World Cup 2011 April 17, 2009

Sad, but it's the right call

The ICC's decision to remove Pakistan from the list of World Cup hosts was inevitable; now Pakistan must focus on finding an alternate base for their future home contests
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It was only a matter of time before such a decision had to be made. A global event, cricket's showpiece no less, cannot be organised on ifs and buts, on what may or may not happen. Though it is difficult to imagine it now, the situation in Pakistan may well improve by 2011, but the ICC cannot wait. It has to work on as much certainty as it can, for preparing with anything less is preparing for disaster.

In such darkness, sadness is understandable, even desirable if it brings introspection, but there should be no place for anger. To pretend, as some ex-players seem to be doing that this is a shock, that Pakistan has been somehow cheated is misguided. It is hollow posturing. Could any team seriously be expected to tour Pakistan after what happened in Lahore? The very point of Sri Lanka's visit was to prove that cricket can go on even as Pakistan burns. The only thing the tour finally proved was that the fires within threaten to take everything down with it, cricket being just one relatively insignificant victim.

If that message has not gotten through now, day after deteriorating day, then we can only be embedded in a deep state of denial and that is even more worrying. Ijaz Butt's tasteless attack on Chris Broad and needless defence of the indefensible in the immediate aftermath of Lahore was merely one more drop in this vast ocean of denial. Perhaps it is just that the sheer barbarism, the volume and velocity of atrocity over the last two years has desensitised us. We may be numb to it, but the wounds around the rest of the world are still fresh.

Anyway, believing now that the situation here is no worse than the rest of the region, or that security will be better next time, is to miss the point. It isn't the argument any longer that such an attack can happen anywhere: it has only happened here and nowhere else. In Pakistan, cricket is now a target and given the problems various security forces have had against the threat, given the fact that security institutions themselves are repeated targets, can any international team feel safe here?

The quicker Pakistan moves on from such emotions the better and the quicker the PCB accept that there will be no international cricket here in the near future the better. An alternate home, or a few, must be found. In appearance the Dubai Sports City stadium is magnificent. Younis Khan and his team have been suitably impressed by the facilities. Maybe it will lack soul but people thought that of Sharjah's early days too. Alternatives are present and the board claims it is working on a number of them, but the Middle East is feasible and workable. Some kind of semi-permanent arrangement must be inked in and soon.

"It isn't the argument any longer that such an attack can happen anywhere: it has only happened here and nowhere else. In Pakistan, cricket is now a target."

These ideas are not new. Until now, however, they have mostly been floated by people outside of Pakistan. It would be considerable service if the PCB and the wider Pakistan cricket fraternity tried now to make a case for why they must seek such options; why we must now, even at this late hour, be pragmatic and rational about it and not be slaves to emotion.

Pakistan cannot come out of this alone. The ICC and the cricket world must ensure that Pakistan doesn't continue to meander away like some unruly, sulking misfit. Financially there will be blood; who knows what repercussions there are now for the PCB's recently-inked in TV rights deal? Wealth is concentrated in world cricket, but there is considerable wealth nonetheless and some of it must be spread to make sure Pakistan doesn't wither away. If some kind of compensation can be agreed upon and paid for the potential loss of revenue from the loss of the World Cup, the gesture will be a potent one.

FTP home commitments must now be reworked and flexibility shown in working Pakistan into future schedules. The current FTP mess Pakistan is in is admittedly a result of the incompetence of its own administrations, fumblings it can ill afford to repeat. A year such as 2008 must never come again.

It wouldn't hurt if somehow Pakistan got their team right either. The last two years have been doubly troubling because the team has been poor. Pakistan sides have always been free and easy with focus, direction and discipline, but wherever they were headed they went with an in-your-face, screw-you gusto, difficult not to admire. Recently, they have meekly drifted into a bland, colourless mediocrity, without a fight, without so much as a yelp.

Victory is victory, home, away or in the middle of a desert. And nothing, not even the deepest pockets, eases the pain of so much else - or guarantees relevance globally - quite like sustained success.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • robheinen on April 22, 2009, 11:14 GMT

    Time to secularise states where religion has a direct say in politics. In secularised states in the west religion has enough of a say in politics as it is. Without the possiblitiy for a member of the clergy to be an active part in politics. This separation of church and politics wasn't done for nothing, remember that! Everyone is entitled to believe whatever they want. It is however not on to pressurise others into believing what you believe by means of politics or whatever other means available.

    The short term future for Pakistan doesn't look very good. I'm convinced however that the above opinion will ultimately prevail in the end and that common sense will govern politics. Remember that we can only have peace when we all benefit from it and co-operate to maintain it.

  • riteshjsr on April 22, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    This is a vry well written article. I feel sad for the Pakistani cricket fans. They are being robbed of their biggest passion. However, the situation in Pakistan right now is such that no international sporting event can be staged there. The Pakistani establishment should acknowledge this and take action rather than make illogical statements. The priority right now should be to flush out the taliban and other extremists and bring stability to the country. @ gul_khan Thanks for making an honest, dispassionate, and brave comment. It takes guts to speak the truth.

  • miriam786 on April 21, 2009, 22:28 GMT

    The decision to ban International cricket in Pakistan, to my mind, is indeed sad, but, justified. Frankly, politics and religion in Pakistan have created an unstable situation, and after what happened to the Sri Lankans, the ICC did the right thing. I think that we may not see International cricket in Pakistan for a very long time, and rightly so. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh also have serious problems, and the ICC should look at these countries before scheduling International tours.

    MSM

  • Ulio on April 21, 2009, 19:18 GMT

    Very well written article. Logic and critical. I am amazed at how people are comparing India to Pakistan. My good beloved friends, with all due respect and honesty, we have to accept the fact that Pakistan and India cannot be compared. India is a safe country, the attack that took place in Mumbai were not targeted towards cricketers but what happened in Lahore were direct attacks intended to harm the Sri Lankan team. Even if ICC had not pulled out Pakistan from the list, I still think given people value their life because they have family I doubt anyone would have visited. It would have been Pakistan playing all alone.

    Pakistani Cricket board is on constant denial. I am amazed on how they are reacting to all this.

    Everyone is in titled to their opinion but please be logical and critical when you compare the ever so growing economical giant India to Pakistan.

    I am not Indian but I think Pakistan is far behind it all. But the move by ICC should be to move the WC to Australia/NZ.

  • Muthu_Team on April 21, 2009, 10:12 GMT

    This is the right call made by ICC after long time. Any one with limited common sense will understand that Cricket in Pakistan is not possible in near future ( at least until next 3-5't years ). What we really don't understand is what some of these X-Pak cricketers are thinking? How come they expect someone to come and play in such high risk places. Whenever this explanation is given to them they will start relating the Mumbai Incident in India. We accept it happened, but they should also understand that everyone directly involved in that incident is captured either dead or alive. This shows why ICC or any test playing nation for that matter is different in its stand with respect touring the two nations. Its not just Money alone, security too is playing its role, please understand that atleast here after.

