Drugs scandal June 4, 2008

Throwing it all away

The tragedy of the latest scandal to envelop Mohammad Asif is the potential loss of his gifts to Pakistan and cricket
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Asif's has been a refreshing, old-school approach to fast bowling. More's the pity if his skills are lost forever © AFP

As quickly as Mohammad Asif has risen, so is he determined to fall. Eclipsing the bewilderment at this latest scrape, the frustration and disbelief, is the incredible sadness. Few matters in life are as deflating as the squandering, willful or otherwise, of genuine talent.

For even if this is all some terrible, disastrous misunderstanding - and the evidence supporting that theory is not great so far - the stigma for one so bright, so young, so early in his career is too glaring.

And this is yet another taint in a career that has so far been loaded with one other drug scandal, a fight with a team-mate, and an unproven slur of ball tampering. Men of all kinds have faltered early in life and career only to reform, and made great tales out of it too. If Asif is going to do it, he had better start soon because Pakistan knows - or should know - only too well what happens when fast bowlers waste their unique gifts.

Let's not pretend that cricketers have not meddled in drugs before, especially recreational ones. Asif's own countrymen have not been averse. In England a number of county cricketers have had problems big and small. One legend enjoyed the green and it didn't prevent him from having a knighthood conferred upon him. New Zealand and South Africa have also dealt with cricketers who, unlike Bill Clinton, inhaled. The former even made one of them captain, in fact their best and one of the best from the modern age.

But circumstances here are particularly disturbing, for if there is substance in the charges, then not just Asif's career but his life may be blotted. Penalties for such offences in Dubai, where he has been detained, are especially severe.

If true, no one factor can explain the stupidity of his actions. Lack of education, grooming and small-town upbringing will be trotted out, but with how much conviction? Cricket in much of the subcontinent is moving to smaller towns and villages. The Indian team has cricketers who are not particularly educated, and most of the Pakistan team is no different. Yet none of them are in the strife Asif finds himself in.

Now in danger of being overlooked and forgotten is his wonderful skill. He is a confident young man - enough for it to be often taken as arrogance and cockiness. He is also a fresh breath of air in Pakistan's pace tradition, for he has defied the modern fashion of bowling as fast as possible. His lineage can be traced to Fazal Mahmood and Sarfraz Nawaz more than the two Ws. If his bowling is anything to go by, he has an alert cricketing brain and Pakistan can ill afford to lose that. To write, think and talk of drugs, fights and bans and not Asif's line, length, bounce and seam movement is debilitating.

 
 
Asif's lineage can be traced to Fazal Mahmood and Sarfraz Nawaz more than the two Ws. If his bowling is anything to go by, he has an alert cricketing brain and Pakistan can ill afford to lose that. To write, think and talk of drugs, fights and bans and not Asif's line, length, bounce and seam movement is debilitating
 

There have been enough mavericks, oddballs, colourfully defiant and derailed people in the past here; Pakistan has had enough scandals, fights, factionalism and more. "In any drama that has happened in my playing time, the common denominator in it all is Pakistan," said Allan Border back in 1988. He wasn't far wrong.

But through it all Pakistan teams kept pulling off magnificent, barely believable successes on the field. They won the World Cup, they bruised West Indies, they were undefeated at home, they won abroad. Right or wrong, winning while trying to defeat themselves enhanced their worth. This team, sadly, is not that team. It doesn't look like winning much. It is suspiciously and unnaturally bland, mediocre even. Scandal, therefore, doesn't fit it well.

Tough days lie in wait for Pakistan and young men are required: men as willing as the young and earnest Umar Gul, or with the punch of Salman Butt. Pakistan needs the unflappability of Sohail Tanvir, the tirelessness of Danish Kaneria. Pakistan also needs the gifts of Asif, for no one can afford to lose them.

If he is lucky and somehow escapes punishment in Dubai despite charges being proved against him, he will come out of this with just a ban imposed on him by the board. If so, it would partly, not entirely, make up for their grand folly in helping to ensure that he got away untouched after he admitted to using steroids two years ago. What the PCB sows, it will, like the rest of the world, reap.

If he doesn't come back from this, then of all the talent that has been wasted by the self as much as by inadequate administration in this country, Asif's is among those that will be mourned the longest.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • Johnnybashir on June 6, 2008, 17:29 GMT

    It is a sad news for Pakistani cricket fans. I am sure Asif is old enough to know what he was up to..... He should be banned for atleast 5 yrs so others can learn from his wrongdoings. Pakistan was humuliated in the World Cup because it did not have its top two bowlers. Asif just came out of a ban and he is caught again. Pakistan has hundreds of young players anxiously waiting for a chance in National team. Its about time for PCB to turn its back on those who disgrace our country.

