them.

  • Farrukh on September 21, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Good point Kamran. I enjoyed all 4 games of this series so far and hope the last one is also an entertaining game. Is there a way Mr. Butt be RESIGNED from this post. He is nothing but a shame for Pakistan as a country. His irresponsible comments are hurting cricket and cricketers more.

  • Afridi on September 21, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    There is absolutely clear bias in the ICC. They are ready to investigate practically anything printed about Pakistan. Good on Ijazz Butt to atleast do something. England's press has been doing the same thing to Pakistan all summer. So England, as the song goes, How does it Feel?

  • fred on September 21, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Let's face it, just about everyone has a price. And the bookies make a lot of money, don't want to lose it and will pay the price. For England to act so self-righteous that none of their players could have accepted bribes is nonsense. Yes we need proof, not accusations, but again playing a sting operation and tempting people is not right as they did with the Pakistani players, without any punishment for the NOTW. Perhaps the Pakistani's are poorer, or they are more accustomed to bribes but other cricketers are not pristine. The same principles should be applied - only suspend after conviction based on proof, and impose very strict penalties like treason. A couple of life imprisonments are the only way to save this great game.

  • Ubaid on September 21, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    @ Butt's comments, height of foolishness you may want to call. The message that dummy gave is that the pakistan win is because of england's underperformance which means he doesn't believe in pakistan winning matches, how ridiculous can it get!?

  • Mohammad Asad on September 21, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA....

    Good article Mr. Abbasi..... How come a guy like Mr. Butt in PCB top position ??? No diplomacy at all !!! Acts like stupid.... Does not even know " what is he talking about " -- lack of common sense ..... I am a good fan of Pak Cric. though I am Bangladeshi.... Afridi & Co. are doing good - and a good focus for upcoming WC. Waqar has the guts to handle any situation!!!

    Afridi has succeeded in bringing the team spirit../ good relations between the players I mean good bonding...

    Good Luck Pak Cric !!!!!!!!!

  • Wahid Shibli on September 21, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Very well said. I must concur that Cricket was the victor. The game was played in the true spirit of sportsmanship, and determination. Pakistan under the leadership of Afridi came up big with a victory. Heads off to the Pakistan Team. The ICC & PCB should be more prudent in giving out statements, which harms the spirit of this game.

  • Rafat on September 21, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Well said Mr. Abbasi. For all purposes PCB's version of 'Jewel of the Nile', Mr. Ijaz Butt has sucked all but life out of Pakistan Cricket. Without a doubt this is one of the bleakest moments in Pakistan cricket and sadly enough not due to bad cricket. I am glad ECB decided to go forward with the tour and give Cricket a chance. In contrast to PCB Management, Pakistan Cricket team on the other hand has done remarkebly well through this painful summer considering inexperience side, fixing scandal, injuries, and PCB incompetence. There has been some awesome cricket. It's sad, but I think this summer in England will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. As a diehard Pakistan cricket fan; tabloids/newspapers aside, we should be thoughtful and thankful to ECB and cricket fans in UK for the hospitality. Good luck Pakistan in 5th ODI. Let good cricket prevail.

  • asyed on September 21, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Well the way I see it is quite simple. All England was doing is trying to play mind games. Just take a step back and try to observe what has done since Pakistan started this tour. 1st they win against Australian. Then after loosing 1st test against England they bounced back and win 2nd test.

    Match-Fixing / Spot-Fixing is happening in every team and many players from different teams are involved in it then why everyone is only and only spitting on Pakistan? Furthermore these allegations are more then enough to cause mental distraction which not only effects on any particular team perform but also individual player’s performance too. This is what exactly England has done. It seems like a big giant SETUP to me. It involves ECB, ICC and English media.

    After their lost in 2nd test they were threaten that there is a good chance they’ll loose 3rd test and series as well. And that why they accused Spot-Fixing allegation on Pakistan bowling attack. They targeted the strength of Pakistan tea

  • Srini.J on September 21, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    When will PCB officials learn?. The last thing it should do is to stoke a dying fire. When it seemed Cricket is slowly coming to the forefront of news, counter match fixing accusations start flying without proof or basis against established norms threatening to destroy whatever goodwill the International Cricket Community has accorded to Pakistan's Cricket in this hour of dire need.

  • khalil on September 21, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    No doubt that Ijaz Butt has become a hazard for cricket anywhere. The words of Waqar were just an attempt of damage control. No tour of Pak cricket team to UK has gone uneventful. Ball tampering,spot fixing or match fixing & Inzi/Hair saga,all are planned conspiracies having roots in the British soil.There is no body to control the tabloids in ENG. In the name of freedom of speech,they are out for character assasination of any player ,considered dangerous for their cricket supremacy. Can someone imagine if a newspaper in a sub cotinental country can do this to them ? Otherwise you can compare their record in the sub continent to their performance at home. Pak should avoid matches on ENG soil if they want to protect its cricket. Apart from that Pak should go for a harsh crackdown on those defaming our country & cricket to clean the game from corruption. This is very much necessary for restoration of our image in the cricketing world.

  • Aamer Ali on September 21, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    very harsh Kamran. We know nothing about the English fields. Maybe the cricket fans of this era need reminding. Including me

  • Arif on September 21, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Kamran... one understands your need and desire to look at the positives.. but just as I was about to wean myself of this heartbreak called Pakistan Cricket, you inject a dose of hope... How cruel.

  • Thakur on September 21, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Yes, it was great cricket but spare a thought for the english players. There heart is not into these games. They would like this series to be finished yesterday as they don't want to be anywhere around swirling accusations and allegations and they re being forced to play ball by ECB.

  • Rev on September 21, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    I agree on your comments about Waqar - and he would be an infinitely superior alternative to Ijaz Butt.

  • Nasar Faooq on September 21, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Well articualted sentiments Kamran Bhai.......the spirit of cricket and the passion of the fellow suporters of the great game in Pakistan and around the globe will live on.............it has survived many controversies ranging from the days of W G Grace to the latest in the shape of mohammed Amir and co.However, i do feel that in the modern no team can claim to be whiter than white.Mega ampounts of money does funny things to people and the english players are not immune to such offerings.....and perhaps not be so pompous or sensitive either! I do agree that Ijaz Butt is just a nutcase who has done more and perhaps,irrepairable, damage to Pakistan cricekt than good.For the sake of Pakistan cricekt and its supporters, he must go!i dont care where he goes as long as he goes..........-:)

  • Disappointed on September 21, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    I just have one thing to say here..Whatever Mr.Butt said was nothing more than an ill thought outburst from a helpless person..Tell me have there been any tours to England when British media has spared Pakistan..?? Ball tempering and now match fixing...British media always tries to put off field pressure on Pakistan team and then the rest is easier on ground. What I want to say is that the hurried way in which ICC took action following 3rd ODI after tip of by a mere news report without consulting PCB... the fact is that there seems to be an effort to put an end to Pakistan Cricket altogether. whosoever is behind it..No blame game here but at least you could have raised the point in your columns that the latest allegations were just allegations and PCB should have been taken in confidence....even the Asif,Amir Butt case seems to be fraught with so many lacunas and conspiracy ingredients are rife in it...So be serious and act impartial. Remember tempering row also fizzled out in the end.

