Politics October 18, 2010

Punish Ijaz Butt not Pakistan cricket

The ICC has demanded that Pakistan cricket put its house in order
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The ICC has demanded that Pakistan cricket put its house in order. Reform or be expelled is the cry. For any ardent ICC observers this is a shocking statement simply because the ICC is a serial coward when it comes to confronting its member boards. For Pakistan cricket fans the shock is that their team could be expelled from international cricket. Amidst this catalogue of revelations, the least shocking is that Pakistan's cricket board is in a certified mess. I say cricket board, because this week's Twenty20 domestic tournament played out in front of packed houses, has shown that the thrill of Pakistan cricket is still alive.

For once, ICC's statement is unusually clear. It will take strong action to stamp out corruption, and the PCB is clearly singled out as the number one basket case. I welcome a strong stance on corruption from ICC even though it seems like too little too late. I welcome the ICC's censuring of a dysfunctional cricket board even though it happens to be the PCB. Yet there are major issues that the ICC must address.

The PCB is an easy target, isolated and friendless in international cricket. Would the ICC have taken a more powerful member to task in similar fashion? Let us hope so and a precedent has been established but how will ICC behave if India, for example, were to bring cricket into disrepute?

Further, even Pakistan fans might argue that the ICC has not gone far enough. On what basis is Ijaz Butt still at the board table following his outrageous slander and humiliating apology directed at a fellow member state? And here lies my difficulty with the whole issue, should one man's ineptitude be allowed to destroy a country's cricket?

Indeed, who does Mr Butt represent? Does he really represent Pakistan cricket? On a constitutional level, Mr Butt represents the president of Pakistan, the right honourable Mr Asif Zardari. He was neither elected by plebiscite, nor promoted though merit. He does not represent Pakistan cricket assocations because there is no process other than imposition by the head of state.

At a pragmatic level, Mr Butt speaks for himself and runs the board like a dictatorship. Many of the greatest players in the history of Pakistan cricket consider his tenure to be the worst in the history of Pakistan cricket - and this is a mild account of what they have told me personally.

It is not just Mr Butt's damaging strategies and statements that cause concern but he also brazenly overrules everybody that he appoints. For example, the selection panel does not finally select any squad, Mr Butt does. Selectors have resigned thanks to his interference. What qualifies Mr Butt for this monstrous abuse of power other than the patronage of the president? Mr Butt and his PCB cronies do not represent Pakistan cricket, the PCB has become a politically aggrandised cabal of self-interest and limited vision.

At an emotional level, Mr Butt does not speak for the majority of Pakistan fans. He lost us at the first mumbled hello. He doesn't speak for Pakistan fans on the street or on internet forums. He doesn't speak for me or for the vast majority of supporters who follow this blog or exchange views with me on Twitter. His support is non-existent in the Pakistani media and the Pakistani parliamentary sports committee.

So what does Mr Butt represent? He certainly does represent all that is worst in politicised cricket adminstration. Ultimately, though, Mr Butt represents nobody but himself and his president. That being the case, surely the ICC should take personal action againt Mr Butt rather than punish Pakistan cricket? Why should millions of people suffer for one man's maladministration?

Apart from barring Mr Butt from holding office in cricket adminstration, the ICC must begin to reform all cricket boards that are run on a political basis. If FIFA can do it, why not the ICC? For all its talk of well-meaning task forces and integrity, the ICC has failed to take the boldest possible steps to protect the future of international cricket. At the same time, it could have rid Pakistan cricket of its permanently pressed self-destruct button.

The PCB has been put on notice in no uncertain terms but the Pakistan Task Force is a hostage to the whims of the president of Pakistan and his political motivations. The ICC's actions are full of intent but not strong enough. Worst of all, Mr Butt's name is conspicous by its absence from last week's ICC statement. Pakistan cricket is being murdered and Mr Butt is slipping into the shadows.

Yes, Pakistan cricket requires reform, and root and branch reform at that, Pakistan cricket requires all the help it can get, but it is Mr Butt who requires punishment.

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  • CRICKET FAN on December 27, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    First of all we don't have to blame always ICC for our wrong doings. Secondly, ICC should treat every Cricket governing body in each country, equally (this means their should not be a partiality in their behaviors). Thirdly, their should be ethic codes from ICC(being international body)to be implemented, on all types of media. Media should not disclosed it until they have proves for any corruptions been made by player/s, officials etc, especially, during any on going match which could have effected the results of that particular match, as it effect the moral of the player/s involved in that match for instance,spot fixing case (this can be disclosed after the completion of the test match).

  • sufyan on December 14, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    i agree with kamran. Butt should be punished not Pakistan cricket, and if we go in deep its pakistan's president who is responsible for destroying pakistan cricket because he appointed butt and not taking any action against him.

  • Nadeem Yousuf on December 7, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    My dear all pakistani who love pakistan and cricket try to to look for positive side rather than negative we our destroying our cricket and pakistan.We pakistani never encourage for betterment for paksitan we have everything to cherish and we don't need to listen to other countries we are the one who stand against English Cricket Board to take out world cup from england.And bring money into cricket/We are the one brought neutral umpires.ICC format made by Pakistan.Support INDIAN/SRI-LANKAN/BANGLADESH and asian and Middle Eastern countries.Start cricket in Sharjah and how to take care of unfortunate cricketer who can;t get benifit in ther own countries.Now all the cricketing countries turn the back on Pakistan.They are only looking at INDIAN Cricket because they become power house like UNITED STATE OF AMERICA who dictate there terms to UN and rest of the world.Being a former cricketer of pakistani my advice to all former cricketer sit togather find a sloution.World cricket need us.

  • Imran Khan on December 3, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    PCB Pls Select Pakistan Team in World Cup 1. Imran Nazir 2. Salman Butt 3. Younus Khan 4. Shoeb Malik 5. Fawad Alam 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Abdur Razzak 8. Mohammed Amir 9. Shoeb Akhtar 10.Mohammed Asif 11. Saeed Ajmal

  • Tahir Masood Sandhu on November 19, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Put your house in order or else, face expulsion from the elite group of Cricket playing nations. Not a bad idea at all.

    True, that the ICC has a different yard stick for different members of the elite group. Why do we raise the conspiracy theory any time a finger is pointed in our direction? And what gives us the bright idea that Heads must roll to cure the PCB of all the ailments. The ouster of Ijaz Butt, may not stop our cricketers from erring on the cricketing fields.

    In the recent past, our team visited, Sri lanka, New Zealand and Australia. During the series I have referred to, our Super Stars floored Dozens of catches, and missed countless Run out chances. Our fielding was worse than that of the Blind Penguins.

    Three test matches were lost, from virtually winning positions, and only we could do it. Had pakistan won the Sydney test, Yousaf would still be the captain.

    In addition to the match, spot fixing, the CONSPIRACIES & INTRIGUES result in deliberate under performing.

  • Shafiq Hamid on November 11, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Pakistan as a country is being punished and as the saying goes - "every nation has the government it deserves."

    We have Zardari messing the country and Butt running our favorite sport. Neither of them feel any guilt or remorse of screwing the country or the sport.

    Instead of getting our house in order - the article seems to be looking at blaming ICC or anyone else we can find.

    Unfortunately we need to put our country in order starting with the top leadership. And up until then - shameless people like Butt are going to do what they like. In fact its not just Butt - bad leadership and corruption is everywhere in Pakistan.

    Wake up nation! The 20% bad guys are driving the 80% good guys in the country.

  • Shafiq Hamid on November 11, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Pakistan as a country is being punished and as the saying goes - "every nation has the government it deserves."

    We have Zardari messing the country and Butt running our favorite sport. Neither of them feel any guilt or remorse of screwing the country or the sport.

    Instead of getting our house in order - the article seems to be looking at blaming ICC or anyone else we can find.

    Unfortunately we need to put our country in order starting with the top leadership. And up until then - shameless people like Butt are going to do what they like. In fact its not just Butt - bad leadership and corruption is everywhere in Pakistan.

    Wake up nation! The 20% bad guys are driving the 80% good guys in the country.

  • Imran Aslam Khan on November 8, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Mr Ijaz Butt For the sake of cricket in Pakistan, respectfully i request you to please leave Pakistan Cricket alone and let some experienced cricketer come forward for the betterment. Thank you so much.........

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on November 4, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! Kami bhai! Thanks so much for crying out loud. What you wrote in deed is the voice of many hearts of Pakistan cricket. Thanks for also un-veiling the ICC's double faced attitude towards its members. ICC is a lamb against for example India and a Wolf against Pakistan and PCB. Some how Pakistan lost the best trio in the recent past ( I think they were trapped), has the worst administration ever and still can produce TIGERS like Abdul Razzaq for example. This poor fella has been a soft target for many around the Globe. I doubt if PCB will put its house in order and I also doubt if ICC will put its house in order. The bullies holding the reigns of ICC seem too strong. PCB and ICC both are after the kill. Peace

  • aftab on November 1, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Today's Razzaq innings was as if against India.

  • CRICKET FAN on December 27, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    First of all we don't have to blame always ICC for our wrong doings. Secondly, ICC should treat every Cricket governing body in each country, equally (this means their should not be a partiality in their behaviors). Thirdly, their should be ethic codes from ICC(being international body)to be implemented, on all types of media. Media should not disclosed it until they have proves for any corruptions been made by player/s, officials etc, especially, during any on going match which could have effected the results of that particular match, as it effect the moral of the player/s involved in that match for instance,spot fixing case (this can be disclosed after the completion of the test match).

  • sufyan on December 14, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    i agree with kamran. Butt should be punished not Pakistan cricket, and if we go in deep its pakistan's president who is responsible for destroying pakistan cricket because he appointed butt and not taking any action against him.

  • Nadeem Yousuf on December 7, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    My dear all pakistani who love pakistan and cricket try to to look for positive side rather than negative we our destroying our cricket and pakistan.We pakistani never encourage for betterment for paksitan we have everything to cherish and we don't need to listen to other countries we are the one who stand against English Cricket Board to take out world cup from england.And bring money into cricket/We are the one brought neutral umpires.ICC format made by Pakistan.Support INDIAN/SRI-LANKAN/BANGLADESH and asian and Middle Eastern countries.Start cricket in Sharjah and how to take care of unfortunate cricketer who can;t get benifit in ther own countries.Now all the cricketing countries turn the back on Pakistan.They are only looking at INDIAN Cricket because they become power house like UNITED STATE OF AMERICA who dictate there terms to UN and rest of the world.Being a former cricketer of pakistani my advice to all former cricketer sit togather find a sloution.World cricket need us.

  • Imran Khan on December 3, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    PCB Pls Select Pakistan Team in World Cup 1. Imran Nazir 2. Salman Butt 3. Younus Khan 4. Shoeb Malik 5. Fawad Alam 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Abdur Razzak 8. Mohammed Amir 9. Shoeb Akhtar 10.Mohammed Asif 11. Saeed Ajmal

  • Tahir Masood Sandhu on November 19, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Put your house in order or else, face expulsion from the elite group of Cricket playing nations. Not a bad idea at all.

    True, that the ICC has a different yard stick for different members of the elite group. Why do we raise the conspiracy theory any time a finger is pointed in our direction? And what gives us the bright idea that Heads must roll to cure the PCB of all the ailments. The ouster of Ijaz Butt, may not stop our cricketers from erring on the cricketing fields.

