Osman Samiuddin
Sportswriter at the National

A new low, even for Pakistan

The aftermath of the leaked video reveals to what depths Pakistan's players have fallen

Osman Samiuddin

May 21, 2010

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Shoaib Malik and Naved-ul-Hasan play some football during a training camp, National Stadium, Karachi, September 12, 2009
An unrepentant Naved-ul-Hasan confessed to having underperformed © AFP
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No longer should there be doubts that the current batch of players are among the most pathetic characters to have represented Pakistan. The leaked video of the PCB's inquiry committee hearings has simply confirmed, and put incontrovertibly and forever on the greatest mirror of our times, television, what many already knew: that this band of senior players care not for anything but themselves, that they cannot be captained by anyone, that they are governed by their greed for power and that they will, most shockingly, deliberately underperform to undermine their captain. Pathetic is barely condemnation.

This has been the way since Inzamam-ul-Haq left: so much factionalism, so many groups with different interests that nobody even remembers who is on whose side anymore. Shoaib Malik is a central figure.

He has been ably supported by men such as Salman Butt, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal and a handful of others, including even managers such as Yawar Saeed. What their aim has ever been is not certain, other than reinstating Malik as captain.

Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Yousuf have brought their own agendas. Afridi was used - or chose to be used - by Malik's lot in trying to bring down Younis Khan as captain. Yousuf's one-point agenda, meanwhile, has been to get rid of Malik somehow, with whom he has publicly rowed since 2007. Younis has had, what the master of the non-answer, Intikhab Alam, called, his own issues.

Two captains, Younis and Yousuf, have publicly said their players were actively trying to uproot them. The most shocking parts of the video - and there are enough - are Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's happy confessions of first siding against and then siding with Younis, and underperforming under him. He says it with unrepentant, shocking candour.

When Younis was captain, up to eight players met (typically, there are conflicting reports over where, and thus, how many times) to take an oath of allegiance to not play under him. An oath of allegiance to not play under him: nothing better captures the stench of these men than this, a quasi-official act of loyalty in the ultimate cause of disloyalty. There is so much distrust that they don't even trust each other to unite in the face of a common enemy unless an allegiance is shamefully made to higher authorities. Less bitchiness will be found in a season of either Gossip Girl or Pakistan's parliament.

So intense has been the infighting and factionalism that it shocked a member even of the coaching set-up on the Australia tour, one fully involved in the bad days of the 90s, when there were more captains in any XI than players. But in those days, he said, once they were on the field such differences were put aside so that matches could be won (at least, the blighted history of this country's cricket forces us to recall, those matches that weren't fixed). That was evident in results from the decade.

 
 
Up to eight players met to take an oath of allegiance to not play under Younis. Nothing better captures the stench of these men than this, a quasi-official act of loyalty in the ultimate cause of disloyalty
 

Younger players, such as Umar Akmal and Mohammad Aamer, are being drawn in. Their talent will never fail them but their personalities will. The younger Akmal, in particular, has developed the kind of cockiness and arrogance that will make him as many enemies as he will runs. Aamer has been involved in a serious dust-up with Umar Gul, over as small a matter as a dropped catch. And the ogling of women - no cricket crime, really - that Afridi refers to, is in at least one case directed at Aamer, who put down Ricky Ponting at deep fine leg in Hobart, minutes after just such a distraction. Neither Akmal nor Aamer is yet a full year into the international game.

It is a shameful, sorry spectacle, even when we think we are inured to such. It's no bad thing that the PCB has handed out such punishments as it has; after all, the one thing the video makes abundantly clear is that these men cannot play with each other, at least not without harming the team.

But the board should have been more open when it was handing out the punishments, if only to spare themselves this current headache. And they should also have sacked themselves for not being able to handle the situation. As much as it is an exposé of the rot among the players, it is also an indictment of the absolute incompetence of the PCB's top hierarchy. They failed to back any captain they selected, they appointed managers who couldn't handle situations, and in fact exacerbated them, and they let the situation fester. If players have been banned, so should Ijaz Butt, Wasim Bari, Yawar Saeed and others be told to go, to hopefully end what is among the sorriest periods in the history of this cricketing nation.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by pakspin on (May 24, 2010, 16:37 GMT)

Action49 you give Afridi's averages and assume that is all what makes a player. This is a very Indian way of thinking=who has the most centuries=who has the most average.Better to look at who wins to the most games..who performs when it matters the most..who wins you the ICC events..We won 2009 t20 WC because of Afridi's performances in the semi-final and final with both the bat and ball...he won us the World cup...He' got us to the semi-finals this time even when he was given a team he did not like...his agressive tactics vs Australia in semis (first time a team stood up to ozzy pacemen) is a sign of good things to come. Lastly, he's not a part of this whole group chaoes or at least not the center of it..If you just want to look at meaningless averages, look at Tendulker..what good is it when he can't win your country matches and cups? I would take Afridis match winning ability in big events over Tendulkers centuries vs weak teams on dead pitches in meaningless matches any day.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2010, 15:09 GMT)

I still want an answer for my question. Why did you fire Mohammed Yousuf and Younis Khan? Do you seriously think, bang bang and the Akmals can replace those two guys? You cannot hide/replace experience that is for sure. All you have done is beat South Africa in a 20/20 game, a nation which does not know anything abt how to play a turning ball. I don think Pakistan has the thing to beat a better team in any series. Give it another 1 or 2 years then they might grow. Also, why have you guys picked K.Akmal after all his wicket keeping woes??? He himself, is asking the same question. Why don you guys play him like Brendon McCullum. Also please reveal list of "League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen". They are the shameless creatures in any planet. I think Akmal should have been in that league... Or else he will not keep like that.