  • Salman Sadiq on September 21, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Kamran, the article is very well written indeed but I do have reservations regarding the title. Is it really a Butt attack or a Butt counter-attack? I agree that his counter attack may have proved counterproductive but these really seem to be words from a dejected man who has literally clutched at the straws in the recent past and has been left high and dry. I've followed most of your articles and I can understand a tone of mild criticism for ICC and other powerful bodies since you have to survive as a cricketing analyst too but I'd suggest that you always follow your heart. Don't write anything that you know is untrue just to make few resourceful friends. Because if you do that you will be doing a disservice to the game you love the most.

  • Warren Lee on September 21, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Dear Dr. Abbasi: The whole thing is messed up by the irresponsible behavior of the English Press and ICC. Is it prudent to start investigating anything written in a tabloid like The Sun? The ECB and the ICC will be in a very embarrassing position , if the Yard fails to come up with any solid evidence. There should be other means of hiding the brittleness of English batting. Sincerely, Warren Lee

  • Adeel on September 21, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    England's player were in tension because of Butt's comments, and cost them a match, Now can anyone believe how were the Pakistani players situation since the month started? They were not tensed but they were spoiled.

    I hope Pakistan can get back the image.

  • Adeel on September 21, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    England's player were in tension because of Butt's comments, and cost them a match, Now can anyone believe how were the Pakistani players situation since the month started? They were not tensed but they were spoiled.

    I hope Pakistan can get back the image.

  • Haroon Alvi on September 21, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Finally, the focus has now shifted from match-fixing by Pakistani players to unproven accusations by either group on each other. Atleast there is one positive from the Butt incident.

  • ahmad on September 21, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Well Mr. Butt comments are justified and could be reckon as the voice of a frustrated men who heads a team which is under match fixing allegations without any proof from any side.All the drama has been created on the reports of different news papers and when a credible agency is already investigating (which is yet to finish)the incident there is no point holding players of guilty.Yes if players are guilty then they shoudl be banned for life (no question about that) but till the allegations are proved, there is no point in doing uncivilzed behaviours (like the Mr. Trott did yesterday). I would repeat some one's comment that "if ICC has to take action every time on some newspapers comments then whats the use of ICC anticorruption unit"?.Cricket must be saved at all cost as if this trend continued then there would be no end to it ....

  • Arshad on September 21, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    The fact that Mr butt is still in charge, despite several months of extremely chaotic administration, speaks of the pain and interest the pcb patron is taking in cricket affairs. From one controversy to another- lahore attacks, banning of players, world cup hosting, younis khan exclusion, now match/spot fixing... So many issues... Still Mr butt continues. Anyway It's high time, He's sacked immediately- president apologizes to ecb and english cricketers to save further humiliation and punishment of pakistani cricket. At same time icc should burden lot of blame for way it handled allegations at oval. Pakistan demands answers from icc and world cricket , ecb, english cricketers and also pakistan nation demand answers from butt

  • Sumair on September 21, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Hi, Yeah right in a way but i will say its been a good move finally by Ijaz but i will give him 9/10 for the move atleast he tried something finally but he should provide some evidence aswell.... But finally ECB atleast know the el ligation they made against Pak players not just this series but whenever Pak toured England and without any proofs how does they feel when they were made on themselves.

  • Shakeel Badar on September 21, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    yes it indeed was a great game of cricket, the men in green looked more focused and more like a team rather than individuals not more often you have seen this in recent past. Moreover, the it would be unjust if we don't give credit to team Pakistan being at their best in the fields. two extraordinary catches that u often see from paki side.

    Although the quality of umpiring went down in the second session of play two plumb LBW's and a no ball, secondly many benefit of doubts went the other way meanwhile english commentators kept on defending the umpiring decision by their newbee.

    Overall that was a treat to watch. and the spectators that came to watch that match deserve a standing ovation.

  • Salman K. on September 21, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Well said Kamran, there is no other way of going about it, it really is Ijaz Butt's stupidity (even a stronger word would not be out of place here). I have said it before and will say it again, this whole affair, and I include the bribery episode, is and always has been PCB's fault.

    PCB has consistently failed to support and win the confidence of its players and maybe, just maybe, this debacle will usher in a new line of thinking, out with the big brother attitude and in with the player's council & support centre.

  • Wazirabadi on September 21, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Matching fixing saga has infuriated sport lovers all the world, heads must roll to protect the purity of this divine sport. Hat’s off to ECB and the English commentators for praising the efforts of the Pakistani cricket team on the field. There should be a national apology to ECB and the English cricket team. I wish someone can dismantles the PCB, punished the offenders and start fresh. Pak cricket is unique, unpredictable and immensely talented. It would be a shame if we let idiots like Ejaz Butt destroy it.

  • Athar Sherwani on September 21, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    I want to pay tribute to thousands of supporters,both pakistanis and English/British, who came to watch a most enjoyable game of cricket played with full vigour and committment.Atmosphere was very friendly and any banter was harmless. This was in marked contrast to heavily hyped and dramatised confrontation portrayed by the print media. Those who are guilty will receive their due comeuppance when they are proved so. I have zero tolerance for any cheats. Nevertheless, not guilty till proven otherwise. In the meantime the likes of Ejaz Butt & Trotts have to come their senses and not damage international cricket for years to come. Players should be refrained from making statements which add flames to simmmering fire. Just back off till police enquiries and any subsequent ICC investigations.

  • George on September 21, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    It wouldn't be England v Pakistan without some controversy, but this one is an absolute humdinger! Well played Pakistan & I'm looking forward to the decider.

  • Faisal Kareem on September 21, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Everything English media says is true? Are there any proven facts in this conspiracy? Why ICC didn't contact any other official apart from Butt before making a statement about the 3rd one day? Why nothing from Scotland Yard came out yet? Why is Jonatha Trott not charged for starting a conspiracy by calling Wahab Riaz a Fixer? English players are holy cows that they can't make a mistake? I don't know about you but I am still a Pakistani National and I believe I have all the rights to know the answers of these questions. There may be some spot fixing going on, but I think it is more about blaming Pakistan and make us look like THE most corrupt nation of the world. Comment on it please.

  • ziafat hussain shah on September 21, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    we all cricket lovers are happy that it is good signe for cricket,I think honestly that betting will destroy the cricket players and cricket soul,for pakistani and english peoples,only he can feel the pain who is pricked with a thorn,first english media do this job and now Mr butt, when english media was continuous rocking on pakistani players they all were blaming pakistan and now they have pain, which they felt now,we d'not uproot match fixing and basis origin of corruption and betting,if we all ligalise this runningsore we can see the results

  • Syed Sajid on September 21, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Insha Allah,Pakistan has been able to shake away the ghosts of match fixing allegations and defeats in international with 2 memorable back to back victories,one coming at the Mecca of cricket.INSHA Allah,they wil win on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl,Southampton and bury the accusations of deliberate under performance.For the final match,Abdul Razzaq should bat up the order because very recently he did wonders at this venue while playing for the local county Hampshire.

