2010: Summer of Pakistan September 24, 2010

Caravan of clowns

The ICC, the PCB and the media are to blame for the heightened controversy and suspicion during Pakistan's tour of England
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Command and control are the golden rules of handling any crisis because you can only be in control if you have command of the situation. Sadly, this summer’s spot-fixing controversy has once again revealed that too many cricket administrators, past and present players, and journalists are far from in command once the heat is on anything more complicated than the execution of a forward defensive.

Controversy has dogged each and every Pakistan tour of England for almost three decades. The reasons are complex but dominated by the weaknesses in Pakistan’s cricketing structure, a desire not to be walked over, and rabid suspicion of any Pakistani conduct by an unhealthy proportion of the English media.

To be clear, the video evidence concerning the Lord’s Test was alarming and action was required. It was a shame that the reluctance of the Pakistan board to suspend its three players forced the ICC to take action, which it was right to do. But that doesn’t excuse the events that have unfolded in the aftermath, as the crisis has exposed the failings of institutions and individuals across the globe.

1 The ICC initially responded well but the surprise of the News of the World allegations left everybody wondering what the ICC’s anti-corruption unit has been doing for a decade? Is it credible that an investigative journalist is more skilled and resourceful than an international unit?

When the ICC followed up by questioning the integrity of the third ODI and twenty-two cricketers without releasing any meaningful evidence, the impression was of an organisation out of its depth. Reform of the ICC is necessary and must be a top priority. A game governed by an organisation weaker than its members will always flounder.

Without urgent change the ICC will continue to lose its command of international cricket. The member boards must vote for a stronger ICC executive with greater powers. Yes, these turkeys must vote for Christmas.

2 Enough has been said about the PCB already but a key point is that the PCB’s unprofessionalism and weakness in governing its own players and sport makes Pakistan cricket an easy target for corruption, manipulation, and condemnation.

The PCB may not change until the Pakistan government changes, or somebody in a position of power acquires a conscience, but surely the ICC should be demanding minimum standards from its member boards. Unfortunately, when the ICC itself is a dysfunctional organisation, imposing any minimum standards on its members is wishful thinking.

Pakistan cricket must put its house in order and that is impossible with Ijaz Butt ruling the roost. He must go.

3 Michael Atherton surmised that Ijaz Butt is a clown and should be ignored. Butt’s ill-conceived rant against England’s cricketers was unbecoming of the chairman of a national cricket board. If Butt had evidence he should have handed it to the ICC for action, not blurted it out to the national and international media.

Yet Butt is in the company of distinguished clowns. Ian Botham and Michael Vaughan have called for Pakistan to be banned, a whole nation banished for unproven accusations against a handful of cricketers and the bleating of a known blusterer. Botham has history with Pakistan, history that diminishes his great deeds on the cricket pitch. Cricketing ability, we know, is no proxy for logical thinking or fair-mindedness.

While Botham is shameless in his attitude towards Pakistan, and his rant as equally unexpected as one from Butt, Vaughan should be ashamed, a reputation as a cerebral cricketer dashed in a moment of hyperbole. If Butt is a clown then Botham and Vaughan have joined his caravan of clowns. Fortunately the ECB has steered a sensible course through this crisis and ensured that shrill voices were ignored and the series played out to a conclusion.

All the clowns, not just Butt, are best ignored.

4 Despite the summer scandal, a decent proportion of the English media has remained considered in its approach to the crisis and supportive of the plight of Pakistan cricket. It is even wrong to suggest that the News of the World might have some vendetta against Pakistan cricket.

I believe that if it had discovered similar evidence against English cricketers it would have launched into the scandal with equal relish. That is how this newspaper goes about its business. Nonetheless, the usual suspects in the tabloid press have used the crisis to declare open season on Pakistan’s players, calling for the expulsion of Pakistan cricket from the ICC and attempting to dig up any dirt that they can grasp.

Sensationalism is part of their agenda, and just like Botham they have a history of conflict with Pakistan cricket. Would these voices attack a nation’s sport with such venom if that nation were India or South Africa, for example? Of course not, Pakistan cricket is an easy target, a product of a misunderstood nation crippled by atrocious governance. Where Mr Butt and his players failed is that they provided so much ammunition that they became a tabloid dream.

A summer that offered rehabilitation has ended in recrimination. A caravan of clowns rushed through a desert of integrity, passing an occasional oasis of sparkling cricket. It left heads spinning and hearts broken.

We can’t expect players and ex-players to be masters of logic. We can’t expect the media to give a sucker an even break. We can, however, expect a sport to be governed properly. Cricket can be healed but not without reform of the ICC and failing national boards like Pakistan’s.

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  • unknown on February 9, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    ITS ALL WRONG

  • Sakib on October 18, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    ICC should put a BALL inside their BUTTS. Botham is BIG BIG TIME LOOSER. We know who are the poeple behind this. They dony want talented Pakistan team to play World Cup & Bash their sides. Not only Pakistan. The rising of a new power is Bangladesh, they cant accept. England need 2 umpires to give 7 wrong decisions to beat BD in Lords, when Tamim Iqbal bashing their bowlers. Our so called "MOHAN (GREAT)" neighbour INDIA dont want to visit Dhaka or Chittagong BECAUSE? No Financial benefit for BCCI. Shame! Were is ICC?? Where is So Called ETHICS? U KNOW, People, Watch FOOTBALL! U cant dare to see these kind biased thing by any FIFA or Associations! Because no matter which country ur from. whatever race or region or background or culture, global acceptance is strong. I urge Pakistan people to get strong and remove PCB corruption & also raise voice against biased MEDIA & people around the world. Peace!

  • Vishal on October 10, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    @ For-non-Pakistani-comments-on-this-article You keep your cricketing knowledge to yourself. CLT20 is not ICC's tournament. It is organised by Ind, Aus, Sri, SA etc. and not by Pakistan. so obviously pak team will not be participating. IPL is India's domestic tournament, so it is upto team owners to decide whom to offer contract. Why dont you wonder, why your basketball team player's are not part of NBA in US?

  • Umar Khan on October 10, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Strong appeal to IMRAN KHAN from an Indian Cricket Lover: Pleasssseeee IMRANBHAI, Pakistan cricket needs you, take a step forward and take the charge of Pakistan Cricket, be its administrator, be its selector, be its coach and be its manager. Not only Pakistan Cricket but the International cricket needs you because we cricket lovers are being deprived of exciting cricket, the cricket is suffering... we are being denied of games of young and exciting talent like Mohammed Amir. This is an honest appeal, please consider it.

  • Umar Khan on October 10, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    IjaZzzz Butttt will never get fired as long as the corrupt President rules Pakistan. If cricket is to survive in general and the country itself in particular, get rid of Mr. 10% and Ijaz Butt goes automatically, its a package deal. I dont understand the selection of Misbah, he is a batsmen with serious technical fault in his batting, any cricket loving person having a bit of sense can see that with eyes closed!!!

  • Topa Singh on October 10, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Who is looking clownish now after this decision?

  • abc on October 9, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    If Misbah is recalled for his character then they can call a imam from a mosque because he has a better character.This guy misbah has proved that he is fit for nothing.

  • ali_a on October 9, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Yet as expected Younis omitted for SA series. I think Younis needs to now be a little aggressive - file an anti-discrimination case in the court against Ijaz Butt or PCB (former employer). Find out why he's being omitted. He should also launch a campaign like Chief Justice did. Most of the former crickters are calling for his return and I think he can find a lot of support. If his career is finish why not go with a fight - at least he"ll have satisfaction that he did everything in his control. I think people, the media (TV and printed press) should directly ask the Patron or PM to look into Younis matter and explain his omission.

    Without Younis Pak team has no chance in WC. All these people like Afridi and other dummy captains just play with their guts and no brain. And remember we won 20-20 WC under whose captincy? Younis or Afrid. Younis has the guts and brain to be captain. Afridi is just a slogger- good for 1 innings, flop for 10 innings. Misbah is good, but Pak team no chance

  • Roshan on October 9, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Pakistan has let off people off the hook... "pardoned" How are things going to improve? Each and every pakistani player knows that he can do anything he wants to, flaunt with the rules, ethics, nothing is gonna harm them. They will be playing again.

    There will be no discipline, nor the respect. Everything will go down eventually. Future without discipline is pitch dark for Pakistan.

  • aftab on October 8, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Misbah's selection as Skipper was easy. It was Heads! Were it Tails, he would be out of the team.