  • badnoc on June 6, 2008, 16:40 GMT

    M Y Kasim is right, Pakistanis should say good riddance to both Asif and Shoaib Akhtar both of them are rogue players and this is not the first time they have let the nation down. And proud2bpakistani you can be as proud as you want to be by mudslinging and pointing fingers at others. Whatever Asif and Shoaib has done, no other player in any country, not even any other Pakistani player has done this to bring disgrace to the nation. Don't believe that one person is responsible to ruin the image of a nation? Yeah, its just like one dead stinky fish can rot the whole pond or a skunk can ruin the fresh air within a radius of few miles. If one person cannot ruin the image of a country then, why are people after Musharraf? Why are people after Bush? Take a break, have a kit-kat.

  • xplocivz2204 on June 6, 2008, 15:46 GMT

    Asif has been in the limelight even in the past for many wrong reasons,reasons which any cricketer would hate for the situation they are in.I guess he is unintentionally following Shoaib Akhtar's path and i sincerely hope he doesnt end up like him,as any cricketer,or a person for that matter can take a wrong turn in his career.But as many mentioned earlier he must get what he deserves if the test results and evidences proves him guilty of misdemeanour.Law is law and everything should go by the book as this will be a heads-up for many sportspersons who indulge in such activities and go unnoticed.In my opinion,the article by Osman had crystal clear substance considering the highlighting of ramifications of this incident,though i felt he was stretching it a bit too far here and there.

  • robheinen on June 6, 2008, 12:10 GMT

    Stupid kid. Everyone knows you can't take any recreational drug across whichever border. I feel he should get what he deserves - like anyone else serving time for the same offence. Just because anyone is in the limelight shouldn't be an excuse for acquittance. It may sound harsh, but it would be a fallacy of justice to let Asif walk free.

    Maybe we're again about to see the machinations of politics spreading their lies and excuses in order to advance one person on the backs of so many others jailed for some senseless reason. Because, let's keep in mind that the unlawfulness of drugs is mainly due to the people earning big money from it. There's no other cause in our world. Unfortunate us.

  • smk2652468 on June 6, 2008, 11:38 GMT

    Well your at it again arent you Osman. Prior to any of the drug tests being revealed, leave it to you to take this opportunity to talk about whats wrong with the game and Pakistan cricket. I dont have any inside sources, but the article on cricinfo about Asif recording a statement also indicates that aparently his urine samples were negative. Obviously there is much more to the story, since traces of this drug can be found up to 60 days after one has used them. I wish the main stream media would wait till all the facts of a story comes out before coming up with catchy titles for articles for the sake of sparkign interest amongst the public.

  • Spawn12 on June 6, 2008, 11:26 GMT

    Shame on Asif, what an utter disgrace our players are fast becoming. Asif cannot claim he didnt know what was in his wallet...sorry i dont buy it.

    The PCB i hope severely punishes him like they did with Shoaib...ban him for a few yrs as hes becoming too much of a liability in my opinion.

    Pakistani cricket is nothing more than a farce now, Allan Border of Australia wasnt far wrong when he said some time back that alot of the problems in cricket are due to Pakistan.

  • key1809 on June 6, 2008, 7:20 GMT

    Kids need education, if Asif is not aware about the severity of the drugs he was carrying, then either he is the most foolish person on earth,or he is trying to give that impression.There are too many incidents happening with Asif and am sure this one is gonna hurt him a lot and deservingly so. The sad part about this is, time and again we are seeing that people who cannot handle success do silly things to ruin their career, some realise before its too late while some don't.

  • Bolton_Dave on June 6, 2008, 6:39 GMT

    P.S. I want do the green before I post a comment next time. I hope that this affair with Asif gets sorted out soon. He is a quality player and it will be a lose to our community. Young professionals need a psychologist and life skills training. This incident sounds very simliar to what a American Footballer or Basketball would get involved in. Is the extra cash from the IPL gonna lead our heroes into disgrace. More money, more problems.

  • Bolton_Dave on June 6, 2008, 6:10 GMT

    I'm so sorry. I did realise my mistake later. Thanks for the excellant website, you guys do a great job.

  • M.Y.Kasim on June 5, 2008, 20:42 GMT

    I hope he is sent for a long haul, it will teach other Pakistani cricketers, if they need any, how to behave.