  • Omar on September 21, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Mr.Kamran, We are hearing the statements from the past PCB chairmans (Tauqir Zia & Arif Abbasi) which are supporting the aggression of PCB,if you are not giving due respect or rights to the member of ICC then you will face these types of words... I wont say that Butt statement was right but due to unprofessional attitude of ICC,these statments have come...I WILL SUPPORT BUTT's ATTITUDE... Now after Butt's comment,they can realize that words do hurt (players,Fans and cricket)... Before opening the mouth or taking some Action when should confirm it in a PROFESSIONAL WAY!!!!! ICC SHOULD WAKE UP THE SLEEPING ANTI-CORRUPTION UNIT OR HIRE NEWS AGENCIES OR SOME PATHETIC MEDIA For the Job :) Anyhow,Pakistan and the England played really well bringing fun back to the series... Shahid Afridi is proving himself as a good captain... Final will be interesting.... My Wishes are with Pakistani Team! MAY ALLAH HELP THEM...Amin

  • David on September 21, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Great article, until the last line. Couldn't resist a little barb at England? Who cares that they have extended the hand of friendship and haven't withdrawn it despite it being bitten.

  • Kamran on September 21, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I wouldn't call it "a unilateral attack by Pakistan’s bumbling chairman, Mr Ijaz Butt" as you call it.

    Ijaz Butt simply stated that "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."

    See? He only refers to the "bookie circles" and does not accuse the players on his behalf! He did not say if he himself was convinced that its true. He just says that this is the talk in the bookie circles. What's wrong with that?

    I'm afraid the media is not playing an honest role, and portraying the Pakistan chief as if he himself has made accusations directly to the English players.

    ICC is a real lame joke I must say. How stupid of them when they say they tried contacting Ijaz Butt all friday but couldn't so they went ahead and published the news without consulting the PCB :-/ that is super lame!

  • MUAZ on September 21, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Well first up the last game was a good example as to how cricket on its own, can create followers around the world and it doesnt need mere puppets like the ICC to promote the game. The ICC it seems has completely lost it. I think they owe a big explanation to their sponsors and etc for telling as to what the ACSU is doing and what are they being paid for. Because if theres any substance in the accusations, well the first inquisition should be against the ACSU! and the then the rest should follow! Well as for Mr. Butt, i think he was hibernating at thewrong time and well he has awakened at the wrong time.The apparent reason for his recent outbusrt against ECB and its players is the purported last paragraph of the letter the ECB wrote to the ICC regarding the third ODI at the Oval which in a nutshell stated that english players are clear however, an inquiry may be pursued against the pakistanis. Well, putting aside mr. Butt, the ECB also needed to be more guarded in its choice of words.

  • Hasan Tanvir on September 21, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Today you have written a good article!

  • Farhan on September 21, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Nice Artice but i hope you will stop continue to support ECB and blaming PCB.

    these lines really showed that how much our ppl affected by the English men.

    ""Sensible heads in the ECB ensured that the fourth one-day international between England and Pakistan took place despite a unilateral attack by Pakistan’s bumbling chairman, Mr Ijaz Butt. ""

  • ali on September 21, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    mr kamran abbasi u wrote well about cricket but i want to ask, u say butt`s stupidity.. pakistan lost considiring ..match fixing... pakistan won the match.. also put allegations of match fixing... is`t big stupidity this is...? butt lashes out i think he is right bcoz england also failed to prove these allegations on our heros. after 3rd test england knew that pakistan with this attack is a most dangerous team of the world. thats why they made this all set up against our players.. i know butt is speaking without any evidance but he is right. this is a big conspiracy against pak cricket. 2nd i let u know that england cant win this series.. good luck pakistan

  • ozair mustafa on September 21, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    I really feel that all this fuss is because of very biased press, very incompetent Pakistani board, careless pakistani players,and now enter the people ilke Botham who pretend to stand at high moral ground judging teams and people and want to ban Pakistan, people like Mark Boucher uttering some other stuff but we dont care about these peolpe ,in fact they are settling old scores.

    for us its imperative to know if our boys have done wrong or not""

  • AK CONSULTANTS on September 21, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    I am not sure that why every 1 is weeping when Eng players are accused and giving the excuse of loss that they were upset on Butt comments,OK. But what about Pak who is facing all this since last month are't they humans do they feel preasure and can be upset on the false allegations. Hats off for Pak Boys who r playing like champions inspite of all the allegations and they have beaten the two one days to a team who has been the best for a year now. I am sure that no team can even think of playing cricket under the circumstances in which Pakistan team is playing, example is in front of u that Eng team is upset at Butt's remarks, just put Eng team or any team in the world in Pak position then tell me that will any team think of playing and most importantly winning???? don't be biased Butt has very rightly said that they are trying to blast Pakistan cricket by suspending three key players, just imagine that if strauus had to face aamir in one days, then he might not pass 50 in 5 innings??

  • Badreshian on September 21, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Kamran Sb you are absolutely right that some sensible heads have prevented cricket from bad precedents; although Mr. Butt had his best try. But what I am curious about is Pakistan cricket future, well sorry to say that at the moment Pak cricket is deep water. What we need to have sensible heads in the management having good analytical and communication skills to present this great cricketing nation. We need to have more friends than enemies and Mr. Butt is responsible for internal and external shortcomings and weaknessess. I dont know why Wahab riaz is in the team when we can clearly see he is trying thousand dollors jacket on UK roads.

    As a fan I am still great believer in players' talent but this administrative weakness is killing our cricket both internally and externally

  • Ahmed on September 21, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    bril....

  • Aly on September 21, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    The thing to Consider , neutrally is , PLease understand , everyone's got feelings , emotions and we r same human beings , though some dont have british or american passports , we should be treated same , the outraged Mr. Butt , shows that we all should have stand up and acted same way england officials are acting now when we hearded about the SUN news matter , I mean their are thousand news channels and papers , Should we start investigating all what they are saying ? And suspend everyone untill they are proven guilty ? Unbelievablly this should be realised by all of us in the first place , now when some one is not actually pointing finger at England but infact he is trying to say that what if Investigation should be started due to some bookie circles giving this information , i mean obviously we cant start investigating all this , this way . When first NEWS OF THE WORLD tried to make money by making news of Betting etc. Icc can say ok , we ll investigate the matter but The way ICC handled things , it seems they should hire News papers for doing the work anticurruption unit of icc should be doing . You should not try to disturb others when they r not disturbing you , But this is happeing everywhere in the world especially directed to People of Asia ... Now maybe they got some taste how it feels to be on recieving side , although Its all wrong reports , cause maybe Mr. Butt though not so popular in Pakistan , still he didnt meant what media maybe telling , he simply said that he heard this from some sources , so does it means ICC will in mornign come up suspend and start investigation by Speaking infront of media that a particular country is involved and particular is not etc. and start investigations . we should read the true reports and background of these matters ... If u ll try to illegally torture some poeple , they will back fire .... so better respect others before it comes to you ..