  • unknown on February 9, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    ITS ALL WRONG

  • Sakib on October 18, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    ICC should put a BALL inside their BUTTS. Botham is BIG BIG TIME LOOSER. We know who are the poeple behind this. They dony want talented Pakistan team to play World Cup & Bash their sides. Not only Pakistan. The rising of a new power is Bangladesh, they cant accept. England need 2 umpires to give 7 wrong decisions to beat BD in Lords, when Tamim Iqbal bashing their bowlers. Our so called "MOHAN (GREAT)" neighbour INDIA dont want to visit Dhaka or Chittagong BECAUSE? No Financial benefit for BCCI. Shame! Were is ICC?? Where is So Called ETHICS? U KNOW, People, Watch FOOTBALL! U cant dare to see these kind biased thing by any FIFA or Associations! Because no matter which country ur from. whatever race or region or background or culture, global acceptance is strong. I urge Pakistan people to get strong and remove PCB corruption & also raise voice against biased MEDIA & people around the world. Peace!

  • Vishal on October 10, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    @ For-non-Pakistani-comments-on-this-article You keep your cricketing knowledge to yourself. CLT20 is not ICC's tournament. It is organised by Ind, Aus, Sri, SA etc. and not by Pakistan. so obviously pak team will not be participating. IPL is India's domestic tournament, so it is upto team owners to decide whom to offer contract. Why dont you wonder, why your basketball team player's are not part of NBA in US?

  • Umar Khan on October 10, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Strong appeal to IMRAN KHAN from an Indian Cricket Lover: Pleasssseeee IMRANBHAI, Pakistan cricket needs you, take a step forward and take the charge of Pakistan Cricket, be its administrator, be its selector, be its coach and be its manager. Not only Pakistan Cricket but the International cricket needs you because we cricket lovers are being deprived of exciting cricket, the cricket is suffering... we are being denied of games of young and exciting talent like Mohammed Amir. This is an honest appeal, please consider it.

  • Umar Khan on October 10, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    IjaZzzz Butttt will never get fired as long as the corrupt President rules Pakistan. If cricket is to survive in general and the country itself in particular, get rid of Mr. 10% and Ijaz Butt goes automatically, its a package deal. I dont understand the selection of Misbah, he is a batsmen with serious technical fault in his batting, any cricket loving person having a bit of sense can see that with eyes closed!!!

  • Topa Singh on October 10, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Who is looking clownish now after this decision?

  • abc on October 9, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    If Misbah is recalled for his character then they can call a imam from a mosque because he has a better character.This guy misbah has proved that he is fit for nothing.

  • ali_a on October 9, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Yet as expected Younis omitted for SA series. I think Younis needs to now be a little aggressive - file an anti-discrimination case in the court against Ijaz Butt or PCB (former employer). Find out why he's being omitted. He should also launch a campaign like Chief Justice did. Most of the former crickters are calling for his return and I think he can find a lot of support. If his career is finish why not go with a fight - at least he"ll have satisfaction that he did everything in his control. I think people, the media (TV and printed press) should directly ask the Patron or PM to look into Younis matter and explain his omission.

    Without Younis Pak team has no chance in WC. All these people like Afridi and other dummy captains just play with their guts and no brain. And remember we won 20-20 WC under whose captincy? Younis or Afrid. Younis has the guts and brain to be captain. Afridi is just a slogger- good for 1 innings, flop for 10 innings. Misbah is good, but Pak team no chance

  • Roshan on October 9, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Pakistan has let off people off the hook... "pardoned" How are things going to improve? Each and every pakistani player knows that he can do anything he wants to, flaunt with the rules, ethics, nothing is gonna harm them. They will be playing again.

    There will be no discipline, nor the respect. Everything will go down eventually. Future without discipline is pitch dark for Pakistan.

  • aftab on October 8, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Misbah's selection as Skipper was easy. It was Heads! Were it Tails, he would be out of the team.

  • Sherif on October 8, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Breaking news !!Misba Ul Haq is new Test Captain. After Inzi it seems no body is lasting more than a seris, Younis, Yusuf, Shoiab,Afrdidi & Salman Butt ( did I miss any body?)why not give a try for Kamaran Akmal & Shoib Akthar - that complete the list I guess.

    Hope something positive will come out finally. May GOD bless us.

  • Rashid on October 5, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    What is this love for Ijah Butt and Kamran Akmal? It doesn't matter how many times these two screw up they are in-disposable. No wonder why Pak cricket is in a mess. Carry on blundering what the heck? who cares anymore.

  • Jon Venkat on October 4, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Pak cricket will never recover until and unless Pak supporters and Pakistanis in general stop blaming everyone else for the problems affecting the game in Pakistan. Why does it have to be a conspiracy against Pakistan? Like a few well-minded Pak fans have admitted, when corruption is endemic in Pakistan and all Pakistanis say so, then why can't you admit that Pak cricketers could be corrupt as well? You wanna blame the ECB who are actually supporting Pak cricket by hosting the Aussie series?? Well go ahead and then see how many friends you have left...

  • Hamza Tariq on October 3, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    This is something I wrote for Mohammed amir

    Amir, Amir, Amir! We cheer his name for a magical, breath taking wicket. The lion of Pakistan, the protégé of the great Wasim Akram. He came from nowhere, not even placed of the map.

    He won our hearts, he won our country. Started every match, also ended every match. 18 year old brilliant bowler, ever to take 50 wickets.

    You couldn’t handle the fame, money, and acknowledgement. Top of the world you were, until devastation happened. 25th August, when News Of The World illustrated your other side.

    What will happen to your young, guilty soul?

    Your simile would light up the whole stadium and also would lit up our hearts. Hopefully it will light up the courtroom. We pray for your soul, we pray for your passion.

    Hopefully, we will see your magic again, hopefully.

    Inshallah

  • Fazal on September 30, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Terrence, very good post,its amazing that this "goose" is still in power. This reflects how badly cricket is run in Pakistan, those who appoints him are just as bad. What a climb down by Butt? very, very embarrassing for Pakistan. Butt should have the grace and decency to do the honorable thing and resign.

  • Terrence on September 30, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    What a goose this man is! He flipped his top without any warning! Now he apologises, jumps from one extreme to another! Still he won't resign. Nor does any of his colleagues put pressure on him that his position is untenable. Who is responsible for appointing him? Why can't they hold him accountable? Pakistan lose face once again, which is not unjustified. But the irony is that pressure if off ICC for their procedural blunders.

  • Imran Afzal on September 30, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    If I was in place of PCB or the players, I would have straightaway filed a case in court against Mazhar Majeed who accussed the 7 Pakistani players of match fixing.

    If he has any proof of his allegations then he should prove them in court otherwise he should be punished for his allegations.

    If it was proved that Mazhar Majeed has no proof for his allegations then there is no case against the Pakistani players. Then PCB should sue New of the world.

    I think in this way we can bring a good name to Pakistan cricket and get rid of these allegations.

  • Radha Krishnan on September 30, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Ijaz Butt apologises for match-fixing comments !!!!!!

    Ijaz Butt apologises for allegations (The headline news today (30.09.10) in Cricinfo..) PCB - Carawan of Clowns...

  • Rocky on September 30, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    I would like to pose this question. Bookies are based somewhere in the world. We know that much for a fact. How would they be able to convince pak cricketers. Suppose they offered 1 lac to one player, its upto the player to reject the offer. Its called doing your job honestly. no matter who is offering infinite sum of money, these cricketers accepted. Thats all I am saying.

  • Karan on September 29, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Why are my replies not posted it? Is it crime to talk anti match fixers(pakistan)?

  • Irfan on September 28, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    We know there is problems in cricketing world. Betting, match fixing, spot-fixing...One thing I fail to understand is that the biggest bookies and bookie-mafia is in India, are we really so naive to think that they are only able to convince pakistani player to spot and/or match fixing? I would have understood that if the bookie mafia was pakistani based. But, I am sure this thing runs even deeper, and we have seen example with Cronje, Warne, Waugh, Azharudding, Stewart! No player is angle. Strauss does not walk when he is clearly out, so he is "fixing" the match, there is fine line between being the cheat and cheat and getting paid! English players/media talk about mental stress because of match fixing scandal, does anybody talk and care about the mental trauma of pak players in this episode. And they still performed admirably in ODI! I totally agreee with that the clowns in PCB, ICC and in ex-players are harming the game even more.

  • waterbuffalo on September 28, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    for Indian fans with their holier than thou attitude, I'll give you just one name, Mohd. Azharuddin, captain of India, I am sure there are a few more but you can figure it out. Don't throw stones in glass houses.