    In the recent past, our team visited, Sri lanka, New Zealand and Australia. During the series I have referred to, our Super Stars floored Dozens of catches, and missed countless Run out chances. Our fielding was worse than that of the Blind Penguins.

    Three test matches were lost, from virtually winning positions, and only we could do it. Had pakistan won the Sydney test, Yousaf would still be the captain.

    In addition to the match, spot fixing, the CONSPIRACIES & INTRIGUES result in deliberate under performing.

  • Shafiq Hamid on November 11, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Pakistan as a country is being punished and as the saying goes - "every nation has the government it deserves."

    We have Zardari messing the country and Butt running our favorite sport. Neither of them feel any guilt or remorse of screwing the country or the sport.

    Instead of getting our house in order - the article seems to be looking at blaming ICC or anyone else we can find.

    Unfortunately we need to put our country in order starting with the top leadership. And up until then - shameless people like Butt are going to do what they like. In fact its not just Butt - bad leadership and corruption is everywhere in Pakistan.

    Wake up nation! The 20% bad guys are driving the 80% good guys in the country.

  • Shafiq Hamid on November 11, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Pakistan as a country is being punished and as the saying goes - "every nation has the government it deserves."

    We have Zardari messing the country and Butt running our favorite sport. Neither of them feel any guilt or remorse of screwing the country or the sport.

    Instead of getting our house in order - the article seems to be looking at blaming ICC or anyone else we can find.

    Unfortunately we need to put our country in order starting with the top leadership. And up until then - shameless people like Butt are going to do what they like. In fact its not just Butt - bad leadership and corruption is everywhere in Pakistan.

    Wake up nation! The 20% bad guys are driving the 80% good guys in the country.

  • Imran Aslam Khan on November 8, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Mr Ijaz Butt For the sake of cricket in Pakistan, respectfully i request you to please leave Pakistan Cricket alone and let some experienced cricketer come forward for the betterment. Thank you so much.........

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on November 4, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! Kami bhai! Thanks so much for crying out loud. What you wrote in deed is the voice of many hearts of Pakistan cricket. Thanks for also un-veiling the ICC's double faced attitude towards its members. ICC is a lamb against for example India and a Wolf against Pakistan and PCB. Some how Pakistan lost the best trio in the recent past ( I think they were trapped), has the worst administration ever and still can produce TIGERS like Abdul Razzaq for example. This poor fella has been a soft target for many around the Globe. I doubt if PCB will put its house in order and I also doubt if ICC will put its house in order. The bullies holding the reigns of ICC seem too strong. PCB and ICC both are after the kill. Peace

  • aftab on November 1, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Today's Razzaq innings was as if against India.

  • bilal on October 30, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    the best team for pakistan is salman butt kamran akmal younis khan mohammad yousuf shoaib malik asad shafiq shahid afridi

    abdul razzaq umar gul shoaib akhtar saeed ajmal

  • ali on October 30, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    Via cric info i want to ask all PCB risponsible authority,,, now recently in 2 t20 n 1 ODI what pakistan did...? where is the batting coach..? waqar n aaqib ok they are doing their job with bowling n their is improvement also ,it's a good sign but dont depend on bowling only.. 2nd recently INZAMAM offered his services to pak team as a batting coach.., why board is not bothering anything. Inzamam is the 2nd highest scorer in tests after miandad...now there is no combination in team... run out in every inning.everybody individually trying to do something but cricket is a game of 11 players.. cricket needs a team work to win. shoaib akhter should leave now.. ,he can't bowl even in t20. he has no power to get a breakthrough..,should give chance to another young player.. fan n public just commenting nobody is there who bother.. we can pray only to God for magic in pak cricket.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on October 30, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Actually , I have no idea that these players---- SHAZAIB HASSAN & FAWAD ALAM--- they are too much weak at their technical Basics to play any kind of drive shot, very funny their strength of wrist to hit the ball showing something like school boy or female approach. Shahid afridi should open with Hafiz, because Afridi's improper indisciplined batting saying that. Pakistan must drop Gul, Akhter for replacing & giving chance to Wahab Riaz & Abdur Rehman, especially Abdur Rehman must be included for rest of the remaining matches in this running series. He could have been great effective spinner to dominate over the SA batsmen.Please don't ignore Umar Akmal--- he is future asset for Pak cricket, although he needs to be proper advices while he is on the crease batting with senior players to keep patience strongly.

  • Noshir Mody on October 29, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    This comment may not be appropriate for this post but now Mickey Arthur has come out accusing Pakistan of match fixing in 2007. These are absurd comments because he himself says that they did not have any proof. He waits for 3 years to make this silly comment and then he says that there are some of us who know when something is not right because Pakistan had 7 wickets in hand and could not score 40 runs. I guess Mr. Arthur is not familar with the glorious uncertainties of cricket. He has also conveniently forgotten that the biggest scandal in cricket was committed by a South African, the late Mr. Hanse Cronje. Today it is easy for the whole cricleting world to condemn Pakistan cricket because of a few incompetent individuals. It is unfortunate that Mr. Arthur is still coaching and has also predicted that South africa will win the current series - WOW what an insightful comment. I pity the players he is coaching.

  • Lucky on October 29, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Well said!! mr. abbasi........

  • LOVE_CRICKET on October 28, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    MUST HAVE PLAYERS:

    1) IMRAN NAZIR 2) ASAD SHAFIQ 3) FAWAD ALAM

    WE NEED THESE GUYS BACK IN THE TEAM. WE NEED IJAZ BUTT GONE. WE NEED WASIM AKRAM AS OUR BOWLING COACH. WE NEED A WELLK NOWN BATTING COACH. WE NEED IMRAN KHAN AS OUR PCB CHAIRMAN (which is highly unlikely).

    II'S LIKE TALKING TO WALLS HERE...

  • LOVE_CRICKET on October 28, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    YET ANOTHER DISAPPOINTMENT AS PAKISTAN LOST BOTH T20 MATCHES TO SOUTH AFRICA. WHY WASN'D FAWAD ALAM PLAYING? WHY WASN'T ASAD SHAFIQ PALYING? WHY WAS SHAHZEB HASAN PUT BACK IN THE SQUAD AFTER A TOTAL FAILURE IN ENGLAND? WHAT IS MOH'D HAFEEZ STILL DOING IN THE SQUAD? I HAVE LOST EVERY SINGLE BIT OF HOPE IN PAKISTAN CRICKET. PLEASE GET THAT FAT BASTARD IJAZ BUTT OUT OF THE SEAT. HE CONTINUES TO GAIN WEIGHT SITTING ON THAT SEAT. WE NEED HONEST PLAYERS WHO ARE 100% COMMITTED TO BRINGING THE TEAM STANDARDS HIGH. UH SOMETIMES I JUST HATE BEING A PAKISTANI. MY OWN COUNTRY MAKES ME EMBARRASSED EVERYWHERE I GO. PAKISTAN IS JUST SIMPLY CORRUPT IN EVERY ASPECT POSSIBLE. THE ONE THING THAT WAS ONCE PURE, WHICH IS OUR SPORTS DIVISION, THATS ALSO NOW CORRUPT. THANKS TO ALL OUR FANTASTIC LEADERS AND POLITICIANS HUNGRY FOR POWER AND MONEY. HOPEFULLY THEY CAN TAKE ALL THIS POWER AND MONEY WITH THEM IN THEIR GRAVES. GOD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP US GET RID OF ZARDARI AND BUTT...AND ALL CORRUPTS!!!!!!!!

  • Jawwad Naqvi on October 27, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    I don't know about politics in cricket.. All I know about cricket is a lively sport, full of excitement and thrill... Huge talents and massive characters... And being a Pakistani,This is everything for me... And like the rest of Pakistanis, I do not want it spoiled... I am not asking for too much, nor is anybody else.. I am only asking for being sensible and use common sense. Can you remember when Pakistan had a Coach who was a proper batsman? The likes of very good players in recent years like Hasan Raza, Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Taufeeq Umer, Saleem Elahi etc. All their skills went wasted as there was no one to polish their immense but raw talent. And I am afraid same might happen to the guys like Umer Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Mohd Azhar, Fawwad Alam, this list is long enough to take some immediate action. Please get a batting coach of international standards. how can Waqar and Aqib train international batsman?? Pakistan always has trouble with the batting.. So please, Please

  • Navroz Nanji on October 27, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Pakistan cricket needs a new drawing board. A complete overhaul of the system is necessary to put the country back on the cricket map. Bottom line, the country's politics is a reflection of what the game has come to.

  • Cric_Critic on October 26, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Mr. Ammar Khan, saying Ijaz Butt is the cause of all problems is like blaming Obama for all the crimes in America just because he is the head of the state.

    Frankly, the NO BALL was big enough for anyone to realize that no matter who gave the money, (Indian bookie or someone from outer space who came for this 'cornering pakistan' act), it was a Pakistani player who took the money and sold his nation's pride!

  • Ammar Khan on October 25, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    I fail to understand why people in India and Pakistan get so sentimental on a comment. Clearly Mr. Abbasi used India as an example to highlight the point that if a strong board has issues, ICC's actions will not be as strong because ICC as an institution does not have a backbone. Since Ijaz Butt is not appointed democratically there is virtually nothing the Pakistanis can do other than voice their dislike for the man which they are doing at every opportunity. (read, this article!). Let's not get carried away, we all have had issues. From warne to azharuddin to jadeja to waugh to prabhakar to cronje. We have all suffered from the menace of match fixing. Let's not say that Pakistanis or Mr. Abbasi is blaming others for Pakistan's problems because he isn't. Infact, he is clearly saying that Ijaz Butt is the issue not the players, not the fans, not our structure.

  • Shakir on October 24, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    I agree with this statement. Ijaj Butt must go. He could not play his role at critical time of Pakistan cricket. I don't understand why non cricketing background people are running PCB. Other countries cricket boards are run by ex- cricketers. Pakistan has produced a lot of great cricketers like Imran khan, Wasim Akram, Jahir Abbas, Miyandad, Ramij Raja etc. Such cricketers should come forward and play a strong role in critical situation of Pakistan cricket. Pakistani players are really talented but the main reason of their bad performance is the internal grouping. They must stop this too.

  • Adeel Omer on October 23, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Anybody recall the debacle of Spot fixing scandal they had shown Wahab Riaz and Umer Amin accepting money from Mazhar Majeed even they provided evidence that jacket was being loaded with money and being taken by Wahab Riaz. Why ICC has not taken any action on both the players or the reporter? Because the whole action was taken to whom they fear and make Pakistan team weaker, but rest assure that our child can compete with any player of the World. ECB just wanted to make sure that their earning from Ashes must not come down by any of their defeat???? We the Pakistan Cricket Team just needed a little boast in batting department and Inshallah it will come!

  • dmqi on October 23, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    To many it looks like Zardari's hands and mouth are tide up with some unseen ropes so he can not fire Butt who is disliked by A to Z, in and outside Pakistan.

    Zardai and Butt have no concern for Pakistan cricket which is on the verge of being kicked out of international arena, a disgraceful threat.

    One dozen or so captains in 10 years and their in fight show the state of matter in Pakistan's cricket administration. Very similar to the overall situation in the country.

    Zardari and Butt's close family members, friends and relatives have no concern that these two people have caused enough humiliation for them and for the country.