    I also hope the whole selection commitee, or atleast, the chairman is also sent to Dubai with a handful of Drugs so that the selection of the team is done on merit.

    I differ with Osman Samiuddin that it is a tragic loss to Pakistan Cricket. I think Pakistanis should celeberate and distribute sweets that they got rid of first Shoaib Akhtar and now Mohammed Asif after a long and humiliating period.

    It will usher a new and clean era with better young fast bowlers like Sohail Khan, Anwar Ali, Mohammed Aamer etc.

  • Johnnybashir on June 6, 2008, 17:29 GMT

    It is a sad news for Pakistani cricket fans. I am sure Asif is old enough to know what he was up to..... He should be banned for atleast 5 yrs so others can learn from his wrongdoings. Pakistan was humuliated in the World Cup because it did not have its top two bowlers. Asif just came out of a ban and he is caught again. Pakistan has hundreds of young players anxiously waiting for a chance in National team. Its about time for PCB to turn its back on those who disgrace our country.

  • badnoc on June 6, 2008, 16:40 GMT

    M Y Kasim is right, Pakistanis should say good riddance to both Asif and Shoaib Akhtar both of them are rogue players and this is not the first time they have let the nation down. And proud2bpakistani you can be as proud as you want to be by mudslinging and pointing fingers at others. Whatever Asif and Shoaib has done, no other player in any country, not even any other Pakistani player has done this to bring disgrace to the nation. Don't believe that one person is responsible to ruin the image of a nation? Yeah, its just like one dead stinky fish can rot the whole pond or a skunk can ruin the fresh air within a radius of few miles. If one person cannot ruin the image of a country then, why are people after Musharraf? Why are people after Bush? Take a break, have a kit-kat.

  • xplocivz2204 on June 6, 2008, 15:46 GMT

    Asif has been in the limelight even in the past for many wrong reasons,reasons which any cricketer would hate for the situation they are in.I guess he is unintentionally following Shoaib Akhtar's path and i sincerely hope he doesnt end up like him,as any cricketer,or a person for that matter can take a wrong turn in his career.But as many mentioned earlier he must get what he deserves if the test results and evidences proves him guilty of misdemeanour.Law is law and everything should go by the book as this will be a heads-up for many sportspersons who indulge in such activities and go unnoticed.In my opinion,the article by Osman had crystal clear substance considering the highlighting of ramifications of this incident,though i felt he was stretching it a bit too far here and there.

  • robheinen on June 6, 2008, 12:10 GMT

    Stupid kid. Everyone knows you can't take any recreational drug across whichever border. I feel he should get what he deserves - like anyone else serving time for the same offence. Just because anyone is in the limelight shouldn't be an excuse for acquittance. It may sound harsh, but it would be a fallacy of justice to let Asif walk free.

    Maybe we're again about to see the machinations of politics spreading their lies and excuses in order to advance one person on the backs of so many others jailed for some senseless reason. Because, let's keep in mind that the unlawfulness of drugs is mainly due to the people earning big money from it. There's no other cause in our world. Unfortunate us.

  • smk2652468 on June 6, 2008, 11:38 GMT

    Well your at it again arent you Osman. Prior to any of the drug tests being revealed, leave it to you to take this opportunity to talk about whats wrong with the game and Pakistan cricket. I dont have any inside sources, but the article on cricinfo about Asif recording a statement also indicates that aparently his urine samples were negative. Obviously there is much more to the story, since traces of this drug can be found up to 60 days after one has used them. I wish the main stream media would wait till all the facts of a story comes out before coming up with catchy titles for articles for the sake of sparkign interest amongst the public.

  • Spawn12 on June 6, 2008, 11:26 GMT

    Shame on Asif, what an utter disgrace our players are fast becoming. Asif cannot claim he didnt know what was in his wallet...sorry i dont buy it.

    The PCB i hope severely punishes him like they did with Shoaib...ban him for a few yrs as hes becoming too much of a liability in my opinion.

    Pakistani cricket is nothing more than a farce now, Allan Border of Australia wasnt far wrong when he said some time back that alot of the problems in cricket are due to Pakistan.

  • key1809 on June 6, 2008, 7:20 GMT

    Kids need education, if Asif is not aware about the severity of the drugs he was carrying, then either he is the most foolish person on earth,or he is trying to give that impression.There are too many incidents happening with Asif and am sure this one is gonna hurt him a lot and deservingly so. The sad part about this is, time and again we are seeing that people who cannot handle success do silly things to ruin their career, some realise before its too late while some don't.