Posted by Acton49 on (May 24, 2010, 13:36 GMT)

What a mess.... The players have their on agenda, they all want to be captain. Take Afridi, the man walked out of the test and said he wasn't interested, and now that the field is clear, what have the loser championing the case of "look here I am the man to lead the country on all format of the game", as a snake, I would not be at all surprised that he must be in on the act to install himself as the undisputed king! Lets take Afridi's test and Odi and T20. In tests after the back to back test centuries against India, he had 7 innings with average 19 and 61 overs 5 wicket at 58 average. In the ODI he palyed 37 matches in the same time frame (july 2007 -31 jan 2010) his average played 48 runs 885 avg 19.24. Bowling 507 overs 2356 runs 73 wkts (avg 32.56 econ rate 4.64) In T20, played 33 runs 566 avg 19 Bowling 41 wkts ave 19.11. The stats then tells us what is the worth of Afridi in the Pakistani side and he want to be a captain. This is a Joke too far

Posted by pakistanicricketlover on (May 23, 2010, 21:22 GMT)

Once again why do the fans have to suffer. Its unbelievable but true in a population of millions yet we can't set a proper organisation with educated people. We need proffesional and educated cricketers like Imran Khan. I love Pakistan cricket and its so sad when these people under perform, who are they cheating only themselves. How low could one go by cheating with your own country. These men should get officially prosecuted for doing this. I mean you are not playing for your school team its your country not your captain or anyone else but just go out and play for your country. I don't understand why players like Rana, Hafeez, Iftekhar, Misbah and Arafat keep coming back, is there no one in a population of over 160 million we can't kind 11 professional cricketers who will play for their country especially in a country where cricket is played everywhere. Even is they are not educated the PCB need to set a good example and the players can then follow. Inshallah there will be changes.

Posted by Mahdi_E-Dra_Gujranwali on (May 23, 2010, 17:59 GMT)

As a die e hard fan of Pakistan cricket and its intricacies I am appalled by the current imbroglio. What irks me the most is that these players chose to take to meet their unholy agenda. Now one thing that is sure is that Danish Kaneria was not involved in that inglorious oath taking saga because a> he is an unbeliever b> he was busy displaying his skills gained by playing for Pakistan by indulging in spot fixing, he has now actually made us proud by getting arrested but who cares, RAW agent by default. Having said that all of us must take lesson from the recent Facebook saga, I hold the players guilty of an offence of the same proportions by taking an oath on the holy book for nefarious purposes, these players must be punished adequately to reflect the gravity of the offence, will the Pak government take notice? Lastly I cant be done without mentioning the ball biting incident, it may seem cheap and the act of a semi-literate low life to most of you, but he did it for my nation!

Posted by SquaareCut on (May 23, 2010, 16:39 GMT)

No much surprised at the disunity and infighting, just the way the coutry was born. Just can't get along, not with British (understandably), not with India (should I say Bhaarath), not your team own, not your captain, not your coach, not your teammates. As one of the comments said, the situation is 'Trickle-Down effect' all right. Look at the person who appointed the top man, Chairman Ejaz Butt. Someone suggested Miandad is the best person to be in charge now. What a pity, the country can't find anyone better than the 'Streetfighter'. May be others are too deep into politics. The team should learn from a team like West Indies. Different counties, capitals, currencies, heroes, but when it comes to Cricket, they're all one.

Posted by Nonhype on (May 23, 2010, 16:04 GMT)

In continuation, of my previous mail, look at all corrupt cricketers we have. They all believe they are bigger than country. They have high ego. All asians have problem of superiority complex. All dumb morons have this problems. Nothing new to it. Top of that, add illiteracy to that. And you have shiny product of Akmals and Mohammad Amers Maliks and Umar Akmals. Amer had spat with Gul, that's why his name is in this mix. At 18 he should be more humble and down to earth. But talk about big ego. This mail is only for matured and educated and fair people. Not for average rigid Joe. Bye all. And all Indian cricketers are in this mix too other than Sachin. Guy is a class act. Bye all by enlightened.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2010, 14:17 GMT)

for gods sake just pick Afridi as captain for all three formats. leave him be for a year and let him do this thing. all those idiots who say sack him because he doesnt do enough, well look at Clarke in the t20 world cup, did bugger all with the bat, but still lead his side to the finals. all the young players need to be kept away from bad influences like Malik, Akhtar, Younis, Yousuf and Naveed.

Posted by JohnSnider on (May 23, 2010, 9:05 GMT)

There is tremendous amount of tallent in Pakistan so those are found of being guilty of politics or some kind of rebellion, must be replaced by a youngster. Those who shows tallent in U19 must be sent for higher training to Australia for further development. In each international 3 new players should be introduced without any excuse. If you dont perform you wont play. There is no need for PCB organization because they are very corrupt. Players can be chosen by there past 5 performances on highest level of the game in the country including from Under 19. In this computer age, a program can act as selector. If you want second opinion who should play for Pakistan then contact all the umpires specially those who were watching top Pakistani cricketers from few yards like Aleem Dar etc. Cricket is now a show business and all about money and greed.There is another idea how to chose a team and captain. Let the all the active players of Qaud e Azam trophy vote fo Pakistan,s team and a captain.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2010, 8:05 GMT)

These players need to be educated to play international cricket. PCB should make compulsory a refresher course for six months before bringing them to international level and keep on doing this for atleast twice a month.

Posted by muhmmad7676 on (May 23, 2010, 8:04 GMT)

i think pakistan's recent bad performance is not due to match fixing it is the case of players under performing to down the captain.malik should be banned for life and younis should be brought back immediately

Posted by sameeullah on (May 23, 2010, 6:59 GMT)

this has been going on since ages in pakistan cricket.after reading afirid's statement that "he is happy becuase they played as unit" i was surprised that unity is basic part of team and playing as unit should be considered as default and he was happy after achieving abt it.its is same as i am studing at PHD and i say i am happy that i know ABC!! they are just selffish. how one's deliberately underperform is being neglected by ICC? it is same as match fixing just the Aim is different.that kind of act is Unfaithfullness to whole nation.I think younis under performed when shoid was captian in his last few matches "one i remeber against SA in lahore ".realy PCB management should resign after this becuase they couldn't do their jobs.and they are one to create this epsode of trouble becuase they create captions from nowhere after every three seconds "Shoib moalik,younis,yousef,afiridi" and "razzaq , salaman butt and mishbah" are still running for captianship and pcb is responsible for it

Posted by   on (May 23, 2010, 6:56 GMT)

So glad you wrote this article. I have been saying this for a very long time. If any player who comprimises anything when playing for Pakistan, MUST BE BANNED for life, no matter how great they are. Make an example of the current bunch and Pak cricket will reap the rewards later. What an absolte joke Pak cricket is at the moment! Who do these players they think they are when they put themselves before Pakistan??? Shame on them.....U are representing ur Country for GODS SAKES!!!! I was at the Napier test match in NZ and saw then what has come out in the media now...... Shoib malik with his group playing soccer and carrying on like its a holiday..... The disharmony between the whole tour group when leaving the ground..... The trainer going for laps around the field while everyone else is watching instead of getting fit themselves or pracing their CATCHING! WHAT A DISGRACE! ......The PCB is the administrators but they are PATHETIC!!!! Although the bans handed out now are justified.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2010, 6:35 GMT)