  • Omar on September 21, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Mr.Kamran, We are hearing the statements from the past PCB chairmans (Tauqir Zia & Arif Abbasi) which are supporting the aggression of PCB,if you are not giving due respect or rights to the member of ICC then you will face these types of words... I wont say that Butt statement was right but due to unprofessional attitude of ICC,these statments have come...I WILL SUPPORT BUTT's ATTITUDE... Now after Butt's comment,they can realize that words do hurt (players,Fans and cricket)... Before opening the mouth or taking some Action when should confirm it in a PROFESSIONAL WAY!!!!! ICC SHOULD WAKE UP THE SLEEPING ANTI-CORRUPTION UNIT OR HIRE NEWS AGENCIES OR SOME PATHETIC MEDIA For the Job :) Anyhow,Pakistan and the England played really well bringing fun back to the series... Shahid Afridi is proving himself as a good captain... Final will be interesting.... My Wishes are with Pakistani Team! MAY ALLAH HELP THEM...Amin

  • Syed Danish Bial on September 21, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Even though we know Butt is the worst administrator ever, but his recent statement is the best thing he did for Pakistani cricketers. He used the same tactics what ECB have used against Pakistani cricketers, and now you can see the result. Who look under pressure on field now. It was nice of ECB for allowing Pakistan to use their grounds but they were also making money out of it. How come every time Pakistan go to England they get in trouble. England can't accept their defeat so now they are making a big issue about Butt's remarks. They don't understand how their team which is NO.2 in ranking loosing by NO.7 team. And for ICC are they going to investigate the umpires for their performance in last two matches. Last night Umer Gul didn't throw a no ball but the umpire declare it no ball, what about Andrew Strauss elbw. I'm just surprise to see how they got two Pakistani columnist write about same issue, but when Pakistan was in trouble nobody move their pen to take their side.

  • Haider on September 21, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    An average person's mind does not work properly in old age and Mr. Aijaz Butt is clearly an average person. He has embarassed the nation many times with his ill advised remarks including the one when Sri Lankan team was attacked at Lahore and now the latest one. We should request the English board to consider his old age and forgive him now and for his future remarks as it seems that he is not going to leave his current position due to his political backing.

  • Rudra on September 21, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Enough is enough!!!! there are definitely some group...persons who are playing some nasty game with pakistan cricket team and they will not stop until they fulfill their nasty mission. yah, players re human...and it could be possible in case of 1 or 2 players and its for the all countries. but why only targeting pakistan. i m confuse. after the last indecent, its really become funny!!!

  • Tahir Waseem on September 21, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    If we are not guilty then we shouldn't take any notice of these bull shit newspapper reports or whatever investigation ICC is doing. We need somebody who can kick the dump ass of Ejaz Butt, this shit is reacting exacly same which our cricket enemies are trying to create. Please let our team focus on cricket.

  • ed on September 21, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Did anyone else find the actions of the English team in bad taste when they didn't come out at the end of the game to shake hands with the Pakistani cricket team?

  • Pasha Khan on September 21, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Kamran,

    What nation and what heroes are you talking about?

    Pakistani players don't deserve the support of their people (the running out of M Yusaf by S Butt, and Akmal brothers in Australia to name but a few).

    When men, women and children are praying for you to do well and you get caught with marked bills in in hotel room you don't deserve any sympathy. The country and supporters deserved a honest response. There is room for dignity even when one makes a mistake.

    Cricket will survive, Pakistan as a nation will fall further down the table of credible nations and people living overseas will find other worthwhile endevours to support.

    No peoples are perfect, sadly Pakistan and Pakistani cricket have shown for a long time they are not worthy of loyalty from their supporters. Who wants to align themselves to dishonest people, not me!

    My prayers and apologies to all honest people in Pakistan.

  • Aamir on September 21, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Well I agree about the comments on Mr. Butt and Cools heads in the ECB think tank. It has been a tour for pulse to rise and fall. Mr. Butt was stupid on accusing the England players and ICC looked a bunch of idiots in dealing all the issues and Pak team comeback has been outstanding in all this scenario. Strauss excused of being under prepared due to Butt statement and what about pak team...All their efforts are undone by a single headline of a news paper and more importantly by the response of ICC to that "headline". I believe CRICKET will go on but the stupidity of ICC and PCB administration has betrayed may cricket followers and it is the BITTER END RESULT.

  • Pasha Khan on September 21, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Kamran,

    What nation and what heroes are you talking about?

    Pakistani players don't deserve the support of their people (the running out of M Yusaf by S Butt, and Akmal brothers in Australia to name but a few).

    When men, women and children are praying for you to do well and you get caught with marked bills in in hotel room you don't deserve any sympathy. The country and supporters deserved a honest response. There is room for dignity even when one makes a mistake.

    Cricket will survive, Pakistan as a nation will fall further down the table of credible nations and people living overseas will find other worthwhile endevours to support.

    No peoples are perfect, sadly Pakistan and Pakistani cricket have shown for a long time they are not worthy of loyalty from their supporters. Who wants to align themselves to dishonest people, not me!

    My prayers and apologies to all honest people in Pakistan.

  • Mickey on September 21, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Surely somebody in Pakistan can remove that idiot from being in charge. I feel really sorry for those honest Pakistan players who have been subjected such diatribe by firstly those who accepted those bribes and now this idiot Ijaz Butt.

  • Atif Shahid on September 21, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    All i can say in one line is that Pakistan seems to be finding its way back in limited over cricket and can prosper enough if the PCB top management loses a fat IDIOT giant. Best of luck Pakistan.

  • Akhtar N Janjua on September 21, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    One cannot agree more that Pakistan's world of Cricket is a mysterious one. It has often been mired in controversies since that monumental figure 'Imran Khan' handed over the reins to lesser mortals. Rather than being reactive and emotional we must look inwards, there seems a definite fault somewhere with Pak cricket. Ball tempering, Match fixing and now the Spot fixing, all have tarnished the name of this great game and the country. The self above anything else attitude of few has brought shame to all. Indepth scrutiny and effective measures are needed to deal with the menace permanently. AS regards those who are suggesting to impose ban on Pak Cricket, i would only say have a heart! Cricket without the "Mysterious world of Pak Cricket" would be less beautiful and more colorless. Pak Cricket has given some of the greatest names and moments to the game. And by the way what about some convicted names of other teams,There may be few skeletons in others' cupboards too No biases plz I say

  • Mark Vent on September 21, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    What if Mr. Butt has got some solid evidence of English men involvement in fixing?

  • Mehboob on September 21, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Well, to start with, the way Ijaz Butt threw these allegations can not be justified in anyway, especially when he denied it later what he had said. But these allegations from Butt put both the cricket teams in exactly the same frame of mind. Both having some off-field issues (false or true) and both trying hard to focus on cricket. That should help us all realise what pakistani cricketers go through when our own media, our own politicians and our own people come up with allegations against our players. That's how Younus Khan must have felt after champions trophy. Many a times, i feel, that our cricketers are 'orphans'. PCB has no backbone to support them when it is needed. Our own media will immediately declare our players guilty and the rest of pakistan will start burining their effigies. Just imagine, how ECB responded to allegations and compare that to PCB's response and our countrymen's response in general...

  • Not a Butt fan on September 21, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    It is proved beyond doubt that PCB is the biggest enemy of Pakistan cricket. It is systamatically destroying whatever little goodwill left for the country and cricket in the international scene. It is really unbelievable how people can be as stupid as Ijaz Butt. May be a true reflection of the ovarall affairs of the country. Is there a way out?