  • Asghar on September 28, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Well stated Kamran. Beautiful logic and fantastic phrasing. Why can't we have people like you running this game of our's? Delightful reading; I'm glued to your blog.

  • Rauf on September 28, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    @Vish

    I am not saying not to ban the individual cheaters or fixers, my response is to all the cries from the likes of Botham about banning Pakistan as whole. If we want to ban the whole country because of actions of few then we may need to ban every test playing country maybe with the exception of Zimbabwe who is already suspended as everyone has been involved in some match/spot fixing, tampering etc at one time or another.

    More importatntly, if ICC cannot even put a handle on and control 10 test playing countries, how the heck are they going to control e.g. 20 countries.

  • Vish on September 28, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    @Rauf : Just because there are only few Cricket playing counties, doesn't mean that cheats and fixers should not be banned.

  • Soloman Cain on September 27, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Vaughan and Botham - theyre stuck up men but they are RIGHT!

    PAKISTAN MUST BE BANNED for a limited time - for following reasons:

    1) Utter incompetence and mismanagement of PCB - in security, in team management, in conduct

    2) Due to above the players are constantly involved in disciplinary crises every 6 months it seems - Drugs, Fixing, tampering is what we know, anything could be next and probably will be

    3) Hit the board where it hurts, with a ban the world will send a message to Pak president (mr 1000%) that he has a failed institution on his hands (not the only one)

    4) Banning the worlds biggest cheats will minimise cheating across other countries when they tour

    5) Sends a message to all other countries to be responsible for the conduct of their players

    5) Enough is enough

    If NZ and Sth Africa had any sense either many players will boycott playing pak or the boards will issue stern warnings against touring

    Bob Woolmer (RIP) will be turning in his grave. For Shame!!!!!

  • Rauf on September 27, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    @Warren Olson

    "Thinking ahead: YES WE CAN DREAM"

    "Your post is utter rubbish - It is like a beggar refusing to eat what was offered and dreaming of eating at the best restaurant in town."

    Why is his post rubbish? Just because he hopes and dreams for a better future for Pak cricket. This only shows your warped thinking.

    So according to you, Pakistan is begging to be in ICC. Well here is a news flash for you. There are ONLY 10 test playing countries. Bang will win a test series by next millenium. Zim is currently suspended and may never compete openly until Mogabe is around. Windies and NZ are producing young talent slower then a trip around Universe. Now let's kick Pakistan out as well. Great plan to promote cricket beyond the tea sipping countries. Five remaining countries can play each other over and over and bore themselves and their fans to death in few years time. Yup great plan. Go for it!

  • Fairgame on September 26, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    A very balanced article. it is interesting to see why it is England , a country where most of the cricket controversies takes place. In rest of Europe English press is known for its scandalistic tendancies. lets agree there is some truth in the allegations , although yet to be proved,a mindset to blame whole team or cricketing nation can only be expected from English press and unfortunately some arrogant cricketers. Pakistan's history is full of world class cricketers and it will continue to produce those. Until 2007 its GDP was the highest in South Asia so it is not "poverty" behind this spreading cancer, in fact with its centre in India and Dubai where allegedly the key bookie network is based at. Interestingly all these controversies and allegation war covered the poor standard of umpiring in ODI series which even English commentators described as clearly in favour of England: Can you write on this issue as well?

  • Ahsan on September 26, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    @Vish You're absolutely right. A man is only as good as his word and unfortunately, you cannot trust a word these Pakistani players or administrators say. How do you expect someone to respect you if you say one thing and do another?

  • Francis DSami on September 26, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Mr Abasi, Just because your article is conscientious and methodical doesn't mean you don't have your head in the sand, just that your conscientious and methodical while going about it. The current scourge has to be rooted our at any cost, if not by medicine, then by surgery, if not by surgery then by a red hot knife. Your article is akin to a defense lawyer arguing technicalities for a known criminal.

  • Warren Olson on September 26, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    "Thinking ahead: YES WE CAN DREAM"

    Your post is utter rubbish - It is like a beggar refusing to eat what was offered and dreaming of eating at the best restaurant in town. Evertyhing seems to have been invented in Pakistan - still not facing the reality. Unless there is an honest attempt within Pakistani society to face the reality (instead of keep on blaming everyone except themselves for the mess in all spheres of their society), I believe your country (not just crcket) is on perfect course to being doomed.

  • Kool Kat on September 26, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    A few readers have mentioned that depriving Amir and Asif of IPL contracts etc forces them to do it...so is it a fit case for Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Kenyan cricketers to indulge in match fixing in WC 2011? What perverted logic of a few readers. Even God can't help us then.

  • Omar Malik on September 26, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    @Xen

    Pakistan is not the only country with this list of problems. South Africa, Australia, India, West Indies have all had their brushes with match fixing. With those countries the players who indulged were punished and that was the end of the matter. The same should happen here.

    If Amir, Salman, Asif are found guilty then ban them and get on with the game. Talk about banning an entire nation and snatching away the livelihood of many talented cricketers, is stupid at best and shows the double standard in play here.

  • Vish on September 26, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Now Shahid Afridi has hinted at Test comeback. Yet another joke! There is no credibility of what Pakistani players say or do -- anything can happen any time, anybody can retire and then, un-retire anytime. No wonder Pakistan team is all about chaos.

  • Thinking ahead on September 26, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    PART 3 (final): YES WE CAN DREAM ================================

    Who can produce world class cricketers who had their humble beginnings and graduated from the street-cricket? This can only happen in PAKISTAN!

    And the list goes on and on … So, even if Pakistan is kicked out of the ICC and the world of cricket (as many of you out there are wishing and hoping about), the cricket as a sport on the streets and gullies of Pakistan will NEVER die. It’s the ONLY thing that the millions of children in Pakistan from small villages to cities have known as ‘play & fun’ and no one can take this spirit away from them EVER (Insha Allah).

    We as Pakistanis have seen, lived, and ARE still living some of the most rotten conditions that the life can offer (perhaps beyond your imagination) but our spirits are high and our hopes of a better future for our young kids are unwaivered.

    So please keep your negative vibes to yourself and don’t you EVER tell anyone not to dream about their good future! :)

  • Thinking ahead on September 26, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    PART2: YES WE CAN DREAM ======================= Who invented flood-light cricket on streets? Pakistanis, who played T20 cricket tournaments on the streets under flood lights powered by their in-house electric outlets during the month of Ramadan (they played during cooler nights and slept/fasted during hot days).

    Who can bowl fast and extract swing on dead pitches with a rotten-old-ball? Pakistanis.

    Who can play on the rugged (zigzag surfaced) roads/streets as pitches, chairs and dustbins as stumps, gullies and corridors as their stadiums, broken windows as their fielders? Pakistanis (FYI legend Javed Miandad used to practice on such surfaces).

    Who can produce world class cricketers who had their humble beginnings and graduated from the street-cricket? This can only happen in PAKISTAN!

    read on...final PART3: YES WE CAN DREAM.

  • Thinking ahead on September 26, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    @Warren Olson: "Wake up and stop dreaming. Your internal league will be doomed even before starting."

    PART1: YES WE CAN DREAM ======================= Dear Mr. Olson, you cannot STOP people from having positive thoughts and from "dreaming" as you put it!

    Let me prove you wrong by stating how Pakistan has been blessed more than any other country in pure raw talent in cricketing terms. They are innovators and inventors in every sense of the word. Tell me: Who invented swing bowling? – Pakistanis. Who invented reverse swing? – Pakistanis. Who invented doosras? -- Pakistanis Who invented taped-tennis-ball cricket? Pakistanis in the streets of Karachi. Who invented T20 tournaments? Pakistanis in Karachi which eventually lead to T20 tournaments being played all over Pakistan before the world caught the fever!

    read on....(Part2 of: YES WE CAN DREAM)

  • aftab on September 26, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    I see that the PCB has not given up on the suspended trio. But I haven't any piece of writing that shows on what ground they may have a hope. Is there something someone knows?

  • Rauf on September 26, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    @Matt Landis

    "Please remind me when did Haroon Lorgat blame Pakistan team as a whole for spot/match fixing?"

    1) Sun reported about mysterious scoring patterns (Read Pak) after 3rd ODI. 2) Lorgat immediately said ICC will investigate (Read Pak) the match. 3) ECB immediately came out after Lorgat's statement and said "wasn't us" (must be Pak). Why deny involvment instead of questioning Lorgat's accusation?

    For ECB to deny being involved faster then one can say "match fixing" leaves one to lead towards "There were no aliens from Mars in 3rd ODI so it must be Pakistan".