This kind of behavior and lack of management is endemic in Pakistan. Cricket players are a reflection of the society. Pakistani players are hurting the nation. They are putting themselves down, they are putting the nation down. If PCB does not ban Shoaib Malik for life from international and domestic cricket, I would be disappointed. I would then ask PCB management to quit cricket for ever. You have disappointed Pakistan. You have hurt Pakistan. You do not deserve our support. You do not deserve to represent Pakistan. You are just simply traitors. Please leave Cricket to those who have self-respect, who love their country.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (May 23, 2010, 4:03 GMT)

The problem with Pakistan cricket is not the players, but PCB. An organization with money that makes every corrupt politicians mouth water. This time the PPP minister Ahmed Mukhtar appoints his brother in law Ejaz Butt who proves to be the worst chief PCB has ever seen. Ejaz Butt is not concerned with the affiairs of PCB, just spending the boards millions on his luxury trips. Do not blame the cricketers, blame those who are supposed to reward and punish them, for the rewarders and punishers are none other than crook politicians.

Posted by blitz123 on (May 23, 2010, 0:22 GMT)

@cricpolitics : Your response is just the representative of blame politics of Pakistan. You are saying "IPL could be unclean, so why are you talking about Pakistan". This is so similar to the Rana Naved statements and the allegiance pact Osman talked about above.

You would feel happier if IPL and Indians are proven to be unclean. But cricket would be the ultimate loser. We all should be looking at much higher standards.

Posted by Bilal_Choudry on (May 23, 2010, 0:03 GMT)

yeah i also find it hard to understand the ban on younis ... why would you ban a guy who is not underperforming or is the target of all the factions ?

Posted by dr_salman on (May 22, 2010, 22:38 GMT)

well PCB itself has confirmed the authenticity of the video by saying that it was released to the players called by the inquiry committee...that seals it...

imran definitely was a better captain than inzi..but inzi was also a great captain who kept this same team united somehow..n the captaincy din damage his batting skills..

from team perspective such news r really disconcerting n discouraging..pointless rebellions against captains...pointless race for captaincy...u ve bin hired for a job..to play for the country, give ur best...thats wat u r paid for..not for such silly politics...wat difference does it make if mr.a is the captain or mr.y..u go n play ur own game n do ur job..n as far as race for captaincy is concerned, greatness can b achieved without being the captain..sachin tendulkar is the living example of that!! no one wud ever remember if he ever captained the side..wat ppl wil always remember is his brilliance, stature, skills n guts !!

Posted by dmqi on (May 22, 2010, 21:57 GMT)

See the audacity of the 3 times drop catch champion Kamran. He said he will take the coach and asst coach to court for the doubt about the drop catches and a run out. What that fellow will do to 90% people who will have doubt about his intention to take the catches, he simply did not want Pakistan to win the match, that is the perception. After that awfully bad performance when he is selected again that shows the dirty face of the selection committee. Even if he did not drop those catches on purpose, he should be remove for his inefficiency and for his cheap statements. Wake up selectors. Have some spine to kick this fellow out to clean the house.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2010, 21:18 GMT)

No doubt these players and coaches have caused shame to us fans who follow these Green Shirts the world over. But it is incumbant upon the jounalists and ofcourse ICC to seriously look into match fixing in IPL. Where is the fairness, or is just the money.

Posted by Mohsinnn on (May 22, 2010, 18:56 GMT)

Even if by some miracle everything becomes right, they is a serious lack of talent in batting department and even good bowlers are rare to be seen. Lack of infrastructure and proper management of cricket affairs is to blame for that. The domestic setup is plain stupid to say the least. But every evil here stems from some of the factors i mentioned in my earlier comment namely dishonesty, nepotism, corruption, moral decline and ..... It is indeed a sorry state of affair but deservingly so. It should have been much worse. The future of sports in Pakistan is even bleaker with the coming generations becoming couch potatoes or even otherwise struggling for survival. The IPL has done some damage to the standard of international cricket, directly or indirectly. Good teams like South Africa and India look like shadows of their previous selves. Meanwhile New Zealand and Srilanka have improved considerably. West indies is every diminshing and rest don't count.

Posted by cricpolitics on (May 22, 2010, 14:46 GMT)

Yes one can blame PCB the way they have operated but don't forget PCB and other boards work under the umbrella of ICC which is even a bigger mess. I am just surprised to see how quickly the ICC jump on these accusations and make it a case of a definite match fixing without conducting a thorough inquiry. Why is ICC's anti corruption unit reacting now, aren't they watching and scrutinizing all these matches at the first place? Even Australians are surprised on this ICC move. There have been serious allegations against IPL as well and some big heads have rolled meaning grapes are sour but ICC has already declared IPL3 squeaky clean. The fact of the matter is that ICC does not have guts to expose anything about IPL so they just jump on easy targets. What a shamee. Bottom line is that the problem does not just lie withing Pakistan cricket team it's the whole cricketing world who has gone mad about money.

Posted by knowledge_eater on (May 22, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

@Mr. Khan I understand your sentiments, but then that is what happening to Pakistan Isn't it ? When people of Pakistan doesn't like when someone progress better than themselves, it becomes crime. Without a doubt Imran Khan is legend. I gave my reason why I liked Inzi more, because by time I was mature, Imran Khan was in serious matter like thinking good for Country (by getting into politics). Inzi played ICL thats why he is greedy ?? WOW didn't you just prove point that people don't even like when own people earn money for doing work, which they are great at ergo playing Cricket. Not everyone is as powerful as Imran Khan, he was better Fielder Bowler and Batsman than most of the players who play under him. Thats why no-one had any reason to take skin out of him. Inzi was bad runner, fielded on mid-on and never bowl. Imagine how much taunting he had to go through out his career. For players taunting by fans like you is tolerable, but by own board can be intolerable. Peace

Posted by Himayun on (May 22, 2010, 13:50 GMT)

Anybody who points out the evils that are plaguing the Pakistan and its teams is a traitor. Let us go back to sleep and never even tell the truths no matter how much evidence is there to prove our decline. We are the greatest nation and it is the conspiracy that the results are always against us. Until and unless we stop hiding the truth we cannot get out of the bottom of the pile.