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on September 21, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, absolutely right "cricket survives" and will definitely survive in the future as well but the fact is that we have to understand and make sure that the cricket's administration is run by the cricket as well as a good administrator so that these kind of issues are being handled with care but not stupidity. We are making hue and cry on the reports being appeared. Here I want to make a point that ICC must look into all these things so that in future we are not embarassed and therefore, a strong administration with a vision to make "cricket a gentleman's game" is required. But at this point of time too much dirty politics are there and gentlemans's game has lost its charm. There should be harsh law in place which automatically catch the culprit otherwise, it will be hard to punish the culprit. We were on the verge of cancelling the Eng-Pak tour just because of the allegation, which as on date has not been established and hence, we must apprecaite ECB for the survival of cricket

  • Umair on September 21, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Nice, Spirit of the cricket hope to be alive.

  • Touqir Sarwar Awan on September 21, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    I totaly agree with you Mr. Abassi, i salute Team Pakistan for there great effort, they deserve to win, they all make us proud. Inshallah we will win the final

  • Rizwan Yousuf on September 21, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    For me Butt comments against England were justified as they first time feel how it hurts when some one attaches match fixing allegations to you. Just one speech from Butt made all England sleepless for the whole night. Until they will not face the same scenario like us they will not feel about us. I think Butt should give one more statement before Match-5 to distract English team, the game which they are playing with us from Lords Test.

  • Khalid on September 21, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    I(t wasnt the Sensible heads in the ECB that assured the 4th ODI went through more like the losses they would have to bear if the teams pulled out. Its just simply about economics nothing else, yes the banned trio might be guilty but they arent until proven So. In my opinion the english media is like a pack of hounds coming up with notions to sell their papers and frankly speaking you guys dont help theres a fine line between reporting news how it seems what really is the story. You are a great writer mr. abbasi but i often think you sometimes dont see the big picture partly because you are a Pakistani and mostly because we love degrading ourselves in front of others.

  • Annonymous on September 21, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Pakistan has been humiliated in England due to unfounded allegations and all you can say that BUtt should not react? If he recats there is a problem and if he does not again there is a problem...we need to tell everyone that Pakistani players are not sitting ducks which anyone can aim at...why is English media allowed to engage a bookie and solicit illegal activity...by doing so NOTW is also a party to sullying the game...let the Anti corruption unit of ICC work rather than Tabloids taking it upon themselves!!! NOTW should be banned for brining the game of cricket into disrepute...and ENglish media should be controlled.

  • Zeeshan on September 21, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Really nice article, The game is saved by one of best performance by Pakistan team and i also like to appreciate English team for there effort.

  • Pk on September 21, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    "the mistakes of the ICC and the stupidity of Mr Butt" is the crux of the problem. After ICC recent adventure, a response from Pakistan was necessary, but the way it was given was not required; especially directly finger-pointing the players of another country was not suitable from a sitting chairman (but it can also be a run of emotions and passing age!).

  • Pk on September 21, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    "the mistakes of the ICC and the stupidity of Mr Butt" is the crux of the problem. After ICC recent adventure, a response from Pakistan was necessary, but the way it was given was not required; especially directly finger-pointing the players of another country was not suitable from a sitting chairman (but it can also be a run of emotions and passing age!).

  • nomi on September 21, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Nice to see Pakistan fighting for the pride.

    I hope Mr. Butt has some valid arguments to back his allegations. Or may be he just believes in "Attack is the best defense".

  • A Khan on September 21, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    No doubt Butt's comments were out of place and ECB shouldnt have been attacked by him. But lets not forget that British media in its sleaze chase has driven every one to this point. What started of as an excellent example of one cricketing nation helping another cricketing nation in this war against terror, ended in a total embarassement for every one because of british tabloids and a total hapless ICC. Haroon Logart with his indian roots have always been extremely unfriendly to pakistan - and this time was no exception. He has also proven what every one always suspected - He is the most inept person for the job and really cant be the secretary general of the cricketing UN.

  • md glam mohiuddin mazumdar on September 21, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    Pakistan back.And I become very happy.And a match we will get.There was a crisis in this tour.But I want to tell you that Cricket face the match fixing problem especially in ENGLAND.After That crisis many players exposed their experience -SHANE WATSON, HADDIN, IRFAN PATHAN.So ICC should take steps to create pressure to ENGLAND to ban the match betting.{BUT I GUESS THAT ICC WILL NOT DO THIS}.AND I ALSO WANT TO TAKE PROPER STEPS AGAINST TRIO PLAYERS.

  • safi on September 21, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    nice article indeed... but i guess the response from butt was more a like twisted... when the English media put the blame on Pakistanis then nobody thought of questioning the integrity of the players suddenly where English players are concerned there are rules ECB has definitely been supportive towards Pakistan cricket but recent allegation from both sides have effected their relationship. today nasir hussain gave the statement that pakistan team should be banned for sometime in order to save cricket well all i can say to mr nasir is i know its hard for an EX captain to see his side losing by pakistan but i think he should have the courage to accept it instead of coming out with lousy comments.

  • Sohaib on September 21, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Kamran! everytime I open Cricinfo I thank God that people like You and Osman are there to represent the thinking of a normal Pakistani Cricket fan. I would say English team put a brilliant view of Sportsmanship by playing this match. What we would have done in this case?? well we have ball tempring incident in Oval test as an Example. Really Well Written...

  • Jahanzeb on September 21, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Long time reader, first time writer. The cricket Pakistan played was amazing and if they bat first again in the final match then Inshaallah they will win again. I don't want to write anything about the lineups etc as Afridi has that in hand very well. If anything i want to say, Please Ijaz Butt you must stay on as chairman!!!(i write this because everyone else says he should go and he's doing the opposite so lets hope he does the opposite of what i'm writing). Pakistan Cricket Zindabad!!!

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on September 21, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    It should be the most decent golden opportunity to rebuild the historic Pakistan Cricket with their present management cricket committee board by removal for all kind of official inabilities, nasty conspiracy between the players & officials,technical illogical injustice lobbing issues whether the real first-class players from all around the Pakistan’s states would get chance to play in international arena as the true & fair neutral judgments, accidently reckless unmindful & inappropriate article published by local media which must not be hoped in near future.All the present players must be sincere,holy minded becoming the most energetic Patriotic player and among of them three miserable players who have been recently proved by investigation, must confess honestly what they had done against their nation.Determinedly & honestly,the present Pak Cricket Board also should prove themselves to the ICC that Pak Cricket would never allow devilish,destructive,tartaric inhuman player in future.

  • Muhammad Ismail on September 21, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    It's good to know your hope is back which itself lies in integrity and respect of each other in both teams and board.

    You have said about the stupidity of Mr. Butt, but it brought back the confidence of his team and now Englishmen know what allegation means and how it destroys your game and image. In last two games, sudden collapse of Eng Team was only due to Pakistan good performance but if it had happened to Pakistan; English media will ruin the lives of Pakistani boys by highlighting self created spot fixing issues.

    I want a balanced writing from you not only to criticize PCB but also English Media and ICC. So, please write a blog about due rule of ICC and hypocrite English tabloids.

    The best resolution would be, to immediately replace, Mr. Haroon Lorgat, Mr. Butt and an independent inquiry of Scotland yard should remain continue with Zero Tolerance if someone found guilty and more powers should be given to ACSU.

  • israr on September 21, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    good day, some indian agencies want an end of pakistan cricket ,they made blasts in lahore now they are doing there efforts to give a bad name to pakistan cricket team.