    In a crisis politicians and common people come together, take the fight together. I have seen 12 years old kids holding placards asking for the removal of Butt(cricinfo). That was few months ago. Why there has not been a million man march to force a result?

    Because, it is PAKISTAN (pure land). I am glad I was a Pakistani long time back but not since 1971.

  • ali on October 23, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    I am a cric fan n pakistani. i would like to REQUEST TO COAS.GEN.PARVEZ KAYANI. pls call on POLO master to act fast bcoz he can understand the language of ARMY.I THINK REMOVAL OF IJAZ BUTT=SURVIVAL OF PAKISTAN CRICKET.where are the legends zaheer abass., miandad n wasim akram..? Why is zardari not taking action against ijaz butt..? relative..? close relative..? or possibility of taking 10%...?

  • dmqi on October 23, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    Well, the dictators in 1971 tried to override people's verdict. They got the result within 9 months then. Common people did that against mighty army. Zardari is a puppet and Butt is the puppet's puppet. It should not take more the few hundred thousands led by the celebrated ex-cricketers to kick out these guys from the country, not only from the palace or the Board office. You do not live in 15th century, when rulers could do anything they wanted. Is there a parliament in Pakistan? What do the parliament members do? Do they not represent common people? I think Pakistan has middle eastern type democracy. By the way, where did Zardari and Butt go to college? Afganistan or somewhere in middle East?

  • kwa on October 22, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    @dmqi you said...House should be cleaned by the house keeper. The people are the custodian. Pakistanis need to understand that. You need to be in action to clean your house. Actions are more important than words.

    Are you suggesting that people on the streets should rise up, agitate, and bring about a major cricketing revolution in Pakistan by kicking out Butt and company from the PCB headquarters at Qadafi stadium Lahore and taking full control of the entire facility and create their own board and new officials to run the PCB affairs and cleanup the house. If that's what you mean and propose then it's not a bad idea at all, but the question is 'Are the people strong enough to do that? Lawyers did it and succeeded in their cause but I guess people need some strong leadership to lead them (such as Imran Khan or some one) to bring about such a revolution. Let's keep hoping for the best. regards.

  • dmqi on October 22, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    We all have seen thousands of comments written by common people, I suppose cricket fans, about Pakistan cricket and the bad administration of PCB and its chief patron, the president of the country. That shows the interest of people about Pak cricket and don't care attitude by PCB.

    I wonder what the people of Pakistan did to reorganize the sick admistrator of PCB and its governance. Where are the celebrated crickters like Hanif, Mushtaq, Mazid, Asif Iqbal, Imran , Zaheer Abbas, Miandad , Qadir? Can they take a collective action with the common people ( I would say, a million) to force Butt's removal. That will be much more important and viable option than wasting time to suggest some corrupt people what to do. No one need to talk to ICC or Zardari about cleaning the house. House should be cleaned by the house keeper. The people are the custodian. Pakistanis need to understand that. You need to be in action to clean your house. Actions are more important than words.

  • Nobuttspeak on October 22, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Looks like no article or piece about Pakistan cricket is complete without India.

    Almost like anything they write about themselves is incomplete without India....

    As if nobody will give it a second thought if they dont include India's name.

    Sober up guys. Dont demean the fabulous brand of Pak cricket by dragging India into it. I am an indian and have watched in awe what Pakistan cricketers can do on their day. Infact, i always maintain that we should have been one team, with Pak's bowlers and India's batsmen. Now wont that be a cracker?

  • pravikant on October 22, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Dear Abbasi Saab, I have always enjoyed your previous articles but I find this article of yours irrational.You plead that Butt should be punished but not Pakistani cricket.Pray tell me how the ICC can punish Ijaz Butt?It is only the person who has conferred on Butt the present position that can take remedial action.For that to occur, either the President of Pakistan has to have wisdom suddenly dawn on him or else the Pakistani cricketers/fans/ general public can speak out loudly in Pakistan that "Enough is enough. Let us first put our house in order".Pakistan cricket can be helped primarily by Pakistanis themselves.And if you yourselves can shout yourself hoarse that Butt is responsible but we as Pakistani's cannot do anything about that-then only the Almighty can help you!! Lastly,there was certainly no necessity to bring up India into the picture here.Ijaz Butt and Co.are Pakistan's self imposed problems and have to be sorted out by yourselves first.

  • shah hassaan on October 22, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    i dn't know why i.c.c is not taking any action against ijaz butt if they think he is not running the p.c.b properly....why we have given an ultimatum it should be given to mr.butt not to pak cricket

  • Sherry on October 22, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    1. Will Butt resign? No. 2. Will Sardari throw him out? No. 3. Will a revolution happen so strong that pakistan cricket will reform? No (because corruption & autocracy is not just the state of cricket in the country). 4. Should the ICC do something then? Yes. 5. Should they blame a person or establishment? Establishment. 6. Is the PCB expected to be representative of official Pakistan cricket? Yes. 7. Is the PCB representative of unofficial Pakistan cricket? No (and thus, the views of the possible majority who interacts with Mr. Abbasi on the blog & twitter, which need not be accepted in an autocracy). PS: We know that Pakistan is 'supposed to be' democratic. 8. Can the ICC be blamed for squaring the blame on PCB and Pakistan cricekt? Your call, Mr. Abbasi, you call. We share your angst, not your lack of logic.

  • Cricket Lover (Pakistan) on October 22, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Please do not find excuses for crimes and guiltily. The Whole Pakistan Cricket is dealing on Linguistic Basis. It was two Pashtoons who brought World Cup in Pakistan but what they rewarded. With help of Establishment, a group of Punjabi took an oath on Quran to decline a Pashtoon Captain who won World cup for Pakistan. I think Pakistan Cricket should be banned now. They deserve the ban not other than ban. ICC should take strong steps to ban the Pakistan cricket for 5 Years.....

  • Mohsin on October 22, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Terrible article. So But doesn't 'truly represent' Pakistan cricket? And whose fault is that? Do you expect ICC to frame a new constitution and form a new PCB for you?

    ICC can only deal with Pakistan's cricketing representative, not with individual 'fan's or some amorphous media/wellwishers.

  • zhandu baam on October 22, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    change the blog name from pak spin to spin doctor.

  • Dezmond Tutu on October 22, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    I can't say I read the Pakistani press too often so I may be in error. However the press I do see from Al Jazera for example always shows agressive outpourings of anger and protest by mrt average Pakistani for what seems the most trivial things. If as the article suggests there is so much anti Butt feeling why are they not behaving true to form and burning (pun intended) his butt? I also agree with the comment re India - why do Pakistani's always do that?? D Tutu

  • yaa allah on October 21, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    raam raam agree that some if not all underworld people are involved in betting in INdia. But the KING PIN...I hate to say this lives in Karachi protected by ISI. I dont undertsand whi you people drag India and then just go in to denial as soon as one mention the innocous Mr. Ibrahim.

  • Saeed on October 21, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Now that Younis Khan has been selected back into the team by Aijaz Butt, i am wondering how many Pakistani fans like Butt compared to when YK was banned illogically? Does this mean Butt has closed all the doors to interior complaints. Also wondering if the new code of conduct policy issued by PCB for the players would keep ICC back off from his Butt? Any clues!

  • LOVE_CRICKET on October 21, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    IT SEEMS AS OUR COUNTRY HAS A PASSION OF BEING IN THE HEADLINES ON EVERY OPPERTUNITY THEY FIND. OUR PRESIDENT, MR. 10% ZARDARI, IS A WELL KNOWN PERSONALITY WHEN IT COMES TO CORRUPTION. OF COURSE HE HAD TO PICK HIS OWN STOOGE WHO IS JUST AS CORRUPT AS MR.10%, SO HE PICKS IJAZ BUTT. OUR COUNTRY HAS BECOME A BIG JOKE. THE MORE HOPEFUL WE ARE, THE MORE DISAPPOINTED WE GET. AND THATS THE REALITY. IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE TO TWIST SO MANY FINGERS JUST TO GET A FEATHER PLUCKED. IJAZ BUTT, PLEASE RETIRE. YOU ARE NOT NEEDED IN PCB. OUT OF THE 190 MILLION PAKISTANIS, IN OR OUT OF PAKISTAN, 180 MILLIONO PAKISTANIS NEED YOU GONE. DONT JEOPARDIZE THE IMAGE OF CRICKET OR OUR PAKISTANI TEAM AS WE ONCE KNEW IT WAS. GOD HELP US GET RID OF BUTT AND ZARDARI...

  • Farhan on October 21, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    The fact is that BCCI will never be like PCB. So, its insane to compare them with Comedian PCB Chairman IJAJ Butt. Actually BCCI never allowed or played with players of their own. They know how to protect the players right and keep it free from corruption. Recent incidents are proof for that. So, if Pakistan cricket needs to be saved, there should be a new better Chairman with a sense of responsibility and utmost honesty.

  • Udayaraj on October 21, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    BCCI is powerful. Good observation Mr. Abbasi. However, who made it powerful? If BCCI is (monetarily) powerful or if MONEY is at all powerful then, I hope, everyone will agree to the fact that MONEY is a BY-PRODUCT of our efforts!!. Let's look around us, let's look ourselves. We all make money according 2 our efforts. Then why blame or accuse BCCI or any other board for being rich or powerful. NOBODY is stopping anyone from being aggressive enough. Ok, common things between PCB & BCCI - Both are run MOSTLY by politicians, bureaucrats etc STILL there are differences and all KNOW of them in the bottom of their OWN heart. Independence to every board is granted by assuming that PEOPLE running it are RESPONSIBLE. Ever wondered WHY even for any other board, ICC has not intervened or interfered? My observation - because ICC WANTS Pak cricket to bounce back to it's true potential as it is an invaluable asset to the cricketing world. Butt & Co. are nincompoops.

  • arslan on October 21, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    I am from Pakistan and i want to see Ijaz Butt sacked and punnished for what he has done...

  • ad_austin on October 21, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Mr. Imran Khan has stated that for the past 15 years Pakistan cricket has been affected by "corruption". He must know, given his position. And we must believe this, given his credibility and integrity. There are two ways Pakistan cricket can proceed: Recognize the problem and clean up the mess or live in denial. Ijaz Butt was initially trying to do the latter and defend the indefensible. Better sense seems to have just started to prevail, with the acceptance of the ICC's directives. Let us hope, for the sake of cricket, that the clean-up continues and that it is not mere window dressing that lasts as long as some the "life bans" that Butt has recently handed out. And although it must be tempting for some Pakistanis to do so, it is best not to try and drag India into this.

  • Sherif on October 21, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Kamran, you are completely off the mark this time. I can see that you r frustated and disappointed like any other Pakistani cricket lover. But don't expect it is the responsibility of ICC is to cleanup this PCB mess. This is purely up to the state of Pakistan. If We can't do it, we have to bear it.

    And that sentence about India ... totally unnecessary and unprofessional.