The videos, match results, chewing up the ball, digging the wicket, dropping three catches and a run out of just one player in a test match, faking an injury, these are all false. Our team of retarded, egotistic morons in the age of technology and 21st century is the least educated among all cricket playing nations.

Until we tell the truth and not shovel it under the rug, nothing good can come out. Unless the disease is diagnosed how can it be treated. Everything is not right with Pakistan team let us stop fooling ourselves. Ban Malik for life to start with. H. Mirza USA

Posted by Singhe on (May 22, 2010, 13:34 GMT)

This is sad!! Growing up im the WI, my fondest memories of test cricket were Zaheer Abbas and Magid Khan batting: damn shame that this is what Pak cricket has become. A fish will start to rot from the HEAD: fix this by removing Ijaz Butt.

Posted by ruester on (May 22, 2010, 13:21 GMT)

As an england supporter, it saddens me that Pakistan cricket is in such a mess. I am astounded that some pakistan supporters continue to support players such as Malik, Shoaib, Younus and the rest, who continually bring shame on the national team. England players whenever they step out of line get villified in the press and by the supporters, e.g KP abd Moores both getting the sack for not being able to work with each other. Pakistani players are so talented but they believe they can behave anyway they like, Pakistan will never be a force consistently in world cricket if you cant find players who are proffesional and behave that way. I would muchrather enjoy watching a weakened pakistan cricket team for a couple of years than having to watch these inflated egos who are not interested in playing as a team. PCB start again, dont ban players, just dont pick them ever again. be strong and start regaining some respect.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (May 22, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

Actually,the state of discord is probably symbolic of the state of affairs in Pakistan. From what we have seen, the country is in a state of turmoil and one can only shudder to think of what lies in store. Factionalism has always been the essence of Pakistan even if they have a strong religious persuasion. The sad part is that the Umars and the Aamers are being drawn into this whirlpool. I feel that Salman Butt is probably the best choice to captain Pakistan considering that there is no-one else of the stature of either Imran or even Inzamam around. Afridi had no credibility and the low point of this was hit in that blatant show of cheating by him chewing the ball in full public view. I do not think any committee should really think of calling him to testify for this reason. What I find odd is that the most ready excuse such people have when Pakistan is beaten is to raise the bogey of match fixing. Australia were much the better side all series. Nothing wrong in admitting that.

Posted by M_H_K on (May 22, 2010, 12:16 GMT)

I feel sorry that I wasted 10 minutes in reading this piece of junk. Why Osman's pen starts moving when there is something against Pakistan, otherwise his pen remains static. Perhaps he is being paid for only writing against Pakistan.

Posted by VipulPatki on (May 22, 2010, 11:21 GMT)

One thing PCB can do is to ban Akmal Jr. For a long period like two years. His example will remind not just Pakistani youngsters, but also other sub-continental players that at no point of time, compromised or defiant attitude will not be tolerated. And if possible ban Shoaib Malik lifelong. Never heard so many players rant against their own team mate before.

Posted by cxiv on (May 22, 2010, 10:09 GMT)

had pakistan defeated australia in all the matches, everyone would have said they played well instead of blaming oz for match fixing or under par performances, etc. the authenticity of these videos is not proved yet. these maybe fake. u cant take sides. For God's sake, not against ur own players atleast.

Posted by TonyRai on (May 22, 2010, 9:59 GMT)

Aren't the previous punishments good enough for u Osman? Why dont u shut up and stop behaving like Jamshed Dasti or Geo TV. Making a mountain out of a stone. U shud be ashamed of urself before calling urself a pakistani. No one a tryng to highlight the matter or degrading the country more than u.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2010, 6:55 GMT)

Frankly I'm not surprised by these revelations. It's good for Pakistan cricket that people like Shoaib Malik, are being ousted.

Install imran khan as the head guy, and let him choose his staff. give him the budget and let him get on with it.

Of course this will not happen with all of the leeches in administration and on the field.

Younis Khan has been treated disgracefully. His "other issues" as Intikhab put it, were that he refused to accept players on the team who are schemers and self-servers. Where are the new Amir Sohail, Aqib Javed, Javed Miandad, Saleem Yousuf, Imran Khan, Moin Khan types? True patriots and fighters. A very disillusioned pak fan.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2010, 6:51 GMT)

I think total anarchy prevails. No one knows who's in charge and it will remain so until the weakest cog in the wheel, Ejaz Butt, is removed. Granted there may be a lot of grief against players like Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik et al but why keep flogging dead horses when those ruling the roost today can do whatever they please with impunity. How come the ball-eater Shaid Afridi, whose own performance was nothing to write home about in the recent World T20, had the audacity and dictatorial power to make Mohammad Asif, the cream of Pakistan's pace attack, sit out for virtually the entire World Cup, allowing him just one game??? To me that was the last nail in the coffin of Pakistan cricket. It is best we Pakistan fans give up loving and watching Pakistan cricket to save ourselves from further sorrow and heartache. Time is a great healer and in time we will forget that cricket in Pakistan ever lived - like we have learnt to forget hockey.

Posted by rzi-BDML on (May 22, 2010, 6:21 GMT)

Nothing's been secret now, PCB should have announced all the allegations at the time of punishments or should have make it possible not to be public. Any ways these contorversies shoud be finished now. Afridi can handle the rest of the players as captain. Lets hope for the best Mr. Osman, don't be hopeless.

Posted by avssrs on (May 22, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

@meyelost "I wouldn't hold the players much responsible for this. It's a trickle down effect, our board is corrupt" Trickle down effect indeed, but does it stop at the board? Why is the board corrupt? Maybe because the government is corrupt? Other countries like India have corrupt governments too but at least there is some progress. Maybe the Pakistani government is both corrupt and incapable because Pakistani society itself has stopped defending itself against such evils. People who don't follow rules are questioned, people who make the rules are questioned, but the rules themselves are allowed to run rampant. And what makes the society in Pakistan tick? Think about it, that's probably where the answer is.

