Politics October 11, 2010

Younis Khan: a selection scandal

Many gruesome disasters have befallen Pakistan cricket in the past 18 months
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Amid the regrets, withdrawals, and reversals that pour forth from the orifice of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), one policy remains constant: Younis Khan is barred from selection for the national team. The facts are simple and as ever, they paint a dismal picture for the Chairman of the PCB. Younis is available for selection, yet the selectors are unable to select him. He has no case to answer following the ridiculous ban imposed upon him by the PCB but his case is still open.

The question is why? And the answer is simple: Mr Butt has a shifting policy on apologies. The players banned, barred, or suspended following the disastrous tour of Australia have eased their path back into the team with a well-timed apology to Mr Butt. What they were apologising for, nobody was clear. Why they then apologised is only for their consciences to answer. Mohammad Yousuf's equally well-timed retirement helped him bypass any action from the PCB and obviate the need for an apology.

Yousuf, aside, Mr Butt is big on people apologising to him. When the boot is on the other foot, however, his love of an apology vanishes in a flash. Mr Butt's recent slander of the ECB and its cricket team was followed by a show of defiance that an apology would not follow. For once, he was true to his word. His carefully-worded, legally-crafted retraction did not contain the word 'apology'. It contained intonations of regret, withdrawal, and misunderstanding but no apology in sight.

Indeed, why stop at the ECB? Mr Butt owes some hefty apologies to Pakistan cricket supporters for the destruction of Pakistan cricket. You see, for a man so reluctant to offer any kind of apology for his own misdeeds, it is the cruelest of ironies that he is demanding an apology, a personal one, from Younis, before he allows Mohsin Khan to select him.

What that apology is for, nobody is quite sure? If Mr Butt wants to tell us, we'd be delighted to hear, but I suspect that silence speaks volumes about the lack of gravity of Mr Butt's charge. Younis, for his part is clear and always has been: Why apologise when you have nothing to apologise for?

And thereby hangs the tale of the predicament and the tragedy of Pakistan cricket, that there is no room for a man of principle in the Pakistan cricket team.

Younis has had his fair share of detractors. Mr Butt, of course. Many of the players were unhappy with him and swore an oath against his captaincy. When Pakistan were struggling against Australia this summer, I was reliably informed that 'The Boys' would welcome back Yousuf but they would not want Younis back in the team. The events of the past few weeks, however, have cast all those objections to Younis in a very different light.

Many gruesome disasters have befallen Pakistan cricket in the past 18 months. But perhaps one of the most serious, and easily forgotten among the tidal wave of calamaties, is how the chairman of the national cricket board is killing the career of a World Cup-winning captain. This is a selection scandal that requires an apology - even regret or retraction - from Mr Butt and his hopeless cricket board. Younis Khan owes Mr Butt nothing, least of all an apology.

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  • shazad on February 4, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    I dont know why but cricket is far more better in india. if they have good system in india. why cant pakistan. they have same sort of talent. india is at the moment number one team and pakistan coz of politics going down and down. someone have to stand up against that

  • Tahir Masood Sandhu on November 22, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Younas, should always have been a part of pakistan team. Why did he lose captaincy, after a fateful tour of UAE? The Ex manager and a band of players were instrumental in the coup against Yunus.

    Selection of Yousaf as Pakistan's Captain dropped as a bomb shell on the ambitious gang who were contemplating a hold on leadership... Akmals, Shoaib Malik, Butt and their gang made sure that Pakistan never wins under the Captaincy of Yousaf.. and that is what happened on the disastrous tour of Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia..

    No one accepted Yousaf as their leader, as he was made to look like an idiot on the field. Even Younas, did not give yousaf the due respect and support for other reasons. The after tour probe, and what happened later is a long story.

    Now that, We have a new captain, It is yet to be seen, whether the team accepts him as their leader, and give out their best in the name of playing for Pakistan, and not for personal glorification.

    Let's say no to intrigues.

  • Talha on November 16, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    younus khan= class batsman, bring stability into Pakistans batting line up, as we saw today made 131* not out. Best captain pakistan could of had, but they for some reasons didnt want him, under him they had growing successs.... even though he may be slightly out of form he still has a positive mentality and tat may be just whatt the team needs right now.

  • Beenish on November 12, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    We are talking about a country that never had democracy, everything is done to please and benefit the people in government, the PCB is just a tiny reflection of how things work in this country! You are corrupt you will be given a chance as long as you don't get caught, if one does get caught there has to be some damage control, but dont worry your backs are safe, you'll be given another chance... anyone else with even a tiny sense of self-esteem and dignity can to hell for all they care.

  • @mir on November 9, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Mr Butt should abdicated from their post. n Youns khan should take responsibility of captain

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on October 24, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Dear Kamran bhai.What is the us of writing such article when it is understood that no one can remove Butt.He is best friend of Zardari and as long Zardari is there it will go like this.This is pity for Pakistan cricket.Every one is writing but it is wasate of time.Misbal Haq have no place in team and he is made captain.Actually Younis Khan must be put as captain.Mohsin Khan can not control his emotions and he is made chief selcetor.He is not giving chance to deserve players and instead pleasing Butt.It is foul's paradise for Pakistan team to get any place in WORLD CUP.Still we will watch matches coz we can not help it. Good luck pakistan team for home series of S.A.PAKISTAN ZINDA BADD.

  • khayam zafar on October 22, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Dear Kamran bhai I 100% agree with you, but in my opinion problem with Pakistan cricket is deeper than just Mr Butt.Whole set up is corrupt and we need knowledgeable people to run cricket affairs. If we carry on like this i am sure even Bangladesh will be able to beat us in few years time and we will all be thinking how come we reached to this stage. First of all we need good first class structure so that we can have replacements ready for every player. We need to educate players so that they can handle media with confidence. Make them aware about drugs and match fixing and above all make them a united bunch so they play as a team. Due to insecurities we have groups in the team which is destroying Pakistan cricket. World cup is few months away and we are still million miles away from our settled squad of sixteen. Wake up Pakistan cricket administrators before it's too late.

  • Eoin on October 19, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Hear hear. Somewhere in the future, there's a film or book to be made of Younus' story. I've always been thoroughly impressed with his manner and persona; he does seem a man of integrity. Unfortunately, the story of Younus Khan shall most likely embody the tragedy of Pakistan cricket. A pitch-black comedy, laced with farce, and a decent man doomed by his own principles in a twisted system... almost writes itself!

  • sohail on October 17, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Totally agree.

    One thing that bothers me is that Younis, if selected again as captain, should commit permanantly, he knows the set up in pakistan, so if he once again takes captaincy and then throws a wobbly and resigns, he is not doing anyone any favours.

    Also, you can select him but we need batsemen with form behind them too, is he match fit and ready?.