  • RINGMASTER on October 21, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    ACT 1 "he kept drug with him.ban him" "but he's a good bowler.lift the ban" THE WORLD SMILED. ACT 2 "X is responsible for OZ debacle.show him door.Y chewed the ball,he's a moron" "X is needed to save the face of team after the english debacle.Y is a national hero" THE WORLD CACKLED. ACT 3 "he hung our heads in shame by spot fixing scandal.ouster him" "this is an international conspiracy to deprive us of our new akram.plan back door entry for him" THE WORLD HAS DISSOLVED IN LAUGHTER,but just wait and watch more such acts to follow from PCB(PAKISTAN CIRCUS BOARD)

  • Umar on October 21, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    If pakistan cricket is sidelined. The reason behind that is world cricketers can not face the Pakistan Pace attack. They just frightened from our Fast Bowlers. I chalenge all of the test playing nation. You can not have Players of our Caliber or even our single player Muhammad Aamir. You can not produce such talent. It is the only Pakistan pace attack that can send whole Asustralian team to Pavilion for just 80 runs. If any other test playing nation have such talent then prove. It is an open challenge.

  • Abdullah on October 20, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Very disappointed with this article, Kamran. If you think PCB/Butt is the problem (which it is) then it is not ICC's responsibility fix this. It is the country Pakistan who should fix the mess if they think there is one (may be more). ICC can only mandate rules that apply to all membet countries; they cannot remove Butt or anyone else from PCB. Also it was very unfair to even make a hint like "Let us hope so and a precedent has been established but how will ICC behave if India, for example, were to bring cricket into disrepute" which has not happened but you just forced this to question ICC's stance. This is not fair to ICC or BCCI. PCB can also be a strong member of ICC like BCCI if they and their players consistently behave and perform like winners - not only on the field.

  • Naeem on October 20, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    I am not sure why Indians feels that Kamaraan is dragging India into it? Those who do are just being defensive and sensitive about something that is bothering their conscience. Kamran's question was hypothetical- what if a powerful board such as India (could have been Australia or England) would have been involved, would ICC have reacted the same way? Would they accuse a team of a "certain scoring pattern" based on rumors? My personal opinion is that ICC also contributed to bringing the game in disrepute by acting on malicious rumors. I am willing to bet such a reaction would not happen against England or Australia or India. These boards are powerful.ICC would have investigated first before making such an accusation. Should ICC have apologised to the Pakistani players after Oval to have toatally demoralized them after such an shameful announcement? Having said that I totally agree that the Pakistani Board is nothing but trash and will remqain so as long as BUTT is its head.

  • AJ on October 20, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    @ Mani, can you now translate your post in plain English please?

  • asimations on October 20, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    very clever kamran and very stupid too. Raise a controversy and you got the response. Thats what you wanted? Lets not finger the indians at this time they are playing a good game. Butts do this butts do that but we cant do anything. I think supreme court should ask for a break for pak cricket themselves from icc rather being banned by it. Relax and and spend your time in country building. When you get as strong as germany get some time to play cricket we will watch our old matches *a pak cric fan

  • Harit Shah on October 20, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    A pertinent article for sure, and I won't bother commenting about the reference to India, as I do not think such a comment deserves my attention at all! Well, frankly speaking whle Butt is undoubtedly a major issue (as a cricket fan I am ashamed that this man has anything whatsoever to do with the sport), there are numerous other issues in Pakistan that need attention, such as why no one is willing to tour that country. Mani, who is a typical 'Indiaphobe Pakistani' makes a lot of nonesense comments in his post, but the truth is that no one in that ghastly shooting incident against Sri Lankan players has even been caught, let alone punished or given life imprisonment or capital punishment!!! Any answers to that question?!?!?! And this is just one of the many issues that dog that country, which I am afraid will not be resolved in a hurry!

  • Javaid M. Malik / Jeddah KSA on October 20, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I agree with the contents of this article. I don't understand that an world sports organization body can takes such an action. They should take action against PCB chairman Mr. Ijaz Butt rather depriving Pakistan's cricket. I am sorry to admit that President of Pakistan who is the Patron-in-chief of Cricket in Pakistan & who has nominated Mr. Ijaz Butt on recommendations of Defence Minister, has no vision about administrative affairs of cricket. After all this non-sence from Mr. Ijaz Butt, Mr. Zardari is still un-willing to terminate him. I therefore, oblidged to state that "House is put on fire by the housekeeper himself".

  • farhat on October 20, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Expel Ijaz Butt and Make Javed Miandad new PCB Chairman.

  • Arslan Cheema on October 20, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Totally agreed with Kamran ... U cant give punishment to whole nation for what a head of PCB is doing ... Imagine this Pakistan Talent playing in a system which is totally based on merit. ICC would lose A Tremendous team SO ICC should not do such thing which is not goood for ICC itself and especially people of Pakistan ....

  • Mani on October 20, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Nice Article Kamran,. Indeed ICC has different standards for differnet boards. Why ICC never issues an apology for the Mental Dmage caused to the whole board and the nation on the Oval One day allegations. WHy the ICC has not officially issued statemen t against the the British newspaper? These are the questions which need to eb addressed. Has this been BCCI, ICC would have bent down on knees for apology.Surprise to see Indains here were trying to keep India away from this mess. The truth is that all fixing priginates from India, so Indians should accpet that. And i cnat stop laughing at some comments that Pakstnais blame Indai for each rong doing. Tis was the funniest of all the comments. World knows who Blame who for everything that goes wrong in India!!!!

  • Shaitaan on October 20, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Okay, so you appoint Ijaz Butt, and you feel the ICC should be responsible for getting rid of him? Sorry, but the ICC is compelled to interact with whoever its constituent members appoint to the high table. Are you suggesting the ICC should conduct elections for the PCB now? Besides, and this shows how deep your sense of denial goes, Ijaz Butt is NOT the beginning and end of all that's wrong with Pakistan cricket. You may like to focus attention at him as an obvious bumbling target, but it is your one-day CAPTAIN, Mr Afridi, who chewed on a ball and tried to scuff up a pitch. That's two strikes for an individual deemed good enough to be your captain. And it was Asif and Akhtar who doped, and Asif and Aamer and Salman Butt (another captain) who 'overstepped the line' in England. Ijaz Butt is the least of your problems, really. Instead of fostering this victimhood, introspect - what does the 'Pak' in 'Pakistan' mean, and how does the behaviour of your current cricket team reflect that?

  • Zakir Husain on October 20, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    I entirely agree with Kamran except the point where he grags India. It is unfortunate that PCB is being run by someone who only represents the President of Pakistan and not the cricketing constituency in the country. However, we need to understand that when Zardari can be the President of Pakistan, only someone tainted can become the Head of PCB

  • mani on October 20, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Hi Dr. Kamran, At the outset, your article title seems very reasonable. But you havent said nothing which we dont know. After all, what is "pakistan cricket" - the stumps, ball and bat - or does it involve PEOPLE who run it too ? What is the distinction ? Of course ICC wont act against powerful members, because that is where the revenue comes from. Why pakistan did not generate revenue and become a powerful member ? Who stopped it ? Who stopped other countries from visiting your country ? The state of affairs within Pakistan. When you aim to kill visiting players and cant stop it, and cant do nothing about it, it is a very very bad situation. What happened to that shooing-against-lankan-players inquiry ? what is the result ? how many people indicted ? any one sentenced to life prison ? Why are you then whining as usual ? And you guys created issues when players were not picked for IPL, which is an internal tournament of India, the country your country has been hurting for last 50 years

  • Feroz Hyder on October 20, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    It is interesting to note that Chief Justice of Pakistan is renouned for taking SUO MOTO action against the government (and he single handedly brought the entire Govt. of Pervaiz Musharaf to a stand still), but he refuses to even inquire into teh affairs of corruption of Pakistan's Cricket board, or to look into the legality of the affairs behind all the corruption charges.

    No Matter how much disrepute PCB brings to Pakistan, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (or the lawyers of Pakistan) do not seems bothered to take any legal actions against those responsible for bringing the whole country into disrepute.

    What gives?? Why this selective behaviour about initiating SUO Moto actions?

  • cricket lover on October 20, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Stop fighting and think as cricketers and not only Indians or Pakistanis i think this article makes sence because ICC did not take action until Mr Butt commented on England players and media so action is not against corruption or any players involvement in match fixing but against what was said by Mr Butt who we all know is STUPID. So instead of being Pakistan haters think logically and as crickters that cricket fans are going to loose a good team and lots of talent of cricket. Again STOP FIGHTING over cricket blogs.

  • Manoj Pandya on October 19, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    You are frustrated with Butt and PCB. This is the most confused article I ever read on your blog. I understand cricket lovers in Pakistan should not be punished. In fact people in Pakistan are equally & rightful deserve a good life, good jobs, peace & freedom. However in order to get that they need to start people movement. PCB is a good starting point, can people or crickets or scholars run a movement to remove Butt ? (sort of what lawyers did to remove Musharraf). Can you along with Osman held a demonstration to remove Butt in front of PCB headquarters and appeal all cricketers and cricket lovers to join you ? Let us see how many turn in ! Also you have gone on a traditional line by bring India into the mix.I am glad no body so far blame Sharad “Power” for this mess.

  • umair on October 19, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Nice and balanced article,good job this time Kamran Abbasi.

  • Usman on October 19, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Just want to make a point here. It is an excellent article. Any Indian accusing Kamran of pointing finger at India needs to read the article carefully and with open mind. He never dragged india, he was giving an example "what if" ? This is the problem here. Stop being narrow minded, open your hearts and minds. Great article Kamran as always.

  • Pritam Castelino on October 19, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Mr Kamran Abbasi pls read the comments of Thakur Baldev Singh Chauhan posted on Oct 18 at 3.27pm carefully you will get the answer to your question as to how ICC will deal with India on a similar issue. Pls do not compare PCB to BCCI

  • Human on October 19, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Kamran, It seems like you are defending what the pakistani players have done. I am sure Butt must be at fault but noway he would have asked the players to spot fix the match. You said Stadiums were full during T20 tournaments, doesnt that show that administration is doing its job and btw what about test match crowds. The problem is much deeper than you have projected, just to give you an instance- I thought that younger akmal brother has the talent to achieve what Inzi or Tendulkar has achieved, but rather than playing cricket he indulged himself in verbal spats(even with his English) Pakistan players and people like you need to understand Cricket is a sport and not a fighting ground or a casino.

    A very frustated fan of pakistani cricket.

  • Eoin on October 19, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Hi Kamran,

    Your obvious passion and hurt when it comes to this most preposterous of administrations is impressive, clear and a constant reminder of the prevailing shambles. That said, it must be clear at this stage that mentioning India in such an article is going to draw forth a thoroughly overwhelming number of reactionary comments, dismissing every line you write based on (what one hopes is) a throw-away comment. Part of proper governance is standing on your own two feet, and to quantify everything in relation to the next-door-neighbour is a recipe for mistrust, jealousy, and the rise of partisan, rather than practical, policy.

    Nobody doubts there are good men in the system; unfortunately, this issue goes beyond cricket, so any remedy will have to go beyond it too, and that alone ought to be enough to suspend Pakistan.

    Again, as someone from outside Asia, I appreciate your posts, but it does seem that you're asking for it when you mention India!

    Regards

  • Adil - San Francisco on October 19, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Zardari has no loyalty to BUTT or his brother-in-law the defence minister. Butt his doing his job for Zardari as many of Zardari's other appointees are doing in other fields. No wonder the players linked to bookies have been supported by the 'board' (read Butt) and those with cleaner reputations are either 'brought in line' or thrown out and their carriers destroyed.