  • gul_khan on April 20, 2009, 10:51 GMT

    its obvious many of the commentators to this article did not take osman's advice and take the emotion out of the topic. i'm a cricket mad pakistani but it would be ludicrous to think that the WC or any other form of high profile international sport could be held in pakistan for the forseeable future. the recent attacks were targeted at the cricketers; i'm sorry to say this, but if it was the pakistani cricketers who had come under direct attack, i feel some of the responses might be different. pakistan's problem is political and religious and being a non-secular society, they do intermingle. though pakistanis dont want to hear this, the nation was established in 1947 as a protectorate for muslims, but not a muslim/nonsecular state. it only became an islamic republic in 1972 and therein alot of the problems started. the govt, PCB, citizens etc need to take responsibilty and stop making outrageous and indefensible statements. squeeze the taliban/militants out, dont give them more land

  • SNaqvi on April 20, 2009, 7:39 GMT

    Pakistan is not failed, the incident may occur anywhere in the world even ICC has refused to give any authenticity, again we are not against Indians but why Indians are taking so much interest in this? Pakistan is the most peaceful country, Pakistanis are not involved in thess terrorist activities, these are invaders from Afghanistan who came from a poor country of Afghanistan, even one of Afghani has ruled India in past. With this ICC decision Cricket fans and cricket developments will face definite decline. Intrenational players come to play in your country and create heroism and youngsters get inspiration and then the talent came to the international arena. Pakistan is a sports loving nation and this momentum should go on. But ICC's decision hamper our developments in unifying nations like India and Pakistan who are absolutely no differences, they all are equal in nature, remember the territory of Pakistan once the part of India, then how may they differ in nature?

  • SNaqvi on April 20, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    Terrorism is a fear which is terrifying the world at large infact Sub-Continent to be specific, I am not against India, infact my Parents belongs to Uttar Pradesh but I born in Pakistan, and also like every citizen love my Country. I do not blame anybody but if you see the stats India itself is battling with 11 different movements and one cannot say where and when terrorist will atatck, if it is not in Pakistan then it should go outside the sub-continent as sub-continent is facing similar situation, why then IPL shifted to neutral venue? But the spirit of the game should remain there, Cricket is not a game in Pakistan it is a passion, which one may witness on the streets of pakistan where youngsters have their own style of playing, and the end result is Pakistan has produced all time greats like Hanif, Zaheer, Fazal Mahmood, Kardaar, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam. We Pakistanis are sportsmen and like every sportsman we always never never give up

  • dibbu on April 20, 2009, 3:28 GMT

    In reply to "bouncer3459," IPL was shifted out of India because of the General Elections in India where hundreds of millions of people are expected to vote. It is unrealistic, and would be criminal, to shift secuirty forces to host cricket matches. The government has to priortize things while dealing with such large scale operations. Second, on a more broad issue, all philosophy and idealism aside, if people of Pakistan really want to be taken seriously, then they have to rise agaisnt the voices that claim to represent them. There needs to be rise of moderate voices, and that cannot happen without accepting the ground realities. I agree with the author, people, administration, cricket board, politicians- everyone in Pakistan needs to take ownership and get out of the denial mode. There's an old saying afterall, you cannot change what you don't acknowledge.

  • Sharatchandra on April 19, 2009, 22:57 GMT

    I am appalled at the extremely emotional posturing of a lot of Pakistanis for this post. Looking at it from a rational standpoint and steering clear of cricket, Pakistan's law and order situation has been in the doldrums for the past couple of years. No team is ready to tour the country, and lest anyone forgets, even Bangladesh cancelled.

    I am a huge fan of Pakistani cricket for the passionate cricketers they produce but this emotional rhetoric and attitude has the ability to bury Pakistani cricket completely, which would be a tragedy. I would be happy to see Pakistan performing well in neutral venues and away tours, which would actually make the team stronger playing on seaming pitches.

    Lest anyone forgets, Javed Miandad's son is married to Dawood Ibrahim's daughter, and until this unholy nexus between cricket and the underworld ceases in Pakistan, there will be no way anyone will tour the country. I wish Pakistan he best and hope things return to normal very soon.

  • robheinen on April 22, 2009, 11:14 GMT

    Time to secularise states where religion has a direct say in politics. In secularised states in the west religion has enough of a say in politics as it is. Without the possiblitiy for a member of the clergy to be an active part in politics. This separation of church and politics wasn't done for nothing, remember that! Everyone is entitled to believe whatever they want. It is however not on to pressurise others into believing what you believe by means of politics or whatever other means available.

    The short term future for Pakistan doesn't look very good. I'm convinced however that the above opinion will ultimately prevail in the end and that common sense will govern politics. Remember that we can only have peace when we all benefit from it and co-operate to maintain it.

  • riteshjsr on April 22, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    This is a vry well written article. I feel sad for the Pakistani cricket fans. They are being robbed of their biggest passion. However, the situation in Pakistan right now is such that no international sporting event can be staged there. The Pakistani establishment should acknowledge this and take action rather than make illogical statements. The priority right now should be to flush out the taliban and other extremists and bring stability to the country. @ gul_khan Thanks for making an honest, dispassionate, and brave comment. It takes guts to speak the truth.

  • miriam786 on April 21, 2009, 22:28 GMT

    The decision to ban International cricket in Pakistan, to my mind, is indeed sad, but, justified. Frankly, politics and religion in Pakistan have created an unstable situation, and after what happened to the Sri Lankans, the ICC did the right thing. I think that we may not see International cricket in Pakistan for a very long time, and rightly so. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh also have serious problems, and the ICC should look at these countries before scheduling International tours.

    MSM

  • Ulio on April 21, 2009, 19:18 GMT

    Very well written article. Logic and critical. I am amazed at how people are comparing India to Pakistan. My good beloved friends, with all due respect and honesty, we have to accept the fact that Pakistan and India cannot be compared. India is a safe country, the attack that took place in Mumbai were not targeted towards cricketers but what happened in Lahore were direct attacks intended to harm the Sri Lankan team. Even if ICC had not pulled out Pakistan from the list, I still think given people value their life because they have family I doubt anyone would have visited. It would have been Pakistan playing all alone.

    Pakistani Cricket board is on constant denial. I am amazed on how they are reacting to all this.

    Everyone is in titled to their opinion but please be logical and critical when you compare the ever so growing economical giant India to Pakistan.

    I am not Indian but I think Pakistan is far behind it all. But the move by ICC should be to move the WC to Australia/NZ.

  • Muthu_Team on April 21, 2009, 10:12 GMT

    This is the right call made by ICC after long time. Any one with limited common sense will understand that Cricket in Pakistan is not possible in near future ( at least until next 3-5't years ). What we really don't understand is what some of these X-Pak cricketers are thinking? How come they expect someone to come and play in such high risk places. Whenever this explanation is given to them they will start relating the Mumbai Incident in India. We accept it happened, but they should also understand that everyone directly involved in that incident is captured either dead or alive. This shows why ICC or any test playing nation for that matter is different in its stand with respect touring the two nations. Its not just Money alone, security too is playing its role, please understand that atleast here after.