  • Kartik on October 17, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    cant help but wonder whether the rot starts at the top. would it be possible to spot or match fix without the involvement of the administration? if that conjecture were correct, where in lies the motivation to pick a player who wouldnt toe the administration's line. as an indian, i have enjoyed watching younis and yousuf. amir and asif (with their clean actions) were a joy to behold. perhaps the administration requires cleaning up first and establishment of strong leadership before judging the players. and remarkably talented players emerge from pakistan. cricket is poorer for the crime committed by a lack of leadership in the pcb.

  • shazad on February 4, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    I dont know why but cricket is far more better in india. if they have good system in india. why cant pakistan. they have same sort of talent. india is at the moment number one team and pakistan coz of politics going down and down. someone have to stand up against that

  • Tahir Masood Sandhu on November 22, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Younas, should always have been a part of pakistan team. Why did he lose captaincy, after a fateful tour of UAE? The Ex manager and a band of players were instrumental in the coup against Yunus.

    Selection of Yousaf as Pakistan's Captain dropped as a bomb shell on the ambitious gang who were contemplating a hold on leadership... Akmals, Shoaib Malik, Butt and their gang made sure that Pakistan never wins under the Captaincy of Yousaf.. and that is what happened on the disastrous tour of Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia..

    No one accepted Yousaf as their leader, as he was made to look like an idiot on the field. Even Younas, did not give yousaf the due respect and support for other reasons. The after tour probe, and what happened later is a long story.

    Now that, We have a new captain, It is yet to be seen, whether the team accepts him as their leader, and give out their best in the name of playing for Pakistan, and not for personal glorification.

    Let's say no to intrigues.

  • Talha on November 16, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    younus khan= class batsman, bring stability into Pakistans batting line up, as we saw today made 131* not out. Best captain pakistan could of had, but they for some reasons didnt want him, under him they had growing successs.... even though he may be slightly out of form he still has a positive mentality and tat may be just whatt the team needs right now.

  • Beenish on November 12, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    We are talking about a country that never had democracy, everything is done to please and benefit the people in government, the PCB is just a tiny reflection of how things work in this country! You are corrupt you will be given a chance as long as you don't get caught, if one does get caught there has to be some damage control, but dont worry your backs are safe, you'll be given another chance... anyone else with even a tiny sense of self-esteem and dignity can to hell for all they care.

  • @mir on November 9, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Mr Butt should abdicated from their post. n Youns khan should take responsibility of captain

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on October 24, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Dear Kamran bhai.What is the us of writing such article when it is understood that no one can remove Butt.He is best friend of Zardari and as long Zardari is there it will go like this.This is pity for Pakistan cricket.Every one is writing but it is wasate of time.Misbal Haq have no place in team and he is made captain.Actually Younis Khan must be put as captain.Mohsin Khan can not control his emotions and he is made chief selcetor.He is not giving chance to deserve players and instead pleasing Butt.It is foul's paradise for Pakistan team to get any place in WORLD CUP.Still we will watch matches coz we can not help it. Good luck pakistan team for home series of S.A.PAKISTAN ZINDA BADD.

  • khayam zafar on October 22, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Dear Kamran bhai I 100% agree with you, but in my opinion problem with Pakistan cricket is deeper than just Mr Butt.Whole set up is corrupt and we need knowledgeable people to run cricket affairs. If we carry on like this i am sure even Bangladesh will be able to beat us in few years time and we will all be thinking how come we reached to this stage. First of all we need good first class structure so that we can have replacements ready for every player. We need to educate players so that they can handle media with confidence. Make them aware about drugs and match fixing and above all make them a united bunch so they play as a team. Due to insecurities we have groups in the team which is destroying Pakistan cricket. World cup is few months away and we are still million miles away from our settled squad of sixteen. Wake up Pakistan cricket administrators before it's too late.

  • Eoin on October 19, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Hear hear. Somewhere in the future, there's a film or book to be made of Younus' story. I've always been thoroughly impressed with his manner and persona; he does seem a man of integrity. Unfortunately, the story of Younus Khan shall most likely embody the tragedy of Pakistan cricket. A pitch-black comedy, laced with farce, and a decent man doomed by his own principles in a twisted system... almost writes itself!

  • sohail on October 17, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Totally agree.

    One thing that bothers me is that Younis, if selected again as captain, should commit permanantly, he knows the set up in pakistan, so if he once again takes captaincy and then throws a wobbly and resigns, he is not doing anyone any favours.

    Also, you can select him but we need batsemen with form behind them too, is he match fit and ready?.

  • Kartik on October 17, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    cant help but wonder whether the rot starts at the top. would it be possible to spot or match fix without the involvement of the administration? if that conjecture were correct, where in lies the motivation to pick a player who wouldnt toe the administration's line. as an indian, i have enjoyed watching younis and yousuf. amir and asif (with their clean actions) were a joy to behold. perhaps the administration requires cleaning up first and establishment of strong leadership before judging the players. and remarkably talented players emerge from pakistan. cricket is poorer for the crime committed by a lack of leadership in the pcb.

  • Topa on October 16, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    Somebody mentioned that Mohsin's responsibility as chief selector of Pakistan cricket is to select "Pakistan Cricket Team", and not Butt's selected team. I am afraid Mohsin has been selecting Buttistan Cricket Team.

  • Topa on October 16, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Not only the present PCB head is wrecking the career of a world-cup winning captain, Butt has achieved a no-confidence vote from the ICC. Thanks to the most unqualified head of PCB Pakistan has ever had, the country is now one step from being relegated from tier-1 international cricket. Younis Khan should not apologize to such a national and international cricket disgrace rather should take PCB and its head to court since there is no legal justification or pre-requisite in the constitution of PCB to apologize before being selected to the team. Bringing back a tried and failed cricketer (Misbah) has no rationale except to continue on the path of further failure while a fit, in-form, proven ex-captain's career has been destroyed by PCB. This is self-destructive policy on the part of PCB, and the sad part is that there is no accountability, and with ICC zooming on the disorganize management of cricket, it will not hesitate taking necessary actions against Pakistan cricket, i.e., PCB.

  • muzaffar on October 15, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    i think we need to remove zardari and everything will be solved!

  • Faisal Jaan on October 15, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    @Arjuna: Well said mate. May you be blessed. :)

  • Jahan on October 15, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Younis Khan can only experience to the team not sure if he is the same player that he was five years ago. Biggest problem for Pakistan is to remove bonehead Butt.

  • Pak made Joke by Butt on October 14, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Ha ha! Pakistan as a nation and PCB is a joke. I hope u guys bring one such thing daily so that all of us in the World find some relaxation reading abt ur comedies... And now for all too optimistic fans even YK is no match winner. Ur team in destinied to loose.

  • haroun rashid on October 14, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    An excellent article once again Mr Abbasi. You hit the nail on the head. There is no room for any man of principles in our cricket set-up any more. Ijaz Butt (I refuse to dignify him him with the the prefix "Mr", for that implies a gentleman)has done enough harm all on his own, but our cricketers are sadly to blame as well. Indeed if there is nothing to aplogise for, why apologise? If they are truly innocent of all the disgraceful charges that are heaped upon them at regular intervals, they should come out all guns blazing. The fact that they dont leads one to suspect that they too have unpalatable skeletons in their cupboard. All power to you Younis Khan.

