Pakistan's inquiry committee report March 10, 2010

What of the punishers?

The players have been singled out for punishment, but the managers, selectors and board officials who run the show have sidestepped the mess nicely
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The immediate point that comes to mind is, who gave the PCB the keys to this asylum? The merits and demerits of what is effectively the biggest purge of the Pakistan cricket team in years we will come to shortly but, in effect, the PCB has cleaned up an asylum in which its members are as much inmates as the players.

The basic question that arises, after all, is if the team is racked with unrest, indiscipline and factionalism and is performing so poorly, is it operating within a vacuum? It is not. It is selected by men and run by men, men of the board. If the team is rotten, then are the people who are in charge of running it not the same? The players have been singled out, but the managers, selectors and board officials who run the show have sidestepped the mess nicely.

If you can get beyond that, then there is no questioning that this is the most significant action the PCB has taken in many years against players. In one fell swoop, it has banned three men who captained the side last year. Of them, two have been handed open-ended bans, to be revised at the board's discretion. Another captain has been put on probation for six months and fined, as has the vice-captain of the last tour. Reputations and seniority have not been spared. The Qayyum report was similar, implicating big names, but that was for a graver offence and was shaped globally; on matters such as indiscipline, the actions are unparalleled.

A number of things have fuelled the severity of the punishment. Pressure on the board to do something, anything, has been intense, more so because of its general ineptness and failures elsewhere. It had to be seen to be doing something, and a man can only take so many grillings from parliamentarians.

But such dirt has built up over the last year. Shoaib Malik was removed. Under his replacement Younis Khan, players were forever conspiring. Mohammad Yousuf became captain only to ultimately engage in an open and stupid battle with Malik. The sins of Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi were public ones.

Additionally, results have been pathetic. Players' popularity is probably at its lowest in some time, which undoubtedly helped the board in its decision. So steadily, over the years, such a picture of unrest and unruliness, factionalism and unchecked player power has emerged, and such a mood of discontent created, that all dirt had to be swept away. The official board line, that it wants to set an example for future generations, almost doesn't matter. The reaction is mixed: some voices say it had to happen, some say it's too much, as clear an indication as any that there are no heroes here. In fact there are mostly villains.

Trouble lies in the days ahead. Because the punishments are so severe, the reasons behind them must be made clear. The board is not willing to go public with the report, but that will be grave folly. If the PCB is not seen to be transparent in the way it has handled this, its actions have no benefit whatsoever.

Questions will be rightly asked as to the precise factors that led, in particular, to the banning of Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Malik for a year and of Younis and Yousuf for an indefinite period. That kind of punishment is prompted only by the most serious transgressions and if the board doesn't come totally clean on what led to it, rumour-mongering and gossip over coming days of the worst kind can be expected. That, Pakistan cricket can do without. Already there is confusion; the bans on Yousuf and Younis, the board had to clarify, are open-ended and they can be picked again depending on the board's mood.

Talk of legal action is inevitable; such are the happy days with an empowered judiciary and legal fraternity. In any case it has not been uncommon over the last two years for Pakistani players to take the board to court and it cannot be ruled out here. It will be a waste of time, for even if a court overturns the ban, it cannot force the board to select players.

Nothing is permanent in Pakistan. It is worthwhile to bear in mind the summer of 1976, when a similar battle erupted between board and senior players. It was a petty pay dispute, but it soon flowered into an almighty ménage a trois of ego clashes between the country's prime minister, Zulfiqar Bhutto, a close aide and minister Abdul Hafiz Pirzada and the board chairman AH Kardar.

Kardar sacked six big names, including Imran Khan, before a major tour to Australia. Within days, however, Pirzada - with Bhutto's tacit consent - had taken temporary control of the board, reinstated the players and Kardar fell in a matter of months. Old folks say that marked the beginning of unchecked player power in Pakistan cricket, the rise of the superstar. Some might see 2010 as the end of it.

There are only whiffs in today of what happened 34 years ago - for one, the players then had tremendous public support - but with an administration as bereft of goodwill, public trust and support as this one, nobody will bet against a similar endgame.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • AquilAhmedSiddiquiDubai on March 16, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    We know Players power was one of the major factor of Pakistan team poor performance in Australia. Let me remind that Australian tour was always a disaster for Pakistan team even when we were touring with very big names in the team. Current team was a most weakest team of all time. The tour result was on the card.The media openness to anyone passing his comments is also a major factor for running a fragile Cricket Business in the country into chaos. Since we are not improving in any thing of our country's affairs, how can we expect our sports will improve other way round. Our sportsmen know we have a very weak infrastructure and low financed Administration. All the sportsmen in their own capacity, should build their stamina and physique by making themselves a very good Athlete first then they should improve their respective sport. They should always maintain good eye sight and very good reflexes and controlled breathing. I am sure this kind of team will be successful in future.

  • SIREN6800 on March 16, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Being a staunch players supporter, I feel shame today after hearing the statements from senators that some of our key players are involve in match fixing, as Senator added that they have solid and irrefutable audio video proof. I commend senators for being honest and blunt as nothing is above our national pride.These crooks must be punished hard and sevearally, so their is a lesson for future players.Had we been so hard at our ex heroes, we would have not been discussing this today.These so called heroes bring glory for a moment, and very next minute they are negotiating deals with bookies, only because they feel there is no accountibility for moral or legal violatiions and they can easily hide their black money in Pakistan without fear of revenue dept.Just look at their ex coleauges, few of thems life style is beyond their means, their investments in real estate and tangible assets are enough to vouch their guilt. Destiny of such thieves is behind bars but perhaps not in pakistan.

  • NadeemNz on March 15, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Is Ijaz Butt a poor person? Can't he get another job? Being a brother-in-law of a defence minsiter is no qualification to be on this post and make some stupid decisions. The favouritism of the board and incomptenecy of the captains gave rise to players power. Younis khan was unable to perform at all during his captaincy and always blamed senior players (he was the most senior after yousuf). He was even reluctant to applaud young players. What happened in australia was nothing special. We have been achieving the same results with our legendary bowlers and batsmen in the past. Before going to australia & newzealand, we were not actually sure about the batting order and bowling options. The board should not take any stupid step and should retain yousuf as test and ODI captain and appoint afridi as T20 captain as team needs to fine tuned by big head batting coach ratrher than a big belly one. Sometimes, I feel that PCB is more interested in accomodating the retired old crickters.