  • gul_khan on April 20, 2009, 10:51 GMT

    its obvious many of the commentators to this article did not take osman's advice and take the emotion out of the topic. i'm a cricket mad pakistani but it would be ludicrous to think that the WC or any other form of high profile international sport could be held in pakistan for the forseeable future. the recent attacks were targeted at the cricketers; i'm sorry to say this, but if it was the pakistani cricketers who had come under direct attack, i feel some of the responses might be different. pakistan's problem is political and religious and being a non-secular society, they do intermingle. though pakistanis dont want to hear this, the nation was established in 1947 as a protectorate for muslims, but not a muslim/nonsecular state. it only became an islamic republic in 1972 and therein alot of the problems started. the govt, PCB, citizens etc need to take responsibilty and stop making outrageous and indefensible statements. squeeze the taliban/militants out, dont give them more land

  • SNaqvi on April 20, 2009, 7:39 GMT

    Pakistan is not failed, the incident may occur anywhere in the world even ICC has refused to give any authenticity, again we are not against Indians but why Indians are taking so much interest in this? Pakistan is the most peaceful country, Pakistanis are not involved in thess terrorist activities, these are invaders from Afghanistan who came from a poor country of Afghanistan, even one of Afghani has ruled India in past. With this ICC decision Cricket fans and cricket developments will face definite decline. Intrenational players come to play in your country and create heroism and youngsters get inspiration and then the talent came to the international arena. Pakistan is a sports loving nation and this momentum should go on. But ICC's decision hamper our developments in unifying nations like India and Pakistan who are absolutely no differences, they all are equal in nature, remember the territory of Pakistan once the part of India, then how may they differ in nature?

  • SNaqvi on April 20, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    Terrorism is a fear which is terrifying the world at large infact Sub-Continent to be specific, I am not against India, infact my Parents belongs to Uttar Pradesh but I born in Pakistan, and also like every citizen love my Country. I do not blame anybody but if you see the stats India itself is battling with 11 different movements and one cannot say where and when terrorist will atatck, if it is not in Pakistan then it should go outside the sub-continent as sub-continent is facing similar situation, why then IPL shifted to neutral venue? But the spirit of the game should remain there, Cricket is not a game in Pakistan it is a passion, which one may witness on the streets of pakistan where youngsters have their own style of playing, and the end result is Pakistan has produced all time greats like Hanif, Zaheer, Fazal Mahmood, Kardaar, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam. We Pakistanis are sportsmen and like every sportsman we always never never give up

  • dibbu on April 20, 2009, 3:28 GMT

    In reply to "bouncer3459," IPL was shifted out of India because of the General Elections in India where hundreds of millions of people are expected to vote. It is unrealistic, and would be criminal, to shift secuirty forces to host cricket matches. The government has to priortize things while dealing with such large scale operations. Second, on a more broad issue, all philosophy and idealism aside, if people of Pakistan really want to be taken seriously, then they have to rise agaisnt the voices that claim to represent them. There needs to be rise of moderate voices, and that cannot happen without accepting the ground realities. I agree with the author, people, administration, cricket board, politicians- everyone in Pakistan needs to take ownership and get out of the denial mode. There's an old saying afterall, you cannot change what you don't acknowledge.

  • Sharatchandra on April 19, 2009, 22:57 GMT

    I am appalled at the extremely emotional posturing of a lot of Pakistanis for this post. Looking at it from a rational standpoint and steering clear of cricket, Pakistan's law and order situation has been in the doldrums for the past couple of years. No team is ready to tour the country, and lest anyone forgets, even Bangladesh cancelled.

    I am a huge fan of Pakistani cricket for the passionate cricketers they produce but this emotional rhetoric and attitude has the ability to bury Pakistani cricket completely, which would be a tragedy. I would be happy to see Pakistan performing well in neutral venues and away tours, which would actually make the team stronger playing on seaming pitches.

    Lest anyone forgets, Javed Miandad's son is married to Dawood Ibrahim's daughter, and until this unholy nexus between cricket and the underworld ceases in Pakistan, there will be no way anyone will tour the country. I wish Pakistan he best and hope things return to normal very soon.

  • agee on April 19, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    after reading so many comments made by many people.people need to remember how the Pakistani cricket team was treated during the last world cup. Sure this is a political decision taken by ICC not to hold any international cricket before the world cup or after, they seem to know something that the Pakistan people don't. This band wagon anti Pakistani which going around the world so fast the ICC needed to jump on this to show their masters that they are there with them.

  • chawlaaaa on April 19, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    I am an indian living in UK. Its the most sad decission taken and i am gutted by the fact that India didnt support Pakistan. I always thought these asian tigers had made a nice block and cricket will prove to be revolutionary in terms of healing the wounds caused by politics in both countries which always benefited from India/Pakistan Drama. We invite their stars Wasim, Imran, Shoaib Akhtar and in the end made mockery of it by not letting any of them play in IPL. My Pakistani friends rightly feel deceived. I would have felt the same way if i was in their shoes. IPL will miss Sohail Tanvir, Kamran, Salman, Umar, Yunas, Shoaib, Misbah's attraction. I am very sorry my friends. Its time that your cricket board should realise that in this world everyone is for himself. They should back their stars and not ban them. I think Ramiz (commentrator) shouldnt give his services to IPL in protest. He is a big figure in cricket world and his protest will attract some concerns.

  • Skywalker1977 on April 19, 2009, 9:05 GMT

    Its amusing to see India and the ICC being blamed for everything wrong with Pakistan and its cricket. How deep terrorism has penetrated in the Pakistani society can be gauged from the everyday carnage we witness on TV. Moreover, it was not the first time that sportsmen were targeted in Pakistan when Sri Lankan team was in the firing line. How easily we forget the Indian tour of Pakistan in the winter of 1989-90 when the Indian skipper Srikanth was assaulted by a spectator. And then there was the Hockey world cup where the Indians still consider themselves lucky to come home in one piece.

    If Pakistan wants to be a part of the sporting fraternity, it has to rein in people trying to tear it apart rather kid-glove them. Otherwise its foolish to expect international teams to visit Pakistan risking their lives on hollow assurances by the Pakistani establishment.

  • CricketWins on April 19, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    I am great follower of cricket and for me it's just too early to cancel Pakistan hosting the World Cup matches. I know, currently it's really a trouble area for cricket, but by doing so, terrorist wins and cricket loses and surely millions of Pakistan cricket lover fans want to see matches in Pakistan will loose their hearts.