  • Khalid Ahmed on September 21, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    This is a serious question: Why wont Ijaz butt go? Who is backing him and why? I just dont understand

  • Zeeshan Qazi on September 21, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Agree with Kamran,

    English fans should know that even most of the Pakistan Cricket fans are fed up with this Butt guy... incompetency and stupidity at its peak!

    We really feel helpless as this looser along with his incompetent (even corrupt - as evident from their sheltering the suspicious players) PCB Management is still at the helm! This is so common here in Pakistan as people at helm never take responsibility of their actions or incompetencies.

    Had there been some honest and dutiful administration, they would have started their own transparent investigations into the corruption and politics in cricket... but the PCB administration is following the path of their patronizer (PPP govt.), protecting the corrupt and making hue and cry to confuse the world.

    These corrupt officials are sure to send Pak cricket in the same abyss where Pak Hockey is already rotting.

  • Asif on September 21, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Indeed it did survive. Pakistani team has already enough on their plates and then Ijaz Butt gives these moronic statements. No one from ECB has officially said that Pak is involved in spot fixing. They keep saying that they are waiting for the investigation to end. Although i would like to say that charge always screams louder than the verdict. Nobody waits for the investigation to end and make up their minds about players and teams. The quality of cricket in this ODI series has been exceptional. All matches have gone to the wire. The final match should be a cracker.

    Being a Pakistani Fan, I think PCB should fire Mr. Butt and apologize to ECB saying that these were Mr. Butt's personal remarks. We should thank ECB for their hospitality for giving us a neutral venue to play Aus. Butt should have directed his anger towards ICC for not informing PCB about oval issue. Instead he thrashed ECB who have been nothing but helpful to us

    Congrats to All Pakistanis. We'll win the series InshAllah

  • haseeb on September 21, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    i jus wana sayyyyyy that english media is pthaticcc n overrated and i have 3 words for them ENGLISH MEDIA LOSERSSSS

  • Ali on September 21, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Although I personally don't agree with your comments about Mr. Butt, this article truly reflects the renewed faith in Pakistani fans around the world. Ijaz Butt's comments weren't the most diplomatic of allegations, maybe not even rational, but he did answer back to an unforgiving and senseless ICC which seems to nod along with the whitest team. And ECB with their dramatic 'outrage' for being blamed with 'unfounded evidence'!! They don't realize Pakistani players would've felt the same when the controversies first started. Where's the so-called evidence against our players which have been detained? What is there more to hide for? And even if the allegations were true, pointing out fingers in the general direction of the Pakistani dressing room after they won the third game was totally unjustified. Where's your cricket spirit now? And how in hell does a team spot-fix to win? And why are English players in the clear before the investigation even starts?? All Pak needs is some damn media.

  • Roman Baig on September 21, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Match fixing allegations are there and been investigating through authorities for the 3rd Test match, That is fact and we have to admit it, but the real problem started after 3rd ODI, that was wrong doing by ICC and England Team which try to pressurize Pakistani Team. When Ijaz Butt gave his statement against English Team and they said it was very hard to concentrate on their game after that, imagine how Pakistani Team is playing and wining in this situation. Upon this umpiring was every bad and all the errors was made against Pakistani Team in all 4 matches. I say stop blaming Pakistani Team and don’t give foolish excuses for losing. Just Play Cricket that is very interesting game.

  • Saud Sami on September 21, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    I am no fan off Mr. Butt but the sentence in the last paragraph should read, "the stupidity of the ICC and mistakes of Mr. Butt..."

  • john on September 21, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    think you're being a bit overly optimistic/ naive. Tomorrow's going to be Pakistan's last game of proper cricket for quite a while. While I guess they don't have as far to fall as the Windies did, imagine in 5 years, or whenever they come back, their players ability will be a disgrace to the nation that produced Imran, the two W's, etc...

  • Mansoor on September 21, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    I as a cricket lover am very surprised to see that how Mr Kamran abbasi and Mr Usman salhudin and Mr ramiz raja is handling this situation what Mr Butt did was totally wrong and very unsportsmen like act. But if you see he is doing your job it is you who should defend Pakistan integrity in cricket. Have you ever heard such a silly stupid thing when ICC said that MR butt couldn’t be reached that’s why we will investigate the 3rd ODI between England and Pakistan. Because and English news paper has accuse them of Spot Fixing. I Agree with them if there is any kind of spot fixing the player who are involved showed be Ban from cricket for the rest of there lives. But what happen to innocent until proven guilty. The ICC should not issue any statement about any player unless he is found guilty. So please stop this yellow journalism and also write about the LBW not given of Mr Struss or Mr Billy not referring a Stumping decision or Mr Gull No Ball given on a legal delivery. It is not just mr Butt stupidity who is causing all this problem but also the ICC. Waiting for your next article on ICC role in handling of the whole scenario.

  • Vaqar Khan on September 21, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Well written Mr Abbassi! I don't know how Pakistan can get rid of this national calamity called Ijaz Butt. Perhaps as with every thing else the Supreme Court needs to get involved!

    Our heads hang in shame listening to the mindless ramblings of this bufoon.

  • Abdul Raouf on September 21, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Well Mr. Kamran, I am a big fan of your article writting and the comments you give on cricket, but don't you think that whatever happeneing here is bias. If they (the so called ICC and ECB) can just throw an arrow on Pakistan Team blindly then why cant we throw on them. The way they blamed Pak team in the third ODI was also very shamefull, even more than Mr. Butts, because one can understand that an individual can loose his temper with all the happenings around but why on earth did ICC do such a thing by accusing Pak team in third ODI without any kind of proofs. So I would like you to discuss this as well in your articles. And what I think is that the comment that came from Mr. Butt's mouth shoud have come from the Pak Media which are very useless.

    Regards, Abdul Raouf.

  • Kaisar on September 21, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Nice but you should have written a colum

    " Pakistan Cricket survives another ICC & Media attack"

    after 3rd odi when ICC accused pakistan for spot fixing through media without discussing the allegation to PCB before or after the game.

    I will blame ICC for not handling the whole situation in professional way & Butt comment was not helping either

  • Adnan Mian on September 21, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    As a purist for the game, it has been tough for international cricket for the amount of controversy that has been led in this series. Although Ijaz Butt made some outrageous allegations, it should not be forgotten that how Pakistan have to keep coping with this on a series by series basis. When you put the shoe on the other foot, you can see how it effects teams and there mental strength. That said, I still beleive that any player found guilty of fixing should be removed from the game. As for the current series, it reminds us what a beautiful game it is. Nevertheless a fantastic series.. Pakistan to win... ameen!

  • Haroon on September 21, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    How can we get rid of this Ejaz Butt. I would not even hire him for my local cricket club.

    He has brought further shame to us. What a stupid man.

  • Jawad on September 21, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Its strange that when Pakistan team had been playing under extremely tough situations, no one commended them for play cricket despite controvercies. But now that English players are also alleged of wrong doings, I hear voices that players have done well to play good cricket despite all controvercies

  • Saeed Ahmed Lodhi on September 21, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has suffered enough at the hands of Ijaz Butt, he should be sacked immediately and PCB should distance its self from obnoxious remarks of BUTT, sooner the better ...