Posted by GreatPak on (May 22, 2010, 5:20 GMT)

Mr. Osman I have a lots of respect for you, but unfortunately I haven't seen much "Pro-Pakistani" articles from you, I always read such sentiments from you which bring more disgust to the name of country where from you belong. For God Sake , spare Pakistan & Pakistan cricketers. When did Pak performed that well in international tournaments in last 15 years which current team is doing. I agree there are lots of issues with players ethics and characters but bashing them all over and making non sense allegations are even more damaging. The main problem is PCB , corrupt and inept officials who are running the system of cricket in the country. I would also say because of many agendas in media our boys name come on top of headlines so quickly while others covered under the carpet.

Posted by funnykid on (May 22, 2010, 5:01 GMT)

This is absolutely shameful. These players should be banned for lift and tried under high treason. I dont think any internatinal team would deliberately underperform or bring down own country except Pakistan. Irrespective of winning or losing, these players need to be taught a lesson, they should never forget.

Posted by myic90 on (May 22, 2010, 4:46 GMT)

Cricket in the subcontinent is going down the drain.

Pakistan is just plain doomed.

India is shooting itself in the foot while still smiling and laughing trying to convince everyone that all is well.

Sri lankan cricket has become boring - A shadow of the exciting prospect it seemed to be a few years ago. Fool's gold if i may.

Bangladesh is and will always remain Bangladesh.

It's not as if cricket in the rest of the world is in a much better state.

South African cricket fans seem to have picked a few leaves out of the subcontinent fans and are screaming for Smith's dismissal.

West Indies - I am speechless.

England, I am sure, will do an India, become complacent and return to the doldrums.

I guess Australia will be the saving grace in terms of quality cricket but the world can't stand their snivelling captain along with his insecure deputy.

Thank God for Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2010, 3:55 GMT)

bring Younas after he has seen a Psychiatrist few times and tell people like Shoaib Malik, Misbah, Yousaf and Rana to not even dream about playing for Pakistan again. Shoaib good for Bangladeshi league, Misbah can keep playing night tournaments and Rana good for micky mouse players in English County.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2010, 3:48 GMT)

@ knowledge_eater ... no way you can rate Inzimam over Imran. Inzimam hasn't won anything for us while he was captain. On the other hand Pakistan really learnt winning under Imran Khan. Beating WI, India and England in their backyards and then 92 World Cup. Imran won 92 World cup with just 3 young bowlers (Wasim, Aqib & Mushtaq). He always had not-so-talented players in the team like Rameez Raja, Zahid Fazal, Mansoor Akhtar, Saleem Jaffar and Ijaz Ahmad etc and still kept on winning. Inzamam is just an over-rated player. Infact under his captaincy, player power and politics in the team was at the highest. We lost due to his poor performance in Quarter Final of 96 WC, in 99 WC he did nothing. 2003 he did not score a double figure and 2007 when he was captain we were out in first round. In 92 WC which gave him the fame he only scored a fifty in semi final and 37 runs in the final. For rest of the tournament he was an absolute flop.

Posted by Iyer on (May 22, 2010, 2:02 GMT)

My earlier comment was censored by the author. Let me see whether he would post this comment at least. In my opinion, this is nothing new to pakistan or pakistanis, for someone who knows the history of pakistan. Remember there was no country called pakistan before 1947. A country that has seen numerous coups in the past to overthrow elected democratic government. Shoaib malik and Kamran Akmal is not doing anything different from what their rulers did to rule the country. So get over it.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2010, 2:00 GMT)

Players like Inzimam and Yousaf are highly over-rated. Inzamam in particular should be warned by some Ministry or PCB to stay away from the team. I am a practising muslim but what i have noticed is painful i.e. the longer the beard the greedier the player becomes; look at Inzamam, Saqlain & Mushtaq. All went to ICLs and/or other teams. There is no harm Mushtaq being part of England but what the hell he is doing there? I hope he is not just a masseur / malshia as England dont even have a leg spinner. Inzamam who is one of the few players in Pak's cricketing history given a farewell test and a handsome amount of money as a golden handshake but as soon as he played his last test, he simply took money from PCB and went to ICL and took lot of young players with him as well. Look what happened with ICL? Palyers did not even get their Fees in Full and were humiliated by Indian Govt by not letting them to come to India again. Could they not see that coming considering Indo-Pak relation?

Posted by knowledge_eater on (May 21, 2010, 23:14 GMT)

There are some hard-balls in this write up, but excellently explained. "Less bitchiness will be found in a season of either Gossip Girl or Pakistan's parliament" lol ... Thats the reason I will rate Inzi higher than Imran sorry .. two reasons 1) Imran had Waqar and Wasim and other wise-men. Inzi had all these idiots to deal with. 2) I was quite young when Imran was there at his peak of captaincy.So, I don't know how Inzi did it but he kept team together. The best solution I can give: they all need to finish proper education and stop going for help to wrong people. I hope younger Akmal shrug off clouds of cockiness, otherwise he will go down to path what we saw with Afridi's batting promises after his fastest 100, will affect his batting as well.

Posted by Saddam_Rasool on (May 21, 2010, 22:03 GMT)

After all of this fiasco, one thing that i simply cant understand is why Younis khan is banned indefinitely and players like Malik and Rana are given a minor one year ban. Younis is not part of anything, so as it seems and yet he is given the harshest of punishments. My head spins when i go through this whole stupid thing...

Posted by M-S-R on (May 21, 2010, 21:11 GMT)

Outrageous, disgusting, shameful……….shahid6995 expressed my feeling the best…..just quoting him " I'm sorry, but Rana Naved ADMITS to underperforming, and all he gets is a ban for one year and a fine? Did I miss something here? HE ADMITS TO UNDERPERFORMING WHILE WEARING PAKISTAN COLORS AND HE IS NOT BANNED FOR LIFE?? What the bloody hell do we expect from our cricketers then, this is obvious enough signal to them that they can do what ever they want and the board will be toothless against them. You wear your country's jersey you are supposed to give everything on the field. I don't care if you kill each other off the field, on the field you play for your country".

Posted by simssoul on (May 21, 2010, 21:03 GMT)

i know it is not personal battles which are going in the team.like i mention before this whole senerio is taking place because the of the money. Bad money of match fixing have corrupted the players mind. they have become greedy, mean, selfish. i think it time for ACSU to take fully control of the situation. unless ACSU is not really ACSU. what are they doing, are they just to clean up the mess. are they here to keep the cricket clean or clear.