  • cricRus on April 19, 2009, 5:24 GMT

    Gentlemen, we cannot risk more troubles in Pakistan, current govt. cannot guarantee the safety of anyone, let alone world cup. We are better off concentrating on improving our team rather than pulling our hair with security issues etc. Lets win the cup anywhere in the world and show how great Pakistani cricket is.

  • rimaxo on April 19, 2009, 3:36 GMT

    PART 2 - contnd - I call them chances and Pakistan failed to fulfill their talk and now, some of the officials still dont stop talking. I respect the Pakistan citizens - Terrorism is a cancer that not only affects Pakistan in fact the whole of the world - If we ever wanted a world that we could live in peace and harmony, we need to stand together as first, Humans and not as, "You are an Indian and I am a Pakistani" - The financial strain which the PCB is undergoing, this decision comes a major blow to their already bad situation - so to an extent, what the PCB officials have said during the course of time is understandable but its time that we rather do it than brag of doing it.

  • rimaxo on April 19, 2009, 3:34 GMT

    I am an Indian and for long, I have been a supporter of cricket. If there is anything that can go beyond boundaries, its cricket. When India refused to tour Pakistan for the 2009 calender, to fill that gap, out of good will and to show that cricket is truly a game that can break boundaries with the Srilankan team touring Pakistan. In return, what they got were 9 injured players - so eventhough Engalnd did return and completed the series - what they got was tight security and luckily, no terrorist attack had happened or let's say, to an extent prevented. If Pakistan officials were a bit more interested in action rather than talk always - maybe, an incident like that could have been avoided and what had happened has happened - now it is time to get serious to re-think about the security within the country. Had an attack like the one in Lahore had happened with the England team - I am of the same opinion that the WC 2011 shouldn't be played in India. Part 2 - contnd

  • krik8crazy on April 19, 2009, 2:37 GMT

    I am an Indian and I must say that India isn't much safer either. It's going to be a big challenge providing security to so many teams and officials during the world cup.

  • mgrab on April 19, 2009, 2:31 GMT

    When nobody wanted to visit Pakistan, Srilanka did tour. But Pakistan failed to provide the security needed and we all know the result.. Now if, in spite of that, ICC wants to hold the world cup there, Pakistan will surely feel complacent and the outcome will be disastrous, which could damage cricket big time. Also there is no comparison with India or Bangladesh. India is holding the national election now and that's why the government was unable to provide with the required security and the IPL had to be shifted. For Bangladesh, we had an emergency regarding the BDR mutiny and the government rightly called off Pakistan's tour. At least the Bangladeshi or the Indian government is willing to admit if there are any threats but the Pakistanis seem to dwell in their dreams. Wake up and take the measures needed for you to be able to complain.

  • bouncer3459 on April 19, 2009, 1:33 GMT

    Funny Enough

    1. WHERE IS "INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE" BEING PLAYED - SOUTH AFRICS REASONS : SECURITY PROBLEMS.

    2. WHERE IS 2011 WORLD CUP BEING PLAYED - INDIA - NO SECURITY PROBLEM ????

    3. WHY BANGLADESH CANCELLED THE PAKISTAN SERIES - REASON SECURITY PROBLEMS - THOUGH NONE FOR WORLD CUP 2011?????????????????????????

    4. SRILANKAN ARMY AND TAMIL TIGERS WAR IS SCHEDULED TO FINISH ONE DAY BEFORE THE 2011 WORLD CUP - NO SECURITY PROBLEM??????????????

    OPEN YOUR EYES AND TAKE OFF THE TINTED GLASSES.

    IMTIAZ

  • Subra on April 19, 2009, 0:13 GMT

    Intikhab is a great and talented cricketer and his performances with bat and ball stupendous. He should have confined his comments to cricketing matters where he is a genius. But to compare the IPL move to SA, or cancellation of the Pakistan tour to Bangladesh and on the LTTE situation in Sri Lanka with what exists in Pakistan is totally incorrect. The IPL was moved out, and the Bangladesh tour cancelled because of elections - the boards felt that they couldn't guarantee adequate security. The LTTE has NEVER targetted any sports person - they only go for their political opponents! This is not the case in Pakistan! A team that came to play out of goodwill, could not be protected. Why should any team go.

    The Pakistani greats like Zaheer, Intikhab should be venting their anger on the PCB, their own Security forces instead of cursing the ICC or the BCCI.

    Attacking Osman and casting aspersions on his intentions is JUST NOT CRICKET. Siva from Singapore

  • bluestripedshirt on April 19, 2009, 0:01 GMT

    Some comments here seem very unreasonable to me. Zaheer Abbas's "whine" probably the most. There is no perspective at all in spite of the time people have had to analyse this terrorist situation. Also, India is no big brother to Pakistan. Especially after the Mumbai incident.

    It is unfair to expect the indian board to push matters for games in pakistan. Having said that, it is in the economic interest of both boards to have indo-pak games.

    I must congratulate the author for a very logical piece and hope the Pakistani public and more so the cricketers see read this piece and agree with it fully.

  • mashood_p_haq on April 18, 2009, 23:59 GMT

    First of all I totally agree with the article..secondly I want to tell the world that the comments posted by fellow Pakistanis thrashing Osama are coming from a people in frustration, deprived of their cherished love, the one source of joy and national unity in an Island of discontent and despair .. so don't take it seriously and finally I couldn't help but comment one of the posts saying that Pakistan should boycott the World Cup...You Idiot Pakistan should participate in the World Cup, Once again show the world the maverick genius that is Pakistan cricket , win the world cup bring it back home and then ask the rest of the world to come back and get it!! This is the best way the only way and the Pakistani way. Forget not the cornerd tigers. We will rise again. Inshallah

    Mashood Haque

  • S.Sen on April 18, 2009, 23:57 GMT

    I fully agree with the author and feel sorry for some of the Pakistani commenters here as I feel they haven't been in touch with what's happening there. Cricket is just a game to pass time, there are far more important things in life. Freedom is probably one of them, which is under attack in Pakistan now. Just read the news for past few days and you'll get an idea.

    Implementing Sharia (a savage law system from the dark age), enslaving the women, whipping teens, killing couples on the spot in the name of justice and the list goes on and on. I am shocked that there are people there who can still think of cricket at this very moment. Sure, things were never too good there but it was at least livable.

    I respect Younis Khan for the honest comment as most of us would have done the same. The retired bunch like Abbas and gang would have been the first to quit had they experienced what Srilankans did. I just hope things improve in Pakistan and everybody there can enjoy live cricket again.

  • SatyajitChakraborty on April 18, 2009, 22:12 GMT

    All my brothers from pakistan, i feel very ad when we blindly deny the real fact, do you really think that pakistan can provide security for cricketers? Atleast for now very unlikely? do you beleive in govt, can other contries beleive on pak's word saying they will provide enough security?? if they can, why they havent provided to srilankan player then, BCCI havenot said they wont visit pakistan, inidan govt asked BCCI to cancel the tour citing security reason, srilamkan board have shown real guts and came in pakistan as pakistan borad guranteed adequate security, where is the word now? what security they provided?? How can you gurantee the same will not be repeated?