  • Munib Khan on October 14, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    This is the same Younis Khan who has walked away from the team for "personal" reasons not one, not two, but THREE times when he was needed most. Each time the Pakistan team was either in transition or in crisis and he put his own interests (an indisputable captaincy of a strong team) before those of the team and country, letting others do the rebuilding and then making a case for his captaincy. Yes he has humble beginnings, yes he has a perma-smile, yes he is an aggressive captain, yes he is good for the team, but he has also created the fractiousness that has crippled the team. I like Younis Khan, his is a compelling story - but he has a dark side which we ignore at the team's peril.

  • Zaheer on October 14, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Its simply because "AN EGOIST DOESNT TOLERATE EGOISM" :)

  • S Shahzad Bukhari on October 14, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    The yesterday announcement of ICC to put ban on Pak as full ICC member is full of logic and sheer shame and reflected that how badly Pak cricket affairs have been managed in recent past by Mr. But & Mafia.

    Further,Irony is that Mr Zardari is the Patron cheif of PCB, whose integrity and reputation have already led the heads of pakistani down around the globe.

    We should pray that Pak and PCB should get rid off from these sick minded criminals as early as possible and only the deserving people should head the game and country.

  • Tahir masood Sandhu on October 14, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Writing articles is a craft not many can match. I am amazed at the ferocity of out attitudes towards others. Now what ails Pakistan cricket, we all seem to know. I have been a follower of events on the cricket field since the days of Kardar and the Mohammad brothers. Barring a few instances we have never exhibited the traits of being together for the cause but for personal achievements and glorification. The super stars of cricket are known to under perform whenever a captain was appointed from the junior ranks. Javed burki's appointment as captain resulted in sudden under performance of the team. There are countless test matches which we lost or did not win because of this single factor. The Super stars like Asif Iqbal, Wasim Akram, Waqar younus, salim Malik, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, and many more are very well known to have played the game of Intrigues, as well as to reap the rewards of betting and spot fixing. Why are we known to be a nation of thugs, thieves and cheats?

  • aftabk on October 14, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    Why does'nt someone kick out Ijaz Butt, that man does not deserve to be anywhere near the selection committee. He has ruined Pakistan cricket and the cricketers. He has been doing a horrible job and so has the committee under him. There has been no continuity, no consistency within the team. In every game they change bowler and batsman without any reason. Captains are changed every three/four games. Why don't they bring in someone like, Imran, Zaheer, Inzimam, Wasim Akram, Amir Sohail. Something needs to be done, he has to go. He has absolutely no idea about running an organization, he was a lousy cricketer and he has peoven over and over again that he is an even worse administrator.

  • shawn on October 14, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Thats what happens when the board is run by a person who dont know JACK about Cricket,and the person whose on top of BUTT is even BIGGER Stupid,What does Presidents and Politicians has to do with running Cricket Board,For the love of the game please leave Cricket alone with your dirty Politics,nontheless the Country

  • Nitro on October 13, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Younis Khan has not performed well in any form of the game since last three years. His high score is 33 and that too is in domestic cricket. If you look at his stats for past three years he has not scored more than 11 runs. He has been out in single digits in domestic cricket. I think before we bring him back he need to perform.

  • ibra on October 13, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Bring back Younus Khan & Shaoib Malik kick out Afridi as soon as early we already lost 3 oneday series and T20 World cup within Afiridi's captaincy I feel sorry who supports Afridi 's cataincy Kick out Ijaz butt with Mohsin Kan and Afrid as soon as early

  • Arjuna on October 13, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan who loves cricket and loves the passion of the Pakistani cricketers and fans, thanks for a very candid statement on the affairs of the PCB and Ijaz Butt in particular. I do not put a "Mr." before that name because he doesn't deserve it. He not only has a fat neck but also a thick skin and I don't think criticism will elicit an apology from the man. I doubt if even a firing squad will. Keep your chins up Pakistani cricket fans. This too shall pass. This man is human too. This man too is going to fall off a bus or get run over by one if some natural event doesn't take him earlier. Pakistan cricket, its passion for cricket and its cricketing talent are all greater and more resilient than a bumbling, corrupt administrator. Keep strong friends.

  • rick_india on October 13, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    I like Younis khan as a batsman on the field. He has always been a thorn in Indians flesh. Although it is true that, Pak team looks rejuvenated under him every tiem, it is very ridiculous that he steps down from the captaincy every now and then. Either a leader should take the problem head on or not take the captaincy. He is running away from the problem. May be the problem is bigger than what the outside world know.In any case, all of the article i read about Pak cricket invariably accuses Ijaz Butt as a culprit. Why is he simply not impeached. This may be a very stupid question and I am really wondering why this is not happening in a democratic setup?

  • Khalid on October 13, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Moshin Khan is another idiot you can add to the Pakistan's list of imbeclies that represent Pakistan's cricket board. Moshin Khan what is position? apart from being a chamca of Ijah Butt.

  • tombaan on October 13, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Butt himself a mediocre cricketer has brought cricket down in Pakistan. Yousuf only other successful captain to world event other than Imran the great has been treated badly. If not anything he is very honest and people who did not want him back maybe had their other motives which has now become more open with ICC criticism and warnings to PCB....

  • zabardast on October 13, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Ejaz Butt announced his arrival with the statement "I have no need for Geoff Lawson ...". Why, Mr butt, are YOU the only thing that matters?? Lawson's induction wasn't a one-person decision, so just WHO the hell are YOU to say YOU don't need him? That, my friends, should have already foretold the way of things to come. I have a feeling he got off relatively easy in the ECB thing because he might have had Indian support (purse strings and all that, you know). Two, it's wise for other nations to not 'disrupt' things in Pak cricket: as Yunis Khan had said sometime ago, cricket here at least keeps youngsters away from being recruited by other 'disruptive' elements; maybe the ECB leadership saw that.

    and whoever is/are his sugar daddy(ies)

  • Iftikhar ahsan on October 13, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    If i was zardari ,i would have hanged the clown Butt in a market square, shame on all pakistani,public can do wonders.

  • Thanum Basi on October 13, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Hey Guys! what we really need is just pray to Allah five time in a day for Eternal Travel of Mr. Ijaz Butt. Other options of his removal are impossible during the current regime.

    Long Live Pakistan....

  • Thanum Basi on October 13, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Hey Guys! what we really need is just pray to Allah five time in a day for Eternal Travel of Mr. Ijaz Butt. Other options of his removal are impossible during the current regime.

    Long Live Pakistan....

  • Asim Ali Khan on October 13, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    The best way to clean up the administration of PCB is to remove Ijaz Butt and the people involved in the selection panel. Pakistan is always blessed with talented cricketers but unfortunately such people like Ijaz Butt & Co. under the patronship of its President have ruined the game in Pakistan.