  • on March 14, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Indiscipline, erratic personal behaviour, drugs addiction and things of such un-cricketic chores have been the hallmark of the Pakistani cricket during the recent years. As such, the decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board to punish some of the players is timely and relevant. I wonder where are those golden days of Pakistani cricket that saw millions of fans across the cricketing world ralling around the team with pride. It's time for the PCB to reign in the erratic elements. I wish God-sppeed in this venture.

  • on March 12, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Another blunder for PCB ...... They don't have any management skill .... PCB is now more like a school .... punish n fines on every disciplinary action ... I would say, Punishing players for PCB mismanagement. I would support the Players !

  • Jhammatian on March 12, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Ijaz butt only wants to make Salman Butt captain , so , he is clearing his way , S Butt is not t20 player but he is selected and in coming days he is also announced as captain.

    The changes which should occur in PCB are not these player changes but changes should be removal of Ijaz butt, Wasim Bari, Intikhab Alam, Zakir Khan which are also involved of " No Cricket In Pakistan".

    They are involved in attack on SL team

  • yasserbilal on March 12, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Salam , part 1 The decision of Life ban on Muhammad yusuf and younus khan was quite upsetting .Why they were life banned because of following reasons:

    1-Younus made a mistake to leading our team through victory in Twenty twenty world cup 2- He made the team as one unit 3-his fault was that he is honest and always played for country pride 4-HE resigned when match fixing remarks were given in standing committee 5- He did not ask for the captaincy and he was given it by board by asking him to do it for pakistan .. He accepted that putting aside his own pride. 6-Then he was framed in all this so nicely that he dropped himself from the team as he was not in form ..telll me the one captain in history of pakistan who ever did this

  • Dost-he-Dost on March 12, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    The punishers deserve severe punishment. They brought nation the biggest humiliation.

  • on March 12, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    wrong wrong wrong decision who will take accountabilty of ijaz butt ,wasim barriand other mnanagement of pakistan cricket team. they destroy the pakistan team every time the players is banned the managment his give safe way.it is cruelty with star players.the cricket board chairman should be accountabale because he destroy the team.

  • raat420 on March 12, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    This is how we treat our heroes and then we let the rulers destroy whatever is left of cricket and then we appreciate what has been done. What a sadistic and pathetic nature of some people.

    Lets see when the results come of the 20/20 world cup then what will happen to the board when they lose to Bangladesh or Ireland type of team??? Then some people will be happy teaching the cricketers a lesson. When will we learn they have cut the face and nose of these innocent cricketers. These villains that are ruling cricket in Pakistan please kick them out of PCB to save Pakistan from relegated to third of fourth tier type of team!!!

  • AquilAhmedSiddiquiDubai on March 16, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    We know Players power was one of the major factor of Pakistan team poor performance in Australia. Let me remind that Australian tour was always a disaster for Pakistan team even when we were touring with very big names in the team. Current team was a most weakest team of all time. The tour result was on the card.The media openness to anyone passing his comments is also a major factor for running a fragile Cricket Business in the country into chaos. Since we are not improving in any thing of our country's affairs, how can we expect our sports will improve other way round. Our sportsmen know we have a very weak infrastructure and low financed Administration. All the sportsmen in their own capacity, should build their stamina and physique by making themselves a very good Athlete first then they should improve their respective sport. They should always maintain good eye sight and very good reflexes and controlled breathing. I am sure this kind of team will be successful in future.

  • SIREN6800 on March 16, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Being a staunch players supporter, I feel shame today after hearing the statements from senators that some of our key players are involve in match fixing, as Senator added that they have solid and irrefutable audio video proof. I commend senators for being honest and blunt as nothing is above our national pride.These crooks must be punished hard and sevearally, so their is a lesson for future players.Had we been so hard at our ex heroes, we would have not been discussing this today.These so called heroes bring glory for a moment, and very next minute they are negotiating deals with bookies, only because they feel there is no accountibility for moral or legal violatiions and they can easily hide their black money in Pakistan without fear of revenue dept.Just look at their ex coleauges, few of thems life style is beyond their means, their investments in real estate and tangible assets are enough to vouch their guilt. Destiny of such thieves is behind bars but perhaps not in pakistan.

  • NadeemNz on March 15, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Is Ijaz Butt a poor person? Can't he get another job? Being a brother-in-law of a defence minsiter is no qualification to be on this post and make some stupid decisions. The favouritism of the board and incomptenecy of the captains gave rise to players power. Younis khan was unable to perform at all during his captaincy and always blamed senior players (he was the most senior after yousuf). He was even reluctant to applaud young players. What happened in australia was nothing special. We have been achieving the same results with our legendary bowlers and batsmen in the past. Before going to australia & newzealand, we were not actually sure about the batting order and bowling options. The board should not take any stupid step and should retain yousuf as test and ODI captain and appoint afridi as T20 captain as team needs to fine tuned by big head batting coach ratrher than a big belly one. Sometimes, I feel that PCB is more interested in accomodating the retired old crickters.

  • on March 14, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Indiscipline, erratic personal behaviour, drugs addiction and things of such un-cricketic chores have been the hallmark of the Pakistani cricket during the recent years. As such, the decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board to punish some of the players is timely and relevant. I wonder where are those golden days of Pakistani cricket that saw millions of fans across the cricketing world ralling around the team with pride. It's time for the PCB to reign in the erratic elements. I wish God-sppeed in this venture.

  • on March 12, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Another blunder for PCB ...... They don't have any management skill .... PCB is now more like a school .... punish n fines on every disciplinary action ... I would say, Punishing players for PCB mismanagement. I would support the Players !

  • Jhammatian on March 12, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Ijaz butt only wants to make Salman Butt captain , so , he is clearing his way , S Butt is not t20 player but he is selected and in coming days he is also announced as captain.

    The changes which should occur in PCB are not these player changes but changes should be removal of Ijaz butt, Wasim Bari, Intikhab Alam, Zakir Khan which are also involved of " No Cricket In Pakistan".