    No mention of any outrage so far from anyone on Lorgat's stupidity (who cares it's only Pakistan) until Butt opened his big mouth and accused the "holier then pope" English team of match fixing. Now suddenly Botham wants to ban Pak, not because of spot fixing BUT because how dare BUTT accused Eng.

    Catn't script it even for a B class bollywood flick. LOL.

  • Salman on September 26, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    This is the first time I am commenting on any article and thats becuase I really like it. The best part was identification of the clowns; Botham and Vaughan. How can anyone suggest Pakistan being expelled from world cricket?? insane

  • Azmat Siddiqui on September 26, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    It is true that cricket in Pakistan is run by clowns at the moment. The administration needs a big shake up. But I can assure you nothing will happen. We will keep talking about it until a more serious crisis happens. What happend after the Australian tour some players were banned and fined and then the ban was lifted the fine was cancelled for some. Butt showed his vandata against Younus Khan. We are no more talking about it. Same thing will happen again. As a nation we have lost focus.

  • Rauf on September 26, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Good article Kamran. We also need to highlight mismanagement and/or corruption in ICC as well. PCB may be dysfunctional at times but just to say that whole billion $ match/spot fixing industry is based on PCB players alone, as most would like to point out very eagerly, is hiding away from the truth naively or intentionally. Both of which are dangerous things for world cricket in general and Pakistan cricket in particular. Oh and please ask Brits to put a tape on Botham's mouth at the same time when Ijaz Butt is gagged.

  • rinzan on September 26, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Change the seed crystal (Mr. President). You would be surprised to see the results.

  • Rauf on September 26, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    @Xen

    This is a country in chaos and always in cricket news for the wrong reasons: - Match fixing - Spot fixing - Players retire - Players come back from retirement ad nauseum - Players are banned - They come back a week later (ad nauseum) - Steroid users - Drug takers - In fighting - Out fighting - Ball tampering

    All other test playing countries have been involved in all or some of the above wrong reasons (in some instances more serious then others) at some point in their history. Not that two wrongs make it right but what's your point except to just do a drive-by rant against Pakistan.

  • Hanif on September 26, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Good article Mr. Abbasi, but I am amazed why not a single article has floated around on the woeful standards or rather biased Standards of Umpiring during the series???

  • Rauf on September 26, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    @Swami

    "How can the ICC unravel criminal activities before a police force ? Haroon Lorgat is not running a police station."

    Haroon Lorgat is not running a police station which is excatly why he should have kept his mouth shut after Sun published a match fixing report without any evidence after 3rd ODI. Why did he go public with accusing Pakistan based on a baseless tabloid report without first notifying PCB or even ECB for that matter.

    If you still think nothing is wrong with ICC, then this is precisely what's wrong with ICC.

  • Rauf on September 26, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    @Matt Landis

    "If NOSW video is not clear evidence, then either Pakistani fans are blind or are accepting corruption in their cricket."

    Cool down dude. Did you see the "clear evidence" of Yasir Hameed's "on camera confession" to the same NOTW spy? Identify a naive and unsuspecting player in a restaurant. Approach him with a hidden camera and identify yourself as someone who can get the player some advert deal. Ask some leading questions and have the player regurgitate stuff from previous day's newspapers about the original trio caught on camera. Edit the tape and present it as "on camera confession" without the players prior knowledge.

    I think there is word for these kind of dirty tactics and it's called entrapment and isn't NOTW also involved in some illegal phone tapping allegations in the UK right now?

  • Khuram on September 26, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    If vendetta was not the reason behind NEWS OF THE WORLD actions then was it money?You seem to have a soft corner for this dubious tabloid?

  • hassan on September 26, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Sadly, but we have to admit that Pakistan Cricket is like a Circus,directed by the Puppet Ejaz Butt.He should be sacked and if the players are found guilty then give life bans, and even if they are innocent then still fine them for improper behavior and strip Butt from Captaincy.I fear the next show of this circus is Afridi coming out of retirement to Captain test team even though he is worthy to be in the starting XI of test team.

  • To Matt Landis Again on September 26, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    @Posted by: Matt Landis at September 25, 2010 12:06 PM

    Dear sir: What Mr. Haroon Lorgat said, it must be brought to public. He was the one who started this whole drama once again and allowed Ijaz butt to open his big mouth. One or two players or whole team: It is a touchy issue for us now. Ijaz butt did't directly blamed the whole team, he said that there is a talk in the bookie circles, IMHO.

  • Human on September 26, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    @ Xen its because Cricket is still the only good (!!!) thing happening to country.

    I am just surprised that if people have problem with Butt and Govn't and all that what are they still doing ? Last time I checked it was democracy in Pakistan and it is holiest country in the world, then Why hiding anger or transferring anger toward others ?

    Pakistan is against Pakistan first then rest of the things come in next.

  • aftab on September 26, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Your convenient Trot around Jonathan is understanble. After all, you are a sophisticated person.

  • Meety on September 26, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    I think once the ICC is sorted out, the effect will flow thru to the National Cricket Boards. Part of the overhaul will be tabling rationale for decision-making, like what basis was Bangladesh given Test status, (bear in mind I think Bang are on the verge of big improvement ...now), what did they achieve from investigations into problems in Kenya/Zim/USA cricket? Do the ICC have a standard drug policy that is adhered to by ALL countries - I think if there was a standard policy you would not get situations where the PCB imposes a ban and then a relatively short time later lifts the ban. The ICC needs to look into whether or not in should endorse the IPL - given that it seems to founded on dodgy deals & get rich schemes - Why should International schedules be altered for a money spinning non-cricket motivated farce?

  • Meety on September 26, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    Good article, but what will achieve? Butt is out of his depth & should of been reprimanded for his comments about English match fixing. He tabled no proof what so ever. I agree that the ICC has done nothing, true leadership would be to bring down strict guidelines as to what is acceptable and then enforce them. At the moment it seems that all cricket boards act in self-interest to some degree. It is easy to say - remember when the ACB covered up the Waugh/Warne affair, but at least they (the ACB) has learned from that mistake & to some extent led the way with education/training/system methods to deal with suspect approaches. The ACB then pass on all relevant info to the ICC who then does what? Umm nothing... Like or loathe them (NOTW), (I personally don't rate them highly), have done more for the rooting out of match/spot fixing in one sting then the ICC has done in years. I think the ICC needs to be cleaned out, & a respectable outsider brought in to create change in governance. TBC

  • umair on September 25, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Thanks Jawad Ansari,and thanks to kamran abbassi for at last posting my comments.

  • Xen on September 25, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    ... and your sensationalism is also best ignored, right? This article is such a load of crock. It basically reads: "Ijaz Butt is an idiot (but can you blame him?) and should be replaced. The ICC are the ones at fault. Shouldn't they be policing the PCB better? They are toothless (IOW, BCCI is evil and all the other boards have long conspired against us) and should be reformed."

    ... and of course, Beefy means that Pak should be banned only if the players are found guilty. This is a country in chaos and always in cricket news for the wrong reasons: - Match fixing - Spot fixing - Players retire - Players come back from retirement ad nauseum - Players are banned - They come back a week later (ad nauseum) - Steroid users - Drug takers - In fighting - Out fighting - Ball tampering

    The list is endless.

  • Jawad Ansari on September 25, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Yes definately umair i am with you.Ijaz butt has done a remarkable job.But i still feel that this should have been done straight away when the video about so called spot fixing was released by a garbage newspaper.I am 100% sure that this video was made after those no-balls.The investigation against pakistani players will go on and on because icc and that garbage newspaper has no solid evidence against pakistani players and they can not ban any of the 3 pakistani players.Hey and by the way remember that famous wide ball of steve harmisson against australia.If aamir no ball is spot fixing then steve harmisson wide ball was definately spot fixing because i don't think any fast bowler can bowl such a huge wide-ball.

  • Khalid on September 25, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    I don't blame Mr. Ijaz Butt for this mess, I blame Mr. Zardari who appointed this incompetent person as head of Pak Cricket and Mr. Zardar........doesn't care.

  • sak on September 25, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Neither I support the immature outbursts of Butt nor I accept the attitude of the British people by treating Pak as the pariah of cricket. It,s not far away that ICC will become a non entity because of its ineffectiveness in cricketing matters. The way it played in the hands of the British tabloids & acting on assumptions/presumptions, simply signify that it is at the helm of international politics. We have seen Speed & Lorgat act on issues. The future may see cricket split in regional set ups like the one in football & they will have to play qualifying rounds before a WC. Politics will still be the driving force but may become regional in nature & it will be better for cricket because many many nations of the region will join the regional unions/councils. Cricket will get better promotion & will not be a slave of few nations like today.