  • Bolton_Dave on June 6, 2008, 6:39 GMT

    P.S. I want do the green before I post a comment next time. I hope that this affair with Asif gets sorted out soon. He is a quality player and it will be a lose to our community. Young professionals need a psychologist and life skills training. This incident sounds very simliar to what a American Footballer or Basketball would get involved in. Is the extra cash from the IPL gonna lead our heroes into disgrace. More money, more problems.

  • Bolton_Dave on June 6, 2008, 6:10 GMT

    I'm so sorry. I did realise my mistake later. Thanks for the excellant website, you guys do a great job.

  • M.Y.Kasim on June 5, 2008, 20:42 GMT

    I hope he is sent for a long haul, it will teach other Pakistani cricketers, if they need any, how to behave.

    I also hope the whole selection commitee, or atleast, the chairman is also sent to Dubai with a handful of Drugs so that the selection of the team is done on merit.

    I differ with Osman Samiuddin that it is a tragic loss to Pakistan Cricket. I think Pakistanis should celeberate and distribute sweets that they got rid of first Shoaib Akhtar and now Mohammed Asif after a long and humiliating period.

    It will usher a new and clean era with better young fast bowlers like Sohail Khan, Anwar Ali, Mohammed Aamer etc.

  • proud2bpakistani on June 5, 2008, 12:50 GMT

    It's totally nonsense to held responsible a nation for one man's act, I believe every country, be it INDIA or Australia or England or West Indies has sportsman involved in not so pretty activities, its just how you exaggerate or exploit a news, if one country has command over media, such incidences subsides easily without much fuss for its sportsman but for the rest, it becomes nightmare even on issues carrying no value at all, Everyone knows who exaggerated and intentionally misguided everyone on Bob Woolmer incident, giving it unneeded hype. Anyways I wont support what Asif has done and surely justice will be done to him, but will not agree or allow anyone to held responsible whole nation for it.

  • The_Wog on June 5, 2008, 12:47 GMT

    You can only use the "I have no idea what that substance I was given was" excuse once. It looks very much like he thought "That routine worked with the PCB last time - it must be a foolproof line." If so, he's likely to get a very nasty surprise. I don't know what the penalty for controlled substances is in the UAE, but I don't think it contains the words "suspended sentence" or "official caution." And yes Jools, you're right - Shane Worn's excuse didn't sound anywhere near as plausible as the other interpretation. Still, even if Cricket Australia and his mum were the only people that sounded convinced, at least he served SOME time.

  • CricketPissek on June 5, 2008, 12:25 GMT

    Bolton_Dave, pls read the article properly. It says "New Zealand and South Africa have also dealt.... *The former* even made one of them captain" i.e. New Zealand.. i.e Stephen Fleming who admitted to using recreational drugs. Anyway, it's a very sad state of affairs, you can't blame it on ignorance. He's been around long enough and travelled through airports enough and KNOWS about illegal drugs. Send him to rehab and bring him back to the Pakistani team once he's changed his habits.

  • yugi on June 5, 2008, 10:29 GMT

    @Bolton_Dave. I happen to have a lot of respect for Osman's journalistic nous. If you have a look again at that paragraph, you will see that it states " The former even made one of them captain, in fact their best and one of the best from the modern age." Former, as in New Zealand. You will recall that incident with the young kiwis in South Africa? BAck to Asif. Give him what Cricket SA did with Gibbs. Attend a life skills course and DROP HIM.

  • pravelu on June 5, 2008, 10:29 GMT

    knowing the irregular functioning of PCB even if asif escapes dubai punishment PCB will suddenly act tough and ban for a year only to withdraw after pressure from cricketing seniors.

  • IPLBAH on June 5, 2008, 9:52 GMT

    There is nothing new with Pakistani pacemen and links with drugs. I do not know why the author is writing about other sportsmen or about lack of education in India. I think the only think the author (to avoid deviating from the real subject) and Asif/PCB need is common sense to avoid such nonsense in future.

  • vknotkrishnan on June 5, 2008, 9:20 GMT

    Amidst all uncertainty of Asif's detention turning out to be ridiculously embarrassing, this article has certainly been written extremely well!