  • Manjala Angammana on October 13, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Butt is a joke but Pakistanis are good cricketers. Pakistanis will come back and show their colours. Nothing to worry my Malwenna, I am always with you. I live in Light House Street Galle, we watch Cricket very often with my Ex-Malwenna. Keep it up Pakistan.

  • Manjala Wijenayake-Angammana on October 13, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Butt is a joke but Pakistanis are good cricketers. Pakistanis will come back and show their colours. Nothing to worry my Malwenna, I am always with you. I live in Light House Street Galle, we watch Cricket very often with my Ex-Malwenna. Keep it up Pakistan.

  • Faisal Jaan on October 13, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    @IYER: Asif and Aamer have really destroyed the faith of many ardent followers, and now Pakistan cricket is facing a tough ask in Dubai against South Africa where sami with a batsman-like stats (average 50 in 33 tests) is playing along with a bunch of batters with bowler-like stats. :) One last thing: Ijaz butt's exclusion will solve 50 % of problems for Pakistan cricket. I bet this.

  • Faisal Jaan on October 13, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    @IYER : Well Said mate. I agree with you completely. Off the cricket fields, Sachin, Rahul and company are the champs. I was just watching Afridi's interview on one of the news channels (for which he is served a notice from PCB) and was wondering whether any player in the world would have opened his mouth in such a way. But captains are not helped by right selection and involvement of Mr. Freakish Butt too. I can select a better test team than Ijaz butt and his morons. For instance, Fawad Alam should play Tests, he is playing ODIs, Imran Nazir must be in any T20 side of the world, he is sitting out. Sami is waste, he is playing tests. What a shame! Farhat gets another comeback on the shoulders of his Father-in-law. What a mess, is Pakistan cricket.

  • Dr.Syed Afroz Ashrafi on October 13, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Pakistan cricket in recent times has been a bunch of disillusioned individuals pressed into national duty with Captains busy in the game of musical chairs. The PCB chairman is the best representative of cynicism and all that is disgraceful. He is a non serious, comic looking old man devoid of both a sense of nationalism and love for the game, reducing PCB to pocket borrough.The president's confidence into an erratic individual has caught the nation napping. Younus Khan, the only player with a sense of reverence for the values, stands at the gate leading to the selection with the bulky man keeping vigilance at the same gate. Most of the destructions that Pakistan cricket has seen of late is indeed the great contribution of the old, sinking and rotten, hamerroaghe hit man, who reminds me of a father who thrives on the income of his sons without bothering to know whether they are living. The PCB has been reduced to pack of erratic and eccentric individuals. National interest, who cares

  • santanu on October 13, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Izaz Butt has all butt finished Pak cricket.truly pathetic the way cricket is run over there.you give power to an undeserving person n he keeps out players who r most deserving.....the way pakistan is chopping and changing their team i cant even remember names of players getting into the side.......ok agreed misbah seems to be one having a cool head and good batting techniques butt.....

  • Shah Ji on October 13, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    some Of the Heros are are fallen ,and others are being pushed.

    In the end we ll have all administrators but no Heroes.

  • nas on October 13, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    I am disappointed in Mohsin Khan and the selectors. They are given the task to select the team; not to select Mr. Butt's team!!

  • Tariq K Sami. on October 13, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Remember how you treated all the past chairman's incl General Taufiq, Dr nasim ashraf and ambassador shaharyiar and others whose names I do not remember. So this time you have Ijaz Butt. This is poetic justice. I am loving it.

  • Circket lover on October 13, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    Thanks for such a wonderful article! It is an eye opener, but what would a blind know about eye!

    To find out all the answer and rationale, JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY $$...Is there someone with an insight about the amount of money that goes to Mr. BUTT & MR.10%?

  • GUDU on October 12, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Fantastic article, BUTT should go & Younus should comeback.

  • Uzi on October 12, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    With apologies to others who share his surname, Mr Ijaz is true to the meaning of "Butt of all Jokes."

  • pak-92 on October 12, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    There are a few ways for Younis Khan to get back in the squad. First is if he apolagises to Butt, for no apparent reason whatsoever, which i doubt Younis will. Another way he can get back in the squad is if Zardari sacks Ijaz Butt. Lets be honest, he isn't going to fire him as any sensible cricket lover would have sacked Butt a long time ago, and Zardari has not. And finally, what i believe is the best way for Younis Khan to get back into the squad is if by any chance Ijaz Butt was to pass away, then a new chairman will come in and then finally pick Younis. That is if Younis is still under 40 when the time comes. Long live Ijaz Butt!

  • amirali hussain on October 12, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Only the exit of Butt will give Pakistan a glimmer of hope and respectability in world cricket. So how do you get rid to Butt. Zardari is a bigger moran than Butt..So no chance there.. Now only one thing remains. We need to convince the Taliban's that Butt is an american agent!! Or an Indian one or from the Mosad..So he needs to be put in place. And for them it's a piece of cake to get rid of one man..right. But they may not wan't to take care of "Just One Man" , as they like to settle in scores..But you know what?!! It wouldn't be difficult.. They are trigger happy people and for once they might do us all a favour....

  • Desihungama on October 12, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Says who the British have left the Indian sub continent? Now, it's to a point that Younis should never ever bother to appear infront of PCB. In fact, Younis should really think about picking a country and move to settle permanently where ordidnary citizens are not made to bow like beggers to get what they had deserved at the first place.

  • PakCricket Fan on October 12, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Great blog. Pakistan cricket has seen its worst times since Ijaz Butt's appointment as the chairman of PCB. The guy has no skills for this position, he has no vision for Pakistan cricket and also lacks in integrity. I just can't think of any good thing he as done for Pak cricket. It is high time for Zardari to appointment a new chairman for PCB. But the question is, Is He loyal and sincere enough to make this call. My take is No!

  • Yasir Irfat on October 12, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    This is most wonderful of your all articles, because it is most simple and straightforward on what is going on. Mr. Butt is there for blame and I agree, but also mention persons who are assisting him and top of them is Mohsin Khan, if he does not have any say why does not he leave honorably like Mr. Qadir. One can underswtand player compromising due to his career ahead but why these ex-players are so much hungry. Everything is landing on deaf ears and no one can do anything. May God help Pakistan and its Cricket.

  • dmqi from Maryland, USA on October 12, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    BANGLADESH has won 2-0 against full Newzeland team.We do not have one Zardari and one Butt in our country. We want to have a series with Pakistan now, that will certainly be a good match. Has anyone forgot that Wasim Akram's team in a world cup match was beaten by the child Bangladesh team then? Now that team has become an adult, so pak temm, be careful if there is such a series in the near future.

    YOUNUS KHAN does not need any apology from a hopeless person who has become a laughing stock in the cricket world. Rather Ijaz Butt and the selectors should apologize to YK and the cricketers for their stupid actions.