Posted by simssoul on (May 21, 2010, 20:53 GMT)

when i was at my office in a well known company, i see lots of leg pulling, back biting and under performing at my company. why was it happening, because of the money which was coming in and the corruption.everyone had corruption on there mind. Wrong money was the fault, and for that the whole system suffer. now i see same with cricket and i understand how low we can get. My father use to tell me when they are all match fixer, but i always defended them. but really now i know, why we are suffering as a nation. i sometimes get really sad and cry.why we only blame our leaders of corruption, when even in sport we have politic, back biting, leg pulling and unjustice.sometimes i use to read Osman Samiuddin articles and went into fume when he pointed my cricket team, but he was always right. i cant think of one word, that could be said about this team. i am so hurt. there is no more good left. its just not about sports anymore, these guys have been denting nation pride for so long.

Posted by meyelost on (May 21, 2010, 20:39 GMT)

I wouldn't hold the players much responsible for this. It's a trickle down effect, our board is corrupt hence eventually players had to develop the same tactics. Most of these players have played through their hearts for Pakistan, only to see the board constantly shuffling them and not giving them clear roles. In Particular I feel for Rana Naveed, this guy has played with his heart for Pakistan, even through a time when his father was lying on his deathbed.

Posted by saccs76 on (May 21, 2010, 20:27 GMT)

making someone as the new PCB chairman who is brutally honest and still has a clean image is a the best thing to do. I just cannot think of anybody else at this point except Javed Miandad !!

Posted by zizou313 on (May 21, 2010, 20:01 GMT)

These scandala keep happening in PAk, we must concentrate on matters on the field. Yawar saeed is the main culprit the manager who wanted to remove Younis Khan. he should be immediately fired and we must start rebuilding for 2011 WC. in my opinion we still have some excellent players back home who can fill their boots. Younis kahn i think shuld still be in the squad and with the inclusin of Asim kamal and faisal iqbal and a few new faces in the batting we can hav a good settled side. our bowling doesnt require any major changes , just some fine tuning.

Posted by z_u_khan on (May 21, 2010, 19:52 GMT)

A number of people have commented about banning players. I think we have only heard/seen one side of the story. Let the players respond and let them have their day too. It seem unfair to pronounce judgement without allowing the players the opportunity to respond.

Posted by Kashifamin on (May 21, 2010, 19:46 GMT)

Whaaaaaatt, we lost sydney test because they wanted to undermine Yusuf. and wait a minute, an oath to under perform ?????? in green shirt ???? isnt it a treason ? Why PCB enquiry only, why not proceedings in criminal court ? Send them to jail please if they are agreeing themselves of all this ? I dont care what Osman wrote in his article or what merit does it have, all i want to say is Pakistani Judiciary has lately sent many politicians packing from parliament and many Govt officials to home for malpractices so these cricketers on central contract of PCB which is a public body should be dealt with same fate.

Lastly if a team of youngsters lose initially then so be it as we already have pathetic ICC rankings any ways but we as Pakistanis dont want to know that we could have won a match but lost as players didnt want to win. There is lot of cricketing talent in pakistan and we can raise 3 teams instead of 1 in matter of months.

Posted by Black-Panther on (May 21, 2010, 19:28 GMT)

Despite being a proud INDIAN, I have always respected talents that Pakistan has produced for years. Whatever is happening is due to lack of discipline by players and officials, lack of education of their most of players and lack of unity among Players and the board. Whatever is happening is not new for sub-continent. We, as fans of such an incredible sport, should stop supporting such players and/or country. If we won't support them, they would think twice before underperforming deliberately. Our players know that fans are going to get back to them after a while or they win one or two big games. PLAYERS TAKE FANS/COUNTRY FOR GRANTED. This should stop. Media has also a role to play to this and should not give any player too much fame nor, at the same time, they should demoralize them when they don't play well.

Posted by Anumathr on (May 21, 2010, 19:04 GMT)

First of all, thanks to Geo for bringing out this leaked video. If it had been so, the PCB would have kept the people under the banner "All is Well". Secondly, this shows that much as the cricket experts and past players try to criticize PCB, we must laud PCB for taking disciplinary action against these greedy and selfish players who are a disgrace to the country, and the punishment should have more harsh and should have taught them a lesson for life. While we cried over the team's disastrous tour of Australia, these shameless players were deliberately underperforming just for the sake of some bloody politics!

Posted by shahid6995 on (May 21, 2010, 17:57 GMT)

I'm sorry, but Rana Naved ADMITS to underperforming, and all he gets is a ban for one year and a fine? Did I miss something here? HE ADMITS TO UNDERPERFORMING WHILE WEARING PAKISTAN COLORS AND HE IS NOT BANNED FOR LIFE??

What the bloody hell do we expect from our cricketers then, this is obvious enough signal to them that they can do what ever they want and the board will be toothless against them.

You wear your country's jersey, you are supposed to give everything on the field. I dont care if you kill each other off the field, on the field you play for your country.

Posted by ianChappellFan on (May 21, 2010, 17:41 GMT)

pak cricket is the microcasm of pakistan itself. so why blame and punish them. we dont punish the politicians for example, or for that matter people from pretty much every other walk of life, journalists, businessmen, stock brokers, religious clergy etc. but for some reason the poor cricketers are not allowed to indulge in this sort of infighting, factionalism, sectarianism etc. Imran and to some extent inzi/woolmer early era kept this at bay, and I wish we can have similar periods in pakistan as well, since we havent had any.

Posted by wanderer1 on (May 21, 2010, 17:35 GMT)

I agree with all the bannings, I agree with the clampdowns, but unless the ACSU can provide evidence with absolute certainty they should not go down the road of Match Fixing allegations. It was and has been quite clear for a few years now that this current Pakistan team is fractured beyond belief and is at the core of their problems of under-performing. The problem with insinuations as we saw with Younis Khan after the Champions Trophy is that they damage even good guys. Some newspapers decided to insinuate that Pakistan may have thrown a match or two in the Champions Trophy, with absolutely no evidence provided, and what should have been laughed at and brushed away led ultimately to the downfall of one of the few men (Younis Khan) who could have, if given the full backing, galvanised a lot of the players, especially the younger players who looked up to him. Instead he hasn't played International Cricket since and that says it all.