    They are involved in attack on SL team

  • yasserbilal on March 12, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Salam , part 1 The decision of Life ban on Muhammad yusuf and younus khan was quite upsetting .Why they were life banned because of following reasons:

    1-Younus made a mistake to leading our team through victory in Twenty twenty world cup 2- He made the team as one unit 3-his fault was that he is honest and always played for country pride 4-HE resigned when match fixing remarks were given in standing committee 5- He did not ask for the captaincy and he was given it by board by asking him to do it for pakistan .. He accepted that putting aside his own pride. 6-Then he was framed in all this so nicely that he dropped himself from the team as he was not in form ..telll me the one captain in history of pakistan who ever did this

  • Dost-he-Dost on March 12, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    The punishers deserve severe punishment. They brought nation the biggest humiliation.

  • on March 12, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    wrong wrong wrong decision who will take accountabilty of ijaz butt ,wasim barriand other mnanagement of pakistan cricket team. they destroy the pakistan team every time the players is banned the managment his give safe way.it is cruelty with star players.the cricket board chairman should be accountabale because he destroy the team.

  • raat420 on March 12, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    This is how we treat our heroes and then we let the rulers destroy whatever is left of cricket and then we appreciate what has been done. What a sadistic and pathetic nature of some people.

    Lets see when the results come of the 20/20 world cup then what will happen to the board when they lose to Bangladesh or Ireland type of team??? Then some people will be happy teaching the cricketers a lesson. When will we learn they have cut the face and nose of these innocent cricketers. These villains that are ruling cricket in Pakistan please kick them out of PCB to save Pakistan from relegated to third of fourth tier type of team!!!

  • on March 11, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    wrong wrong wrong decision exactly wrong. The player are young and they make mistake of discipline. There is no law in cricket that says player should be banned for life just because of discipline. the PCB control people was in Dubai, new zeal and and Australia but they couldn't control the players. PCB its self doesn't have discipline. if Muhammad youfus had fight with younis khan why would he call younis khan for ODI series in Australia. THey will have to take their decision back.

  • on March 11, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Player power is not bad in itself. It is unchecked player power which is the problem. Without player power, Pakistan would never witness cricketers like Inzamam, Wasim, Waqar; to name a few. There should be room for players to exercise some power, but it should not be unbounded.

  • on March 11, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    I am very happy that PCB has finally stood against the players Mafia. I am quite hopeful that this punishment would form a beacon for the rest of south asian boards who in some manner are being pressurised by their players.

  • poweronearth on March 11, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Comment of the day by Chestnutgrey. Kudos Man.

  • on March 11, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    i really cant belive what the hell is happening to pakistan cricket .. how can the board only single out the players ,, there are managers and coaches with them on all tours .i think administrators have to take responsiblity aswell. and why the hell they have to make a fuss of these issues they cud have easily drop the players from team rather than banning them..

  • plsn on March 11, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Now I can say confidently that PAKISTAN has gone to dogs literally, politically and in sports. What glorious days had I seen when Imran and Sarfraz ran in from the boundary line to Kris Srikkanth in a first class match against South Zone at Hyderabad and Kris hit a back-over-the bowler's head six!

    Neither will we get those players nor the play!

  • on March 11, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    These bans are just great news for Pakistani cricket followers.

  • ManHOOS on March 11, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    VERY GOOOD DECISION NOW pakisran team will perform and fight in matches i am 110 percent sure

  • farhajmoin on March 11, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Who will go through and do accountability of Mr. Bari and Ijaz Butt and the tour management who is more responsible for all the drama that had happened at Tour and lead to a white wash. PCB policies alwayz demolished the career of legend Pakistani cricketer and also few emerging cricketerz. Initially, the accountability of these all management personnel should be done and then come to our stars. Management decision provoke player to do such things. I would ask you all to recall what they did in past with Razzaq, Yousaf, Basit Ali, Rashid Latif etc, and at present still doing with Asim kamal and many more.

  • on March 11, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    I think this is a correct decision. being a fan of Pakistan cricket i like this move. it shows that players are not greater than the team. I do believe Pakistan has enough talent to become the fierce some team that they were used to be. Indiscipline was the only problem. now everyone will be aware of the fact that no player is absolutely vital for the team.

    Raj, Bangladesh

  • Dost-he-Dost on March 11, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Players like Malik and PCB board chairman and members, who are habitual of keeping their personal interest in front of the national interest, must be the ones facing LIFE BAN and heavy penalties.

  • Sampath_KCS on March 11, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    I'm awaiting Wasim Akram's reaction on this. I rated him at number one who might even give his life for pakistani cricket. This is an utter shame for Pakistani cricket.Just after taking a breath, wining T20 World Cup under very difficult circumstances they have let not only themselves n Pakistanis down, but the fans all around the world who loved watching Pakistanis. From Greats, Abbas, Imrans, Miandads , Anwars, Wasims, waqars to Yunis & Yusufs, we were privileged to watch fascinating cricket. We were hoping to see much from two budding stars Umar Akmal & Amars. What is happening ? Whose curse ? Conspiracy with in or from out ??? Would theses things will come out if they had won the first test against Aussies ?

  • on March 11, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    As a cricketing nation pakistani establishment and the larger society seems to live in a time warp.They tend to overestimate the ability and underestime the integrity of their players be it cricket or any other sport.Hence the cries of match fixing whenever they loose.Who would want to pay the current bunch for loosing which they anyways are going to do. While dropping from the team might be the right example for establising discipline, banning without concrete evidence of match fixing would just erode the pcb's credibility further.

  • maddy20 on March 11, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    If a similar step had been taken by BCCI after 2007 world cup then team India would have been beaten by Zimbabwe black and blue. PCB is only trying to save their a*ses and care nothing about the future of Pakistan cricket. No experience, no replacements, no cricket and no security for visiting teams. This is folly!

  • on March 11, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Absolutely agree with Rahul_78, I heart my native land pakistan. Day by day i question my heart logically. I just wonder why cant Govt create a sport ministry and let cricke follow under that umbrella. If you ask me id ban Mr.Butt (he just looks mad ugly) lols another reason for me not to respect my own land. Lets be real, the country is full of corruption. This comment might evoke people and fans emotionally, but as i said earlier lets be real. JFK said "Ask not what your country can do for your but what you can do for your country." I regretgully take pride in not being the citizen of a country, Simply mockery.