  • hank on June 5, 2008, 6:55 GMT

    Here we go again ,It never seems to amaze me about the Pakistan Cricket Board's habit of lying about another controversy ,they really insult an average human being's inteligence by denying yet another serious matter ,if it was in my hands ,I would probably fire everybody in the cricket board and start fresh with not only management but the entire cricket team.....They should be ashame of themselves ,It seems nobody respects any sort of positions at any level,from management to players ,It seems like a big joke to them, I think I would probably lose all the respect for anybody that has anything to do with Pakistan Cricket.

  • yugi on June 5, 2008, 6:37 GMT

    What a stupid stupid thing to do! Yes, I am all for innocent till proven guilty, but I am also old and ugly enough to know that there's no smoke without a fire. I am sure the Dubai officials don't hold someone just for "fun". The implications are just way to severe....<p>

    Whatever it is that Asif was found with, he should have known better. Arent you supposed to learn the rules and regulations of the company you work for when you start working for them? When you sign on that dotted line, you become an employee mister! Whether it is the PCB, ICC, CSA ... Problem is, some employees actually believe they are indispensable or irreplacable. They can do whatever they want, but their position is secure because "they can't afford to lose me"...No sirree Bob. No such thing. I am sure young Sohail will do a swell job in the tri-series...

  • jackson_cricketbuff on June 5, 2008, 6:14 GMT

    well well there we go again.why am i not too surprised.if there is trouble anywhere it had to involve pakistan or a pakistani.i just hope there is some sort of misunderstanding or the other because the middle east is not a place to play stupid.you get sense there quite quickly.they don't care how much cricket talent you have or if you come from the jungle,drugs and crime don't do well there.you could easily lose your head or hand or spend some time in jail.

  • Bolton_Dave on June 5, 2008, 6:13 GMT

    Graeme Smith did not smoke dope in the West Indies. It was Craig Smith the team physio. It is sad when journalists "throw it all away" with bad fact checking.

  • Jools on June 5, 2008, 5:42 GMT

    mamboman, I think you'll find that Shane's "legal diet pill" was, in fact, a banned steroid masking agent, which was discovered after a miraculously quick recovery from a shoulder injury. That said, Asif's exoneration from his own previous steroid issue was extremely regrettable.

  • cricket4shafiq on June 5, 2008, 4:40 GMT

    Another sad story, another Osman masterpiece! Ah, we are just riping the results of corrupt system, a system which belives in adhoc solutions, short cuts and "Dung Tpaoo" (cross the bridge) policy. We, pakistanis should now understand that definately we have talent, yup 99% of us are pure and sincere. But alas, the system of 1% is destroying us, its influence has started glowing now. We are not the best in the world, we are not the most logical, and sadly not the most true any more. We do not believe in institutions, we believe in individual brilliance, whether it be Atom bomb, judiciory, parliment or sports. We neither groom our cricketers personality, nor we can protect them like other nations. It is a shame, but we belive pakistan cricket will come out of this blot, -----because it is only cricket---the fierest lost is national pride and upbringing of nation. Sadly cricket cann't do it, it needs a system overhaul and strenthening institutions. Miss Asif but see big picture too.

  • NZ_Cricket_supporter on June 5, 2008, 0:38 GMT

    I suppose presumed innocence before presumed guilty is the first thing. But if he has done something this stupid, then unfortunatly the law of the country (Dubai) will be the end result of where he may end up in life. And if he is found guilty.... what a waste!

  • pakifan on June 4, 2008, 22:34 GMT

    I am very disappointed in Asif. After the doping issue we thought he had learnt his lessons - He has so much to offer to cricket but I have to say there should be zero tolerance for such behaviour in cricket if we want to retain any sense of ethical standards - I am also very disappointed that the cricket board has appointed a lawyer for him on tax-payer's money. It is totally wrong. He can afford his own lawyer and if he is proven innocent, the costs could be reimbursed. But unfortunately my hunch is that he has gotten into bad company. This is not the sort of role models we want. Cricket board should impose some sort of ban on him regardless of what the authorities in Dubai decide, if he was in fact carrying any drugs. PCB also,should stop behaving erratically with sometimes coming with totally unrealistic penalties only to fully reverse them as happened in the past. It has become a spineless entity headed by a non-cricketer /sports person and run in a totally unprofessional manner

  • mamboman on June 4, 2008, 21:49 GMT

    So, what? Shane Warne cops a year for a taking a legal diet pill and the PCB lets a repeat offender off with another slap on the wrist?

    There is no justice in the world.

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  • mamboman on June 4, 2008, 21:49 GMT

    So, what? Shane Warne cops a year for a taking a legal diet pill and the PCB lets a repeat offender off with another slap on the wrist?

    There is no justice in the world.