  • MohammadYousuf on April 18, 2009, 21:31 GMT

    First of all, I am 100% Pakistani. I am with Osman on this argument, the current situation in our Pakistan shows not a good sign of cricket in our country. After what happend to SriLanka it is useless to have arguments. As Pakistani I feel sad we can't host World Cup but we care about team more then hosting. We can still support our team wether they play on dessert or ocean. Some people might say to protest, Pakistan should not play WC but I am totally against it, we have to win in front of world and show them to visit Pakistan. I hope our security improves fast and keep their promises. I am sad as all Pakistanis are but to wait and start winning is only way out.

  • adityadhar23 on April 18, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    Good article Mr. Samiuddin. All this talk of uncertainty, regarding security, in other parts of the subcontinent is half-baked and over exaggerated. The reason the IPL was moved to South Africa is MAINLY because of the Federal Elections which were planned to take place at the same time. Obviously, the elections take more priority than the IPL. In fact, if there was no other alternative, the IPL would have been held in India and would have been hugely successful without any mishaps. However, being intelligent and not wanting to take a risk, the IPL was moved out. On the other hand, it is a shame that Pakistan couldn't even take care of one Sri Lankan team, let alone the idea of holding elections and hosting over 100 international cricket players in a tournament simultaneously. The problem needs to be addressed at the root and that is not going to be achieved unless decisive action is taken first. In this case, the action being stripping Pakistan of its World Cup status.

  • DurtyWurk on April 18, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    To all my pakistani brothers..just think for a moment. As a cricket fan, there is nothing more i would have love to see than a cricket world cup being held in Pakistan.. but in a country where cricketers are being SHOT AT is obviously no staging ground for an event of such magnitude.

    I agree with Osman completely. I am not an Indian, nor am i a paid member of the BCCI. I am a 100% full blooded pakistani. I hurt just as much as any of you..when i see Pakistan lose. Off and on the field.

    It is our duty, to our country and to our people to draw clear distinctions between injustice and logic. Sri lankan team visited Pakistan as ambassadors of peace..and they were targets of terrorism. Which country in their right minds will now allow their national team to visit Pakistan?

    I think the solution is time. Let things cool off for a few years. Choose a neutral venue to host home games and Inshallah in a few years time.. we ll have cricket in Pakistan.

    Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Davesh_cricket_analyst on April 18, 2009, 19:20 GMT

    As an Indian when i read comments blaming Osman Samiuddin of having a pro-India attitude then it worries me. For a country like Pakistan, which is going through such a tough time, it needs every one of its citizens to focus on how to improve things in Pakistan rather than comparing with India. You all have to understand that Pakistan is no match to India on economical scale, on political scale or on security scale. The world doesn't take India pakistan name in the same breath as it used to perhaps a decade back. When the IPL was announces then PCB officials said that they will start PCL. Is that possible ? I mean till when pakistan wants to live in state of denial? Cricket should not be a priority for Pakistan anymore. Reading all these comments makes me believe that probably the world is more concerned about Pakistan than the Pakistan itself. Pakistan is still obsessed with comparisons to India when the world has started comparing Pakistan with Afghanistan.

  • Indo_Pak_fan on April 18, 2009, 18:53 GMT

    Mr Osman..I feel you are the only sensible Pakistani who is not in state of denial. You know the reality of the current situation in Pakistan. There are bombs going off everywhere in Pakistan and still the PCB authorities feel that its safe to play there. They are in hope that in 2 yrs things will improve. Are you kidding me??? do you think that ICC will sit and wait to see if things will improve...HELLL NOO...People like Zaheer abbas who came out and lashed at BCCI yesterday for not helping Pakistan at the ICC meet for the world cup.That shows what level of knowledge these Pakistani ex-criketers have..What can BCCI do when all the countries don't want to go to Pakistan and play...Is that India's fault or BCCI's fault..If Pakistan cannot help itself don't expect other countries will help you. Pakistan is suffering because incompetence of its own administrators and unprofessnal attitude of its players. I HOPE THE PCB ADMINTRATORS READ MR OSMAN ARTICLE.

  • mohsintam on April 18, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    this is extremely brave step by icc and a unfortunate loss for pakistan. after the recent attack on sri lankan team it was difficult to hold any tournament there for icc or for teams to go there.

  • Regata4 on April 18, 2009, 17:54 GMT

    1942 terror attacks in Pakistan in 2008 including in the capital. I feel sorry that no cricket is to be played in Pakistan but I blame our security forces than the ICC. How much of our taxes (non auditable) goes in the pockets of our security forces and what do we get? 1942 terror attacks in 1 year... i can only laugh at some former cricketer's comments asking PCB to shout against this decession.... even if matches are sceduled in Pak, who'll come to play?

  • mr.cruizy on April 18, 2009, 17:08 GMT

    intikhab Alam has pointed out a few spots too. did any one bother to read that ?

    1 - india moved IPL out of the country, why? because of security reasons. 2- bangladesh called of pakistan's tour, why ? because of security reasons. 3- to the whole world its known that TT (rebles) are at war with the srilankan Army which means security itself is at risk.

    now lets b honest to ourselves here. why only and only is pakistan isolated just because of " UNCERTAIN SECUIRTY " reasons?

    lets not forget that pakistan has played a major role in promoting cricket across the globe and it's totaly unjustice..very very sad..

    and to all cricket lovers out there, its not only pakistan that is loosing out cricketing spot but its CRICKET that is loosing a PLACE where it can grow beyond boundries

  • ALLROUNDCRICKET on April 18, 2009, 16:58 GMT

    It is disappointing to see so many of pakistani cricket fans attacking the fair and balanced remarks of Osman. Younis Khan has himself stated that he would have retired from cricket had the attack been on his team bus. To deny it would be to miss the point. Do we really want more shame on pakistan brought upon by ignorant fanatics bent on destroying the civilian face??

  • M.Nawaz on April 18, 2009, 16:44 GMT

    It was right and correct decision not to have world cup matches in Pakistan this time around.How many times we heard and begged other teams to visit Pakistan despite having local problems of violence and lawless situations.No one can play or enjoy cricket in hail of bullets.Everytime security was promised but what happened in Lahore was shameful.Above all did our PCB representatives visit Sri Lanka for condolence rather than they were still adamant to say that appropriate security was provided.Everyone is sad about the decision but no one wants to play there at present.We can not blame them.Now our senior cricketers which are not in PCB are creating useless enviornment about it.I stil remember the buzz and splendid cheerful noise of public in 80,s at Qaddafi stadium in Lahore when cricket was in full swing in a true manner.I hope and wish that time will come but only if PCB & Government of Pakistan are serious about it.I fully agree with Osman.

  • merijaanjawaaniPMC on April 18, 2009, 15:22 GMT

    SALAM Mr. osman... A well written article indeed..BY THE WAY..HOW MUCH MONEY DID BCCI OFFER U TO WRITE THIS ARTICLE? just curious..