    When the 'fixing' issue came out in England, It seemed like a God sent opportunity to cleanup expose the 'fixers', but looks like everything is being brushed under the carpet. Where are the results of scotland yards investigations? Why where the managers (Yawar Saeed is Butt's tight hand) not investigated?

    Kamran, you are calling a spade a spade - please don't stay silent on this issue.

  • Amit Jai Singh on October 19, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Why are you in denial that corruption does exist in the PCB and its handling of its players. Being a Pakistani you have to compare PCB with BCCI. BCCI banned for life people who were not even found guilty by courts but were suspected of match fixing. BCCI is also stamping out Royals and Kings because of irregularities. BCCI has shown character when it came to shutting the doors on some very talented players suspected of match fixing while Pakistan never took action on the Qayyum Report. Having politicians in boards in not bad if they know their powers and limitations. PCB defends its suspected players while BCCI bans them...take a pick!

  • Ashar on October 19, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    hhhmmm, i just don't understand why you guys are always short sighted, it is just an example i.e. if ICC have to take action against INDIA for any reason, how ICC going to coupe with it. Hope you guys will understand this article better.

    Peace out

  • Boom_Boom_Khan on October 19, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Kamran, I agree with your frustration and anger just like any other Pakistani but I find it quite shameful that we expect others (ICC & BCCI) to come and fix our internal state of affairs. The first step of improvement in any thing is to start with ourselves. We can't expect others to come and fix our problems when we continue to make a mess (and that too of a huge magnitude)every now and then. The best time for Pakistani cricket is when they are not in the news. Thats such a shame. I'd like an article from you pointing out what you and I can do and then take it from there all the way up to the Presedent and then ICC.

  • Black Prince on October 19, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Agree With Kamran

  • sgma on October 19, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    dear mr. abbasi, sorry but i disagree. mr. butt does represent pakistan, pakistanis and pakistani cricket. it is a job given to him. how he got it, why he holds on to it, what is the selection process etc. etc. are quite irrelevant. it is just like saying musharraf does not represent pakistan because he is not democratically elected.

  • Sibtain Ali on October 19, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Just a request. I know my country's cricket board is absolutely involved in Corruption. When your leader is corrupt you will be free to be corrupt and be part of your system. PCB need to be punished. Cricket has only 8 top teams. Ban on Pakistan will be absolutely harmful for Cricket and for my country(pakistan). ICC should ask us to change our board completely. As regards Ijaz Butt who brought him ? Who can control him? our president, who is already notorious for his corruption. To my opinion he is involved in Corruption so not removing butt and not taking any step. Auditors revealed the fact that million dollars have been vanished by these PCB alligators but who cares. We are very sorry for this Condition. Hope things get better.

  • LOVE_CRICKET on October 19, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    MY HUMBLE REQUEST TO ICC IS, PLEASE PUNISH THE SPECIFIC PERSON/PEOPLE, WHO IS/ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR STUPIDITY AND FOOLISHNESS AND FOR BEING INVOLVED IN ANY FORM OF CORRUPTION.

    HERE'S PART OF THE SOLUTION TO REFORM PAKISTAN CRICKET. NO POLITICS, NO B.S. SIMPLY CRICKET AND FOR THE LOVE OR CRICKET AND IN THE INTEREST OF REFORMING OUR NATIONS CRICKET. THIS IS THE KIND OF SQUAD WE NEED AND IN THE SAME EXACT ORDER. SO PCB, I HOPE YOU'LL READ/LISTEN TO THIS. IM MAKING YOUR JOB EASIER AND SAVING OURSELVES THE EMBARRASSMENT OF LOSING ANOTHER MATCH OR TOURNAMENT. HERE'S WHAT WE NEED:

    IMRAN NAZIR YASIR HAMEED ASAD SHAFIQ ZULQARNAIN HAIDER FAWAD ALAM SHOAIB MALIK OR UMAR AKMAL SHAHID AFRIDI ABDUL RAZZAQ UMAR GUL SAEED AJMAL SHOAIB AKHTAR

    AGAIN, HERE'S JUST PART OF THE PROBLEM. NOW ANYONE CAN ARGUE ABOUT THIS JUST FOR THE HECK OF IT. BUT OUT OF THE WHOLE LIST OF PAKISTANI PLAYERS, THE ABOVE MENTIONED ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE THE TALENT AND ABILITY TO REFORM CRICKET.

  • i love pakistan on October 19, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    I think Kamran and Osman are maligning the pure integrity of Pakistan cricket and trying to create more fissures in Pakistan cricket. Mr. Abbasi and Osman how much cricket do you know? What is this nonsense writing. We all know BCCI and India are behind the controversy and Indians are behind the Lord's test debacle. So please continue criticizing BCCI and not Mr. Butt. Let us not forget that during Butt's reign Pakistan has won matches in England and Australia. So I think Pakistan is the best team and there is no match fixing. It is all conspiracy from India and BCCI.

  • harshb on October 19, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Solution for all the problems in Pakistan. Blame India :)

  • Hibs on October 19, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    Kamran its stating the obvious. However why should ICC take any action against Mr.Butt, its not their job to punish individuals. Your honourable president has appointed a chairman, ICC has to accept it. Its the job of Pakistanis to force their honourable president to stop the person whome he has personally appointed with the sole purpose of destroying Pakistan cricket, and humiliating the nation. No nation in the world would stand such a carnage of their national sport.

  • leaveIndiaOutofthis on October 19, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Kamran, first clean your house and then start pointing fingers at other boards. Pakistani cricket has landed into crisis after crisis because of the way it has been managed and run and approached by players. Leave India out of this. Shame on you to start rabble rousing in the name of appeal to clean up game in Pakistan

  • Ali Akbar on October 19, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Ijaz But is just like a Cancer for PCB, untill he is there our team can't survived from this disease

  • AJ on October 19, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    1. "The PCB is an easy target, isolated and friendless in international cricket" - ever wonder why? oh wait it must because of India. Say it. 2. "Pakistan cricket requires all the help it can get, but it is Mr Butt who requires punishment" - Really? So did Butt ask Pakistani crickets to chew on balls, use coins to scrape balls, spot fix matches, indulge in match fixing, shoot off their mouths in public, indulge in fractious infighting etc? 3. "how will ICC behave if India, for example, were to bring cricket into disrepute?" - Try another example for once. When will you and your ilk stop worrying about India and clean up your own messes? Shame on you Kamran. 4. In conclusion name ONE pakistani from the last 2 decades, that is known for his HUMILITY, honesty and ethics. ONE pakistani? that would be able to appeal to the international cricket community for assistance and who the community would actually pay heed to. Name ONE role model in pakistani cricket. Can you?

  • David Warner on October 19, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I agree with Swamy's comments. The argument is faulty. Granted, Ijaz Butt is a clown who needs to be expelled. But that action alone is not going to change anything. It is like saying expel Zardari from presidency and Pakistan will suddenly become the new Switzerland. This is emotional thinking and makes no sense logically. Pakistan the nation made Ijaz Butt and Zardari. They didn't make Pakistan the nation and soceity.

    And you make no mention of the culpability of the players in this mess. Ijaz Butt did not have a hand in the greed and immorality of Mohammed Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif. Ijaz Butt had no hand in the selfishness, monster egos and utter disregard for the team ethos shown by almost everybody in the current team, most notably the Akmal brothers. I cannot recall you writing a single article criticizing those two. And finally, Ijaz Butt didn't have a hand in the long-retired Inzamam still meddling in team affairs 3 years after he retired to stoke his ego.

  • Karachi ka sadhu on October 19, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Kamran bhai,

    Butt bhai did not bite the ball and Bhutt bhai did not indulge in match/spot fixing. Butt bhai was kind enough to revert player punishments and bans. Then why do you want punishment to be meted out to Butt bhai?

  • Ahmed razzak on October 19, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    ya ijaz butt shiuld be removed from the cricket board because he don't know what he is doing & younis khan & imran nazir should be brought back to the team for the upcoming series against south africa

  • Asif on October 19, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    I have been watching and following cricket since 20 years and not once had i heard/seen a pakistani cricketer/administrator known for his humility, discipline and honesty. I thought Kamran Abbasi and Osman samiuddin make sense...alas..Kamran... u are talking like any other commoner, Yes Ijaz Butt must go, but the way Pakistani cricketers behave on and off the field it doesnt show them in any good light. All of the players are guilty of something or the other. Younis - doesnt gel with the team, Afridi - ball tampering,indiscipline at cricket,wants captaincy; Salman Butt, Aamir, Kamran Akmal - spot fixing; Akram,waqar - had match fixing allegations on them; Yousuf - expected to be a good guy, but see what he did with ICL/IPL/Captaincy Cravings OMG, Asif - Drugs/Fixing, Shoaib Akthar - Ball Tampering, drugs...... It is the crickets and Cricket which make Pakistani Cricket not just Board Mr Abbasi... Pakistan Crickers need to EARN respect not just for their talent but also as good humans

  • Moin on October 19, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Weird argument kamran. Ijaz Butt is the head of PCB. Ijaz Butt is nominated by Pakistan (as an outsider view) and if the head of PCB accusses comes then it means PCB doing that bcos of his position. So if Butt retains his position, Pakistan will be punished for retaining him.

  • VAK on October 19, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    When would Pakistan learn that blaiming India for everything is not going to solve the problem.

    Concentrate on the problem at hand.. you have a shaky board and players who have lost respect for the board.. board is changing its decisions without any basis...

    Stop looking at how anyone else is operating... fix your own problems...

    and dont expect ICC to come and do everything for you... if the problem is identified.. resolve it.. remove Butt if he is the main reason for all this mess...

    Pakistan has more talent than many other countries under ICC have... fix the administration and you will find many Imrans, Wasims and Waqars....

  • Ash on October 19, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    We all know what the problem is...what we need is a solution. Why cant all of us cricket lovers come together and start a forum/group that can voice its concerns.

    Is getting rid of Mr Butt, Mohsin Khan, Waqar younis going to solve the problem?

    Who is going to replace these incompetent fools? Please Kamran what do you propose we can do collectively? You constantly talk about the problem, but really what and how could we go about bringing change to the PCB? Can we?

    Surely with your know how, contacts we could possibly get together and achieve the desired goal - Competent and Professional individuals (mixture of young and old) running the PCB. PLEASE, please in your next article focus on the solution not just the problem. Not just talk about it but put it into action. Talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words.

    A very frustrated fan of Pakistan Cricket

  • Asak khan on October 19, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Thanks from all of you with such nice aurguments As we all know that pakistan cricket board lost their loyaltly to the public bcoz of these coruptions within the board everyone is thinking about self interest they are not concerned about the future of pakistan cricket pakistan is a counrty who won the world cup which is very hard but now they are in a stage where bagladish can beat them bcoz of wronge selections and inexperieince player in the team and these all are done by improper leadership (Ijaz Butt)

  • ShAh00 on October 19, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    My Indian Friend "Mohan" rightly wrote "This is the ongoing story of Pakistan cricket - magical cricketing talent operating within a maniacal system"... Guys enough of this India-Pak war of words, I am sure Mr. Abbasi just wanted to refer to the Monetory Strenght of BCCI in the example. As a true Cricket Fan/Lover, we have nothing to do with Indian Cricket, infact, I am a Paki living in UAE and Me & My indian Colleague, We followed every single moment of IND-AUS Test Series through Cricinfo. So my Request is Enough of this WAR of WORDs an pls pray that MAY GOD SAVE PAKISTAN's CRICKET.