  • liaq khan on October 12, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    I Cant believe Mr is still not been kicked out ,he should apologize to YUNAN KHAN for keeping him out of the team !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bilal Iqbal on October 12, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    nothing against Younis. But he should apologize...and do so immediately. Not because he has done anything wrong or that Mr. Butt deserves an appology, but because I am desperate to see an improvement in our team and he is the man to deliver it. Dear Younis, for the sake of your fans, for the sake of your country men, and for the sake of this country, apologize to this BUTT of a man and get down to what you do best...leading this team out of humiliation. Do it knowing that in doing so you are not only loosing your self respect and esteem...we all are loosing our self respect and esteem. However, it is a price that we pay for our country. Your supporters and this nation will never forgive Mr. Butt...never...never...never.

  • Asad khan on October 12, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Being a fan of this beautiful game and pakistan team. I am really hurt for the desruction of this team. and NO DOUBT PCB management is responsible for that. I have lost faith in these peoples.

  • km on October 12, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Remove Zardari---It will resolve the issue.

  • Riaz Ahmad on October 12, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    it is a shame what ijaz butt doing to pak cricket in general and not allowing selection of an honest and sincere crickter in younis khan probably the most outspoken in the history of pak cric after imran khan only a khan can do it in the best intst of pak cric ijaz butt needs to be fired with immediate effect and some high profile cricketing brain like imran asif iqbal or rameez raja shud take over and revamp he whole fiasco

  • addas Khan on October 12, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Chairman.....JOKE!......Selection of Misbah Ul Haq...............BAFFLING.....state of Pakistan Cricket................ALL OVER! Ah the memories of the 1980's and 90's!!!!! when teams feared playing against us.....we are now the new Zimbabwe...ok not quite but we are getting there! As I have said many times on this forum, Pak Cricket started to die when Imrans last tiger (Inzi) retired! We will no longer be a force in test cricket! All we are good for is Slog/gulli cricket which is called T20!

  • Prof. Nadeem Bukhari Multan on October 12, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Absolutely right analysis Mr. Kamran Abbasi. I would like to add a little more that Younus is the only test triple hundred scorer batsman in the current available players. He has a compact defensive technique and variety of strokes to deal and combat with the world's top bowlers. Our Batting line is collapsing again and again, even not able to post a total of 100 on the board thrice in England. You are again right in the end of your article that Ejaz Butt should oppologise Younus and the whole nation.

  • Mash Khan on October 12, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    As often is the case, you are spot on again, Kamran

    But, Pakistani Cricket is a microcosm of what's prevelant in the country, so hoping Mr. Butt would do the right thing and bring back Younis Khan without extracting an appology from him, is hoping for too much. It is not likely to happen and Younis' chances of playing for Pakistan, as long as Mr. Butt is running PCB, are slim and none.

    However, hats off to Younis for steadfastly bucking the trend, holding his ground and maintaining his diginity -- wish we had a few more Younises around, not only playing creicket, but having a say in the running of Pakistan.

  • pakcricfan on October 12, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    the president is not gona change mr butt so wot the people of pakistan doing? people sud cum to roads nd they sud campaign against the ridiculous butt nd kick him out of PCB as soon as possible to save pak cricket...cumon pak people do something to get the rid of Mr Butt.

  • Vid on October 12, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    I don't quite know what the fuss is all about. I think Butt is a great chairman (From an Indian Perspective). At the risk of sounding certifiably insane, I'm sure Butt is a secret Raw Agent out to disrupt Pakistan Cricket just like Suresh Kalmadi (CWG President) is an ISI agent.

    I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the politicians and media from both countries for my twisted point of view ; )

  • murtaza on October 12, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    younis khan to me is the best captain pakistan can have in current circumsatances and i really feel bad for players who think individually and not as a team. i dunt know abt others but i definetly know that we need his leader ship skills and widhout dat we can not progress in cricket:(

  • Dr Shahid Khan on October 12, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Mr Kamran Abbasi as you have written tht no place 4 man of principle in th team its 100% correct bt as u know nowadays there no place in the world 4 these kind of people. This world s only 4 people like our doggy president and greedy people like ijaz butt. I want that some1 killed him b\c we donot people like him. As cric is popular game in pakistan and has great number of fans bt I m sorry 2 say tht its valve and fans r decreasing day by day due those 2 stupid persons, I even hate their name 2 write.. We the cric fans has 2 start struggle 2 save our game and bring capt like Younas Khan, our real hero

  • Shahid on October 12, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    It's not a tail of mistreat of a gentleman called YOUNIS KHAN, this is a tail of every honest Pakistani. Just imagine an honest pakistani working in police, customs, establishment or for that sake in any other governmental dept. And you know it only happens in Pakistan that nations president will pardon 6 months of the sentences for 4000 criminal so that one of his convicted friend can avoid 6 months of jail. BUT I am sure that out of these ruins a strong and honest nation will arise one day and that day all the zardaries and Butts will be gone. Inshallah

  • Nasser Ahmad on October 12, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    I would suggest an online public campaign by supporters of Pakistan cricket to bring Younis back in to the team and get Ijaz Butt removed. If we get 100,000+ signatures even Mr Zardari might listen.

  • Rahulbose on October 11, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    I have given up trying to decipher the policies and decisions of PCB a long time ago. The only surprising thing to me is how does Pakistan continue to avoid the fate of Zim and manage to field decent squads in international cricket.

  • Nana-ji on October 11, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Pak cricket is being played by clowns and run by clowns. This is a match made in heaven. Pak cricket and cricketers are the laughing stock of other cricketing nations and around. What pakistan needs is a no-nonsense administration to whip people back into shape....but I dont think that person would be able to survive in this nonsense government.

  • Subbu on October 11, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    The point is simple: Zardari needs to KICK BUTT but he is desperately trying to save his own butt!

    It is such a crying shame. There are so many competent former cricketers (Imran himself, Zaheer Abbas and so on)who can surely do a decent job of helping the Pakistani team get its act together. Someone in the Pak. govt needs to wake up and realize that the international cricketing fraternity will not put up with clowns like Ijaz Butt for much longer.

  • Mohsan Ali on October 11, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    @ tariq saeed... your right, but you seem to be missing something. One, Indian batsman know how to stay at the crease and second Pakistani batsman fall easily like there's no tomorrow.(Pakistani fan by the way)...we may have deadly bowlers, but it equals out to our batsman falling cheaply.

  • Toescrusher on October 11, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    If we had higher literacy rate particularly the largest province; we were not having this discussion with Mr. Butt dominating the issue. We should invest in education to the fullest so we don’t get Crap like Butt running the cricket affairs.

  • BULANDPURI PIND on October 11, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Choose a team Hammad azam Anwer ali and Two new faces then sahid captain and he should play up the order no 3 need a opner azeem Good luck sahin in top form select him and yuvraj is also avilable.

  • aftab on October 11, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    All we need is a Supreme Court Chief Justice who can understand that this is bigger steal than the steel mill.

  • Luqman on October 11, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    @Osama Naeem: Your comments at least give us a little hope.

    Funny, though.

  • Shabbir Tapal on October 11, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    We should have guys like Waqar, Wasim Akram and Imran Khan in the PCB if Pak cricket wants to produce some fruitfull results and build a solid team in the future, its unfortunate that despite of all the talents and legends in Pak Cricket, its suffering so much in the current era. Misbah is definitely not a good choice for captaincy considering his past records and temperament, we need a aggressive yet firm guy like Younis Khan to lead the team.