  • bouncer3459 on April 18, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    Usman I congratulate you on a very well written article. I also appreciate you for nicely putting forward THE INDIAN POINT OF VIEW. I am sure your SALARY WILL BE DOUBLED FROM NEXT MONTH.

    Excellent Keep it up.

    Imtiaz

  • Damageinc on April 18, 2009, 14:09 GMT

    I just want to ask one question to Osmanuddin "Are you an Indian or a Pakistani?"

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 18, 2009, 13:59 GMT

    I feel that though it is very sad that Pakistan will lose out, it is the right decision as any more injuries to or indeed the possibility of death of players is not worth risking ,nor indeed the same of fans,officials or ordinary people. But I have to say the case is there for this world cup to be moved out of the region altogether because India and Sri lanka are only by degrees safer than Pakistan, otherwise the IPL would not have been moved. Personally I'd vote for an Antipodean World Cup instead. The last one in 1992 was the best of recent W.C.'s by far with the emphasis more on the cricket less on the glamour and keeping locals away(viz West Indies).The format was better, the party emphasis obvious, and the whole flow of the tournament much more relevant. In Australia and New Zealand also there is a wide variety of surface types, and good facilities. Surely the vastly diminished risk of terrorism as well as the above make this the easily the most sensible option for success.

  • SumantB on April 18, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    Mr. Osman Samiuddin, I tip my hat to you, Sir. Yo are the only Pakistani commentator who thinks clearly and has the guts to articulate your thoughts without mincing words. I believe Pakistani and World cricket would be better served if the powers that be in Pakistani cricket could see things for what they are and not live in a state of denial.

    Sumant Bhalla

  • Katri on April 18, 2009, 13:19 GMT

    Is simply boggles the mind seeing how many of the comments here equate the Mumbai attacks with the Lahore attacks. How deluded should a person be to not release that the attacks in Lahore were aimed directly at sportsmen, an event not witnessed since the attack on Israeli atheletes at the Munich Olypics? Pakistan's Captain Younis Khan himself has admitted that if it was he who was caught in the hail of bullets he would have walked away from the game altogether. Equating the civil war in Srilanka, the numerous bomb blasts in India and the soldier mutiny in Bangladesh to the Lahore attacks is being naive at best and obscene at worst. Now I understand what Osman means when he writes about "an ocean of denial". Ex-Pakistani cricketers like Zaheer Abbas are not doing any good either by fuelling this delusion. Perhaps its time for them to stop conjuring up conspiracy theories and start doing something tangile and useful for Pakistan cricket.

  • HowZatbro on April 18, 2009, 13:10 GMT

    Very refreshing to read a logic based argument instead of the usual emotion laden cries we have been getting from the PCB. Fact of the matter is the Lahore incident was the first attack on sportsmen since Munich. As much as we all feel for our Pakistani counterparts, cricket is just a game and no game is worth ones life.

  • HamidMushtaq on April 18, 2009, 12:48 GMT

    The whole idea of arranging matches which were supposed to be in Pakistan in U.A.E is foolish. If this is to be done from now on, then I think Pakistan Cricket Team's name should be changed to U.A.E Cricket Team.

  • HamidMushtaq on April 18, 2009, 12:42 GMT

    I think Pakistani Team should boycott this World Cup! This is the best way of protesting it. Terrorists Attacks occur even in Sri Lanka and India, so why only target Pakistan?

  • Drsuperstitious_at_hotmail_com on April 18, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    I totally Agree with you Osman, ICC has made a good call here, Pakistan's Security issues will always be a big concern for any touring country and probably always will. Pakistan's Government are responsible for Pakistan's downfall. Pakistan nust find a way to end this terrorism in the country, Pakistan must act soon before its too late. In return, ICC should give ICL a proper recognition, without the ICL players, such as Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved, Mohammed Yousuf and Imran Nazir. I feel these four players will be the key players for Pakistan's Chances for the T20 World Cup.

  • Davesh_cricket_analyst on April 18, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    When i read people like swadood and others pointing that after 26/11 Mumbai is no safer than Karachi, then i understand the true essence of word 'denial' used by Osman Samiuddin in this article. Not just the PCB but everyone in Pakistan should come out of the denial state. What's happening in Pakistan is dangerous and the comparison with India doesn't hold any merit now, not for the world outside Pakistan atleast. Further, PCB has been so indecisive about everything. One day they would blame BCCI/India for world cup exit debacle, next moment they will chase BCCI requesting them to intake Pakistan players in IPL when the Pakistan-aus series is just a week away. One moment they will ban Shoaib for 5 years, next moment they will vindicate him of all the charges. Thats one of the reasons why all the cricket boards have started taking Pakistan non-seriously as most of the times it has no concrete stand on issues that really matter cricket.

  • Naveena on April 18, 2009, 8:11 GMT

    Hi Osman

    I am very happy that you have spoken very straight forward. You are practical and you are sincere to your soul. I felt very heartened to see your stand on this. As you said the PCB must be practical and accept things, the whole of Pakistan should. and Ijaj Butt must. The attack on Sri Lankan team was a betrayal on the part of Pakistani Govt. Now its time to move forward.. sincerely hope that situation improves in Pakistan not only for Cricketers but to the Pakistani nation as a whole. We do not want to see Pakistan Burning.

  • Subra on April 18, 2009, 6:02 GMT

    patriottm, please do not compare the Mumbai attacks with the Lahore attack. In the case of the Mubai attack (a) No cricketer was targetted and (b) the perpetrators were killed or caprured. The Lahore attackers targetted an entire cricket team, and if they had succeeded would have wiped out the entire team but the bravery of the driver who was thanked by the grateful board and players, secondly nothing has happened to the attackers, who are still at large, Don't forget patriottm, that the SL team made the tour, when India pulled out, and was doing a favour to Pakistan cricket lovers. But if that was the way favours are reciprocated, why tour Pakistan. Siva from Singapore

  • Subra on April 18, 2009, 5:53 GMT

    IF ONLY, the Sri Lanka Cricket team was not attacked or IF some of the terrorists were nabbed or killed, some countries might be persuaded that it would be safe for sportsmen. But that illusion was shatered and though no cricketer paid the ultimate penalty - Pakistan has a lot to do before any team agrees to play there. The hype that the SL team would be given Presidential type protection proved to be illusory. Of course, I feel sorry for the Pakistani cricket supporter, especially that wonderful person waving a flag at all matches it is something that they have to accept, because no team in the present circumstances will want to play in Pakistan. Let us hope that the situation returns to normal soon and that International cricket returns to Pakistan, but for now, Pakistan have to face reality and see how they can get back. Siva from Singapore

  • truthspeaker on April 18, 2009, 5:14 GMT

    Osman - your article is quite powerful and makes a good case - one commen ofcourse, is a bit unclear - you say that wealth is concentrated in cricket - you are referring to India I guess - India is spreading its wealth via ICl to Pakistana nd via IPl to others - has Pakistan spread any goodwill towards India that once can recall - not any - many Indians are hurt by the happenings in Pakistan - it is very correct that you say that cricket moving our of Pakistan is inevitable

    Finally, Pakistan has to become a secular democracy in order to compare with India, UK, Australia and SA in cricket - until then, it is curtains

  • CricInformer288 on April 18, 2009, 4:44 GMT

    I agree with Osman's opinion as the situation is getting worst here, but the situation elsewhere is makes no difference, even India claiming that situation over there is good and no harm to cricket so why there have been violence over there during the elections being held there! So it would have been a wise decision to swap the ICC CW 2011 to Aussies and the next WC 2015 should be held in the South Asia!