  • fouadkamil on March 11, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    Whatever Afridi did was wrong and he has already had the punishment as per ICC rules. Further Afridi has apologised for his action. Why PCB has is trying to be over smart in Afrdi's case by announicing this ridiculous fine of 3 million. Please bear in mind these are Pakistani players not Indian. This is not the first offence of ball tampering by an individual in international cricket. Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar all have been found guilty of ball tampering in the past but there were no such fines announced by PCB for them. More recently Stuart Broad was accused of ball tampering in South Africa and claims were shrugged off immediately by ECB clearing his name. Mike Atherton's dirt in the pocket incident and many other examples we have seen in the past. Why do we as Pakistanis always want to defame and demoralize our starts? Please remember Afridi is in the twilight of his career and has proved himself internationally as a match winner. Agree with bans of Mailk, Rana & Akma

  • sheraz786ali on March 11, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    This is very very bad our board is responsible for making every one captaon and giving players free hand.Ijaz but is just saving his own ass

  • umairhuda on March 11, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Main culprit is PCB, they should be replaced with some honest, loyal and hard working ex-cricketers or even from a normal citizen who can feel the pain of nation. Players like Yousuf and Younis won't deserve such a rough treatment from someone like IJAZ BUTT who never followed the rules (like what he did after meeting with ICC), first of all he should be removed and proper respect should be given to our heros. They can be penalized with some heavy peanlty and few matches ban.. but life time ban is not acceptable at all... Let Javed Miandad run the PCB with the help of some other heros..

  • on March 11, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    I do not agree withe ACTION take.

    Yes Cricketers are to be blamed, but more than Cricketers Team and Board Management needs to be blamed and action taken against them.

    I am reminded of 3 Envelopes story.

    CEO of an organization resigned and left 3 Envelopes for the Successor & to be opened only, when he is in deep trouble.

    1st Crisis-First Envelope says "Blame the Previous Mgmnt" This Envelope was opened by Mr. Butt sometime back.

    2nd Crsis -After recent defeats (whitewash) by Australia, the Crisis arrived and Mr. Butt has opened the second Envelope. which said "Sack few and reorganize" and the same thing has been done by Mr. Butt.

    3rd Crisis -I know when the third Crisis arrives " The third Envelope will be opened... which says " Prepare three envelopes for your successor & resign" It is a matter of time that PCB Chairman resigns.

    THIS is a vicious circle and will continue and the standard of Pakistan Cricket will fall down, and always scape goat will be found and punished.

  • 23860 on March 11, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    These are right decisions. It is hard to believe how a cricketer when represents a country can do like this. Specially Afridi's thing is totally unacceptable. Apparantly these could be a loss/setback for a country but for long run it will bring good result.

    Raihan Bangladesh

  • Dost-he-Dost on March 11, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    This is typical of PCB to mistreat players who always played for Pakistan. Yousuf is just one another example. It kills its legends' career right in high flight days.

  • Farhan-Sg on March 11, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Its not the players - its the PCB. Did anything good emerge from the 2003 purge?

    SO - no openers and now no middle order either. Brilliant!

  • raat420 on March 11, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Well how easily we forget the contributions of our great players this is just an example of this!!! How over board we get to make someone a hero and then a villain.

    The real villains are the ones who banned these players cant you see the truth right in front of your eyes.

  • ejsiddiqui on March 11, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    If there is a punishment then there must be equal reason for it. You can't give death penalty for theft, It has to be the punishment of theft.

    If it is the case of indiscipline then there must be punishment of indiscipline, nothing else. But what about the Managers, Coach (who is now director in PCB) and other officials who were looking (or overlooking) indiscipline but did not do anything. What about the people who made Shoaib Malik captain if he was involved in some issue. Who is responsible to play Umar Akmal if there was any discipline issue.

    In my view board is more eligible to get punishment then players. If they play poorly or are not good in that case it is still the board who has selected them.

  • redneck on March 11, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    i think this needed to happen! all three of them wanted to be running the show by themselves and fractured the pakistan squad as a result. hopefully pakistan can now put out a united team under their new coach and start playing good cricket in all formats again! in regards to the match fixing theories, what bookie in their right mind needs to pay off a player or team to loose a test against australia in australia???? better off saving your money as 9 times out of ten it will happen anyway! and at such short odds why bother?

  • Rahul_78 on March 11, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Some questions to pak fans, osman and anybody who could proide correct answers: 1. Why has nobody from the board taken responsibility and resigned after taking such a massive action? 2. What about the action agains the touring coaching and support staff? How did they let it all happen? 3. After public hanging of ex heroes (Younis, yousuf) why their crimes have not been made public? 4. What does open ended ban means? If after a month Ejaz butt is overthrown which is highly likely then immediately ban will be lifted? 5. Does people like afridi and kamran who r on probation qualify to lead the country? 6.Why not make the report public as in current scenario there will be many unoficial versions of it will be floating in media and inevitably someone (player or administrator) will let it out in the media. And finally Who writes pak crickets script? Pls get in touch with shahrukh or amir khan it is making of a blockbuster bollywood movie. (Power, coruption, money, conspiracy etc etc)

  • profrm on March 11, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    As a long standing Indian cricket fan, one admired Pakistani cricket & cricketers. While I thought that they would be never able to surprise me in devising new methods of shooting themselves in the head, this action takes my breath away !

  • ahassan on March 11, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    What can you expect from idiots. What about the accountability of the members of this so called inquiry committee. Everybody knows that these people are corrupt to the core. Ahassan

  • on March 11, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    I think problem with PCB is that, they don't take react on a scenario when they suppose to. For example when Akmal brothers did the protest before the third test PCB should cancel their tour immediately or some other appropriate action regarding to this unacceptable behavior. I don't understand why they even ban Rana. Ahh PCB can't find a proper team, instead of banning them Ijaz Butt should had offered his own resignation. PCB is useless because people who are running this board are completely incompetent and unprofessional.....

  • raat420 on March 11, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Stop this madness before it ruins Pakistan cricket for good,,,get rid of this board and re-instate the players,,,The Journalists of Pakistan should rise against this massacre of the innocent players by the corrupt board that has destroyed cricket in Pakistan.