  • No3 and No4 Rock always on October 11, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Dr, Kudos for a pin point article. But I do differ here. While Ijaz Butt is no doubt fit to be drowned in sea, also my opinion is that the problem lies not just in the PCB but in players too. Younis however honest he is do have some issues with guys like Yousuf. Now No3 and No4 in a lineup is supposed to be backbones and they are ones who have got most understanding between them after openers. Look at the other teams - Dravid and SRT - respect and love for each other. Sanga n Jaya - the best friends to be seen in Sl, Trott n KP - Should be frnds atleast due to Proteas connection they have. Punter n Pup - their interviews show how they hold each other. Amla and Kallis - though as known as others they dont seem to have any trouble. Sarwan n Chanders - again same country mates in mixture team. Am not sure of Nz but then coz there is not a fixed role and do remember they are nicest on cricket field... Now if Younis is back he must be One down followed by Yousuf and how come they produce similar partnership now that their hate for each other is world wide known. Maybe one innings or two can happen but at long term this ll pose problem. I just took the most important Middle order position to point how difficult its going to be even if Younis returns. Hope being a Doctor ll have a clear idea of how two psyches react in a situation like this. Its going to be terrible time for Pakistan unless there is change in outlook of cricketers which requires quite a miracle to happen.

  • Zahid on October 11, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Make PCB NGO. Thanks!

  • Saam on October 11, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    One more thing to add:

    At the end of the day, people in Pak need to realize that at root of this whole thing, People in Pak need take responsibility for electing leaders who appoint people like Ijaz.

    if people start to take some responsibility,things will get better. Until then, you are at mercy of crooks.

  • IYER on October 11, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    @ Tariq Saeed : Its unnecessary to speak of Test champions here. Anyways Zak is one good one we have. Agree he may not be Akram but what did Aameer do in flat tracks of Srilanka or for that Asif? Same Indian bowlers were firing in conducive pitches in England Circa 2007 and Australia Circa 2008. I do agree Pak has got good pace bowling attack but let them prove it at Dubai's dust bowls. Also don't be suprised at all. We are Top because of our World class batsmen no doubt. Also our Board irrespective of all murky politics never spoils the Team. And our Senior guys are all credible ones. Take Younis or Yousuf or Afridi or anyone of ur team and tell them frankly howmuch u rate them in behaviour compared to Sachin, Dravid or Laxman. Our youngsters do get nasty but they are kept in check by our disciplined Seniors. No doubt this discipline is in the game too and we rock. Now rather than commenting on others try to change ur side. Aameer is perfect example. What a fool he is? No matter what situation is I felt disgusted in B'lore as I was present in venue to see Finn getting what would have been Aameer's award had not for those 2 foolish noballs. Correct urself mate.

  • Fall Guy on October 11, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    The very same fans who are lamenting now are also partially responsible for this predicament. Everyone thinks of them as puppets and they behave like one. When Ijaj But was making wild accusations against ECB and even their cricket players, many so called cricket fans were on the verge of declaring him a hero despite glaring absurdity of the situation. That kind of behavior only encourages people like Salman Butt, Amir and Ijaj thinking that cricket fans will believe everything they have to say and they can do whatever they feel like. And very often they do.

  • Iyer on October 11, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Really Pathetic is situation of Pakistan. South Africa are going to Cake walk a victory over Pakistan coz : Their batting order is most fragile of World cricket now. Apart Yousuf and Umar to an extent its total mess and Younis here can make some difference.. Next is their two best bowlers are not there for their own Greed. Asif anyhow is a criminal in UAE and now no Aameer who too is unpardonable for what he did though people may beg to differ is gonna be dooming to Pakistan. If in recent times one guy showed some charecter on crease was Salman who has unfortunately lost his charecter in real life. Now even Butt's resignation can't save Pak cricket unless they clear all their mess truthfully.

  • tariq saeed on October 11, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    it is ironic that india are doing so well in test cricket, even though they do not possess a single fast bowler like amir or asif, while pakistan despite having so much of talent are suffering due to clowns like zardari and ijaz butt.

  • tariq saeed on October 11, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    pakistan is a circus and people like zardari and ijaz butt are the clowns !!

  • Osama Naeem on October 11, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Ijaz butt wont go until he dies ( and dont worry at 72 that dosent seem much far away) and inshallah YOUNIS KHAN will be the man to lead pakistan team to world cup glory in 2011

  • Owais on October 11, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    AGREED 100%, every sentence, every word, every punctuation mark.....Younis should have never made to sit outside, let alone asking for an apology...

    By the way, I am so happy that Kamran Akmal got dropped. Hope he never returns...

  • Waqas wali on October 11, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    well said.. that there is no room for a man of principle in the Pakistan cricket team... :(((((

  • Meraj khan on October 11, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbasi you are partially right when you say that there is no room for a man of principle in Pakistan cricket. Do you think there is a place for a man of principle in Pakistan politics or for that matter in most other departments ? I think, if Pakistan president was a man of principle, Mr. Butt would nor have been there for so long after making so many blunders. Meraj Khan Canada

  • Saam on October 11, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I have said that in past that PCB either will get its act together, or it will start to lose out on great talent that Pak produces.

    PCB should not take talent for granted, should abuse them; otherwise, Pak cricket will miss out on great talent.

    Look, there are way too many avenues coming up for a cricketer to start making money without having to deal with craziness of PCB. It is a sad thing to say, but i think that YK is doing the right thing by staying quiet which is really showing the evil that PCB really is.

    Mohsin was made a laughing stock, and he should have quiet soon after he dictated to.

    Does anyone know, how long is Butt can stay in office without being fired?

  • mohammad adam khan on October 11, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    what aijaz butt needs is a dose of sedatives so that others can do their job

    mr 10% wont through him out coz he would be getting more than 10% from butt

    i hope for the betterment of pak cricket that he has an accident and is unable to continue

  • Luqman on October 11, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Mr. Butt is a shame for Pakistan and is fully focused on destroying our cricket without any apparent sign of his removal.

    Being an optimist, I hope his reign is not extended after completing two years of his tenor at the end of this month.

    Younus Khan does seem to be a man of honour and integrity in a team - perhaps country - full of greedy people. I happened to see a video of Younus Khan's house and was shocked to see it's ordinary state.

    We need people like Younus in our team. But as it says, "birds of a feather flock together." He does not fit in this team full of dubious characters and will not succeed.

  • Muhhammad Awais khan afridi on October 11, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    I m ashamed being a Pakistani fan not only i m the Pakhtoon for the reason i m supporting Younas khan but i m looking for the future of Pakistani team. People outside the country are laughing on us . so plz plz plz bring the legendry Younas khan back who got a average more than 50 in test Cricket.............. so someone tell MR Butttttt

  • Yassar on October 11, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    It's amazing that the cricketing fraternity in Pakistan can do nothing to stop a senile individual destroying cricket in Pakistan. Ijaz Butt is single handedly destroying the countrys cricketing past, present and more importantly it's future.