  • patriottm on April 18, 2009, 4:27 GMT

    I disagree with Osman on the basis of not just sheer emotions but on the logic of such decision coming so early as 2 years before an event. Though ICC might say that condition in Pakistan isnt safe enough to have international cricket rightaway but saying the condition will remain the same in couple of years is simply absurd. Actually what Pakistan Cricket lacks is a real leader. The top management including Ijaz Butt are doing nothing right or probably they dont have the capability of doing anything right. International Cricket management requires having good PR and lobbying but Chairman board could hardly has the talent or will to convince an international lobby. We can take e.g. of India much worse attacks happened in Mumbai but still nobody is talking about India being unsafe, its just because of their strong lobbying and right management. If the same bias continues the cricket in Pakistan will be lost forever and this will be loss for whole criketing world.

  • AdityaMookerjee on April 18, 2009, 4:23 GMT

    I am saddened, that the people of Pakistan have been dealt this unfortunate blow to their idea of the sovereignty of their nation. I am a well-wisher of Pakistan, because I remember, that we were the parts of one identity. The people of Pakistan are not different to the people of India. The cricket team of Pakistan is very significant to the identity of Pakistan. When India and Pakistan had one identity in the past, it is foolish to harbor misunderstanding and acrimony, and disharmony toward one another. In my opinion, Lahore is one of the premier cricket venues in the globe. The atmosphere in Lahore, during an India-Pakistan encounter, is unmatched anywhere. Peshawar is among the most picturesque of cricket stadiums.

  • gunnerjp on April 18, 2009, 4:16 GMT

    Is Zaheer Abbas in the right frame of mind? Which team will go to Pakistan and play cricket with the current situation there? No one is isolating Pakistan.He should remember the 1996 world cup situation when teams refused playing in Sri Lanka.

  • beaman on April 18, 2009, 3:59 GMT

    Superb article Osman. Those peoples who are angry for the reason why world cup moved from Pakistan, should read your article. Till morning, I was also angry and very sad for Pakistan. after reading your article my mind is change.Yes, it is a right call,yesterday night Inzi statement is also right indeed, current PCB is a worst Pakistan Cricket board in history, employees are fighting each other rather than solve a cricket issues. PCB weakness played a major role for losing of a world cup hosting rights, and BCCI also showed it's power in ICC. anyway Pakistan should play all home series in U.A.E and Dubai, at least in this way PCB earn some money, In Pakistan and mostly in Karachi, people prefer to watch cricket on television, not in stadium. So ICC gave the right call for PCB. I am pretty sure Pak players gain a lot of experience after playing abroad. but I believe also, International cricket will be live again in Pakistan.

  • swadood on April 18, 2009, 3:44 GMT

    I just don't understand what makes ICC think that India or Sri Lanka are safe? OK I agree that Pakistan is not safe but so are India and SL. World Cup in 2011 should have been played in Australia and Newzealand, and ICC needs to stop playing music chair with the feelings and emotions of the cricket lovers in Pakistan. Does that mean Asian bloc need to raise there hand then World Cup can happen in Pakistan but if they don't raise there hand then no world cup in Pakistan? STOP IT MODI.

  • andrew.henshaw on April 18, 2009, 3:43 GMT

    Hi Osman, I'd like to know your thoughts on the security situation for Afghanistan/Pakistan now that Afghanistan has ODI status? Presumably Afghanistan will be in the exact same boat as Pakistan - but what if the two were to play each other in a bilateral series?

  • SaqibJabbar on April 18, 2009, 3:19 GMT

    Hi, I am totally agree with osman. It is not a good time to blame icc or other counties. Because yes we have security problems in our country. And as a nation it is our duty to come up and fight against those threats. Cricket in Pakistan is not necessary, my first priority is to save my country. We have lots of enimes within or country and ofcourse outside the country. I m hopeful for future and i am 100% sure that one day we will play in our country soon. Pakistan Zindabad

  • kerala_guy on April 18, 2009, 3:05 GMT

    wonderful article mr.osman. having born in india and travelling now around the world, i have to repeat what should be now obvious. india is not a threat to pakistan. infact to be honest, pakistan is irrelevant in india (except of course for the terror attacks that is being patronised by the estabalishment in pakistan).

    with a booming economy (of course with other troubles like tribal issues, environmental issues, political corruption), good business leaders (of course with corrput guys like the ex-satyam ceo), upcoming fresh politicians like rahul (and not needed one's like varun), a software industry that can spawn the next google or microsoft, a culture that spans from kashmir to kanyakumari, a secular tradition wherein a muslim, hindu, jew, christian are one and the same, the land that gave akbar, gita, gautama and mahatma now towers rest of the world.

    the sooner pak realises this and confronts the terror dog, the much better it will be. a confident pak is what the world needs

  • SmartycricketersinBlue on April 18, 2009, 3:03 GMT

    Its very good decision as reports says pakistan can be finish in 6 or more months itself then how can you say to give it future of Cricket yess its sad but pakistanis should apologise this they should finish terrorism from their country first, may be decision made by ICC is too early but there is not a single sign by pakistan yet that they will do something to save their country We have seen the Taliban in Afganistan there was no play for a long time because of them they says these all entertainment stuff are against Islam which is not true everybody knows but what can we do Its all in hand of pakistani ppl to save their country first, except a little girl not a single of pakistani even said a single word that we will defeat terrorism terrorists would be killed sooner or later by other countries but what would happen of pakistan till then?? its time for them to do something for their country otherwise not a single person will be safe in their own country if they really loves it.

  • avmd on April 18, 2009, 2:37 GMT

    Its a sad day for Pakistan cricket, but hardly unexpected and not without a reason. Only surprise is that India, which cannot host its own IPL due to security problem and BD and SL with their own security threats are considered safe.

    The best option would have been to move the WC to Aus-NZ and let subcontinent host the next WC, hoping security will improve by then

  • Anzi on April 18, 2009, 2:26 GMT

    ICC made a right decision by not putting cricketers lives at stake.

  • worldorder on April 18, 2009, 1:38 GMT

    Osman hits the nail right on the head yet again. The sooner PCB realizes the same the better.