  • Chestnutgrey on March 11, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Within one year, Younis Khan will return as captain. Yousuf will be in the team and Javed Miandad will be coach.

  • T31932 on March 11, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    I agree with the ban on Malik,not only was he bad for team morale..he was prtty much useless 1 good knock in 5 matches doesn't suffice a regular spot in the playin 11.Now Fawad Alam will get his much deserved chance.Younis & Yousuf did need some sort of punishment but I think they are still needed ONLY in the test team not for ODIs or T20. Akmal Brothers& Afridi got the right punishment.Finally Rana Naved,I don't kno y he got punished but I was never a fan of his so I don't mind. Plus I think Razzaq is still a better all-rounder than him. And I do think AFRIDI should take up Test cricket and Captaincy for all 3 formats because he has matured alot.OK that ball-biting fiasco was his 1st mistake in close to 3 yrs& he is mature enuf n improved in both balling&batting to be in the test team. Here is thePakistani11:Test:Farhat,Alam,Younis,Umar,Yousaf,Afridi(C),Aamer,Sarfraz(wk),Gul,Asif,Ajmal/Kaneria ODI/T20:Nazir,Kamran(wk),Umar,fresh domestic face,Afridi(C),Alam,Razzaq,Aamer,Gul,Ajmal,Asif

  • swat1999 on March 11, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Harsh punishment is good move! Lets them (present/future)learn the lesson, Strict discipline & patriotism is necessary when you represent for nation.

  • AleemLatif on March 11, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    When I met the team after Sydney ODI loss and had a chat with some of the players to get their reactions about the regular defeats - I knew something like this is on his way. But the core issue here is to be able to understand why such "personal/personality conflicts" occurs among our players. The core reason is the Barra/Chotta and Senior/Junior culture in Pakistan and so in Pak Team. Why can't we have all MATES (YAARs) like OZs and no BHAIs in the team. I think such bans are good for Pak Cricket in the longer run because the current bunch of players (especially BHAIs) are not going to change their attitudes, so the WARS for power among players would always be there. So, I would strongly support a new cultural change among the players where ALL are equal and ALL are equally responsible for teams results and hence have equal rights for giving opinions for teams planning. Get rid of the OLD crap and encourage/facilitate new MATE culture among the remaining/fresh players.

  • kaiser1 on March 11, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Well said Mr Osman. Now its official's turn to move and act accordingly. I guess His EXCELLENCY Mr Zardari, the President must be hibernating in deep slumber. He must open his eyes and drop a bomb shell of sarin on those responsible of letting all this happen in the first place.They never curbed the player power but rather succumbed to it and now saving their own skin. Thanks.

  • SathyaPeraboina on March 11, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    You hit the nail on head my frnd! I guess this was needed at some stage. No doubt that members of the board are equally responsible for this mess. Being an Indian I am still a big fan of Pak Cricket (only)... a better and strong team from Pak is only good for the game and I hope the establishment does not go back on what has been meted out to these guys and dilute the impact.

    Bring on the fast bowlers man...we are ready to take you on!!!

  • on March 11, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Player power is inevitable. In fact, it is needed for the betterment of cricket. It exists everywhere. However, the issue in the case of Pakistan is that it is unchecked. Remember Symond was selected out of the way in 2003 world cup becuase Ponting insisted. He insisted not mere his liking but he thought of his match winner. And Symond didn't disappoint him. Whenever a crises came, Symond was there.

    Lastly, Imran Khan himself was manifestation of player power. That resulted in discovery or nurturing of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aaqib Jawed, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar, Moin Khan, Abdul Qadir, Mushtaq Ahmed.

    Had Karadar succeeded in 1976, Pakistan's cricket would have gone too. We need a balance between player power and administration. Not only cricket, but hockey also met the similar fate because of too much political interference. PCB needed to be free from the political interference. We don't have players like Wasim, Inzamam who can make up for ineptness of the PCB.

  • on March 11, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    This was not the right time for operation cleanup, as next month big game will starrt and in absence of Rana,Yousaf,Shoaib Malik and Shoaib Akhtar same thing will be happened as was in Australia tour..but this is the right time for Ijaz Butt to go too old to work, bring Shoaib Akhtar back at least there will some one who can put some pressure.

  • Yerunda on March 11, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    It won't be too long before the Sri Lankans fall into a similar abyss, with politics are about dig even deeper in to the cricket administration, and some players seeking political office as well. Watch this space.

  • imrannk on March 11, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    what a joke? see that picture up there - it's hard to swallow that it represents pak - what an ugly view...

  • on March 11, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    We the fans of Pakistan Cricket should ask for the resignation of PCB Board and its management.

  • Mosh-U on March 11, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is in a total mess! Be it the administration or the team everything is in a total chaos. Afridi was just caught biting a ball like an apple in front of so many tv cameras...Mohammad Asif can not go to UAE where Pakistan now plays all its home games...Umar Akmal who has just arrived at the scene has the audacity to refuse to play if his brother is dropped from the side...etc.I think out of all the indiscipline that has been surrounding Pakistan cricket, Asif's offence was the greatest but still very recently the board was actively trying to end his travel restrictions to UAE somehow.This is a classic example of the dual standards of the PCB board. I think the board is trying to hide the report to save the image of Pakistan cricket but i guess it has already been ruined.The time is near that this board will be dissolved and the new board will take back the bans imposed on the players to win public confidence-end result; you are exactly where you started from!

  • Truthhurt on March 11, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Dear Osman You have nib the bud, it was a slaughter of Pakistani Test Cricketers, and the real culprits get away with murders, Intekhab & Aaqib, preparing this team for a long long time pocketing big wages and what is the result every body now knows. It is not on, some one has to show Ijaz Butt the real truth otherwise there will be no cricket in Pakistan. All the management are laughing their heads and who are on the sufferering end, Public & Players. Fine, some of the players were out of order but the punishment is way out of line.I have no words to demonstrate my disappointments but life goes on ......... Shahid Pervaiz

  • raat420 on March 10, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    Self appointed committee by the Board President, biased decision based on wrong motives, wrong and contradictory statements by the board about the bans, no definitive proof what was the wrong doing by the players. No explanation of what the players actually did wrong. Moreover no public announcement of what the players actually did wrong.