    It's because of his & his boards incompetence that the Pakistani cricketers are so undisciplined. How can players dictate so easily who should be in the team & who shouldn't let alone who is captain. A strong & fair board led by a capable individual would have made it clear that YOU (as in the players) will play under who they choose as Captain & they will choose the best & most competent individual for the job, which no doubt is Younis Khan.

    Anybody with a problem with that can put their cricket gear in the bin on the way out! But unfortunatley as we all know the board is corrupt and spineless to support a principled individual

  • SZS on October 11, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    I dont think the environment of the dressing room would be conducive to YK. He would not like it and will step down again in the middle of a series. Unless the present batch of cricketers (especially those who swore to under-perform under YK) is removed entirely, there is no point in calling back YK. We would see the same cycle again.

    Best of luck to Misbah though.

  • Talha on October 11, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    wonderful article !! This really is a tragedy in pakistan cricket

  • Javed on October 11, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    I am convinced that Mr. Butt will not be removed by President.If a person is part of the betting mafia and brings good money to president, why should he be removed. I am also convinced that there will always be different standards for different regions. Lahore(Punjab) will always get preferential treatment. Karachi will some how suffer. And if they found anyone from KPK and Baluchistan, then would never get away. No body ask the question about why a 37 years old yousaf who went to ICL also and 36 years misbah are preferred over 32 years Younis khan. If age is the criteria, then why not Butt should be the captain. He atleast is good in keeping.

  • Khalid on October 11, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    These are the dark days of Pak cricket. Mr. Butt continues to amaze us. I just hope that Butt is the worst thing that has happened to Pak cricket and things will start improving the day he leaves which is not likely in the near future due to his contacts. Till then cricket in Pakistan will continue to suffer. Careers of players like Younis Khan will also suffer. Younis is a man of principle. Why should he apologise when he has done nothing wrong. It is only in Pak where a player is not part of the team just a few months after scoring a triple century. Hope the suffering ends soon!!!

  • Mohammad Asad on October 11, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ......

    Well said Mr. Abbasi ..... I guess before choosing Mesbah; this was the perfect timing to bring back Younis in the squad as a captain .... and you are talking about apology - Yeah !! Yeah !! We will be happy to see Mr. Butt's apology to world cup winner ex-captain ( for keeping him away from the squad )...... the way His apology to ECB !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zahid Iqbal on October 11, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    I m a patriot pakistani and I m shocked with the attitude of Mr Butt...He himself is a rejected character but the close friend of our president Mr Zardari and that's why he can do any thing what he wants...Please Mr Zardari throw away Mr Butt and at least save Pakistan Cricket...please dont involve ur personal liking and destroy Pakistan Cricket...Mr Butt wants that every pakistani crickter including our hero Younis Khan should beg in front of him while he himself destroyed Pakistan's image in the world...Please help Pakistan Cricket and include Younis Khan in the squd...

  • sak on October 11, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    It is not something personal,it is regional. If YK is captain,how the blue eyed of the adm can be selected in the team. YK gave an impression of an all powerful captain. This was his fault,for which he doesnot owe any apology to the terminator of Pak cricket. Mohsin khan should resign because he has proved himself to be an incompetent selector,sorry to say. His selection revolves around few players from a particular region. Afridi showed some character as a captain. But Kamran,nobody likes an all powerful captain. He was almost replaced when the captain was not announced with the team for SA tour. Mohsin has shown his weaknesses to the world by selecting a captain,who is past his prime, but then he is from that particular region,to which most of the players belong. Then he was dropped because of consistent poor form. We will see very shortly that once again Malik will be part of the team & so are the other tainted players. Mohsin just look around the domestic circuit for fresh blood.

  • atiq ur rahman hong kong on October 11, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    i request to mr zardari to remove mr butt from his post.we want younis khan back.thanks

  • Ali Karim Bey on October 11, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    If there was a World XI for Test players now, then only one Pakistani would make it. Who would that be? Younis Khan. So sad that he is not available. What a mess is Mr. Butt? What a mess.

  • Syed Zubair on October 11, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    A nice and truthful article. I really fail to understand as to why is this guy - Mr. "Butt"- still out there "regretting, withdrawing and misunderstanding" as the Chairman of PCB. Look what he has done with cricket and more importantly with our image as a nation. As far as he is concerned, he is perfectly at ease with the selection of players who have dragged our national character into all sorts of muds but he would not allow the selection of a player, who actually has got some moral integrity and a sense of moral obligation towards his nation, for not apologising to him.

  • asif nawaz on October 11, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    yes, i agree with you. we need younas khan back in squad as a capyain and demand from mr.butt to resign from chairmanship as soon as possible.save pak cricket

  • Arshad on October 11, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    A very to the point article..terrorists or icc or ecb have not caused as much damage to the beleagured pakistan cricket and nation, put together. This autocratic and dictator of a man has single-handedly taken pakistan cricket to brink of complete isolation, both on and off field. And worst part is there are no signs of his much- welcomed exit. All this just because country's defence minister is his close relative. So he has kept pcb on ransom. Can't Mr zardari see the obvious. Is he so sacred of his defensive minister. There has not been so much widespread and vocal opposition and criticism of a man like that of Mr Butt. Still he refuses to go away. A very fervent appeal is made to Mr zardari to kick the butt of butt. And yes no apology to him

  • muhammad rauf on October 11, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    butt is AZ MAN noone can remove him he is killing pakistan cricket ,he is playing with pakistan cricket future ,like other did before ,he only want younis come and say sorry to him ,butt is not thinking for sake of pakistan only self ,he need to be punish not just remove

  • Srini on October 11, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    We still need to realize that Younis will not be able to achieve anything by being on the sidelines. He should be in the team and thick of things to make a positive difference to Pak cricket. With Mohsin leading selection team, there is still a ray of hope he will set the right tone for future direction of Pak cricket.

    Just like what Mr Butt did with ECB fracas, Younis should make a generic statement regretting for any misunderstanding without an admission of guilt if that satisfies Mr Butt. This need not be considered a loss of face, but to just get over the present hurdle.

    Simple fact it that Pak team need Younis now, who still has a couple of years of Test Cricket in him, to guide the new generation of promising cricketers.

  • Ahmad on October 11, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    So true. However, in terms of how useful this piece of writing is, it is quite useless. Pakistan is in the clutches of a dictator in the guise of a democrat. Public opinion, the democratic opinion, matters not. Butt is a tyrant, unapologetic in the massacre of cricket and our love for the game.

  • Sahil on October 11, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    You seem to suffer from the usual subcontinental demi-god player status. Yunus Khan did lead your side to victory in a T20 WC, however that does not mean that he can waltz into any side just like that. You call him a 'man of principles' which is shocking. In my opinion,he is just one who would like a piece of glory and then he would step down. Havent you seen the dramatics he comes up with when he is appointed the captain of the side ? Pakistan cricket is better off without Younis Khan.