  • Wahabkhan on September 25, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    I totally agree with Mr.Kamran Abbasi.....i think it suits 90% of pakistani's mind but with my view point as there is lack of good govrness so every department will include a carawan of clowns in no time like PCB.....

  • umair on September 25, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    It seems Kamran Abbassi post only the comments which suits his agenda, why didn't you post my comments? because it will jeopardise your job or your relations with icc?

    Ijaz Butt you did a great thin, we will keep supporting you on this.

  • Rihatum on September 25, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Good Article - Well written,

    All Fans of cricket can read, write, comment and argue with each other.

    Yes if the Allegations are proved, involved Players should be banned..!

    If they BAN Pakistan only, then Australia, India, South-Africa should be banned as well - as they all were in controversies - not the countries but there players - same as Pakistani Players.

    It is sad to see that even on a sporting field humans are not humans any more !!

  • i'm in Team Pakistan on September 25, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    PCB must ask Haroon Logart to apologize. ICC should not have made its investigation into the 3rd ODI public before informing PCB. By doing this ICC labeled the entire Pakistani team as cheats based on some stupid english tabloid.And why is the ICC so quiet about the entire issue. Shouldn't they come out with a detailed statement about the entire situation. ICC put the entire team (not just the three players against whom there are actual evidence) on a media trial and allowed every cricket specialist (Botham, Chappel, Tom, Dick & Harry) to pass their *enlightened judgement* on an entire team. Yes PCB is being run by a clown but Haroon Logart has also been running a circus. Such double standards.

  • Anubis on September 25, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Mr A.R Zaidi,

    You must be related in some way to Ijaz Butt to be making such baseless and asinine comments. Do you have any unequivocal and absolute proof that there are Indian bookies lurking behind every fixing controversy? The fixer in the whole asif-amir-butt episode is a guy called Mazhar, a Pakistani! Please avoid making knee jerk reactions and putting words in your fellow countrymen's mouths. i don't understand why you cant accept the reality that everyone sees and knows. As for your second comment about botham and atherton, i am with you on this 100%. The same atherton who so blatantly tampered with the ball using dirt is now taking the moral high ground!

  • FSW on September 25, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    How mollycoddle our cricket team is which has been treated exclusively praisfully but instead of taking it a holy gift they are misusing their fame and reputation. PCB is equally responsible and reprehensible for criminal activities of players.So be rationale dnt defame the name of our country now only concentrate on your sporting events not indulge in malfeasance activities.

  • Warren Olson on September 25, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    "Posted by: Faisal Jaan at September 24, 2010 2:20 PM Pakistani players must not be ignored in events like IPL, CLT20. If you deprive major players like Aamer of easy legal money, they will go for illegal resources".

    "Posted by: Thinking ahead at September 25, 2010 7:03 AM Also Pakistan should feel self sufficient in itself as it has unfair advantage in raw talent (form a league of their own)"

    @ 1st suggestion: I will be highly surprised that Indians will allow Pakistanis to paly in their league at this stage (I am sure to hear rhetoric from Pakistanis that they do not care to play in IPL and so on - however again stop living in the sate of denail and learn from India things they have done right. Most of the world is looking towards them. They have a lots of problem but they seem to be making an honest attempt).

    @ 2nd suggestion: Wake up and stop dreaming. Your internal league will be doomed even before starting.

  • Matt Landis on September 25, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Posted by: TO Matt Landis at September 25, 2010 9:35 AM "What about HAROON LORGAT? Is he also a commentator? Should we compare him with Ijaz butt or not, in your humble opinion?"

    Please remind me when did Haroon Lorgat blame Pakistan team as a whole for spot/match fixing? Your Butt exactly blamed Engalnd (not any individuals) for throwing the match.

    Stop getting defensive and raising your pitch because it definitely makes you look like a clown.

  • MARLO on September 25, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    No no not carvan of clowns, call it Nation of clowns. We do not deserve fairness from others when we are not fair to ourselves as a nation. I hope we are thrown out of world cricket, I hope we are thrown out of UN and every world organisation until we correct ourselves and find some honest people to lead us.

  • MARLO on September 25, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Why cry naming Botham and Vaughan. Why not look at ourselves and be ashamed. Look at video of Afridi eating the ball. Look in to 90s and u will find every one of your heroes losing it for money. All those with long beard today, including inzi and mushtaq, even the most corrupt of all Wasim. I remember all the days of my youth when I could read hundreds of verses of Quran and pray while team was playing India without knowing that players were sold out and they had already bargained to lose. Look videos of News of the world, Look at money found in players rooms, Look at how Kamran,s batting performance and catching improved from the days others got cought. When you have looked at all that then look at our nation, look at your political leadership, Look at the NROs and look at wealths of Zardaries, Bhutoes, Sharifs, Chaudhries, Army generals and most of all the beaurocrates. And after all that u will start feeling that Botham and Vaughan are not clowns, we are as nation and individuals.

  • Shahid on September 25, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, It may come to the point that match fixing charges don't get proved and our players go unpunished, but one thing is sure, we all know inside our hearts that most of our players are corrupt and that includes kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Rana Naved, Keneria, and some others too. There is only one honest man Younis Khan and he is sidelined by other players and the board. We all know that our so called heroes of 90s, Wasim, Waqar, Inzi, Mushtaq and many others were doing even bigger harm by fixing whole the matches. Our government and board has always been protecting the corrupt players even if they knew about corruption. Just look at the currunt situation, Amir, Asif and Butt are made heroes by calling it all a conspiracy. And u know its not only Ijaz Butt but previous board officials did the same in protecting the corrupts. We should have suspended 5 to 6 players and should never select them again. We should not save Amir even if its a hard decision.

  • Ehsan on September 25, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Butt should go, his antics have sunken PCB to a new all time low. The 1992 tour was bad, but we dealt with it. The ICC did not help, but we dealt with it. It was the same situation then, the only difference is Mr Butt. I think Mr Butt has toured enough with the team, seen too many matches from the pavilion. Its time for a change, let some one else swindle the tax payer's money. Some one who understands crisis management, someone who understands cricket. Is that too much to ask..

  • Ehsan on September 25, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Butt should go, his antics have sunken PCB to a new all time low. The 1992 tour was bad, but we dealt with it. The ICC did not help, but we dealt with it. It was the same situation then, the only difference is Mr Butt. I think Mr Butt has toured enough with the team, seen too many matches from the pavilion. Its time for a change, let some one else swindle the tax payer's money. Some one who understands crisis management, someone who understands cricket. Is that too much to ask..

  • Abdul-Jalil on September 25, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Salam, I know this is off topic but i have just read your twitter page.

    Please lay off umar akmal kamran bhai, england is a tough pace to tour. Do you not remember inzi and his 66 runs in 4 matches in 92. And conditions were a lot tougher on this tour. Umar was the only one in the whole team who could handle the number 1 bowler in the world right now- (G Swann) and he had some rough luck along the way.

  • TO Matt Landis on September 25, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    What about HAROON LORGAT? He had any proofs on spot-fixing in the third ODI or not? Where are those allegations.? Is he also a commentator? Should we compare him with Ijaz butt or not, in your humble opinion?

  • For.Matt.Landis on September 25, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    ICC is also a failure, but this will not be publicized in media. WHY? Mr. Haroon Lorgat gave a very irresponsible statement about third ODI, which didn't get any media bashing. WHY?

  • Mashuq Ally on September 25, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Like Steve Butler, I have to ask, "How come my comments are not being published - cannot believe we can stoop so low to appear politically correct." Anyway, I agree with most of what you write here. Given that, AN makes adds some good ideas re your weak pointexpecting the whole to be greater than the some of its parts. Using pious platitudes such as "conscience" might have had some effect in a bygone era, but better structures are required given set-ups in our century.

  • For-non-Pakistani-comments-on-this-article on September 25, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Cool down guys! Video tapes can also be misleading. Let the investigation complete. Till then, we would like to live in state of denial. If you think from Pakistani prospective. Why the media was silent when Stuart Broad hit Zulqarnain with the ball? Would a Pakistani player got only a fine of 50% of match fee with a tender warning? They would have banned him for 5 matches for sure. Why the media doesn't speak out on exclusion of Pakistani team in CLT20 going on in SA??? For that matter, why in IPL? I'm not big fan of Ijaz butt (he destroyed Pakistan cricket) but he didn't say what is portrayed in media. Shame on media to portray him as villain while people like BEEFY and Vaughan are ignored. WHY???