    Let me tell you legally the Board is bound to lose this case against the players and eventually they cannot save their skin for which these bans have been issued.

  • Itchy on March 10, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Although the tactics in the Sydney Test were highly questionable, I doubt they were corrupt - just stupid! PCB management and administration would seem to have more questions to answer than players. I can't understand why Rana Naved has been censured when he wasn't even in the Pak squad until the T20 and ODIs started.

  • Truthhurt on March 10, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Na Na Na ..... Ijaz But is too old for entertainment, he should be sitting in a mosque and ask for his forgiveness for the blunders he has committed while chairman of PCB !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jeflaw on March 10, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    I sincerely hope and pray that 2010 is the end of player power in Pakistan cricket.

  • on March 10, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Malik is a cancer that has run wild over the last 12-16 months due to the utter non-action of the board, not Younis Khan and not Mohammad Yousuf, easily your two best players. He constantly undermined the leadership and created a factionalism in the team, that, from then on, could never fulfill expectations. If the board had totally dropped Malik 12 months ago as they should have, the team would have produced a far better performance in Australia then they did, and that is guaranteed.

  • SriramGops on March 10, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    I saw some good sub-continent team on the build in NZ. I guess I am wrong.One step forward 10 step backwards...

  • sanjoseddn on March 10, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Its a sad day for Pakistan cricket. They have not only lost good players but also the reputation of a world class team. PCB should be held as much responsible as the players for the state of the team today.

  • sifter132 on March 10, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    I understand the spirit of the article, but who else was going to do it? It has to be the board. It's like asking: what gives the government a right to levy taxes? Well, um, they are the government. So short of the Pakistan government stepping in themselves, it has to be the board who runs the inquiry - they run Pakistani cricket whether you like it or not. I'm personally very satisfied that they've made some big and bold decisions. It would have been nice to see the board investigated as well, but you can't get everything in life :)

  • Venkat_Super_11 on March 10, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    It's as simple as this "PCB has dug its own grave" by making few senior and reputed players as scapegoats. Only if Ejaz is purged, PCB will be able to get back its reputation. Ejaz has proved himself once again as the biggest clown in international (sports) history and no doubt, is the greatest entertainer now in the world. Poor Pakistani fans!

    Venkat

  • on March 10, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    Why dont they sack Ejas butt who is the second worse person after the last President of PCB. Yusuf is being punished for being a practical Muslim as PCB did to Inzi and Saeed Anwar. A clear message to players that practical muslims will not be tolerated as opposed to South African Board. The Pcb should have been independent like Cricket Australia but rather its one of the ministry for the ruling party. What a shame:(

  • localguy on March 10, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Osman, thanks for not having an overly dramatic title for ur article. You critisized the board a bit but rightly supported their ban on the players. Each one of deserved punishment. Yousuf and Younis bans are open ended and my guess is they will be back when PCB thinks they made a point. Malik deserved a longer ban and if it was up to me Kamran AKMAL would have been banned in addition to the fine. Kocha Afridi needed a little shake up as well..he is not innocent but is my fav..lolz... and PCB shall get its punisment one day too. We will wait.

  • on March 10, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    ijaz butt take a good decision 1st time in his job.

  • Xuhaib on March 10, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Mr. Osman, I seriously did not expect such a negative take from you on a positive step. Please let the people of Pakistan savor some pride in any action taken by the authorities at any level. PCB, clearly, is not a democratic body and, therefore, must induce a lot of criticism on its follies. But this one action deserves backing from seniors like yourself rather than another stream of pointless criticism. You are experienced enough to acknowledge that Pakistan's squad on Australian tour was almost the best possible one (barring one or two arguable inclusions). And players are the ones to win matches at the end of the day for any country. You can criticize the boards and selectors for as long as you wish, but it will always be the playing lot that would make the difference. And you must acknowledge that Pakistan team has lacked discipline, which has been the foremost reason for their downfall on numerous occasions. So please, try to be constructive for Pakistan cricket for once.

  • imran786c on March 10, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    We have always had board that has bever served the interest of Pak cricket ever since i can remember (late 70's onwards) and yet we remained a major force in cricket (Remember we never lost a series to WI in the 1980s; won the world cup and prob 2nd best team of the 1990s) The downhill started in 1999 and post Qayyum report - senior like W Akram realised they power they had and remained unpunished for their alleged crimes. History will show that since then this player power has what brought Pak cricket down to its knees. Corrupt, incompetent board or not - Players delivered but not now. I salute this board and lets hope they demonstrate some will and guts and give. My only sorrow is Younis Khan - fantastic and honourable man bought down by Yousuf, Malik and K Akmal (according to the grapevines). And Why U Akmal wasnt bad is beyond me - refusing to play for his NATIONAL team because his brother will be dropped is shameful and most disrespect to our proud nation. Ban him more.

  • on March 10, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    I am unable to understand what the hell is an indefinite ban??? I think CJ Iftikhar should take somoto action against PCB to make all system systematically.

  • agent99 on March 10, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    I'm sick and tired by Mr. IB's antics. It's time he took care of himself and kicked himself off the post. Personally, I feel that he's lost it. He's saved himself from the heat by telling everyone that the details of the players' misdemeanors wont reported. He and his incompetent management has laid the blame on players and have manged to save their posts. The players havent been angels though, and I think akmaks and afridi desrved what they got. But yousuf.....that's uncomprehendable......a heavy fine would have been an appropriate message. Banning a national hero.....but of course nothing's impossible in pak cricket.

  • IlMagnifico on March 10, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Malik and co have been acting childish within the team, with their opponents and off the field. The antics of some of these buffoons would put kindergartners to shame. Gossping house-wives have nothing on them. Pakistani players always remind me of those galli-players who had a bit of talent and a bucket of cunning, always looking for an opportunity to make an unkind cut rather than fight fair. The chickens have come home to roost. Yousuf, with his personal and professional sacrifices, is the odd man out. The others are just street urchins in borrowed whites. Good riddance to bad rubbish

  • RegretfulCricketLover on March 10, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Pakistan cricketers have been deprived of IPL for 2 years now....with their earnings diminished, they are very susceptible to temptations.....someone should seriously look into match fixing...nothing else can explain the performance of the team over last couple of years. The team had too many batting collapses.