  • Adeel Omer on October 19, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    The indians now a days not listen nor understand what is being said. By fortune they r running because pakistan is being troubled by the politicians in all fields but soon the air from their baloon will be vanished. They always said whatever comes into their mind e.g. i remember somebody calling Ishant Sharma is the best bowler of the World which was a great joke is not is? India the spinners team in their whole history can not produce a fast bowler and their hero Kapil was as ordinary bowler as our Iftikhar Anjum. If we give chance to Iftikhar Anjum as given to Kapil he must have grabed more wickets than kapil. So be in your clothes and do not put your nose in every corner.!!!!1

  • Omar Hussain on October 19, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Good article again Kamran!But as i said before as long as Zardari is in power people like Ijaz Butt will remain to plague to Pakistan.I am afraid Pakistan face suspension unless Zardari wakes up to the danger.Dragging India into our mess is not wise;we should take measures to attain respect and power and be aware of people out to undermine or destroy us and confront them and repell them.

  • Shiv on October 19, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Kamran do you mean ICC should stop entracting with Butt (According to you he is not representing Pakistan cricket)? May be you wanted to convey good thing about Cricket fans around Pakistan but your way of saying is insulting. And still you wonder why Pakistan Cricket is friendless. If fans are so hurt they should do something about Butt, How is ICC supposed to choose a person to run Pakistan Cricket. You are just passing many ineptitudes of Cricket board in your country to others, Stop that and do something more meaningfull.

  • PKM on October 19, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    By dragging India into this scene, Mr.Abbasi is only doing what Pakistan has been doing all the time in all fields.If only they get rid of their India bashing obsession, they can focus on the problems at hand and try and resolve them. Else, they will continue living and suffering with their problems even as India keeps moving further and further ahead of them in all fields.

  • Muhammad Imran Bhatti on October 19, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Dear Kamran sb, The whole nation is helpless in this situation.We all Pakistani people donot want Ejaz Butt as PCB chairman But he is still there.And You everyone knows why he is still there. We Pakistani people want a peaceful solution.Inspite of this ,our president Asif zardari wants that some military man must come and advise him.I think this will be the last solution and it is the only solution ,a stick and a foot on the back of these rubbish and duffer people and kick them out of Government and PCB.I am sure every Pakistani will agree with me. Regards Imran

  • RAAM Raam!! on October 19, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    No one is dragging India in this - No need to be defensive- The author to this article is being a devils advocate and asking if the same standards and rule of engagement would have applied if Indian Players were found bringing the game into disrepute . I dont see anything wrong with that.

    We all know that corruption is found everywhere and even more so in the Indian Team.

    I hold India responsible for monopolizing cricket and making it look more of a WWF entertainment industry rather then just a sport it once was.

    Get a grip of the under ground betting rings operating in India before getting so defensive. The problem actually does orginate from India's backyard.

  • Rshn on October 19, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Dragging India will not help pakistanis... You will have to pay for your deeds, not someone else. You cannot go around harping what if India did this way... etc etc.

  • shafiq on October 19, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Good article and I wish ICC can realize what are we going though!

    Here is my take: Butt just won't go away himself, neither fired by anyone, nor will be punished by the ICC -- that's the truth of the matter. The million dollar question is, what we fans do in the presence of such a parasite, how can Pakistan cricket function and progress in such dire straits?

    Some one suggested create a parallel board out of local cricket associations, and let ICC recognize the new "elected" board. But it won't happen because: (a) ICC never did recognize ICL (in India) so how can they recognize new board, (b) The whole purpose of "letting" PCB destroy Pakistan cricket will be lost if someone tries to rein in PCB chief!

    So we are back to square one, i.e, we the fans as well as Pakistan cricket are being held hostage and are under siege for an indefinite period!! And there is no reprieve.

    What can we really do? Nothing except pray to God for His mercy and help.

  • Abhijit on October 19, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    MrButt is president of PCB. ICC is absolutely right in telling that the PCB would be punished. If ICC decides to punish Butt and appoint some else as PCB president, then it would mean ICC is running the PCB.

    If millions of Pakistani fans don't want to be punished, why can not those millions stand up and replace butt? The Pakistani fans have to rise to the occasion. Remember, those who accept injustice are equally at fault like those who do injustice.

  • Cricket_fan on October 19, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, you said chairman needs to be punished not the pakistani cricket. Can you please explain how? Don't you agree that the board chairman represents pakistan cricket organization. Should not it be us, someone from Pakistan who needs to punish and expel that idiot rather than ICC doing it. And of course the one who has that authority is another corrupt of the century that our country has produced as a result of so called democracy. Why not focus on fixing our internal corruption instead of dragging other countries and complaining partialism. This seems to be another main problem that asks attention. For all my country lovers, it seems that we tend to irrationally justify the wrong doings likes "Amer is just 17 and coming from a poor background", what kind of stupid and lame excuse that is? Was not he earning lakhs of rupees? How do we set examples for others? There needs to be some course of action within our country that forces either Zardari to fire Butt or Butt resign himself

  • yaqoob Ahmad on October 19, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Excellent article that justs speaks every Pakistani fans opinion. I'm hoping that soon we will see some change in the pakistan cricket Board. If ICC has decided to ban the pakistan cricket it is no surprise as they are also full of many many ijaz butt types anyway. i'm wondering how come the bookies are still out there and running their dirty buisness. We will all pick up baseball bat instead of cricket bat and we will play baseball instead of this boring cricket.

  • Spinoza on October 19, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Can't blame the PCB, if allegedly sensible Pakistanis write stuff like this. It's the Pakistani team (more accurately, the majority of its members) that are guilty of offences like spot and or match fixing, substance abuse and deliberate underperformance, not Ijaz Butt. Butt is a bumbling incompetent, but hasn't fixed a match yet. To fix the rot would imply punishment to Pakistani cricketers, not just Ijaz Butt.

    Also, your problem with the ICC is that it "would not have" disciplined the BCCI "had it brought the game into disrepute".

    Looks like denial is a Pakistani virtue, and so is dragging in India everywhere.

  • radha on October 19, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Irrelevant article. You confused urself and others. PCB is representing pakistan cricket. Will u agree that PCB asked the players to spot-fix? Pakistan cricket is known for its fraud and match fixing, ball tampering right from the old days. If X does it today and Y will do it tomorrow. You can't eradicate that.. thats the tradition. If PCB is not proper then the players under them will also be corrupt. I feel they have to be banned from International Cricket for atleast 2 years so that atleast the future administration or players will know they have to play within the spirit and code. Amir what a wasted talent. I am sorry kamran, Your artcile doesn't have the backbone....

  • Irfan Ayaz on October 19, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Right on slot..!! Exactly what is on our minds...

    The only way left to throw the garbage (read: MR. Butt) out is that ICC ban him out only and not Pakistan cricket or something. Or else there is not Mr President is gonna throw him out. Rather at this moment thats stays very crucial for Pakistnai cricket (remember Pakistan has never been this low as a member of ICC --> read article by Osman Sammiuddin on cricinfo), Mr Butt and Mr President are exchanging felicitations. What a shame..!!

  • Osman on October 19, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    @ AN....

    Its not a disservice in any way.. you need to go with the context.... you not have to see things in black n white all the time. If the questions are raised against India its not because they are an arch rival. Its because they are a cricketing power house against which ICC cannot go. So If India is being brought into spotlight, its just to highlight that ICC should be strong enough to take steps against anyone despite of its influence on the game. If you step out of the negative prospect of the things you will see the light eventually.

    And I do agree with what Kamran has brought up. Mr butt had to be punished for his deeds. But if it could happen in Pakistan then zardari wont be heading this country today. So the max we can see is removing him off which i doubt could happen in zardari's tenure. And I for one would like to see ICC putting it forth to PCB for a capable and deserving candidate if they need to have any sort of contact with the ICC. period.

  • Shani on October 19, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Absoultely true that alone Mr. Butt& his closed supporters should be punished not the whole Pakistan Cricket and nation. But we are afraid unless Pak President Zardari stays, Butt might not leave PCB and that very alarming. Because more he stays at PCB, more damage he would do to our Cricket.

  • Khalid on October 19, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    @ Swami..You have raised some very good points which most of the people living outside Pakistan are unaware of since they are not accustomed to the realities that we have to face in Pak. Here is an attempt to answer your questions. What is the diff. between PCB and Pak cricket? PCB has become a political institution. Its office bearers are not elected but selected by the political party in power. Therefore, Butt does not represent Pak cricket. PCB does not have any constitution.Cricket is in our blood & there are millions of die hard supporters as evidenced in T20 Faysal Cup. ICC's actions are not strong enough b/c there focus is not on Butt and actions taken by him. All we are requesting the ICC to do is to punish Butt for destroying Pak cricket instead of targeting the sport supported by millions in the country. Pak cannot take any action against him since this is a political appointment. Sadly we need foreign intervention to streamline PCB operations!

  • Jamal Anjum on October 19, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    It serves no useful purpose. Butt is only one person of a 'corrupt lot. You can say he himself is 'corruption incarnated.Butt should have resigned immedediately after rendering his apology but shameless as he is, the patron himself should have dismissed him forthwith.Nay, that won't happen in Pakistan. Like Pakistan has gone into a 'black hole'. Look at Hockey, Squash, Wrestling and other sports.Once we were on top and now sometimes we don't even qualify for big events.Most unfortunately, this country has gone to dogs.Pakistan needs a major surgery in all fiedls of human activity.

  • waterbuffalo on October 19, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    I have no doubt that the ICC is disappointed that the Pakistanis have not taken it upon themselves to remove Butt from his position. If he was replaced, then you remove the fuel from the fire, If the Pakistanis continue to sit on their hands and do nothing about Butt, then too bad, this problem (Butt)will continue to exist. And the ICC will continue to make life difficult for Pakistan. Ask your own maid to clean your own house, don't expect your neighbour's maid to do it.

  • cricket lover on October 19, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    if ICC really wants things done then suspend pak cricket & place a condition that until BUTT is kicked out they won't deal with pak cricket. period. i'm a paki & this one man has ruined the very sport that brought pak good name in past & i rather see pak cricket suspended/banned rather than continue to spiral out of control. another way is for pak national/international players & coaches to strike until butt is kicked out. when there is no player to play cricket what good is BUTT for!

    on another note, ICC should apologise to pak cricket team (not BUTT!) for the accusation it leveled against it. it should pratice what it preaches. apologise and in future wait before jumping to conclusion and creating the mess it did in ODI series. ICC is much to blame for instigating the whole saga as BUTT for his stupid allegations.

  • Mohan on October 19, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    The ICC did not hire Ijaz Butt. Why should they take action against him when the country he represents seems happy to have him around? This is the ongoing story of Pakistan cricket - magical cricketing talent operating within a maniacal system.

  • Basit on October 19, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    Mr. Zardari only takes action when put under pressure either through long marches or Chief of Army Staff. So the cricket fans either have to do a long march or put a petetion to Army Chief to get rid of Ijaz Butt who is coninuously ruining our cricket off the ground and on the ground. Mr. Butt! if you have an iota of respect for Pak cricket then for God sake pl leave PCB, you have not only spoiled Pak cricket but also hurt millions of Pak cricket fans. Now be ready for the wrath of the nation. Ready for your house pelted with stones or publically execution. And the 3rd option is run away from PCB before all this happen, choice is urs.