  • Bilal on September 25, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    @Steve Butler By clean i think you mean placing bans... let me refresh your memory the first reported confirmed incident of match fixing involved Australians ... and what the ACB do ? ( sweep it under the carpet) and what did pakistan do ? (place life bans) so if you dont have anything important to say keep your naive comments to your self

  • Srini on September 25, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I think enough has been said and written about this betting scandal. While ICC anti-corruption unit failed to be consistent in its findings, PCB failed in taking prompt action to avoid misconceptions about its intentions in stamping out betting to the fans.

    At this time, we should let the law take its course and anyone found guilty punished even if it means suspending immediate engagements of Pak cricket team. I don't think honest and genuine cricketers and fans need not suffer when the team is still shrouded in this controversy.

  • Bilal on September 25, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    @Matt If you want to believe tabloids you can but that would make you a sad individual.

  • Swami on September 25, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Rubbish article. How can you compare ICC and an investigative journalist ? ICC cannot go around luring people with money to say the truth. How can the ICC unravel criminal activities before a police force ? Haroon Lorgat is not running a police station. You keep talking about reform of ICC .. what exactly is it that you mean ? ICC is not a dysfunctional organisation .. its PCB which is. No one wants to play Pakistan within or outside the country. And I cant see Pakistan cricketers being bid for by the franchises in IPL either.

  • tariq saeed on September 25, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    the root cause of the problem is the ICC ( INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION of CLOWNS ).what the hell has the anti corruption icc unit been doing all these years? now they are making scapegoats because they are so embarrassed at their own inefficiency. the role of any anti corruption unit is to keep elements under constant surveillance so that action is taken immediately. in this case it is obvious that the anti corruption unit is made up of bums who have absolutely no idea about what is going on around them. if the anti corruption unit from icc cannot stop the match fixing thing, who can???

  • Thinking ahead on September 25, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    A wise man once said: "the leaders of a nation are the reflection of society". i.e., leaders are chosen or elected from among the people. So if the people in general are corrupt then how do you expect the leaders to be honest and sincere!! This pretty much summarizes the state of affairs of every Pakistani organization including the PCB. Last 60+ years of Pakistan's existence is proof enough that the things will get worse (downhill) instead of improving. Thus it is a futile exercise to ask for the removal of Butt & Co (as it won't happen). Instead we should brainstorm on the future prospects of Pakistan cricket. For example: we should think about how can we improve the game with our existing limitations and image in the world. Pakistan has given the world a lot in terms of cricketing talent...what else can we give them, besides reverse swing, doosras, and teesras?? Also Pakistan should feel self sufficient in itself as it has unfair advantage in raw talent (form a league of their own)

  • Thinking ahead on September 25, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    A wise man once said: "the leaders of a nation are the reflection of society". i.e., leaders are chosen or elected from among the people. So if the people in general are corrupt then how do you expect the leaders to be honest and sincere!! This pretty much summarizes the state of affairs of every Pakistani organization including the PCB. Last 60+ years of Pakistan's existence is proof enough that the things will get worse (downhill) instead of improving. Thus it is a futile exercise to ask for the removal of Butt & Co (as it won't happen). Instead we should brainstorm on the future prospects of Pakistan cricket. For example: we should think about how can we improve the game with our existing limitations and image in the world. Pakistan has given the world a lot in terms of cricketing talent...what else can we give them, besides reverse swing, doosras, and teesras?? Also Pakistan should feel self sufficient in itself as it has unfair advantage in raw talent (form a league of their own)

  • Matt Landis on September 25, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    Garbage article - written with aim of raising rhetoric from Pakistani fans. Stop living in the world of denial, and do a reality check. If NOSW video is not clear evidence, then either Pakistani fans are blind or are accepting corruption in their cricket.

    It is a shame to compare personal comments of past cricketers with comments coming from an administrator.

  • Steve Butler on September 25, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    How come my comments are not being published - cannot believe we can stoop so low to appear politically correct. The comments from Pakistanis here are a clear evidence that they are not interested in cleaning up their acts of their cricketers.

  • Sumathi Fernando on September 25, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    Was the task of the "so called" Investigative reporter genuine. And were his intentions genuine or whether his work similar to that of a papparazzi Is giving bribes an offence in UK If so why there is no investigation on the bribing of the three pakistani cricketers or whether this a part of a conspiracy to get some of the good pakistanis out of the world cup There are accusations of conspiracy by leading cricketers Some food thought

  • Sumathi Fernando on September 25, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Was the task of the "so called" Investigative reporter genuine. And were his intentions genuine or whether his work similar to that of a papparazzi Is giving bribes an offence in UK If so why there is no investigation on the bribing of the three pakistani cricketers or whether this a part of a conspiracy to get some of the good pakistanis out of the world cup There are accusations of conspiracy by leading cricketers Some food thought

  • umair on September 25, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    If the Pakistani media which includes you and osman as well wont come to the support of players and Pakistan then who else will??? of course its the Chairman its a pity that he had to do the job which should have been done by the pakistani media, he had no choice but to play on front foot and expose this twisted conspiracy against pakistan,i think you have short memory, dont you remember how india snubbed pakistani players in Ipl auction? you expect good things from other boards?then dream on, because they will never come to the rescue of pakistan,its politics at work if you could understand.

    Wasn't ECB whining about lack of revenue from the neutral test that pakistan played against Australia?just put everything in perspective and you will get a clear picture.

    And please for Godsake, stop criticizing Ijaz Butt for everything, even when he does something right, it wont get you to paradise, just a thought.

  • Cricket_Fan on September 24, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    I had commented before but it was not posted, don't know why. We all can agree and send tons of feedback about Butt not the proper person but who cares what is written here. I suggested that Kamran and likes who are in this business of writing articles about cricket should write this openly in the newspapers and make it known to all in Pakistan. May be the blind, having the top position in our country, is deaf enough so he can only hear his close friends. The voice should be loud and of enough nuissance so that the blind and deaf can hear it too and is left with no option other than letting Butt go, if you have not figure it out yet, I am talking about Zardari.

  • AN on September 24, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    India next door has corruption too, but the media there yells louder and that tends to clamp down on silly denials to a good extent. In the CWG problems, the PM has taken the matter into his hands and it appears that some heads will roll. The media in Pakistan however, does not do enough to expose the rotten heads and frequently is deluded itself with false patriotism. Bush and Cheney in the US were quite corrupt with all the Halliburton/Wall St deals. The point is, countries need strong institutions with a constitution and checks and balances, not powerful individuals, as humans have failings. This is why secular democracies work better. The ICC is made up of member countries and not an independent outside arbiter like a court, so I cannot see how it can be made stronger than the sum of its parts. Maybe the only way is to outsource the ACSU arm with investigative powers along with oversight by the member nations. Are all members willing to go down that path? I dont know.....

  • Shamaz Majid on September 24, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Excellent article and very well written. Always great to read your thoughts Kamran and in full agreement.

  • Saurabh on September 24, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Oh yeah there you go again. Misunderstood nation!!! Seriously what makes Pakistani make so many excuses without ever thinking that maybe, just maybe, they are at fault??

    Should Pakistan be banned? Of course not. But Pakistani journalists who keep feeding their fans with sweet poison like this article certainly should be!

  • Hema Adhikari on September 24, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Strange article. It seems it was written with an eye on comments section where certain set of fans would opinionate based on their paranoid reality. Evidence, what more evidence one can hope for than bowlers delivering no balls on demand on a video tape. Comparing insane uttering of PCB chairman with measured response of former English captains is disgraceful. We need courage of conviction to root out the evil of match fixing not this kind of equivocation just to appease few people.

  • dmqi on September 24, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Superb job to call these people clown, I would call them stupid of the highest order. Botham was a street cricketer just like Amir. I wish amir could bowl to Botham. I think people like Botham and few English cricketers were afraid of Amir-asif in the ODI, so they had to support the gossiping newspapers to win the ODI series, that will be the perception of many spectators after seeing the 5th ODI. England really did not want to loose the IDI seris before Australia - England series. So, you got some help from Haroon Logart-another clown. Cricket needs to be free from all clowns. Billy Doctrov, umpire of the year from ICC, next year.

  • Usama on September 24, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Good and Sensible Article! ICC itself needs some Reforming and PCB well What can i say!!!!