  • Dr_Omar_Khan on March 10, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    I read the news and all I could do was laugh. And that too out loud. PCB just gave license to all these players to go to press. Many interesting tales will surface. Fanstastic interviews. Within the coming days, if the decisions are not self reversed, the board is going to be sacked. Depending on who's voice has been loudest in the news, he shall become the interim captain. Abdul Qadir or Rashid Latif might become the chairman and Younis will be invited to lead the team again. Shoaib Akhter, who says your career is over? This is like a neverending day time soap opera!

  • on March 10, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    I am unable to understand what the hell is an indefinite ban??? I think CJ Iftikhar should take somoto action against PCB to make all system systematically.

  • on March 10, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    its right Nothing is permanent!! If you Ban a public figure than u should come up with the reason Y you are doing this!

  • Arzak on March 10, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Congratulations bureaucracy you have hit the nail on its head, instead of asking what the hell the cricket board has been doing for the last decade people and media have started questioning the culpability of its players. I am not shocked at this move because it was time for the board to make such a move and try to come out clean of their blot performances. I wonder why people don't question about the pay packages the Chief Executive takes who should really be on the death bed but sadly is running affairs of one of the most demanding games. Why no one blames the selection committee? Where is the discipline of the board? Who was held responsible in the boards' financial mismanagement? Has everyone forgotten what happened to the Srilankan team? Who was held responsible for it?

  • aztecs on March 10, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    I bet Younis Khan reason for being banned is deciding not to play if Rana and Malik were picked!!!!Which is why he refused to fly out to Oz!!!! Instead he gets a life ban and his image is tarnished.

    Mo Yo, on the other hand comes back from Oz, and says that he was not happy with some of the players and without naming s malik and rana receives a ban.

    Malik and Rana who conspire and challenge the captains authority and undermine the dressing room atomsphere, and Rana who saw Afridi bite the ball...only recieve a 1 year ban???????

    I just dont understand how on earth the PCB have explained their incompetent actions and decisions. Now how do we get rid of Ijaz Butt...and does he get 50 public lashes before he goes?

  • on March 10, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    If the management is not right then it means that these sort of things will happen. PCB officials need to make right decisions and not ones that will destroy the cricket team. It is the only sport that the whole country follows and taking out the vital organs will kill the love for this sport.

  • Badgerofdoom on March 10, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    It was clear that something had to be done, but life bans are incredibly harsh for the players concerned. Why are Younis and Yousif banned for life but Asif still playing after testing positive for steroids twice? The mind boggles.

  • on March 10, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    What the hell is happening with Pakistan Cricket? The national side should go into a self imposed exile until they find a solution to this mess..........

  • on March 10, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Oh! C'mon! Give it a month before the players go to court and have this overturned. I love this tamasha! It's way more entertaining than watching Pakistan play. What better than watching a bunch of losers blame another bunch of losers and dole out punishment. The drama is so lame that I find it ridiculously funny!

  • Saxo on March 10, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    The solution is to professionalize cricket administration. What is the mission of PCB? What is the action plan to accomplish its broad objectives? Does it have the right personnel for the job? Culture change is not a sudden occurance, but will have to happen over a period of years under professional management.

    The same can be said if BCCI, but since they are swimming in money at this moment, everything else will be masked over.

  • vigi101929 on March 10, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    guess what????? Ijaz Butt provides more entertainment than pak cricket itself!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 10, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Mr. Osman Samiuddin full marks to you for raising the issue of the entire management setting itself scott free. However, you may have missed one point. The members of the inquiry committee, who pronounced open ended verdict against Messers Yousuf and Younis. How can a judge give a punishment to any crimna,l by just saying you are to be kept in jail. A prisioner must be told, for how long he has to stay in jail, even if it is a life sentence. Your take on this Sir?

  • on March 10, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Cannot agree more. A severe step was definately needed to save Pakistan cricket but the board is as much responsible as players or may be more.

  • idontknowidontcare on March 10, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    I now understand why Pakistan have so many fast bowlers. Their administrators have so much room between their ears for wind to blow around, that aspiring cricketers naturally think conditions are good for taking up swing bowling.

  • OnlyAndOnlyCricket on March 10, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Agreed on your point of view that discipline enforcement is responsibility of the management and in this case management has been given the clean chit. Unfortunately the inquiry committee was not impartial or not unbiased, they were party in this case and they have settled their own scores.

  • Lovetesh on March 10, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Good to hear your comments on the subject Osman!! I think PCB should made the report public after such a drastic actions. Otherwise it would only fuel further speculations like PCB covering match fixing etc

    Remember the two close matches that Pakistan lost recently - ODI in Champions trophy and 2nd test in AUS have Younis khan and Yousuf as captain.

  • on March 10, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    I feel very satisfied with this decision though it was a little too much, but a generation has to sacrifice for the ultimate good of future generations. My comment on Osman's crying out loud on management getting away with their mess,"Past managements have been suffering a lot and if they got away this time its ok. I am not saying its right." My congratulation to Waqar Younis-You are the man at the moment.

  • ShahidAfridiFan on March 10, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    The current PCB administration is run by people who have friends in high places/ ex military personell. They dont know a thing about cricket so create titles for them to get a wage.

    The way i see it going from here is that the future of the banned players depends on the outcome of the T20 World Cup. If the pakistani team does great there then the public/fans wont ask questions and say that it was a good move BUT if the tour is disastrous for the pakistani team there will be a mighty uproar from the pakistani fans PCB officials will resign/get sacked, the bans will be lifted and the players will be selected for the next tour.

    Although the PCB has banned players like Yousuf/ Younus i think we are gauranteed to see one or both playing in the tour to England this year Vs the Aussies and England

  • Zahidsaltin on March 10, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    I just cant take the sight of this man... why would you put his photo on your article. It's him who should be shown door to. He is the most indisciplined person, be it speaking to press, hiring and firing, or taking decisions

  • on March 10, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Mr. Samiuddin, ménage a trois seems an absolutely out of context phrase used in your article. You tried to indicate a clash of 3 eminent people of Pakistani politics and sports but the French phrase ménage a trois does not depict clash even in sexual sense.