  • Mr MMJ on October 19, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    "How will ICC behave if India, for example, were to bring cricket into disrepute?" Hypothetical example. Does it really make any sense. Ten years back some Indian cricketers brought disrepute to the game and they were firmly dealt by BCCI. They did not give an inch to the ICC. Compare it with PCB's action in light of the latest controversy. PCB tried to pass the buck to ICC by hiding behind the old adage "Innocent untill proven guilty" instead of dropping them untill proven Innocent. By doing this PCB just forefieted its authority to ICC.

  • Fan on October 19, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    PCB is a microcosm of the way the country is run. When you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, make one man the fall guy. Its always the rogue scientist or the non-state actor or the 18 year old boy who didn't know better. Until the general populace don't rise up and acknowledge that the highest levels of governance not only look the other way butt also nurture these policies, Pakistan will forever remain a welfare state at the mercy of NATO strikes and the ICC.

  • Vishal on October 19, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    This write-up doesn't make sense at all. ICC cannot single out an individual from a Board, they can only tell a Board to clean up their house which they did and it is now up to PCB to do that - either by getting rid of Butt or something else. And somehow the write has to include India in writing about Pakistan cricket.

  • jayaprakash on October 19, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    ICC cannot take decision like FIFA because ICC is being run by a politician and FIFA is not. But Pakistan should keep its house in order before crying fowl with ICC. It looks like nothing less than a social revolution will do.

  • Srini on October 19, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    All Pak cricket supporters need to retain hope for future and require patience at this testing time. I am sure the people that matter in Pakistan political circles have heard enough loud and clear about Mr. Butt's unsuitability as the leader of their cricket establishment. I get a sense that all relevant parties are probably working towards an honorable exit for Butt soon to save their own faces.

    For the time being, Pak establishment have no choice but to follow and adhere to ICC's policies and guidance that would at least allow Pak team to compete at international level and save the careers of many young and talented cricketers. That is the best course for the foreseeable future (2-3 yrs at least).

    As has been pointed out many times by this Author and others of repute, a complete revamp of PCB is mandatory for any sustainable future growth of cricket in Pak.

  • Sanam on October 18, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    It is a shameful example that one man Mr. Butt has been destroying the reputation of whole nation and if present regime does not want to replace him then this current Government should also be thrown out.

    Enough is enough! A few noturios persons have been trying to isolate the Cricket loving nation from international cricket just to please few corrupt political figures.

    Where is Pakistan's Chief Justice, Opposition leaders and Cricket loving nation?????

    Please wake up!!!!

  • Abz on October 18, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    The title says it all, As a huge Pakistan Cricket Fan I'm definitely not going to see the Young Players in the Domestic Circuit get there careers destroyed if the right amount of people were leading the Pakistan Board then I'm 99.9% Sure that not even half of the team would've been in the team right now, There would've been better, distinguished and highly educated players. But it's Corruption that's been letting us fans down. It's been almost 4 year's since we haven't won a test series 2 year's since a ODI Series. Don't talk about T20 because that's not Real Cricket. From a Cricket Fan's Perspective i don't even see Pakistan Qualifying from the Group stages of the 2011 world cup. May ALLAH Bless the Pakistan Country and Cricket Team with a miracle so that they can at least beat South Africa, New Zealand in the upcoming Test ODI And T20 series. Also be crowned the 2011 Cricket World Cup Champions.

  • Srid on October 18, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Whenever there is an issue abt Pak or Pak cricket why one always takes the example of India and vice versa? Australia is powerful, so is England. as AN said you have failed even before you started. Anyways Pakistani cricketers have always had my respect when they start their career but then they themselves ruin everything. I was expecting something magical from Salman Butt with his form and the test win against the Aussies but now i dont know what to believe. Why cant they follow Imran kahn or Wasim akram? And talking of Mr.Ijaz Butt...I hope he thinks before he talks from now on...He has made the situation even worse with his comments and yes it should be him and not Pak cricket which should be punished.

  • dmqi on October 18, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    If ICC had guts, then they would not ask for an apology from the old funny crazy Butt and the sit with him on the same table. They could just say one thing,"you do not deserve to be here as a director, ask your government to send someone other than you". They played cat and mouse and are still playing. Why to punish the hundreds of innocent cricketers and the world wide fans. I am disappointed to see ICC to be too political. They are not playing the fair games for years.

  • shashank on October 18, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Nw wht is this..??PCB Chairman is the Person who is supposed to represent Pakistan at world Forum..isn't it?? Now how you select him..via democracy or autocracy.. is the "internal matter of Pakistan".Do you want ICC to conduct an election before every board meetng for the Post of The Chairman Of PCB?? Yes the faults have been committed by Mr. Ijaz Butt but that has been done in the capacity of PCB chairman. So wrongs on the part of ICC.....stop blaming the world and set your ouse in order.

  • Shiril on October 18, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    I am tired. Seriously why does everything in cricket have to do with India? How about "we have a badly run board and state cricket association and we should change"? Th columnist refuses to agree that it is the apathy of the public that has brought it to this level. In Australia or India people would be upset enough to do something about it(call up the prime minister or burn effigies). Wht about Pakistan? Nothing. So here is what I have to say to you? Forget this posturing about the patriotisim and if you like cricket go burn an effigie. Yes Pakistan do something.

  • Kranthi on October 18, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is in a mess because whenever a crisis comes up, it puts more effort in looking weak, victimized and gaining sympathy rather than resolving the crisis.

    Coming to comparision with the India. Indian cricket was also at a time in a similar crisis. Jadeja, Azharuddin and Manoj Prabhakar were handed life bans.

    People of pakistan must be really stupid if they start buying any argument as long as there is some india-bashing put into it.

    Your whole argument is self-contradictory. On one hand you say that Ijaz Butt does not represent Pakistan Cricket, and on the other hand you say that Ijaz Butt alone should be punished. If Ijaz Butt does not represent pakistan cricket, then what will be achieved by punishing him ?

    The problem is not just with the "person" Ijaz Butt, but the "system" which allows such people to be in a position of power in the first place. If you had any sense, you would be writing an article titled "Why PCB should be privatised".

  • Mirza Mahmood on October 18, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Get lost Ejaz Butt... for Gods sake God help us with this desease...

  • mujipali on October 18, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Every article about Pakistani or Indian cricket turns into a warground for Indian and Pakistani bloggers. I always thought that Indian and Pakistani civilians had no problems with each other it was the political propoganda that was causing the friction.Alas....I was so wrong.I hope this war of words never turns into a war of bombs. God help us.

  • Fuad Ahmad -Calgary on October 18, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    OS!! It is the same old script which America is doing in War on terror!! Do more dictation and the sort.If ICC is really serious about corruption and match fixing has it asked India that there are news that one of the leading indian batsman was performing in a suspicious manner,what about T. Dilshan about his alleged role? ICC does not have the guts to touch these countries.Also did it ask Cricket Australia as to why it did not bring into ICC knowledge when fines were imposed on Saint Shane Warne and Mark Waugh?? DOUBLE STANDARDS. Haroon Logart should and must apologize to Pakistan cricket about Oval match being fixed but he has no decency he is sitting in the lap of some powerful ICC members.

  • Azhar on October 18, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    If ICC had suspended Ijaz Butt as director ICC in their panel,president of pakistan would have left with no other option but to remove him from PCB...

  • Roshan on October 18, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    All the Pakstanis are suffering from Indiaphobia. For every reference they take India as an example, despite them being no where near India. Its high time, people of pakistan icluding you Mr Abbasi realise that you and only you are responsible for your deeds.

    and Im sure this post will not be published.

  • aftab on October 18, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    I think the ICC rebuke was not strong enough and comprehensive enough. Though in my view ICC does find Pakistan an easy target (give you that one), some of the Pakistani players have always been a handful even for the likes of Ijaz Butt.

    ICC should have addressed players too telling them if PCB can't mend you, we will.

    As we saw in the T20 Championship, this is one country that can have 20 teams to beat Australia. If the first 19 are corrupt, get rid of them and go to the next 11.

  • ubuntu on October 18, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Yes, completely agree with you about punishing Butt and not the entire team. But what about the players. Caught with drugs, fighting with team mates, biting balls, failing dope tests, taking oath that they are not going to accept certain person as captain of the team and then finally fixing matches. Ultimately,its is players who represent your nation,not the lousy bosses at PCB. They need to get their act right and understand they are the ambassadors of the their nation .They need some serious counselling. Otherwise, things are never gonna change for your team.

  • Thakur Baldev Singh on October 18, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    The short answer is no. No one messes with BCCI which is even more powerful than ICC. However, that is not the case or the argument: BCCI is very senitive in dealing with corrruption and atleast it is making an effort to reguate the game's administration. The way they have dealt with irregularity in the IPL is admirable even though it has undermined the IPL brand in the short run. But BCCI is willing to take the long term view which can not be said about other board in question. In India even the legends like Kapil Dev, on slitghest of doubt, have been kept at arms length from the team and the admin-what to say about Jadeja, Prabhkar, Azhar and Mongia. yes, they are doign very well elsewhere but not in cricket arena so to speak. Plus India has also been blessed with cricketers of high integrity and caliber such Sachin, Saurav, Rahul, Anil Kumbley and VVS. False eqivocation with India is good for rabble rousing but these two boards are different and should be dealth with differently

  • Sanjeev on October 18, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Dont drag india, india took action against azhar,jadeja,etc. Whereas pcb takes u turn. Bring my hero imran khan

  • Tarique on October 18, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I think Pakistan cricket can only go further IF the LOONIES in charge at present are put on a romote island surrounded by a shark invested sea so that they cannot escape and so let the real past players and legends such as Imran,Wasim,Waqar have a say and put in charge so they can re-build the lost pride of the country and players and show them that they can do without the idiot Ijaz Butt and the moron in charge of the country Mr. 50 percent, they should NOT under any circumstances have any part in any sport after all they carry out fiddles in politics, charities, and anything else they can lay their hands on which work to their benefit. Bring in honest Muslims who are fair and would stand no nonsence from fixing votes and backhanders which involve the police being corrupt.I am sure that majority of the Pakisanis living outside Pakistan would love to see the Nation made great again by good honest leadership. I can go on and on but I think i've made my point and hope it is not ignored.

  • Swami Fan on October 18, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    I hv complete sympathy wid Pak ckt fans,but I totally agree with Swami's comments above.On one hand u want ICC to take action,but when it did,u find loop-holes in the approach & excuses for what ur cricketers are resorting to? You need to understand that ICC cannot mend ur players personal finances so they don't hv the urge to make excess money.ICC cannot change the way ur honorable presidency functions or how in ur country despite of public opinion someone can b forced on to such an imp position.The ICC has,rightly,done whats in it's powers-which is ask Pak Ckt Board to clean up its act or suffer.Its upto YOU to identify the areas,accept the flaws & try to mend them in the best possible interest of ckt,ckters & fans. That Pakistan is being singled out,hardly seems a valid argument,when Pakistan Cricket is the one trying to 'single-handedly' press the self destruct button on cricket in general & in Pakistan.I dn't intend 2 b rude or discriminative. Denial is the last thing u want!