    Although I have full confidence in the "abilities" of our cricket "karta dhartas" but this time I sincerely hope that they prove me and all Pakistan cricket fans and supports wrong.

  • kaiser1 on April 18, 2009, 1:33 GMT

    A very well said and written article Mr. Usman, it would have been ideal to work on alternative venues instead of making lame excuses in the recent past but what to say of our own mismanagement largely due to chaos and as a result of poor politics prevailing our own country. The hue and cry of ramiz raja is misfire and those of others. We should be rational in future to protect our sport and soul of it. Thanks. Its better to save our team members getting away from team into the mire and guile of wealth due to Icl and Ipl.

  • Srinino1 on April 18, 2009, 1:29 GMT

    Well written and balanced article. Really happy to see that India is not blamed for all the troubles in Pakistan cricket. When they are in trouble they blame India and then want India to bail them out. BCCI though flaunts its money power, there is no doubt that it has time and again helped Sri Lankan and Pakistani cricket.

  • Arsh on April 18, 2009, 0:54 GMT

    Good points and I agree wholeheartedly. I just read a news item (http://sports.in.msn.com/cricket/stories/article.aspx?cp-documentid=2929155) in which Zaheer Abbas is blaming BCCI for this. This is so aggravating. I find it atrocious that few people in Pakistan are blaming BCCI for this instead of taking a good look at themselves. Nothing will improve in Pakistan as long as they keep blaming BCCI, ICC, IPL, Shahrukh Khan or whatever instead of taking responsibility.

  • Hindu_India on April 18, 2009, 0:53 GMT

    Osman, I have to commend you on writing a sensitive article but one that gives hope to people in your home country without forgetting the ground realities of the current times. I hope Pakistan comes out of this current mess as a stronger nation and a more secular nation. No country can help Pakistan if Pakistan doesn't want to help themselves! All injuries take time to heal and the ex-Pakistan players should refrain from making emotional statements. It is time for some self-introspection... Mr. Zaheer Abbas, Mr. Rameez Raja and Mr. Javed Miandad! It is time to take responsibility!

  • nantoniod on April 18, 2009, 0:28 GMT

    is it possible that terrorism could follow the pakistan team where ever they plays and if so should we be looking at excluding them for the international arena until they solve their hate problem. misfortune(s) seem to follow pakistan; remember jamaica during the last world cup

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  • nantoniod on April 18, 2009, 0:28 GMT

    is it possible that terrorism could follow the pakistan team where ever they plays and if so should we be looking at excluding them for the international arena until they solve their hate problem. misfortune(s) seem to follow pakistan; remember jamaica during the last world cup

  • Hindu_India on April 18, 2009, 0:53 GMT

    Osman, I have to commend you on writing a sensitive article but one that gives hope to people in your home country without forgetting the ground realities of the current times. I hope Pakistan comes out of this current mess as a stronger nation and a more secular nation. No country can help Pakistan if Pakistan doesn't want to help themselves! All injuries take time to heal and the ex-Pakistan players should refrain from making emotional statements. It is time for some self-introspection... Mr. Zaheer Abbas, Mr. Rameez Raja and Mr. Javed Miandad! It is time to take responsibility!

  • Arsh on April 18, 2009, 0:54 GMT

    Good points and I agree wholeheartedly. I just read a news item (http://sports.in.msn.com/cricket/stories/article.aspx?cp-documentid=2929155) in which Zaheer Abbas is blaming BCCI for this. This is so aggravating. I find it atrocious that few people in Pakistan are blaming BCCI for this instead of taking a good look at themselves. Nothing will improve in Pakistan as long as they keep blaming BCCI, ICC, IPL, Shahrukh Khan or whatever instead of taking responsibility.

  • Srinino1 on April 18, 2009, 1:29 GMT

    Well written and balanced article. Really happy to see that India is not blamed for all the troubles in Pakistan cricket. When they are in trouble they blame India and then want India to bail them out. BCCI though flaunts its money power, there is no doubt that it has time and again helped Sri Lankan and Pakistani cricket.

  • kaiser1 on April 18, 2009, 1:33 GMT

    A very well said and written article Mr. Usman, it would have been ideal to work on alternative venues instead of making lame excuses in the recent past but what to say of our own mismanagement largely due to chaos and as a result of poor politics prevailing our own country. The hue and cry of ramiz raja is misfire and those of others. We should be rational in future to protect our sport and soul of it. Thanks. Its better to save our team members getting away from team into the mire and guile of wealth due to Icl and Ipl.

  • worldorder on April 18, 2009, 1:38 GMT

    Osman hits the nail right on the head yet again. The sooner PCB realizes the same the better.

    Although I have full confidence in the "abilities" of our cricket "karta dhartas" but this time I sincerely hope that they prove me and all Pakistan cricket fans and supports wrong.

  • Anzi on April 18, 2009, 2:26 GMT

    ICC made a right decision by not putting cricketers lives at stake.

  • avmd on April 18, 2009, 2:37 GMT

    Its a sad day for Pakistan cricket, but hardly unexpected and not without a reason. Only surprise is that India, which cannot host its own IPL due to security problem and BD and SL with their own security threats are considered safe.

    The best option would have been to move the WC to Aus-NZ and let subcontinent host the next WC, hoping security will improve by then

  • SmartycricketersinBlue on April 18, 2009, 3:03 GMT

    Its very good decision as reports says pakistan can be finish in 6 or more months itself then how can you say to give it future of Cricket yess its sad but pakistanis should apologise this they should finish terrorism from their country first, may be decision made by ICC is too early but there is not a single sign by pakistan yet that they will do something to save their country We have seen the Taliban in Afganistan there was no play for a long time because of them they says these all entertainment stuff are against Islam which is not true everybody knows but what can we do Its all in hand of pakistani ppl to save their country first, except a little girl not a single of pakistani even said a single word that we will defeat terrorism terrorists would be killed sooner or later by other countries but what would happen of pakistan till then?? its time for them to do something for their country otherwise not a single person will be safe in their own country if they really loves it.

  • kerala_guy on April 18, 2009, 3:05 GMT

    wonderful article mr.osman. having born in india and travelling now around the world, i have to repeat what should be now obvious. india is not a threat to pakistan. infact to be honest, pakistan is irrelevant in india (except of course for the terror attacks that is being patronised by the estabalishment in pakistan).

    with a booming economy (of course with other troubles like tribal issues, environmental issues, political corruption), good business leaders (of course with corrput guys like the ex-satyam ceo), upcoming fresh politicians like rahul (and not needed one's like varun), a software industry that can spawn the next google or microsoft, a culture that spans from kashmir to kanyakumari, a secular tradition wherein a muslim, hindu, jew, christian are one and the same, the land that gave akbar, gita, gautama and mahatma now towers rest of the world.

    the sooner pak realises this and confronts the terror dog, the much better it will be. a confident pak is what the world needs