  • Shahzad_Tirmizi on March 10, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    1st of all I must say banning the 2 best batsmen of present Pakistan team is totally out of proportion. Ban on Malik & Rana and fine on Akmals & Afridi was expected but banning Yousaf & Younis is totally unexpected & unlawful. Ijaz Butt is v well known for his U-TURNS so I'm sure 'IF' he continued as chairman of PCB he'll sure U-TURN again on some of these bans & fines. The best thing which can happen for Pakistan cricket is Mr. Butt should be sacked as chairman as soon as possible.

  • dr.achandra on March 10, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    I am pretty sure that all the bans or whatever, will be revoked by the PCB within a very short time ! I dont believe in punishments imposed by the Pakistan board on its players ... total eye wash !

  • Cereal_Killer on March 10, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    I agree. It would have been nice if the house was cleaned top to bottom. Something tells me that there is more to come, be it players taking on the administration or the some in the admin taking on others... My sympathies for Younis and Yousuf. Looks like Misbah will be the captain... Circus contines, sadly!

  • crickatic on March 10, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Well, we have seen PCB do this before. Although they were under-fire to take measures, the punishments on Yousef & Younis are harsh. They should have just given the whole cricket team a rest and cancel a tour or two to heal what the players are going through. Time away from cricket is what they needed, but not in form of a punishment, especially such harsh ones. Now we just need someone to straighten up the PCB admins, bring in the army!

  • Himayun on March 10, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    The only two players with an average of over 50 do not belong into the Pakistani team. I am glad that they are thrown out of the team indefinitely! They do not have much time left in their career so it means this is the end of their great run in the test cricket.

    Pakistani team belongs to mediocre who have very modest averages and records. Both Younus and Yousful would never bite the ball or digup the wicket, that is why they do not have a great following in public.

    I am a born Pakistani and it hurts to see the mis-treatment of our national heros.

    H. Mirza

  • dyogesh on March 10, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Brilliant opening line ! I think Osman understands the inmates of the asylum better than anyone. Pakistan cricket team have been undoubtedly the best entertainers on the field and the best comedians off the field. But sadly, more and more, it is less of the former and more of the latter. The one constant gem out of all these constant messes, is Osman's writing. Always top notch. But even he would agree to trade his quality of writing with PCB's quality of administration.

  • spidy0663 on March 10, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    From my point of view, I think what PCB chairman has done, was just to gain the popularity among the public, and also was in big pressure, on how to take action against the issued raised by the NA committee. Also, in Cricket, winning or losing is a part of the game, but on the same side, we can't regret of what has been done in Australia's Tour. There shouldn't be life ban on Yousuf & Younis, as they are both are our national heroes and main batsmen of our national side. They should have given them another last chance, as was given to Shahid Afridi and Kamran respectively.

  • on March 10, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Now it should be the turn of the punishers. The heads and butts should roll(pun intended)

  • on March 10, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    very sad day for Pakistan cricket

  • on March 10, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I think this is the best step taken buy PCB................This will show players the good demo if they want to play for themselves rather then Pakistan........... There should be no compromise on discipline.

  • sankar on March 10, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    You are 100% right . PCB has to come openly reason the ban . Yusuf & younis are the most experienced & their best batsman . if they dont come out with reason other than their infighting.

  • Venky_Daredevil9 on March 10, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    One wonders whether the players were involved in some kind of match fixing scandal resulting in such severe punishments. In such a case, may be the PCB does not want to spoil the name of the players to an extent that they might not be able/selected to play any form even in domestic tournaments,talking about Younis and Md. Yousuf.

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  • Venky_Daredevil9 on March 10, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    One wonders whether the players were involved in some kind of match fixing scandal resulting in such severe punishments. In such a case, may be the PCB does not want to spoil the name of the players to an extent that they might not be able/selected to play any form even in domestic tournaments,talking about Younis and Md. Yousuf.

  • sankar on March 10, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    You are 100% right . PCB has to come openly reason the ban . Yusuf & younis are the most experienced & their best batsman . if they dont come out with reason other than their infighting.

  • on March 10, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I think this is the best step taken buy PCB................This will show players the good demo if they want to play for themselves rather then Pakistan........... There should be no compromise on discipline.

  • on March 10, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    very sad day for Pakistan cricket

  • on March 10, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Now it should be the turn of the punishers. The heads and butts should roll(pun intended)

  • spidy0663 on March 10, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    From my point of view, I think what PCB chairman has done, was just to gain the popularity among the public, and also was in big pressure, on how to take action against the issued raised by the NA committee. Also, in Cricket, winning or losing is a part of the game, but on the same side, we can't regret of what has been done in Australia's Tour. There shouldn't be life ban on Yousuf & Younis, as they are both are our national heroes and main batsmen of our national side. They should have given them another last chance, as was given to Shahid Afridi and Kamran respectively.

  • dyogesh on March 10, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Brilliant opening line ! I think Osman understands the inmates of the asylum better than anyone. Pakistan cricket team have been undoubtedly the best entertainers on the field and the best comedians off the field. But sadly, more and more, it is less of the former and more of the latter. The one constant gem out of all these constant messes, is Osman's writing. Always top notch. But even he would agree to trade his quality of writing with PCB's quality of administration.

  • Himayun on March 10, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    The only two players with an average of over 50 do not belong into the Pakistani team. I am glad that they are thrown out of the team indefinitely! They do not have much time left in their career so it means this is the end of their great run in the test cricket.

    Pakistani team belongs to mediocre who have very modest averages and records. Both Younus and Yousful would never bite the ball or digup the wicket, that is why they do not have a great following in public.

    I am a born Pakistani and it hurts to see the mis-treatment of our national heros.

    H. Mirza

  • crickatic on March 10, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Well, we have seen PCB do this before. Although they were under-fire to take measures, the punishments on Yousef & Younis are harsh. They should have just given the whole cricket team a rest and cancel a tour or two to heal what the players are going through. Time away from cricket is what they needed, but not in form of a punishment, especially such harsh ones. Now we just need someone to straighten up the PCB admins, bring in the army!

  • Cereal_Killer on March 10, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    I agree. It would have been nice if the house was cleaned top to bottom. Something tells me that there is more to come, be it players taking on the administration or the some in the admin taking on others... My sympathies for Younis and Yousuf. Looks like Misbah will be the captain... Circus contines, sadly!