  • ABC on September 24, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    why this BUDHHA IS HANDLING PCB. HE MUST BE THROWN. WE NEED HONEST AND TRUE PEOPLE TO REPRESENT OUR BOARD

  • bond on September 24, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    pakistans attitude is really funny....nw they think ICC is at fault and not their uneducated players..some feel its the low wages that they earn is the reason behind all these unwarranted actions....bt then what do u expect from a country thats stinking poor and on the verge of economic collapse...still they r best paid in thr country..so the fans n the writers shouldnt be defending them in such crude a manner..if pakistan is the laughing stock of the town its because of their own actions and not the ICC..or ECB..n its high time they realise it....

  • drcardio1980 on September 24, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Big turkies like BCCI,ECB,ACB can eat up ICC.Mr.Butt is retarded,he can'nt comprehend what he is saying.Lets hope for the better future.

  • Omar Malik on September 24, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    A very nice article. The bumbling leadership and chaos around Pakistan cricket make it an easy target, but you can't deny the constant persecution Pakistan cricket has faced from most of the British media and former players.

    The likes of Botham, Vaughn, and Nasser Hussain suggesting to ban Pakistan cricket on the basis of speculation and rumours just infuriates the hell out of me. I mean investigate the players and ban them but why do you want to punish an entire nation of millions for the wrong doings of a handful of players. If that is not hypocritical colonial attitude then I don't know what is.

    I didn't hear anyone suggesting to ban South Africa when Hansie Cronje and a few others confessed. When will these double standards end.

    @ Ifzal Hussain. Please don't tell me you are a Pakistani. If you are you don't deserve to be. Your comments generalizing the whole Pakistani nation as rotten are shameful. Have some pride man!

  • desihungama on September 24, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    I support Pakistan Cricket (sorry not the country though I am from Pak origin) and I ashamed to be a supporter of Pak Cricket at this junction and I dare say to ban Pakistan from all Cricket until all this mess is sorted out. I am starting to connect the dots and to me from the Chairman to the Manager to the Captain they are all involved in match/spot fixings. 1. No wonder, Younis Khan is conveniently discarded as a hurdle because they can't fix while he is at the helm. 2. Kamran Akmal's game has all of a sudden strangely changed for the better? It tells me all about his past performances. 3. There is so much money in illegal bets that I won't be surprised if the patron of Pak board is involved and taking his usual 10%. 4. Pak team has brought shame, dishonor to the game, to the country and to the fans. Forget the players, we fans need a break.

  • A.R.Zaidi on September 24, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Mr Abbassi. Why don't u write about Hansie Cronje and Hershelle Gibbs country? Was South Africa banned from ICC when both the players were caught fixing the matches? Why nobody writes that behind every scandal , there is an Indian bookie present as financer, bookie or spoiler of the game. Why Srilankans, Pakistanis, Aussies, South Africans, West Indians accuse Indian bookies? What action has been taken by ICC against these bookies and India? Is it same Mike Atherton who called a Pakistani journalist a buffoon on a tour when he was captain, most probably in Rawalpindi? Now he is calling another Pakistani a clown. Was'nt Alect Stewart a clown when he was accused of accepting money? English County cricket is so full of such clowns. Now i m more than sure that News of The World story was a cock and bull story, concocted to defame Pakistan. And lesser said the better about other Beefy clown who was into drugs in his hey days ( caught redhanded in NewZealand).

  • Jawed on September 24, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, Many thanks for your "articulate article" ! Your heading says it ALL. Caravan of CLOWNS" (we are not alone in Pakistan).

    Jawed, Karachi

  • Faisal Jaan on September 24, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    3-continued. If teams like SL, BD, Afghanistan, India are willing, they should be brought to Pakistan. For this purpose, the current board and security system must be improved.

  • Faisal Jaan on September 24, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Dear Kamran bhai,

    You summarized it very well by saying that media would have similar venom for teams like India or SA. Pakistan cricket is certainly an easy target. Part of justice would be to treat the situation of all teams on same grounds and levels. Here are my suggestions.

    1. Pakistani players must not be ignored in events like IPL, CLT20. If you deprive major players like Aamer of easy legal money, they will go for illegal resources.

    2. The domestic cricket in Pakistan must be franchised in such a way that the first class players are also known to the general public. For example, players like Junaid Khan and Mohammad Shakil who average 22 with ball in first class cricket, are not igonred by the selectors and general public back them for selection. A strong domestic league which can pull crowds, would a nice solution. First class players must be able to earn fair money to make cricket as career.

    3. International cricket must be brought back to Pakistan.

  • sitaram reddi on September 24, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    "Sir Iron Bottom" the Clown. Wah, Wah Kamran Bhai. The modern day equivalent of Fred Trueman the commentator. What little credibility he had has disappeared.

    I agree that with your sentiments that the ICC should not be subject to its members whims and fancies. Structural change os the need of the hour - but I don't see it happening from within.

    If I had unlimited resources this is what I'd do. Contract the top 4000 or 5000 cricketers in the world, make obsolete the BCCI, the ECB, the PCB, CA and others. Run cricket like the National Baseball League with the majors and the minors and the farm leagues. Talent scouts will identify players who should be contracted and all support services employees like administrators, coaches, commentators, etc will be judged solely on their abilities and other bumbling, posturing idiots will be fired.

    With all the money to be made in cricket this will come to pass; in my lifetime, I hope!!!!!

    Cheers

    Siti

  • Rajaraman.R on September 24, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I can understand that the author as a Pakistani should be pained at the turn of events. All sensible cricket fans are indeed pained at the scandal and the following unfolding of events. But the author's comparison of Botham's and Butt's comments on an even plane defies any logic. An ex-cricketer's personal comments cannot be held in the same breath as a Country's Cricket Board's comments. Botham's comments can be ignored as a clown's comment. But the same cannot be said about Butt's comments and the Pakistan High Commissioner's talk of conspiracy against Pakistan.

  • Adil on September 24, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Kamran, awesome article, you very nicely captured the ecenario and identified the actors behind this fiasco Pakistan cricket is in during this tour. People like Botham and Vaughn, and even Hayden and Nasser Hussain should also be treated the same way as Butt and co.

  • i'm in Team Pakistan on September 24, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    I agree that calls from Ian Botham to banish the entire Pakistan team from world cricket is as stupid as Butt's unfounded allegations against the English players. And as far as not being invited to England for a tour again.... hallelujah! We don't want to go through the same trauma again! Each tour to England is marked with controversy and scandal. England should be a no-go area for our players!

  • i'm in Team Pakistan on September 24, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    I agree that calls from Ian Botham to banish the entire Pakistan team from world cricket is as stupid as Butt's unfounded allegations against the English players. And as far as not being invited to England for a tour again.... hallelujah! We don't want to go through the same trauma again! Each tour to England is marked with controversy and scandal. England should be a no-go area for our players!

  • Bilal on September 24, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    I fail to understand why is it necessary to suspend players based on a tabloid report. Let the investigation finish and we will know what to do why would you drop someone based on article published on some blog.

  • Mohammad Asad on September 24, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA .....

    Good article !!! Mr. Abbassi ...

    They do not dare to do this with India...you know why??? because of Indian strong cricket management & powerful media !!!!

    So you know better what Pak need to do ----

    By the way I am Bangladeshi and a cricket lover ........

  • Mudassar on September 24, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Nice read Kamran and pretty unbiased, if PCB and Ijaz Butt was awful in handling the mess. ICC, some of English Media and some ex-players etc were equally awful in doing that. Cricket need some wise and professional unbiased heads, in boards, in ICC and in Media.

  • Observer on September 24, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Add the BCCI to that list, they're greedy behavior is causing problems too.

  • Arslaan on September 24, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    A very well written article and a lot of very good points raised about this summer season.

    What has annoyed me the most during this whole ordeal is the way in which the England team has conducted itself. When the scandal was alleged, there was talk of the tour not going ahead. once England had won both T20's and easily won the first two ODI's, the talk was of "We are looking forward to our sixth consecutive series win". When Pakistan hit back with victories, suddenly it changed dramatically to "the series should be cancelled". Since they won at the Rose Bowl, it was a "good decision" to carry on with the series. What if they lost? Would they have been sincere in congratulating Pakistan as Pakistan had done to England?

  • Saud Sami on September 24, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Hi Kamran I am glad you finally chose to comment on the other side of the picture. I don't see why the ICC was asking the PCB to suspend the players. If there was enough to warrant a suspension then the ICC should have acted itself in the first place, if there wasn't then the PCB was justified in refusing to do so. The fact of the matter is that there is no provision for suspending a player pending investigations in the ICC rules. ICC just wanted to have it done by the PCB to avoid this loophole.