  • rotadd on October 18, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Bringing India into the equation only underlines the typical thinking of a youtube commenter. For once, leave out India and clean your own house first. This article is void.

  • Ravi on October 18, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, it is rather irresponsible to make idle hypothesis by bringing in India. The reason ICC WILL NOT have to act this way with India is because countries like India, Australia, England, etc. take the wrong doers to task and BAN them - UNLIKE pakistan: One minute "you are banned for using drugs' then the next "You are off the hook"...WAKE UP and don't drag India into this....

  • Abrar on October 18, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    I am sure this article will help in making the world understand that Ijaz Butt does not represent Pakistan Cricket.Pakistan is represented by millions of ardent lovers of the game who are shocked at the bizzare handling of the issues by Mr Ijaz butt.Pakistani fans need support from ICC and the cricketing world.In short i hope that sense will prevai and ICC will punish Ijaz Butt and not Pakistan.

  • aua on October 18, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Pakistan as a state and Pakistanis in general always have this mentality of pointing fingers at India(either to accuse or to corelate) and Kamran Abbasi is no exception ["Let us hope so and a precedent has been established but how will ICC behave if India, for example, were to bring cricket into disrepute?"]..when will he learn to accept that India is different than Pakistan and that both countries are in different paths and trajectories since independence in 1947 (including Cricket Administration)?!?!...you want to try to ridicule India but your players still run with their tongues hanging out for IPL contracts!..what a hypocrite bunch! the brainwashing and bashing against India in Pakistan is so deep rooted!

  • Ijazz on October 18, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Kamran,

    1. "The PCB is an easy target, isolated and friendless in international cricket" - ever wonder why? oh wait it must because of India. Say it.

    2. "Pakistan cricket requires all the help it can get, but it is Mr Butt who requires punishment" - Really? So did Butt ask Pakistani crickets to chew on balls, use coins to scrape balls, spot fix matches, indulge in match fixing, shoot off their mouths in public, indulge in fractious infighting etc?

    3. "how will ICC behave if India, for example, were to bring cricket into disrepute?" - Try another example for once. When will you and your ilk stop worrying about India and clean up your own messes? Shame on you Kamran.

    4. In conclusion name ONE pakistani from the last 2 decades, that is known for his HUMILITY, honesty and ethics. ONE pakistani? that would be able to appeal to the international cricket community for assistance and who the community would actually pay heed to. Name ONE role model in pakistani cricket. Can you?

  • AN on October 18, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    I can understand your outrage but you are going off on a tangent when you drag in India. It was a "distraction" argument and only makes things worse. One has to stay focused on the issue at hand and not worry about another Board's problem(s) that may or may not occur in the future. For all the flaws, they seem to have internal corrective measures that stop things from going over the cliff. No system is perfect as we are all humans, but the least one should have is a system with some level of oversight. After the Wall Street crisis for example, corrective actions have been put in place. This is what builds confidence to the outsider. I think you did cricket fans everywhere a disservice by coloring your otherwise good article with an edge that was not needed.

  • turab on October 18, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    I have got nothing to say about pakistan cricket. PCB is being run just like any other institution in Pakistan. The fact that ijaz butt is still running the board really amazes me. I have lost my interest in Pakistan Cricket and would rather watch premier league . good bye cricket.

  • Tarik on October 18, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Good article Kamran.

    Mr. Zardari ia always at odds with institutions. Mr. Ijaz Butt should resign himself because Mr. Zardari never fires anyone posted by him, his ministers are good examples. Mr. Zardari and Mr. Ijaz are protectors of corruption and can expose each other, in case one goes against other. We, as fans, love Pakitan cricket and its crickters and will keep loving.

  • Haseeb Ahmed on October 18, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Spot on. Alas, nothing short of a social revolution will bring down Butt. My heart aches for a team I've loved intensely ever since I've knew how to love. But the futility of heartaches for Pakistan cricket is lost upon none.

  • Naeem on October 18, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    I agree with you entirely. Here is what should happen. The cricket assosciations should make a parallel cricket board and start running cricketing affairs in the country. ICC should support that board and stop recognising the politicised board. I know I am being idealistic here but there is no other way of reforming Pakistan cricket.

  • Thakur Baldev Singh Chauhan on October 18, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    The short answer is no. No one messes with BCCI which is even more powerful than ICCI. However, that is not the case or the argument: BCCI is very senitive in dealing with corrruption and atleast it is making an effort to reguate the game's administration. The way they have dealt with irregularity in the IPL is admirable even though it has undermined the IPL brand in the short run. But BCCI is willing to take the long term view which can not be said about other board in question. In India even the legends like Kapil Dev, on slitghest of doubt, have been kept at arms length from the team and the admin-what to say about Jadeja, Prabhkar, Azhar and Mongia. yes, they are doign very well elsewhere but not in cricket arena so to speak. Plus India has also been blessed with cricketers of high integrity and caliber such Sachin, Saurav, Rahul, Anil Kumbley and VVS. false eqivocation with India is good for rabble rousing but these two boards are different and should be dealth with differently.

  • wajeeh on October 18, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    People in Pakistan are waiting badly the occasion where they can punish the Butt ,they got this chance at 16 Oct in Qazafi stadium Lahore when there was domestic t20 final between Lahore lions and Karachi dolphins , but Mr Butt proved very clever he came in at Stadium by hiding himself in Rescue 1122 Ambulance so in this way he saved himself from anger of people.

  • Mohammad Asad on October 18, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA.................................

    Nice article Mr. Abbasi !!!!! I do agree with you........................................... By the way I am Bangladeshi and love Pak Cric. Thrilling Performance !!!!!!!! To save Pak Cricket - Mr. Butt must be sacked !!!!!!!! I do not know what Pak Govt. / Parl. are doing ?????????? Apart from that Media is a very powerful force.....Pak Media should come forward......... Yeah !! recent domestic tournament shows 'Trill of Pak cricket is still alive'................................................... Attention ICC : Punish the person responsible Not the country !!

  • cricket_fan on October 18, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Et tu Brute..... Kamran, stop finding excuses to justify the wrong. Could've been a good article if not for the below: "Let us hope so and a precedent has been established but how will ICC behave if India, for example, were to bring cricket into disrepute?"

    Pak cricket needs to act strong, remove Butt, take a strong stand against fixing, cleanup their act and stop blaming others or trying to find conspiracies. Young generation in Pak has full capability of taking the game back to heights.

  • Swami on October 18, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Whats the difference between PCB and Pakistan cricket ? I cant make sense of your argument. You say ICC's actions are not strong enough and yet say that the actions are so strong because PCB is an easy target. Butt is the PCB president and yet you say he doesnt respresent Pakistan cricket. You say Butt represents all that is worst in a politicised environment and yet you question that ICC has deemed fit to take appropriate actions. If he is so inept and acknowledged by Pakistan to be worst ever, why is Pakistan not taking any action in the first place and blaming ICC instead ? I dont understand your point and what is it exactly that ICC should be doing. It seems like ICC is meek if it gives some leeway and overbearing if it does take any action.

  • Zubair Ahmed on October 18, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Punish Butt not Pakistan cricket

    Enough Said !

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  • Zubair Ahmed on October 18, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Punish Butt not Pakistan cricket

    Enough Said !

  • Swami on October 18, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Whats the difference between PCB and Pakistan cricket ? I cant make sense of your argument. You say ICC's actions are not strong enough and yet say that the actions are so strong because PCB is an easy target. Butt is the PCB president and yet you say he doesnt respresent Pakistan cricket. You say Butt represents all that is worst in a politicised environment and yet you question that ICC has deemed fit to take appropriate actions. If he is so inept and acknowledged by Pakistan to be worst ever, why is Pakistan not taking any action in the first place and blaming ICC instead ? I dont understand your point and what is it exactly that ICC should be doing. It seems like ICC is meek if it gives some leeway and overbearing if it does take any action.

  • cricket_fan on October 18, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Et tu Brute..... Kamran, stop finding excuses to justify the wrong. Could've been a good article if not for the below: "Let us hope so and a precedent has been established but how will ICC behave if India, for example, were to bring cricket into disrepute?"

    Pak cricket needs to act strong, remove Butt, take a strong stand against fixing, cleanup their act and stop blaming others or trying to find conspiracies. Young generation in Pak has full capability of taking the game back to heights.

  • Mohammad Asad on October 18, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA.................................

    Nice article Mr. Abbasi !!!!! I do agree with you........................................... By the way I am Bangladeshi and love Pak Cric. Thrilling Performance !!!!!!!! To save Pak Cricket - Mr. Butt must be sacked !!!!!!!! I do not know what Pak Govt. / Parl. are doing ?????????? Apart from that Media is a very powerful force.....Pak Media should come forward......... Yeah !! recent domestic tournament shows 'Trill of Pak cricket is still alive'................................................... Attention ICC : Punish the person responsible Not the country !!

  • wajeeh on October 18, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    People in Pakistan are waiting badly the occasion where they can punish the Butt ,they got this chance at 16 Oct in Qazafi stadium Lahore when there was domestic t20 final between Lahore lions and Karachi dolphins , but Mr Butt proved very clever he came in at Stadium by hiding himself in Rescue 1122 Ambulance so in this way he saved himself from anger of people.

  • Thakur Baldev Singh Chauhan on October 18, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    The short answer is no. No one messes with BCCI which is even more powerful than ICCI. However, that is not the case or the argument: BCCI is very senitive in dealing with corrruption and atleast it is making an effort to reguate the game's administration. The way they have dealt with irregularity in the IPL is admirable even though it has undermined the IPL brand in the short run. But BCCI is willing to take the long term view which can not be said about other board in question. In India even the legends like Kapil Dev, on slitghest of doubt, have been kept at arms length from the team and the admin-what to say about Jadeja, Prabhkar, Azhar and Mongia. yes, they are doign very well elsewhere but not in cricket arena so to speak. Plus India has also been blessed with cricketers of high integrity and caliber such Sachin, Saurav, Rahul, Anil Kumbley and VVS. false eqivocation with India is good for rabble rousing but these two boards are different and should be dealth with differently.

  • Naeem on October 18, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    I agree with you entirely. Here is what should happen. The cricket assosciations should make a parallel cricket board and start running cricketing affairs in the country. ICC should support that board and stop recognising the politicised board. I know I am being idealistic here but there is no other way of reforming Pakistan cricket.

  • Haseeb Ahmed on October 18, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Spot on. Alas, nothing short of a social revolution will bring down Butt. My heart aches for a team I've loved intensely ever since I've knew how to love. But the futility of heartaches for Pakistan cricket is lost upon none.

  • Tarik on October 18, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Good article Kamran.

    Mr. Zardari ia always at odds with institutions. Mr. Ijaz Butt should resign himself because Mr. Zardari never fires anyone posted by him, his ministers are good examples. Mr. Zardari and Mr. Ijaz are protectors of corruption and can expose each other, in case one goes against other. We, as fans, love Pakitan cricket and its crickters and will keep loving.

  • turab on October 18, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    I have got nothing to say about pakistan cricket. PCB is being run just like any other institution in Pakistan. The fact that ijaz butt is still running the board really amazes me. I have lost my interest in Pakistan Cricket and would rather watch premier league . good bye cricket.