Posted by sarimbaig on (May 21, 2010, 17:25 GMT)

As always, Osman has given it what it deserved . The acme of this tragic farce is really in the oath bit, demonstrating not only the dishonesty of these men, but their blithe, criminal oblivion, if not, a demented sense of spirituality about it. And what was prophesied to them by the Maulana Inzimam? I don't even want to know. Yet sadly, I shall not be surprised if one of them turns up tomorrow with a public apology and the imbecile board takes it with both hands. It is an utterly befuddled state of mind, I think, and reasoning it, at least in the cricketing logic, is vain.

Posted by rolloverfetch on (May 21, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

I believe the causes are: messed up system, a board which attacks rather than supports players, and the evil ijaz Butt. If you even the management plays politics, the coach is negative, and the system disorganized (telling afridi 40 min beforehand he would be captain) how can you expect the players to feel safe within the system and focus on winning as a team?

Posted by KhuMir on (May 21, 2010, 16:59 GMT)

I'm sorry to say this, but the only 'bitch' I know is the one whose article I'm reading. You are a parasite, praying on stories. Unrepentant? I think not. You wouldn't give a damn about it if Pak won. Hell, you'd be saying this was an oppurtunity for younger players, and a good thing.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2010, 16:53 GMT)

sorriest period? after years of unbelievable incidents and controversies it will be wrong to put this even in the top ten! our team is so unprofessional its a wonder pakistan still have fans who support there team genuinely do these cricketers think the public is stupid? when will they understand that when we fans see these kind of incidents happen it breaks our, the pakistan cricket team fans hearts but again, us genuine fans wil hope & expect for a fresh new start after this mess is over, but it is never going to happen... i can honestly say i am one of these fans, i still hope shoaib akhter comes back lol... fact is there will never be stability in this team, our hearts wil continue to break with such scams...

Posted by   on (May 21, 2010, 16:40 GMT)

I think it's foolish to point out that someone is a "bad" human being or give negative connotations to someone who may or may not be but you presume to be "cocky". Let's say for a minute that umar really is cocky, so what? Some of the greatest athletes in history of all sports have been cocky, babe ruth, muhammad ali, etc. But then again no one should accept anything more than an excuse for a legitimate article from 'know it all' samiuddin.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

ever since pakistan cricket started we had the same problems after the end of every tour. instead of discussing the real isues . we start the match fixing issue. so long as the sattlite dish is available this suspicion will not go away. so we have yo live with it.the player power issue has been there since the pakistan cricket started. in the past players were hungry to perfome, where they present players ara hungry to fail.the present pakistan team has lot of technica short comings, we should be addressing those problems instead infighting.

Posted by error_code00 on (May 21, 2010, 16:01 GMT)

i am very optimistic and positive, but it won't make things better <--- because i am a realist... i agree with what Osman wrote... everyone has got their own views... to me, DESPERATE TIMES NEED DESPERATE MEASURES... from higher authorities till down the players... all SHOULD be replaced... because i know & believe pakistan has got so MUCH TALENT that even if they replace the team 100 times with new/different players... still this country can produce NEW SUPERHEROES... and i hope all cricketing fans will agree with me... but Pakistanis doesn't believe in their ability of producing new talents and, unfortunately, that's why they believe in all these LAMERS!... and look at the PCB... they are unhappy of the leak out of the TRUTH to the public... and at the END... i would say... WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED TO THIS TEAM... they don't even care for their COUNTRY, their FAME, their LEGACY,... how can even they FACE their country and how firmly they DENY all these accusations...

Posted by rizwantakkhar on (May 21, 2010, 15:54 GMT)

It is shocking and heartbreaking to witness what is happening to Pakistan Cricket right now. I've been a die-hard supporter since childhood. Even when most of my friends stopped following the Pakistani team after the 1999 loss to Australia in the Final, I kept going for them. The team made me proud to be a supporter at numerous occasions this decade, like Inzamam standing up against Darrel Hair, Pakistan winning the T20 Cup, etc. But this development is just heart-breaking.

Hearing of incidents like these makes me lose trust and passion for the game. It is sad that I had heroes like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis to watch when growing up but my kids will probably have no Pakistani cricketing hero to follow. I hereby quit following our team unless we come up with a totally new leading camp and a team that consists of educated, dedicated, honest young men.

Great read this was, Osman. I can feel the emotions you're probably feeling too, like every die-hard Pakistani fan. Trust me.

Posted by stabish on (May 21, 2010, 15:40 GMT)

So much of backbiting & hatred amongst the players has fractionalized our beloved Pakistan Team. Fines like Umar & Aamer are already a victim of the ill environment with in the team, who is to blame for all this? We can talk about it all day long & point fingers @ different individuals but something has to change to save us from any further humiliation.

Enough of this Power Drama Looking like a fool under performing O Mr Rana Bitchiness is a part of our poor Zamana For real this reminds of AB & Ifzal Drama From our little town of Mobile, Alabama :)

Posted by ahassan on (May 21, 2010, 15:24 GMT)

Who is to be blamed for ali this mess? PCB of course. Everything was going on right under their nose and they allowed it to happen with closed eyes. There are two solutions to clean this mess. 1st solution. Ban everybody including Shahid Afridi and company. After all it was he who was involved in ball tempering. Also he does not deserve a place in the Pakistan team on his recent performances let alone be the captain of the team. 2nd solution. Sack all the officials of PCB. Call all the players and give them a last warning to stop all their mischrvious activities. Put life ban on anybody who is found damaging the image of Pakistan from then on. To do this you need an honest and strict administrator. I don't know if we can find a person like this in Pakistan at this time but there is no harm in searching for such a person.

Posted by IGL2010 on (May 21, 2010, 15:06 GMT)

no one has the gutts to ban the entire team and the entire PCB... cricket died in pakistan the day Imran Khan retired..i feel sorry for the generations after that.... with a long list of characters produced after I Khan has killed the heart and soul of the kid playinc cricket in the streets. If one takes away all these guys assets may be then they will care... as always nothing is going to happen... all these characters will be back in a few months and people will look for the next issue and forget the mistakes of the past...can PCB fix matches to WIN that should solve the problem....

Posted by Jawad0412 on (May 21, 2010, 14:54 GMT)

Get rid of RANA NAVED, MUHAMMAD HAFEEZ, MUHAMAMAD SAMI and FAWAD ALAM. Nothing players Just Safarshi players. Just good at domestic level but top amongst the Poor Performers at International Cricket. Bring in Ahmad Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed and Umar Amin.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

did you forget the revolt against Javed Miandad after 1992 world cup. wgen legends like wasim akram were using the same tactics. when pakistan was getting bowled out for their lowest totals. from politicians to player this is our history, as embarrassing as it may be.