    Please also write something about the need for UDRS in one days based on the experience of this series.

  • Tat on September 24, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Abbasi Living in the paradise of blinds... no evidence have proved the trio of match fixing and still wants to ban them ignoring the non professional attitude of the biggest clown Haroon Logart on handling the second match fixing conviction against players in which he simply could not inform PCB when it received the information and just started inquiry on basis of nothing. For all of those living in the world of blinds let me predict you now whats going to be happening in future.. the match fixing allegations will never be proved because it was drama just by the crying English (as they are crying since last 30 years) to get pressurize to such extent that they can win the series and it did happen and they achieved what they wanted to... 2ndly ALL WOULD SEE SIMILAR THING WILL HAPPEN IN UPCOMING WORLD CUP AGAINST PAK SO THE EVEN LITTLE CHANCE TO WIN IS LOST BY THEM. 3RDLY PCB WOULD REMAIN SAME UNTIL IT IS RULED BY SOMEONE RUTHLESS LIKE IMRAN KHAN

  • follower on September 24, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    very well said....sir!! this is exactly what is going on...

  • Ifzal Hussain on September 24, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I totally agree with Botham & Vaughan that Pakistan must be banned. Its not just about a few rotten apples letting the nation down, the whole nation is rotten to the core, everybody is corrupt & everyone takes bribes. Once the nation improves then they should be allowed back in, even if it takes years.

    Even our President is renown for corruption, is known as Mr 10% & has spent many years in jail, so what our cricketers have been upto is literally the norm for this country.

    The players caught should definately be banned for life & how on earth do clowns like Akmals, Shoaib's & Farhats keep getting picked when they have consistently failed for many years is beyond me. Obviously they are in there for nepotism than anything else. This must be stopped aswell.

  • anshul sharma on September 24, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I think most of the Englishmen reactd wen dey were called fixers and cheats...not 1 or 2 but d whole team..!!!!! and every team playing pakistan will never be sure if what's happening on the field is real or play-acting....I have sympathies with the pakistani cricket fan but m afraid that will be the attitude of most teams from now on ...which we have seen with south Africans...I think this is an off-shoot of PCB letting off its players with minor fines/bans on issues that should have been tackled seriously beforehand....!!!!!

  • Gohar on September 24, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Nice article Kamran Sb, Y don't you start investigation on this Scandal? I think PCB should appoint Rashid Latif as Head of inquiry he is not a whistle blower but a genius in this.

  • Assad Jalil on September 24, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    A very balanced article. Botham has once again proven his bias against Pakistan. The fact that he was beaten by Imran both on and off field might have something to do with it. The world cup and the court case immediately spring to mind. So he is best ignored. Vaughan has been a sensible person and could have chosen his words more carefully. However Pakistanis have provided him with the ammunition. The best thing out of this fiasco would be for Ejaz Butt to resign or kicked out, a highly unlikely scenario with another clown being our president. I hope their is a swift end to this menace with the world cup in 6 months. Pakistan needs to be free all the controversies and clowns when they take the field on 23rd February

  • Sami on September 24, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Until a clown like Zardari continue to be a President till then clown like Butt will continue to run PBC and make a mockery of Pakistan cricket. Good luck there!

  • Amir on September 24, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    The world is allowed to make outbursts against the Pakistan team and it's okay. But if the PCB or players say something it's not fair. This is bias beyond belief, where's the public apology from Trott. The guy should be arrested for what he said and did to Wahab Riaz, he called him a match-fixer and grabbed him by the throat but he and ECB will deny this. The ICC have been biased throughout its entire existence, we were branded ball tampering cheats but now other nations followed our bowlers it's now called reverse swing. All nations are affected by corruption including this current England team! Who cares what Botham thinks, he's still upset about '92 WC...

  • Abdul Azeem Khan on September 24, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Very Well Said.. specialy the part about Pakistan being easy target..and Yes BUTT needs to go if we want any good in PAK Cric..A good PCB admin would have handled the situation in much better way,on the contrary the inaction and hyper-action of current PCB has made PAK a laughing stock in world cricket.

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  • Abdul Azeem Khan on September 24, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Very Well Said.. specialy the part about Pakistan being easy target..and Yes BUTT needs to go if we want any good in PAK Cric..A good PCB admin would have handled the situation in much better way,on the contrary the inaction and hyper-action of current PCB has made PAK a laughing stock in world cricket.

  • Amir on September 24, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    The world is allowed to make outbursts against the Pakistan team and it's okay. But if the PCB or players say something it's not fair. This is bias beyond belief, where's the public apology from Trott. The guy should be arrested for what he said and did to Wahab Riaz, he called him a match-fixer and grabbed him by the throat but he and ECB will deny this. The ICC have been biased throughout its entire existence, we were branded ball tampering cheats but now other nations followed our bowlers it's now called reverse swing. All nations are affected by corruption including this current England team! Who cares what Botham thinks, he's still upset about '92 WC...

  • Sami on September 24, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Until a clown like Zardari continue to be a President till then clown like Butt will continue to run PBC and make a mockery of Pakistan cricket. Good luck there!

  • Assad Jalil on September 24, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    A very balanced article. Botham has once again proven his bias against Pakistan. The fact that he was beaten by Imran both on and off field might have something to do with it. The world cup and the court case immediately spring to mind. So he is best ignored. Vaughan has been a sensible person and could have chosen his words more carefully. However Pakistanis have provided him with the ammunition. The best thing out of this fiasco would be for Ejaz Butt to resign or kicked out, a highly unlikely scenario with another clown being our president. I hope their is a swift end to this menace with the world cup in 6 months. Pakistan needs to be free all the controversies and clowns when they take the field on 23rd February

  • Gohar on September 24, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Nice article Kamran Sb, Y don't you start investigation on this Scandal? I think PCB should appoint Rashid Latif as Head of inquiry he is not a whistle blower but a genius in this.

  • anshul sharma on September 24, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I think most of the Englishmen reactd wen dey were called fixers and cheats...not 1 or 2 but d whole team..!!!!! and every team playing pakistan will never be sure if what's happening on the field is real or play-acting....I have sympathies with the pakistani cricket fan but m afraid that will be the attitude of most teams from now on ...which we have seen with south Africans...I think this is an off-shoot of PCB letting off its players with minor fines/bans on issues that should have been tackled seriously beforehand....!!!!!

  • Ifzal Hussain on September 24, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I totally agree with Botham & Vaughan that Pakistan must be banned. Its not just about a few rotten apples letting the nation down, the whole nation is rotten to the core, everybody is corrupt & everyone takes bribes. Once the nation improves then they should be allowed back in, even if it takes years.

    Even our President is renown for corruption, is known as Mr 10% & has spent many years in jail, so what our cricketers have been upto is literally the norm for this country.

    The players caught should definately be banned for life & how on earth do clowns like Akmals, Shoaib's & Farhats keep getting picked when they have consistently failed for many years is beyond me. Obviously they are in there for nepotism than anything else. This must be stopped aswell.

  • follower on September 24, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    very well said....sir!! this is exactly what is going on...

  • Tat on September 24, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Abbasi Living in the paradise of blinds... no evidence have proved the trio of match fixing and still wants to ban them ignoring the non professional attitude of the biggest clown Haroon Logart on handling the second match fixing conviction against players in which he simply could not inform PCB when it received the information and just started inquiry on basis of nothing. For all of those living in the world of blinds let me predict you now whats going to be happening in future.. the match fixing allegations will never be proved because it was drama just by the crying English (as they are crying since last 30 years) to get pressurize to such extent that they can win the series and it did happen and they achieved what they wanted to... 2ndly ALL WOULD SEE SIMILAR THING WILL HAPPEN IN UPCOMING WORLD CUP AGAINST PAK SO THE EVEN LITTLE CHANCE TO WIN IS LOST BY THEM. 3RDLY PCB WOULD REMAIN SAME UNTIL IT IS RULED BY SOMEONE RUTHLESS LIKE IMRAN KHAN

  • Saud Sami on September 24, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Hi Kamran I am glad you finally chose to comment on the other side of the picture. I don't see why the ICC was asking the PCB to suspend the players. If there was enough to warrant a suspension then the ICC should have acted itself in the first place, if there wasn't then the PCB was justified in refusing to do so. The fact of the matter is that there is no provision for suspending a player pending investigations in the ICC rules. ICC just wanted to have it done by the PCB to avoid this loophole.

    Please also write something about the need for UDRS in one days based on the experience of this series.