  • pakifan on June 4, 2008, 22:34 GMT

    I am very disappointed in Asif. After the doping issue we thought he had learnt his lessons - He has so much to offer to cricket but I have to say there should be zero tolerance for such behaviour in cricket if we want to retain any sense of ethical standards - I am also very disappointed that the cricket board has appointed a lawyer for him on tax-payer's money. It is totally wrong. He can afford his own lawyer and if he is proven innocent, the costs could be reimbursed. But unfortunately my hunch is that he has gotten into bad company. This is not the sort of role models we want. Cricket board should impose some sort of ban on him regardless of what the authorities in Dubai decide, if he was in fact carrying any drugs. PCB also,should stop behaving erratically with sometimes coming with totally unrealistic penalties only to fully reverse them as happened in the past. It has become a spineless entity headed by a non-cricketer /sports person and run in a totally unprofessional manner

  • NZ_Cricket_supporter on June 5, 2008, 0:38 GMT

    I suppose presumed innocence before presumed guilty is the first thing. But if he has done something this stupid, then unfortunatly the law of the country (Dubai) will be the end result of where he may end up in life. And if he is found guilty.... what a waste!

  • cricket4shafiq on June 5, 2008, 4:40 GMT

    Another sad story, another Osman masterpiece! Ah, we are just riping the results of corrupt system, a system which belives in adhoc solutions, short cuts and "Dung Tpaoo" (cross the bridge) policy. We, pakistanis should now understand that definately we have talent, yup 99% of us are pure and sincere. But alas, the system of 1% is destroying us, its influence has started glowing now. We are not the best in the world, we are not the most logical, and sadly not the most true any more. We do not believe in institutions, we believe in individual brilliance, whether it be Atom bomb, judiciory, parliment or sports. We neither groom our cricketers personality, nor we can protect them like other nations. It is a shame, but we belive pakistan cricket will come out of this blot, -----because it is only cricket---the fierest lost is national pride and upbringing of nation. Sadly cricket cann't do it, it needs a system overhaul and strenthening institutions. Miss Asif but see big picture too.

  • Jools on June 5, 2008, 5:42 GMT

    mamboman, I think you'll find that Shane's "legal diet pill" was, in fact, a banned steroid masking agent, which was discovered after a miraculously quick recovery from a shoulder injury. That said, Asif's exoneration from his own previous steroid issue was extremely regrettable.

  • Bolton_Dave on June 5, 2008, 6:13 GMT

    Graeme Smith did not smoke dope in the West Indies. It was Craig Smith the team physio. It is sad when journalists "throw it all away" with bad fact checking.

  • jackson_cricketbuff on June 5, 2008, 6:14 GMT

    well well there we go again.why am i not too surprised.if there is trouble anywhere it had to involve pakistan or a pakistani.i just hope there is some sort of misunderstanding or the other because the middle east is not a place to play stupid.you get sense there quite quickly.they don't care how much cricket talent you have or if you come from the jungle,drugs and crime don't do well there.you could easily lose your head or hand or spend some time in jail.

  • yugi on June 5, 2008, 6:37 GMT

    What a stupid stupid thing to do! Yes, I am all for innocent till proven guilty, but I am also old and ugly enough to know that there's no smoke without a fire. I am sure the Dubai officials don't hold someone just for "fun". The implications are just way to severe....<p>

    Whatever it is that Asif was found with, he should have known better. Arent you supposed to learn the rules and regulations of the company you work for when you start working for them? When you sign on that dotted line, you become an employee mister! Whether it is the PCB, ICC, CSA ... Problem is, some employees actually believe they are indispensable or irreplacable. They can do whatever they want, but their position is secure because "they can't afford to lose me"...No sirree Bob. No such thing. I am sure young Sohail will do a swell job in the tri-series...

  • hank on June 5, 2008, 6:55 GMT

    Here we go again ,It never seems to amaze me about the Pakistan Cricket Board's habit of lying about another controversy ,they really insult an average human being's inteligence by denying yet another serious matter ,if it was in my hands ,I would probably fire everybody in the cricket board and start fresh with not only management but the entire cricket team.....They should be ashame of themselves ,It seems nobody respects any sort of positions at any level,from management to players ,It seems like a big joke to them, I think I would probably lose all the respect for anybody that has anything to do with Pakistan Cricket.

  • vknotkrishnan on June 5, 2008, 9:20 GMT

    Amidst all uncertainty of Asif's detention turning out to be ridiculously embarrassing, this article has certainly been written extremely well!