    During the whole Spot-fixing controversy, not even once ECB gave any statement towards Pakistani players and Pakistan Cricket, instead they kept the tour on where there were calls to cancel the tour, then and there.

    And how BUTT reply's to this hospitality is by accusing your hosts without any shred of proof, it just mind boggling ! ! !

    PLEASE SOMEONE SACKED BUTT !

  • Azeem on September 21, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    I dont think the srd ODI was fixed. I do believe that the no balls were deliberate. I do believe that there are still probably some cricketers who are connected with bookmakers playing in the squad. I do believe that a clean-up is needed. I do believe that Mr. Ejaz Butt is the most incompetent chairman to have headed any board in the world (including Zimbabwe); the only good thing is that now the world is beginning to see where the real problem with Pakistan cricket lies. A Pakistani cricketers selection or non-selection depends on Mr. Butts likes and dislikes with Salman Butt and Younus Khan being examples. Also the selection committee seems to no longer have a role in selection and the PCB is now a one man operation.

    Get rid of Mr. Butt. get rid of tainted players. Bring in an administrator who cares about the game. Pakistan cricket will survive.

  • Golam Faruque on September 21, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Mr Butt late reaction we can understand. But PCB should have this kind of counter attacked more earlier then yesterday. PCB should also give their strng reaction against ICC(Harun Logart) file the case against ICC ECB and as well Both the New paper who giving this kind of stupid information. I am 100% they didi it to destroy PAK cricket moral. which they successful. when they seen Amir and Asif can be danger for them up coming T20 and ODI series they start this kind of Drama with joining of some undercover bookis. PCB shoud stand and protect more vegirious way. so now they have to give contration to remove sunpension of three PAK player. Last time also they maid this kind of drama during test with ball temparing issue. It is happaning bCOZ of weakness of PCB administration which they are not strong Like Idian cricket board or Sri lankan cricket board. this my through. Butt may be right if has evidence but his reaction came very late. Best wishes PAK crincket team.

  • EAMiran on September 21, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Pakistan is surviving on pure adrenaline and muscle memory. I fear the pain and shock of reality is going to set in sooner than later.

    As for The Butt let's just say (without resorting to pornographic humour) his end (no pun intended) is nigh.

    Pak Cricket - Rest in Pieces

  • Disgusted on September 21, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    My sympathies are with the Pakistani team, having a character like Ijaz Butt as chairman of their board is sad to say the least. Butt gives new meaning to the phrase 'Butt end of Jokes' and I am certain that many more cricketers and Waqar will resign at the end of this tour......sad but iminent. Butt should be locked away like the genie in a bottle and never released again.

  • Abdul Azeem on September 21, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Hats off to Ijaz Butt for letting English players know how it feels to play under the pressure of the allegations. Congratulations to Pakistan for showing what they are made of and I am expecting some scandals of umer gul, kamran akmal saeed ajmal and shahid afridi to appear soon in english media. They must be working really hard these days..

  • hammad nasir on September 21, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    you are still thinking it as stupidity of ijaz butt, but can you believe national papers such as express is trying to push butt a little more by praising him that at least he has done something!! i dont know which way to go but i must admit that a medium way would have been better. yes butt has to protect his players but in an amiable way, more politically correct way like all do. yes, he is strong in pakistan should not be a thorn for some people as high as giles clark, or haroon lorgat. we as pakistani nation are really thankful to clark to give us their soil to play matches. they dont have to but now they will never do this mistake again for a stup... butt!! may god save us from further humiliation and embarrasment. yesterday match was a classic cricket match, and yes, i was weeping with joy in the later part of match, especially at the end. long live pakistan.

  • Mansoor Iqbal on September 21, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Great match wasn't!?.Healthy crowd in too! Indeed it was a throwback to the type of Pakistani cricket which i grew up with in the the late 90's and early 2000's. I like the style of writing here, very nicely put MR. Abbasi :)

  • Ali on September 21, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    PCB and more so Ijaz Butt is an embarrassment to pakistan! Why make baseless acquisitions? Bring forth the evidence and then start an uproar. The sooner this series ends the better it is for pakistan and cricket as a whole!

  • arshad on September 21, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Well Done Pak Team,Keep the spirits high.Nation wants to see their boys playing with enthusiasm and honesty ,now matter its defeat or win.Afridi and Waqar combination is now started working for Pakistan team and hope so it will go a very long way. Yet the thing to worry is Test cricket,pakistanis should work on this and try to play with BEST-11 no matter the player is old or young if he deserve he should play.

  • Ali on September 21, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Butt made comments and everyone is after him... what about the allegations made against 4 pakistani cricketers and then the whole team and noone wrote a word against that when nothing has even been proven yet ? Is cricinfo and all you so called sports writers on ECB and BCCI payroll ?

  • sheraz alam on September 21, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Clearly the match was fixed...infact spot fixed by Razzaq. Any body who knows cricket can understand that Razzaq hit those boundries--42 in last two overs....intenionally. He told the bookies that he will hit 21 in 2nd last over and 5 conseuctive fours to bresnan in last over.............Now how about that? I guess, This should be the next headline in english media.

    If anything suspicious in last two matches is the way English batting line collapsed yesterday.....At that stage of match....shot by strauss, that hoike by Morgan and shot by swan?..........hello English media...are u blind?

  • Saadia on September 21, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Why is it that everybody is blaming Pakistani Cricketers? Can't you what happened to English Team in the third ODI. Any sane person could tell that they have been booked for losing the match. Don't always blame Pakistan.

    The two overs while Pakistan was playing appeared to be suspicious but nobody questions the way batting line up of England Cricket team faltered.

  • Shakaib Shamsi on September 21, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Very Right Kamran Bhai!,I can't understand what PCB Chairman Mr Big BUTT tried to say, accusing ECB who is among the few supporters of PCB & is helping PCB to revive International Cricket in Pakistan. ECB is also not directly involved in fixing controversy, its ICC & English newspapers that are involved then why pointing towards ECB???? I think he is INSANE (sathya gai hain).

  • Samir Ashraf on September 21, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Pakistan has to learn one thing. There is no substitute for success. They have to continue playing good cricket and controversies will die down themselves.

    However, it is dissappointing that general momentum is to assume pakistan guilty until proven innocent and vice versa for other countries.

    Though unfair, this again can only be reversed with on field success. Put your heads down lad, and use your energies to prove the point on field.

  • Zaheer on September 21, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Seems like Mr. Abbasi has not bothered to read the actual statement of Ijaz Butt. There is nothing wrong in that statement and Mr. Butt simply stated that if mere accusations trigger ICC investigations against Pakistan, why ICC is not investigating when betting circles are accusing English team of taking money to lose the Oval ODI.

    This is indeed a good argument. ICC should investigate the betting patterns in India where a lot of money is reported to be invested on the odds of England losing the match, just a few hours before the English innings started.

    Mr. Butt may not be the cleverest bloke around but on this issue it would be unfair to dismiss his statement without proper investigation.

  • Ajaz Quddusi on September 21, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Cricket is no more a " Gentlemen " game.

    All praise to Ijaz Butt whose one outburst have put off the entire English media. The English cricketeres are now also feeling the heat.