Posted by Jawad0412 on (May 21, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

Life Ban must be imposed on Rana Naved who is Openly accepting of underperformance. Ban must be imposed on Inzamamm Ul Haq who is the head of all ICL Players who are coming in the team and are invloved in wromg doings. And plz plz plz totally get rid of Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Muhammad Sami type players. They have given enough chances. We have Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Amin and Nasir Jamshed who have goet more talen than these. Also what is the profitabiliity of Fawad Alam? In his place we can give chnce to Umar Amin. Now plz plz plz dnt bring back Hafeez, Taufeeq and Sami. These players are only domestic players. They can perform only in domestic level. We have given them enough chances and what happened? These players are HUGE FAILURE at INTERNATIONAL level so plz get rid of them and bring in Umar Amin, Ahmed Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed. With these young players fileding will also be improve.

Posted by Shafaaqat on (May 21, 2010, 14:33 GMT)

Its a real shame! I wonder how can such rotten characters be our heros. I still can't forget the Sydney Test and as a cricket lover a can't pardon Akmal, He must be punished for what he did. I have been following the entire episode at Geo Super and I must say that I am feeling heart broken since then. We love this game, why are they making it their personal debacle than a national interest. The worst part is the non-functional / irresponsible PCB show runners who don't even know how this office could be best run. They have been source of downfall in the game and i don't foresee any improvement with these guys in charge of the game. I don't expect any changes from the government either since they are all of the same category. The only hope are these players who may finally decide to lift their games for the sake of their nation and the country which has brought them to this fame. That hope is bleak when we learn about the attitude of Umar and Aamir who are very new at this stage.

Posted by VisBal on (May 21, 2010, 14:31 GMT)

Going by what has been written about what is on the leaked videos, the best course of action would be to ban for life ALL the players who have been currently disciplined or on probation. The same goes for the officials who were part of the touring party - if they were doing their job, either this would not have grown to this extent, or they would have got the Board to recall the troublemakers.

Posted by shahzy0 on (May 21, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

i agre with malik. Younis younis figtin stuf nd about managemnt nd chairman..but u r sayin umar nd amir r yet to cum in internatinal..1nce u r sayin tht thy r the spearhead nd future of pak nd nw u r sayin .....jst thnk wht u r gona write...u hv prvd to be a vrz negative man.....ur writin wl hurt nly the paki fans nd nthn on the pak cricket board

Posted by   on (May 21, 2010, 14:26 GMT)

Its so hard to find a clean person in the whole system. who should stay and should go? Player power is nothing new with Pakistan but are these player Good enough players to be powerful. We have seen many strange things happening with Pakistan cricket . The newest episode is perhaps the lowest. Who to blame here for all this...the players who most of them are school dropouts , the board chairman and the members are mostly there due to their political affiliations and the patron of the board is one of his own kind for all the wrong reasons. This is not going to stop and i feel sorry for the Pakistani public who follow them . I feel sorry for the young cricketers in the country who look at these low characters as their heroes.

Posted by jsridhar86 on (May 21, 2010, 14:09 GMT)

The analogy to gossip girl hilarious :-). apart from jokes it is sad to see that a team with much good talent is brought down by infighting like this. i was surprised while there was so much bans suddenly. now i understand

Posted by ElectronSmoke on (May 21, 2010, 14:08 GMT)

Have been an ardent fan of Pakistan cricket - those who slam down the door at the slightest hint of the crack and win matches by force of personality alone. Those alpha males who matched Windies in fast bowling and even surpassed them with added skill of swing, batsmen who were fearsome and irritatingly busy. And they never seemed to lose matches when they missed catches - but beneath all this was incredible amount of pride and serious hard work. Those who saw the abrasive, arrogant surface didn't realize how talented and committed they were. Infighting and politics never obscured the danger of a turned on Pak side. This present lot have no pride - and as Viv Richards, or Miandad would vouch - if playing for your people, your nation isn't your motivation enough .. you've already lost the match! I wish all this isolation and factionalism doesn't end their talent supply and cricket.

Posted by sramesh_74 on (May 21, 2010, 14:06 GMT)

God Help Pak cricket. On second thoughts, even this could be tough. God might have been asked to underperform!!!!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2010, 14:01 GMT)

well ,, they say " iis hamaam main sab nangay hain ".Everyone in our society in power hungry from cricket head ,to selectors and same goes for players. May be we dont really know what does " representing our country" means.

Just unbelievable how can this tape has been leaked .Its never gonna bring any good for Pakistan team. Btw why to blame Umer Akmal and Mhd Amir.There is nothing wrong with their on field behavior ? . let them enjoy themselves off the cricket field ,no one should be concerned what they r doing. These senior players(specially Afridi) think that its their right to comment on whatever they want to comment about young players. Another shame this mismanaged and lawless cricket setup has brought to us Pakistanis.

Posted by fk2000 on (May 21, 2010, 13:40 GMT)

I think its quite clear that EVERYONE in the current playing XI needs to be banned from Pakistan cricket with (maybe) the exception of Muhammad Aamer. From a country likes ours, these people have been chosen to represent us, get paid a lot of money, get to travel the world under the assumption that they are trying to win to satisfy the millions of fans in Pakistan and throughout the world. What a joke. After the Akmals' dramas in Australia, I was shocked to see them playing in the World Twenty20. The fact that they played well does not enter the equation. They should all be replaced and there has to be a strict disciplinary system put in place. It is a completely ridiculous situation. If nothing else, as the main sportsmen of the country, what kind of influence are they having on the youth of our country and aspiring cricketers. And why exactly was Younis Khan banned? He stated so many times that players were conspiring against him and nothing was done.

Posted by unleashedtrojan1 on (May 21, 2010, 12:44 GMT)

wow! this has opened my eyes Osman...... i was totally against the bans but if what u say is correct then God help Pakistan Cricket cuz its a mess.... if malik is aproblem y cant he be thrown out...he doesnt perform any way..

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Osman Samiuddin Osman spent the first half of his life pretending he discovered reverse swing with a tennis ball half-covered with electrical tape. The second half of his life was spent trying, and failing, to find spiritual fulfillment in the world of Pakistani advertising and marketing. The third half of his life will be devoted to convincing people that he did discover reverse swing. And occasionally writing about cricket. And learning mathematics.

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