  • The_Wicked_Wicket on October 11, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Younis Khan is perhaps the best No. 3 Pakistan have had in a long long time, he's more of an opening batsman, considering the pathetic bunch of openers Pakistan have tried since the wonderful pair of Sohail and Anwar that almost always had Younis facing a cherry that's about 3-5 overs old. But he's the best man to lead the Pakistan team in all 3 forms of the game, agreed, he is not a great T20 bat, but he's a very smart cricketer that reads the game well. I am always amazed by the talent that Pakistan throws in to the game however, what amazes or amuses me more is the PCB's self-destructive path. The World Cup's round the corner and whilst most teams have a settled look with some minor tweaking being done, here's an immensely talented side that's so grossly mis-managed and being led off the cliff! C'mon PCB, let sanity prevail! Bring Younis back, he's calm, sensible, well behaved (at least on the field) and the best man to lead this side. Let the team settle before WC 2011, not 2015!

  • Rauf on October 11, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    How is Ijaz Butt any different then different political leaderships of Pakistan during the last 60 years running the country to the brink of disaster.

    Ijaz Butt is just but one piece in this whole jigsaw puzzle. He is not the first inept chairman of the PCB and I am sure he won't be the last one. Same can be said of the country's leadership UNLESS common people unite and demand a change with one voice.

  • Adeel Akhtar on October 11, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Nice Article Kamran Bhai. Pakistan Cricket need Younus Khan !!!

  • jawaid Mohammad on October 11, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    A very sorry state of affairs,very frustrating for fans this is something unimaginable from Butt, i think he is now the most hatred person in this country and ultimately the people behind and the most prominent is patron in chief. with tears in eyes.....

  • SekhoN on October 11, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I don't know what happen to Pakistan Cricket Board and more to President of Pakistan, they are not at serious about National Cricket team. Please remove all these politicians from cricket affairs. I still remember the wordings of Inzi that who select the team are those who never got selected lol. Please save Pakistan Cricket team. Remove this Ijaz Butt and bring Imran Khan. Good Luck Pakistan. Warm Regards

  • Adnan Khan on October 11, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    No matter what you do or write its not going to affect Mr Butt. Its like behins kay agay been bajana. I hope Mr Zardari sacrifices this old and unfit behins this eid , Keep praying boys.

  • Khalid on October 11, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Excellent article. Possibly the one recent member of the team who is honest and principled is not allowed to bs selected by a guy who embodies incompetence.

  • zaheer butt on October 11, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    some one higher in ICC called him buffon once, so many others have called him clown,panguin etc etc, crime list of this chairman goes on and on and on.I can not even bring myself to write his name even.This man is a murderer of our beloved game as some call this game as like a relegion so he should be dealt with acordingly but seems like every voice against this man is going into deaf ears.i know and have seen how badly our political function stinks but letting this man get away with the things he is geting away is a mother of all crimes comitted by the name of pakistan.I am sorry for the harsh words but my heart is bleeding for pakistan cricket right now.

  • Faisal Jaan on October 11, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Somewhere, I read that the sports minister of Pakistan went to Asif Ali Zardari to give him an insight about younis khan's selction. Amazingly, Zardari told him that even if the cricket in Pakistan is destroyed, I am not going to remove Mr. Ijaz Butt.

  • Faisal Jaan on October 11, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    AGREED WORD BY WORD, KAMI BHAI.

  • H.Malik on October 11, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Well said Dear Kamran , Yet you are asking for a moon in trying to enlist an appology from MR BUTT . Good luck in your resolve but there ain't any one coming .......

  • Samir Gupta on October 11, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    This is really tragic for Pakistan. One man is holding Pakistan Cricket hostage to his misguided ego. Mr Butt might still get lucky. Misbah is a thinking cricketer. As the grand old man in the team he might be able bind them together and who knows - this might even uplift his batting that has all teh right techncial ingredients.

  • Mirza on October 11, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    This is a reflection on the so called democratic setup in Pakistan and the ruling party. People like Butt ( and now Dr Shah at CWG) are getting away with one sin after and another. There is no thought for Pakistan or emotions of its people. Anyways, whats the problem? Has anybody touched the the high standards of corruption and eneptness set by the president himself. I doubt so.....

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  • Mirza on October 11, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    This is a reflection on the so called democratic setup in Pakistan and the ruling party. People like Butt ( and now Dr Shah at CWG) are getting away with one sin after and another. There is no thought for Pakistan or emotions of its people. Anyways, whats the problem? Has anybody touched the the high standards of corruption and eneptness set by the president himself. I doubt so.....

  • Samir Gupta on October 11, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    This is really tragic for Pakistan. One man is holding Pakistan Cricket hostage to his misguided ego. Mr Butt might still get lucky. Misbah is a thinking cricketer. As the grand old man in the team he might be able bind them together and who knows - this might even uplift his batting that has all teh right techncial ingredients.

  • H.Malik on October 11, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Well said Dear Kamran , Yet you are asking for a moon in trying to enlist an appology from MR BUTT . Good luck in your resolve but there ain't any one coming .......

  • Faisal Jaan on October 11, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    AGREED WORD BY WORD, KAMI BHAI.

  • Faisal Jaan on October 11, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Somewhere, I read that the sports minister of Pakistan went to Asif Ali Zardari to give him an insight about younis khan's selction. Amazingly, Zardari told him that even if the cricket in Pakistan is destroyed, I am not going to remove Mr. Ijaz Butt.

  • zaheer butt on October 11, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    some one higher in ICC called him buffon once, so many others have called him clown,panguin etc etc, crime list of this chairman goes on and on and on.I can not even bring myself to write his name even.This man is a murderer of our beloved game as some call this game as like a relegion so he should be dealt with acordingly but seems like every voice against this man is going into deaf ears.i know and have seen how badly our political function stinks but letting this man get away with the things he is geting away is a mother of all crimes comitted by the name of pakistan.I am sorry for the harsh words but my heart is bleeding for pakistan cricket right now.

  • Khalid on October 11, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Excellent article. Possibly the one recent member of the team who is honest and principled is not allowed to bs selected by a guy who embodies incompetence.

  • Adnan Khan on October 11, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    No matter what you do or write its not going to affect Mr Butt. Its like behins kay agay been bajana. I hope Mr Zardari sacrifices this old and unfit behins this eid , Keep praying boys.

  • SekhoN on October 11, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I don't know what happen to Pakistan Cricket Board and more to President of Pakistan, they are not at serious about National Cricket team. Please remove all these politicians from cricket affairs. I still remember the wordings of Inzi that who select the team are those who never got selected lol. Please save Pakistan Cricket team. Remove this Ijaz Butt and bring Imran Khan. Good Luck Pakistan. Warm Regards

  • jawaid Mohammad on October 11, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    A very sorry state of affairs,very frustrating for fans this is something unimaginable from Butt, i think he is now the most hatred person in this country and ultimately the people behind and the most prominent is patron in chief. with tears in eyes.....