    Win or Loose series , we have shown the world that even without two top bowlers, team is good enough to sink the titanics in it's own seas. That's how you deal with British press and the players. Thank You Butt Saheb for being not so gentle.

  • Pir Qaisar Shah on September 21, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Here cricket is winner and congratulation must be given to Pakistan cricket team the manner they fought and won in such a poised environment. All UK tabloids and media are against even the ICC too, but what the blonder did by MR.Butt the PCB chairman is totally rubbish.The ECB never spoke against any Pakistani cricketer or board they always maintained silence, they also supported the spirit of cricket series between Pak VS Australia, so the cricket lovers of Pakistan must thanks to them and their hospitality. The President of Pakistan should immediately remove the chairman and should send a team of professional experts to make bilateral ties between ECB and PCB friendly and should apology for MR.Butt wrong remarks.I hope the last one day will be played in a good spirit, Why the English team did not shake hands of congratulation to the Pak cricket at the end of 4th ODI,After such a good fight they should do it for the spirit of game. We hope ties will be improved Inshallah ECB and PCB

  • Wafi Sattar on September 21, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I thank you for a well written article/review of another days play yet again. I admire the way both these teams went about the game today. My sympathies with the English players, especially Andrew Strauss who had to go through so much in a day leading up to the match.

    Gul's genius never ceaze to amaze me, the one bowler who keeps his chin up and stupidity low! Great performance!

    I was hoping England win this series, but if Pakistan win it, I will never be any less happier either! For crickets sake, for sanity to prevail once again amidst calamity, a good hard-fought competition and win is required in the last ODI without any further cataclysmic incidents eating away already at a Series already marred by nasty allegations, game-killing deeds and tensed relationships between these two teams!

    God bless cricket and God bless the still-faithful-to-the-game players from both these sides!

    Amen!

  • hasho raza on September 21, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    I think this spot fixing thing is just gone tooo far.It seems ICC is aganist pakistan and without any prove they claim that third ODI is fix . They should go and watch champion league and IPL all the matches there are fixex but they are just going after pakistan for no reason.Still Pakistani leagues is not allowed in champion leauge its just really unfair

  • arslan on September 21, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    RIght man....good comments. I hope that english press will become more responsible in future, actually this is not only the fault of Ijaz Butt...english media is also not fulfilling its responsibilities.

  • Ali Shah on September 21, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    "Match-fixing allegations in its various guises may be harder to shake. After all, it was prevalent on English fields in cricket’s earliest days."...........nice article but what does this last statement mean???

  • Yasser on September 21, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Well you said it all The mistakes of ICC followed by Rebuttals of Butt(which off course was effecting Pak team). It would be better if Butt would have done that with ICC to be precise with Haroon lorgat only, ECB is innocent in this.

  • Muhamamd Sohaib on September 21, 2010, 7:34 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.

    I can understand , how preturbed ENGLISH team and Crowd people must be by the allegatiosn levelled by the BOOKIES and this should them understand how we as nation and our cricket team feels when a match won with great effort is reuined by the comments of ENGLISH MEDIA.

  • Nazir on September 21, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Beautiful write up Mr.Abbasi. Yes it was cricket that was the winner last night, inspite of the bumblings of the ICC and the moronic out burst by the PCB's head honcho. All credit to the ECB and both teams for a super match. Well done Pakistan, well played England.

  • Shahbaz on September 21, 2010, 7:29 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.

  • Waqar Ahmad on September 21, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Nice

  • nawaz on September 21, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    IJAZ BUTT rocks..he is THE MAN...

  • Anwar Shahzad on September 21, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Well, I am surprised to read the comments of English Capitan in the post match press conference. He was saying that he and his team were disturbed with t he proof less allegations from PCB chairman. Dear English captain you imagine the level of stress and faced by this comparatively young and experienced team right after the last test match. Losing a match has no excuses therefore, you should accept that you and your team were outclassed with Razzak's Blasting innings and Gul's reverse swing. PCB chair was right to say that you and your team may be involved in the 3rd ODI match fixing because in spot fixing it may be on the will of an individual player but a match cannot be fixed without a group of a players and with out the consent of the losing team. ( and unfortunately England were the losing team in 3rd ODI, if you want to sue then you should sue the newspaper who are treating any match played by Pakistani team as fixed ( with out caring for the result).

  • Afzaal on September 21, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    i was really shocked with ijaz butt's comment... and hoping that series must go on, its really nice article.

  • Gohar on September 21, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Thats what cricket is all about, I think all four matches of series was close. And players from both side showed their character. I hope Cricket in Pakistan will flourish, and Praise to Afridi & Co for putting a nice effort.

  • Yasir Hasan on September 21, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Ijaz Butt will leave one day, Haroon Logart will leave one day. Cricket has survived many crises in the past like Bodyline, Racism, Kerry Packer to name a few. Game is bigger than even the biggest names in the game... Cricket will rule, Cricket will come out as winner... Cricket will survive... Controversies and Crises will die...:-)

  • Yasir Hasan on September 21, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Cricket Zindabad...

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  • Yasir Hasan on September 21, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Cricket Zindabad...

  • Yasir Hasan on September 21, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Ijaz Butt will leave one day, Haroon Logart will leave one day. Cricket has survived many crises in the past like Bodyline, Racism, Kerry Packer to name a few. Game is bigger than even the biggest names in the game... Cricket will rule, Cricket will come out as winner... Cricket will survive... Controversies and Crises will die...:-)

  • Gohar on September 21, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Thats what cricket is all about, I think all four matches of series was close. And players from both side showed their character. I hope Cricket in Pakistan will flourish, and Praise to Afridi & Co for putting a nice effort.

  • Afzaal on September 21, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    i was really shocked with ijaz butt's comment... and hoping that series must go on, its really nice article.

  • Anwar Shahzad on September 21, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Well, I am surprised to read the comments of English Capitan in the post match press conference. He was saying that he and his team were disturbed with t he proof less allegations from PCB chairman. Dear English captain you imagine the level of stress and faced by this comparatively young and experienced team right after the last test match. Losing a match has no excuses therefore, you should accept that you and your team were outclassed with Razzak's Blasting innings and Gul's reverse swing. PCB chair was right to say that you and your team may be involved in the 3rd ODI match fixing because in spot fixing it may be on the will of an individual player but a match cannot be fixed without a group of a players and with out the consent of the losing team. ( and unfortunately England were the losing team in 3rd ODI, if you want to sue then you should sue the newspaper who are treating any match played by Pakistani team as fixed ( with out caring for the result).

  • nawaz on September 21, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    IJAZ BUTT rocks..he is THE MAN...

  • Waqar Ahmad on September 21, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Nice

  • Shahbaz on September 21, 2010, 7:29 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.

  • Nazir on September 21, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Beautiful write up Mr.Abbasi. Yes it was cricket that was the winner last night, inspite of the bumblings of the ICC and the moronic out burst by the PCB's head honcho. All credit to the ECB and both teams for a super match. Well done Pakistan, well played England.

  • Muhamamd Sohaib on September 21, 2010, 7:34 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.

    I can understand , how preturbed ENGLISH team and Crowd people must be by the allegatiosn levelled by the BOOKIES and this should them understand how we as nation and our cricket team feels when a match won with great effort is reuined by the comments of ENGLISH MEDIA.